About Andrea Ringrose

As the Manager, Education, Andrea thrives on bringing new and exciting educational opportunities to VRCA members and the construction industry. She keeps on top of new trends and is constantly seeking new professional development opportunities to expand and enhance the VRCA education program.
10 09, 2020

VRCA offers interactive virtual contract training

By |September 10th, 2020|Education|

If you’ve ever wanted to expand your professional contract knowledge in a more interactive way, VRCA has the courses for you! Unlike traditional virtual courses, these new workshops will provide students with a collaborative conference experience, featuring multiple industry-recognized speakers. The four-part workshop series theme is Remember: When it comes to contracts, it’s not [...]

6 03, 2020

VRCA debuts new CCDC workshop

By |March 6th, 2020|Education|

VRCA is excited to announce that a brand new CCDC workshop, hosted by the Canadian Construction Association, will be debuting this spring. Join us on May 14 for a one-day workshop that will cover: A description of the changes to CCDC 2 ‘Stipulated Price Contract’ Introduction of a new master specification for Division 01 [...]

2 03, 2020

VRCA engages with students in new way

By |March 2nd, 2020|In The News|

The VRCA school outreach program recently visited Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey and explored a fresh new way to engage with the students there. The school had planned a Career Speed Chat event, where volunteers from various industries could meet with smaller groups of students and have more in-depth chats, a different scenario [...]

24 02, 2020

VRCA to host member-exclusive workshop on incident investigations

By |February 24th, 2020|Education|

VRCA members are invited to register for a complimentary seminar focusing on Incident Investigation on May 8, 2020. Hosted by the Employers’ Advisors Office, this 3-hour seminar will provide attendees with information on when accident and incident investigations are required, and how to conduct these types of investigations. Case studies will be used to [...]

14 02, 2020

Learn how to be a better foreman

By |February 14th, 2020|Education|

Have you recently been promoted to a foreman position? Are you interested in developing your skills in this area for a future foreman role? Join us at VRCA on March 27 for How to Be a Better Foreman. In this workshop, you will learn why many great tradespeople struggle with becoming a foreman due [...]

7 02, 2020

Join the Lean conversation!

By |February 7th, 2020|Education|

Would you like to meet members of the Vancouver Lean Community of Practice and learn how Lean is applied in construction? Join us on March 4 to gain an introduction to Lean construction, hear stories from the field, and participate in activities! This complimentary session will be held at the VRCA office. Register today [...]

3 02, 2020

VRCA introduces exciting new workshops to help manage projects

By |February 3rd, 2020|Education|

VRCA is pleased to announce two new courses that can help you manage your projects more efficiently and effectively. On February 12, we are hosting a new workshop to help you mitigate risk when responding to tenders containing non-standard clauses. This one-day workshop is intended for general and subcontractors, project owners, architects, engineers, bonding [...]

13 01, 2020

VRCA to hold two brand new electrical workshops

By |January 13th, 2020|Education, Evolving Education|

Are you interested in expanding your skillset in electrical estimating or electrical blueprint reading? VRCA can help! On March 2 and 3, VRCA will host an Electrical Estimating workshop. Participants will develop skills and knowledge to estimate electrical construction projects and prepare successful bids. The course is designed for those interested in becoming electrical [...]

27 11, 2019

VRCA to hold mental health first aid workshop

By |November 27th, 2019|Education|

Start off 2020 right with an exciting new VRCA workshop! We are pleased to offer this new 2-day workshop on January 20 and 21, called Mental Health First Aid. With research showing that one in three Canadians are impacted by mental health problems at some point in their lives, you most likely have friends, [...]

15 11, 2019

Get complimentary training through the Employers’ Advisers Office

By |November 15th, 2019|Education|

The Employers’ Advisers Office (EAO) provides advice, assistance, representation, and training on all aspects of workers’ compensation. There are eight EAO offices across British Columbia (the closest locations to Vancouver being Abbotsford and Richmond) and they offer a variety of in-person and online seminars. All courses offered by the EAO are complimentary, and the [...]

7 11, 2019

Customize training to meet your needs

By |November 7th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Did you know that VRCA can work with you to develop a customized training solution to meet your educational needs? There are several major advantages to designing your own customized training sessions, including: Convenience – Training can be delivered at your place of business, eliminating lost time and the need to coordinate employee travel [...]

22 08, 2019

Email Etiquette Workshop

By |August 22nd, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

In response to our most requested education topic, VRCA is pleased to launch a new half-day workshop called Email Etiquette. This workshop covers the key areas of volume and time management and email writing best practices. You will learn tools to use email more effectively while developing clear and concise communication habits. The instructors [...]

29 07, 2019

VRCA is now an AGC testing centre

By |July 29th, 2019|Education|

VRCA has recently become qualified to host the Association of General Contractors (AGC) CM-Lean Exam. Lean construction is based on the pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project. If you have completed the seven mandatory lean courses, you are eligible to register to take the exam [...]

15 07, 2019

Roofing Contractors Association of BC hosts complimentary workshop

By |July 15th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Join us at VRCA on October 30 for a complimentary educational morning session that will highlight significant changes to the RCABC Roofing Practices Manual and the RoofStar Guarantee Standards. The team will walk you through the restructuring of the manual, updates to the SBS standards, new metal roofing standards, review the new wind up-lift [...]

27 05, 2019

VRCA Education Needs Assessment: Mid-year update

By |May 27th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We’re nearly halfway through 2019, and it’s time to reflect on the changes made to our educational courses following the completion of last year’s Education Needs Assessment. In 2017, VRCA applied for a grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) in order to fund an industry-wide study to identify unmet education needs. [...]