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BidCoach: Top 12 Construction Resources for Continuing Education and Industry Information Blog Feature

By: Mark Fly on December 4th, 2020

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BidCoach: Top 12 Construction Resources for Continuing Education and Industry Information

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Challenge: 

Along with everything else in 2020, the construction industry took a huge hit. However, as many people learned to work from home we quickly learned to adapt. Lets face it, this industry is as resilient as it gets! I have spoke with many contractors who also took this time to train and learn more about the "tools" they use. By tools, I am referring to their apps, programs, and digital processes. Many have looked more into online continuing education sources. Continuing education is vital for estimators and preconstruction professionals to maintain quality and stay current with the latest developments, skills, tools, devices, software, etc. Contractor continuing education is critical not only to renewing licenses and satisfying requirements, but to ensure optimal bids, project completion, and company success. 

Historically, taking the time to invest in new knowledge and understanding current and future industry trends is usually not a high priority on a Contractor's list. But, in light of this year's events, we decided to skim the internet for you and provide top construction blogs, courses, articles, podcasts, etc. your employees can easily utilize to refresh or enhance their knowledge and skills for success. 

Solution: 

Check out the top continuing education resources for construction below to advance your contracting company and career to the next level.  

  • ENR: Engineering News Record– Engineering News-Record provides the engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals need to do their jobs more effectively. Their products include a weekly magazine with more than 47,812 paid subscribers, a website with over 196,000 unique visitors a month and a series of in-person events. 
  • AGC of America – This association is an authorized provider of continuing education and various professional development credits. Look to AGC to earn the continuing education necessary for license renewal and career development.  
  • The Construction Record Podcast - The Construction Record is the bi-weekly, award winning, national construction news podcast for the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce. The podcast has been ranked among the top construction podcasts on the web by Feedspot and it finished second in Construction Junkie’s North American best podcast competition. 
  • Construction Dive – Their mission is to provide busy professionals like you with a bird’s-eye view of construction in 60 seconds. Throughout the day their editorial team analyzes the top news stories and publishes in-depth feature articles. You can also use their site to check out industry events, jobs, and more.  
  • ConstructConnect Blog - Read up on the latest commercial construction news, hot projects, construction technology, operating insights, economics, and more.
  • ConstructConnect Economic Resources - Economic webinars, blogs, monthly construction starts, quarterly forecasts, annual put-in-place forecasts, and more.
  • ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) - ASPE serves residential, commercial and civil construction estimators by providing Education, Fellowship, and the opportunity for Professional Development. The proper Education, Ethics, Standards, Certification and Fellowship lead to the ultimate goal of Professionalism. Join today and contact them with any questions you may have about membership. 
  • 2019 Construction Technology Report – Access the 7th Annual 2018 Construction Technology Report to learn how over 3,000 construction professionals select software, budget for staff, secure data and optimize IT.  
  • Advancing Pre-Construction & Estimating Conference - Advancing Pre-Construction & Estimating 2021 will bring together contractors, clients and designers to discover best practices and tools for the entire preconstruction life-cycle from initial project planning through operations handover. Benchmark your approach to estimating, tech or risk across multiple education tracks, and coordinate with project partners to learn how to forge more integrated precon workflows.  
  • ConTechCrew Podcast - Construction technologists who geek out on a weekly podcast about the latest news and current trends within the construction and technology industries.  
  • OSHA’s Free Courses – OSHA has multiple free videos, handouts and other resources that cover a variety of topics from falls to accidents and other common issues in construction. 
  • ConstructConnect Academy -New! For 2021, the Academy will deliver great product-specific training, thought leadership, and in-depth resources for all.

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About Mark Fly

Mark Fly is a Product Evangelist at ConstructConnect. He is also known as the Bid Coach to subscribers of his popular video series. Mark has 40 years of experience in construction, rising through the ranks from a labor position in high school to play a key role in the development of SmartBid software. He has also provided multi-faceted outsourced estimating services for many years, working directly with owners, GCs, subcontractors, suppliers, and more.