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Estimating 201 Fall 2019

2 Gold Seal Credits*

Estimating 201 is the follow-up course to Estimating 101. It will 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.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Estimating 101 or equivalency upon Instructor’s approval. Please contact Jane at jandrew@mcabc.org or call 604-205-5058 if you wish to take the equivalency test. Cost to write the equivalency test is $150.

THIS IS A TWO-DAY COURSE

New: Register more than two people and save 12% on each additional registration!


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Project Management Ten Day Program – First Week

MCABC and The Construction Education Council (CEC) proudly present the exclusive Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Program. The program takes place over a 10-day period and is split into two 5-day sessions. Enrolment is limited to 24 students.

Successful completion comes with 15 Gold Seals!

Venue: Executive Plaza Hotel, Coquitlam

First week: October 24 – 28, 2019
Second week: November 14 – 18, 2019

Cost: $3,100 + gst total for all ten days
($3,200 + gst for Non-Voting Affiliate members)
– Includes coffee, tea, snacks and lunches, as well as a comprehensive course manual.

MIRA Contractors take note: Mechanical Industrial Relations Association (MIRA) has agreed to sponsor a limited number of spots on a first-come-first-served basis. Upon successful completion, you will receive a 75% refund on the registration cost for your employee. So don’t hesitate; there are limited spots available – register today.

~ If staying at the Executive Plaza Hotel, be sure to ask for the MCABC corporate rate. ~

Register for Entire Course Here!


COURSE OUTLINE
This Gold Seal accredited course is designed to:
• Improve the planning and controlling of your projects, thereby improving your company’s bottom line
• Take a business view of projects and take ownership of a project from bid to final payment
• Increase your own project “lessons learned” by learning from experiences of other participants
• Be able and willing to contribute improvements to your company’s project management process
• Be better prepared to take the Gold Seal examination, if you choose
• Enjoy your projects!
COURSE TOPICS
Over the 10-day period, sessions will be held on:
• Project Administration
• Scheduling
• Managing Individual Differences
• Safety: A Management Perspective
• Change Orders
• Construction Law
• Job Cost Controls
• Meetings and Communication
• Dispute Avoidance and Claims
• Labour Relations: Due Diligence
• Project Completion


INSTRUCTORS
Part of what is unique in this Project Management offering is that over the 10-day period you will be introduced to 8 different instructors who are all experts in their field of knowledge. You will learn from the best! In order to receive the course certificate, students MUST attend 9 of 10 days. A final assignment must also be completed during class time.

TESTIMONIAL

The Project Management Course offered by CMCEF and the University of Waterloo was very professional in its approach with very well qualified and experienced professionals. I have been associated with the contracting business for more than twenty years. This course is a recommended must for those interested in having a professional standard approach to Project Management. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend. – Robert Thain, Black and McDonald, Winnipeg, MB


REFUND POLICY
• 30 days prior to start of course – 100% refund
• 15 days prior to start of course – 50% refund
• 7 or fewer days prior to start of the course – no refunds
• Substitutions can be made up to the day before the course starts

 


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Estimating 101 Fall 2019

2 Gold Seal Credits*

MCABC’s Estimating 101 will provide you with the fundamentals of estimating. This course 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. PREREQUISITE: It would be beneficial but not essential to have some knowledge of basic blueprint reading, basic plumbing/piping design, and building & plumbing codes.

THIS IS A TWO-DAY COURSE

New: Register more than two students and save 12% on each additional registration!


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Note: If you already have some estimating experience and pass the Estimating Equivalency test, you could qualify to go directly into Estimating 201. Please contact Jane at jandrew@mcabc.org or call 604-205-5058 if you wish to take the equivalency test. Cost to write the test is $150.

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Blueprint Reading Fall 2019

This course is Gold Seal accredited!

The ability to read mechanical and architectural drawings is a foundation skill in construction and trades. Everyone in the building industry, regardless of whether they are working in the field, in the office, or as a supplier of material, must know how to read blueprints.

This session introduces the 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 anyone entering or already in the trades, as it will teach them 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.

New: Register more than two people and save 12% on each additional registration!

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BC stalls while others in the country move ahead with Prompt Payment

For more than a dozen years, MCABC, myself and the Council of Construction Trades Associations (COCTA) have presented governments – both Liberal and NDP – with solid arguments as to why Prompt Payment legislation is good for workers, trades, general contractors, suppliers and the provincial economy in general.  Yet no sitting government has embraced, championed […]

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Risky Contract

Be vigilant: If you’re not, someone else is going to be

Last summer I wrote an article about the value of association membership. My point was that associations support you, your business and its bottom line. The main example I gave was the Risky Clauses program, a joint endeavor of MCABC and ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of BC).  I wrote of the program’s purpose: To provide […]

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Community Benefits Agreements: Are they the scourge some would have us believe?

I recently attended a one-day conference hosted by the BC Building Trades on Community Benefit Agreements. Before it began, this event was criticized by Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) president Chris Gardner in a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed.  His criticisms were rife with opinions and assumptions with little or no evidence to support them. This […]

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Disruption

Futureproofing: Organizational Response to Disruptive Trends

Attending my association’s annual conference in late October, I glimpsed MCABC’s future, at least what it could be through the eyes of Canada’s association leaders. The conference theme was “Associations: Future Proof,” and it provided numerous presentations and workshops on existing trends in association management and operations, and some guidance of how to lead, manage […]

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