Interpreting Construction Drawings and Specifications

This 2 day (15 hour) Gold Seal Accredited course was designed at the request of the OCA.

Using a small commercial building as a sample, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Landscape drawings are coordinated, evaluated and groups of students work toward understanding clearly how to read all of the information on the various disciplines of drawings. In Day 2, the student is introduced to the 16 and 49 NMS specification system and will work together in groups to edit various sections in a 3 part format spec.

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to evaluate coordinated versus non-coordinated drawings quickly and upon initial review 

Be comfortable working in metric and imperial scales and working with dimensions 

Evaluate the various mechanical and electrical systems and how they work together

Understand wall section detailing, equipment schedules, how to use legends and read symbols Identify section, detail tags in order to navigate drawing to drawing and discipline to discipline 

Understand Intent of drawings versus shop drawings detailing 

Review a complete specification including Division 1.

This course is recommended for new project coordinators, and junior estimators who are required to navigate a set of drawings and specifications or manage change orders during construction and addenda during bidding. 

Prompt payment and the mechanics of adjudication in ontario

This 1 day workshop is the first Gold Seal course in Canada to explore the site dynamics that may trigger a costly and time consuming adjudication as part of the Construction Act, now law in Ontario and soon to be throughout Canada.   This non-lawyer site practitioner based course is essential for all of today’s general and sub contracting companies as well as architects and engineers that will be certifying progress, final and holdback payments.     As of January 1, 2020, we have worked with over 300 construction and design professionals including Consulting Engineers Ontario, Ellis-Don, Kiwi Newton Construction and Recipe Unlimited. 

effective construction contract administration for owners


Designed to leverage real world administration processes to maximize performance on-site, this workshop delivers buyers of construction services insight into CCDC contracts and explores the most effective delivery method or model for your project .  Learning outcomes will tie the performance of consultants in contract with the desired result on-site and the performance of the building team and supply chain.   

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 1

A 1 day introduction to a 4 module course prepares attendees to consider personal soft skills needed to excel in a complex supply chain, this course is aimed at refining negotiation skills, communication skills and studies personality traits while leveraging the leadership teaching of world famous anthropologist Simon Sinek.  Discover how to analyze your BATNA and WAP when being presented with options to negotiate a resolution to a dispute.   Gold Seal points available : 1

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 2

Module 2 refines, captures and exercises communication skills required to be an effective communicator on a project site. Skills that rarely get formally practiced include verbal and non-verbal communication. Effective digital communication and when not to use it. We examine the circle of safety needed to ensure all participants in your project organization are working in an effective and optimal manner. Gold Seal points available : 1

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 3

Clear understanding of productivity challenges that a leader faces on a project site working in a complex supply chain forms the focus of Module 3.  Using tools available today, along with technology advances including wearables and site data analysis means the project manager and field supervision can be more effective than ever before. Basic human conditions that can be met or exceeded on site will carve out that efficiency edge every company needs to succeed in delivering quality projects on time and on budget.  Gold Seal points available: 1

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 4

Leadership is a choice, a decision an individual makes to lead a team, large or small.   It is not a rank in an organization and it does not come for free from the rest of the group - to those that choose to lead.   This 1 day module examines the qualities, skill, suitability, and functionality of leadership and what it means on a construction project at various phases of the work.   Much less daunting than one may think, we break down into simple terms the basics of leadership to build a highly effective organization.  Gold Seal points available: 1

Faciliated Courses Developed by our industry Partners

We are repeatedly requested by our delivery partners to facilitate courses that have been developed by them. Contact us anytime to gain more information on the courses we facilitate, and where we facilitate.

Construction 101 Created by the Canadian Construction Association


Construction is Canada's second largest goods producing activity that accounts for thirteen percent of Canadian GDP. 

This course will outline the basics of construction including procedures, laws and processes which focus on:

  • Introduction to the Construction Industry
  • Tendering, Bidding and Award of Contracts
  • Format of Contracts
  • Laws, Standards and Procedures in Construction
  • Risk Management in Construction
  • Construction Project Management & Administration

This course aims to breakdown the complexity of the Construction Industry by showing how various stakeholders – owners, consultants, contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and service providers fit into the Industry. Participants will engage in learning activities that will enable them to appreciate project delivery from concept to closeout. This course is ideal for administrative staff or anyone who is new to the Construction Industry.

Construction Industry Ethics Created by BuildForce Canada 


Ethical behaviour is paramount in the construction industry. By maintaining high ethical standards, and being consistent in our practices, we thrive both personally and professionally. The Construction Industry Ethics course can help your employees navigate the ethical grey areas they face every day.

This course has been designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry. The course contains interactive elements, case studies, practical examples, videos, and a course glossary.


Upon completing this course, you will:

  • Understand what is included in “ethical behaviour”
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in business
  • Know how to make ethical decisions
  • Recognize ethics in the context of the law
  • Understand the direct link between ethics and a company’s success

Who Should Attend: owner/clients, contractors, supervisors, project managers, etc. who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, sub-trades, owners, clients, engineers, employers, and the public.


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