Craft training is performed through the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF).

Sustainable Masonry Certification Program (SMCP)

IMI’s Sustainable Masonry Certification Program makes masonry contractors a valuable part of LEED-certified projects. The course addresses subcontractor responsibilities, from estimating and project scope to project management and documentation. It covers the LEED credits every masonry contractor should know, plus green strategies such as site use and construction waste management. Certification requires successful passage of a LEED comprehension test.

Contractor's Knowledge of the LEED guidelines

It is required that the masonry contractor have past LEED project experience and/or industry approved training in LEED principles and project management.

  • Masonry Contractor Qualification Data: Submit qualifications to demonstrate their LEED capabilities and experience.
  • Masonry Installer: Installing contractor shall assign supervision to personnel who have successfully completed the International Masonry Institute (1-800-IMI-0988) Sustainable Masonry Certification Program (SMCP), or approved equal.
  • Masonry contractor will have completed work similar in scope and size to that indicated for this Project with more than 5 years of successful in-service performance. The masonry installer shall maintain a steady work crew consisting of qualified masons who fully understand the LEED requirements of the job.
  • Change of Firm or Personnel: Only the approved masonry installer and supervisors may work on the project. Fourteen calendar days before making any change to the firm or staff, such change, including a statement of qualifications as required above, must be submitted for approval. Failure to comply with this provision will, at the Architect’s discretion, be sufficient cause to reject the work.
  • This is a very important issue for the masonry industry. I think this will help me educate our suppliers and staff. In a lot of ways we are already green, and it is more of getting the message out to the design community so that they can use more of what we have to offer.

    Ron Adams
    Vice President, Cascade Construction Company, Inc. Seattle
  • I got a lot better understanding of the point and purpose. It was a lot of information in a short amount of time. I can use it to market our services.

    Rick Kelly
    President, Complete Masonry Services Yorktown, IN
  • IMI is not only a tremendous resource for contractors, but the design community as well.

    Fred Kinateder, Jr.
    Project Manager/Estimator, Kinateder Masonry Waukesha,WI
  • The amount of material covered…was phenomenal. This program was more than worth the time invested for showing me how the green requirements fit in throughout the entire construction process.

    Rita Craig
    Allegheny Installations Co., Inc., Pittsburgh
  • The class was extremely beneficial. It was a GREAT introduction into LEED. I highly recommend contractors take [it].

    Fred Innamorato
    President, Foti Contracting Wickliffe, OH
  • Working on a project going for LEED certification is inevitable…..this program has prepared us well!

    John Scrofani J.
    Scrofani Construction Corp. Clifton, NJ
  • Very informative…I left there with a new outlook on how to handle my LEED submittals for future projects.

    Joe Acchione
    Speranza Brickwork, Inc. Whitehouse Station, NJ
  • I wish I had taken this course a week earlier. It would have helped me beat a non-union bidder.

    Kevin Ryan
    President, Masonry Developers, Inc. Rochester, MI
  • The class had numerable insights into how masonry affects the LEED process. The actions of many foot soldiers like myself will contribute to solutions the designers are seeking.

    Paul E. Koch
    Koch Masonry, Inc. Dexter, MI
  • After working on many LEED projects, I am amazed at how much information I learned in this class. Every contractor that plans on doing a LEED project needs to attend this program.

    Dave Sherman
    BREND Contracting Co., Inc. Shelby Twp., MI
  • I will pay more attention to project specifications and have more discussions with our crews.

    David Greske
    Stretar Masonry Duluth, MN
  • I learned how masonry affects LEED points on the inside of a building.

    Dan Cacka
    Steenberg Watrud Construction Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Three best strategies to implement – share this info with staff, review bidding documents, review procurement practices.

    Tom Kromroy
    Advanced Masonry Restoration St. Paul, MN
  • If I see a LEED project, I will go after it… knowing what needs to be done to have a successful project.

    Erik Peterson
    Hollenback & Nelson Coon Rapids, MN
  • [It] will help to convince customers to invest more in the building envelope because it is an energy efficient solution that will save you money.

    Jeremiah Carlson
    J Carlson & Son’s Concrete & Masonry Restoration Anoka, MN
  • More projects are implementing these requirements. We will be able to bid them more competitively.

    Jim Etheridge
    The Waterproofing Company, Inc. Boston, MA
  • It is essential to business continuation into the next decade.

    David Anderson
    Eastern Repair & Waterproofing, Inc. Providence, RI
  • It will help us manage projects.

    Joe Goncalves
    Phoenix Bay State Construction Company Boston, MA
  • [It helped with] awareness of the paperwork involved. It will facilitate my job.

    Mike Costa
    Costa Bros. Masonry Inc. Fairhaven, MA
  • It will help communicating with LEED APs in our client base.

    Paulette Condell
    NER Construction Management, Inc. Wilmington, MA
  • It will help when bidding and producing paperwork.

    Mike Pizzotti
    Pizzotti Brothers, Inc. Everett, MA
  • We definitely see a lot of value out of it. Now, instead of the GC just telling us what to do, we see where they’re going with it.

    Nick Purdy
    Purdy Masonry Zionsville, IN
  • This will help our business through the value engineering service we give architects and landscape architects.

    Bill McConnell
    Architectural Paving & Stone Weymouth, MA
  • It was helpful and enlightening.

    Dallas Barker
    Weigand Construction Fort Wayne, IN
  • I’ve used it to our advantage. It’s an added benefit of being a union contractor.

    Dan Kwiatkowski
    Kwiatkowski Masonry
  • A highlight is what to look for during estimating and project management.

    Al Ackerman
    Miller Druck Specialty Contracting, Inc. New York, NY
  • Put on the green glasses and see the future!

    Carl Lombardi
    C. Lombardi Construction West Caldwell, NJ
  • Very comprehensive program.

    James Pellecchia
    Turner Construction Somerset, NJ
  • Great course and seminar!

    Sharon Day
    Turner Construction Somerset, NJ
  • A day well spent not only for the credits, but truly good content and info.

    Dexter Hendricks
    Turner Community Affairs Director Somerset, NJ
  • Maria Viteri’s knowledge and diverse project experience allows her to effectively present priceless knowledge relevant and applicable to the ever changing sustainable construction industry

    Leean Orama
    Turner Construction Somerset, NJ
  • Great presenter, good info – highly recommend!

    Dan Card
    Turner Construction Somerset, NJ

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.