Deconstruction Contractor Training
Beginning October 31, 2016, the City of Portland will require that all houses or duplexes built in 1916 or earlier (or having historic designation regardless of age) seeking a demolition permit must be deconstructed (disassembled and salvaged). Only Certified Deconstruction Contractors will be able to perform work on structures covered under the new requirements. At least one person currently employed by a firm must be certified in order for the firm to be certified.
Pathway to Certification:Certification requires successful completion of a one-hour skills assessment (in-person), written exam (online, at your convenience), and 500 hours of experience (tracked online) in any of 10 core-competency areas. Most existing contractors (deconstruction, demolition, construction) will likely have experience in several of the competency areas and past experience can be used to meet the 500 hour requirement. An optional 3-day Decon for Demo Contractors training is also available for those that would like the benefit of a hands-on training (both classroom and on-site) prior to taking the skills assessment and exam.
Trainings, skills assessments, and exams will follow the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) curriculum and will be taught by Dave Benninck of RE-USE Consulting.
The first offering of training and skills assessments will be held the week of July 18. Additional skills assessments and trainings will likely be available in the future, however this may be the only opportunity prior to the October 31, 2016 effective date of the new requirements.
- July 18: Skills Assessment (1-hour, by appointment) for individuals with extensive decon knowledge/experience
- July 19, 20, 21: 3-Day Training (8am-5pm, lunch provided) for individuals with limited decon knowledge/experience
- July 22: Skills Assessment (1-hour, by appointment) for individuals attending the 3-day training
CEs & Cost
$770 | Skills Assessment + Exam
BMRA membership is included in the cost of Exam ($200 value)