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Take the Residential Construction Site Manager Program – Levels 1 and 2

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Project

In preparation for our 3-year agreement with Labour and Advanced Education, AHBRSC consulted with 75 home builders, renovators and developers employing more than 1200 tradespeople and contractors on new and more flexible training and certification options for carpentry programs in Nova Scotia. This research received strong support from participants and the broader residential construction industry. AHBRSC has been sharing the results of this research with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) in order that the resulting recommendations can be considered as the NSAA moves forward in its engagement with industry on proposed compulsory designation and specialization of the carpentry trade.

Since 2016, again with support from Labour and Advanced Education’s RPL Unit, we have continued work on competency-based training models for other residential trades, starting with the Residential Construction Site Manager.

Residential Construction Site Manager Program

AHBRSC is currently offering a Residential Construction Site Manager (RCSM) program to anyone in the residential construction industry. This comprehensive program was originally developed by the Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI) of Alberta, and has seen widespread success. Now, AHBRSC has partnered with PHBI to customize the program for Nova Scotia, including a detailed competency review by many well-known industry representatives in the province to develop alternative assessment options.

The Residential Construction Site Manager program is the first and only of its kind in Canada. It is comprised of three levels, and allows participants to attain the knowledge and skills they need to become a certified Residential Construction Site Manager and stand out as the best-in-class. AHBRSC is currently offering Level 1 and Level 2 of the three levels of the program. Level 1 includes the following modules:

  • Excavation and Foundation
  • Framing
  • Exterior Finishes
  • Mechanical
  • Interior Finishes
  • Test to Earn RCSM Level One Certification

This Level is completed via online training at your own pace. For most students, it takes about 15 to 20 hours to complete.

Level 2 courses include: Building Codes; Construction Performance Guidelines; Construction Technology 1 and 2 and Moisture; Home Building on Nova Scotia Soils; Leadership for Safety Excellence; Plans, Specifications and Drawings; and, Project Management and Supervision. The courses are delivered through a blending of online and classroom options.

Program Funding Available

Until March 2019, the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI) can cover the full training delivery costs of $1000 + tax per participant for Level 1 and $4500 + tax per participant for the seven Level 2 courses.

If you are interested in completing Level One of Residential Construction Site Manager program, and to see if you are eligible for funding, please email Mary Kenny »

For more information on this program, and to watch a short introductory video, please visit the PHBI 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 in 2018-19, we are 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 RCSM delivery in 2016, full training costs of $1000 per participant for Level 1 can be covered, together with $4500 per participant for the Level 2 courses. 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.