Academies, Courses, and Seminars

The Workforce & Professional Development team provides several educational opportunities for individuals looking to enter the construction industry, strengthen their current understanding, and/or move up within their companies. The team provides one-day academies and seminars, as well as, multi-day courses. See the event calendar on the right for upcoming courses.

Course Descriptions

The Associated General Contractors of America’s Supervisory Training Program (STP)
is a construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated and field-tested by and for contractors. Supervisory skill—or the lack of it—directly affects every company’s bottom line. You make your money in the field, and STP can help you improve your organization’s bottom line.The comprehensive 6-course program focuses on the knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment and materials.

STP Unit 1 Leadership and Motivation
This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others.
STP Unit 2 Communication
This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site.
STP Unit 3 Planning and Scheduling
This course will help construction supervisors understand ways in which planning and scheduling saves time and money, while increasing quality in the construction process.
STP Unit 4 Contract Documents
This course will provide information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process. 
STP Unit 5  Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project. 

STP Unit 6 Risk Management and Problem Solving
This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control

Core Seminars

Beginning Print Reading*

Students will learn the basics of construction drawings including appropriate terminology, the different views, and meanings of the various symbols.

Intermediate Print Reading*

Participants will continue to learn print reading for construction by working with pictorial, perspective, and orthographic drawings. Students will also learn how to scale/read dimensions, work with specifications, and identify material symbols on a drawing.

Advanced Print Reading*

Participants will apply their knowledge of lines, symbols, and various views to interpret residential and commercial plot, foundation, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and welding plans.

Construction Estimating*

Participants will learn how to bid on construction projects, including all styles of the bid process and learn follow-up and management techniques.



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Workforce & Professional Development Contacts

  • Richard Bruce, Ph.D., Director
    (816) 595-4143
  • Caleb McCandless, M.S., Professional Development Manager
    (816) 595-4161
  • Romond Holt , B.S., Outreach Manager
  • (816) 595-4145
  • Cindy Ignacio, Receptionist
    (816) 595-4140
  • Builders' Association Training Center
    105 W. 12th Ave.
    North Kansas City, MO 64116
    ph (816) 471-0880
    fax (816) 471-5566