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PDCA Accreditation requires secure submittal of a company’s business information – financial data, safety management and training, relevant insurance policies, and licensing (where applicable) – as well as completion of a selection of Contractor College courses. Accreditation requirements are outlined on your Accreditation Dashboard. All referenced course work is available online in the Course Catalog, organized by subject. Use this tracking form for your records, and email Contractor College with all business documentation.
Companies will be given a 24-month period to complete the requirements for Accreditation, starting on the date of enrollment to the program. Companies that fail to complete the requirements within this time frame must start the process over if they wish to pursue Accreditation. This includes the submission of all business documentation and the completion of all education requirements. Upon completion of your Accreditation you will be invoiced a $199 administration fee. You will be notified of payment due by the status of your Accreditation dashboard.
1. Agree to the terms of Accreditation
PDCA Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics serves as the foundation for PDCA Accreditation. Every Accredited Contractor has agreed to adopt these guiding principles in all business activities. The contractor understands that failure to adhere to the Code of Ethics may result in suspension or revocation of Accreditation.
Upon completion of Accreditation courses and submission of your business documentation, you will be notified on your Accreditation dashboard and by email that you have completed your Accreditation submission. There is a $199 administration evaluation fee to complete and receive Accreditation.
In order to maintain Accreditation status, Accredited companies are re-evaluated every 2 years for completion of ongoing education and training. The renewal period begins upon completion of initial Accreditation. There is a $99 administrative evaluation fee for re-accreditation every 2 years.
2. Complete the education requirements
The required 18 credits of educational activity are listed below. Courses may be completed online, at the National PDCA convention, through PDCA’s approved local network of Councils, Chapters and Forums, and through other educational activities and course work.
Contractor College online courses are typically one (1) hour in length and may be accompanied by an exam which must be completed with a score of 70% or higher. Participants may retake tests up to three (3) times to achieve a passing score. Any employee of the company may complete courses toward these requirements. For assistance in creating additional employee accounts, please contact PDCA National.
8 Hours of Technical/Safety Credits
Complete 8 hours in any of the following subjects, located in the technical and risk management categories of the catalog.
· Application Tools
· Coating Technology
· Color & Decorating
· Paint Types
· PDCA Industry Standards
4 Basic Training Courses
Complete 4 credit hours of business courses in the "Basic Training" section of the Contractor College Course Catalog or approved Contractor College business training.
6 Hours of Elective Credits
Complete 6 additional hours of course work from the Contractor College Course Catalog or approved Contractor College programs. Credits may also awarded for PDCA leadership contribution and industry involvement activities like the following:
3. Upload Business Documentation
Companies seeking Accreditation must upload copies of the documents listed below to their Accreditation Dashboard. Documentation requirements serve to establish and verify legal and ethical operations.
All documents are placed in a review queue upon upload. You will be notified when a document has been accepted
Business Plan Documents
· Mission Statement
· 5-year Business Plan
· Sample Budget
· Cash Flow Projection
Business Operations Documents
· Employer Identification Number
· State Tax Identification Number
· Business License
· Contractor License
· EPA Registration
· Proof of Insurance
· Estimating Procedures
· Sample Contract
· Safety Plan
4. Accreditation Application Documents
· Third Party References (2 required)
· Administrative Evaluation
Questions? Contact PDCA Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.