Environmental firms are required to have a minimum amount of qualifications that may include a combination of licensing, insurance and certifications. When bidding on government projects, these are most likely a requirement stated in the request for proposal or request for qualifications, but this is not always the case when bidding on private sector projects. Standard certificates of insurance make it difficult to determine if the contractor has true pollution liability coverage or simply a pollution endorsement on their general liability policy. In addition, training may be overlooked or not emphasized during the selection process. A CERC certification for environmental firms includes requirements that help your company stand out and separate itself from the competition. These requirements are highlighted on the CERC certificate that can be included with all bid documents.
A CERC certification can benefit environmental contractors and consultants as follows:
- Differentiate from your competition by showcasing your employee environmental, health, and safety training certifications
- Obtain true pollution liability insurance coverage to protect you and your customers in the event of a costly pollution cleanup due to your contracting operations at a job site
- Should there be a claim that you are not at fault for, pollution liability insurance will cover your defense costs as well
Including the CERC certificate with your bid documents instills confidence in project owners that your company is properly trained and insured, with an excellent safety record, to complete the project correctly and responsibly. For more information on the CERC requirements, see the requirements for Environmental Firms.