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Masonry Certification

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), has been working in assessing needs of the design community for many years and has concluded that the best way to stop low bidding, sub-par contractors from reducing the masonry industry's standards is to raise the level of professionalism and quality within the industry.

The MCAA has developed the national Masonry Certification program to provide customers with a tool to assist with selecting mason contractors who are committed to quality. Quality of work is the foundation of the certification program.

Without certification, construction customers do not have an objective measurable method for determining a contractor's quality. Currently, the only basis for selection is through comparing bids and choosing the lowest.

Certification provides customers an objective basis to select and specify a quality contractor and allows our industry to promote and provide a tool to measure quality to the design community and masonry customers.

To start your certification today, please download the registration form and return it to the MCAA office.

Requirements

75 continuing education credits must be earned by the the primary individual in charge of day-to-day masonry operations such as an owner, CEO or senior management. Please carefully consider this decision; if the primary leaves the company, the company will lose its current progress towards certification. Credits will be earned in the following six disciplines:

  • Quality Assurance Best Practices (16)
  • Codes and Standards (10)*
  • Ethics and Business Practices (10)
  • Safety (10)**
  • Bidding Practices (5)
  • Masonry Products (5)

* One of these courses must be at least four hours in length and specifically address Codes and Standards. At least 4 Codes and Standards credits must be obtained in person; the rest can be obtained through online courses.

** A comprehensive safety course is required, such as the OSHA 10-hour Training Course.

The required hours in the disciplines add up to 56 hours so 19 hours can be obtained in the six disciplines divided anyway the contractor chooses.

One hour of course time is equal to one credit. Therefore, an eight hour course would be worth eight credits. A thirty-minute course would be worth 0.5 credits.

Any classes related to the business of a mason contractor (with the exception of formal apprenticeship training programs that teach the craft) are eligible for credit. The most productive and easiest way to earn credits is utilizing the MCAA Approved Provider Network.

The Approved Provider Network has simplified the reporting and tracking process. All approved provider courses are automatically accepted by the MCAA and attendance at the programs is reported by the provider.

Once registered, the MCAA will send you a username and password that will allow access to the certification database. The database will track your progress to certification and will keep you informed of what credits are needed and in what disciplines you need them in. This service is included in the initial registration fee.

Credits may be self reported; however, detailed documentation of the courses taken and MCAA approval after the course has been taken are required. Courses taken outside the approved provider network may not be approved for credit.

The MCAA website will list all approved provider class offerings with full details on the class, day and time. A list of approved provider classes will also be printed in each issue of Masonry magazine.

100% of the masonry firm's supervisors must attain at least 15 continuing education credits in any discipline in order to qualify to sit for the exam.

Once the primary and supervisor have attained the appropriate credits, the primary must sit for an exam. In order to pass the exam, the primary needs a 80% score or better.

Why Become Certified?

Mason contractors that earn their certification will immediately be able to display the certification seal which represents an expertise in the masonry field and gives you and your firm an advantage in marketing to clients and potential customers.

Who Will Be Certified?

The certification program will certify the company. However, the primary individual in charge of day-to-day masonry operations such as an owner, CEO or senior management, will be responsible for earning credits and will take the certification exam. Please carefully consider this decision; if the primary leaves the company, the company will lose its current progress towards certification.

The primary will earn continuing education credits. Once the basic minimum requirements have been met, the primary will be eligible to take the certification exam that will measure their command of running a quality masonry firm.

Owners must be the driving force in making sure that their companies are certified and follow the quality principles that will guarantee a professional performance.

The certification program is unique in that it ties an ongoing educational program for the contractor's employees with the contractor's ability to achieve and maintain certification.

How is a supervisor defined?

A supervisor is anyone working in the field that manages others in the field, such as a foreman or project manager.

All supervisors must be listed. If you do not list all supervisors for your company you risk losing your certification status. All supervisors must be listed and each must earn 15 credits in any discipline.

How to Earn Credits

Certification credits are earned by taking education courses related to the masonry industry and running your business.

Any classes related to the business of a mason contractor (with the exception of formal apprenticeship training programs that teach the craft) are eligible for credit. The most productive and easiest way to earn credits is utilizing the MCAA Approved Provider Network.

The Approved Provider Network has simplified the reporting and tracking process. All approved provider courses are automatically accepted by the MCAA and attendance at the programs is reported by the provider.

Once registered, the MCAA will send you a username and password that will allow access to the certification database. The database will track your progress to certification and will keep you informed of what credits are needed and in what disciplines you need them in. This service is included in the initial registration fee.

Credits may be self reported; however, detailed documentation of the courses taken and MCAA approval after the course has been taken are required. Courses taken outside the approved provider network may not be approved for credit.

The MCAA website will list all approved provider class offerings with full details on the class, day and time. A list of approved provider classes will also be printed in each issue of Masonry magazine.

The Grandfather Clause

During the initial period that certification begins, the MCAA will grandfather education courses taken for both the primary and supervisors. You may go back up to five years and submit courses taken during that period. Documentation proving the courses were taken such as a certificate of completion, proof of payment for a course and a description of the course will be required.

Please contact the MCAA for more details regarding the grandfather clause.

Certification Exam

The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and is an open book test. Questions are categorized by discipline:

  • Bidding Practices (10 questions)
  • Codes and Standards (27 questions)
  • Ethics and Business Practice (16 questions)
  • Masonry Products (12 questions)
  • Quality Assurance Best Practices (18 questions)
  • Safety (17 questions)

In order to pass the exam and become certified, the mason contractor must receive a score of 80% or better. If you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, you will be allowed to retake it at a future date.

A list of recommended materials to bring to the exam will be provided when the primary is ready to sit for the exam. They include:

Maintaining Certification

Certification must be renewed every 3 years. The renewal process is relatively simple. The primary in the firm must have a total of 45 continuing education course credits within the three year period. Supervisors in the firm must have an additional 15 hours during the same three year period.

Once the renewal fee is paid and hours verified, the certification will renew. You are not required to retake the exam.

Certification Revocation

Contractor certification may be revoked in certain cases. Certification can be revoked if contractors do not maintain the required level of quality expected from a certified mason contractor.

The certification committee is currently addressing the revocation policy and procedures for revocation and the appeals process. A supplemental information sheet will be available when this process is complete.

Certification Fees

The initial fee for certification is $600.00 for members / $850.00 for non-members. The fee includes all tracking services and exam fee (up to three tests).

Information will be emailed upon registration which will include important information about the certification process and a username and password to access the MCAA certification website.

The renewal fee is $500.00 every three years.

Additional Questions?

For more information regarding the Masonry Certification program, please contact the Mason Contractors Association of America at 800-536-2225.

To start your certification today, please download the registration form and return it to the MCAA office.

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