Upcoming Courses

WCA is Your Source for Industry Education

Check out our Upcoming Courses and register for the dates and topics that fit your schedule.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know. Contact WCA’s Manager of Learning and Development, Peggy Zurkan, at peggy@winnipegconstruction.ca or 204-775-8664 ext. 2248.

 

For Gold Seal Certification Inquiries contact: Kelly Thiessen at kellythiessen@winnipegconstruction.ca  775-8664 ext.2225

For a complete look at all 2016-2017 courses, check out our Education Program.

We want to hear from you! Contact Peggy Zurkan (204-775-8664 ext. 2248) for anything about WCA Education.


  • November 21, 2017
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost – from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. Lean Construction is based on the (more…)


  • November 22, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This Construction Industry Ethics & Integrity course – developed by the construction industry for the construction industry, is designed to foster your company’s good reputation, reduce your risks, increase profitability and help you succeed. Ethical behaviour is paramount in the construction industry. By maintaining high ethical standards, and being consistent in our practices, we thrive (more…)


  • November 24, 2017
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This session will highlight the major changes that have been introduced into the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC). These include: Changes to Subsection 3.2.2. Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy which will now permit combustible construction up to six storeys. Changes to the exit requirements for assembly buildings. Changes to the exemption (more…)


  • November 27, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Microsoft Excel is Microsoft’s powerful and easy-to-use spreadsheet program, popular for creating spreadsheets, analyzing data, and charting information. This introductory session is intended to help all novice users get up to speed with Microsoft Excel. At the end of this one-day workshop, you will feel more capable and confident using Excel in your everyday role. (more…)


  • November 28, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

In this session, you will learn how to use advanced formulas and work with various tools to analyze data in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Upon completion of this training, you will be capable of organizing table data, presenting data as charts, and enhancing the look and appeal of workbooks by adding graphical objects. Topics: Worksheet Organization: (more…)


  • November 29, 2017 - November 30, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Do your projects wind up taking much longer than planned and costing more than budgeted? Do you need help organizing, managing, and tracking all your projects? In this hands-on, two-day workshop, you will learn how to effectively manage projects by leveraging the power of MS Project. This session was designed to teach you how to (more…)


  • November 29, 2017
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

Can’t make it down to the WCA office? Take BUILDWORKS and BUILDCAST training from the comfort of your home or office! This free webinar hosted by a WCA staff member will walk you through the BUILDWORKS and BUILDCAST systems. This session will introduce you to all aspects of BUILDWORKS and BUILDCAST and will cover installation, (more…)


  • November 30, 2017
    3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Be ready for your CM-Lean exam on Monday, December 4th! This half-day session provides a comprehensive review of all 7 modules of the Lean Construction Education Program.  We will cover the critical topics of each module and review dozens of example questions to ensure you are well prepared for the CM-Lean exam. Facilitator: Jim Johnston (more…)


  • December 1, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Is your inbox out of control? Have important tasks been falling through the cracks? Are you spending too much time looking for things? It’s estimated that email makes up 90 per cent of correspondence in today’s construction environment. Managing and organizing your Outlook inbox is essential to increasing your efficiency. In this one-day hands-on workshop, (more…)


  • Morning Session
    December 4, 2017
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Winnipeg Construction Association is pleased to provide you with the opportunity to locally achieve your AGC Certificate of Management – Lean Construction (CM-Lean).   The CM-Lean denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to lean adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program.  You must have completed all seven units of (more…)


  • December 5, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

As a construction supervisor, you need to recognize and respond to conflicts constructively in order to maintain productivity and solidarity in your crew. Effective conflict resolution skills will enable you to deal with issues promptly and fairly, but also to recognize when issues need to be escalated in the chain of command. The Conflict Management (more…)


  • December 7, 2017 - December 8, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Are you a dispatcher interested in gaining critical skills to dramatically improve your job performance? Go beyond traditional technical training and discover how to lead technicians rather than letting them lead you, become the service manager’s partner, prioritize customer emergencies, evaluate technician abilities, and manage your own career in dispatching. In this two-day session, you (more…)


  • December 8, 2017
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This half day session provides participants with a basic understanding of the application of Subsection 3.2.2. Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code. It is the starting point of any Code analysis and this is reflected by the (more…)


  • December 12, 2017 - December 13, 2017
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Construction Industry Explained Are you new to the construction industry or a longtime employee interested in understanding all the pieces of the industry?   Building Knowledge: The Construction Industry Explained (formerly known as Construction 101) is designed to put the pieces of the construction industry puzzle together. Participants have called this session a master’s course (more…)


  • December 12, 2017
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

This session will introduce you to all aspects of BUILDWORKS and BUILDCAST and will cover installation, project lists, plan viewing, spec and addenda, online booking, document searching, running bulletins, keyword search and self bidding. Receive instruction on the Plan Viewer, which features measuring and counting tools, printing options and tricks. This session will also show (more…)


  • December 15, 2017
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

Need a review of commonly used construction contracts, including CCDC and CCA contracts? Get a refresher on some of the typical provisions contained in construction contracts and examine how different risks are allocated throughout a contract. This session will also feature a discussion on commonly litigated provisions of contracts making reference to recent decisions in (more…)


  • December 15, 2017
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

What is Gold Seal? How do I apply and where do I start? Join me for a one hour information session, and you will learn all you need to know about the Gold Seal Certification process. Gold Seal is an individual certification for Project Managers, Superintendents, Estimators, Foremen and Construction Safety Coordinators. What is Gold (more…)


  • January 11, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Are you eager to involve employees as much as possible in your own performance management? Coaching gives supervisors the skills to reinforce good performance and address poor  performance. Coaching is tough on the problem but not tough on the person and that is why it works. Coaching Skills for Supervisors will help you build the skills (more…)


  • January 18, 2018
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

Are you protected and confident in managing your company’s risk? Let the insurance and risk management experts help you gain a practical understanding of insurance and construction surety bonds. In the first half of this session, you will get an overview of the insurance products needed to address the standard requirements found in the most (more…)


  • January 19, 2018
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

This session will cover the law of bidding and tendering, current issues, and best practices. Topics include the forms and terms of tenders, bid security, bid depositories, and court decisions that have affected the process.   For more information about the series of Construction Law sessions: Construction Law Breakfast Series 2017-2018   The session is ideal for: Management, (more…)


  • January 25, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Your company is busy building for your clients, but are you building value in your business?  This session will help you understand business value and provide you with some practical ways that you can monitor and build the drivers that impact value in your company. This session is designed to provide you with an understanding (more…)


  • January 26, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This half day session provides participants with a basic understanding of the application of Subsection 3.2.3. Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code. The application of Subsection 3.2.3. Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection is one of the first steps (more…)


  • January 26, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Construction supervisors must be reasonably familiar with the overall project, and very familiar with their portion of the project in order to lead their crew efficiently and effectively.  The planning horizon may vary from one day ahead to a few weeks ahead, depending on the size and complexity of the project. Once work is planned, (more…)


  • January 30, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lean Construction does not ONLY apply to project specific delivery and execution… it applies to all work activity within our companies including within the office environment.  This session targets the application of techniques in office management and process optimization, including how to tackle challenges such as technology adoption, risk management and office layouts.  New ideas (more…)


  • January 31, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Lean thinking is a mindset and a philosophy that can extend to all aspects of work and life.  This session will dig into Lean adaptable mindsets as well as the practical and diverse application of its techniques.  You will be able to leverage this to create positive change and cultural transformation within your organization, teams (more…)


  • February 8, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Part 1: Effective Meetings in Construction Construction supervisors both attend and lead meetings.  As meeting participants, effective supervisors need to be well prepared, and willing and able to offer constructive input. As effective meeting leaders, supervisors need to be able to plan and conduct well organized meetings that will achieve specific objectives. This (more…)


  • February 8, 2018
    12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

As a construction supervisor, building strong teams is critical to achieving project goals. Crews that identify as a team recognize the benefit of teamwork and of contributing to the team’s goals. Supervisors who are strong team leaders can develop their crews into a high performance team – that is, a team that provides its products (more…)


  • February 9, 2018
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

There are many reasons why the Duty to Accommodate (DtA) can be triggered, the requirements of which will literally be different in every case – making the DtA  a moving target in terms of knowing what to do, how to do it, and why in some cases. This session outlines the DtA triggers;  where reasonable (more…)


  • February 15, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This comprehensive (more…)


  • February 23, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This half day session provides participants with a basic understanding of the application of Section 3.4. Exits of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code. An understanding of the means of egress requirements (“the ways out of a building”) is fundamental to any code analysis (more…)


  • February 27, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in creating and navigating smart, information-rich document sets from converted Microsoft Office and CAD files? With Bluebeam Revu: Basic, you will learn how to annotate drawings with customizable markup and measurement tools and work on the same 2D and 3D PDFs with project partners in the office or in the field. The (more…)


  • February 28, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This hands-on session will provide you with the knowledge and skills to take plain PDF construction documents and create smart PDFs that give your project team(s) accurate and up-to-date information at all times.   Topics:  Organizing your documents  Creating a navigable drawing set  Managing changes and revisions  Slip sheeting  Navigating and distributing   This session (more…)


  • March 1, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This hands-on session will provide you with the knowledge and skills to accurately estimate construction quantities and costs using Bluebeam Revu.   NOTE: A full understanding of the estimating process is required prior to taking this course. It is recommended that you complete the Estimating for ICI Projects session, which is offered twice a year at (more…)


  • March 2, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This comprehensive (more…)


  • March 5, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Understanding Construction Documents (UCD) will provide you with an overview of the various construction documents and how they work together. The focus of this course will be on understanding how the specifications are organized and why it is important for EVERY trade on the project to review and understand how they impact each trade price. (more…)


  • March 6, 2018 - March 7, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sharpen your financial skills with this two-day interactive training session. Learn the vocabulary required to properly understand financial reports. Participate in financial analyses so you can control overhead costs, produce effective job cost reports, and discover opportunities for improvement. Bridge the knowledge gap for non-financial managers and improve the financial status of your company. Be (more…)


  • March 8, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in controlling and reducing expenses, increasing cash flow, and improving profits? Profitable Contracting covers the essentials of operations and finance for contractors. In this one-day interactive session, you will discover how to recognize problem projects, identify unwanted expenses, increase productivity, and manage overhead expenses – all of which result in a more (more…)


  • March 9, 2018
    8:30 am - 11:00 am

Gain insight on the anatomy of a construction claim from its origins to its resolution. In this session, you will acquire practical suggestions on how to properly provide notice of a claim and proper documentation of claims. This session will also include all forms of dispute resolution, from negotiation to mediation to arbitration or litigation, (more…)


  • March 12, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • March 13, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • March 19, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • March 20, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Estimating for ICI Projects course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to estimate construction projects and prepare a successful bid. This 4-day course follows the estimating processes that a general contractor would perform from estimate initiation to submission of a tender bid. Many of the processes presented are performed by bidding sub-contractors. (more…)


  • March 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  The Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This (more…)


  • March 23, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This half day session provides participants with a basic understanding of the application of Subsection 3.2.8. Mezzanines and Openings through Floor Assemblies of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code. The mezzanine and interconnected floor space requirements of the NBCC can have a major impact (more…)


  • April 5, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in meeting or beating deadlines and reducing costs without sacrificing quality? Do you want to satisfy your customers and your shareholders? Keep pace with the competitive marketplace and learn all about how Lean Construction can help your company decrease waste and become more effective and more efficient. This practical full-day session is (more…)


  • April 10, 2018 - April 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

In today’s competitive construction industry, it is important that your team has the proper training and knowledge to succeed in the marketplace. Beyond the work boots, hard hats and heavy machinery, your staff members are the best asset and competitive edge to your company. The Project Management Skills Academy provides project managers, project coordinators and (more…)


  • April 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This comprehensive program (more…)


  • April 17, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

  Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This comprehensive (more…)


  • April 20, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This half-day session will provide you with a basic understanding of the requirements found in Section 3.8. Accessibility of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) applicable to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the NBCC. This session will also focus on Manitoba amendments to the requirements that have been adopted to apply in (more…)


  • April 25, 2018 - April 26, 2018
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Construction Industry Explained Are you new to the construction industry or a longtime employee interested in understanding all the pieces of the industry?   Building Knowledge: The Construction Industry Explained (formerly known as Construction 101) is designed to put the pieces of the construction industry puzzle together. Participants have called this session a master’s course (more…)


  • May 1, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Whether the focus is an email response to a client, a memo to employees, a service report, a job diary, a tweet, or a text, this session will help you craft communications that meet the specific needs of your target audience, achieve your company’s purpose, and convey an image of professionalism. This session will give (more…)


  • May 2, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

In the construction industry, competition is fierce and deadlines are short. Whether you are bidding on a large construction project or describing your renovation services to a commercial client, you need to make the right impression and ensure that your costs are accurate. Once you have won the bid and the project has begun, a (more…)


  • May 3, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This comprehensive (more…)


  • May 17, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm

  Building Supervisors in Leaders (BSL) program builds on the previous modules in the Building Supervisors for Tomorrow (BST) program by introducing more comprehensive leadership skills and complex issues.  The program is intended to propel on-site supervisors into authentic leaders – trusted, genuine, motivated individuals who are mission-driven and consistently generate positive results. This comprehensive program (more…)