CCA Announces Improvements to Gold Seal Construction Management Certification Program
Canadian Construction Association (CCA) today announced the planned improvement to its Gold Seal certification program for construction management professionals. In addition to changes to program requirements in terms of education, training and application fees, in the upcoming months CCA will launch an online application system, a learning management system facilitating preparing for the examination as well as improvements to how potential applicants can find information about the program.
Gold Seal is a national certification program for construction management professionals including project managers, owner’s project managers, superintendents, estimators and safety coordinators. Canadian Construction Association administers the program in partnership with its member local construction associations.
CCA’s Gold Seal Committee is committed to ensuring that Gold Seal certification is the Canadian designation of choice for construction management professionals. Last year the committee completed a strategic plan to chart taking the program to another level. “Our goal is to increase the overall visibility and awareness of Gold Seal certification nationally in partnership with our local member construction associations, attract new applicants and to better engage our existing certification holders,” said Barry Brown, Chair of the CCA Gold Seal Committee and President of Maple Leaf Construction. A summary of the planned improvements is posted on the Gold Seal certification website.
New Website and Collateral:
“We want to make finding information on the Gold Seal certification program as easy as possible,” said Brown. To that effect, the committee has engaged in a complete branding and messaging overhaul as well as revamping the www.goldsealcertification.com website and collateral. “We also want to better equip our local construction associations to market and administer the program,” added Brown.
Online Application System:
“An online application system will reduce the administrative burden and reduce our turnaround time,” said Stephanie Wallace who manages the Gold Seal program. “Applicants will appreciate our ability to process their applications faster and the additional benefit of increased transparency and visibility that will allow applicants to review and track their application status.”
Online Study and Preparatory System:
For Gold Seal certification program candidates who are required to write an exam to become certified, an online study and preparatory system will be a welcome addition. “When preparing to write the exam, sometimes the problem is that people ‘wear many hats’ at work so they don’t know what to expect,” explained Wallace. The new online study and preparatory system will replace material that is currently sent by mail, further cutting turnaround time and reducing administrative delays. The study system will allow candidates to choose the date and location of their exam, review material, take quizzes and a sample test.
Canadian Construction Association is the voice of the national non-residential construction industry. It represents over 17,000 members in an integrated structure of some 70 local and provincial construction associations.