Become #CSIcertified in Spring 2013


CSI Certified

I’m not the first Construction blogger to write about CSI’s certification exams and I won’t be the last.  In reality, this isn’t even my second or third post about CSI certification.  If you’ve read through my posts before, you are familiar with my frequent musings about the Construction Specifications Institute and the benefits of membership, including the certifications that CSI offers.

I’m dug through my previous posts and am reblogging some of my previous thoughts in regards to CSI certification.  All of this is due to the final registration deadline for CSI Spring Certification Exams is coming up very fast on February 28th.  The certification exams will be offered April 1 – 27, 2013, in the U.S. & Canada and plenty more can be learned at at

Why become #CSIcertified? 

Whether an emerging professional, new to your company or new to your position, personal advancement through a professional certification is a tremendous asset in more ways than one.

In the construction industry, the certifications through the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) carry weight with many of the major players of a project – the owner, the architect, the general contractor, product representative or construction manager.

CSI’s Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) program is the prerequisite to CSI’s advanced Certifications: Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA); Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR).

Whether you are new to the construction industry or a 50 year veteran, the CDT program can and will help you with an overall building project. If you find yourself lost in a 1500 page, 32 division project manual, the CDT can help you understand where to find what you are looking for and just how that project unfolds from conception to delivery.

I can tell you first hand how much attaining the CDT has assisted me in my job. As I mentioned in my previous post, before I started attending the CDT trainings, I focused mainly on Division 9 of architectural specifications, where you can find the sport flooring that I represent. Week after week of studying and learning from the PRM, my eyes were opened to just how much broader of a scope a project is. From project conception right through to commissioning, I was able to more thoroughly understand all of the facets and parties involved.

You are never alone when you work with CSI, either. Whether a member or a CDT test taker, fellow CSI members like myself are always there to help. Through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or the tried and true phone call, we’re always glad to help.

I hope we have the chance to meet either online or at Chapter Meeting or CONSTRUCT in person.  Speaking of CONSTRUCT, please keep September 24th to the 27th open and plan on visiting Nashville.

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