Foundation P-H-C Management Courses

What are the Foundation Management Courses? Kirk Alter teaching a session.
The PHCC Foundation's management courses are intensive and highly interactive training sessions designed to show everyone involved in a p-h-c project (owners, senior managers, project managers, estimators, foremen and job superintendents) how common-sense changes to the way projects are managed can boost productivity, slash waste and add more profit to the company's bottom line.

Need an example? Here is a two-minute lesson where our course director explains the true cost of doing that "little" job site favor.

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What Courses Are Offered & How Do I Sign Up?

A deposit is required to reserve a place, and registrations are taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Please call (800) 533-7694 for more information or to register for any of these sessions.

Essentials of PHC Project Management Course
SOLD OUT - June 6-9, 2018 at the Viega Training Center in Nashua, NH
March 13-16, 2019 at the National COnference Center in Lansdowne, VA (Near Wash. Dulles Airport)

In the Essentials of Project Management course, experienced project managers will pick up dozens of new ideas on site management, scheduling, cash flow and finances, marketing and how to manage people. New project managers and foremen who are making the transition from the field to the office gain the know-how they need to manage projects the right way from the start. The course also gives new or future business owners a head start on what they need to know to survive in the construction business. You can get a short preview of the class by watching the video below.      

You can e-mail John Zink ( to be notified when the March 2019 class registration opens.

For a preview, you can watch these webinars with lessons drawn from the class:


Creating Super Foremen Workshop
Next workshop: Summer 2019
Also available for hosting by PHCC chapters and individual companies.

The project foreman needs to be much more than just a talented journeyman who knows how to “go fast.” The foreman is the first line of management in the company, and must become the quarterback by learning more than just the technical trade skills required to install the work.

Like a quarterback, he must have a carefully crafted and practiced game plan (or else it’s sandlot football), he must be able to execute the plan, he must be able to adjust the plan when teammates stumble or show less talent, he must provide accurate feedback to the coaches on the bench, and he must AT ALL TIMES keep his eyes on the goal of winning the game.

That’s what this two-day program is about …Winning the Construction Project Game!

Need an example? Here is a lesson where our course director explains the best method he has found for managing job site labor bad behaviors.

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It may be possible to bring a one or two-day version of this program to your local area. Please call John Zink at (800) 533-7694 for details.


Who Are the Instructors?
The Foundation has recruited experts in our industry to facilitate the classes. These instructors have been in the trenches and know where you are coming from. All of the instructors have been selected for their ability to offer solutions to the real-world problems you face every day.

The course director and primary instructor is Kirk Alter, Associate Professor at Purdue University's Department of Building Construction Management. Kirk brings a well-rounded perspective to the training he offers and works endlessly to deliver on his personal promise that the course will provide tangible tools and skills to attendees.

What Are the Sessions Like?
Don't expect lectures and untested theories. This intensive class is exciting and filled with opportunities to network with your fellow attendees. They might just have the answer to the issues that you have been struggling with back home. Employers are encouraged to send participants to the courses in pairs if possible, as these individuals will reinforce each other's learning and follow through after the course.

What Do Graduates Say About the Training?
"I couldn't imagine what we would have to talk about for 40 hours. Now I realize that we have only scratched the surface--even though I've been in the business for 20 years." — Doug Kreifels, Action Plbg.-Htg. & Air Conditioning, Lincoln, NE

"There is so much that I have changed since attending. What has stopped is the fires. This being proactive instead of reactive really works. It's where I always wanted to be, I just needed a little guidance." — Steve Allen, Lawrence H. Cranston & Son, Timonium, MD

"It really helped me to focus on what I could do better to keep the workforce productive. It was at that point that my career moved to the next level. I worked as a foreman for a couple more years and then made the transition into the office. Thanks again for making that possible." - Robert Hilty, Botto Mechanical Corp., Plaineview, NY

What About Accommodations?
The Foundation looks for professional conference centers that can offer quality sleeping and meeting rooms in one convenient location close to major airports. This means that participants will not have to rent cars after they arrive.

What is the Cancellation Policy?
All cancellations must be made in writing. Up to 90 days before a course, your registration fee less a $500 deposit can be refunded. Up to 45 days before a course begins, you may transfer your registration to a future class. You are always welcome to designate a substitute to attend in your place at no additional charge.

Other Questions?
Just pick up the phone and call (800) 533-7694 or send an e-mail to      

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