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How to Certify Your Business

Learn about the many benefits of construction business certification, how to navigate the application process, and what you can do with certification and beyond to set your business apart and work as a top tier company.


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  • Spanish Subtitles Available

  • Mobile Access

  • 16 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

16 Video Lessons · 1H 50M

  • 1. Introduction

    Your instructor Jennifer Todd is a full-service demolition and environmental contractor and owner and president of LMS General Contractors. Learn how Jennifer’s law degree and engineering license set her up for success, and why certification is key for anyone hoping to grow their construction business.

  • 2. Why Get Certified?

    Construction certifications help set a construction business apart and attract top-tier clients. Jennifer walks through the beginning steps of construction certification, and how various opportunities can open up—like small business allocations—after becoming certified.

  • 3. Types of Certifications

    Jennifer explains various certification types, like women-owned business certifications, LGBTQ-owned business certifications, and minority-owned certifications, and takes you through the website where you can determine which agencies help you become certified.

  • 4. Set Asides

    Set asides ensure that a certain bid percentage on a project goes to a number of certified small and diverse businesses. Jennifer explains how that contractual process works, and how you can source certified businesses to work with.

  • 5. Determining Eligibility for Certification

    Learn what you need to determine your eligibility (and apply) for certification, like proof of income and business licensure, and how to navigate the application process in an efficient yet thorough manner to set yourself up for success.

  • 6. Certifying Without a License

    You don’t always have to have a trade license to get certified. Jennifer explains how to apply for certification without a license and reviews specific examples of roles that don’t require trade licensure, like project management, construction management, and construction consulting.

  • 7. Eligible Company Structures

    Learn how the organizational structure of a small construction company affects its certification application, and how to apply for certification within each structure whether it’s for a corporation, sole proprietorship, or partnership.

  • 8. Registering for Federal Contracting

    Jennifer walks through the steps for registering for federal contracting, from obtaining a DUNS number to finalizing your application on

  • 9. Agencies that Certify Your Business

    There are five core groups that oversee certifications. Learn about each of them, from local agencies to public works divisions, and what role they play in determining certification.

  • 10. Private vs. Public Works

    Public projects require certification, while privately-owned projects don’t. Jennifer explains what happens when a project is both privately and publicly-funded, and goes through the pros and cons of working in both sectors.

  • 11. Navigating

    Jennifer walks you through the website and explains how the registration process works for various certifications, including local, city, and state certifications.

  • 12. Navigating

    The website provides various services, such as federal contractor registration and federal project bidding opportunities. Learn how to navigate the website.

  • 13. Preparing Documentation

    Jennifer walks you through the must-have documents you will need for your certification process, from proof of citizenship, to business tax reports, to occupational licenses.

  • 14. Preparing Documentation for LLCs and Corporations

    If your business is set up as an LLC or corporation, you’ll need to provide specific additional documents. Learn the importance of articles of incorporation, meeting minutes, and corporate bylaws.

  • 15. Frequently Asked Questions

    Jennifer reviews some of the most common questions she receives from construction business owners about certification, such as getting certified in multiple states, applying for certification with business partners, how long certifications last, and more.

  • 16. Conclusion - Pursuing Education

    Jennifer reviews the value of mentorship and the various steps you can take to get educated in construction. She shares several examples of self-starters within her company who sought construction trade education and became experts in their field, and reviews the powerful impact training can have on anyone starting a construction company or pursuing a career in construction.

Who it's for: This course is for construction professionals and contractors seeking local, state, or federal work; for those making the shift from private to public works; or anyone looking to expand their business by becoming a certified contractor.

Key Topics

  • Construction certifications

  • How to get certified in construction

  • Organizational structures for a construction company

  • Set aside contracts

  • Registering for federal contracts

  • Documentation for certification

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  • What is MT Copeland?

    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

  • What do courses include?

    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

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    Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.

  • Where did the name MT Copeland come from?

    MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.

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