BCSI Certification and Service Mark Guidelines

Board Certified Structural Integratorscm are entitled to the exclusive use of the BCSI symbols. We encourage Board Certified practitioners to use the symbols on their websites, business cards, brochures, and other professional materials to distinguish themselves and receive acknowledgement for their accomplishment. Eligible practitioners can download the symbols in several formats located at the bottom of this page.

We also request that Board Certified Structural Integrators use the notation cm after Board Certified Structural Integrator and sm after Certification Exam for Structural Integrators and Certification Board for Structural Integration. The cm and sm are typographical effects created by changing the font to a superscript. On a web page, you can use the HTML tags sm to simulate these effects.

cm stands for Certification Mark. It should be used after Board Certified Structural Integrator and with the BCSI symbol.

sm or (℠ in HTML) stands for Service Mark. It pertains to Certification Board for Structural Integration and Certification Exam for Structural Integration.

The marks inform readers that CBSI is seeking registration of the terms from the federal copyright office to be used exclusively by our Certificants. Please use the marks consistently to help protect the terms.

If you create a document with several uses of the term, for example in a brochure or on a web page, the cm or sm only needs to be used once for each term. The correct means of using the marks are in the first usage of the term or symbol in a document or web page.

For example:

I passed the Certification Exam for Structural Integrators in 2008, earning the title Board Certified Structural Integrator. Passing the rigorous exam demonstrates knowledge of Structural Integration including Client Relations, Assessment, Strategy, The Work, and Ethics. There are less than 270 Board Certified Structural Integrators worldwide.

CBSI offers logos that certificants may use with their web pages, business cards, and any other signage. The blue logo as seen in the left sidebar will print darker as seen below due to ink vs. web coloring schemes. You may want to consider using a graphics professional when printing color for accurate color results.

The following file formats are available:

  • JPG, These are good all-purpose graphic files for Word, Powerpoint or other office documents. They maintain a white background. They are smaller in file size. They will pixelate if stretched too big. Resolution can vary from "lo-rez" for websites to "hi-rez" for printing.
  • GIF, These are the best choice for web pages. They are very small and maintain the transparent background. They will pixelate if stretched too big.
  • PSD, Photoshop's layered bitmap image which requires Adobe's Photoshop CS2 or later to open. Resolution can vary from "lo-rez" for websites to "hi-rez" for printing.
  • AI, ZIP'ed Illustrator file of vector graphics for all logos in three sizes. Requires WinZIP on PC (not required on Macintosh) and Adobe's Illustrator CS2 or later to open. They can also be opened with Photoshop. They are publication quality and maintain their transparent background. Resolution is irrelevant as images can be resized and colored prior to importing into Photoshop or used directly by printers.
To download a file to your computer's Desktop rather than just display it in the browser, do the following:

Press the Control button on the Mac keyboard and click one of the above links. Choose Save Linked File to Desktop or Download Linked File on the shortcut menu.

Right click on the link, select Save Target As or Save Image to Desktop