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February 16, 2011

Mechanical service contractors to launch certification program

After close to three years of work, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC) is nearing the home stretch on implementation of its long-anticipated national certification program.

Based on a model developed by the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the program provides for two closely aligned levels of certification: a contractor certification and a technician certification.

The goal is to establish a nationally recognized level of professionalism in the mechanical service sector.

Scott Munro

MSCC chair Scott Munro, CEO of Adelt Mechanical Works, said the program is a “substantial” undertaking for the organization and its members. MSCC represents 120 companies, from every province in Canada.

“The two designations represent several years of hard work and collaboration with industry stakeholders — not to mention the dedication of a highly motivated group of volunteers who have created this program,” Munro said.

“We believe this designation represents the elite contractors and technicians in Canada and as such will quickly be adopted by our clients and future clients as the standard for work in their buildings.”

The program is expected to be launched this spring.

The contractor certification component is a company-wide designation that demonstrates that a firm meets certain requirements with respect to a seven-step qualification process.

The company should have: a proven track record in the mechanical service industry; documented service safety and health programs and an outstanding safety record; and an established truck inventory control system and major tool inventory program.

In addition, at least 20 per cent of the company’s current journeymen must be MSCC-certified technicians. The company should also provide and require photo ID cards to be worn by all field personnel. It should maintain the highest levels of customer service.

The technician certification program is designed exclusively for employees of MSCC member companies who meet requirements with respect to training and experience and pass an online test.

There are two specific disciplines — HVAC and plumbing and heating.

The program was developed by a committee that included representation from the Building Owners and Managers Association, the International Facilities Management Association and MSCC member contractors.

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