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" jobsite 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.

Creating Super Foremen Workshop 
- June 8 & 9  in Nashua, NH
Sponsored and Hosted by Viega at their Training Center

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- July 7 & 8 in Nashville, Tennessee
Contact the PHCC of TN office to register, (865) 531-7422

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!

Construction Management Power Pack!
The Smarter Management Workshop

 - June 10 & 11 in Nashua, NH
Sponsored and Hosted by Viega at their Training Center

The construction industry has traditionally been slow to change. But the rapid pace of technology and shifting priorities of our customers means we have to find better tools, practices and ways to market our services or we will be left behind.

Our Construction Management Power Pack is here to help! This two-day workshop provides graduates of our Essentials of Project Mgt. class, other key managers and subcontractor business owners with tools to get and stay ahead of your competition. No boring lectures - expect engaging discussions on what it will take to be a leader in your company & in your market over the next five years.

•    Subcontractor Business Owners
•    Senior Managers
•    Graduates of the Foundation’s Essentials of Project Management course
•    Project Managers
•    Anyone Who Knows They Must Learn to Keep Up With Change, but Doesn’t Know What to Do Next

Managers just like you voted in our online survey of potential topics. The sessions with the most votes have made the cut to appear in our workshop, ensuring that you get help with the most pressing issues you are facing!

There will be plenty of facilitated attendee discussions, designed to reveal the best practices being used by leading companies across the country. Drawing on the real-world experience in the room, attendees will learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to technology, software, processes, marketing and management.

•    Change or Die! Managing Culture, Accountability and Your Future
•    Manpower Madness – Recruiting, Training, Juggling and Empowering Employees (Even Millennials!)
•    Leveling Your Workload By Focusing on Getting the RIGHT Things Done
•    Big Data, Little Data & Forecasting the Future
•    Technology Tsunami – Ride the Wave or Get Swept Aside
•    Conflict vs. Collaboration – Getting it Done Together

This two-day program features professional instruction & insights from Purdue University professor Kirk Alter. There are plenty of facilitated attendee discussions, designed to reveal the best practices being used by leading companies across the country. Drawing on the real-world experience in the room, attendees have the opportunity to learn what works and what doesn't when it comes to technology, software, processes, marketing and management.      

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Essentials of PHC Project Management Course
Next class: March 14-18, 2017 in Lansdowne, VA
(Near Washington Dulles Intl. 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. Register using the form below or by calling John Zink at (800)533-7694. You can get a short preview of the class by watching the video below.      

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

A past issue of the Foundation's Focus newsletter featured a cover story on the class. Read this issue online here.

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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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