Construction 101 & Beyond

Construction 101 & Beyond has become “the” construction-industry introduction that everyone wants to attend. You’ll learn how the different industry players work together; you’ll learn terminology, about contracts and procurement, and about risk management; and you’ll learn how to become part of the team and contribute to profitability. Learning is fun and interactive. There are special guests.

Construction is Canada’s second-largest goods-producing activity that accounts for 7% of Canadian GDP. This course will outline the basics of construction including procedures, laws, and processes which focus on:

  • Introduction to the construction industry
  • Major steps in a construction project
  • Risk management
  • Bid documents
  • General contract law and its importance
  • Bidding
  • Receiving bids and award of contract
  • Format of contracts and contract clauses
  • Project start-up to closeout

This course is worth 5 Gold Seal Credits

Construction 101 and Beyond will help you to understand:

  • The different players and roles in the construction industry and how they work together—”Who’s Who in the Zoo” 
  • Terminology, contracts, procurement methods—”Understand the Lingo”
  • How to better assist the management team—”Contribute to Profitability”
  • How 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”


CCA Member $499 (+GST) Non-Member $649 (+GST)

August 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2024 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

4 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Zoom Tools Orientation session – August 14, 11:00am – 11:45am

October 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2024 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

4 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Zoom Tools Orientation session – October 2, 2:30pm – 3:15pm

December 10, 11, 12, & 13, 2024 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

4 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Zoom Tools Orientation session – December 5, 9:30am – 10:15am

Additional Details

Construction 101 is for everybody: owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, contractors, and trades. Whether you’re onsite, giving orders – or in the office, taking phone calls – this course is for you.  

If you’re an industry newcomer you’ll pick up all of the terms, acronyms, and assumptions that everyone in construction needs to know: What’s a CCDC document? How is “Design-Build” different from “Stip Sum”? What’s the difference between “Lean Construction” and “Builders’ Lien”? What’s the difference between surety and bonding? What do effective estimators and project managers do? And so forth. 

Seasoned builders experience Construction 101 on a whole other level. It’s four half days full of “Aha!” moments. You’ll sort out questions you’ve been carrying for your entire career. You’ll start to see where you’re missing opportunities with other scopes & stakeholders. You’ll pick up wisdom from experts in the Alberta market. And you’ll bring your own expertise to the conversation.

This course is delivered in partnership between your local construction association and other associations throughout Western Canada. You’ll be participating in a cohort with industry peers from across these regions.






Debbie Hicks, B.Sc. DSH Consulting, Kelowna, BC. With a comprehensive education background (Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelors of Science, teaching credential, and in progress MBA) learning has been at the core of her career.   As former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association in BC for 22 years, liaising with the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers and contractors in advocacy and education brings a solid base to her expertise.  In addition, her experience as the owner Rep for the construction of the new Clubhouse for the Kelowna Yacht Club has provided additional perspective. Through these experiences and teaching techniques, Debbie is able to bring both knowledge and interaction to the classroom – an ideal education environment.

There are two hard copy course manuals included with this course. Notification will be sent out prior to session date when manuals are ready to be picked up.

This course is interactive and requires a high level of collaboration. A 45 minute Zoom tools orientation session will take place prior to course start date.

Computer or laptop – This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones or tablets will not be adequate. Windows 10 or Mac iOS

For a full list of Zoom’s requirements click here

* Webcam – Student webcams must be on at all times. Use of virtual backgrounds is not permitted.

*Group Attendance – Group attendance via one paid registration is not permitted. Every person able to see, hear, and observe the virtual course sessions must be a  paid participant.

* Microphone – required

Internet connection – For best results, you’ll want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here.

The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability  – connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

A quiet space with minimal distractions – microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions.  Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  

Comfortable chair 

Cancellation Policy:

Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within 5 business days of the course, or non-attendance on the day. Complimentary substitution of another member of your company is accepted. If CCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, CCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future. Unless otherwise stated, every person able to see, hear, and observe the virtual course sessions must be a paid participant. Non-compliance of this requirement will result in removal from course. Refunds will not be issued to students who are removed from the course for non-compliance of this requirement.


Did you know!!  Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees access training opportunities. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will give you up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to $10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training. Whether taking one course or a combination of courses, the total training must be a minimum of 21 hours and be completed within 52 weeks.