Many certifications in the construction and design world require continuing education (CE) credits to keep the person who holds them eligible to renew their license. Typically, each hour spent in a seminar or other type of training is considered 1 continuing education credit.
Finding applicable courses can prove to be a real pain in the butt, however. If you can find an in-person seminar or training session near you, it still has to work with your schedule or your budget. Some continuing education courses can cost you or your company hundreds of dollars.
Procore, one of the leaders in construction project management software, has recently released 16 new continuing education courses over a variety of different topics. More importantly, the courses are free, online, and you don’t even have to be a paid user on Procore to take advantage of them. In total, there are currently 168 CE eligible courses currently on their education platform.
The courses are broken out into 7 different categories: Health & Safety, Technology, Building Science, Industry Insights, QA/QC, CM Essentials, and Leading Practices. The courses are approved by several organizations within the industry, including AIA, CCM, American Institute of Constructors, Refuel, AIBD, and the Institute of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professionals.
Specifically, some of the most recent courses include:
- Lessons from Hurricane Harvey: Rebuilding After a Disaster
- Implementing Technologies as a Subcontractor
- The Complete Guide to Successful Project Planning
- The 10 Most Critical Factors in Construction Safety
Even if you don’t need CE credits, the courses could still prove useful to you and your team for training purposes.
Check out the full list of CE courses here: http://education.procore.com/series/continuing-education
As smartphones and tablets are slowly becoming one of the most prominent and powerful tools on construction site, construction technology companies are still largely focusing on construction management firms and general contractors. What’s lost on many is the fact that there are dozens of subcontractors on every jobsite that also need to manage their projects.
Safety training in the construction industry is necessary to build worker awareness – not to mention that it’s legally required – but it can be extremely time consuming and expensive to have completed. There are many companies out there looking to make money off of keeping workers safe, which is why it’s great when a company offers training free of charge, like Procore’s Safety Qualified program.
Ladders are one of the most widely used and necessary pieces of equipment on a construction jobsite. They’re also one of the most misused and abused pieces of equipment on a jobsite. In addition to being one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations each year, it also accounts for too many of the industry’s yearly fatalities and countless injuries.
Falls continue to be the number one leading cause of death on construction sites across the country, accounting for around 40% each year. Even if you can convince your construction crew to wear personal fall arrest systems each time they’re required, proper training is required to select the correct type of fall protection and the anchor points, as well as performing proper inspections of the equipment. An app called Harness Hero is trying to help solve the latter problem.
When we think about historic buildings of ancient times that are still standing, we can stand in awe of the level of detail that was incorporated into designs without modern tools and technology. For a few decades, it seemed like we would never see that type of character in buildings again, but sports stadiums are becoming new modern wonders, pushing the limits of not only what’s capable from a construction standpoint, but also the budgets.
Even though OSHA recently eliminated the need for employers to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301, citing privacy concerns, companies are still responsible for submitting OSHA Form 300A – and the deadline is fast approaching.
[guest post] Construction project owners are facing a big problem: paper based progress reports and invoices are making it nearly impossible to quickly find and address errors. The tool kit of the past included a magnifying glass, a pencil (and eraser) and a calculator. Armed with endless human resources, project owners would diligently review paper based documentation for discrepancies. This MO is no longer feasible in the modern construction environment.
Multi-employer worksites are extremely common in the construction industry, but they can still make work extremely complicated. One of those complications results when a subcontractor receives a governmental violation, such as an OSHA violation. As a controlling employer on the site, can a general contractor be held responsible for safety hazards of a subcontractor? One court says yes.
JBKnowledge, a construction technology and consultancy company, has been producing their annual Construction Technology Report since 2012. Now in its 7th year, it is far and away the most comprehensive collection of survey results in the construction technology sector.