Gold Seal certification program to phase out senior practitioner application stream by 2014

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The Gold Seal Certification program, the leading Canadian certification program for construction management professionals, has announced that it will phase out applying for Gold Seal Certification as senior practitioner by 2014.

Currently senior construction management professionals who have over 15 years of experience as estimators, owner’s project managers, project managers or superintendents and who meet the educational requirements can apply for a Gold Seal Certified (GSC) credential under the Senior Practitioner application stream without challenging the Gold Seal Certification exam.

“We strongly encourage senior construction management personnel to set an example by becoming Gold Seal Certified,” said Barry Brown, chair of Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal Committee. Gold Seal is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year and the program has had this application stream available to senior personnel for a number of years. “In keeping with the program’s spirit, we are simplifying the requirements and ensuring that all certificate holders have reviewed the same material and passed the same exam,” Brown said. After January 1, 2014 senior construction management professionals who meet the experience and educational requirements will be invited to challenge an exam as part of the certification process.

“Many Gold Seal applicants have experience in excess of the five year minimum requirement,” said Stephanie Wallace who manages the Gold Seal Certification program. “No matter how much experience you have, staying current and differentiating yourself in the marketplace is important and Gold Seal is a great tool for that.”

More information on Gold Seal certification is available from the Gold Seal website goldsealcertification.com.

The Gold Seal certification program recognizes achieved excellence in the management of construction in the heavy civil, industrial, commercial and institutional sectors of the construction industry in Canada. The program is supported by Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and managed by the national Gold Seal committee. The certification issued to successful Gold Seal applicants recognizes personal achievement of a nationally-recognized standard of education, experience and excellence in construction in one of five designations: superintendent, estimator, project manager, owner’s project manager or construction safety coordinator. Currently there are over to 8,000 Gold Seal Certified construction management professionals.

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