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Overview and Requirements
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP) is to provide one-stop shopping for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)/Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE). The PA UCP makes all certification decisions on behalf of all agencies/organizations in the Commonwealth with respect to participation in the DBE Program. Firms certified as DBE/ACDBE/ Both (DBE & ACDBE) with the PA UCP are eligible to participate on any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded contracts as a DBE/ACDBE/Both (DBE & ACDBE).

Benefits to Certification as a DBE:
  • Greater visibility to contractors and consultants looking to utilize DBE firms to meet goals on federally assisted transportation projects.
  • Access to free training and consulting services through the DBE Supportive Services Center.
  • DBE certification is recognized by many state, regional, and local diverse, minority, and women business programs.

Should I apply?
  • Is your firm organized as a for-profit business?
  • Is at least 51% of the ownership a U.S. citizen(s) or lawfully permanent resident(s) of the U.S.?
  • Does the socially and economically disadvantaged owner(s) have a personal net worth not greater than $1.32 million?
  • Is the applicant firm's three year average of gross receipts less than $23.98 million? Or if an Airport Concessionaire, is the firm's three year average of gross receipts less than $56.42 million?
If you answered "Yes" to all of the questions above, you may be eligible to participate as a DBE/ACDBE/Both (DBE & ACDBE).