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Welcome to the application page for ABC’s Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) program!

The AQC program documents a company’s commitment to quality, safety, training, its community and employees.

NEW AQC APPLICANTS

AQC participants are REQUIRED to meet the following core criteria. Be sure to review all requirements before purchasing the application:

  • Been in business for a minimum of three years.
  • Receive a minimum of two quality-based honors within the past five years.
  • Receive a minimum of five AQC Recommendation Forms completed by third parties.
  • Demonstrate financial stability, per the company’s financial institution of choice.
  • Bonded adequately for the scope of service provided.
  • Maintain a company Quality Control Program.
  • Have an Incident Rate at, or below, the industry standard average (STEP Gold or above). Companies with fewer than 100 employees may use a three-year average.
  • Maintain, and enforce the protocol of, a Corporate Safety Manual.
  • Conduct jobsite hazard analyses before work commences.
  • Maintain a written substance abuse program that includes a drug and alcohol screening process.
  • Conduct a new employee safety orientation.
  • Provide and conduct regular safety training.
  • Publicly pledge a commitment to a drug-and alcohol-free workplace.
  • Provide and require continuing craft training for all craft professionals (for companies that self-perform only).
  • Regularly participate and/or encourage employees to participate in civic-oriented and community activities.
  • Maintain an Equal Employee Opportunity policy.
  • Provide and require continuing management training.

View the full criteria and requirements.

View step by step instructions on how to create an account and complete the AQC application.

*RECOMMENDED FIRST STEPS FOR FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS*

  • Request five or more companies you have worked with within the past two years to complete the AQC Recommendation Form. All forms must be sent directly to the ABC National Office, including a minimum of five from a combination of client/owner, general contractor, construction manager, architect, subcontractor, tier sub, and/or supplier/vendor. Each application is limited to only one subcontractor, supplier or vendor.
  • Request a letter from your bank stating the length of the financial relationship and the strength of your company’s financial standing. This letter must be dated within six months of the application submission.
  • Request a letter from your bonding company (only if bonded) stating your company’s bonding capacity is adequate for the scope of service provided.
  • Determine through which ABC chapters you are applying. All AQC companies join through a primary ABC chapter and may include additional chapter branches to the credential. Please note: your company MUST be STEP Gold or above for ALL ABC chapters through which you are applying.
  • Request your company’s STEP certificate by emailing STEP@abc.org. You will be asked to upload the certificate in your application.

PRICES

AQC New Member Application Fee:        $345

Additional Branches:                                  $75 per branch

NOTE: The application fee is non-refundable.

Once you create an account and log-in, select New Applicant at the top of the page under the “Submit” dropdown. You will then complete the company information and payment. Once you provide the initial company information and select “Checkout,” two payment options will be available. If you elect to pay by check, an invoice will be generated and emailed to you. Or, you may pay by credit card for faster processing. Once payment is complete, you will have access to the full AQC application. If you have any questions, email AQC@abc.org or call 202-595-1378.

RECERTIFYING AQC MEMBERS

The AQC program requires an annual recertification. This is an abridged version of the full application, verifying you are maintaining all of the core criteria.

View step by step instructions on how to create an account and complete the AQC recertification. 

PRICES

AQC Recertification Fee:               $195

Additional Branches:                      $75 per branch

NOTE: The application fee is non-refundable.

Once you create an account and log-in, select Recertification at the top of the page under the “Submit” dropdown. You will then complete the company information and payment portion of the recertification. Once you provide the initial company information and select “Checkout,” two payment options will be available. If you elect to pay by check, an invoice will be generated and emailed to you. Or, you may pay by credit card for faster processing. Once payment is provided, you will have access to the full recertification form. All recertifying members must submit the required documentation and payment no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. If you have any questions, email AQC@abc.org or call 202-595-1378.