OCTOBER - 2019
Wow! What a humbling experience it was to be inaugurated as your NASCLA President for FY 2019/2020. It is with great honor that I will serve our membership and industry. Six (6) years ago, I didn’t know what NASCLA was or that it even existed. Now I feel like I am a part of an amazing family who genuinely cares for each other but more importantly cares for public safety, promotes best practices and license uniformity for agencies that regulate the construction industry nationally.
We had an extremely successful NASCLA 2019 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland that included memorable speakers and events. Evaluations from the conference showed that people really enjoyed the presentations this year. I would like to extend a special thank you to all our sponsors who, through their generous donations, helped to make this conference a great success!
Congratulations to Zach Ford and Sabrina Aguilar, the very 1st winners of the NASCLA Contractors Scholarship Program. Zach was able to participate in a Q&A session at this year’s conference and added valuable insight on how we attract the younger generation into the construction industry. The sky is the limit for these two and we will be keeping up with them in the future.
Following the annual conference, NASCLA held its first NASCLA 2-Day Regional Investigator Training Program in Vancouver, Washington for the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. NASCLA looks forward to more opportunities to provide additional regional trainings throughout the country.
The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program was launched last year and to date, there are eight (8) state agencies utilizing trade examinations within the program by either administration or acceptance in lieu of their state specific trade examination. In addition, the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors job analysis was also updated to follow psychometric best practices to allow for new items to be implemented in January 2020. The NASCLA Board of Directors have directed the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program Committee to pursue HVAC/Mechanical as the next classification within the program. The Committee along with NASCLA’s Psychometrician, Brian Moritsch, will be working to gather the support from the HVAC/Mechanical Trade Associations along with recruiting Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from across the country to begin the development of the job analysis.
The NASCLA Model Legislation Committee continues to work hard on mobility issues between the states as well a monitoring legislation in all 50 states. The NASCLA Technology Committee along with NASCLA Staff are continuing their efforts to encourage NASCLA State Member participation in the NASCLA Contractors Disciplinary Database. The NASCLA National Examination Database (NED) platform has been undergoing a complete update and will launch in the coming months.
As we look forward, the NASCLA 2020 Board of Directors Mid-Year Meeting will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 18th – 20th and the NASCLA 2020 Annual Conference at the Loews Hotel in Coronado, California on August 30th – September 3rd.
Thanks to Angie Whitaker, NASCLA Executive Director, and her amazing team. Their can-do and positive attitude are what makes this a great organization! I would like to thank them and all of you for your continued support of the association. I look forward to serving you as your NASCLA President as we work together to transform and elevate the construction industry!