With the increased complexity of construction processes involved in the creation of luxury residences and commercial buildings, the management function has assumed a more critical role in the construction project. This has necessitated the requirement for significant improvement in the qualifications of the industry’s personnel, creating the function of a professional separate to the professions of architecture and engineering. The Certified Professional Constructor program provides recognition to this new role together with a standard of qualification by which clients may assess the potential builder of their proposed project.
Similar to the Professional Engineer registration process, Constructor Certification is a rigorous two-step qualification process based on experience, education and written examination. The first examinations were offered in the Fall of 1996 at approximately 60 universities nationwide. Re-certification will be required periodically through a process of Continuing Professional Development as well as adherence to a Constructor Code of Conduct.
The voluntary Certification program was developed in response to evolvement of the management of construction as a profession during the twentieth century. As the construction industry volume continues to grow into the next century, it will require better prepared Professional Constructors to overcome the challenges. One of those challenges is to set high standards of practice and to improve the image of the current and future Constructor. Over the next 3 years it is expected that several thousand graduates from accredited university degree programs in construction will seek the initial Associate Constructor (AC) designation along with many additional experienced Constructors qualifying for the full Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) title.
Joe Smith, Jr. was awarded the professional
designation of Certified Professional Constructor (CPC)
in June of 1998. He is one of an initial group of more
than 350 practitioners throughout the United States to
be certified in a program developed by national construction
trade and professional associations under the auspices
of the American Institute of Constructors.
In 2001, Mr. Smith was invited to join the AIC Certification Commission's Knowledge and Skills Committee that oversees the content of the written examination for certification.