Gold Seal Certification

What is Gold Seal Certification?

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Gold Seal Program is a national certification program based on a candidate’s education, experience and their ability to satisfy rigorous standards. Gold Seal certification can be obtained in the following occupations: project manager, estimator, superintendent, safety coordinator, owner’s construction manager and foreman.

The Gold Seal Certification program was created by the industry for the industry. It has quickly become a standardized program supporting the development of skilled and serious Construction & Heavy Civil management professionals across Canada.

The Gold Seal Certification program upholds Canadian Heavy Civil & Construction management professionals to expectations and standards of excellence. All Gold Seal certified management professionals have been assessed and meet the Gold Seal standard requirements of industry knowledge, experience, education and training. Gold Seal is a national construction standard of certification, displaying a desire to uphold and distinguish one’s competency in Construction or Heavy Civil management above all others.

Learn more about the Certification process.

Gain Your Gold Seal Certification Through CANS!
CANS is offers 60+ Gold Seal accredited courses. CANS is focused on bringing the highest number of offerings to our program. The Gold Seal Certification signifies that individuals have attained a nationally recognized level of experience and competence. There are six streams or pathways to Gold Seal Certification, all of which can be earned via CANS award-winning Education & Training Program. Learn more about Certification Streams.
Explore each Gold Seal pathway below:
2021 Gold Seal Exam Dates:
  • January 22, 2021
    Apply by December 11, 2020
  • April 23, 2021
    Apply by March 12, 2021
  • June 25, 2021
    Apply by May 14, 2021
  • October 22, 2021
    Apply by September 10, 2021

To learn more about becoming Gold Seal Certified, contact:
Chantal Arsenault
Manager, Education & Training Development | 902-468-2267 ext 706

Gold Seal Webinars

The Gold Seal Certification program has been the industry’s most trusted, valued and reliable certification for those in management of construction. Gold Seal Certified (GSC) credentials demonstrate your commitment to the profession and your expertise through certifying education, experience and competency.

Ever wonder what it takes to get Gold Seal Certified? Click here to find out the answers to these questions and more, including webinar dates and how to register.

Gold Seal Success Stories

Do you already have your GSC and would like to share your motivation for getting certified and/or what your journey was like? Help others understand the benefits of Gold Seal, let them know why you’ve chosen to get Gold Seal Certified!

Selected individuals will be featured on Being featured on the website is great publicity — PLUS it looks great on your resume! Complete the Canadian Construction Association’s success story survey.

Gold Seal Projects

Across Canada, Gold Seal Projects are showcasing the value of Gold Seal Certified professionals. Gold Seal projects are a reflection of experience, competence and excellence in the management of a construction project. If you would like to gain additional exposure for your construction project and raise the level of your management staff’s professionalism, you should consider registering as a Gold Seal Project.

In a Gold Seal Project, a construction company works with its local construction association and the Gold Seal Certification program to jointly promote Gold Seal as part of a construction project. The objective is to educate non-certified workers about Gold Seal Certification and to honour those who have earned their certification by the end of the project.

Get more exposure for your next major project by registering it as a Gold Seal Project. Benefits include:

  • Promote the value of Gold Seal Certified professionals on your project site
  • Demonstrate your ability to manage and undertake challenging construction projects
  • Showcase your company’s professionalism and expertise in the construction industry
  • Educate non-certified staff about the value of Gold Seal Certification

Current & Upcoming Projects:

Lindsay Construction, The Glace Bay Police Station

The Glace Bay Police Station, by Lindsay Construction is one of two active Gold Seal Certified projects designated in Nova Scotia.

Lindsay Construction provided an aggressive 38-week schedule, likely to wrap in 44, well inside the one year contract. Lindsay Construction has been working with B. Curry & Sons on the civil side, Lynk Group for M&E components, Apollo Masonry, Dominion Drywall, B&K Painting, John McLean Ceramic, B&L Elite Millwork, Cape Breton Glass, 7 Signs, and local vendors for the successful completion of the project.

Read the latest progress update from Lindsay Construction.

Marco Group of Companies, The Berkeley Retirement Residences

The Berkeley Retirement Residence project, by Marco Group of Companies is one of two active Gold Seal Certified projects designated in Nova Scotia. Work began on The Berkeley in June 2019 and completion is expected in January 2021.

Marco’s first project for The Berkeley, this new retirement residence will be erected on the site currently occupied by the former Ben’s Bakery building near Quinpool Road in Halifax, NS. Demolition of the existing building will be undertaken by property owner, Westwood Developments. The six-storey building will contain 76 rooms, with a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. It will also include 20 memory-care rooms to accommodate residents with dementia.

Click here to find out more about Marco’s Designated Gold Seal Project.

Take a look at CANS & Marco’s Gold Seal Kick-off Luncheon.

Past Projects:

Halifax Harbour Bridges, The Big Lift

Halifax Harbour Bridges embarked on a significant and necessary project in early 2015: the replacement of the suspended spans of the Macdonald Bridge. The bridge remains safe but after 60 years, the deck is wearing out and needs to be replaced. The project, also known as The Big Lift, aims to extend the life of the bridge and reduce maintenance. The work was done mostly overnight with several weekend bridge closures over the 18-month period. This is only the second time that the suspended spans of a suspension bridge will be replaced while keeping the bridge open to traffic.

Learn more about the project.

Watch the time-lapse video documenting The Big Lift.

Gold Seal Certified CANS Members

2018 Success Stories

2017 Success Stories

To learn more about becoming Gold Seal Certified or Gold Seal Projects:

Chantal Arsenault
Manager, Education & Training Development
Email | 902-468-2267 ext 706