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Deconstruction training and certification opportunities

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Deconstruction education partners Earth Advantage and RE-USE Consulting will offer a training and certification in July for contractors interested in working on projects covered under the City’s new deconstruction requirements. Later this fall—closer to the Oct.31, 2016 date when the requirement goes into effect—the second training will focus on workforce development.


Pathway to certification

Certification requires successful completion of a one-hour skills assessment (in-person), written exam (online, at your convenience), and 500 hours of experience (tracked online) in any of 10 core-competency areas. Most existing contractors (deconstruction, demolition, construction) will likely have experience in several of the competency areas and past experience can be used to meet the 500 hour requirement. 

An optional 3-day Decon for Demo Contractors training is also available for those that would like the benefit of a hands-on training (both classroom and on-site) prior to taking the skills assessment and exam. 

Trainings, skills assessments, and exams will follow the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) curriculum and will be taught by Dave Bennink of RE-USE Consulting.  

Depending on contractor experience, the training will be optional, but anyone wanting to be a Certified Deconstruction Contractor must register and complete a skills assessment as the first step. Training and skills assessments will be available the week of July 18, 2016.

Learn more or register now