MCABC’s Course Catalogue

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Buildforce on-line courses now available through MCABC

Increase your skill set and enjoy the flexibility of learning on-line at your convenience!

For information or to purchase a course PIN, please contact us by email or call 604-205-5058.

MCABC now offers the following courses:

  • Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution (2 Gold Seals)
  • Construction Project Management (3 Gold Seals)
  • Construction Law (2 Gold Seals)
  • Introduction to Construction Estimating (2 Gold Seals)
  • First Level Supervisor Training Program (5 Gold Seals)
  • Introduction to Building Information Modeling (1 Gold Seal)
  • Confined Spaces Safety Awareness (1 Gold Seal)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training
  • Construction Industry Ethics [requires both online and classroom portions] (3 Gold Seals – 2 for on-line portion; 1 for classroom portion)
  • Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

Find Upcoming Classroom Courses in our Events Calendar

Classroom Courses

Advanced Supervisors: Turning Supervisors into Better Leaders

1 gold seal credit*

Best presentation that I have been to. Extremely engaging and entertaining.

A one-day program designed for foreman, superintendents, shop foreman and anyone who could make a difference to job profitability. With today’s jobs being more competitive, having aggressive schedules, being inconsistently managed by the customer, skilled manpower shortages, and every project involving more documentation and administrative needs, today’s supervisor is critical for profitability. Gone are the days when the supervisor could wing it, today’s successful supervisor must manage not only the field, but also be able to understand how the whole process fits together. This program will provide today’s supervisor with the tools needed to be successful.
Instructor: Kevin Dougherty
Attendees: Middle Management, Project Managers, Supervisors, Foremen

Blueprint Reading

3 gold seal credits*

This session introduces student to the reading and understanding of mechanical and architectural drawings, and schematics used in a mechanical environment. Students will learn how to read and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on these drawings. This session will benefit students entering any mechanical trade, as it will teach students to recognize plans, elevations, and sectional views, identify a view by its placement on a drawing, list what working drawings include, and interpret dimensions marked on piping drawings.

Though the drawings are mechanical drawings, students in this class will learn how to read, understand and use the drawings not only for the mechanical discipline but also in the architectural and structural disciplines.

Business Management Program

4 Gold Seal credits* total

Do you want to improve your business skills, your understanding of financial statements, your productivity, your profits, or your cash flow? MCABC’s Business Management program is designed for individuals wanting to become managers, or for managers wishing to improve their current skills.  The program’s approach is practical, job-relevant, and thought-provoking, with a high degree of participant involvement.  Program benefits are immediate. This program is divided into four courses that can be taken in any order.

I found Ron’s Business Management program to be extremely informative and beneficial. Ron has a very inclusive teaching method and lays out in simple terms the key factors in running and maintaining a successful business. I would recommend this class to anybody in our industry who is involved in estimating, project management or the day-to-day running of a company. — Nicky Roberts, Senior Estimator / Business Development Manager, Alpha Mechanical Contracting Ltd.

Crunching the Numbers (BM1)

1 Gold Seal credit*

You are in business to make money. What manager can run a business without understanding the numbers? You need to measure, monitor and manage your numbers to maximize profits and stay in control of your cash flow.

Planning & Managing Your Contracting Business (BM2)

1 Gold Seal credit*

Unless your business is built on a solid financial foundation it is likely to collapse. Stay ahead of your bank and bonding company by understanding your financial ratios. It is easier that you might think. You also need to know if you have the financial resources to expand or take on larger projects.

Optimizing Your Productivity (BM3)

1 Gold Seal credit*

Develop effective techniques for sound project management. Be aware of the very special resources that MCA has developed to help you in this regard. Learn how to get more returns from change orders and how to improve on-site productivity. This program will help you finish project on budget, on time and to quoted  standards.

Management Best Practices (BM4)

1 Gold Seal credit*

There are many techniques you can use to become a more effective manager and leader. We will explore such issues as successful delegation (avoid abdication), time management, negotiation, buy/sell agreements, marketing and understanding the key reasons businesses fail and what you can do to avoid them. According to Gallup 82% of the time companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the position. (Source: Harvard business Review).

Attendees will receive a copy of Ron’s book, Building Your Legacy – 40 Tips for Successful Management.

Calculating Labour Rates

1 Gold Seal Credit*

Do you want to improve your skills, your understanding of how to calculate labour hours for an estimate, and your ability to manage projects for profit? Are you responsible for pricing and the success of the projects? This course provides an insight into Labour Hours and upon completion the student should be familiar with the basic concept of calculating (a) Labour Rates including Benefits, (b) Charge-out Rates, (c) Crew Rates and (d) Productivity Rates and be able to perform estimates using these Rates.

Construction Industry Ethics

1 or 2 Gold Seal Credits*

This course has been designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry. The course is interactive and includes case studies, practical examples, videos and a course glossary.

As of January 1, 2017, all Gold Seal candidates require the online Construction Industry Ethics course (or equivalent) PLUS a full day classroom ethics course in order to be eligible to take the Gold Seal exam.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what is included in “ethical behavior”
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in business
  • Know how to make ethical decisions
  • Recognize ethics in the context of the law
  • Understand the direct link between ethics and a company’s success

The course is intended for owner/clients, contractors, supervisors, project managers, etc., who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, subtrades, owners, clients, engineers, employers, and the public.

Successful completion of classroom-only course: one Gold Seal; successful completion of classroom & online course: two Gold Seals.

New in Spring 2017: All applicants for both online and in-class components of Construction Industry Ethics must have a minimum of two credits in one of the following areas as part of their education requirement:

  • Estimators: measurement of construction work, drawings & specifications, construction contracts, pricing/bidding, construction documents, regulatory codes, scheduling and communication.
  • Superintendents: management of human resources in the construction industry, construction job site controls and planning and scheduling.
  • Project Managers/Owner’s Construction Managers: law and contracts in the construction industry, construction planning and scheduling, project management and project costing control/accounting.
  • Foremen: Construction 101 and Leadership in Safety Excellence.
    • Foreman Designation: A foreman is an experienced tradesperson who possesses all the necessary technical skills of their particular trade or occupation to oversee and coordinate the hands-on activities of journeypersons and apprentice tradespeople on construction job sites. They hold primary responsibility for supervising the safety, quality and productivity of construction projects.
    • This designation is not be tied to a contracting discipline and requires passing the Gold Seal exam.

Dispatcher Training

2 Gold Seal Credits*

This Dispatcher Training Program was originally developed in the US by a Task Force comprised of contractors from the Mechanical Service Contractors of America and the Managing Director of Transitions Consulting Group. In 2007, the program was updated and adapted specifically for the Canadian Market by the Managing Partner Richard Worr Consulting.

Estimating 101

2 Gold Seal Credits*

MCABC’s Mechanical Estimating 101 is designed to provide you with the fundamentals of estimating. The content of this course instruction will take you from the initial estimating thought process, through the steps of organizing an estimate, and finally, up to the standardization of forms of record and sources of information.

NOTE: Employees of companies that contribute to the Journeyman Training & Industry Promotion Fund, and eligible UA Local 170 members, are entitled to a rebate equal to 80% of the MCABC member price upon successful completion of Estimating 101 and 201.

PREREQUISITE: It would be beneficial but not essential to have some knowledge of basic blueprint reading, basic plumbing/piping design, and building & plumbing codes.


Two major types of estimates
Completion of bid
Tools of the trade
Changes in contract
Labour and material take-off
Extras and credits
Pricing sub-contracts
Plans and specifications
Purchase orders
Contract documents
Bonds & insurance

Are you already estimating and can pass the Estimating 101 equivalency test?  If you pass it, you can then register for estimating 201. Contact Jane at  or call 604-205-5058 if you wish to take the equivalency test. Cost to write the test is $150.

Estimating 201

2 Gold Seal Credits*

This course is the follow-up course of estimating 101. It is designed to take you through the plumbing and heating take-offs to completion of your estimate to submitting your tender. At the end of the course you will have been exposed to the full scope of estimating.

NOTE: Employees of companies that contribute to the Journeyman Training & Industry Promotion Fund (JTIP), can apply to JTIP through UA Local 170 for a rebate equal to 80% of the MCABC member price upon successful completion of Estimating 101 and 201.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Estimating 101 or equivalency upon Instructor’s approval. Please contact Jane at or call 604-205-5058 if you wish to take the equivalency test.


Request for quotation
List of known bidders/subtrade list
Plumbing take-off
Plumbing write up
Heating take-off
Heating write up
Common problems
Completing the estimate
Estimate summary sheet
Telephone quotation
Bid closing/project summary
Lead letters

Exit Readiness

This one-day workshop covers:

  • The best corporate structure for protecting your assets and getting you the best deal
  • Checklist for determining how Exit Ready you are (or aren’t).
  • Reducing your risk when selling to family or employees.
  • Prepare your business for a quicker and higher-priced sale.
  • Templates for valuating your business.
  • Finding the right buyer.
  • Understanding and managing the sale transaction.
  • Why you, yourself, may be the biggest obstacle preventing the sale of your business.
  • And more!

In addition to an extensive workbook that you will complete during the workshop, you will receive a copy of Exit Ready. Bonus: Prospective buyers will learn how to evaluate a business for purchase.

Fall Protection

The one day Fall Protection program will allow you to understand the use of fall protection, as it relates to the work you perform at height. This course will identify which fall protection options best meet your needs and give you the tools and knowledge to work at height safely. The course includes hands-on activities, video analysis, and focuses on student participation. Mandatory for anyone working at heights thus needing the use of fall protection equipment.

 (Customized) Health & Safety Manual Orientation

MCABC has partnered with BCCSA to develop a program geared toward creating a COR compliant customized safety manual for each attendees’ own company. This workshop is *exclusive* to MCABC members and is designed to help you ensure your own Safety Program becomes a method to minimize injury in the workplace, engage workers AND show compliance.

How to be a More Effective Foreman

1 Gold Seal Credits*

Interested in improving your communication Skills and being more productive? This one-day program covers proven conflict-resolution techniques, communication skills, productivity enhancement, motivational tactics, time-management ideas and many more skills that a foreman needs in order to thrive today. This program is designed to help anyone who manages people. From the new foreman to the experienced veteran, all attendees will come away with tools that will make an immediate impact on job performance.
Instructor: Kevin Dougherty
Attendees: Supervisors, Foremen

MCABC Profitable Selling Workshop

Join industry veteran speaker, consultant and trainer Ron Coleman for a three-hour sales workshop for Associate members. With topics such as pricing sensitivity and break-even sales, the lifetime value of a customer, and mark-ups and mark-downs, this workshop with help increase the profitability of your sales efforts.

Microsoft Project for Construction

2 Gold Seal Credits*

Microsoft Project for construction is a powerful course that will show you how to plan, monitor, and schedule projects using resources such as people, equipment, time, and money. This 2 day hands-on workshop will give you a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Project using a practical approach to project management.

Proactive Service Workshop for Field Service Technicians

1 Gold Seal Credit*

MCABC & CEC present The Proactive Service Workshop, a highly interactive training program designed to help field service technicians build and leverage stronger, more durable business relationships, and identify and close more business opportunities. The workshop shows technicians how to add much more value and provide even higher levels of service by proactively discussing ways their firms can help customers.

WHAT WILL TECHNICIANS LEARN? Among its many benefits, this workshop will:

  • Help participants recognize that making proactive recommendations for additional products and services is part of the overall service provided.
  • Show the importance of personal credibility (trust) in service success and develop personal action plans to build it.
  • Discuss the role of professional credibility (competence) in the customer’s evaluation of the competence of the service technician, the quality of their work and how to communicate this through on going service delivery.
  • Introduce and practice how to engage the customer in proactive conversations and communicate the value of the recommendation.

Instructor: Jim Baston
Prior to founding BBA Consulting Group in 2001, Jim was a divisional general manager with a large, regional service and contracting company. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, and has lectured on marketing management and strategic planning.

Full Course Outline & Jim Baston Bio

Project Management

5 Gold Seal Credits*

This two-day course is designed for construction owners, managers, estimators, supervisors and staff. Participants will develop skills and knowledge of how to manage a construction project. Participants will gain an understanding of the project processes and constraints encountered by project managers (using PMBoK 5th Edition approach) and how to successfully manage a complex project.


Project Planning

1 Gold Seal Credit*

Do you want to improve your skills, your understanding of change orders, your ability to manage projects for profit, your proposal check lists/bid, and your productivity on the job? Are you motivated for higher standards? Are you responsible for pricing and the success of the projects? MCABC’s Project Planning course is designed for individuals wanting to become managers, or for managers wishing to improve their current skills. The course’s approach is practical, job-relevant, and thought provoking, with a high degree of participant involvement. Course benefits are accessible and can be reaped immediately. This course is “Module 3” of MCABC’s Business Management Program.


Service Contractor Strategies

1 gold seal credits

The key to success in any service business is DELIGHTING the customer; not just SATISFYING the customer. In Session 1 of this two part program, we will do an in-depth study of how the key numbers stack up for you as a mechanical service contractor. In Session 2, we will take it to the next level and explore how to get more work, lower your costs and increase your selling prices.


CEC’s Supervisory Program

7 Gold Seal Credits*

This course is intended for foremen superintendents working in a supervisory capacity for a Construction Contractor. Apprentices have also indicated that this course is very useful in helping them to understand the role of the foreman and supervisor thus assisting in their day to day routine. This course is designed with the adult learner in mind and emphasizes participant/instructor group interaction. This program will take place over a 6‐day period and will be split into two sessions of 3 days each.


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The CCA Gold Seal Certification Program is a national certification program for construction management professionals (including: estimators, superintendents,
project managers, owner’s construction managers and safety coordinators.)
Successful applicants of the program become Gold Seal Certified (GSC).

Certification is based on the candidate’s education, experience and their ability to satisfy the rigorous standards of the Program. For the individual —the Gold Seal Certificate is a declaration of skill and competence that is recognized by the construction industry across the country. The Certificate will enhance mobility and professional development of construction managers. For the contractor— employing Gold Seal Certified managers is a statement regarding the professionalism and commitment of the firm to construction management excellence. A Gold Seal Certificate assists employers in recruiting capable construction managers.

*Gold seal credits are only awarded to students upon successful completion of a course.