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Increase Your Knowledge
Why continuing education matters, and how it can benefit your company
Our world is constantly changing, and at a greater speed than we’ve ever seen before. We are inundated with news and information on Facebook and Twitter, and new methods of completing old tasks are released daily.
It can seem like a daunting task to stay abreast of new trends, but it’s actually easier than you think. That’s where the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) comes in.
“The MCAA has provided us a wonderful avenue to continue our training, so that we can deliver quality services to an ever increasingly demanding clientele,” says Brian Procter, a project manager at Wasco Inc. in Nashville, Tenn. “We support the efforts of the MCAA to continually educate and improve the masonry industry.”
Benefits of continuing education
The masonry industry is becoming increasingly competitive, and mason contractors are facing new challenges. By investing in continuing education, contractors not only can strengthen their business and employees, but also can strengthen the entire masonry industry.
Strengthen your business
Strengthen your employees
Strengthen the industry
“We have a responsibility within the industry to become more educated,” says Rob Barnes, president and COO of Dee Brown Inc. in Garland, Texas, and one of the first mason contractors in the country to become certified through the MCAA. “By becoming more educated, we will strengthen the industry and the level of competition. Competition is positive, if it is competent competition.”
The MCAA has developed the national Masonry Certification program. Becoming a certified mason contractor demonstrates a company’s commitment to quality, reliability and the highest professional standards.
“Genco Masonry Inc. has been a leader in the masonry industry in the Washington/Baltimore areas for over 80 years, so when the idea of contractor certification came up it was a ‘no-brainer’ to be the first in our area to become certified,” says Steve Sullivan, president of Genco Masonry Inc. in Bethesda, Md.
Nothing can hurt our industry more than unqualified mason contractors being awarded bids, simply because they submitted the lowest cost. These projects often can result in poorly constructed buildings, unhappy customers, and negative marks against the masonry industry.
Michael Radosa, VP of Edgar Boettcher Masonry in Bay City, Mich., believes “quality is too often disregarded in favor of the low price. It has always been assumed that quality is equal among all bidders, and only after it is too late is it realized that quality should be the most important element on selecting a contractor."
The Masonry Certification program aims to change this and revolutionize the bidding process. Masonry Certification is a mark of excellence in our industry. Certification is an investment in your company and your future. It demonstrates your commitment to quality and will help your company stand out from the crowd.
“When the bids on a job are close, the general contractor and/or owner will often pick the mason contractor who is the most qualified to do the work,” says Dennis Knowlton, president of Knowlton & Sons Masonry Construction in Clifford, Pa. “Being a certified mason contractor helps to verify that we are qualified and gives us an edge to get the job.”
Masonry Certification provides masonry customers with a tool to select and measure the quality of mason contractors. Architects across the country are hoping to begin specifying the use of certified mason contractors on their projects. As a certified mason contractor, your company is in an advantageous position to win close bids and become more profitable.
How to become certified
The remaining 44 hours can be obtained in any of the six disciplines. Additionally, all supervisors must attain at least 15 continuing education credits in any discipline.
Once these requirements are met, the primary will be eligible to take the certification exam. In order to pass the exam, the primary needs a score of 80 percent or better.
“This program offers us another tool to further separate ourselves from the competition and meet the needs of our increasingly knowledgeable and demanding clientele,” says Tom Weaver, president and founder of Advanced Masonry Systems Inc. in Hunt Valley, Md. “We applaud and will continue to support MCAA's efforts to ensure quality masonry construction.”
Continuing education opportunities
The MCAA offers nearly 200 educational sessions each year, with topics ranging from building information modeling and masonry estimating to masonry wall bracing and jobsite scheduling. Each course is focused on making you a better contractor and improving your bottom line.
Webinars allow attendees to earn Masonry Certification credits from the comfort of their homes or offices, while attending masonry seminars that will improve productivity and profitability. Attendees are able to interact with the instructor and each other, and have access to handouts just as they would in a classroom setting.
MCAA Virtual University
Approved Provider Network
More than 30 companies and associations have partnered with the MCAA to provide more than 500 education opportunities to mason contractors throughout the country. All approved courses offered by providers have been reviewed by the MCAA Certification Committee and have been accepted as quality education.
The next step
Mason contractors searching for continuing education opportunities are encouraged to visit the MCAA online at www.masoncontractors.org to view a full list of upcoming education in their areas and courses available online.
Increase your knowledge, and become a more profitable company through education aimed at making you a better contractor.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 18:39|