Learning the technical aspects of how to do a job is great, and much needed.  However, there’s more to construction training than that alone.  What about honing your knowledge, supporting skills, and amplifying your skill to turn acceptable work into exceptional workmanship.

A fantastic site for free online training courses is AEC Daily , an online learning site that currently has over 270 self paced classes from everything to LEED green construction to asphalt roofing systems. For example, there are 84 courses just on thermal and moisture protection, and 24 courses on equipment!  These free video classes range in length from one to two hours long.  This site also has live, face to face sessions taught at a physical location with an actual instructor.

“A New World of Free Certified Learning” is what Alison is all about. From carpentry, to construction safety and health, Alison is a five million-strong global online learning community, loaded with high-quality online education resources to help you develop essential, certified workplace skills, free for the taking.

Although not free, another valuable source to consider is the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).  They have educational courses and seminars that are tailored to the building professional.  They contain strategies and ideas for the newcomer and seasoned professional alike, to improve business and advance careers.

Continuing education has never been more available and accessible than it is today.  For companies as well as individuals, this is what it is going to take to stay on the cutting edge of the construction industry.