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. [...]

15 02, 2019

Learn about green building rating systems at new workshop

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

Are you confused about the different green building rating systems? If so, please join us May 7 for a one-day workshop to learn more about these systems and the differences between them. From LEED to Living Buildings – An Overview of Green Building Rating Systems will walk you through a comparison of LEED, BuiltGreen, [...]

11 02, 2019

Thank you to REFBC from VRCA’s education department

By |February 11th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We know that the construction industry is a clear contributor to our local, provincial and national economies. However, external forces such as changing societal demands and expectations (particularly around climate change), the increasingly globalized, competitive market and business environment, labour market challenges and advances in knowledge and technology are creating new pressures for construction [...]

28 01, 2019

Update on VRCA Education Committee

By |January 28th, 2019|Education|

The VRCA Education Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who feel passionate about advocating for careers in the construction trades. The current committee is made up of the following members: • Kristi Seddon, Ledcor (Chair) • Niko De Mare, Graham (Co-Chair) • Ronan Deane, Graham (Past Chair) • Faith Dempster, Skilled Trades Employment [...]

18 01, 2019

New LEED courses now open for registration

By |January 18th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

VRCA is excited to announce two new half-day workshops that will allow participants to gain LEED expertise and learn best practices. The first new workshop is scheduled for April 18 and is called LEED: Indoor Air Quality Management & Erosion and Sediment Control. Attendees will learn the key components for both of these topics in this [...]

14 01, 2019

New business management courses added to VRCA professional development offerings

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Business development skills were one of the most in-demand topics identified in VRCA’s recent education needs assessment. In response to this, VRCA will be adding two new courses to its education calendar that will help you to grow or enhance your business. Responding Successfully to a Request for Proposal is a two-day workshop scheduled [...]

14 01, 2019

Evolving Education: Think outside the site

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

In an effort to enhance industry knowledge surrounding the benefits of prefabrication, VRCA is adding a new course to its education calendar called Think Outside the Site: Making Prefabrication Work for Your Project. This half-day workshop on May 9 will discuss the existing options for increasing the amount of prefabrication done on projects. Using [...]

7 01, 2019

BC Housing offers seminar on mitigating thermal bridging

By |January 7th, 2019|Education|

Looking for an overview on thermal bridging and how to assess thermal bridging based on new energy codes and standards? On Jan. 30, BC Housing is offering a seminar entitled Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging that will cover these topics. This seminar will be available online or in-person at Brix Studio (102 - [...]

17 12, 2018

Exciting updates to VRCA’s course description booklet

By |December 17th, 2018|Education|

The education needs assessment that VRCA conducted this summer not only provided us with a better look at the kinds of courses our members need to succeed in the industry, it also motivated us to update the ways in which we communicate education news to our members. For this reason, VRCA’s education department will [...]