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 Construction Skill Training Package 1 for corporate training

In order to support British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in a sector where job opportunities have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Impacted sectors, Construction Skill Training Package 1 is facilitated by Vancity Education Group (Vancity Institute of Sciences and Arts Inc and United Pacific College Ltd ) and designed to provide to construction companies with a set of useful knowledge and skills training in the following seven topics they need to train their employees to better and quickly adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and to improve job-related skills after the 100 hours comprehensive training plus 100 hours assignment/coaching and totalling 200 hours training

This 100 hours comprehensive Construction Skill Training Package 3 is a helpful and a better to have package for construction company's employees, it is designed  to support British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in a sector where job opportunities have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended to take the training fully and completely as it will be very beneficial to both employer and employee participants

The Construction Skill Training Package 1 will help the participants acquaint or upgrade the construction job related skills they needed within 200 hours to advance their job performance.
The delivery method will be 75 hours in-class /distance /online instruction combined, 25 hours practical application on-site,
This training program will go through the following 7 topics:
1, an overview of building codes, regulations, bylaws…
· Building Code
· Electrical regulations, Fire Code, Energy step code
· soil-bearing capacity and problematic soil conditions:
· Geotechnical investigation, footing sizes, building on filled ground
· Radon areas and mitigation strategies
· seismic and climatic zones, lateral bracing, anchoring, and rain screening
· structural materials and methods of assembly: Foundations, Superstructure, Roof structure
· building envelope and methods for keeping the weather out,
· Foundation drainage, Insulation, and air/vapor barriers, Windows, and doors Flashing and cladding types/systems, Flashing and roofing types
· sound transmission into residential units, mitigating sound impact, increasing sound transmission class (STC) for assemblies
· Plumbing and mechanical noise
· heating and ventilation systems controlling indoor air quality: Ventilation equipment, sizing, and ducting ›
· interior finishes,
· flooring, cabinetry, and trim work
· limiting distance and special separation
· what are secondary suites and multiple occupancies
· Public Health Act and regulations with regards to the design and operation of septic systems.
· local bylaws
2,an overview of Construction Management and Supervision
· project planning
· tendering and Bid
· Trade selection
· scheduling: Time management
· project supervision: how to organize material and labor acquisition: Purchasing order system and guidelines, Substitutions, Timing, Storage, and care
· responsibility for pre-construction activities: Site logistics, Site servicing, Mitigating environmental impacts, Contingency plans (for example, bad weather
· contract compliance and plan checks
· inspections and be able to apply inspection guidelines (for example, for building officials or engineers)
· quality control, including performance benchmarks and associated requirements
· internal and external reporting requirements
· how to set up and monitor cost control (for example, a comparison of costs with budget
· how to use a change/work order system
· project site work safety:
· implement guidelines from the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation
· implement guidelines from the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System regulations
· WorkSafeBC standards, including a site-specific safety plan, company safety plan and insurance requirements
3.an overview of Construction Technology
· the “house-as-a-system” concept
· building science that affects building durability and occupant comfort
· how to control heat flow through heat flow mechanisms, such as conduction, convection, and radiation
· how to control moisture flow through moisture movement mechanisms, such as bulk moisture movement, capillary action, airborne moisture, and vapor diffusion
· indoor air quality through contributors and detractors, such as pollutants, moisture or mould, and material selection.
· sustainable development through energy efficiency, resource efficiency, and environmental responsibility.
· building envelope details, air barriers (materials and details), vapor barriers (materials and details)
· foundation design: types of foundations, heat loss control, and moisture control
· floor designs: details for heat-flow control, moisture management, details at critical locations, and vibration telegraphing sub-floors
· wall design: heat loss and moisture control, and alternate details
· roof construction and attics: air leakage into attics, details at critical locations, heat loss control, and details to deal with specific problems, such as truss uplift and ice damming
· windows and doors installations: guidelines to control heat loss and gains and moisture
· off-site panelized wall and floor systems
· mechanical systems: heating, cooling, and ventilation principles; heating systems; heat distribution systems
· ventilation systems: benchmarks, alternate systems, heat recovery ventilation and energy recovery ventilation, and design and installation considerations
· integrated mechanical systems.
· engineered building components (for example, the correct use of products such as trusses, insulated concrete forms and load-bearing steel studs).
· how geographical and geological features can affect residential construction and explain how to mitigate risk due to these features.
· passive house and net 0
4,an overview of Customer Service and Home Warranty Insurance
· five factors of service excellence: reliability, assurances, tangibles, empathy, and responsiveness
· customer values, behaviors, and expectations
· the framework for customer service
· how to establish expectations and why it is important for good customer service
· the steps in transferring a home to the customer
· the elements of a walk-through inspection and its relationship to customer service and home warranty
· the importance of customer orientation, including key components of an effective maintenance manual
· how to plan for warranty service work, including time management, budget contingency, and subcontracts
· common situations, difficulties, and methods for resolving conflicts: the common causes of disputes and customer dissatisfaction
· techniques for resolving disputes. Identify and briefly describe the key processes for resolving disputes (mediation, arbitration, civil suit, appeal)
· Construct and use a quality customer-service action plan
· Represent attributes of an effective customer service strategy
· procedures for identifying customer service problems and solutions
· the roles of the homeowner, builder, and home warranty insurance provider in identifying and responding to possible construction defects for the homeowner and future homeowners
5,an overview of Financial Planning and Budget Management
Financial planning
· Integrate financial planning into the main elements of a business plan
· Construct financial projections
· Compute a Pro-forma statement of operations (budget) that includes sales, costs, gross income, net income, etc
· Compute pricing that includes alternate methods and factors to consider
· Compute a break-even analysis: explanation
· Discuss overhead costs
· Apply a margin/mark-up, including an explanation and guidelines
· Prepare a Pro-forma statement of financial position that includes an explanation and elements
· Calculate a Pro-forma cash-flow statement
Financial management:
· financial management practices, including records requirements and operating guidelines, such as timely reporting and communication guidelines
· accounting concepts, principles, and practices:
· Accounting cycle, Alternate accounting benchmarks, Accrual accounting, Accounts receivable, Accounts payable
· bookkeeping and its concepts and practices, including journal entries, double-entry, preparation of ledgers, and trial balance
· financial statements: Statement of operations: explanation, elements (sales, fixed and/or variable costs, gross income, net income), Statement of financial position: explanation; elements (assets, liabilities, shareholders’ equity), Cash flow statement: timing of costs and income, guidelines, Analysis of variances (between forecasts and actual results)
· financial performance measures: financial ratios, benchmarking, types of construction financing
· lender policies and working with lenders
credit arrangements
· loan and collateral security requirements and arrangements
· Apply cost control, both general and specific, such as overhead, construction, sales, and administration costs
· purchase order system, construct a system to control or account for extras and changes
6,an overview of Legal Issues
· legal requirements of contracts, including necessary elements, requirements and conditions of contracts, the basis for and patterns of payment, breach of contract, and remedies for breach of contract.
· how to construct basic contracts with sub-contractors, suppliers, insurers, and lenders.
· subcontractor and supplier responsibilities.
· requirements of insurers and lenders.
· types of contracts, including types of building contracts, contracts with subcontractors, contracts with lending institutions, contracts with homeowners, and contracts with realtors.
· Distinguish between an Agreement of Purchase and Sale, and a contracted home.
· the land registry system and related topics including land transfer, closing procedures, conditions, and easements.
· Summarize builder liability, including liability under the contract, liability for negligence, tort law, environmental liability, WorkSafeBC/Occupational Health, and Safety liability, the statute of limitations, liability, and responsibilities under the Homeowner Protection Act.
· the Builders Lien Act, including purpose, lien claimants, filing procedures, amounts, holdbacks, and enforcement of liens.
· dispute resolution mechanisms including information on mediation and arbitration, and the Homeowner Protection Act Regulation mediation provisions.
· how provincial legislation and local bylaws may affect residential construction, Zoning, and easements, Development permits, Building permits, Inspection requirements, Occupancy permits
· how regulatory requirements or prohibitions with respect to health, the environment, riparian areas, and energy performance may affect residential construction
7,an overview of Business Planning, Management, and Administration
· Business vision, objectives, and goals: statement of vision, objectives, and goals; statement of company rationale, values, directions, and risks; statement of ethics; products and services
· Integration with a financial plan: the purpose of financial plans as they relate to business planning
· Marketing plan: market research, marketing, marketing planning, elements of marketing planning: market environment, target market, positioning, pricing, strategy, sales strategy (public relations plan, advertising plan, and referrals plan
· Operating plan: different business forms (such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited partnerships, and partnerships of corporations) and some pros and cons of each model, why and when a new or updated plan should be developed, Managing change: give examples of when changes to one part of the business plan affect other parts, the importance of communications to business success and construct guidelines for effective communication
Experienced Instructors Team
Vancity Education Group has put together a strong team of professionals to design this Construction Skill Training Package 1, including:
three licensed residential builders with 20+ years of experience
a CGA with 15+ years of experience, including advising builders, architects, engineers, and designers
an architect with 30+ years of experience,
a quantity surveyor with 30+ years of experience
a lawyer with 20+ years of experience, including acting for builders, architects, engineers, and designers
two engineers with 30+ years of experience
This group has a wealth of professional experience along with tremendous experience in teaching and coaching. Vancity Education group is well equipped to provide high-quality corporate training.
Our Policies and Admission Requirements In Line with the College and Institute Act
Inputting together our governing policies and our admission requirements, Vancity Education Group has followed the guidelines set out in the College and Institute Act.
we aim to provide additional options and opportunities for current or potential employees of the construction industry to improve their job-related skills to make the construction industry in BC one of high skill, quality, and integrity.
Upon completion of this course the successful student will have better understanding about the current techniques to manage projects effectively from start to finish, will have better understanding about how to operate a construction project from configuring a project team to closing out a project.;
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