A construction business needs to be properly certified in order to operate legally and successfully. Without certification, an individual or corporation will have limited opportunities for succeeding in the construction industry. Many clients are particular about the way the companies they deal with conduct their operations. The certification will insure them that the business is adhering to the highest standards.
There are several certifications that a company can apply for. The first of which is the registered retail merchant certificate that it can obtain from the Department of Revenue. In New Jersey, this is called the Business Registration Certificate, which a contractor will need in order to do business with the state and other public agencies. In Florida, the state does not require all construction work to be certified. Construction works that do not need certification include flooring, paint, window treatments, and countertops, among others. Certification for major construction work can be obtained by passing a state examination. Other states will have their own sets of rules and regulations regarding certification to do business in the construction industry.
Aside from the legal requirement to do business, there are other certificates that a construction company can apply for. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification is one of them. A company with a LEED certification shows that its buildings have met the highest standards for sustainability. This is an advantage to the company especially when it deals with customers that are environmentally conscious. This shows the client that the construction firm adheres to the highest standards of promoting the environment's sustainability.
Finally, a construction business can be more successful with an ISO 9001 certificate. This certificate tells clients that the company follows internationally approved standards for resource planning and project management. Moreover, an ISO certification means that the company is not only efficient but also has a risk mitigation plan.