NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program
The North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA) now provides masonry contractors in the Carolinas an opportunity for extensive professional development and continuing education with the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program.
In addition to increasing the professionalism of masonry contractors, the program is also targeted for specification writers, architects, and owners as a means to pre-qualify masonry contractor firms for building projects.
NCMCA provides two levels of certification for individuals. Contractor firm foremen, superintendents, project managers, and middle management can become “Certified Masonry Professionals” (CMP) by completing a minimum of eight daylong classes and documenting five years of experience in the masonry and/or construction field. Company principals, owners, and upper management can become “Certified Masonry Executives” (CME) by successfully completing ten daylong classes and documenting at least five years of experience. All CMP and CME candidates must reaffirm their pledge to abide by the NCMCA “Standards of Conduct.”
Companies themselves become “NCMCA Certified Masonry Contractors” by maintaining a required percentage of NCMCA-certified individuals on staff and by documenting company history.
A total of eleven classes are included in the certification curriculum and include instruction on occupational safety management, basics of masonry materials, specifications, masonry special inspection, design details, codes and standards, testing, grouting, structural engineering basics, blueprints, and specifications, estimating and bidding, and courses on good business practice and people management. Experts from around the country instruct the classes, and most are considered to be the leading authorities in the field of masonry construction and operations.
Class participants must pass an exam at the end of each class to obtain class completion credit. To maintain certification, individuals must earn a minimum number of continuing education credits per year.
The NCMCA Certification Program is governed by a board of nine “governors,” consisting of appointed experienced NCMCA masonry contractors members, an architect representative of North Carolina AIA, a representative appointed by the Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association, and an appointment by Brick Industry Association-Southeast Region, each serving a three-year term.
Masonry contractor employees and other masonry professionals at work in a certification class
As of December 2022, 344 individuals and 34 companies have become NCMCA certified.
Some 750 individuals from more than 111 companies have participated in the program. As a significant number of individuals and companies have become certified, NCMCA has proceeded with an ambitious program to market certification for use in specification documents and as a means of insuring quality masonry installation performed by the documented top professionals in the industry.
NCMCA membership is not a requirement for individual participation in the NCMCA Certification Program. However, company certification requires membership in NCMCA.
Click here to view the downloadable NCMCA “Guide to Masonry Contractor Certification” (PDF File.)
The NCMCA.com on-line directory includes “CME,” “CMP,” and “Certified Company” designations for individual listings.