SSOE Group Announces Employee Licensures and Certifications for Second Quarter of Planning Year 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 28, 2019 – SSOE Group (, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that a number of its employees earned professional licensures and certifications during the second quarter of their 2019 planning year. Attainment of professional licensures and certifications is strongly encouraged at SSOE. In fact, the company covers the expense of preparation classes and exam fees as well as provides paid time off to take the exam. As an added incentive, once an employee has passed an exam, they are awarded a recognition bonus. ­


Registered Architect

To become a registered architect (RA), an individual must have a professional degree from an NAAB-accredited program and complete the Intern Development Program (IDP). The IDP is approximately 3 years of on-the-job experience consisting of training units in 16 different categories, such as programming, site and environmental analysis, construction documents, specifications and materials research, and project management. Licensure is awarded upon successful completion of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), which evaluates an individual’s knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

David Johnson, AIA, NCARB, PE, Architect, Mechanical Engineer, recently became a registered architect. A Miami University and The Ohio State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Architecture, David works in SSOE’s Toledo, Ohio office. He specializes in project management and supports the firm’s automotive, manufacturing, and facilities operations with his more than 5 years of experience.

Registered Accessibility Specialist

A Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) is a professional licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to provide plan review and inspection services for both private and publicly funded buildings and facilities in order to verify compliance with provisions of the Texas Architectural Barriers Act (TABA), including the Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS).

Tina Fair, RAS, Architectural Designer, recently became a registered accessibility specialist. This registration allows her to review handicap accessibility documents for any project / facility in the State of Texas, This will help SSOE with a number of healthcare, commercial, and educational projects that they currently have taking place in the state. Tina works in SSOE’s Birmingham, Alabama office.


Certified Construction Manager (CCM)

Certified Construction Manager (CCM) certification, awarded by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), indicates to owners and service providers that the individual has a mastery of specific skills required to successfully complete projects and programs. The exam measures a candidate’s knowledge of Construction Management Standards of Practice, which outlines standards for construction management services in the areas of project / program management, sustainability, BIM, and more. Additionally, candidates are required to have 48 months of experience as a construction manager in qualifying areas as well as an undergraduate degree, associate degree, or additional 8 years of experience in construction management, architecture, engineering, or construction science.

Scott Blankenship, CCM, Construction Manager, recently became a CCM. With over 20 years of experience, Scott specializes in architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical construction in manufacturing and industrial markets. He works in SSOE’s Nashville, Tennessee office.

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Certification

To receive an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Industry certification, an individual must complete the 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program, which is intended to provide an entry-level construction worker with general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. SSOE requires the OSHA 10-hour certification for all technical employees. The following individuals attained this certification in the second quarter:

  • Ali Beydoun, EI, Structural Designer; Nicholas Bryan, PMP, Project Manager; Jonathan Conrad, LEED AP, Mechanical Design Lead; Brian Cottrell, Structural Designer; Terry Montgomery, PE, SE, Structural Engineer; Beverly Peterka, PE, Structural Engineer; Sean Spence, Structural Designer; Roy Stankewitz, PE, Senior Civil Engineer; and Zachary Taranto, EI,Structural Designer.
OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Certification

To receive OSHA 30-hour Construction Outreach certification, an individual must complete the 30-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Course. This course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction industry, but more specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors and provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues. SSOE requires the OSHA 30-hour certification for all field and startup employees. The following individual attained this certification in the second quarter:

  • Tracy Johnson, PMP, Project Manager

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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