Courses

Microsoft Excel for Construction (NOVICE)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
1 day Member
$283.25
Not Member
$334.75
Ms.Anne Leroux, ES Computer Training

Perequiste: Microsoft Excel for Construction (NOVICE) is a perequiste for Microsoft Excel for Construction (ADVANCED)

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Communicating financial information is often challenging.  This one day course will improve your financial analysis skills using Microsoft Excel.  If tasks such as creating budgets, tracking expenses, determining costs across different sectors of your business are often on your to-do list, then this course will help save you time and money.  You will learn the tools to help you to better understand your business performance, examine profitability of jobs, plan budgets and examine business scenarios all through the use of Microsoft Excel.  Laptops, software and manuals will be provided.  This course provides one Gold Seal SIC on completion.

The objective of this course is to improve the Construction Professionals numerical and financial analysis tools. They will be better able to manage their business with current and interactive data and they can provide more accurate information to their clients and suppliers.

The Construction Professional will be able to efficiently create a simple financial model of their business to track revenue and expenses and tax commitments. This ensures a more professional practice will be offered to the public. The Construction Professional will be able to create a verifiable financial audit trail to minimize errors and misrepresentations of financial data. They will be better equipped to create estimates and project plans. They will be better equipped to make decisions, provide value advice and accurately present information to their clients.

In this course, you will:

  • Create better financial estimates of projects
  • Spend less time and effort maintaining better financial records of business expenses
  • Spend less time and effort creating HST reports
  • Be able to do tracking of expenses and revenues by job
  • Create numerical calculations using Excel
  • Learn how to create simple Gantt charts and timelines in Excel

Microsoft Excel for Construction (ADVANCED)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
1 day Member
$283.25
Not Member
$334.75
Ms.Anne Leroux, ES Computer Training

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

This advances level course will give you a better comprehension of how to analyze data to create what-if scenarios (what if conditions changes...how will these affect the cost of the job).  Learn how to use Microsoft Excel for estimating, costing, bidding and project planning.  Learn how to create simple Gantt charts and timelines in Excel.  We will show you how to use Excel with other programs to quickly and easily make presentation materials from spreadsheets containing estimates and schedules.  Discover the capacity to manipulate and analyze information (via pivot tables) to create management analysis reports.  Laptops, software and manuals will be provided.  This course provides on Gold Seal SIC upon completion.

The objective of this course is to improve the Construction Professionals numerical and financial analysis tools.  They will be better able to manage their business with current and interactive data and they can provide more accurate information to their clients and suppliers.

The Construction Professional will be able to efficiently create a simple financial model of their business to track revenue and expenses.  This ensures a more professional practice will be

Microsoft Project for Construction

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$618.00
Not Member
$746.75
Ms.Anne Leroux, ES Computer Training

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

If you have ever had to juggle dozens of functions and hundreds of tasks all while trying to stay on budget, meet your deadline and keep every stakeholder informed along the way, then this seminar is for you! 

This two day gold seal accredited course, lead by a Professional Engineer, will give you a comprehensive understanding of how Microsoft Project can be used as a practical approach to project management.

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 seminar will provide you with the skills to effectively track and analyze projects with a better understanding of the impact changes.

Laptop and written materials are provided for use during the interactive seminar!

 COURSE ANALYSIS

  • PERT analysis
  • Project tracking
  • Managing costs
  • Project reporting
  • Project success
  • An exit strategy
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Resources
  • Baselines
  • Handling multiple projects

ONLINE - Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution     NEW

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4 Hours Member
$150.00
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$150.00
Online

Date & Location

Online

Course description

The Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution course has been designed to help improve written, oral and negotiating skills within the construction industry.  The course contains interactive elements, case studies, practical examples, a search function, course glossary and reference library. 

The information presented in this course will help you to improve your communication skills both written nd oral, your negotiating skills and conflict resolution abilities alongside co-workers and on the job site every day.

 

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define a conflict
  • Identify the stages of conflict
  • Describe the importance of communication
  • Apply assertiveness techniques to get a point across
  • Deal with difficult pepople more effectively
  • Recognize the criteria for an effective negotiator
  • Describe how power can be used/abused in negotiation
  • Identify when to close negotiations

Part 2 - MANDATORY CREDIT - Construction Industry Ethics (In-class Component)

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0 Days Member
$0.00
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$0.00
-

Date & Location

TBD

Course description

If you are interested in registering for the Construction Industry Ethics, In-class component, please contact the Association Office at 905.629.7766.

Claims Management (M1)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$927.00
Not Member
$1,107.25
Mr.Ron Fernandez, Altus Group

Perequiste: Claims Management (M1) is a perequiste for Claims Management (M2)

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Module 1 consists of the first two (2) days of the four (4) day Claims Preparation and Management Course, which is accredited by the Canadian Construction Association. Day 1 of this Module 1 will provide essential fundamental information to all participants at a basic level, including introductory material, fundamentals of risk management, and a basic understanding of the structure of contracts.

Day 2 of this Module 1 will provide basic fundamentals of construction planning and scheduling and delay analysis. The course is designed around a mixture of lectures and interactive workshop type classroom activities.

Course Analysis

Claims Management (M2)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$927.00
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$1,107.25
Mr.Ron Fernandez, Altus Group

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Module 1 consists of the first two (2) days of the four (4) day Claims Preparation and Management Course, which is accredited by the Canadian Construction Association. Day 1 of this Module 1 will provide essential fundamental information to all participants at a basic level, including introductory material, fundamentals of risk management, and a basic understanding of the structure of contracts.

Day 2 of this Module 1 will provide basic fundamentals of construction planning and scheduling and delay analysis. The course is designed around a mixture of lectures and interactive workshop type classroom activities.

Management Development (M1)

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2 days Member
$592.25
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$721.00
Mr.Mario Piccone, Piccone Coaching

Perequiste: Management Development (M1) is a perequiste for Management Development (M2)

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Module 1 consists of the first two (2) days of the four (4) day Claims Preparation and Management Course, which is accredited by the Canadian Construction Association. Day 1 of this Module 1 will provide essential fundamental information to all participants at a basic level, including introductory material, fundamentals of risk management, and a basic understanding of the structure of contracts.

Day 2 of this Module 1 will provide basic fundamentals of construction planning and scheduling and delay analysis. The course is designed around a mixture of lectures and interactive workshop type classroom activities.

Management Development (M2)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$592.25
Not Member
$721.00
Mr.Mario Piccone, Piccone Coaching

Perequiste: Management Development (M2) is a perequiste for Management Development (M3)

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Module 1 consists of the first two (2) days of the four (4) day Claims Preparation and Management Course, which is accredited by the Canadian Construction Association. Day 1 of this Module 1 will provide essential fundamental information to all participants at a basic level, including introductory material, fundamentals of risk management, and a basic understanding of the structure of contracts.

Day 2 of this Module 1 will provide basic fundamentals of construction planning and scheduling and delay analysis. The course is designed around a mixture of lectures and interactive workshop type classroom activities.

Management Development (M3)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$592.25
Not Member
$721.00
Mr.Mario Piccone, Piccone Coaching

Perequiste: Management Development (M3) is a perequiste for Management Development (M4)

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

OBJECTIVES AND PLANNING

  • Whose objectives and in what areas
  • Setting effective objectives - What criteria
  • Developing the associated action plan
  • Solving then preventing problems
  • Setting effective demanding objectives
  • Clarifying goals - Getting everyone pulling in the same direction
  • Evaluating performance - Results not activities

 

INTERVIEWING / RECRUITING

  • Skills required for all types of interviewing
  • Major difficulties and distortions
  • Interviewing styles - When each is appropriate
  • The ideal employee
  • Key problems and distortions in recruiting
  • Interviewing techniques - Traditional and behavioural interviews

 

TRAINING / ORIENTATION

  • Getting new employees started right
  • Effective probation
  • Effective praise, reprimand and discipline interviews
  • Performance appraisal interviews

 

DELEGATION

  • What should and shouldn't be delegated
  • When to delegate
  • How to delegate effectively
  • Authority and responsibility - Who gets what
  • Degrees of delegation - A continuum - Selecting the right level for the situation
  • Preventing upward delegation

 

IMPLEMENTATION AND CONTROL

  • Setting controls
  • Deciding when corrective action is needed
  • Time Management - First set objectives and priorities 
  • Gaining control of your time
  • Delegating and time management
  • Tools and techniques to improve time management
  • When to use a meeting
  • Planning and conducting effective meetings

Management Development (M4)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$592.25
Not Member
$721.00
Mr.Mario Piccone, Piccone Coaching

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

  • Management/leadership styles-analysis and interpretation of preferred styles
  • Management vs. Leadership - Why both are needed
  • Trust - The key ingredient
  • Contingency management - Conditional on self, group, task and situation
  • Effective leadership - Developing employee involvement and commitment
  • Developing style flexibility 

 

TEAMWORK

  • Group decision making / participative management - When it is most effective
  • Compromise, consensus and co-operation - When is each appropriate or necessary
  • Conflict - Reducing the harmful effects while retaining the benefits
  • Developing conflict resolution strategies
  • Teams vs. individual effort
  • True teams vs. work groups - The impact of real teams
  • Developing effective teams

 

MANAGING CHANGE

  • Why resistance to change - Overcoming this resistance
  • Involvement - Key to effective change
  • Force field analysis - Implementing change and solving problems
  • Paradigms - Using them effectively - Preventing them from blocking change

 

PROBLEM SOLVING DECISION MAKING

  • Identifying the true underlying problem vs. symptoms
  • Developing realistic alternatives
  • Key problem solving tools
  • Implementing the decision - Involving those key "others"
  • Contingency plans
  • Increasing creativity

ONLINE - Construction Law     NEW

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4 Hours Member
$150.00
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$150.00
Online

Date & Location

Online

Course description

This course is designed to teach and familiarize owners, managers, supervisors and project managers with construction contracts and contract law, liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a contract, compiling and submitting proper extras and claims, and ways and means for leaders to avoid conflict with contracts, owners, trades and labour.

 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the origins of law
  • Understand what a contract is and what makes a contract valid or invalid
  • Understand the roles in the construction industry as they apply to contract law
  • Know the different types of construction contracts
  • Interpret contracts
  • Understand what a custom contract consists of
  • Understand the principles of surety and the different types of bonds that are used 
  • Know what type of insurance is required in the construction industry
  • Understand claims, the reasons for claims and the process of making a claim
  • Know the acts and regulations that are relevant to the construction industry

ONLINE - Construction Project Management     NEW

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4 Hours Member
$150.00
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$150.00
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Date & Location

Online

Course description

This training program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you plan and administer projects from start to finish.

The information presented in this course will help you to understand what you can do to successfully administer projects and will provide you with the necessary tools to help manage a project.

 

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop business cases
  • Develop scope of projects
  • Manage project procurement
  • Manage project risk
  • Manage change process

ONLINE - Introduction to Construction Estimating     NEW

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Duration Fee Facilitator
4 Hours Member
$150.00
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$150.00
Online

Date & Location

Online

Course description

This training program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to visulaize the scope and mangitude of a construction project and produce reliable estimates.  This is accomplished by reviewing drawings through various phases of a project with the aim of determining the quantity and type of materials required for the project.

OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you will:

  • Have a good understanding of estimating practices
  • Know site-specific conditions and requlatory requirements
  • Know how to handle the purchasing and logistics associated with materials on the job
  • Know hoe to manage materials on site
  • Organize cost data in a clear and logical manner
  • Have the ability to keep historical information related to costs (including those associated with labour, material, overhead, equipment and availability of required items)
  • Know how and when to update historical information related to costs
  • Assemble bids and meet bid closure deadlines
  • Provide on-site solutions to work-related problems in relation to equipment and material placement

ONLINE - First Level Supervisor Training Program     NEW

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14 Hours Member
$400.00
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$400.00
Online

Date & Location

Online

Course description

Supervisors play a key role in ensuring that job gets done on time, on budget and safely.  This course will introduce you to all aspects of supervision, beginning with a discussion of the supervisor's role and the skills required.  Then, the supervision basics are covered: leadership vs. management, due diligence, communication skills, meetings, and handling disagreements and problems.

The course then examines the supervisor's role with respect to safety, looking at inspections, investigation and training.  Human resource management comes next, including addressing personal problems and performances issues.  The course introduces you to planning and scheduling, followed by productivity and quality, including problem solving for quality outcomes.

The final section teaches you how to lead an effective work team by discussing concepts, motivation and team performance.

OBJECTIVES

  • Build your supervisory skills
  • Lead a work crew
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the supervisor's role in safety and due diligence
  • Develop and motivate teams
  • Address performance issues

Health & Safety Risk Management (M1)

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Duration Fee Facilitator
2 days Member
$849.75
Not Member
$1,030.00
Mr. Dave Marchione, Fasken Martineau

Perequiste: Health & Safety Risk Management (M1) is a perequiste for Health & Safety Risk Menagement (M2)

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Absolutely the most comprehensive health and safety program available to civil contractors today! The course walks supervisors and managers through the rules and regulations regarding interacting with the Ministry of Labour, the prosecution process, the defence of due diligence and loss control.

Module 1 will give students the tools to establish and improve company health and safety programs, to monitor them and to minimize corporate costs and exposure to personal and corporate liability under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The OHSA requires employers appoint and ensure that supervisors are “competent persons” as defined by the Act. An essential element of this definition is ensuring that supervisors are familiar with the legislation that applies to the work.

Module 2 will give the students a review of accident reporting, managing workers’ compensation claims and objecting to claim decisions and appeals. It will also provide students with an overview of the Regulations for Construction Projects and focuses on the legal duties of supervisors as an integral part of the health and safety management system. It also focuses on the integration of project management requirements and OHS from the inception of a project, through to its completion.

Suggested participants include Site Superintendents, Project Managers, and Supervisors.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Right to refuse unsafe work
  • Prosecution Process
  • Legal defense of Due Diligence
  • Legal liability, penalties and fines
  • Bill C-45: OHS Criminal Negligence
  • Legal duties and responsibilities of workplace parties
  • Safety committees and representatives 
  • MOL Inspectors and workplace inspections
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects

Health & Safety Risk Menagement (M2)

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2 days Member
$849.75
Not Member
$1,030.00
Ms. Cathy Chandler, Fasken Martineau

Date & Location

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA)

Course description

Absolutely the most comprehensive health and safety program available to civil contractors today! The course walks supervisors and managers through the rules and regulations regarding interacting with the Ministry of Labour, the prosecution process, the defence of due diligence and loss control.

Module 1 will give students the tools to establish and improve company health and safety programs, to monitor them and to minimize corporate costs and exposure to personal and corporate liability under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The OHSA requires employers appoint and ensure that supervisors are “competent persons” as defined by the Act. An essential element of this definition is ensuring that supervisors are familiar with the legislation that applies to the work.

Module 2 will give the students a review of accident reporting, managing workers’ compensation claims and objecting to claim decisions and appeals. It will also provide students with an overview of the Regulations for Construction Projects and focuses on the legal duties of supervisors as an integral part of the health and safety management system. It also focuses on the integration of project management requirements and OHS from the inception of a project, through to its completion.

Suggested participants include Site Superintendents, Project Managers, and Supervisors.

ONLINE - Confined Spaces Safety Awareness     NEW

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3 Hours Member
$100.00
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$100.00
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Date & Location

Online

Course description

Confined spaces can be hazardous if not approached with an understanding of how to prepare for entry, how to enter and work safely, and what to do if an incidence occurs.

This course will introduce you to the types of confined spaces and the associated hazards.  You will learn about the activities within a confined space and codes of practice.  Different types of hazard controls are presented, including engineering, administrative and protective equipment.

Confined space entry procedures, including the rescue plan and evacuation (escape) plan, are explained.

Your roles and responsibilities in post-entry inspections and retention of records are also explained.

OBJECTIVE

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of confines spaces
  • Recognize the potential hazards
  • Assess and control the hazards
  • Understand your roles and responsibilities prior to entry, while working and on leaving a confined space

ONLINE - Pipeline Construction Safety Training     NEW

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4 hours Member
$100.00
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$100.00
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Date & Location

Online

Course description

Construction safety is not to be taken lightly, and it is something that the pipeline construction industry takes very seriously.  This course is intended to familiarize you, the worker, with how to recognize, assess and control hazards on the work site.  It has been designed to complement other safety-related courses offered by the industry.

 

Objectives

  • Know how to recognize hazards
  • Know how to assess hazards
  • Know how to control hazards
  • Know how to operate a vehicle safely
  • Know how to operate equipment safely
  • Know how to respond to emergencies 

Part 1 - MANDATORY CREDIT - Construction Industry Ethics (Online Component)     NEW

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4 Hours Member
$200.00
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$200.00
Online

Date & Location

Online

Course description

Ethical behaviour is paramount in the construction industry.  By maintaining high ethical standards, and being consistent in our practices, we thrive both personally and professionally.

The Construction Industry Ethics course has been designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry.  The course contains interactive elements, case studies, practical examples, videos, and a course glossary.  This course can help your employees navigate the ethical grey areas they face every day. 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  There is a mandatory in-class component to this course that must be completed as a prerequisite to writing the Gold Seal exam.  The OSWCA does not yet offer this component, but will later in 2017.

 

Courses Winter Spring Summer Fall Course Date Registration Deadline

Communications

Microsoft Excel for Construction (NOVICE)
Microsoft Excel for Construction (ADVANCED)
Microsoft Project for Construction
ONLINE - Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution     NEW
Part 2 - MANDATORY CREDIT - Construction Industry Ethics (In-class Component)

Management

Claims Management (M1)
Claims Management (M2)
Management Development (M1)
Management Development (M2)
Management Development (M3)
Management Development (M4)
ONLINE - Construction Law     NEW
ONLINE - Construction Project Management     NEW
ONLINE - Introduction to Construction Estimating     NEW
ONLINE - First Level Supervisor Training Program     NEW

Health & Safety

Health & Safety Risk Management (M1)
Health & Safety Risk Menagement (M2)
ONLINE - Confined Spaces Safety Awareness     NEW
ONLINE - Pipeline Construction Safety Training     NEW

Ethics

Part 1 - MANDATORY CREDIT - Construction Industry Ethics (Online Component)     NEW