Fall 2017 – Technology Solutions for the Workplace

June 28, 2017 • Written by

Starting in September 2017, Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to offer a wide array of courses. Check your email to see which new courses are upcoming this year!

Course Name Course Code Date Time Location Cost Textbook Required Prerequisite
Manitoba Building Bylaws ONLINE CIVL – 9002 Continuous enrollment Online $530 Handout list to be emailed
MB Building Bylaws Exam Civl-1074 Must be scheduled by Student 3 hours NDC $150 Handouts
Intro to the Building and Fire Code – Div A and C CIVL – 1085 September 11 & 12, 2017 8am – 4 pm Winnipeg Construction Association 1447 Waverly $665 +GST 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Intro to the Manitoba Fire Code (For Design Professionals) November 21-23, 2017 8am-4pm NDC $749+GST MBC 2010 VOL A and B, MFC 2010
Part 9 Housing CIVL – 1091 September 18-22, 2017 8am-4pm NDC $675 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Part 9 Housing Exam CIVL – 1092 Must be scheduled by Student 3 hours NDC $150 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Part 9 Small Buildings CIVL – 1086 October 2-6, 2017 8am-4pm NDC $675 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Part 9 Small Buildings Exam Civl – 1087 Must be scheduled by Student 3 hours NDC $150 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Part 3 Complex Buildings CIVL – 1083 October 17-19, 2017 8am -4pm NDC $600 2010 NBC Vol A and B Part 3 Large Buildings CIVL – 1093
Part 3 Complex Buildings Exam CIVL – 1084 Must be scheduled by Student 3 hours NDC $150 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings WRKS – 9081 October 23 & 24, 2017 8am -4pm TBD $600 MECB 2015
MECB EXAM CIVL – 1080 Must be scheduled by Student 3 hours NDC $150 2010 NBC Vol A and B
Manitoba Building Bylaws SEMR – 9493 Oct 30-Nov 1, 2017 8am -4pm NDC $650 Handout list to be emailed
MB Building Bylaws Exam Civl-1074 Must be scheduled by Student 3 hours NDC $150 Handouts

For more information on any course listed or to Register, please go to

Skills Canada Competition 2017 / Staff Appreciation BBQ

June 26, 2017 • Written by

Skills Canada National Competition (June 1-2, 2017)

The 2017 Skills Canada National Competition continued its ongoing objective of highlighting the importance of the nine Essential Skills commonly used in skilled trade and technology careers.

Essential Skills was one of the highlights of the two-day competition. Students and guests engaged in hands-on challenges, presentations, and interactive activities intended to increase awareness of the Essential Skills. In 2017, SCC gave special emphasis to Working with Others.

video credit: Skills Canada (Gloo Studios/Range Road Media)

RRC: from Preparations to Event Proper


RRC Skills Appreciation BBQ (June 15, 2017)

After the very successful culmination of the 2017 Skills Canada Competition that was held in the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg last June 1-2, 2017, Staff, Managers, and Executives alike came together to celebrate.

After all the hard work, dedication, and commitment of everyone who was part and parcel of the preparations for the big event, a BBQ celebration was hosted by the leadership at the RRC Greenhouse last June 15, 2017.

RADON Measurement and Mitigation Courses – Oct 2017

June 23, 2017 • Written by

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to offer Radon Measurement and mitigation courses in cooperation with C-NRPP.  To register please click here.

Radon Measurement Course WRKS-9093

The two-day Radon Measurement course is the initial course in the C-NRPP certification program. Participants will learn about the properties and health effects of radon. The two day course will cover the protocols and equipment used for radon measurement. This course will prepare the participant for the Measurement Certification exam that is offered on the morning after the course.

Note: The Radon Measurement exam is optional.

Radon Mitigation Course WRKS-9094

Pre-requisite: Radon Measurement course

The three-day Radon Mitigation course is the second in the C-NRPP certification program. Students will begin the in the afternoon after the Measurement course. Participants will learn how to interpret radon test results and determine how to manage radon concentrations within buildings using diagnostic testing and the design and/or installation of radon mitigation systems.

This course will prepare the participant for the Mitigation Certification exam that is offered the next day.


Last date to register: October 2, 2017


Course dates and Costs:


October 16 – 17, 2017 from 8 am to 5pm. $875+GST

Optional exam (TRAD-1090)  October 17, 2017 at 6pm $200+GST


October 18-20, 2017 from 8 am to 5 pm. $1249 + GST

Required Exam (TRAD-1091) October 21, 2017 at 9 am.  $200+GST

Course Cost Includes: Course, Student Manuals, AM Coffee, Lunch and parking


For further information on Radon Certification Training Courses, please contact Pam Warkentin at


New Courses – Technology Solutions for the Workplace

May 11, 2017 • Written by

TSW is now offering soft skills courses for the workplace.  If you are interested in any of the following Courses or if you have need of a course not featured here please contact Tammy Harper, Program Coordinator at

Please note theses courses are currently being offered on a contract basis for groups of 10 or more.  If we get enough interest for a regularly scheduled offering, we will look to do that in the Fall of 2017.

Writing Skills:

Basics of Business Writing – Course Description (½ day with a second ½ day follow up)
Business writing is always carefully crafted and revised before it is presented. Right? Unfortunately, the truth is that it is often riddled with misspelled and misused words as well as inaccuracies. The good news is that you can easily improve your business writing. In this course we will cover:

  1. Know your audience – Who are you writing to? What is their knowledge on the topic? Is the content appropriate for the audience? Is the content user friendly and organized?
  2. Focus on Content and Style – Is your writing organized? Are you using simple language? Are you being concise? Are you focusing on the facts?
  3. Proper formatting use – maximize efficiency with your writing format. Are you using headlines and bullets effectively? Are you using too many/too much?
  4. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread – your first draft is never your final product, you must review, re-read and revise each document you touch BEFORE it is sent out. Grammar and punctuation are very important factors.
  5. Attitude and Perspective – word choice and sentence structure reveal a lot about your attitude and perspective. Are you focusing on your perspective or the readers?

Persuasive Writing Skills (1 half day with potential for a follow up)
Persuasion is generally an exercise in creating a win-win situation. You present a case that others find beneficial to agree with. You make them an offer they can’t refuse. Get your message across more effectively and hone your persuasive writing skills with techniques, theory and practice. This course is designed for anyone who needs to reach readers with an important message. Learn to use powerful rhetorical strategies to engage, inform and inspire. Obtain the skills required to craft documents that support you in building and maintaining strong business relationships with colleagues and clients. Explore attention-catching tone and content strategies that you can apply to emails, reports, web documents, business proposals and beyond.


Diversity in the Workplace I – For Staff (2 hours)

The purpose of Diversity in the Workplace I is to introduce construction industry labour to the fundamental concepts of the discipline.  As the diversity of the workforce increases, both the opportunities and challenges for workers, Canadian and foreign born alike, also increases.  Foreign born workers offer new ideas, new training methods and new ways of doing things that are proven to be effective in other Manitoban industries.   This introductory course is a practical hands-on guide to recognizing, understanding, accepting and celebrating the social, cultural and ethnic diversity in others on a one-to-one basis.  This journey begins with an in-depth self-examination of the rules and social norms that have helped to determine our own current views and biases of those different from ourselves.  Attendees will study new strategies and techniques to work more effectively with those with a diverse background.


Diversity in the Workplace II – For Supervisors and Managers (2 hours)

Diversity in the Workplace II is designed for supervisors, managers and owners in the construction industry and focusses on creating effective organizational processes to capitalize on the strengths and attributes of a more diverse workforce.  Canada, and Manitoba in particular, has a rich history of welcoming immigrants over the centuries.  Today’s economy it is no different and Manitoba is strengthened by promoting a more diverse workforce.  Interestingly the construction industry in Manitoba lags well behind other industries in like Health Care, the Sciences, Manufacturing and the Total Industrial average in employing immigrants.  Promoting organizational diversity goes far beyond hiring token examples of visible minorities.  Attendees will consider the advantages of embracing a more holistic one-to-many approach to incorporating diversity.  While more complex this strategy can help solve established industry weaknesses such as an aging workforce and its associated loss of experience and institutional memory, lack of skilled/trained/motivated with some incoming workers and the transience of a company’s existing labour force.

Upcoming Courses May 2017

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For more information on each course click here.

To Register click here.


Hydromatics CONF – 1629

May 1-19, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST


Part 3 Large Buildings CIVL-1093

Date: May 15-19, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $675

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL – 1094


ACI Concrete Testing CONF – 1014

May 8-11, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $840


Infrastructure – Bridging CMDP – 2014

May 9-12, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST


Structural Analysis – Bridging CMDP – 2015

May 15-19, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST


Materials and Methods – Bridging CMDP-2013

May 15-19, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST


Structural Design – Bridging CMDP – 2016

May 23-26, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST


Revit Level 1 – CIVL – 1015

May 16-18, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $680 + GST


Revit Level 2 – CIVL – 1075

May 30 – June 1, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $680 + GST


Revit Level 3 – CIVL – 1100

June 6 -8, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $680 + GST

ACI Level 1 Concrete Field Testing Technician Course – Sign up now!

March 27, 2017 • Written by

Attention Civil and Construction Management Students,

Have some of you recently secured a co-op position that requires completion of the ACI Level 1 Concrete Field Testing Technician course?

Please sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited.

The course will run in the CARSI Lab from May 1st to May 4th, 2017.
The cost is $420.00 CDN payable now or on the first day the class. Registration Forms are available in the Civil Co-op office (Room A1-28).

Part 3 Complex Buildings – Space still open!

February 10, 2017 • Written by

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Part 3 Complex Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the National Building Code (NBC) with respect to Large (Vol. 2, Division B, Part 3) buildings. It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to Part 3 Buildings with emphasis being placed on Complex Buildings which are defined in the NBC as:
1) Post disaster buildings, and
2) Buildings containing building systems, works, fixture and service systems to which Subsection 3.2.6 or Articles to apply.

This course will assist in learning how to find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance ratings
  • Appendix D, Fire Performance Ratings, including Flame spread, Smoke development
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Safety within Floor Areas
  • Environmental Separation
  • Additional requirements for high buildings
  • Appendix B, Fire Safety in high Buildings
  • Mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces
  • Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing
  • Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites