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How to Become a Registered Construction Superintendent

Step 1: Qualifications

You must meet one 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 Site Safety Manager Orientation 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;

  2. Have five (5) years of experience within the last ten (10) years as a Construction Superintendent and have completed a Department-approved Site Safety Manager Orientation 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;

  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, you must visit the Licensing and Exams Unit in person and bring the original documentation listed below with you. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

Licensing and Exams Unit Location Information:

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.

  • Original driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-drivers’ ID, current passport or green card;

  • 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 and 10-hour OSHA certificate as specified by the experience qualifications 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.

Printable Guidelines (PDF)
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