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Old 01-03-2015, 01:43 AM   #1
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Commercial/Resi guy here in Edmonton, have had my ticket for a year, run small commercial jobs just trying to learn a bit more and be a bit better day by day.. the boss took me aside at the Christmas party and mentioned that if I wanted to take any pertinent courses for certification or training related to the trade he'd pay for it and would appreciate my doing it. And no he wasn't drunk.. yet.

I'm two years away from being able to take my masters, which I plan on doing - my question is, can you guys think of any courses or programs I might look at? Personally I believe this trade is 90% what you learn and do on the tools but I love learning and did well in school, besides it couldn't hurt right? I don't even really care if I get a certificate after, if it'll help me be a bit smarter and do a better job then I don't mind giving up some evenings and weekends.

A coworker recommended the CFAA certification, his brother got it at the same time he did his masters and said with your ticket they'll write off 3 of the 5 courses/modules you need to take.. the only problem is the on the job training you need from a CFAA tech.
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Commercial/Resi guy here in Edmonton, have had my ticket for a year, run small commercial jobs just trying to learn a bit more and be a bit better day by day.. the boss took me aside at the Christmas party and mentioned that if I wanted to take any pertinent courses for certification or training related to the trade he'd pay for it and would appreciate my doing it. And no he wasn't drunk.. yet.

I'm two years away from being able to take my masters, which I plan on doing - my question is, can you guys think of any courses or programs I might look at? Personally I believe this trade is 90% what you learn and do on the tools but I love learning and did well in school, besides it couldn't hurt right? I don't even really care if I get a certificate after, if it'll help me be a bit smarter and do a better job then I don't mind giving up some evenings and weekends.

A coworker recommended the CFAA certification, his brother got it at the same time he did his masters and said with your ticket they'll write off 3 of the 5 courses/modules you need to take.. the only problem is the on the job training you need from a CFAA tech.
Great deal,I'm not from Canada, but if your boss will do that, he wants you to stick around, take something like motors controls and PLC's that will make you a top man for sure......Good luck
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talk with your boss and ask him what type of advancements he would like to see you take.
He may be thinking of positions other than field work, such as estimating, Project Management or learning better foremanship ( human resources).
Either way, take every opportunity to learn more
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What wcord says.

Deep down your boss wants to do nothing and seems to have picked you to help run the ship. Maybe in 10 years, maybe sooner.
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I tend to agree also. I would look at something in "soft skills", leadership, management, conflict management, etc.

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Check out some of the course that the ecaa offers (electrical contractors association of alberta).

http://www.ecaa.ab.ca
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