New Jersey

New Jersey Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsHurricane Sandy created the urgent need to rebuild homes. In the coming years, experts say New Jersey will see a double digit increase in remodeling spending due to the hurricane damage to New Jersey's shore towns and barrier islands which is estimated in the billions of dollars, according to the National Association of Remodeling Industry. Residents are applying for FHA or VA refinance loans to fund their remodeling projects and this has increased the need for qualified home construction and remodeling contractors.

In the state of New Jersey, if a contractor is a plumber, electrician, or construction contractor they must have a license to operate. But, general contractors do not have a licensing board. They are required to register for a Home Improvements License with the state then apply for licensing at the county level. When a contractor displays a New Jersey license, it means they have the field supervision skills necessary to supervise an entire project. This includes scheduling subcontractors, compliance with building codes, and they are covered by worker's compensation and liability insurance.

Most home improvements are performed by general contractors. The state of New Jersey considers a home improvement any project that repairs, restores, modernizes or alters a residential structure. This can include installing roofing and siding, paving driveways and sidewalks, landscaping, erecting fences, installing doors or windows, installing kitchen cabinets and appliances, and installing and repairing heating and water systems.

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Crafts-workers - A.D.C. New Jersey Local 2,4 & 5

The organization was founded in 1865. This makes it the oldest continuous union in North America. Their mission is to improve wages, benefits and safety through the solidarity of union members. They represent members who work with brick, stone, marble, cement, plaster and caulk. Working as an agent for their members in collective bargaining negotiations, they have won legislation to standardized and coordinated agreements, establish higher standards business ethics, improve communication industry workers for the exchange of ideas

The BAC wants to move masonry forward by improving member's knowledge of technology, masonry innovations and new materials. The BAC also supports the education of member families. Their Joseph P. DiRenzo Memorial Scholarship is available to the sons or daughters of active member. To enter the scholarship competition, the applicant has to create a presentation on the positive side of labor unions.

New Jersey Coalition for Interior Design Legislation

The coalition was formed in 1989 to bring together interior design professionals in a supportive environment to explore advancements in interior design and the impact legislative issues may have on their design industry.

A few of the past legislative issues the coalition has worked on includes health and safety in living and working environments, the importance of education and certification of design professionals, and establishing what defines interior design in accordance with New Jersey's laws, codes, regulations and standards.

The coalition believes the importance of a certification is twofold. First it lets prospective clients know that their designer has met the state's requirements in design education, field experience and tested with a state examination. Consumers can also identify a licensed interior designer or interior decorator by their state assigned certification number found on their business cards.

The coalition also believes certification promotes higher standards in the industry through the New Jersey Interior Designer Certification Act. Consumers are able to locate qualified designers who have been tested on their knowledge of building codes, safety, ADA guidelines, health and safety, and interior design trends.

Building Contractors Association of New Jersey

The association was founded in 1937 to raise construction industry standards and give New Jersey residents quality construction at an affordable price. Since their formation, they have improved working procedures, local public contracts, unemployment insurance, bidding procedures, payment procedures, and established contractor registration with New Jersey Department of Labor. They are currently working on equalizing the bidding process, price adjustments, and the use of subcontractors.

The BCA of New Jersey is building a more skilled workforce through the use of state and federal funded programs like their Apprenticeship Training Program. It was established for individuals wishing to enter the construction trades. It offers continuing education courses to those in the construction industry. Members can enhance their management abilities of the general construction trades and receive a Construction Project Management Certificate through programs offered at both Stockton University and Rutgers University. The course is 25 hours over 10 weeks and consists of three core classes and three electives.

BCA of New Jersey reaches out and helps area universities such as the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University and Fairleigh Dickson University with their guest speaker program and development projects. Their Summer Work Program allows members to mentor students from NJIT and FDU. During the twelve week paid internship, students learn about engineering technology, construction management, and civil engineering.

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