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ECA OTTAWA offers a number of educational programs both in class and online. Due to the recent COVID – 19 Pandemic we have been forced to suspend all in-class programs. Until the classroom opens again, we are pleased to offer the following online courses, in partnership with the Ottawa Construction Association.  These courses are free to ECA Ottawa members. Please click here to review the Registration Instructions for our E-Learning courses.

Suderman Estimating Course Level 1
– An intense 4 half-day online program designed to introduce the basic principles of Electrical Estimating.  (maximum 10 seats) 

Suderman Estimating Course Level 2 – 
An intense 4 half-day online program designed to continue the principles of Electrical Estimating.
 (maximum 10 seats) 

Labour Relations for Supervisors – 
A presentation on dealing with labour as a supervisor presented by Graeme Aitken and Jodi Travers of ECAO

Accubid Computerized Estimating – Level 100 
The Introduction to Computerized Electrical Estimating –Virtual course is an introductory course in computerized estimating that provides participants the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to accurately estimate costs to construct electrical projects using Trimble Accubid estimating and graphical takeoff solutions.

Computerized Estimating
Suderman Estimating
Construction Project Management (4 Hours)
First Level Construction Supervisor Program (14 Hours)
Construction Law (4 Hours)
Introduction to Construction Estimating (4 Hours)
Working in a Respectful & Inclusive Workplace  (3 Hours )
Construction Industry Ethics (4 Hours)
Communication, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (4 Hours)


2 – Day Suderman Estimating Course – The highly anticipated Suderman Estimating program is coming back to Ottawa by popular demand.  Having sold out the first visit, we have been able to secure the 2nd round of courses.

NECA Electrical Project Supervision Level 1 –  Developed by NECA, this 4 level program includes 13 modules starting with defining the role progressing to production management, performance management, planning, scheduling, and understanding costs among several other valuable skills.

Microsoft Project – For Team members, project managers,  PMO’s, and Executives. MS Project provides the ability to manage tasks, collaborate, flag issues & risk as well as a myriad of senior management reports and analysis.

Basic Electrical Estimating – This course is for those with little or no experience in estimating, and those seasoned estimators looking to hone their skills.  This course is a must for those who find themselves frustrated by the current bid market and continue to question their efforts in compiling a “competitive” bid. The principles taught will help you eliminate careless mistakes, which can cost your company its very existence.

Advanced Electrical Estimating – This course covers all phases of preparing a competitive bid. Key topics include identifying desirable bid opportunities, analyzing the company’s capabilities to ensure profitable results, the estimator’s role at various stages of the project, writing an effective scope letter and identifying often hidden costs in the bid documents

Change Order Management – Most electrical contractors agree that one of the industry’s most vexing problems is the change order. Changes, which significantly alter the nature of the work or the materials to be installed, are highly disruptive. They often require rework of installations and divert costly resources.

First Aid & CPR Training – ECA offers First Aid and CPR training at the ECA office typically on a Monday or Tuesday evening in the middle of each month. Classes are provided at no charge as part of your membership. Attendance is between 5-20 people and are often multiple companies.

Working at Heights – This program is a joint effort between ECA Ottawa and the IBEW.  Check the WAH webpage or contact the ECA office for information.

Please note that course descriptions and content may change without notice. Also, due to the high cost of most of our courses, if you sign up but do not attend the class your company will be invoiced for the full cost of the course.