People who work hard at their jobs like knowing that there is room for advancement. While many industries have a “senior” position that differentiates an experienced worker from someone who’s a newbie, there’s nothing like having the title of “supervisor” to really show that you’ve made it. It’s a good target to shoot for.
Being a supervisor means more responsibility, sure, and that means more pressure and higher expectations. But it also means better pay, more perks, a little authority, and an increased opportunity to shine and show the higher-ups just what you can really do.
With that in mind, we’re taking a look at what it takes to become a construction supervisor. Bear in mind that many of these observations and ideas can be carried over into other industries.
Before actually you become a construction supervisor, there are some fundamental requirements that need to be fulfilled. As a rule, you need to complete a high school level vocational program, and have a four-year college degree in engineering or another related major.
The construction industry is broken down into many different types, and sure enough, there’s no one supervisor certification license that covers all of them equally effectively. Sure, there are general supervisor certifications, but they come with restrictions on the size of buildings that a supervisor can work on, and indeed what kind of work they can supervise.
That’s why there are specialty supervisory certifications for things like windows, roofing, and siding. Each of these categories has its own unique courses and qualification tests, so be sure that you’re hooked up to the right one.
It should come as no surprise that many certification requirements include taking classes, since many different vocations have a classroom time requirement. Fortunately, there are lots of learning institutions out there (both brick and mortar, and online) that provide the right courses for getting you ready to take that certification test. The online courses are especially good, since it means that you can pursue that education while still working, since who can afford to quit work in order to take school these days?
While it’s clear that taking classes is a big part of getting a construction supervisor license, it’s also true that on the job experience is often taken into consideration as well. This work experience includes construction-related work done in the military. But whether we’re talking about civilian or military experience, there’s a lot to be said about the kind of knowledge you pick up on the job. Some would argue it’s even more important and valuable than classroom-learned information.
Bear in mind that each state has its own particular qualifications and requirements. For instance, if you wanted to become a construction supervisor in Massachusetts, the article “Massachusetts Construction Supervisor Job”rel=”no follow” spells out the requirements for the needed Construction Supervisor License, and it includes 12 hours of classroom time.
Furthermore, some states have reciprocal agreements, wherein one state’s licensed contractor in good standing is recognized by the respective agency in a reciprocating state. As a real-life example, Alabama has reciprocating agreements with Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Overall, it’s a good idea to see if your home state has special requirements and reciprocity agreements.
To sum it up, knowledge is power, and if you want to be empowered in order to pursue the goal of becoming a construction supervisor, you need to be (and stay) well-informed. But if you rack up some good hands-on experience, take the needed classes, and stick with it, you’ll become a supervisor in no time. Good luck!
Stephen Jeske is an occasional contributor to HowDoyou.com and enjoys covering issues surrounding technology and Big Data
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