News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                       October 2016

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Thinking About Becoming Certified? It's Time to Act!

Been on the fence about certification? It’s time to make the leap. In an increasingly competitive market, certification can make a big difference when it comes time to put in a bid for that important project.

ASBA is pleased to offer the following types of certification:

  • Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB)

  • Certified Track Builder (CTB)

  • Certified Field Builder (CFB): This covers all aspects of both natural and synthetic fields

  • Certified Field Builder-Natural (CFB-N): Covers all aspects of grass fields

  • Certified Field Builder-Synthetic (CFB-S): Covers all aspects of synthetic fields

ASBA’s certification program is, and always will be, voluntary. It was developed by the ASBA to help raise professional standards and to improve the practice of sports facility construction. Those who are interested in obtaining the certification must do so by passing a comprehensive exam and fulfill prescribed standards of experience.

Application Process
The application to take the test allows the prospective test-taker to show his or her eligibility; it is designed to provide a snapshot view for ASBA, illustrating the person’s experience in the industry. For initial certification, builders must demonstrate 100 eligibility points in specific areas relating to the construction of that type of project (for example, tennis courts). It is required that applicants show they have worked in those areas.

Certification Exam
Once an individual has completed the application process, the application will be reviewed and the person may make arrangements to sit for the exam.

The exam may be taken at ASBA’s Technical Meeting (in December) and Winter Meeting (February) as well as at the STMA Conference (January) and the Synthetic Turf Council Meeting (March.) It can also be taken by appointment at ASBA headquarters in Maryland. In all cases, those who wish to take the exam need to have successfully completed the application showing eligibility, paid a required fee and made arrangements to sit for the exam.

Get a Sneak Peek at the Test
Want to know how you might do, and what’s included? Go to ASBA’s website, www.sportsbuilders.org. Click on the Certification tab. A drop-down menu will allow you to select which type of certification (Tennis, Track or Field). From there, select “Become a Certified Builder” from the list of options, and you’ll be able to access the Certification Handbook, which can be downloaded free under the heading, “Are You Interested in Becoming a Certified Field Builder?” Sample test questions are found in this area, as are other informational materials.

Note: All informational materials on the website are free; however, applying to take the test involves a fee.

   


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