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The introductory core Construction Specifications Canada course to the principles of construction documentation will be offered  over five Saturdays October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5th and  November 12 inclusive from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


The PCD course is an introductory course that will enable the student to have a better understanding of construction documentation (specifications, drawings and schedules), products, bidding procedures and contracts. It is also prerequisite to all the other CSC education courses.

The PCD course is a prerequisite for the Certified Technical Representative (CTR),Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and Certified Specification Practitioner (CSP) designations from CSC. Successful completion of the PCD may be credited toward the experience component requirements for the Registered Specification Writer (RSW) designation.

The course is designed for individuals involved in the construction industry, who at any point in their career are required to produce, read, supply products for, or rely on, the project manual/specification. In other words, it is designed for anyone in construction, whether they work as a designer, consultant, contractor or supplier.

The focus is to emphasize the relationship that exists between specifications and drawings, and the role of the industry participants. Contract documents and the project manual have an intrinsic relationship with each other, with standard pre-printed contract documents, and with associated documents; this course explains these relationships.



Construction Process: Players and Roles; Owner Expectations; Budget Process; Project Phases; and the Bidding Process

Production of Construction Documents: The Project Manual; Format Documents; Specifying Methods; Language and Style; Specification Writing, Editing and Co-ordination; and Document Interpretation

Forms of Contract: Contract Delivery

Codes and Standards: Codes and Code Content; Standards and Testing Agencies; Zoning By-Laws and Permits; and Environmental issues

Risk Management Issues: Risk and Liability

Legal Issues: Legal Issues; and Contract Law and Court Decisions

Building Science: Basic Building Principles; Product Evaluation and Selection; Sustainability Issues; and Diagnostic Methods, Non-Destructive Testing

Contract Administration: Authority of the Contract Administrator; Time Management; Submittals, Alternatives and Substitutions; Changes in the Work; The Commissioning Process; and Performance, Termination and Dispute Resolutions

Communications: Communications and Projects on the Internet

Trends in the Construction Industry: The History of Standardizing Construction Information; New Initiatives in Standardization; and Professional Development

Lunch and course materials included.  

If you wish to pay by cheque, please register via email to chapter treasurer Mike Thornber at and make payment arrangements. (DO NOT send credit card information via email, though.)  You can save the Eventbrite processing fees this way.

Note: CSC members and ORSA members are eligible for a $100 discount.

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