How to Become a Licensed Construction Superintendent in New York City

Looking to become a licensed Construction Superintendent in New York City? This post will guide you from start to finish!


With the 2022 NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) codes requiring a Construction Superintendent (CS) alongside a Site Safety Manager or Coordinator to be on site for projects 10 stories and above, there'll be an increase in demand for Construction Superintendents. Already, buildings 10 stories or less must have a licensed CS on site.


According to many job sites, Construction Superintendents in NYC are among the country's top earners. You can join this league of high-earning, in-demand professionals by taking the following steps:



Step 1 - Meet the requirement

You have to meet ONE of the following requirements:


You must also have completed a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health course in Construction Safety and Health or Hazard Recognition within two years before your application.

  • Currently has a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and has completed an 8-hour Site Safety Coordinator Course within one year before your application date and a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Standard Construction Industry course within 2 years before the application date.

  • Within the last ten (10) years as a Building Code Enforcement Official, has 5 years of experience enforcing the provisions of the New York City Building Code and completed an 8-hour Site Safety Coordinator Course within one year before the application date and a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Standard Construction Industry course within 2 years before the application date.


To qualify, enforcement must have included inspecting buildings under construction or demolition. Officers with the primary role of inspecting vacant buildings and occupied dwellings are excluded.

  • Within the last 10 years, have 5 years of full-time experience in the United States working as a safety officer for a construction firm or government entity or as a Safety Manager or Safety Engineer for a construction firm specializing in demolition or construction.


You must also have completed a department-approved 8-hour Site Safety Coordinator Course within one year before the application date and a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health course in Construction Safety and Health or Hazard Recognition within two (2) years immediately preceding the date of application.

  • Within the last 10 years, have 5 years of full-time experience in the United States working with plans within a relevant construction trade in furtherance of the construction, vertical or horizontal enlargement, or the full demolition of a building or structure.


You must also have completed a DOB-approved 40-hour Site Safety Manager Course within one year before application date and a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health course in Construction Safety and Health or Hazard Recognition within two (2) years immediately preceding the date of application.


You can submit your transcripts if you intend using your educational credits in place of experience.


If you haven't completed your Site Safety Training and OSHA courses, get started by registering now.


Step 2 - Fill out the application forms

Once you meet one of the requirements above, the next step is to complete the forms below. It’s best to not leave any field blank. Also type in the fields, rather than filling out with a pen.


After completing the forms, submit them alongside the required documents via the DOB NOW portal using your eFiling account.