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From leadership development to trade-specific skills programming, there are plenty of options for you to continually expand your know-how, and be the best you can be. 

MCABC offers courses and programs developed for the mechanical contracting industry. These courses are designed to support you in your pursuit of a career in project management, estimating, and other office management positions.

Programs are available to members and non-members; however, members receive significant savings through member-only pricing.

Explore our course catalogue below to find courses offered both online and in person. If there is an in person course you would like to see brought to BC, please contact info@mcabc.org to express your interest.

Course Catalogue

How to Forecast Large Construction Projects

0 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: Leo Di Croce, Online
Offered to: Middle Management, Project Managers, Supervisors, Foremen
Course Schedule begins: October 29, 2020

Description: Designed specifically for mechanical project managers, learn how to systematically plan, track and create consistent rolling forecasts for large construction projects. This three-part online program is led by Mechanical Engineer, Leo Di Croce, a former Project Manager with Modern Niagara and Mechanical Design Manager with Ellis Don. This jam-packed program includes a commercial building case study, and all students receive 4Cast Pro, a 4-in-1 workbook that helps Project Managers plan, track, forecast and more.

SCHEDULE – 3 sessions

  1. October 29, 2020, 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM (PDT)
  2. November 05, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (PST)
  3. November 12, 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (PST)

Course Outline

Session 1: Planning

Students dive right into a case study by reviewing the drawings and specs of a large commercial tower and searching for gaps and overlaps in scope before setting up the job, which comprises three components: the budget, the construction schedule and the billing breakdown. Students learn what these three have in common and how to capitalize on their integration.

Session 2: Productivity

Students continue the case study, exploring various types of work breakdown structures (WBS’s) and learning why some WBS’s are better at driving productivity than others. Starting with a labour plan, students build their own spreadsheet and learn how to track progress and calculate productivity. Various productivity scenarios are modeled including one that supports construction claims, using near real-time data.

Session 3: Forecasting

Students conclude the case study by reporting the outcomes at various stages of construction. Financial outcomes are reported for months one, two, three, etc. Basic formulas – and more advanced techniques – are used to calculate costs at completion and variances for labour, material, equipment and subcontracts. Students will also learn how delayed starts and schedule compressions affect a project’s s-curve in interesting and meaningful ways.

Instructor Leo Di Croce

Course designer and instructor, Leo Di Croce, is a professional engineer with almost 30 years of experience, designing and managing mechanical construction projects in Canada. Leo has worked for EllisDon, Modern Niagara and other large contractors, supporting the pursuit, execution, and closeout of Class-A buildings. The value of the construction projects he has managed to date exceeds $1 billion.

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Advanced Supervisors: Turning Supervisors Into Better Leaders 2020

1 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: Kevin Dougherty, Online
Offered to: Middle Management, Project Managers, Supervisors, Foremen
Course begins: September 29, 2020

Description: A Unique Opportunity to Sharpen Supervisory Skills Online. Receive one-on-one coaching. Earn 1 Gold Seal Credit.

Led by construction industry consultant, educator, author and speaker Kevin Dougherty, this intensive online training and coaching program is specifically designed for the mechanical contractor Supervisor – middle and project managers and Foremen. The program addresses proven attitude adjustment methods, leadership skills, productivity, planning skills communication enhancement skills and motivational techniques.

Presented in six virtual sessions that are 90 minutes each, leadership excellence will be presented in the following online modules:

  • The Day to Day Realities
  • Transition to Management
  • Establishing Job Leadership
  • How to Coach and Mentor for Improved Team Performance
  • Communication
  • How to Deal With Difficult People and Workers In A Professional Manner

BONUS: Each registered student will receive two 45-minute individual coaching sessions.

SCHEDULE – 6 sessions

  1. September 29, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT)
  2. October 01, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT)
  3. October 05, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT)
  4. October 07, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT)
  5. October 20, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT)
  6. October 22, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (PDT)

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Communication, Negotiation, Conflict ResolutionOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Estimators, Superintendents, Project Managers

Description: For supervisors, project managers, and anyone who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, subtrades, owners, clients, engineers, and employers. Improve your written, oral, and negotiating skills and enhance your conflict resolution skills.

  • Define a conflict and identify the stages of conflict.
  • Appreciate the importance of communication.
  • Apply assertiveness techniques to get a point across.
  • Deal with difficult people more effectively.
  • Recognize what makes an effective negotiator.
  • Understand how power can be used or abused in negotiation.
  • Determine when to close negotiations.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course duration: 4 hours

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Construction Industry Ethics A

1 or 2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: In Person
Offered to: Estimators, Superintendents, Project Managers, Foremen
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

Description: This course has been designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry. The course is interactive and includes case studies, practical examples, videos and a course glossary.
As of January 1, 2017, all Gold Seal candidates require the online Construction Industry Ethics course (or equivalent) plus a full day classroom ethics course in order to be eligible to take the Gold Seal exam.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what is included in “ethical behavior”
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in business
  • Know how to make ethical decisions
  • Recognize ethics in the context of the law
  • Understand the direct link between ethics and a company’s success

The course is intended for owner/clients, contractors, supervisors, project managers, etc., who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, subtrades, owners, clients, engineers, employers, and the public.
Successful completion of classroom-only course: one Gold Seal; successful completion of classroom & online course: two Gold Seals.

All applicants for both online and in-class components of Construction Industry Ethics must have a minimum of two credits in one of the following areas as part of their education requirement:

  • Estimators: measurement of construction work, drawings & specifications, construction contracts, pricing/bidding, construction documents, regulatory codes, scheduling and communication.
  • Superintendents: management of human resources in the construction industry, construction job site controls and planning and scheduling.
  • Project Managers/Owner’s Construction Managers: law and contracts in the construction industry, construction planning and scheduling, project management and project costing control/accounting.
  • Foremen: Construction 101 and Leadership in Safety Excellence.
    • Foreman Designation: A foreman is an experienced tradesperson who possesses all the necessary technical skills of their particular trade or occupation to oversee and coordinate the hands-on activities of journeypersons and apprentice tradespeople on construction job sites. They hold primary responsibility for supervising the safety, quality and productivity of construction projects.
    •  This designation is not be tied to a contracting discipline and requires passing the Gold Seal exam.

Construction Industry Ethics BOnline

3 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Contractors, Supervisors, Project Managers

Description: The Construction Industry Ethics course has been designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry through practical examples of ethical decision making. The course contains interactive elements, case studies, practical examples, videos, and a course glossary.

  • Understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry and learn how to navigate daily ethical grey areas.
  • Understand what is included in “ethical behaviour.”
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in business.
  • Know how to make ethical decisions.
  • Recognize ethics in the context of the law.
  • Understand the direct link between ethics and a company’s success

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 4 hours

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Construction LawOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Owners, Managers, Supervisors, Project Managers

Description: Construction Law is designed to teach and familiarize owners, managers, supervisors and project managers with construction contracts and contract law; liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a Contract, compiling and submitting proper extras and claims, and ways and means for leaders to avoid conflict with contracts, owners, trades, and labour.

Understand construction contracts and contract law.

  • Understand the origins of law.
  • Understand what a contract is and what makes it valid or invalid.
  • Know the different types of construction contracts.
  • Understand roles in the construction industry as they apply to contract law.
  • Understand the liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a contract.
  • Be able to interpret contracts.
  • Understand what defines a custom contract.
  • Understand the principles of surety and different types of bonds.
  • Know what type of insurance is required.
  • Understand claims, the reasons for claims, and how to compile and submit proper extras and claims.
  • Know the acts and regulations that are relevant to the construction industry.
  • Develop strategies to avoid conflict with contracts, owners, trades, and labour.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 6 hours

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Construction Project ManagementOnline

3 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Project Managers

Description: For everyone working in construction. Gain the knowledge and skills to help you successfully plan, manage, and administer projects from start to finish.

  • Understand the construction business and your role in it as a construction project manager.
  • Know how to effectively communicate through listening, writing, and verbal communication.
  • Know how to manage and maintain worksite relationships.
  • Understand what happens at the project procurement stage.
  • Know your roles and responsibilities at the pre-construction, construction, and close-out stages.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 5 hours

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Developing Worksheets for Technical TrainingOnline

0 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Technical Training Instructors

Description: This course will show instructors how to build worksheets to optimize learning opportunities for apprentices. Instructional ideas include how to use examples and answer steps to teach apprentices strategies for solving numeracy problems, and how to teach apprentices about document structure so they understand how to locate information in drawings, tables, and diagrams. Worksheets designed by instructors from various construction trades are included as examples.

Objectives
When you have completed the Developing Worksheets for Technical Training Course you will:

  • Understand the value of teaching Essential Skills in technical training,
  • Learn to assess Essential Skill levels of apprentices to determine instructional goals,
  • Learn about the value of teaching document structure and features,
  • Learn about teaching Essential Skills strategies,
  • Learn Essential Skills strategies that can help to teach concepts.

The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 2 hours

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Dispatcher Training

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: Richard Worr, CEC, In Person
Offered to: Dispatchers
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

Description: This two-day program will provide dispatchers with all the skills they need to dramatically improve job performance. This program goes beyond traditional technical training to cover such critical dispatcher skills as leading technicians rather than letting technicians lead them, becoming the service manager’s partner, prioritizing customer emergencies, evaluating technician abilities, and managing their own careers in dispatching. After attending this program, dispatchers will be able to improve their job performance by learning how to: identify the service life cycle and the critical contact points that impact service success; recognize the importance of the dispatcher’s job and its impact on the organization’s profitability; communicate effectively with technicians and customers; and use good decision-making approaches for optimum priority setting and effective resource allocation.

First Level Supervisor Training ProgramOnline

5 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Supervisors, Foremen, or individuals who want to become a First Level Supervisor
Description: Develop the critical skills and learn the concepts required to supervise a construction crew, maximize productivity and quality, and ensure a job gets done on time, on budget, and safely.

  • Build supervisory skills.
  • Understand the difference between leadership and management.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Lead a work crew.
  • Plan and schedule.
  • Manage effective meetings.
  • Understand the supervisor’s role in safety and due diligence.
  • Develop and motivate teams.
  • Handle disagreements and problems.
  • Address personal problems and performance issues.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 14 hours

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Health & Safety Manual Orientation (Customized)

0 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: MCABC & BCCSA, In Person
Offered to: Teams in the mechanical contracting industry
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

MCABC has partnered with BCCSA to develop a program geared toward creating a COR-compliant customized safety manual for each attendees’ own company. This workshop is exclusive to MCABC members and is designed to help you ensure your own Safety Program becomes a method to minimize injury in the workplace, engage workers AND show compliance.

How to be a More Effective Foreman

1 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: Kevin Dougherty, In Person
Offered to: Supervisors, Foremen
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

Description: Interested in improving your communication skills and being more productive? This one-day program covers proven conflict-resolution techniques, communication skills, productivity enhancement, motivational tactics, time-management ideas and many more skills that a foreman needs in order to thrive today. This program is designed to help anyone who manages people. From the new foreman to the experienced veteran, all attendees will come away with tools that will make an immediate impact on job performance.

Introduction to Building Information ModelingOnline

1 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Employers, Management, Supervisors, Foremen, and Tradespeople working in the Mechanical Trades

Description: As an emerging technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is generating a lot of buzz in the construction industry. This course provides an overview of how this technology positively impacts the construction process.

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) is adopted by more and more companies in the construction industry, its usefulness has expanded beyond the original design phase activities. This course positions BIM in the context of all phases of construction, illustrating how to maximize BIM as a tool for the entire construction team. You will see how BIM fits into the construction workflow. It introduces the BIM philosophy in design, bidding, construction, commissioning, delivery and as-built stages of construction.

Objectives
After completing this course, you will:

  • Know what BIM is
  • Understand the full potential of BIM technology
  • Understand the philosophy behind BIM
  • Be aware of how BIM can assist at all stages of a construction project
  • Appreciate existing and potential new uses for BIM
  • See the value of new technologies such as BIM

The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 2 hours

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Introduction to Construction EstimatingOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Estimators or individuals interested in becoming Estimators

Description: Gain the knowledge and skills required to visualize the scope and magnitude of a construction project and produce accurate and reliable estimates. Course work includes reviewing drawings through various phases of a project with the aim of determining the quantity and type of materials required for the project.

  • Have a good understanding of estimating practices.
  • Know site-specific conditions and regulatory requirements.
  • Know how to handle purchasing and logistics, and how to manage materials on site.
  • Organize cost data in a clear and logical manner.
  • Be able to manage historical information related to costs and know how and when to update this information.
  • Know how to assemble bids and meet bid closure deadlines.
  • Provide on-site solutions to work-related problems in relation to equipment and material placement.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 4 hours

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Microsoft Project EssentialsOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: MCAC
Offered to: Project Managers
Course Schedule: October 6, 8, 14, 16, 21  

Delivered over 5 sessions. First session is 3.5 hours and the next 4 sessions are 2.5 hours.

Oct 6 1-4:30pm EST

Oct 8, 14, 16, 21 1-3:30pm EST

DESCRIPTION

This fundamental course continues to provide you with the hands-on skills to plan and manage project activities using Microsoft Project. You will learn and practice Microsoft Project at your own computer. The scheduling techniques are learned through a series of progressive exercises that simulate a real project. At the beginning of each exercise, participants load a new project file that contains all the information correctly entered from the previous exercise. As a result, those with slower typing skills are not left behind. By completion, participants will have fully defined a project from beginning to end, and will have performed project updates and reporting.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Effectively define a project, enter a Work Breakdown Structure, assign resources and costs to activities, enter project dependencies, set a project baseline, input actual project status, identify resource conflicts, and produce meaningful reports.
  • Use advanced features, e.g. individual resource calendars, custom layout definitions, filters, and the use of custom data fields.
  • Understand both the positive and negative aspects of the software in order to fully understand the applicability of the software for their needs.
  • Discuss real-world issues such as managing multiple projects, sharing of resources, and the efficient use of the software within large and small organizations.

NOTES:

Instruction delivered using MSP 2019v.
Participants must have MSP 2010v or later. Instruction delivered using MSP 2019v.
Strongly recommend participants attend using 2 screens for the best educational experience.

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Pipeline Construction Safety TrainingOnline

0 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: People working in the oil and gas pipeline industry
Description: This course has been designed and developed by the construction industry to address health and safety issues specific to pipeline construction in the oil and gas industry.

Construction safety is not to be taken lightly, and it is something that the pipeline construction industry takes very seriously. This course is intended to familiarize you, the worker, with how to recognize, assess and control hazards on the work site. It has been designed to complement other safety-related courses offered by the industry.

Objectives
After completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to recognize hazards
  • Know how to assess hazards
  • Know how to control hazards
  • Know how to operate a vehicle safely
  • Know how to operate equipment safely
  • Know how to respond to emergencies

The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 4 hours
Certification Expiry Period: 5 years

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Proactive Service Workshop for Field Service Technicians

1 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: Jim Baston, In Person
Offered to: Field Service Technicians
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

Description: MCABC & CEC present The Proactive Service Workshop, a highly interactive training program designed to help field service technicians build and leverage stronger, more durable business relationships, and identify and close more business opportunities. The workshop shows technicians how to add much more value and provide even higher levels of service by proactively discussing ways their firms can help customers.

What Will Technicians Learn?
Among its many benefits, this workshop will:

  • Help participants recognize that making proactive recommendations for additional products and services is part of the overall service provided.
  • Show the importance of personal credibility (trust) in service success and develop personal action plans to build it.
  • Discuss the role of professional credibility (competence) in the customer’s evaluation of the competence of the service technician, the quality of their work and how to communicate this through on going service delivery.
  • Introduce and practice how to engage the customer in proactive conversations and communicate the value of the recommendation.

Project Management For Contractors2020

Gold Seal and Blue Seal
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Provider: MCAC/CEC
Offered to: Construction Owners, Project Managers, Estimators, Supervisors
Course Schedule begins: November 5, 12:30pm to 4:00pm

DESCRIPTION:
The Construction Education Council (CEC) proudly presents the exclusive Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program. This highly acclaimed program is offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo. The program usually takes place over a 10-day period and is split into two 5-day sessions but this year, for the first time, we are offering the course online 2 days a week for 10 weeks throughout November, December, January, and February. This will mark the 40th session offered with nearly 900 industry managers graduating from the program.

COURSE OUTLINE

This Gold Seal accredited course is designed to:

  • Improve the planning and controlling of your projects, thereby improving your company’s bottom line
  • Take a business view of projects and take ownership of a project from bid to final payment
  • Increase your own project “lessons learned” by learning from experiences of other participants
  • Be able and willing to contribute improvements to your company’s project management process
  • Be better prepared to take the Gold Seal examination, if you choose
  • Enjoy your projects!

COURSE TOPICS

Over the 10-week period, sessions will be held on:

  • Project Administration
  • Scheduling
  • Managing Individual Differences
  • Safety: A Management Perspective
  • Change Orders
  • Construction Law
  • Job Cost Controls
  • Meetings and Communication
  • Dispute Avoidance and Claims
  • Labour Relations: Due Diligence
  • Project Completion

EVENT DATES:

Part 1: November 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27, and December 3 & 4, 2020

Part 2: January 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29, and February 4 & 5, 2021

Registration cutoff: October 22, 2020

Each day the session will run from 12:30-4:00 pm EST

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CEC’s Supervisory Program

7 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: CEC, In Person
Offered to: Foremen, Superintendents
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

Description:This course is intended for foremen superintendents working in a supervisory capacity for a Construction Contractor. Apprentices have also indicated that this course is very useful in helping them to understand the role of the foreman and supervisor thus assisting in their day to day routine. This course is designed with the adult learner in mind and emphasizes participant/instructor group interaction. This program will take place over a 6‐day period and will be split into two sessions of 3 days each.

Working in a Respectful and Inclusive WorkplaceOnline

1 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Managers, Supervisors, or anyone working in the mechanical trades.

Description: Learn how to create and participate in a respectful and inclusive workplace to help ensure that your company offers a place where everyone feels wanted and welcomed.

  • Understand industry expectations and how a respectful and inclusive workplace can benefit everyone by eliminating discrimination and harassment.
  • Be able to lead by example.
  • Understand how inclusive communication, teamwork, and mentorship allow you to work more effectively with team members of different genders, backgrounds, and circumstances.
  • Work more effectively in mentorship relationships with all team members.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 3 hours

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