The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is “The Source & Resource for Construction Financial Excellence” and the only nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the educational needs of today's construction financial professional.
Established in 1981, CFMA’s General Members represent all types of contractors – including general contractors and specialty trades – as well as developers, construction managers, architects, engineers, principals, and material and equipment suppliers. Associate Members include professionals in the accounting, insurance, surety, software, legal, and banking industries, as well as any other specialist who serves the construction industry.
CFMA chapters in major cities from Maine to Hawaii offer local workshops, seminars, and programs that complement member services provided by CFMA Headquarters in Princeton, NJ. CFMA currently has over 6,500 members in 87 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The American Society of Professional Estimators began in 1956. What started with fewer than 20 members in the Los Angeles area can boast today of thousands of members in chapters from border to border.
ASPE was created with dedication and commitment to the idea of providing its members with tangible benefits:
- A professional society which promotes the highest standards and ethics in the practice of construction estimating.
- Continuing education through seminars and lectures on construction-related topics.
- Their magazine, Estimating Today, and local chapter newsletters carry technical, industry-related and other pertinent articles for the professional estimator.
- An opportunity to become recognized as a Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) through the completion of their training and testing program.
- A means of personally communicating with fellow professionals on a monthly and annual basis, providing an opportunity to exchange information and gain professional recognition for yourself and your company.
WWCCA is the oldest, most powerful and meaningful active Wall & Ceiling Association in the west. They have been a functioning entity for more than 100 years. WWCCA is a non-profit organization representing over 85 subcontractors and 100 affiliates who have joined to promote the installation of quality.
- Acoustical tile
- Decorative and ornamental plastering
- Steel stud framing
They employ only union trained craftsmen who are experienced and dedicated to "doing the job better."
Located in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. Operating in partnership with its nationwide network of 95 chartered Chapters, AGC provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.
AGC was established in 1918 after a request by President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson recognized the construction industry's national importance and desired a partner with which the government could discuss and plan for the advancement of the nation. AGC has been fulfilling that mission for the last 90 years.
A full service national trade association with a nationwide network of exceptional chapters, AGC represents nearly 30,000 leading firms in the industry - including general contractors, specialty contractors and service providers and suppliers. AGC members play a powerful role in sustaining economic growth, in addition to producing structures that add to productivity and the nation's quality of life. AGC is truly the "voice and choice" of the construction industry.
The American Society of Concrete Contractors was formed by and for concrete contractors and others who provide services and goods to the industry. It is a powerful organization of contractors who share the same goals – to improve their businesses and their roles as contractors. Members include contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and other professionals. There are over 500 member companies in the U.S. and abroad.
ASCC seeks to be the voice of the concrete contractor, serving as a collective instrument to give them a stronger presence in the construction industry.
ASCC is committed to helping members enhance the quality of their construction and their businesses. Contractors become better equipped to improve all aspects of their performance with the help of valuable information and member interaction.
The Decorative Concrete Council advances the quality and use of decorative concrete systems. The Manufacturers Advisory Board counsels the ASCC on how to enhance the interaction between manufacturers, service providers and the contractor members. The Safety and Risk Management Council provides publications and other resources to make ASCC contractors the safest in the industry.
The FCIA's mission is for member organizations to be recognized throughout the construction industry as preferred quality contractors of life safety firestop systems.
FCIA Member Contractors are committed to providing consistent, high quality firestop systems as a critical part of Effective Compartmentation. Through active participation in the FCIA and related forums, members contribute to the advancement of the firestop and compartmentation industry and maintain exceptional knowledge of this specialized service.
Through this professional commitment to fire and life safety, member contractors bring considerable value to their customers by enhancing public safety and property protection.
AWCI represents 2,200 companies and organizations in the acoustics systems, ceiling systems, drywall systems, exterior insulation and finishing systems, fireproofing, flooring systems, insulation, and stucco contractors, suppliers and manufacturers and those in allied trades. Our mission is to provide services and undertake activities that enhance the members' ability to operate a successful business.
AWCI is highly regarded by members of the construction industry as providing valuable technical and product information, education and training, industry contacts and the collaborations essential to operating a successful business, and is the principal organization advocating the interests of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers in the wall and ceiling industries.
Today, 90 years since its founding, AWCI continues to provide benefits for acoustical, ceiling, drywall, EIFS, fireproofing, insulation, plaster, steel framing and stucco contractors, suppliers and distributors, manufacturers and those in allied trades.
The Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA) is uniquely dedicated to serving the acoustical and specialty ceilings and interior finishes industry. CISCA provides market-driven solutions including dynamic networking, quality education, accessible resources and expert technical guidelines to enhance the success and profitability of our members.
CISCA publishes Interior Construction magazine and the Wood Ceilings Technique Guidelines Handbook.
CISCA's Annual Convention and INTEX Expo are the major forums for the interior finishes industry.
The Finishing Contractors Association was created by union contractors seeking to address the unique Labor-Management and business needs of union employers. All FCA members are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with our labor partner, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
Most members belong to a local FCA Affiliated Association in the United States or Canada. Finishing contractors perform painting, glass/glazing, drywall finishing and floor covering projects for general contractors, developers and owners. FCA members work on commercial, industrial and large, custom residential projects in the U.S. and Canada. They are union contractors because they demand the best quality in workmanship, productivity and safety for their customers. FCA members know they can achieve the best by partnering with a strong labor union, which provides the skilled workers.
FCA helps members compete more effectively and retain market share by providing a host of contractor-driven business services to members and affiliates, working with the international union to strengthen the Labor-Management relationship, ensuring a maximum ROI for FCA members' investments in industry trust funds and advocating for union contractors before governmental organizations. You are encouraged to learn more about our organization.
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry utilizing design-build and integrated project delivery methods to achieve high performance projects. (Click here for DBIA's vision, mission and values.)
Founded in 1993, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., DBIA proudly stands as the only membership organization bringing together thousands of organizations and individuals representing architects, engineers, public and private owners, general and specialty contractors, manufacturer and suppliers, students, college and university faculty, legal and finance professionals and many more. In summary, DBIA is the design and construction industry’s hub -- the only organization that makes whole the industry’s many parts.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 74 chapters representing 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.
- ABC is the construction industry's voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.
- ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
- Through its national office and chapters, ABC's objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
- ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.
The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association formerly the Hispanic Contractors Association of DFW was formed in 1995 to address the needs of one of the fastest growing sectors of the construction industry. In addition in giving voice to the business and political concerns of its members, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association serves the community through its outreach program.
The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association has streamlined and improved the bid process for its members. Hispanic Contractors Association members have been successful in working with local and state elected officials to ensure fairness in awarding of bids. Additionally, the RHCA has implemented several new initiatives to offer members expanded support services and benefits.
AWCIANZ is the principal organisation advocating the interests of contractors, suppliers and manufacturers in the wall and ceiling industries. AWCIANZ is highly regarded by both members and the industry it serves, for providing valuable business, technical and product information, education and training and industry contacts essential to operating a successful business.
In the early 1940s manufacturers of fibrous plaster products and installers formed various regional associations as a networking base. When plasterboard and other lining boards came onto the market the association changed its focus and structure accordingly.
More than 60 years on the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries operates actively in all States of Australia and New Zealand and is the premier industry group for the lining industry. AWCIANZ therefore provides the best opportunity to communicate with and influence this important building industry sector.
The AWCIANZ membership consists of wall and ceiling contractors and product suppliers or product manufacturers. Membership inquiries can be made to the national office or one of the State AWCI offices.
Within Australia & New Zealand AWCIANZ provides a number of opportunities for partners/sponsors. These include trade nights, State Conferences & the annual National Conference.
New Zealand Associations
The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of New Zealand Inc. is a grouping of Building Industry organisations, including contractors, tradesmen, manufacturers and suppliers, established to represent the interests of members and their customers for interior wall and ceiling lining systems and related products.
The Association was formed in 1992 as the Interior Systems Association incorporating existing trade groups of suspended ceilings, plasterboard and fibrous plaster. The name of the association was changed in November 2005.
The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of New Zealand Inc. is the New Zealand representative of the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia and New Zealand (AWCI).
United Kingdom Associations
FPDC promotes best practice, excellence and professionalism in drywall and plastering.
The FPDC is a national trade association with both specialist contractor and associate members that are involved in designing and installing internal and external build solutions.
They are a contractor led organisation with stringent membership criteria, requiring our members to meet the highest standards.
They provide specialist business support designed for companies of all sizes, and represent our specialist contractor members interests collectively in ways which help them to achieve a competitive advantage.
A single source serving the interiors fit-out industry, the Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) is a trade association that represents companies involved in the manufacture, supply and installation of all aspects of interior fit-outs and refurbishments. Members are throughout the supply chain including main interior contractors, specialist fit-out contractors, manufacturers and distributors.
AIS members operate in retail and commercial offices, the public sector, banks and building societies, hotels and leisure facilities, hospitals, schools, factories and warehouses, airports and so on. Most work nationally and an increasing number operate in Europe and beyond.
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