Before you can work in the state of Massachusetts as a construction supervisor, you must first go through a contractor’s license school and get certified. There are a variety of certifications that are available and you have to be sure that you have the proper certification for your field. There is an administrative process that every supervisor must go through which starts with time spent at a good contractor’s license school to prepare for the difficult and demanding process of getting certified.
What Types Of Projects Need A Certified Supervisor?
The Massachusetts Office for Public Safety and Security says that any construction project that includes masonry, insulation, roofing, window installation, siding, the installation of solid fuel burning appliances, and any demolition work requires the presence of a certified supervisor. Companies that offer this type of work without a certified supervisor on hand face severe penalties that could include, but not be limited to, having the job shut down.
The Types Of Certifications Available
A Universal Supervisor’s Certification requires 12 hours of classroom time and allows a supervisor to be in charge of any type of the required contracting jobs previously mentioned on any type of building that is less than 35,000 square feet. Every certification process requires documented field experience, but the universal certification has the most rigorous field experience requirements of all of the certifications.
According to the Construction Certification Institute, a Restricted Supervisor’s Certification only applies to one or two-family residential projects or can be specific to masonry work, but otherwise covers all of the construction activities previously mentioned. This type of certification requires 10 hours of classroom training and cannot be used for commercial construction projects.
A Specialty Supervisor’s Certification requires six hours of classroom time and can be in six of the seven specialty fields mentioned previously. It is important to note that supervisors who have a specialty certification are only legally licensed to work in their field. An insulation supervisor cannot legally supervise a roofing project, regardless of that supervisor’s field experience.
The Certification Renewal Process
Each Massachusetts construction supervisor certification must be renewed every two years and the cost for renewal is $100. The state of Massachusetts does allow a one-year grace period after the expiration of the initial two-year period to allow the supervisor to get all of their renewal paperwork processed. For an additional fee of $100, the grace period can be extended to two years.
The CSL renewal form can be obtained online at the website for the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Security. It is recommended that supervisors allow at least five weeks for their application to be received and processed.
The Massachusetts Contractors Academy can make sure that you pass all of your supervisory tests and are properly prepared for your classroom time. By signing up for a course at the Massachusetts Contractors Academy, you will learn everything you need to know about the certification process, you will be prepared to take the exams, and you will be given the information you need to present your field experience in a way that ensures that you will be given the chance to take this huge step in your construction career.