Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. If the Executive Director denies certification or re-certification, then the applicant may appeal to the Board of Directors of the BCIA by submitting a written statement describing fully the basis for the appeal within two weeks of the receipt of the denial. The Board of Directors will then make a decision based upon the written submission and the file of the Executive Director.  The denial of certification or re-certification by the Executive Director shall be effective immediately.  If there is no appeal, then the decision of the Executive Director is final and binding.  If there is an appeal, the decision of the Board of Directors shall be final and binding and no appeal or challenge will be made thereto.  The firm shall not participate in the MBE/DBE program and shall not be eligible to re-apply for certification until one (1) year from the date of the initial denial letter.

No. The BCIA shall safeguard from disclosure to unauthorized persons information that reasonably may be regarded as confidential business information.

All BCIA certifications expire December 31st.

No. recertification is much shorter process. Once certified, a MBE/DBE shall update its certification annually by submitting an application for re-certification to the Executive Director of the BCIA no later than one (1) year following the date of initial certification.  Failure to submit a re-certification application will automatically result in de-certification from the program. If at any time there is a change in ownership or control of the firm, the MBE/DBE shall submit a new certification application to the BCIA reflecting the change in ownership.

No. Recertification is not automatic. The owner is sent a courtesy reminder 60 days prior to the expiration date of the company’s certification. However, BCIA does recommend the MBE/DBE marks its calendar as a reminder to begin the process 30 days prior to its expiration date.