The office, in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), has developed a course to fulfill the MSBA’s requirements that the School Project Designer and the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) on a state-assisted school construction project receive certification from the MCPPO program. The purpose of the course is to specifically address many of the issues that might arise in connection with a school construction project funded with assistance from the MSBA. The MSBA regulations entitled "School Building Grant Program" create the framework to assure that school building grants will be equitable for all districts and will be consistently applied to ensure both short-term and long-term financial viability.
According to the regulations, the Designer shall certify . . . that the individual directly in charge of the (school building) project is certified in the MCPPO Program as administered by the Inspector General [See MSBA regulations at 963 CMR 2.12(6)] and the Owner's Project Manager shall certify . . . that the individual directly in charge of the (school building) project is certified in the MCPPO Program as administered by the Inspector General. [See MSBA regulations at 963 CMR 2.11(12)]
The four-day certification course for school project designers and owner's project managers is offered several times during the year. The course concludes with an exam. The certification course is available only to the private sector.
Private sector designers and OPMs are not eligible to receive MCPPO designations. Instead, private sector participants receive a certificate of training completion that is good for three years that must be submitted to an awarding authority and the MSBA to be eligible for participation on a state-assisted public school construction project.