In this recurring column, ASBA
will offer tips on how the
association helps certified
builders generate the continuing
education points necessary to
ASBA offers its Certified
Builders two options for keeping
their designation current. The
first is the option to take the
exam again. The second, however,
includes an opportunity to
benefit the industry itself:
recertification by acquiring
continuing education points.
This includes writing technical
articles for Newsline.
Note: Writing Newsline
articles is only one method
individuals can get points;
other methods are described in
the Recertification Handbook.
Certified Builders are urged to
refer to this for complete
ASBA is always interested in
articles for Newsline,
and welcomes the contribution of
articles from its membership.
For an article to be considered
as eligible for recertification
points, however, please keep the
following in mind:
Articles should address technical
subjects designed to educate or stimulate discussion among builders.
Therefore, articles must be technical, rather than elementary
Articles for Newsline must
include specific content that mirrors the content of the
certification examination. (For example, an article might
discuss specific construction details of a long jump/triple jump
runway, but the article should not go into details about the
importance of keeping sand pits covered when not in use, since a
builder already knows this).
If considering a topic for a
Newsline article, it might help to ask, “Would this make a good
Technical Meeting session?” If it would, then it is likely to be
a valid suggestion for a Newsline article.
Articles for Newsline
should be original material. If using any previously published
articles or material for reference, please make sure to note this in
Please avoid using brand names; use
generic terms instead.
We recognize that your time as a
Certified Builder is valuable, so it may be advisable to contact
Association Headquarters prior to writing the article, just to make
certain the topic is applicable for recertification points. That
way, any ‘tweaks’ to the topic can be made in advance.
We look forward to your articles for the Newsline! Please address
any questions concerning recertification to Cynthia Sanchez at