Training & Professional Development

Continuing education is a prime concern of contractors in the fast-moving, ever changing field of construction. Trained staff is critical to the advancement of your firm. The AGC NYS, in cooperation with the AGC of America and a number of related industry groups, develop a number of programs to educate and train today’s AGC members.

For updates on courses around the state visit the Events and Calendar Page.

AGC NYS Construction Industry Conference -HELD EVERY DECEMBER

The premiere construction industry education and training event in NYS.

Every December, the AGC NYS along with member volunteers and multiple State Agencies and Authorities’ run a 3-day conference to educate the industry on the Top Legal Issues, New Technology, Design and Code Changes, Environmental Regulations and Business Management Topics. Visit the conference page here.


AGC Project Manager Development Program

The Project Manager Development Program (PMDP), created by AGC of America, is designed to specifically meet the needs of the construction industry. The curriculum, along with the activities and shared experiences of course participants, provides the necessary skills and knowledge to increase the participant’s ability to work successfully with others to ensure project success.

The 40-hour five-unit program covers the basics of project management and provides tactics and strategies for ensuring project success. Each course listed below consists of 8 hours of in-seat classroom instruction.  The program kicks off every year in person in October in the AGC offices in Albany.  Visit the AGC calendar to find a flyer and registration information.

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Project Management
  • Unit 2 Initiating and Planning Part 1
  • Unit 3 Initiating and Planning Part 2
  • Unit 4 Executing
  • Unit 5 Monitoring and Controlling and Project Closeout 

Contact Brendan Manning at the AGC NYS for more information at

AGC NYS Construction Leadership Academy (formally Future Construction Leaders)

The flyer and registration is posted on the AGC NYS calendar beginning in August or contact Brendan Manning at for a registration form.

The Construction Leadership Academy (CLANYS) program will help teach the issues involved in managing a construction business in New York State. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn, in a structured environment, what they might otherwise spend years learning from personal experience.

From 1998 to 2022, AGC NYS has graduated 518 professionals from the Construction Leadership Academy program. Both participants and their executive leaders feel the program is a huge success.

AGC of NYS Contractor and Associate Members, AGC staff, and other industry experts will address the CLANYS group on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Introduction to AGC of NYS, AGC of America and other industry associations
  • Design, subcontracting, and other intra-industry issues
  • Business management issues
  • Employer and labor relations issues
  • Bonding and insurance basics
  • Project delivery systems
  • Construction contract documents
  • Dispute resolution options
  • Safety and technology in the construction industry
  • Marketing and Business Development of construction services
  • Partnering and Spec Reviews
  • Basics of NYS government, state contracting agencies, bidding procedures, legislative issues
  • Human Resources Issues specific to our industry

The first session every year is held in conjunction with the December Construction Industry Conference.

Visit the AGC Calendar of this site or e-mail Brendan Manning at for a registration form.

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) Education Program and
CM-BIM professional credentialing

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing the way projects are constructed. Whether you are a prime contractor using BIM across an entire project or a subcontractor impacted by a specific BIM implementation, this emerging practice requires new mindsets and technological know-how in order to achieve significant improvements in efficiency and cost control.

AGC’s BIM Education Program — developed in conjunction with leading BIM practitioners, technology firms and educators—is designed to prepare construction professionals at all experience levels to successfully implement BIM on a construction project.

Unit 1 | An Introduction to Building Information Modeling

Unit 2 | BIM Technology

Unit 3 | BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation

Unit 4 | BIM Process, Adoption, and Integration

After successful completion of all 4 units, participants can take an exam for their AGC Certificate of Management—Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) which is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation. Click here for more information on CM-BIM.

MEMBERS – Click here to view the AGC of America piece titled The Contractors Guide to BIM. Contact Brendan Manning at the AGC NYS for more information at

Lean Construction Education Program

Lean Construction is driven to minimize costs and maximize value on each project completed, challenging all stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process. Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost – from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project.

To develop the tools needed to build lean, the Associated General Contractors of America has developed the Lean Construction Education Program. Construction professionals at all experience levels, but especially those in the field, will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies to a lean operating system.

Just Released – Click on the link below to complete the free online introductory course to the AGC Lean Construction Education Program:

Lean Construction 101 – Foundations of Lean Construction

Lean Construction Education Program Courses:

Unit 1 | Variation in Production Systems – A four-hour in-seat course

Unit 2 | Pull in Production – A four-hour in-seat course

Unit 3 | Lean Workstructuring – A four-hour in-seat course

Unit 4 | The Last Planner® System – A four-hour in-seat course

Unit 5 | Lean Supply Chain and Assembly – An eight-hour in-seat course

Unit 6 | Lean Design and Pre-construction – A four-hour in-seat course

Unit 7 | Problem-solving Principles and Tools – A seven-hour in-seat course

After taking all 7 units you may sit for the Certificate of Management in Lean.  A 150 question assessment of Lean Principals.  For more information contact Brendan Manning at

What people are saying about CM-LEAN

The Supervisory Training Program (STP)

Designed for early-career construction supervisors and those looking to move into such a role, STP contains ten units of topics relevant to superintendents and two overview units geared toward building or heavy/highway construction supervisors. Each unit in this program is designed for 25 hours of instruction. STP has been training the construction industry for more than 30 years and has been the professional development resource of choice for more than 128,000 supervisors.

Unit 1 | Leadership and Motivation
Unit 2 |  Communication
Unit 3 | Planning and Scheduling
Unit 4 | Contract Documents
Unit 5 | Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
Unit 6 | Risk Management and Problem Solving

Contact Brendan Manning at the AGC NYS for more information at

Need LEED Exam Prep?

AGC NYS now offers online training through the Sustainable Investment Group. Visit the calendar at: for more information.

Looking for Online learning options?

AGC NYS runs hot topic webinars on a regular basis. Visit the AGC NYS calendar for upcoming webinar. You can also view archived webinars on the AGC Channel on the Go-To-Webinar site by visiting here.


AGC of America offers multiple classes virtually year round.  Those include the LEAN Education Program, BIM Education Program, Construction Supervisory Fundamentals (CSF) and the Project Manager Development Program program.  Visit here for the ongoing training.

AGC NYS also has Contact Brendan Manning at the AGC NYS for more information at

Other Programs that the AGC NYS runs during the year and in the past include:

  • Sales Tax for the Construction Industry (April)
  • Blueprint Reading (Fall)
  • Estimating (Winter)
  • Meet the Estimators (February)
  • Notary Public Exam Prep
  • Risk Management Issues in the Industry
  • HVAC Basics for Commercial Construction
  • LEED Estimating
  • First Aid/CPR

Please contact Brendan Manning for any questions on Education and Training at