APPLICATION AND EXAM
GSC is different from other professional designations in that you apply for certification after you have met the certification requirements. Emphasis in GSC is placed on your construction management experience. Up to 75% of the application is based on your industry experience working in your chosen designation. The remaining 25% is a mandatory education/professional development component.
Applicants apply online at the Gold Seal Certification website. Once submitted, your application is screened through two levels of evaluation. First, it is reviewed at a local level here at VICA. We review your application to make sure you meet the basic requirements and have included all required documentation. Next, if approved at the local level, your application is assessed by a national review board where it is either approved or declined. If approved, you move on to the examination stage. GSC exams are scheduled nationally three times each year, and are conducted at a local level, here at our VICA offices in Victoria and Nanaimo.
Currently, GSC is offered in six designations: Click the links below to read the official Gold Seal Program descriptions of the duties and responsibilities expected of each designation.
ESTIMATOR SUPERINTENDENT PROJECT MANAGER OWNER'S CONSTRUCTION MANAGER CONSTRUCTION SAFETY COORDINATOR FOREMAN (NEW ) | COMING IN 2017
GSC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
For your application to be approved, you must have the total credits required for your designation, as well as the mandatory requirements in each category. GSC requirements fall into two main categories: Industry Experience and Training & Education. It is possible for your application to have more than the necessary total credits, but fail to be approved because you do not meet the mandatory experience and/or training requirements.
For a detailed look at the application requirements for each designation, click the link below to download our Gold Seal Application Requirements Chart. This resource will help you identify the specific requirements for your designation, and plan your path as you prepare to apply for GSC.
Some GSC requirements vary by designation, but common elements include:
- Minimum 5 years of experience in your industry designation. This means that you can demonstrate one project per year of experience where your job title and duties align with the GSC designation for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for GSC as an Estimator, project experience where your title was Project Manager or Superintendent will not be accepted.
- Mandatory ethics training is now required for all GSC designations. This includes both in-class and online Construction Industry Ethics courses (worth 1 credit and 2 credits respectively) developed specifically for the Gold Seal Program. (Effective 2017)
- 12 hours (2 credits) of safety training is mandatory for all GSC designations. (Effective 2017)
- 12 hours (2 credits) of courses or training in designation-specific topics is mandatory for all GSC designations. (Effective 2017)
APPLY FOR GSC
GSC APPLICATION REVIEW & TIPS
VICA is a proud partner in the Gold Seal Program and we work hard to support you! After you complete your application for GSC online, it will be screened through two levels of evaluation. First, it is reviewed at a local level here at VICA. We review your application to make sure you meet the basic requirements and have included all required documentation. Next, if approved at the local level, your application is assessed by a national review board where it is either approved or declined.
We have a lot of experience assisting candidates through the application process. Take a minute to read through the tips below and get the inside scoop on the online application before you apply.
Letter of Recommendation: If you do not include a Letter of Recommendation your application will not be approved! Your application for GSC will require a Letter of Recommendation from your current employer that states your position/title, length of time with the company, and a short description of your duties. If you are self-employed, a letter from a client is required instead.
- TIP: Make sure that your job title or position matches the designation you are applying for.
- TIP: Review the descriptions of each industry designation provided in the links on this page. Make sure that you are applying for the right designation!
- TIP: Give your employer the description of your industry designation and suggest that your Letter of Recommendation include some of the same language. This will help the reviewers when they assess your application.
Project List: This is where you will demonstrate your industry experience by providing details about the projects you have worked on. It will include: project name, description, contract value, year, job title, your duties on the project, and contact information for your direct supervisor on the project.
- TIP: You only need to include one project per year of experience in your application. Submitting multiple projects in the same year will not count towards additional experience and is just giving yourself more work!
- TIP: Make sure that your job title is the same as the designation you are applying for, and that your job duties the description of your industry designation provided in the links on this page.
- TIP: This is the place where most applications run into problems! Incorrect or mismatching information here will cost you time and lead to a delay in the approval of your application. Double check your information and make sure you have all the details you need before you sit down to complete your application.