Principles of Construction Documentation (PCD)

Winter 2022
December 02, 2021 | By Webmaster

The PCD course is an introductory course that will enable the student to have a better understanding of construction documentation.

About this event

Principles of Construction Documentation Maximum number of students is limited to 8 students for this course and COVID-19 protocols will be followed during this course. Very important note: Please be aware that only fully vaccinated students will be able to attend this course in person. This is to comply with Ontario’s new law for in person gatherings/events. Please see the detail here on Government of Ontario’s website.

Course Schedule

  • First Day : Saturday January 8 between 8:30-16:00
  • Second Day: Saturday January 15 between 8:30-16:00
  • Third Day: Saturday January 22 between 8:30-16:00
  • Fourth Day : Saturday January 29 between 8:30-16:00
  • Fifth Day: Saturday February 5 between 8:30-16:00

Course Presenters:

John Cooke from John G Cook Associates
Jori Toniello from Architecture 49
Chris Lance from Norr
Ali Ahrabi from Hilti
For any questions about this class, please contact Ali Ahrabi by email at Ali.Ahrabi@hilti.com

Course description:

The PCD course is an introductory course that will enable the student to have a better understanding of construction documentation (specifications, drawings and schedules), products, bidding procedures and contracts. It is also prerequisite to all the other CSC education courses. The PCD course is a prerequisite for the Certified Technical Representative (CTR),Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and Certified Specification Practitioner (CSP) designations from CSC. Successful completion of the PCD may be credited toward the experience component requirements for the Registered Specification Writer (RSW) designation.

The course is designed for individuals involved in the construction industry, who at any point in their career are required to produce, read, supply products for, or rely on, the project manual/specification. In other words, it is designed for anyone in construction, whether they work as a designer, consultant, contractor or supplier. 

The focus is to emphasize the relationship that exists between specifications and drawings, and the role of the industry participants. Contract documents and the project manual have an intrinsic relationship with each other, with standard pre-printed contract documents, and with associated documents; this course explains these relationships.


  1. Introduction
  2. Construction Process: Players and Roles; Owner Expectations; Budget Process; Project Phases; and the Bidding Process
  3. Production of Construction Documents: The Project Manual; Format Documents; Specifying Methods; Language and Style; Specification Writing, Editing and Co-ordination; and Document Interpretation
  4. Forms of Contract: Contract Delivery
  5. Codes and Standards: Codes and Code Content; Standards and Testing Agencies; Zoning By-Laws and Permits; and Environmental issues
  6. Risk Management Issues: Risk and Liability
  7. Legal Issues: Legal Issues; and Contract Law and Court Decisions
  8. Building Science: Basic Building Principles; Product Evaluation and Selection; Sustainability Issues; and Diagnostic Methods, Non-Destructive Testing
  9. Contract Administration: Authority of the Contract Administrator; Time Management; Submittals, Alternatives and Substitutions; Changes in the Work; The Commissioning Process; and Performance, Termination and Dispute Resolutions
  10. Communications: Communications and Projects on the Internet
  11. Trends in the Construction Industry: The History of Standardizing Construction Information; New Initiatives in Standardization; and Professional Development