AMO Seminar requirement for New License Application

Completion of the two day AMO (Authorized Managing Officer) Seminar is now a requirement for the filing of all license applications with the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB). The Board, in Board Resolution No. 635 Series of 2012 resolved that with effect from CFY 2012-2013 (this current licensing year) a non-delegable completion of the two day AMO seminar for proprietors/AMOs shall be a prerequisite requirement to the filing of an application for a New Contractor’s license.

This Board Resolution is premised upon Section 20 of RA 4566 (the Contractors’ License Law) which requires, on the part of the proprietor/AMO, a knowledge of the building, safety, health and lien laws of the Republic of the Philippines and the rudimentary administrative principles of the contracting business as the Board deems necessary for the safety of the contracting business of the pubic.

The Board has deemed it in the public interest that from its inception a new applicant be knowledgeable of the requirements of safety and health as well as the technical and administrative aspects of construction.

The full text of Section 20 is as follows:

Qualifications of applicants for contractors’ licenses:          The Board shall require an applicant to show at least two years of experience in the construction industry, and knowledge of the building, safety, health and lien laws of the Republic of the Philippines and the rudimentary administrative principles of the contracting business as the Board deems necessary for the safety of the contracting business of the public.

For the purpose of this section, a partnership, corporation, or any other organization may qualify through its responsible managing officer appearing personally before the Board who shall prove that he is a bona fide responsible officer of such firm and that he exercises or is in a position to exercise authority over the contracting business of his principal or employer in the following manner: (1) to make technical and administrative decisions; and, (2) to hire, superintend, promote, transfer, lay off, discipline or discharge employees.

The full text of the Board Resolution 635 may be downloaded form http://pcametro.ph/pcab/pcab-board-resolutions/