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How to Become a Registered Construction Superintendent

Step 1: Qualifications

You must meet one (1) of the following requirements to become a registered Construction Superintendent:

  1. Be a New York State registered architect or professional engineer and have completed a Department-approved 7-hour Site Safety Manager Course or a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Standard Construction Industry Course. The class must have been completed within the last three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application; or

  2. Have five (5) years of experience within the last ten (10) years as a Construction Superintendent and have completed a Department-approved 7-hour Site Safety Manager Course and a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Standard Construction Industry Course. The class must have been completed within the last three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application; or

  3. Have five (5) years of experience in the last ten (10 years as a carpenter, mason or building inspector and have completed a Department-approved 40-hour Site Safety Manager Course and a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Standard Construction Industry Course. The class must have been completed within the last three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application.

Step 2: Applying

Once you have verified that you meet one (1) of the above qualifications groups, you must visit the Licensing & Exams Unit in person and bring the below original documentation with you. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Licensing & Exams Unit Location Information:

Licensing & Exams Unit
NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 6th floor
New York, NY 10007

Required Documentation:

  • Typed and completed LIC3 registration application form;

  • Typed, completed and notarized LIC4 employment history application form;
    Note: This is not required for applicants who are registered architects or professional engineers.

  • Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience;
    Note: This is not required for applicants who are registered architects or professional engineers

  • Experience Verification Forms located on the Department’s website, to be completed by supervisors/managers/contractors who are verifying your work experience;
    Note: if you are self-employed, Experience Verification Forms should be completed by your clients/contractors or others who hired you and who can verify your work experience. If you are self-employed or if you have missing/insufficient documents, additional information will be requested. Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted.

  • Original social security card;

  • Original proof of residence (utility bill, bank statement, lease or deed) or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person with whom you are residing;
    Note: Cell Phone/Voice Over Internet Protocol VOIP Bills will not be accepted.

  • Original Site Safety Manager certificate;

  • 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Standard Construction course certificate as specified by the experience qualifications as specified in Step One above;

  • Original New York State RA or PE license card or certificate.
    Note: This is only required for those applying as a New York State Registered Architect or Professional Engineer

  • Child Support Certification Form

  • $100 Application Fee.

Step 3: Approval

Once all documentation is submitted and approved, you will receive your Construction Superintendent registration number and photo identification.

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