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This comprehensive training program was designed specifically for construction professionals competing in today’s highly challenging and fast paced industry.


Project Manager/Estimator Academy

This is a 20 hour series of courses that will cover:

Estimating & Costing Principles
September 12 & 13- 4 to 7 pm
Planning & Scheduling
September 26 & 27 – 4 to 6 pm
Project Close Out
October 4 – 4 to 7 pm
Project Cost Control
October 9 & 11 – 4 to 7 pm
Construction Claims
October 24 & 25- 4 to 6 pm
Estimating & Costing Principles
This course outlines the basic concepts for preparing and organizing an estimate for commercial construction. This class is designed for individuals interested pursuing a career as an estimator or project manager as well as those interested in broadening their knowledge in commercial estimating.

Topics to include:

  • Estimating the cost of General Conditions
  • How to perform quantity take-offs
  • How to use unit pricing and labor rates
  • Evaluating subcontractor and supplier bids
  • Organizing and developing a comprehensive estimate

Construction Planning & Scheduling
Through examining practical construction considerations, this course emphasizes critical path planning and scheduling methods. Students will analyze common industry practices for planning multiple construction activities for commercial projects. The course will provide insight on how this element plays a significant role in the project’s overall duration and bottom line.

Topics to include:

  • Developing and communicating Construction schedules
  • The Critical Path
  • Diagram Scheduling ¬â€œ Time / Resource / Cost Interrelationships
  • Schedule Monitoring
  • The Construction Schedule as a part of the Contract Doc’s
  • And more¬Â¦.

Project Cost Control

  • Gain familiarity with the content of construction estimates.
  • Understand the importance of the estimating & take-off process and the role it plays in managing project cost.
  • Learn how to translate estimating information into a comprehensive construction budget
  • Analyze how proper subcontractor evaluation and qualification increases the probability of successful project cost management
  • Identify common reasons cost-over runs occur and what measures can be taken to prevent them
  • Learn how to manage Risk & Loss Potential
  • Discover techniques to properly manage multiple subcontractors and/or labor crews to control cost
  • Become aware of various factors that may affect the project’s bottom line that may not be anticipated during the estimating process
  • Learn how to use cost control data in change order pricing and negotiations

The Project Close-Out Process
Learn proven methods to implement an Effective and Successful project closeout. Project close-out is the last phase in the construction process, but arguably one of the most important. Closing out projects has become a real challenge for many contractors. However, it remains a critical aspect of the construction process to ensure on-time and proper payment. Retainer payment often hinges on successful closeout – which generally amounts to most, if not all of the job’s profit. This class will explore effective ways to create and implement a logical process that will promote a complete close out. In this class, our instruction who has worked many years as an executive with an ENR top General Contractor, will take a deep dive into the following learning objects:

  • Understanding Project Closeout – Start to Finish
  • Maximizing Profit by implementing proper Close-out procedures
  • Forecasting & Early Warnings
  • Limiting Exposure to claims and reputation damage
  • Software used to aid in proper close-out processes

Construction Claims, Changes and Dispute Resolution
Learn how to avoid common construction claims as wells methods to prosecute and defend claims these claims when necessary. We will cover methods for proper documentation and record-keeping.

Topics to include:

  • Sources of conflict and dispute
  • Dispute prevention
  • Risk sharing
  • Dispute resolution clauses
  • Nonbinding and binding dispute resolutions
  • Change Orders

Superintendents Academy

This is a 17 hour series of courses that will cover:

Planning & Scheduling
September 26 & 27 – 4 to 6 pm
Project Close Out
October 4 – 4 to 7 pm
Project Cost Control
October 9 & 11 – 4 to 7 pm
Construction Productivity
November 1 – 4 to 7 pm
Crew Leadership
November 21 – 4 to 7 pm
Estimating & Costing Principles
This course outlines the basic concepts for preparing and organizing an estimate for commercial construction. This class is designed for individuals interested pursuing a career as an estimator or project manager as well as those interested in broadening their knowledge in commercial estimating.

Topics to include:

  • Estimating the cost of General Conditions
  • How to perform quantity take-offs
  • How to use unit pricing and labor rates
  • Evaluating subcontractor and supplier bids
  • Organizing and developing a comprehensive estimate

Construction Planning & Scheduling
Through examining practical construction considerations, this course emphasizes critical path planning and scheduling methods. Students will analyze common industry practices for planning multiple construction activities for commercial projects. The course will provide insight on how this element plays a significant role in the project’s overall duration and bottom line.

Topics to include:

  • Developing and communicating Construction schedules
  • The Critical Path
  • Diagram Scheduling / Time / Resource / Cost Interrelationships
  • Schedule Monitoring
  • The Construction Schedule as a part of the Contract Doc’s
  • And more!

Project Cost Control

  • Gain familiarity with the content of construction estimates.
  • Understand the importance of the estimating & take-off process and the role it plays in managing project cost.
  • Learn how to translate estimating information into a comprehensive construction budget
  • Analyze how proper subcontractor evaluation and qualification increases the probability of successful project cost management
  • Identify common reasons cost-over runs occur and what measures can be taken to prevent them
  • Learn how to manage Risk & Loss Potential
  • Discover techniques to properly manage multiple subcontractors and/or labor crews to control cost
  • Become aware of various factors that may affect the project’s bottom line that may not be anticipated during the estimating process
  • Learn how to use cost control data in change order pricing and negotiations

The Project Close-Out Process
Learn proven methods to implement an Effective and Successful project closeout. Project close-out is the last phase in the construction process, but arguably one of the most important. Closing out projects has become a real challenge for many contractors. However, it remains a critical aspect of the construction process to ensure on-time and proper payment. Retainer payment often hinges on successful closeout – which generally amounts to most, if not all of the job’s profit. This class will explore effective ways to create and implement a logical process that will promote a complete close out. In this class, our instruction who has worked many years as an executive with an ENR top General Contractor, will take a deep dive into the following learning objects:

  • Understanding Project Closeout – Start to Finish
  • Maximizing Profit by implementing proper Close-out procedures
  • Forecasting & Early Warnings
  • Limiting Exposure to claims and reputation damage
  • Software used to aid in proper close-out processes

Construction Claims, Changes and Dispute Resolution
Learn how to avoid common construction claims as wells methods to prosecute and defend claims these claims when necessary. We will cover methods for proper documentation and record-keeping.

Topics to include:

  • Sources of conflict and dispute
  • Dispute prevention
  • Risk sharing
  • Dispute resolution clauses
  • Nonbinding and binding dispute resolutions
  • Change Orders

Project Administration Academy

This practical training program will help participants deal with the specific responsibilities associated with comprehensive project administration. The ideal candidate for this program are existing project administrators or those aspiring to fill that role.

Financial Statements – Understanding the Concepts
Monday, October 23rd
Audits – How to Navigate through the process
Wednesday, October 25th
Contractor Compliance – Record Keeping & Reporting
Monday, October 30th
Tax Reporting – What you need to understand to minimize cost and avoid excess taxation
Wednesday, November 1st
Job Costing – Why it’s important and how to track costs
Monday, November 6th
Accounts Receivable & Accounts Payable
Wednesday, November 8th

Professional Development Program

The ABC Professional Development Program is designed to provide a series of educational programs, networks, mentoring and community service projects for the developing young professional. The individual will:

  • Further their leadership skills and professional development
  • Grow in their understanding and appreciation of the industry and the merit shop
  • Further their desire and ability to serve as a leader in the industry

The program will run through the course of one year where points will be earned for required sessions and also for additional ABC events, seminars, committee meetings or classes that a young professional attends.

For more information contact Brittany Chaapel.

Blueprint Reading

Blue print reading is a fundamental skill that should be mastered by all individuals pursuing a career in the construction industry.

We offer three courses:
Intro to Blueprint Reading, MEP Blueprint Reading, Blueprint Reading in Spanish

Our Goal

ABC’s new development program for construction professionals provides intense training for four major construction related areas of expertise

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