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Construction 101 | LIVE, ONLINE Training

Multi-day Course:
Location Title: Online, Live, Instructor-Led Training
Cancellation Period: Before Monday, March 22: Full Refund of Registration Fee. After Monday, Monday, March 22: NO Refunds, NO Substitutions. NO Transfers. *Due the limited number of seats, and extensive coordination required to deliver hard-copy materials, Construction 101 is subject to different cancellation and refund policies than other VICA training. This enables us to ensure the course isn't cancelled, and all students have the required materials to succeed.*

March 19 Update | Registration Closed + June Session

Registrations for this course are now closed, but we have a session scheduled for June - click below to register for the upcoming date!


NEW! Construction 101 has been completely updated for 2020!

This course has something for everyone – whether you have years of experience or are new to the industry. Don't be misled by the '101' - over 30% of our course attendees have 10+ years of industry experience! Perfect for procurement professionals and buyers, developing leaders, as well as operations and administrative staff. This course is the industry knowledge boot camp that will support your team's success. 

What will you learn?

Created by the industry and for the industry, this course was developed by the CCA to give participants an opportunity to see how different pieces in the construction industry fit together. You’ll get valuable insight into the various industry stakeholders and their roles/responsibilities, construction documents and contracts, risk management, construction law, bidding and tendering, and more!

Course material covers 9 modules and 166 topics including:

 Project Management

  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Project Start Up to Close Out
  • Accounting & Admin
  • Subcontracts
  • Recording Progress

 Contract Law

  • Importance of Contract Time
  • Recording the Project
  • Changes to the Contract
  • Breach of Contract
  • Builders Lien Act

 Construction Documents

  • Common Features of Construction Contracts
  • Typical Contract (CCDC 2)
  • Format of Specifications
  • Format of Drawings
  • Invitation to Tender & Bid Documents

Bidding & Receiving Bids

  • Estimating Process
  • Best Practices
  • Calling for Bids
  • Instructions to Bidders
  • Bid Evaluation & Contract Award
  • Post-Tender Negotiations

 Risk Management

  • Bonding
  • Insurance
  • Property & Liability Risks
  • Wrap-Up Policies
  • Why Contractors Fail

 Plus so much more!

Course Materials:

Course fee includes shipping* over $200 of hard-copy student materials directly to students, including:

  • Construction 101 Student Manual with detailed material developed exclusively for the construction industry by the CCA
  • VICA’s custom bonus manual containing:
    • Full example copies of selected CCA/CCDC contracts:
    • 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
  • *Please note: Attendees outside of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and those in rural or remote areas (including the Gulf Islands), will be subject to additional courier/shipping costs. You will be required to pay an additional $75 fee for delivery of your course materials. We will get in touch with you if this is the case and arrange for billing and payment after you register. Please email our team if you have additional questions or require special shipping arrangements.

Course Format

  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training, with a class size of 12-16 students.
  • This course is facilitated by the instructor on the Zoom platform. Access information from the instructor will be provided to you in advance of the training.
  • Four (4) morning sessions (four hours each) over four days:
    • Day 1: Tuesday, April 13: 8:00am-12:15pm
    • Day 2: Wednesday, April 14:  8:00am-12:15pm
    • Day 3: Thursday, April 15:  8:00am-12:15pm
    • Day 4: Friday, April 16: 8:00am-12:15pm
  • Attendance and participation in all four sessions is mandatory for course completion. *Please note that If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you’ll must make sure you have the following:

  1. Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This course will involve 100% on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, you must have a webcam and use a full computer/laptop, and we do not permit students to attend using a tablet or cell phone.
  2. A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.

Orientation & Homework:

  • You will be required to attend an orientation session with the instructor one week before the course.
  • This course will have four short homework assignments that should take no more than 30 minutes each to complete.


Construction 101 is delivered in partnership between your local construction associations on Vancouver Island (VICA) & the Lower Mainland (VRCA) and you’ll be participating in a cohort with industry peers from across these regions.


*November 10, 2020 Update - Course end time has been modified from 12:00pm each day to 12:15pm each day. 

Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
4 Gold Seal credits (attendance only, exam not required)
Other Credits:
Licensed Residential Builder CPD: TBD
Course Certificates
  • Printable, digital, course certificate will be emailed to students on successful course completion.
  • Gold Seal Certification:  4 Gold Seal credits (attendance only, exam not required)
  • Licensed Residential Builder CPD: TBD
Course Instructor Information

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


Debbie Hicks, DSH 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 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!


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