Construction File: BCCA Policy Gold Seal as a Condition of Contract
- Contractors recognize the importance of qualifications such as Bid Depository, Apprenticeship, Trade Qualifications, Welding Bureau, etc;
- Owners are looking for a method for contractors to demonstrate their expertise in the management of construction;
- Gold Seal is an accepted method of recognizing the competence of construction personnel; estimators, project managers and superintendents.
The demonstration of the management of construction (via Gold Seal certification or internship*) should be stated in the contract documents in the appropriate divisions as a requirement. A phased-in process should start with the prime contractor for Site Superintendents on projects over $5 million or where the degree of difficulty warrants the need.
* In order to be eligible for the designation of Gold Seal Intern a candidate must meet the following criteria:
- Must have had at least three years experience in the construction industry, and have had one year of experience in the occupation; or,
- Must have completed a related engineering technology/technician program and have had one year of experience in the occupation; or,
- Must be enrolled in an employer sponsored program approved by the National Gold Seal Committee and leading to the recognition as a Project Manager, an Estimator, a Superintendent, or an Owner’s Project manager, and
- Must be employed at time of application, and
- Must be supported by a letter of endorsement from their employer, and
- Must show commitment to the program by way of advancement in each year, and
- Must commit to completion of internship within five (5) years of registering as a GSI and become certified, and
- Must have paid the applicable fees.