PreQualification is tailoring the permit process to the applicant.
Applicants who are prequalfied because of training and/or experienced who prepare document and design packages that are better organized, more complete, and include information which facilitates quick understanding and review, have access to a plan check process from those applicants who are not pre-qualified.
PreQualification can be based on license status; experience, or training. There is tremendous potential in the area of PreQualification as this means of streamlining has not been well used or considered.
One method of creating a PreQualification based program:
An AIA Component works with local regional juridictions to develop a series of classes that cover preparation of documents in accordance with a well developed standard. For example, see this standard developed in Florida due to an effort that included AIA support and engagement:
PreQualification Classes are a win – win:
- Improved economic conditions in the community resulting from more efficient and effective permit processes.
- A competitive advantage for those architects willing to invest the time and money in training
- A source of non-dues revenue to the component;
- A Member benefit who have access to the training for a greatly reduced cost