Certification Offers Sawing Contractors a Prequalification Edge

Certification Offers Sawing Contractors a Cutting Edge

Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) member Cutting Edge Services Corp. of Batavia, Ohio, is the first contractor certified at Level 1 of the association's Company Certification Program. The three-tier program has been developed by the CSDA Certification Committee for cutting contractors to provide owners, architects, engineers, general contractors and government officials with a valuable prequalification tool and to enhance the public image of concrete cutters.

Level 1 certification is devised to evaluate that a company meets the industry's basic safety and financial requirements. To achieve Level 1, companies must successfully pass a written application review. More companies are aiming to emulate this attainment and go on to become ISO9000 compliant by achieving Level 3 certification.

"The CSDA Company Certification Program provides me with documentation that can I present to customers and general contractors," said Tim Beckman, owner of Cutting Edge Services Corp. "I can prove that the company not only performs safe and efficient cutting work, but also uses sound business practices."

Level 2 includes heavy industrial prequalification. To attain Level 2, a company must show it is undertaking sound operational and financial best practices, in addition to the criteria set out for the first level, while providing evidence that the company has taken part in basic training or certification programs to better its employees and the company as a whole. To achieve Level 2 certification, companies must successfully pass a written application review.

Level 3 will provide potential customers with proof that a company has a total quality management system in place, and that the contractor is committed to a high standard of safety, training and sound business practices. Level 3 includes an audit with standards equivalent to the internationally recognized ISO9000 certification scheme, plus other industry-specific requirements. To achieve Level 3 certification, companies must pass an onsite audit.

The first of its kind in the industry, the program aims to promote the message that hiring a certified company will eliminate risks associated with hiring a cutting contractor who may otherwise be seen as another unknown subcontractor. CSDA is the only association that certifies contractors, and the Company Certification Program is available to all contractor members. For more information, visit www.csda.org and click on the Company Certification Program banner or contact the CSDA office at 727-577-5004.