The Inland Northwest AGC Education Center offers the Supervisory Training Program (STP) and several estimating classes online. Most of the courses we offer are paced courses which means that they are scheduled with a start date and run for 10 weeks, with designated reading assignments, quizzes and bulletin board discussions required to be completed on a weekly basis.
General Construction and Estimating Courses
STP Online Supervisory Training
General Construction and Estimating Courses
Introduction to Construction Estimating
A self-paced course. Learn about estimating labor, materials and equipment. Develop unit prices, learn to use production rates and develop standard crews. This estimating course provides an excellent introduction to the trade-specific estimating that is covered in Estimating and Bidding 1 and 2. The information from this course can be used in estimating any trade or type of construction.
Essential Construction Math
This self-paced class is intended to develop mathematical skills that can be applied to the construction trade through practice and application. This course is an introduction to other courses in construction. While this class is not a prerequisite for any other classes, it does provide a foundation for them.
Construction Blueprint Reading
Students will learn how to read architectural, structural, civil, mechanical and electrical blueprints. They will practice looking up information and solving common construction problems by reading the blueprints.
Estimating and Bidding 1
This is the first of two hands-on detailed estimating courses. Students will learn how to estimate general conditions, site work, excavation, concrete and masonry.
Estimating and Bidding 2
This course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with Metals, Wood, Doors and Windows, Finishes, Electrical, and Mechanical Estimating.
Construction Materials and Processes
The purpose of this course is to give the student an overall and elementary understanding of construction materials and processes. We will study one specific material category, one specific construction process, and an overall construction system each week. The student will have the opportunity to expand the studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place.
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STP Online Supervisory Training
STP 1 Leadership and Motivation for Construction Supervisors
This class will teach the student how to recognize their style of leadership and how to utilize other styles when appropriate. You will learn how the analysis of worker needs will affect worker motivation. The affect that attitudes and abilities have on job performance and how to positively influence attitudes and abilities will be studied. The leader as goal setter, communicator and role model will all be discussed. Job site applications of all subjects will be stressed.
STP 2 Oral and Written Communications for Construction Supervisors
Positive direct communication is the goal all supervisors should set for themselves. We will learn about positive direct communication with an emphasis on construction supervision. The course will cover how to help people communicate with you, how to listen better, and how to deal with the difficult person. Negotiating will be studied. Communicating with all organizational levels and with groups will studied also
STP 3 Construction Problem Solving and Decision Making
The purpose of this class is to provide the student with the knowledge of how to solve and prevent problems and how to make decisions. We will study technical problems, human performance problems and scheduling problems. We will learn how to avoid barriers to creative problem solving and we will learn how to create a problem solving atmosphere at the job site.
STP 4 Contract Documents and Construction Law
Students will learn about common construction contract clauses and how to read a contract. Construction disputes, including differing site conditions, claims, delays and construction defects will be studied.
STP 5 Planning and Scheduling
The purpose of this class is to provide the student with basic construction planning and scheduling skills. The student will learn how to prepare bar chart schedules and critical path schedules. The student will be able to read complex project schedules, the basics of project management by scheduling, and will learn to employ acceleration techniques.
STP 6 Cost Awareness and Production Control
This class will focus on construction cost control procedures utilized by both small and large construction companies. Cost control will be discussed at both the project level and the corporate level. You will learn about the cost control cycle and how to ensure effective production control.
STP 7 Accident Prevention and Loss Control
We already know a lot about safety in the construction industry so this class will try to focus on managing the safety function. We will review the documentation, reference materials and advisory services that are available. Using the project schedule to help prevent losses will be studied. Students will learn how to select of methods and equipment to prevent loss. Other subjects we will study include: Delegating responsibility for safety, equipment maintenance, and common construction hazards.
STP 8 Project Management for Construction Supervisors
Students will learn how to plan, organize and staff a construction project. Planning will be stressed for production and support activities. Students will learn how to formulate policies and procedures. Subcontractor management, purchasing and receiving will all be studied. Project startup, site layout and close out will be studied.
STP 9 Construction Productivity Improvement
Organizing a project with productivity improvement as a goal will be studied. Students will learn how to calculate and measure worker productivity. During this semester, we will challenge the work process, learn about personnel management, and practice work improvement analysis. Understanding worker’s abilities and the impact of environmental factors will be studied. We will complete the course with a discussion of implementing and monitoring the productivity program.
STP 10 General and Specialty Contractor Dynamics
This course explores the dynamic relationships that exist between construction contractors of all types, (general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, material and equipment suppliers), to accomplish the execution of a successful project. This course will help the construction professional to understand and recognize the importance of each part of the construction system and how to coordinate the work within the system.
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Fundamentals of Green Building Design and Construction
The purpose of this course is to give the student an overview of design and construction delivery systems for high performance green buildings. We will look at the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in some detail. Sustainability evaluation systems will be reviewed. This course will focus on LEED-NC (new construction) requirements.
LEED for New Construction: Applying the Guidelines
This course reviews the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Credit System. The foundation of the course will identify and help to understand the objectives of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and Design Process Credits and Prerequisites. Focus is placed on a systematic view of green building, sustainability, Low-Impact Development and Storm Water Issues. Emphasis is on understanding the environmental aspects of LEED. The course studies techniques to reach the goals of LEED in environmental impact, energy and indoor air quality that pertain to building projects and the community surrounding the project.
Green Building Commissioning
Building commissioning is a process designed to verify that a building will meet the project design requirements. It is a quality assurance process for the delivery of buildings and building systems. This course will cover the various aspects and requirements of building commissioning through the pre-design phase, design, construction and post construction phases of a building construction project. We will study the make up of the Commissioning Team and the role of scheduling and coordination in the commissioning process. Some of the topics we will study includes verification and testing, documentation, training, systems and ongoing commissioning.
We will go over construction checklists, construction verification requirements and special contexts. The course will stress green building requirements in regards to commissioning with an emphasis on construction operations.
Building Green Buildings: The The purpose of this course is to provide construction professionals with information that will help them to effectively bid, contract, build and close out green building projects. We will explore the green building process from the contractor’s and subcontractor’s point of view.
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HAZWOPER 24 Hour Course
HAZWOPER 24 Hour is required for employees visiting an Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government. This course covers broad issues pertaining to the hazard recognition at work sites. OSHA has developed the HAZWOPER program to protect the workers working at hazardous sites and devised extensive regulations to ensure their safety and health. This course, while identifying different types of hazards, also suggests possible precautions and protective measures to reduce or eliminate hazards at the work place.
HAZWOPER 40 Hour Course
This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment, OSHA regulations. This course covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120.
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response - 8 Hrs Refresher Course
This course meets the requirements in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for eight hours of annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This course is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, safety and health plans, hazardous chemicals, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical surveillance, site control, decontamination, personal protective equipment, and respiratory equipment. Course Prerequisite: The 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER course must be completed before taking the 8 hour refresher course.
Industrial Emergency Response: Haz.Mat. First Responder Oprn
This course is designed for all employees who respond to a hazardous materials emergency. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 indicates that all employees who respond to a hazardous materials emergency must receive training based on their level of activities at the incident. Awareness-level training is for responders who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials release and will initiate a response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. Topics include defining hazardous materials, recognizing and identifying the presence of hazardous materials in an emergency, potential outcomes when hazardous materials are involved, use of basic information resources, and individual roles in an emergency situation. Awareness level responders recognize the presence of hazardous materials, isolate the scene and call for appropriate assistance. They do not participate in actual cleanup activities. The course covers the topics addressed in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120.
Understand the role of Level-1 responder
Identify the hazards involved in an emergency
Determine the site control and site security
Learn about the harmful effects of hazardous substances on humans.
Explore different hazardous substances and the incidents related to it
Acquire information about the nature of the hazardous chemicals
Lesson 1 Level 1 Initial Response
Lesson 2 Effects of Hazardous Materials
Lesson 3 Incidents Involving Hazardous Substances
Testing: Quizzes - All quizzes must be passed with a 100% to proceed forward to the next lesson. Final Exam- Final Exam must be passed with a 70% to pass the course. The final exam can be taken three times if necessary. Course Completion: Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to print your certificate online.
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