AISC Certification Help for Contractors a Major Focus of Iron Workers Labor-Management Group

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IMPACT, affiliated with the Iron Workers, provides prep help for company AISC certifications. Last month, JCM Group took advantage of this helpful program.

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“Providing assistance with the sometimes difficult process of becoming AISC certified ensures a pipeline of high-quality, knowledgeable contractors ready to tackle the largest projects in the country," says IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton.

With commercial and industrial construction booming around the U.S., the demand for qualified contractors has skyrocketed. Thankfully, the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Trust (IMPACT) have the demand covered.

Affiliated with the Iron Workers, IMPACT focuses on developing safe and productive Ironworkers and contractors. IMPACT works closely with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Quality Management Company, an independent third-party auditing company, to assist members in pursuing certification through the AISC Steel Erector and Fabricator Certification Programs. In July, JCM Group used IMPACT's help to move forward in the certification process.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. The organization’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization and market development.

The partnership between The DuRoss Group, IMPACT and McGowan Technical Services provides ten hours of correspondence for contractors interested in obtaining the AISC Steel Erector Certification and the AISC Fabricator Certification, followed by one free day of onsite advisory sessions.

"Thank you so much for your direction and mentoring! My father and I have a great direction now and have confidence in our actions towards becoming AISC certified,” said JCM Group Systems Administrator Ryan McLaughlin after meeting with IMPACT and IMPACT consultants about AISC certification. “It was a pleasure working with you.”

The AISC certification demonstrates commitment to quality by confirming that the contractor does what it says it does. The certification(s) ensure that contractors have the personnel, knowledge, organization, equipment, experience, capability and procedures to produce quality work. AISC also requires certified contractors to set goals for improvement, building a culture of excellence every day.

“Thanks for all your help with Composite Company, Inc., obtaining the Advanced Certified Steel Erector status with AISC,” said Composite Company President Gary Hawkins. “[IMPACT’s] advice, encouragement and consulting were essential in completing the difficult requirements of the AISC. I am proud of our success, and the certification will open new opportunities for our company.”

“Giving contractors the tools they need to be successful is our primary goal,” said IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton. “Providing assistance with the sometimes difficult process of becoming AISC certified ensures a pipeline of high-quality, knowledgeable contractors ready to tackle the largest projects in the country.”

More about IMPACT’s AISC Certification Program can be found at IMPACT is a labor management partnership designed to provide a forum for the Iron Workers and their contractors to address mutual concerns and encourage reasonable balanced solutions. For more information, visit or call 800-545-4921.

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