Effective Work Planning for Forepersons and Crew Supervisors

The course provides a strong foundational knowledge of task planning for the foremen in both trade and general contracting.

Using an interactive classroom presentation and hands-on table exercises, attendees will be taken through a back-to-basics approach to site planning and putting together a complete activity plan for their crew. Course topics include calculating, manpower needs, determining material and equipment needs, building quality and safety into the plan and much more.

LEARNING Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of planning and why we do it
  • Understand what planning is, who should do it, what we should plan and when
  • Follow the Planning Cycle of Plan, Do, Check, Act
  • Know where to gather the information needed to put together a solid plan
  • Plan crew task activities including:
  • Safety considerations
  • Quality controls
  • Manpower needs
  • Material needs
  • Equipment needs
  • Working with other trades
  • Build a 2-week look ahead schedule
  • Create daily crew work plans
  • Monitor and correct/ update the plan if it goes off track
  • Communicate the plan to others
  • Using templates provided, develop their own task plans, 2-week look ahead and daily crew plans
  • Gather useful historical information to improve their future planning

Who should Attend:

This course is designed for foremen of all levels of experience and all trades. It also serves as a good back-to-basics refresher for superintendents.

Course format:

Two 4-hour on-line (Zoom) sessions featuring instructor presentation, interactive group discussions, and practical group exercises. Frequent breaks and “stretch seconds” are included to help keep attendees alert and engaged.

The course has been accredited by the Canadian Construction Association and counts as 1 Gold Seal credit.


Jan. 13 & 20, 2022 Thu. 9:30am – 1:30pm ET
OR Feb. 10 & 17, 2022 Thu. 12:30am – 4:30pm ET
OR Apr. 7 & 14, 2022 Thu. 9:30am – 1:30pm ET
OR May 12 & 19, 2022 Thu. 9:30am – 1:30pm ET
Zoom Meeting

Mark Taylor, P.Eng. (Non-practising), G.S.C.,
President, Mark Taylor Construction
Advisory Services Ltd.
TCA member:
INSTRUCTOR: Mark Taylor, President, Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services Ltd.

Mark has over 30 years of construction industry experience working with major construction companies in Canada and the UK, including PCL and Stuart Olson. He now works with contractors to develop and improve the systems and processes they need to operate effectively and profitably in today’s market.