Gold Seal Certification

The Gold Seal Certification program certifies estimators, foremen, owner’s construction managers, project managers, safety practitioners and superintendents working in or with Canada’s non-residential construction industry. When you earn your Gold Seal Certified (GSC) or Professional, Gold Seal Certified (P.GSC) credential, you demonstrate excellence through certified experience and nationally recognized validation of your skills, competence and knowledge.

Gold Seal Certification – Canada’s recognized industry standard

Nationally acclaimed, the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal Certification is a recognized standard of excellence for construction management professionals. Earned through industry experience, education and examination, Gold Seal Certification:

  • enhances your professional development,
  • improves your job mobility, and
  • markets your skills, competence, and experience.

Gold Seal Certified (GSC) construction management professionals have attained the highest standard of excellence, have proven industry experience, and are held in the highest regard. Companies that employ GSC professionals are seen as leaders for their commitment to quality and excellence through education, training, and continual skill development.

The Program is available for Estimators, Forepersons, Owner’s Construction Managers, Project Managers, Safety Practitioners or Superintendents working in Canada’s industrial, commercial, institutional, and civil (ICIC) construction sectors.

CANS is proud to be involved in the Gold Seal Certification Program and can help you with the training required for your application. Contact your CANS Education team for more information on how to start your Gold Seal journey with CANS.

We encourage you to start your journey! Submit your enrollment application here.

Gain Your Gold Seal Certification Through CANS!

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CANS 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 two-time award-winning Education & Training Program. Learn more about certification streams.

Explore Gold Seal pathways:

Not sure where to begin? Watch an information webinar recording, read the application guide and use the credit self-assessment tool.

Gold Seal exam

To obtain your GSC, you must pass the Gold Seal Certification exam. Offered four times yearly, this multiple-choice exam is writen online from the comfort of your home or office. Since this is primarily an experience-based exam, there is no study guide. However, applicants are encouraged to review previous course material, company policies and procedures, sample exam questions and the competency self- assessment. You are only eligible to take the exam if you have received approval for your GSC application from the Gold Seal team.

The Gold Seal team also sets you up for success by hosting an exam prep webinar two weeks before each exam. The webinar gives you a chance to understand how to prepare and allows you to ask questions. Join the team as they take you through what to expect, tips and tricks, technical requirements, and more.

Visit the Gold Seal website for sample questions and other exam resources.


For those who want to further their professional development, once you become a GSC and meet further requirements, you can apply to obtain your Professional Gold Seal Certified (P.GSC) credential.

As a P.GSC, your commitment to professional development will show employers, clients, and co-workers that you are a thought leader in construction management. Unlike the GSC, the P.GSC credential must be renewed every two years and meet the minimum requirements of 30 Gold Seal credits. Visit the Gold Seal website for details.

Join the other P.GSCs across Canada! Submit your application here.

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 Projects:

rcs construction, the New Ronald McDonald House

A project rendering of the new Ronald McDonald House.

A project rendering of the new Ronald McDonald House.

The new 40,000 sq. ft. Ronald McDonald House facility will be located on South Street in downtown Halifax across from the IWK Health Centre.

Read the latest progress update.

Marco,  The Halifax Common Aquatic Facility

As part of the Halifax Common Master Plan, a new outdoor aquatic facility is being constructed by general contractor, Marco Group, on the Halifax common. The design focuses on creating a facility that not only embraces the surrounding park setting, but also enhances it. Each area of the facility will be fully accessible. 

Read the latest progress update.

Past 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.

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.

To learn more about Gold Seal Projects:

Contact: Chantal Arsenault
Director, Policy & Workforce Development
Email | 902-468-2267 ext 706

Gold Seal exam

The exam is offered four times each year, typically in March, June, September and November.

2024 Exam Dates and Enrollment Deadlines:

  • March 22, 2024. Enroll by February 23, 2024.
  • June 14, 2024. Enroll by May 17, 2024.
  • September 20, 2024. Enroll by August 24, 2024.
  • November 22, 2024. Enroll by October 25, 2024.

Gold Seal Success Stories

Are you working in Nova Scotia and currently have your GSC? CANS wants to hear from you! Complete the survey below and tell us about your journey and how gold seal certification impacted you.

SHARE YOUR JOURNEY: Click here to tell us your story (approx. 5 minutes)

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2018 Success Stories

2017 Success Stories

Professional, Gold Seal Certification (P.GSC)

The P.GSC credential is the highest form of certification in the Gold Seal Certification program. It is a great opportunity for those who are already Gold Seal Certified looking to further enhance their capabilities, learn new skills and earn additional credibility in the industry. The P.GSC credential ensures that experienced certified practitioners demonstrate a biennial commitment to professional development activities, community support, industry advocacy and continued education in the management of construction. Click here to learn more about P.GSC or submit an application.

Contact Gold Seal

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