Retail Superintendent Training Program

Being a retail superintendent is significantly different from serving as a superintendent in other market segments. While all construction superintendents have responsibilities for schedule, productivity, safety and quality on the project site, the unique challenges and constraints of the retail environment mean that a special training focus is needed. To that end, the Retail Contractors Association has developed this Retail Superintendent Training Program.

Requirements to become a RCA Certified Retail Superintendent include:

  • At least three years of experience in retail construction experience
  • OSHA 30-hour certification
  • Employed by a current RCA member company
  • Attendance at RCA's two-day workshop
  • Successful completion of the Certified Retail Superintendent exam (taken at the end of the workshop)

Note: this program is applicable for superintendents, project managers, project engineers, and other staff, however, the certification is limited to those who meet the requirements above.

RCA's Certified Retail Superintendents bring specialized knowledge to their retail construction projects. Topics addressed during the workshop include:

  • Safety
  • Scheduling
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Customer Focused Construction
  • Document Control
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Communicating for Productivity
  • Subcontractor Management 
  • Change Management
  • Close Out

RCA’s first Superintendent Training Program Workshop was held in Dallas, TX, September 21-22. The two-day session was attended by 28 superintendents and project managers representing 16 member companies. 



Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this program,and to work with my peers to help the RCA and better our industry. I certainly came away with more understanding for what we all deal with as a group.
Michael Watson, Senior Superintendent, Schimenti Construction Company

The instructors were very knowledgeable and covered a lot of fundamentals, which provided great insight on what to expect when dealing with retail customers.
Adrian Talavera, Superintendent, Shames Construction Company

"[The class] was packed with information and tools from not only the instructors and course materials but also the feedback and Q&A from the attendees."
Erik Palmer, Superintendent, Shames Construction Company

"When the speaker from JCPenney spoke with us, it was extremely beneficial. It was very helpful to hear what these individuals are expecting to see when they come to visit our sites. I was able to see things from the point of view of my clients, which will definitely help me in the future."
Paul D’Agostino, Superintendent, Schimenti Construction Company

"The biggest take away for me was realizing the different ways to approach the many, many personalities in the field and also in the office. Awareness, approach and adaptation in communication are tools I intend to focus on in the coming year."
Erik Palmer, Superintendent, Shames Construction Company

The following companies have Certified Retail Superintendents
as of December 10, 2019

  • Bogart Construction Inc.
  • Comet Construction
  • Commercial Contractors, Inc.
  • Construction One
  • Eckinger Construction Company
  • EDC
  • ELAN General Contracting
  • Elder-Jones
  • Fulcrum Construction LLC
  • Gray Construction
  • HJ Martin & Son
  • International Contractors, Inc.
  • JG Construction
  • Prime Retail Services
  • RE Crawford Construction
  • Rectenwald Brothers Construction, Inc.
  • Retail Construction Services, Inc.
  • Scheiner Commercial Group, Inc.
  • Schimenti Construction Company
  • Shames Construction Company
  • Singleton Construction, LLC
  • Southwestern Services
  • Sullivan Construction Company
  • Timberwolff Construction Inc.
  • Tom Rectenwald Construction, Inc.
  • Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.
  • Tri-North Builders
  • Triad Retail Construction
  • WDS Construction
  • Westwood Contractors
  • William A. Randolph, Inc.
  • Winkel Construction, Inc.