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FAQs

About Us

Why universalprequal.com?

UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM is THE standard prequalification system for commercial construction firms in the U.S.!

UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM brings together commercial construction firms in a single, online location, allowing them to register their qualifications, manage their pre-qualification process, and find & be found for project opportunities. Our system is robust, easy to navigate, and mobile friendly. Our secure portal allows companies to quickly post their qualifications at no charge.

Is UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM just a registry of companies?
UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM is not just a registry. UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM’s powerful prequalification process allows firms to prequalify just once a year. Clients can then find your Company based on your credentials, and you can find the help you need for your projects as well.
Who came up with this system?

UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM was founded in 2018 by the owners of a successful Owner’s Representative firm. With over 30 years combined in the construction and IT industries, we understood that a standard, national, online prequalification system was needed to make the process easier and more cost effective for all. So, we developed UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM.

At UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM, we believe Subcontractors should focus on delivering their services rather than repeatedly completing mundane paperwork. We also believe that Construction Managers and General Contractors should focus on their projects’ success instead of dealing with a paper-intensive, disjointed prequalification process. Finally, we know that Property Owners, Property Managers, Construction Managers, & General Contractors all desire to find the most qualified construction professionals for every project, both large and small.

Who do I contact if I need assistance with UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM?
Please email us at contact@universalprequal.com . We are happy to help and will respond within one business day.

Using the System

Who can use the system?

You do not need to be registered on UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM to use our system. Any Guest can use UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM to run searches and view registered Companies that meet their search criteria.

Is universalprequal.com a national system?

Yes. UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM can be used throughout the United States. Our goal is to become the standard construction prequalification system in the U.S.

Does my company need an invitation to register?

No, any commercial construction firm can register on UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM and establish a Company Profile. You do not need to be invited, and registration is free.

As a GC or CM, will other companies be able to see my subs?

Yes. “Your subs” are typically Companies that work on more than one job and have more than one Client. Their Company Profile data can be seen by anyone using UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM.

Rest assured, though, your competition does not see which subs you use, and any prequalification activity your firm does on our system with your subs’ Company Profiles can only be seen by you and your firm’s Users.

What kind of search criteria will a potential client use to find my Company on universalprequal.com?

Clients can use a variety of search criteria to find firms that meet their project requirements. Some examples include:

  • Union/Non-Union/Open Shop
  • CSI Division(s) & Subcode(s)
  • State(s)/County(ies) of operation
  • EMR rating
  • MWBE classification

By keeping your Company Profile current and complete, you will better represent the services your Company offers and have a better chance of being found by firms looking for companies with your qualifications. And, current Clients can be sure that you remain qualified while performing the work.

Do i need to register my company every time we get a prequal request?

No. You only need to register your Company once on UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM. Once you’ve established your Company Profile on our system, firms will be able to find and view your qualifications, regardless of whether they have an account with us or not.

So, once my company is registered, our profile can be FOUND & seen by all CURRENT AND potential clients?

Yes. Once you’ve registered and established your Company Profile, you can tell Clients to “Find us on UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM”. In fact, we’ll even provide a “widget” you can use on your website that will link them to your Company Profile.

CAN I PAY TO HAVE MY FIRM AT THE TOP OF THE SEARCH LIST?

Your firm should be promoted solely by your hard work and qualifications. As such, there is no advertising on the site and firms cannot pay to have their name appear first or in bold letters in our search results. If your firm meets the criteria that a client is looking for, they’ll find you on UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM.

Can i print my company’s profile to include in bids to potential clients?

Yes! And, your Company Profile can even be branded with your Company’s name and logo.

Registration

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?

Companies can register and run searches absolutely FREE of charge. No obligation. No credit card required.

HOW MUCH INFORMATION DOES MY COMPANY HAVE TO PROVIDE DURING REGISTRATION?

There are four sections of information needed to register and establish your Company Profile: General, Financial, Insurance & Safety, and Licenses/Associations/References. We encourage all firms to fully complete all sections of registration information in order to best represent the services your firm offers.

TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION, DO I HAVE TO ENTER MY COMPANY’S PREQUALIFICATION DATA ALL AT ONCE?

No, for each section you can save what you’ve done and come back at a later time to complete your registration. However, we highly recommend you finish the process within a few days of starting so potential clients can see what your firm has to offer as quickly as possible.

Who can view my company’s profile?
Any Owner, Property Manager, General Contractor, Construction Manager, Subcontractor, or Supplier can use UNIVERSALPREQUAL.com to run a search and view your Company Profile.
What about my financial statement? if I upload it, can anybody see it?

No. When you enter your Financial Statement Information on your Company Profile, that information is secured and locked. Only your Company Manager can grant system permission for another User to access that Financial Statement Information.

Can i withdraw permission for somebody to view my company’s financial statement info?

Yes. Again, only your Company Manager can grant system permission for another User to see your Company’s Financial Statement Information. Your Company Manager can withdraw that permission at any time.

What other documents can i upload to universalprequal.com?

You have the option to upload several documents to your Company Profile, including:

  • MWBE Certificates
  • Financial Statement
  • OSHA300 and OSHA300A Logs
  • EMR Letter
  • Bond Capacity Letter
  • Line of Credit Letter

Does universalprequal.com collect insurance and safety information?

Yes. Insurance and Safety is one of the four sections of data in our registration process. In addition to EMR and OSHA reporting, you’ll be asked to provide you insurance limits, your carriers, and your policy expiration dates.

HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO UPDATE MY COMPANY Profile

You can update your Company’s registration and prequalification data any time. To ensure that UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM has the most reliable information in the industry, we ask every Company to update their data at least once per year.

Subscriptions

WHEN WOULD I HAVE TO PAY?

You are welcome to maintain your Company Profile for free on UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM for as long as you like.

UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM also offers more advanced features that come in handy if your Company regularly prequalifies firms for commercial construction work. These features are offered through our Subscriptions, which can be purchased for a nominal fee on an annual or monthly renewal basis.

What features Do i get with a subscription?

UNIVERSALPREQUAL.COM also offers more advanced features that come in handy if your Company is regularly prequalifies firms for commercial construction work. These features include:

  • Saving Searches
  • Favoriting Companies
  • Creating and Sharing Categories
  • Creating and Sharing Notes
  • Adding More Users
  • Posting Job Openings
  • Requesting Access to Other Companies’ Financial Statements

For a full list of Subscription features, please visit our Subscriptions page.

Can i cancel my company’s subscription?

Yes. Our Subscriptions are offered for a nominal fee on an annual or monthly renewal basis. If you decide to cancel your Subscription, you can do so at any time, and that cancellation will take effect on your next renewal date.

What if i need more users than my subscription allows?

No problem. You can purchase additional users via our “Add Users” Add-On.