Ohio Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsOhio's construction and home improvements industry, as it is known today, got its start during the post WWII housing boom. The construction of two bedroom one bathroom homes; priced for returning WWII servicemen at $8,000, were built on empty land near larger cities like Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus, creating the first suburbs. This housing boom gave rise to an increased need for home construction contractors, specialist, and home building supplies.

In the 1980s the economy took a turn for the worse and the need for new homes dropped. Consumers turned to buying and remodeling older homes instead of purchasing new homes. This new trend gave way to the home repair and improvements boom from 1982 to 1992.

As of 2012, Ohio started experiencing a small housing recovery with more money being spent on construction and spurring a rebound in the industry. In the Columbus, Ohio area, single family homes increased 4.3 percent, home-improvements 0.5%, non-residential construction increased 0.4%, and public construction 0.9% over a year's time.

For a contractor to take advantage of this new housing boom they need to be licensed. In the state of Ohio residential construction contractors and general contractors do not need to be licensed to do business. But the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) does require electrical, HVAC, hydronics, plumbing and refrigeration contractors to have a license. When Ohio residents have complaints against non-licensed contractors, they have to lodge it with the Building Inspection Department and not the OCILB. But, non-licensed contractors are required to have locally issued building permits.

Associated General Contractors of Ohio

The AGC was established in 1970 as a trade association for building contractors . It serves as the Ohio chapter for the largest most respected construction trade association in the United States the Associated General Contractors of America.

The organization's activities included legislation, economic development initiatives, labor relations, safety, EEO, building codes, and workforce education, labor relations whether union or open shop. They also offer scholarships, safety awards, training programs, conferences to its members. Its membership is open to general contractors, subcontractors, and service providers.

The association is organized into 7 governing bodies each located near a major construction market in Ohio. The AGC's driving principles are skills, responsibility, and integrity.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America Central Ohio

The ACCA has represented workers in the HVACR business since 1906 at the onset of central heating, but, under different names. The organization started when the National Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Association and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors of American merged. The two trade associates later dissolved in 1968 but formed the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. At that time they also create a trust fund so the HVACR association could operate as an independent trade organization. The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute incorporated as the National Environmental Systems Contractors Association in 1969. And, in 1978, it was renamed the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. This made it the largest HVACR organization in the industry.

The ACCA is a non-profit trade association representing design, installation, and repair HVACR residential and commercial contractors. They help establish requirements for the state licensing of contractors, set professional ethics, and advocate employment rights in the industry. The ACCA also provides vocational and technical school support to its members. Their ultimate goal is to insure that consumers are offered the highest standards in advertising, pricing and workmanship. You can find more information about the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Central Ohio by visiting their website www.accohio.org.

National Electrical Contractors Association Central Ohio Chapter

The central Ohio chapter of the NECA serves as the regional representative for the national NECA. Its membership is open to licensed electrical contractors. They serve as a representative in labor relations, government relations, to ensure members have a voice in policies, election of leadership, and education needs.

The NECA has within it two committees to ensure their members are well educated and well represented. The National Joint Apprenticeship Committee familiarizes members with the latest technologies through continuing education programs. And, the Labor Management Cooperation Committee was established to improve relationship between labor and management, workers and management, improve organizational effectiveness, and the education of Journeyman Wireman.

The NECA offers three education programs through the Electrical Trades Center of Central Ohio. The first is an Advance Standing Program for persons experienced in electrical construction. An Apprentice Inside Wireman Program to teach the skills necessary to work inside property lines. And, the Apprentice Installer Technician for low voltage signal, data and communication systems. The programs are registered with United States Department of Labor and the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council. Their programs are maintained to ensure students graduate with current technology familiarity, have assessment skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of codes and standards, and knowledge of networks including fiber optics.

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