Issue # 33: Education & Training August 11, 2004


Contents:
Issue #33 Education & Training

  1. Career Options: Management, Technology, Trades
  2. Certification: Build/Reno, Project Mgr, Apprentice, Framer
  3. Business Management: Newsletters, Guides, Seminars
  4. Technical: House Basics, Building Science, Wood U
  5. eLearning: All Industry, Renovators, Trades, School
  6. More: Find Schools & Jobs, Bookstore, Toys
  7. The Process: Adult Learning, Planning, Study Tips
  8. Kenís Top Pick: If You Have Time To Surf Only One Site

1. Career Options: Management, Technology, Trades

Management Careers
Is a management position in your plans? HRDC provides job descriptions, example titles, outlines of main duties, and employment requirements for different occupations.

Technology Careers
Building theory and design skills are more prominent in the technology careers, as explained on the Techworks site by the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC.

Trade Careers
Work Futures BC lists the many different construction trades and careers, and gives job descriptions, earnings, future market outlook, and educational requirements and links to more information for each.


2. Certification: Build/Reno, Project Mgr, Apprentice, Framer

Home Builder & Renovator
The Canadian Home Builders Association of BC offers certification programs for both individuals and companies involved in new home construction and renovation.

Project Manager, Superintendent & Estimator
Gold Seal is a voluntary national certification program from CCA. Based on both experience and competence, it is for Project Managers, Superintendents, and Estimators.

Apprenticeship
If apprenticeship is your chosen direction this Canadian Interprovincial Red Seal program site gives an overview of apprenticeship, how itís administered, and links to resources.

Residential Construction Framing Technician
Industry Training Authority of British Columbia offers this Industry Training Program Profile on its one year course on becoming a Certified Residential Construction Framing Technician.


3. Business Management: Newsletters, Guides, Seminars

Free E-mail Newsletters
Hanley-Wood has a number of different free e-mail newsletters with business info for builders, renovators, custom builders, multi-family, big builders, and subcontractors.

Quick Business Tips & Guides
Looking for some quick and simple business tips? The SCORE site has 60-second guides on planning, management, marketing, financial, human resources, customers, and more.

Seminars & Workshops For Small Business
Small Business BC keeps a listing of current training events, seminars, and workshops on various business topics. These include quite a few on Internet and computer technology.


4. Technical: House Basics, Building Science, Wood U

House Construction Basics
ILX Construction Training offers CDs covering plan reading & calculations, structural components, framing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior & exterior finishing, and more.

Building Science, Energy & Environment
EEBA (the Energy & Environmental Building Association) has an Institute Of Building Technology that not only delivers certified courses but has plenty of free information as well.

Wood University
More industry associations are beginning to offer online continuing education courses with credits, such as these technical ones from APA, the Engineered Wood Association.


5. eLearning: All Industry, Renovators, Trades, School

Online Courses For Building Professionals The Housing Zone Campus provides a variety of online courses on construction management, accounting & finance, business, personal development, computers, and more.

Remodelers University Online
A number of well-known industry experts, including Linda Case of Remodelers Advantage, present essential skills courses using conference calls and web cast seminars.

Online Courses For Trades
Youíll find online carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and facilities maintenance courses at the Residential Construction Academy, a Thompson Delmar Learning & NAHB partnership.

BC Post-Secondary Online Learning Site
To take some post-secondary education online, check out the BC Campus site where you can find and complete courses online. It also has some good tips for new online learners.


6. More: Find Schools & Jobs, Bookstore, Toy

Search For Construction Schools & Jobs
The Construction Job Centre of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association lists BC schools that offer industry career courses. They also have a job board, and career info.

Books On Building Topics
Builder Books is a National Association of Home Builders site where you can buy excellent books, guides, and CDs covering a very wide range of building topics and issues.

Building Toys For Your Children, Or You
Did you enjoy building things when growing up? Well check out this Construction Toys site. They specialize in high quality blocks, building toys and accessories for people of all ages.


7. The Process: Adult Learning, Planning,

Learn About Learning
How do adults learn? Why do some people learn in different ways than others? Whatís new in the world of learning? This and lots more can be found on the Learnativity site.

Planning Your Continuing Education
If youíre not sure what steps you might need to take in planning your career or continuing education, the information and planning tools on the CanLearn site might be helpful.

Study Tips From The Master Slacker
I love this title. Ryan Russon, Master Slacker, gives you 20 simple tips that he claims can help you get ďAĒs and still have a life. Youíre bound to find one or two tips that work for you.


8. Kenís Top Pick: If You Have Time To Surf Only One Site

Learnativity
Education & training is all about learning, so I thought it might serve you best by pointing out the Learnativity site. It focuses on tips and resources for those of us who are adult learners.


Dittie For Today: On Education

If you are planning for a year, sow rice;
If you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
Ė Chinese Proverb




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