Rodney Dangerfield made a career out of getting no respect, but in the world of condominiums and co-ops, building superintendents may be able to empathize with the comedian. While managing agents and board members seem to get all the accolades when something goes right, supers are usually the ones who maintain the physical structure of the building. They oversee all kinds of repairs and construction projects, as well as helping out individual shareholders with a vast array of minor (and not-so-minor) problems.
But that's not all they do. Their job requirements may also include supervising a support staff of porters, doormen and handymen. As the duties of supers have expanded beyond just fixing leaky pipes and hauling trash to the curb, the issue of licensing and/or certification for supers has become a big part of a discussion among building managers, boards and the supers themselves.
"It's a hot topic," says Margie Russell, executive director of the New York Association of Realty Managers (NYARM). "A lot is happening right now regarding the certification of supers."
According to the experts, a super doesn't necessarily need to get all the licenses and certifications that are available, depending on the type of mechanical equipment in the building, the number of residential units and what the certificate of occupancy (C of O), dictates. However, amassing more credentials could help in career advancement, and aid them in their everyday work.
The Importance of Education
When it comes to the amount of education one needs to be a super in New York City, anything beyond the minimum requirements required by law is up to the person doing the hiring. Each superintendent position requires a different level of experience depending on the size and scope of the job. That doesn't mean that people won't look at an applicant's experience and education though.