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The purpose of this 5-day professional development course is to provide extensive training for Construction Project Managers. This course will give you skills and information that you can apply immediately on the job. Using information and practices that are currently in place in successful firms, you will review case studies and learn application guidelines for success. This course encompasses technical skills, cognitive and interpersonal skills, and dynamic leadership and productivity skills of construction.

Course outline for the week:

Day 1:

Duties of the Modern Project Manager (Dr. Awad Hanna)


1.            Project delivery systems and the changing role of project managers (DBB, DB, CMR, IPD)

2.            Key discussions at turnover meetings

3.            Pre-Construction Planning Best Practices

a.            Team selection and turnover     

b.            Scope review

c.             Administrative setup

d.            Buyout process

e.            Layout and sequencing plan

4.            Two-weeks look ahead planning, procedure, contents

5.            Review procedure for change orders

6.            Project Control and productivity tracking

7.            Billing procedure and following payments

8.            Safety policy

9.            Post-mortem review and evaluation

Day 2:

What supervisors need to know about estimating and scheduling (Dr. Awad Hanna)


1.            To bid or not to bid

2.            Achieving higher hit rate

3.            Types of estimates (preliminary, engineering, and detailed estimate)

4.            Contents of an estimate (labor, materials, equipment, subcontractors, mark-up)

5.            Estimate accuracy (level of accuracy, bidding documents, contingency)

6.            Sources of estimating data and how to build your library of cost information

7.            Factors that determine variations in estimate (time, location, size, etc.)

8.            Work breakdown structure (WBS) and assigning cost codes

9.            How to save in labor and overhead

10.          Estimating errors and how to rectify

11.          Schedule and development

12.          Scope definition/WBS

13.          Activity sequencing and logic

14.          Duration time estimating

15.          Schedule development

16.          Schedule calculation/verification

17.          Critical path and critical activities (CPM) 


Day 3:

Managing field productivity to improve the bottom line (Dr. Awad Hanna)

• What is productivity? And productivity trends

• Seven pillars of productivity

  1. Management
  2. Manpower
  3. Materials
  4. Methods
  5. Mechanization
  6. Measurement
    1. Earned value fundamentals
    2. Measuring the output

o Subjective evaluation

o Quantity installed as measured

o Partial percent complete method

  1. Simplified earned value project tracking
  2. Advanced earned value tracking
  3. Hanna control points and S-curves
  4. Performance factor profiles
  5. Early warning signs for detecting poor productivity
  6. Samples of bad projects/good projects
  7. Miscellaneous


Day 4:  

Ingredients of successful leadership: Develop Self- and Context Awareness (Dr. Ingo Holzinger)


  • What is leadership? And what are your greatest leadership challenges? (Open discussions to set the context/positioning for the session)
  • Developing self-awareness
    • Why is self-awareness important?
    • Leadership self-assessment (tbd) – Results and discussion of implications (possibly small group discussions)
    • Open forum: Key takeaways and skills to develop
  • Developing context awareness
    • Leading high-performance teams: conflict, cognition, communication as key factors to consider for team success
    • Power & influence
      (Experience brilliant exercise around the Battle of Gettysburg for this topic, but don’t know whether there will be enough 

Day 5:

Change Orders: Pricing Principles and Best Management Practices (Dr. Awad Hanna)

  1. Change order [definition, types (formal, constructive, and cardinal), contract language]
  2. Why change order cost more and typical recoverable costs
  3. Sources of cumulative impact
  4. Change Orders Pricing (3 levels)
    1. Pricing at the labor Burden Level
    2. Pricing at Job Expenses level
    3. Mark up level
    4. Theories of recovery (total cost, modified total cost, measured mile and Hanna method)
    5. What cost can be added, at what percent and why (20 legitimate cost items)
    6. Change order and schedule compression including the impact of overtime, overmanning and shift work
    7. Best Practices for pricing and minimizing change orders impact


General Information:

    • Registration deadline - September 25th, 2021. 
    • Fee covers all course materials and meals for the week
    • Earn 5 Gold Seal credits (SICs) towards your GSC designation

Cancellation Policy:

    • Thirty (30) calendar days prior to the start of the course – 100% refund
    • Between Twentynine (29) and Fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the start of the course – 50% refund
    • Fourteen (14) or fewer calendar days prior to the start of the course – No refund
    • Substitutions can be made up to the day before the course starts

Intended Audience

These skills are not only helpful but often critical for success as a Construction Project Manager. To participate, attendees need only a basic familiarity with construction methods and procedures. Thus, the course caters to both trainees and experienced PMs. The Instructors will present broad strokes that are applicable to all projects, as well as specific information that applies to specialty contracting.  Your Instructors will be world-class construction experts, leaders in the field and experienced teachers and practitioners of construction.

Related Info

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Ontario's workforce is our most valuable asset. As new technologies, globalization and shifting demographics rapidly change Ontario’s economy, they alter the mix of available jobs and the skills people need to succeed in them. By building up education and training, we can maintain Ontario’s competitive advantage, helping businesses and workers adapt to change and achieve their goals.

Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.


Dr. Awad Hanna - Hanna Consulting Group

“The Rockstar of Construction Training”

Dr. Hanna is a distinguished researcher and author in the fields of labour productivity, company productivity, project management, estimating, change orders, LEAN construction and project delivery systems. He is the most cited researcher in construction productivity and has taught thousands of seminars on construction techniques and management skills in the United States, Canada and worldwide.

 Dr. Hanna  is the Boldt Company Professor and Chair of the Program in Construction Engineering & Management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Hanna is an Elected Member of the National Academy of Construction and is a national speaker to the National Electrical Contractors Association and Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada.



Dr. Ingo Holzinger, Ph.D. - Paradoxon Consulting

Dr. Holzinger is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto. At Schulich, he serves as the Director for the Strategy Field Study, the capstone project for the Schulich MBA Program. He also is the Course Coordinator for MGMT5150 – Skills for Leadership and the Program Director for the Schulich Mini-MBA at the Schulich Executive Education Centre. Before joining Schulich in 2003, Dr. Holzinger completed his Ph.D. in Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As the Managing Partner of Paradoxon Consulting, Dr. Holzinger engages in management consulting and executive development with a focus on leadership, change processes in organizations, creativity, and alternative forms of organizing. He has worked with companies and organizations such as Bank of Montreal (BMO), Toyota Canada, University Health Network, P&G, Cargill, and the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. His academic work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Managerial Psychology and Advances in Strategic Management.

Dr. Holzinger has taught in university degree and executive programs in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Ingo is the winner of the Seymour Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence (2nd Place) in 2004 and has received thirteen nominations for the Award in the past 17 years.