CAWS Worksite Certifications
A best practice aimed for building careers for
minorities and women in the construction industry
and exposing students to the benefits of working in
construction is to recognize those employers and
worksites that strive to provide that opportunity.
The CAWS Certified Diverse Worksite allows
contractors, worksites, and owners to be recognized
for their commitment and work towards developing,
maintaining, and achieving an industry recognized
level of Diversity and Apprentice utilization on their
By committing your worksite to this CAWS initiative, you will be publically recognized for your
dedication through the placement of a banner on the worksite/project to be certified. CAWS will also promote
your commitment to other CAWS members and hundreds of construction industry stakeholders
through the CAWS website and newsletter, and offer connections to qualified resources pools of Diverse
workers to your subcontractors as needed, in support of their efforts to meet any diversity goals set.
The CAWS Certified Diverse Worksite certification banner will promote your worksites efforts in
one of a following different ways:
1. By recognizing your worksite as one that has set Diversity and Apprenticeship Utilization
A. Set diversity goals and apprentice utilization goal of 20 percent on selected worksite/project.
B. Establish a baseline of hours worked by minorities and women and apprentice for general contractors
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C. Set a worksite goal of increasing apprentice hours from a minimum of 15% over the course of the
D. Set a worksite goal of increasing minority and women hours worked from a minimum of 15% towards
20 or more % over the life of the project.
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2. By recognizing your worksite as one that has maintained a level of Diversity and Apprenticeship
Utilization on a worksite/project that is reflective of the CAWS Standards
A. Maintain a 15 to 20 percent diversity and apprentice utilization goal of on selected worksite/
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3. By recognizing your worksite as one that is achieving a worksite diversity and apprenticeship
utilization goal of increasing representation of hours worked by 5 to 10 percent
per year for the term of the project.
A. Achieve a worksite goal of increasing apprentice hours and/or minority and women hours worked
to or above the CAWS Standards of 15—20 percent .
Memorandum of Understanding
Below is a link to the CAWS Certified Worksite section in the CAWS Membership MOU. If you or your organization would like to take part in the CAWS Certification Process, please click on the link below and read the following information .
CAWS Certified Diverse Worksite MOU
Tracking the Standards
All CAWS Members and Certified Worksites agree to track and disclose information to CAWS regarding the number of employees, hours worked, ethnicity, gender, and relative information such as work status and job placement on a quarterly basis. This information will be tracked for the sole purpose of recognizing members and worksites that have demonstrated fundamental industry change.
Worksite Promotion and Recognition
CAWS wants to recognize you and your worksite for making a difference in the community by building better careers for people of color and women in the construction industry and exposing students to the benefits of working in construction. You do not have to be a member of CAWS to benefit from the rewards of having a CAWS Certified Diverse Worksite.
If you have any questions on the CAWS Diverse Worksite Certification Process, please call John Gardner at 503.478.7354. We look forward to hearing from you.