As an athletic administrator for your school, you’re in charge of a lot—budgets, athletes, purchasing—even facilities. And the decisions you make reflect on you. You obviously want knowledgeable coaches and informed assistants. So when your athletic facilities start to show wear, what do you do?
If you want the best results, you’re probably not consulting with Google.
Picking a contractor without any recommendation is not going to guarantee that that person has displayed a knowledge of the most current methods of construction. It also doesn’t mean that person has shown industry involvement.
The American Sports Builders Association has an answer to that: its voluntary certification program. Through this program, the Association offers three designations:
These programs are available to those who have documented evidence of experience in the industry on specific types of projects, and who are able to satisfactorily complete an examination on all areas of construction of that particular facility. (The designation of Certified Field Buildercan be a comprehensive designation, CFB, which demonstrates expertise in both natural and synthetic turf; or a builder may choose to specialize in one type of field, by passing the exam for CFB-N (Certified Field Builder-Natural turf), or CFB-S (Certified Field Builder-Synthetic).
Certification remains a voluntary process within ASBA; however, within the sports facility construction industry, there is a growing number of bid documents stating the requirement that the chosen company have a Certified Builder on staff.
In 2008, the Association scored a major legal victory, when in a decision by the Attorney General of Massachusetts, the Office of the AG upheld the right of a local school district to mandate its bid requirement that the bidder for a running track project employ an ASBA Certified Track Builder).
The Certified Builder program is kept up to date to reflect developments in the industry. Individuals within the association can apply for, establish their qualifications for, and sit for the exam at various times throughout the year.
Certification is a voluntary program and is undertaken by an individual, rather than a company. In order to become a certified builder, and to use the designation, an individual must meet specific criteria set forth by ASBA. He or she must:
For information about the designation or the program, and for a list of currently certified builders, go to www.sportsbuilders.org, and select “Certification” from the toolbar at the top of the page.
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