• 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.


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

November 22 The Lunchbox SeriesTax Strategies for Small BusinessFor many small business owners, taxes are something that they only think about for a few weeks a year. But, you could be missing out on a large portion of potential deductions!
Learn about tax strategies that could save you over the long term, audit triggers for the construction industry and good bookkeeping tips.
November 23
Business Builders Breakfast
Fair Practices CommissionThe Fair Practices Commission is the organizational ombudsman of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.
THE MISSION of the Fair Practices Commission is to facilitate fair, equitable and timely resolutions to individual complaints brought by workers, employers and service providers and to identify and recommend system-wide improvements to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) services. In carrying out its mission, the Commission will contribute to the WSIB’s goals of achieving greater openness, better relationships and improved services.
 Learn what the Fair Practices Commission is
 Learn how the Fair Practices Commission can help you when dealing with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

Professional Development Classes

The BCA offers professional development classes on diverse subjects at various times a year.  The classes listed below are for the fall season and only for the dates listed, they are not offered on a regular basis.  If there is a class you’re interested in, be sure to register so you don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Professional Development Class Schedule

November 16Risk Management for ConstructionRisk Management helps your project managers:
1. identify to the team, what can go off track
2. proactively create the most effective and least expensive Plan B to get around the issue
3. save you time and money.
Risk management is the part of project management that minimizes overtime costs, minimizes cost
overruns and helps maximize quality
$399.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
November 28 & 29Microsoft 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
$799.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
December 5 & 6In From the SiteHave you worked on construction sites for years and are now in the office? Are you finding yourself
asking co-workers for help too often?
Do you have the valuable site experience, but not the computer skills to be as effective as you could be?
As a valuable employee, your transition into the office is important. This course will help make the
transition a smooth one.
$599.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
December 19 & 20Microsoft 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
January 24, 2018Microsoft Excel - BasicIf tasks such as tracking expenses, jobs and equipment, or creating estimates are work that you do, then this
course will help save you time and money. If you have ever used a spreadsheet created by someone else and
struggled, then this course is for you.
$299.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
February 2, 2018Microsoft Excel - AdvancedCost tracking, job tracking, production rates, schedules, estimates: If you would like to create spreadsheets to
make this work easy and consistent, then this course is for you. Learn to create spreadsheets for cost tracking,
calculating production rates and creating estimates.
$299.00 + HSTLearn MoreRegister
February 15, 2018One Note for ConstructionOne Note for Construction will show you how to:
 Create virtual binders for jobs, including estimates, contracts, work orders, changes, hours, billing and
 Organize your project files. Never lose another important document again with rapid search indexing and
category tagging.
 Share documents with staff. Decide who needs to see what and share appropriately so that they see the
document and aren’t overwhelmed by general and irrelevant paperwork.
 Share critical information with a subset of the office. Give sales staff access to shared lead lists and
estimators access to critical Excel templates, without anyone accessing non-critical documents and
 Keep notes at PM meetings and have them filed in the project binder automatically. This can
include voice notes and pictures. Create, store, and access meeting notes. Take notes with a stylus
and tablet, and watch them transform into ASCII text.
 Access information remotely. Use OneNote at the office, or on the go with the Microsoft OneNote
mobile app.
$299.00 + 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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