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Construction 101

Entering the construction industry and trying to learn a piece here and a piece there isn’t effective. Now there is a course designed to put the pieces of the construction industry puzzle together. Don’t let the name “101” fool you! The course is attended by new and longtime employees who all find value in understanding the “why” in “what” we do.


Students will learn:

  • The different players and roles in the construction industry, and how they work together - “Who’sWho in the Zoo”
  • Terminology, contracts, procurement methods - “Understand the Lingo”
  • How to better assist the management team - “Contribute to Profitability”
  • To quickly become part of the team - “Be Part of the Recipe for Success”
  • About the resources available to your company - “Be the Go-To Person”


All skills are aimed to help your company be more efficient and effective in improving the bottom line!


Who should attend?

New employees, those in administrative support roles and those looking to get a broader understanding

of the industry as a whole:

  • Contractors - Generals and Trades
  • Buyers of Construction Services - Municipalities, School Districts, etc.
  • Design Consultants - Engineers and Architects

Course fee includes:

  • Complimentary lunch and refreshments provided on both days.
  • Attendees receive a bundle of valuable reference resources! Course material includes:
    • Construction 101 Binder with detailed material developed exclusively for the construction industry by the CCA 
    • Builders Lien Act Guide 
    • Full Example copies of the following contract documents:
      • 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

Course Format: 

Two days of in-class instruction, plus an optional, open book, take-home exam (using the Construction 101 Binder) to be completed after the in-class course. The the take home exam consists of 25 questions and will be be based on the material covered in class. Attendees will have 2 weeks to submit their completed exam via email. Please note that attendees who wish to claim Gold Seal Credits or CPD points for their Residential Builder Licensing MUST successfully complete the take-home exam component to be eligible.


Topics include:

  • Introduction to the Construction Industry - roles and responsibilities
  • Construction Documents - bid documents and format of drawings
  • Tendering, Bidding and Award of Contracts - calling and receiving of bids
  • Format of Contracts - features and types
  • Risk Management - bonding and construction insurance
  • Legal Matters - basic principles and typical contract
  • Project Management and Administration - start up to close out basics
  • Services Provided by Construction Associations



Cancellations received at least 14 business days prior to the course date will result in a full refund.

Cancellations received less than 14 business days but more than 7 full business days prior to the course date are subject to an administration fee of $100 for full and half-day seminars, or $25 for breakfasts sessions.

Registrants who do not show up for a course, and/or who do not notify the NRCA at least 7 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the course. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.


Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the course.





NRCA may have to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, in which case NRCA’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.





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Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
5 Credits
Course Certificates
  • Printable, digital, course certificate will be emailed to students on successful course completion.
  • Gold Seal Certification: 2 Gold Seal credits with successful completion of an open-book final exam.
Course Instructor Information

Construction 101 is facilitated by Debbie Hicks, with additional industry experts as special guest speakers.


Debbie HicksDSH Consulting. Former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) in BC for 22 years, with a comprehensive education background (Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelors of Science, teaching credential, and MBA in progress) learning has always been at the core of Debbie's career. During her time with SICA, she worked with a range of industry stakeholders including the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers, and contractors, coordinating and providing industry advocacy and education. Recent experience as the owner Rep for the construction of Kelowna Yacht Club's new Clubhouse has provided an additional perspective. Debbie's extensive experience in the construction industry both as a stakeholder and educator make her uniquely qualified to facilitate Construction 101. She brings knowledge and interaction to the classroom – making this a course you won't want to miss!

Course Contact Information

For more information contact Believe at or (250) 596-9900

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