Continuing Education

Negotiation & Deception Detection for Construction Professionals

  • September 21, 2021 2:30pm  -  5:00pm

To be The Ultimate Negotiator©, you need to tell the difference between fact and fiction.  People lie when they negotiate.  They exaggerate their strengths, conceal their weaknesses, and omit pertinent facts to get a better deal.  I share with you the secrets of using simple behavioral psychology with contemporary negotiation strategy to help you get the TRUTH!

Certified Payroll – Answering Contractors Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • September 30, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:00pm

This class will cover UCON members' most frequently asked certified payroll questions and common pitfalls. Including: Compliance requirements of Labor Code 1776; who is covered by certified payroll and contractor registration; apprenticeship requirements. FFC will walk attendees through finding prevailing wage determinations, complete necessary forms, and access other resources. The last 30 minutes of the meeting will be a moderated Q&A with Ruby Varnadore. Attendees can pre-submit their questions or ask during the session.

Basic Conflict Resolution for the Construction Industry

  • October 05, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just get along? This fast-moving session will teach you key tools, tips, and techniques to communicate more effectively. If THEY don’t get it, YOU might have been part of the problem!

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand the process of communication
  • Recognize elements of Momma’s house in conflict
  • Apply proven principles for resolving conflict
  • Communicate more effectively

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who works in the construction industry.


  • September 23, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

This class is an overview of CA Code 4216 and how to apply it in your USA Ticket Management. As an industry, it benefits all of us to master this and apply it so that our interactions with utility operators are more productive and less contentious. Each party's obligations will be less a matter of opinion and more the execution and conformance to the designated standard, the law. As excavators, the end goal is to work together to hold utility operators to the same standard as we are.

Time, Energy and Focus in Construction

  • October 12, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

Productivity Isn’t About Time Management, it's about Attention and Energy Management. Constantly reacting to fires and crises is causing people to feel overwhelmed. Trying to ignore distractions is not working. Decision fatigue is real and avoidable. By the end of this virtual seminar, you will know how to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of yourself,  make quality decisions, do meaningful work, and have a definitive plan for getting things done.

Communications for Construction Professionals

  • August 24, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

After completing this course, you will walk away with powerful techniques, tools and strategies that will make a significant impact on your communication skills in the office, job site or out in the field, including strategies for remote and hybrid workers. This training offers the easiest, most effective way to build essential communication skills and rapport that solid communication is built upon.

Cybersecurity and Insurance

  • July 08, 2021 1:00pm  -  2:00pm

Every company faces increased cyber risk in today’s modern world – and contractors are no exception.  The rise of ransomware and social engineering attacks have led many contractors to face crippling financial losses throughout the past few years.  Join UCON to learn from experts in cybersecurity and cyber liability insurance on best practices required to protect your company, and how cyber insurance can support your business when an attack occurs.

Claims Documentation and Change Orders

  • October 14, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

Learn how to identify the warning signs of a claim and processes for recovering appropriate losses, including use of the change order method in presentation of claims.  This class will discuss key differences between public and private, general causes of claims and basic procedures to follow.  Learn how to identify, preserve, document, perfect and quantify your delay damages.

Construction Contracts

  • September 16, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

This course will teach you how to become familiar with what clauses you should include in your contracts, and more importantly, which clauses to avoid and why. Also gain valuable tips on how to modify contract language and the impact those changes may have.

How to Get Paid

  • August 12, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

Liens, Bonds, Stop Payment Notices, Prompt Payment Statutes and many Practical Tips

This class will cover mechanic's liens, stop payment notices, and bond claims. You will learn practical tips to get paid!

What You Will Learn:

  • Mechanic's liens
  • Stop payment notices
  • Bond claims
  • Practical tips

Who Should Attend:

Everyone: even if you are not responsible for collections in the company, it is good to have at least a basic understanding of time frames and requirements.

CARB Regulation Overview

  • July 22, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff will give an overview of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation (Off-Road Regulation) which applies to all self-propelled off-road diesel vehicles 25 horsepower or greater used in California and most two-engine vehicles (except on-road two-engine sweepers).  An overview of the Solid Waste Collection Vehicle (SWCV) regulation, which was amended in 2019 to include Heavy Cranes, and the Truck and Bus regulation, will also be provided.  These on-road vehicle overviews will include frequently asked questions, TRUCRS reporting, the impact o

Construction Insurance & Bonding

  • August 26, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

This course is designed to introduce the concepts of insurance, surety, and risk management for construction companies and projects.  We will dive into specific insurance coverages, types of surety bonds contractors can expect to see in their contracts, establishing and enhancing safety programs, ways to mitigate risk and how turn your insurance program into a profit center. 

New Industry Law Updates

  • December 02, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

Get up to date with new construction industry employment laws affecting your organization’s policies and practices. This program will discuss new laws and court decisions and provide strategies on how to implement new requirements at your company. 

Construction Finance

  • August 10, 2021 2:30pm  -  4:30pm

This class covers detailed topics and best practices for construction accounting and finance.

What You Will Learn:

  • The basics of construction revenue recognition and WIP schedule
  • Understanding key cash flow issues
  • Being familiar with financial issues related to unapproved change orders/claims
  • Understanding the importance of job cost control and estimated costs to complete

Who Should Attend:

Construction accounting managers, project accountants, project managers

In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Registration

  • March 25, 2021 1:00pm  -  3:30pm

The Air Resources Board has a regulation to reduce emissions from existing off-road diesel vehicles used in California in construction, mining, and other industries. The In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Off-Road Regulation) requires fleet owners to report to ARB and label their off-road vehicles now, and then requires fleets to reduce the emissions from their older equipment beginning in 2014. This course provides detailed information to help fleet owners understand and comply with the Off-Road Regulation.

What We Look for at the Scales

  • May 25, 2021 1:00pm  -  2:00pm

This course will review the Basic Level 1 Inspection criteria for a roadside inspection and the purpose of the Scales to inspect the size, weight, equipment, and emissions of the vehicles. You will learn what triggers a Level I Inspection and how a PrePass works at the scales.