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Construction 101 and Beyond - VILT

 This virtual instructor-led course is delivered live and online in four 4-hour sessions.

Created by the industry and for the industry, this course was developed by CCA to break down the complexity of the industry. You’ll get valuable insight into the various industry stakeholders and their roles/responsibilities, construction documents and contracts, risk management, bidding and tendering, construction law, and so much more!

This course was updated in 2020 and is mandatory for the "Foreperson" Gold Seal designation! 

Don't be misled by the '101' – whether you're an industry novice or seasoned veteran this course has something for everyone!  Perfect for procurement professionals and buyers, developing leaders, as well as operations and administrative staff.  Learn how you can help your company be more efficient and effective!!!

Topics include:

  • Introduction to construction industry
  • Major steps in a construction project
  • Risk management
  • Bid documents
  • Contract law
  • Bidding
  • Receiving bids and award of contract
  • Format of contracts and contract clauses
  • Project start up to close out

9 modules and 166 on Construction 101 for a detailed course outline!  

Prior to the course a short orientation session will be scheduled by your course instructor using Zoom. During the orientation, your instructor will go over the Zoom tools you will be using during the course, expectations and course materials.  

Course Requirements

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students.

In order to attend, you’ll must ensure you have the following:

  • Computer or laptop - This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones or tablets will not be adequate. Windows 10 or Mac iOS
  • Webcam - Student webcams must be on at all times. Use of virtual backgrounds is not permitted.
  • Group Attendance - Group attendance via one paid registration is not permitted. Every person able to see, hear, and observe the virtual course sessions must be a  paid participant.
  • Microphone - required.
  • Internet connection - For best results, you’ll want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here.
    • The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability  - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions.  Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  


  • May 16, 2024 - 3:45 - 4:30pm 

Course Dates:  

  1. May 21, 2024 - 8:00 - 12:15pm
  2. May 22, 2024 - 8:00 - 12:15pm
  3. May 23, 2024 - 8:00 - 12:15pm
  4. May 24, 2024 - 8:00 - 12:15pm

Next Scheduled Date:  August 20-23, 2024

Course Materials:

  • Construction 101 & Beyond student binder
  • Custom BONUS student resource manual:
    • CCA 1: Stipulated Price Subcontract
    • CCDC 2: Stipulated Price Contract
    • CCDC 5A: Construction Management Contract – for Services
    • CCDC 5B: Construction Management Contract – for Services and Construction
    • Builders Lien Act Guide

Attendance and participation in all four sessions is mandatory for course completion.

This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations across western Canada. You will be participating with industry peers from throughout these regions.

Course Credits: 

  • 4 - CCA Gold Seal Credits
  • ​16 - BC Housing CPD points


Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
Other Credits:
16 - BC Housing CPD points
Course Certificates

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a digital Certificate of Completion.

Course Instructor Information

Facilitator:  Debbie Hicks, B.Sc. DSH Consulting



With a comprehensive and varied education background, learning has been at the core of her career.   As former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association in BC for 22 years, liaising with the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers and contractors in advocacy and education brings a solid base to her expertise.  In addition, her experience as the owner representative for the construction of the new Clubhouse for the Kelowna Yacht Club has provided additional perspective. She has been fortunate to work with the Alberta Construction Association to facilitate industry dialogue on “Optimizing the Flow of Money” and “Non-Standard Contract Clauses and their Costs”.  Through these experiences, with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, Debbie is able to bring both knowledge and insight into her work and presentations for the construction industry.


Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education


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