Vancity Institute's Continuing Studies and Corporate Training department is proud to provide relevant professional development and to be a source of positive transformation in our communities. To help support individuals and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed this resource page to help you boost your knowledge and learn new skills during this unprecedented time.
It is our hope that with these resources, the transformation you're experiencing can be a positive one, full of resilience, strength and community. Ultimately, we're here to serve you.
Meet our Corporate Training team
Thomas, Professor, Senior PM, Senior Architect,
Corporate Training at Vancity institute is a hands-on approach to our mission to transform lives and communities. We provide solutions to our surrounding businesses and communities through practical workshops and programs, targeted directly at their identified needs.
We will act as a resource for your training and development needs. we will work with you to understand your needs and challenges, to connect you with the resources available through the institute, and to lower training costs through group rates and awareness of grant funding.
Thomas, Professor, Senior PM, Senior Architect,
William, Senior QS
Dr. Sun, (IT)
Ricco, Senior P. Eng
Brian, Senior PM
Jamie, Interior Designer,
Corporate Training team
CORPORATE TRAINING-Construction Skill Training Package
Vancity Institute of Sciences and Arts Inc (the "Vancity Institute" ) is prestigious education provider to construction-related professionals like licensed residential builders for BC housing, registered architects for AIBC and AIA, registered interior designers for IDCEC.
Vancity Institute offers the following 152-hour-program covering the following topics 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. to support employers to train current or new employees in technical skills in response to technological advancements, and to support unemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to gain essential, transferable and certified skills to obtain good-paying jobs and increase job security,
Construction Covid-19 Strategy
How to Market Your Business Through Covid-19
Residential Construction With On Emphasis On COVID
Operation Through Covid-19
Project Management Through Covid
Customer Service Through Covid-19
Navigating the Legal Impacts of Covid-19 In The Construction Sector
Managing COVID-19 In Construction
Construction Business Planning Through Covid-19
Team work Skills Development Through Covid-19
New Concrete Technology
Green Building Technology
Smart Home Technology
Smart Management Skills
New Customer Service Skills
New Digital Marketing Skills
New Construction Technology
High Technology Windows and Doors
Business Communication Skills
Computer Applications Skills
Project Management Skills
Customer Service Skills
Digital Marketing Skills
Energy Step Code
Know about plumber's work
Know about electrician's work
Know about framer's work
Total training duration: 152 hours, duration per course: 4 to 5 hours
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
· 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 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
· 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
We aim to provide absolutely high value for money priced to help employers in construction industry to train their current or future employees to meet their immediate needs of the business and the participant’s job
Upon completion of the programs the successful student will have better understanding of the follows:
The result of training will be improved job-related skills leading to one of the following:
• Increased job security or a better job for a current employee of the applicant employer
• A job for an unemployed person
Participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), who are entitled to work in Canada. at least 16 years old and be either:
• Unemployed, or
• Employed by the applicant employer
Once training is completed, employers will hire or continue to employ participants in B.C
Tuition and Fees
1 Training Hours:
2 Tuition Fee:
The duration of the program is 1-16 weeks.
Learning resources are mainly from text books, real-life case studies, internet information, as well as videos.
In-class instruction, On-site, Distance/Online, or Combined
All the classes will have one exam; will be counted 30% toward the final grade. there will be case studies, term projects, presentations, etc. in general, class attendance will be 20%, HW assignments will be 20%, Presentation, Participation, and Term project will be counted at 30%. For details, please refer to individual syllabus for each class.
Grading scale for each class is as follows:
Requirements for Graduation
Courses with grades lower than “C” is not counted toward the completion of the corporate training program.
Capacity (number of participants): 30
Name of instructor: team of experts,
Experienced Instructors Team
We put together a strong team of professionals to design each program,
The team has a wealth of professional expert along with tremendous experience in teaching and coaching. We are 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, We have followed the guidelines set out in the College and Institute Act.
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