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Professional Development

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In addition to safety certifications, we offer professional development courses: Supervisory Training Program, CESCL, and Army Corps Quality Management.

Available Courses

Army Corps Quality Management Certification

Sponsored by Convergence Networks
Construction Quality Management for Contractors

This one and half day virtual training course hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers covers the QC/QA system successfully used by the Corps of Engineers and  NAVFAC. Concepts are increasingly being adopted by state agencies, public authorities, and other local public sector owners. It details planning concepts, which are prevention-oriented to reduce tear-out, improve quality, and improve schedule.

ABOUT THE COURSE

CQM-C course was developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and Associated General Contractors (AGC). Upon satisfactory completion, a five-year certificate will be issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The CQM-C certificate earned from the class is approved for both Army and Navy projects. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

CQM-C is a construction continuing education course useful for owners, A/Es, inspectors, construction managers, facility engineers, particularly those doing public sector construction. Successful completion of the CQM-C course by QC managers and their alternates is required by both USACE and NAVFAC construction contract specifications. NAVFAC design-build specifications require both construction QC managers and design QC managers to have successfully completed the course.

2023 Schedule

Please select a date below for easy online registration.

  • No classes are scheduled at this time. Please check back. 
 
Class Information
  • Cost: $350 members, $400 non-members
  • Virtual Online Course: Day One: 8 am–5 pm; Day Two: 8 am–12 pm
  • Once registered, we will notify AGC of California and you will receive log in information, as well as orientation.

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL)

Department Of Ecology Approved Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training

This two-day course satisfies the training requirements stated in the Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater General Permit for certification as a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) for the Department of Ecology. This training is required to perform monitoring and inspection services on construction sites. Certification is good for three years and is recognized by the states of Washington and Oregon. Certification requires class attendance, class participation, and a passing exam score. The course does not require previous education or experience.

 

Certification

Virtual (On Demand)

WA CESCL certification (BMP C160) is one of the options to meet the Certified Erosion and Sediment Control or Storm Water Quality Inspector (Inspector) requirements of the 1200C and 1200CN permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land; or are part of a larger common plan of development. We are offering a section dedicated to the Oregon DEQ 1200C and 1200CN requirements in this course.

Cost: $375 (member) $400 (non-member)

  • No classes are scheduled at this time
 
In Person Class

Cost: $375 (member) $400 (non-member)

  • No classes are scheduled at this time

 

Re-Certification

Cost: $200 per person

Class Information: Classes are held from 8:00 am–4:00 pm. Classes are presented online via Zoom.

You must have your certification number and expiration date 

Questions? Contact: Joan Stitt, 503-682-3363

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Supervisory Training Program

AGC of America’s Supervisory Training Program  (STP) is a comprehensive six-course program focusing on the knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment and materials. STP is a nationally-recognized training standard that has been the professional development resource of choice for more than 130,000 construction supervisors and managers.

Online Courses

This online version of the Supervisory Training Program (STP) is the same construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated, and field-tested by contractors as the face-to-face course. The comprehensive six-course certificate program is administered by San Diego State University through Construction Classes Online and AGC, and will benefit anyone on a construction jobsite who is in, or aspires to, a supervisory role. Each term three or four courses are offered, and students can register for one, two, or all those offered. Courses must be completed by the last day of the term. We recommend that you start with one course and become familiar with your own pace on the curriculum, then add more each term as your schedule allows. The STP curriculum creates an unmatched learning experience for participants. Every STP course is activity-based, with discussions, case histories, problems, and exercises. Participants in STP courses draw upon their field experience and learn by interaction with others from all areas of the construction industry.

Cost: members $350  non-members $375  (additional cost $150 for print textbook; $50 for electronic version)

 
Unit One – Leadership and Motivation (SDSU 201)
 

This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others. It will help you recognize your style of leadership and how to utilize other styles when appropriate.

  • The dollars and sense of people in construction
  • The role of the construction supervisor
  • Helping people perform better
  • Analyzing worker needs to affect motivation; leading others
  • Providing positive feedback to improve job performance, attitudes and abilities
  • Training and orienting crew members
  • Teams and team building
  • Leadership skills in action
 
Unit Two – Oral and Written Communication (SDSU 202)
2023 Winter Term
January 16 – March 27
 
This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site. You will acquire the skills and understanding of positive, direct communication with an emphasis on construction supervision.
  • Effective communication
  • Learning to listen
  • Carrying on conversations
  • Persuasion, negotiation, and confrontation
  • Communicating with all levels of an organization
  •  Putting it in writing
  • Meetings that work
  • Electronic communication
  • Improving communication
 
Unit 3 – Planning and Scheduling (SDSU 205)
2023 Winter Term

January 16 – March 27

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Construction supervisors understand ways in which planning and scheduling saves time and money, while increasing quality in the construction process.

  • Preparing the project plan
  • Communicating the plan
  • Preparing bar chart and critical path schedules
  • Computer use in scheduling
  • Using the schedule on the jobsite
  • Updating the construction schedule
  • The schedule as documentation
  • Using planning and scheduling
 
Unit 4 – Contract Law and Documents (SDSU 204)
2023 Winter Term

January 16 – March 27

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This course will provide information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process.

  • Introduction to contract documents and construction law
  • Creating a positive environment through partnering
  • Contractual relationships
  • Contract forms and documents
  • Managing general conditions
  • Good documentation practices
  • Changes
  • Differing site conditions
  • Time impacts
  • Negotiation of resolutions
 
Unit 5 – Cost Productivity and Cost Management (SDSU 206)
 

This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.

  • Construction estimates
  • Who controls project costs
  • Reporting and analyzing actual costs
  • Planning for cost control
  • Cost control strategies
  • Labor cost variances
  • Working with project partners
  • Managing risk and loss potentials
  • Cost control strategies
  • Post-project evaluations
  • Benchmarking construction productivity
  • Improving productivity through pre-planning
  • New skills for effective supervision
  • Personnel management
  • Equipment management for productivity improvement
  • Jobsite productivity, planning and scheduling
  • Quantifying lost labor productivity
  • Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis
 
Unit 6 – Risk Management and Problem Solving (SDSU 203)
 
This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control. Learn how to avoid barriers to creative problem-solving and how to create a problem-solving atmosphere at the jobsite.
  • Safety leadership, communication and expectations
  • Planning for site safety
  • Site security and protection
  • Multi-employer jobsite safety
  • Construction risk management
  • Safety and human resources
  • Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents

 

In-Person STP

Locally, STP courses can be taken through the Northwest College of Construction.

 

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100 Series: Estimating, Blueprints, Processes, Equipment, and Civil Sitework Courses

INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION – 100

This self-paced seminar is to understand the major roles, players, and processes in the construction industry. Become familiar with the types of construction and the process of a construction project.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information about the contents of this course click here.

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ESTIMATING & BLUEPRINT READING

 
Introduction to Construction Estimating – 101

A self-paced course. Develop foundational knowledge of the procedures, materials, equipment, and practices that are needed in estimating for any trade or type of construction. This estimating course provides an excellent introduction to the trade-specific estimating that we cover in Estimating and Bidding 1 and 2. The information from this course can be used in estimating any trade or type of construction.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information on this course, click here.

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Essential Construction Math – 102

A self-paced introductory course that develops mathematical skills through practice and application to the construction trade. Calculation of board feet, area, volume of shapes and concrete footings, slabs, and conversions are studied. While this class is not a prerequisite for any other classes, it does provide a foundation for them.

Cost: Members $475, Non-members $500

For additional information on this course, click here.

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Construction Blueprint Reading – 103

Read architectural, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical blueprints. Practice looking up information and solving common construction problems by reading the blueprints.

Cost: Members $475, Non-members $500

For additional information on this course, click here.

 
Estimating and Bidding 1 – 105

The first of two hands-on detailed estimating courses in which students learn how to estimate general conditions, site work, excavation, concrete and masonry. Be sure to look over the prerequisites by clicking on the additional information link below.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information on this course, click here.

ESTIMATING AND BIDDING 2 – 106

The second course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with metals, wood, doors and windows, finishes, electrical, and mechanical estimating. You may take Estimating and Bidding 1 and 2 in any order.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information about the content of this course click here.


MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS and PROCESSES – 107

Develop foundational knowledge of construction materials and processes that utilize concrete, brick and CMU, metals, wood products, roofing, and more. Understand and report back on  how materials and processes function in green construction. An overall construction system will be covered each week. Expand your studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information about on this course, click here.

CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT and METHODS – 108

The course will introduce students to civil construction plans, determining earthwork quantities, equipment economics and utilization, equipment production rates, fundamentals of earthmoving and excavating, loading and hauling equipment.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information on this course, click here.


CIVIL CONSTRUCTION

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS of CIVIL SITE WORK – 109

This course focuses on understanding civil construction techniques. This includes site preparation and grading, excavation, backfill, compaction, trenching, paving, and dewatering.

Cost: Members $475,  Non-members $500

For additional information on this course, click here.

Estimating Civil Construction – 114

This course introduces students to estimating civil engineering, heavy construction projects, and site work construction projects. This course will cover reading and understanding civil construction plans, determining crew make-up, and fundamentals of estimating various civil and site work components.

Cost: Members $475, Non-members $500

For additional information on the course, click here.

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