• Education

The BCA is committed to offering its’ members opportunities for career development, skill enhancement and safety training. The BCA utilizes the resources of organizations that are affiliated with the construction industry in order to bring its members the most expert information about our unique industry. The BCA has a dedicated training room that provides all of the necessary equipment for learning in a private, comfortable atmosphere.

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS

The educational seminars hosted by the BCA are presented in two formats – The Business Builders Breakfast and The Lunchbox Series.

The Business Builders Breakfast is  held from 8am to 9:30am.  The topics for these seminars are usually based on products or services that can help a business run more effectively A light breakfast and coffee are served.

The Lunchbox Series is held over the lunch hour from 11:30am to 1pm.  The topics for these seminars range from the latest industry news or changes (ie prompt payment, construction lien) to lessons that can guide you in running a successful business.  There is time for a question and answer period and lunch is always provided.

We are always looking for new subject material.  If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, please let us know by emailing us at info@barrieca.com

Are you providing an education seminar/safety training for your own employees and need the space to do so?  We rent out our training room on a half day/full day basis.  Call 705-726-5864 for scheduling and pricing.

Educational Seminars Schedule

February 27 The Lunchbox SeriesGroup Echo CanadaLearn about:
• Risk Protection and Monitoring Services
• Collection Services
• Accounts Receivable Outsourcing
• Human Resources Services
Groupecho Canada is the Canadian reference in providing credit information and risk management services to financial institutions, businesses and governments.
Each year, thousands of Canadian companies depend on Groupecho Canada to assist them in making intelligent business decisions concerning credit, financial risk, pre-employment and debt collection.
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March 1 The Lunchbox SeriesThe Court SystemSo, you need to sue somebody or you got sued. What’s next? What court will my case be heard in? What documents do I need to help my case? How can I work efficiently with a lawyer? Should I opt for arbitration? What’s the difference between arbitration and mediation? Is being in court just like it appears on Suits? This session will answer all of those questions and more, while explaining the nuts and bolts of today’s legal system. Register
April 17 WorkshopDoing Business with Condo BoardsPanel presentation consisting of CCI Huronia President, lawyer, engineer, property
manager and board member. Each panelist will speak to their role in the
condominium industry and how they facilitate the buying of construction services.
They will also present a guide on using the correct CCDC documents and unique
practices to assist you. Learn More
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Professional Development Classes

The BCA offers professional development classes on diverse subjects throughout the year.  Not all subjects are offered on a regular basis, so be sure to register if there is a course you are interested in!

Professional Development Class Schedule

March 20 & 21Microsoft Project for Construction Every project manager understands scope creep, pressure on the schedule, and the necessity for cost control. One
of the most effective tools for scheduling and cost control is MS Project. It is a communication tool that provides
the project manager with a road map for project execution. It is a tool for managing deadlines and minimizing cost
overruns.
$799.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
April 2, 2018Change Management for ConstructionThe Canadian Construction Association has identified changes in construction projects to be the most significant source of financial issues for subcontractors, owners, architects, consultants and general contractors. Significant savings in the costs of construction projects are achievable by improving change management processes. Are unplanned changes affecting the profitability of your projects. This course will provide you with the knowledge to implement change management processes to minimize the impact of changes on your projects.$399.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
April 23 & 24Microsoft Project for Construction - AdvancedLearn to streamline project tracking. Create the As-Builts’ as you go along and reap the benefits of an improved
PM process. Enable better communications between managers, site and subs. Have accurate records of what is
going on onsite at all times. Be able to anticipate the effects of changes. Use the tools in MS Project to easily
communicate these changes. Produce the reports and graphs at the press of a button.
$799.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
April 26, May 3,9,17,24,31Blueprint Reading 101An introduction to industry standards, abbreviations, various construction methods and materials. Participants will review blueprints from a variety of ongoing and past construction projects from within our region.Members: $350 + HST
Non Members: $395 + HST
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May 3, 2018Supervisor Health & Safety and the LawCourse Content:
-Changes to OHSA in Ontario
- Benefits of a health & safety program, policies and safe work instructions
- How to read and understand the OHSA and Regulations
- Duties and responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers
- The role of the Ministry of Labour and inspectors
- Accident investigations and workplace safety inspections
Members: $220 + HST Non Members: $250 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
May 4, 2018Supervisor in ConstructionCourse Content:
-How to read the OHSA for construction projects
- Definition of competent person
- General duties of contractors, employers, supervisors and employees
- Understand offences and penalties for non-compliance with OHSA
- Work stoppage and work refusal process
- Review of construction regulations that affect the job site for high risk activities
- Performing risk assessments and job planning
- Accident reporting and investigation requirements
-Workplace inspection requirements
Members: $220 + HST Non Members: $250 +HSTLearn MoreRegister
May 7, 2018Violence & Harassment in the Workplace for SupervisorsCourse Content:
- An overview of Bill 168
- What Bill 168 means to employers and supervisors
- What the warning signs are
- What workplace violence is
- Bullies in the workplace
- Prevention and early intervention
- Investigation into harassment and violence in the workplace
Members: $125 + HST Non Members: $150 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
May 11, 2018Accident Investigation TrainingCourse Content:
- Reasons for workplace investigations
- What types of accidents should be investigated
- Critical injuries
- Who should do the investigation
- How to ensure impartiality
- Legislation
-Steps involved in an accident investigation
-Collecting facts and physical evidence
- Causation
- Injured worker(s)
- Interviewing eyewitness accounts
- Analysis, conclusions, recommendations and the written report
Members: $95 + HST Non Members: $115 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
October 3, 2018Supervisor Health & Safety and the LawCourse Content:
-Changes to OHSA in Ontario
- Benefits of a health & safety program, policies and safe work instructions
- How to read and understand the OHSA and Regulations
- Duties and responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers
- The role of the Ministry of Labour and inspectors
- Accident investigations and workplace safety inspections
Members: $220 + HST Non Members: $250 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
October 4, 2018Supervisor in ConstructionCourse Content:
-How to read the OHSA for construction projects
- Definition of competent person
- General duties of contractors, employers, supervisors and employees
- Understand offences and penalties for non-compliance with OHSA
- Work stoppage and work refusal process
- Review of construction regulations that affect the job site for high risk activities
- Performing risk assessments and job planning
- Accident reporting and investigation requirements
-Workplace inspection requirements
Members: $220 + HST Non Members: $250 +HSTLearn MoreRegister
October 5, 2018Violence & Harassment in the Workplace for SupervisorsCourse Content:
- An overview of Bill 168
- What Bill 168 means to employers and supervisors
- What the warning signs are
- What workplace violence is
- Bullies in the workplace
- Prevention and early intervention
- Investigation into harassment and violence in the workplace
Members: $125 + HST Non Members: $150 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
October 15, 2018Accident Investigation TrainingCourse Content:
- Reasons for workplace investigations
- What types of accidents should be investigated
- Critical injuries
- Who should do the investigation
- How to ensure impartiality
- Legislation
-Steps involved in an accident investigation
-Collecting facts and physical evidence
- Causation
- Injured worker(s)
- Interviewing eyewitness accounts
- Analysis, conclusions, recommendations and the written report
Members: $95 + HST Non Members: $115 + HSTLearn MoreRegister

Safety Training

The BCA offers safety training on the most popular subjects including Working at Heights.  All of our classes are taught by certified instructors here at our facility unless otherwise stated. For a complete list of training offered and the schedule, visit our Safety Training page.

Canada Ontario Job Grant
Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:

Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
Require training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.
If you’re an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Online Learning

The BCA has partnered with Build Force Canada to offer a range of courses aimed at supervisors, estimators, project managers etc. Online education gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace from anywhere, anytime!

For details, please visit our Online Education page.

BCA Scholarship Award

The Barrie Construction Association is pleased to award a $500.00 scholarship to one student entering a post secondary institution or construction trade apprenticeship.  This scholarship will be presented to a student who graduated or is graduating with a minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent and has demonstrated a combination of academic and trade merit and has a financial need.

The student must be entering a construction apprenticeship program, construction technology, construction engineering (degree) or any other construction related post secondary program.

The selected applicant must provide proof of enrolment in a post secondary program or trades program in order to receive the scholarship funds.  The applicant must be a resident of Ontario and a Canadian citizen or provide proof of landed immigrant status.

The recipient will be chosen just prior to our Annual General Meeting, held each year in February.

For submission requirements and application, please click here.

Georgian College Gold Seal Program – Part Time Studies

The Gold Seal program is a national certification program for individuals in the construction industry. It signifies you have attained a nationally recognized level of experience and competence. It is a declaration of skill and competence that is recognized by the construction industry across the country and enhances mobility and professional development for individuals in this field.

These courses would be of interest to construction site supervisors and foremen or those aspiring to these positions and other construction industry professionals

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