Residential Construction Site Manager (RCSM)

(Canada's first Occupational Certificate for the home building industry)

Are you looking for a meaningful edge – a compelling way to distinguish yourself from your peers and a level of professionalism that’s simply unsurpassed in Alberta’s home building industry?

Residential Construction Site Manager (RCSM) program – the first and only program of its kind for the home building industry in Canada – develops a depth of knowledge that empowers site managers to stand out as "best in class."

Guided by the reality that home construction is becoming ever more complex and sophisticated, RCSM focuses on industry best practices to ensure graduates come to the work site with a higher level of site management competencies including both technical and soft skills. Onsite training in a safe coaching environment ensures a seamless carry-over of RCSM’s knowledge and skills into the real world of new home construction.

RCSM training program comprises three levels of education that culminate in eligibility for Canada’s first Occupational Certification for the residential construction industry:

Level 1 (online only): Immerse yourself in the residential construction site management process through state-of-the-art 3D modelling of the onsite construction process.

Level 2 (classroom + online): Develop an advanced understanding of home building practices and technologies.

Level 3 (classroom + online): Round out your construction knowledge with essential management skills and best practices.

After successfully completing the RCSM Level 3 exam, you may write the Provincial exam to earn the Province of Alberta’s Occupational Certification.

Required Courses

Level 1

  • Construction Fundamentals (RCSM level 1)

Level 2

  • Building Codes
  • Construction Performance Guidelines
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Construction Technology 2 + Moisture Control Technician
  • Home Building on Alberta Soils
  • Leadership for Safety Excellence
  • Plans, Specifications & Drawings
  • Project Management & Supervision Fundamentals

Level 3

  • Business Ethics (replaces Ethics in Home Building)
  • Business & Management Fundamentals (replaces Business Planning & Management)
  • Communication & Negotiation
  • Customer Service Professional
  • Law Fundamentals for the Home Building Industry
  • Problem Solving in Home Building

RCSM Requirements

Please note, if you took any of PHBI's construction courses prior to 2012 or previously received PHBI's Professional Site Manager certification, you may be able to do a short upgrade or receive course equivalency if you are pursuing the RCSM program.   If students would like to upgrade to the full RCSM Program and pursue the Occupational Certification, in addition to the education requirements, they will also need to complete the required work experience.  Please see the table below for more information.

 

Residential Construction Site Management (RCSM)   courses

Required for Professional   Site Manager

Upgrade for   RCSM

New to RCSM

Notes

LEVEL 1

 Construction Fundamentals (RCSM - Level 1)

 

 

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LEVEL 2

Building Codes

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Potential upgrade required. **    

 

 

Construction Performance Guidelines

 

 

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Construction Technology 1

 

 

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Construction Technology 2 (CT2) + Moisture Control   Technician (MCT)

MCT only

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MCT is a pre-requisite for CT2.  Both MCT and the online CT2 courses are   needed if upgrading to RCSM.

Home Building on Alberta Soils 

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Leadership for Safety Excellence (through ACSA)

 

 

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Plans, Specifications & Drawings (previously   Blueprint Reading)

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Potential upgrade required. **    

    

 

 

Project Management & Supervision

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LEVEL 3

Business Planning & Management

 

 

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Communication & Negotiation

    

 

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Customer Service Professional

  •     

Potential upgrade required. **    

 

 

Ethics in Home Building

 

 

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Law Fundamentals for the Home Building Industry

 

 

  •     

 

Problem Solving in Home Building

   

 

  •  

 

 

  ** Refer to the table below to determine if you will be required to upgrade any of PHBI's prior courses that you previously completed. 

  

Previous Site Manager Courses Equivalent New RCSM Courses Requirements to Upgrade   Cost to Upgrade
Blueprint Reading Plans, Specifications & Drawings Online content of new blended learning course only   $139
Building Codes & Standards Building Codes Online content of new blended learning course only   $139
Building Solutions Problem Solving in Home Building Completion of full new course required   $799
Construction Administration & Construction Supervision Project Management & Supervision Completion of full new course required   $839
Construction Fundamentals Classroom course RCSM Level 1 Completion of full new course required   $1000/ $1500
Home Building on Alberta Soils Same N/A   N/A
Moisture Control Technician (MCT) Construction Technology 2 + MCT Online Construction Technology 2 course   $139
Service Excellence Customer Service Professional * Online content of new blended learning course only   $139

 

Other PHBI Courses required for RCSM Equivalent New RCSM Courses Requirements to Upgrade Cost to Upgrade
Basic Business Law Law Fundamentals Online content of new blended learning course only   $139
Business Principles Business Planning & Management Completion of full course required   $699
Communication & Negotiation Communication & Negotiation N/A - both new and prior courses satisfy RCSM requirements   N/A

Construction Performance Guidelines

Completion of full course required   $139

Construction Technology 1

Completion of full course required   $629

 Construction Technology 2

Completion of full online course required   $139
Ethics in Home Building or Business Ethics Completion of full course required   $639 classroom or $299 for online delivery

Leadership for Safety Excellence (through ACSA)

Completion of full course required Check ACSA website for prices

 

Taking the online portion of the blended learning courses noted above is a necessary refresher recommended by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) for the Provincial exam.  This requirement is consistent with Apprenticeship education.

 * By only taking the blended learning portion of the new Customer Service Professional course, students will not receive Carol Smith's certification.

The RCSM Training program combines education with work experience. An exemption from the work experience portion can be requested after registration for those individuals who feel they have demonstrated the competencies required for the Level 1 and Level 2 work experience. An approved exemption results in a reduced fee for the RCSM level 1.

 

 Alberta learning and Information Service (alis.alberta.ca)  has prepared an Occupational video on the RCSM program.  Click on the attached link, go to the occupational video tab, and search residential construction site manager to view the view the video. https://alis.alberta.ca/videoplayer/player.aspx?vk=1#.Vr39KKsupBs.email#top