Twenty-one certified in first Nova Scotia pilot of the Residential Construction Site Manager Level 1 program

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A joint initiative of the AHBRSC and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education (RPL & Labour Mobility, and WIPSI)

RCSM-cover-of-brochureIn partnership with Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI) of Alberta, AHBRSC has delivered the first pilot of the Residential Construction Site Manager (RCSM) Level 1 training and certification program for Nova Scotia (see our previous newsletter). Twenty-one individuals, from eleven well-known residential construction companies completed the 20-week online training and received their Level 1 certification from PHBI.


Nova Scotia model customized from Alberta’s
The initiative included sharing and harmonizing the Alberta RCSM program with Nova Scotia, through the following:

  • Validating and customizing the program for the residential industry in Nova Scotia
  • Developing a Nova Scotia ‘credentialing model’ and ‘competency-based standard’ for the program
  • Validating and pilot-testing the delivery of Level 1 among a cross-section of residential construction employees — new construction, renovation, trade contracting, self-employed trades, and energy efficiency
  • Working with an industry Technical Working Group to develop assessment options to the current exams that would recognize and credit existing skills and knowledge as an alternative path to RCSM certification
  • Recommending guidelines for ongoing delivery of Level 1, as well as pilot delivery of Level 2 in 2017-18

Links to the new Nova Scotia RCSM materials and the RPL assessment process will be available in early April through the AHBRSC website.


RCSM Level 2 will be offered to Level 1 grads

Level 1 program still available for new participants 

As AHBRSC moves forward with delivery of PHBI’s RCSM Level 2 for the Level 1 graduates, we will also be offering a second delivery of RCSM Level 1 training. This Level is completed via supervised and supported online training, working at your own pace. For most students, it takes about 15 to 20 hours to complete. RCSM Level 1 Certification is a prerequisite for Level 2. 


Full program funding is available
Since 2016, Nova Scotia’s sector councils are eligible to coordinate training delivery for their companies with funding available through the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI). As with the pilot delivery in 2016, full training costs of $1000 per participant can be covered. Any number of company employees can participate. If you are interested, please email Mary Kenny to confirm eligibility for the program and funding.


For more information on this program, and to watch a short introductory video, please visit the PHBI website.