Joining a professional association is an excellent way to build your network, discover trends and issues in the industry, and expand your knowledge. While pursuing your education, learning about the organizations in your chosen field, even attending a national conference if convenient, is a great way to begin applying what you’ve learned in conversation with your future colleagues.
CMAA – Construction Management Association of America
Founded in 1982, the Construction Management Association of America focuses on the business management skills that construction managers must develop in order to provide the best work on schedule and within budget.
The Construction Manager Certification Institute (CMCI), affiliated with CMAA, created an accredited professional development. The Certified Construction Manager (CCM) exam focuses on career-long development; it is not simply a short course and test. The Master’s in Construction Management at New England Institute of Technology prepares students to sit for the exam at the end of the course of study. Government agencies now often encourage or require their own in-house CMs to obtain certification. General projects increasingly specify that bidders should include proof of certification since it authenticates the bidder’s professionalism and experience.
There are 4 different membership levels, including one for students. Members join local chapters, engage in dialogues about major issues and receive news updates on the industry through the CMAdvisor.
ABC – Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., was founded in 1950 on the merit shop philosophy which “encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.” The ABC website posts construction jobs and résumés to help members connect and work together. ABC now has 70 chapters around the US, across all specialties in the construction industry. Most member companies perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors. Because ABC is dedicated to a culture of caring, chapters are active in volunteer service within their communities.
ABC also has a Young Professionals group that “provides young leaders the opportunity to network and build relationships with peers, industry experts and association leaders across the country and to learn from different perspectives.”
AGC – The Associated General Contractors of America
AGC has been around for nearly 100 years and is the leading association in the construction industry. AGC acts to represent construction firms at every level of government. Membership begins at the chapter level.
ASA – American Subcontractors Association.
The ASA is a national trade association, with state chapters, that aims to represent the array of construction subcontractors, specialty trade contractors, and suppliers. The association provides occasional educational programs to support the development of good business practices, creates networking opportunities among members, and offers assorted discounts within the trade. It also advocates on behalf of subcontractors. The Association offers regular updates on government decisions that will affect the industry, and publishes The Contractor’s Compass, a monthly educational journal.
CFMA – Construction Financial Management Association
Founded in 1981, CFMA is the only organization dedicated to bringing together construction financial professionals and those partners serving their unique needs. There are 2 membership levels. General members include construction managers, developers and architects. Associate members represent those who serve the construction industry such as bankers, insurance agents and consultants.
There are many other associations that are appropriate for construction managers. The National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers focus on issues in engineering. Those seeking to develop contacts among architects and designers may enjoy memberships with Design-Build Institute of America or American Institute of Architecture. An interest in green construction would gain from membership with the U.S. Green Building Council.
At New England Institute of Technology, the Master’s in Construction Management provides a strong foundation in the knowledge areas you need to succeed. As your education helps you develop areas of strength and proficiency, you gain the knowledge to become a peer member at these professional organizations. Getting your MSCM doesn’t just help you learn the construction technology and management skills to build a great career, it provides you with the professional foundation to expand your network and associations.
Plan ahead. Enroll for the fall semester so that you can build your knowledge and network base during the slower winter season.
Build a better career with an MSCM from NEIT.