The National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), Alachua, Fla., recently released a new superintendent assessment and is partnering with management consultants FMI Corp, Raleigh, NC, to offer a joint certification to qualified professionals in the superintendent field. The assessment was developed in conjunction with subject matter experts for professionals whose primary role is to oversee the operations of a construction site from planning to completion. This joint certification encompasses both the NCCER assessment which recognizes the knowledge of these professionals and the FMI Field Leadership Institute that provides hands-on interactive education and experiences.
While the skilled worker shortage has gained much attention over the last few years, it is vitally important the industry also address the impact on front-line supervisory and management roles, said an NCCER release. Over a third of construction managers are estimated to retire in the next three years and that jumps to over half of the industry’s management workforce by 2026. It is critical to begin training now since it can take anywhere from four to nine years for a new superintendent to gain acceptable competency and experience, and even longer to reach seasoned professional level, the group said.
“As our industry grows and attrition is inevitable, there has never been a greater need for qualified superintendents,” said Don Whyte, CEO of NCCER. “There are some excellent front-line management training programs available in the industry today. Our goal is to support these programs with the opportunity to align to the new superintendent assessment and provide those going through training an industry-recognized certification.” Whyte continues, “We believe our partnership with FMI will help build a pipeline of field leaders through the benefit of both a structured, interactive experience and knowledge-verification of industry professionals.”