Construction Law

Construction Law

Gold Seal: 5 Credits * BC Housing: 16 CPD Points

Live online events


2 days, 08:30 AM PDT - 04:30 PM PDT


  • GS Credits: 5
  • BC Housing CPD Points: 16
  • Member Rate $650.00 excl. GST
  • $850.00 excl. GST

4 days, 08:30 AM PDT - 12:30 PM PDT


  • GS Credits: 5
  • BC Housing CPD Points: 16
  • Member Rate $650.00 excl. GST
  • $850.00 excl. GST


Participants will develop an understanding of contract law as it relates to construction and the various CCDC/CCA and other contracts used within the industry. Participants will also learn how the BC Builders Lien Act works and the other legal means to resolve construction disputes and avoid litigation. 

At the end of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the basics of contract law –intention, offer, acceptance, consideration, capacity, and legality. 

  • Be familiar with various CCDC/CCA contracts -how and why they are used. 

  • Be familiar with various legal terms used in contracts. 

  • Understand the contract responsibilities of various parties. 

  • Understand the bidding process and contractual obligations. 

  • Define back charges and how to avoid them. 

  • Avoid construction disputes and claims from the site level. 

  • Write RFIs and Change Orders. 

  • Understand the dispute resolution process – negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. 

  • Use the Builder’s Lien Act to obtain security. 

  • Use the small claims process to collect debts. 

  • Understand environmental law and how it impacts projects. 

  • Understand safety law and it impacts construction companies. 

  • Understand how specifications and drawings fit within the contractual hierarchy. 

  • Understand the contractual relationship between contractor and sub-contractor.  

  • Compile and submit proper extras and claims. 

Topics to be covered: 

  • The basic concepts of contract law. 

  • CCA, CCDC, and other contracts. 

  • Legal terms used in contracts. 

  • Bidding process and contractual obligations. 

  • Specifications, drawings, and the contractual hierarchy. 

  • Contractual relationships between contractor and sub-contractor.  

  • Compiling and submitting proper extras and claims. 

  • Defining back charges and how to avoid them. 

  • Avoiding construction disputes and claims from the site level. 

  • Writing RFIs and Change Orders. 

  • The dispute resolution process. 

  • The Builder’s Lien Act. 

  • The Small Claims process. 

  • Environmental law. 

  • Safety legislation and regulations. 

This course consists of a blend of 16 hours of instructor-led sessions plus an online/exam portion involving research, reading, and answering questions (7-8 hours) that will be marked by the instructors.  

To receive a 5 Gold Seal accredited certificate, you must complete the online/exam portion after the instructor-led sessions. 


Delivery Methods: Virtual with Zoom Meetings or In-Person/Classroom delivery available.

Course Fee Includes:  Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion. 


This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You may be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions.

Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.



There are no prerequisites for this course.

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for construction owners, managers, estimators, and supervisors.

What Previous Participants Have Said

“Excellent, one of the better gold seal courses and instructors I have seen.” 

Technical Requirements

**For Virtual Delivery Sessions Only**

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory) – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair