Most of us in the design and project management arena are familiar with at least some level of contractor qualification.  Perhaps the most familiar tool for this purpose is the A305 form.  But how much protection does this form really provide for our clients and their projects?  Are there other tools and processes that project professionals can bring to the table to offer a higher level of protection and control for their clients?  This workshop provides a brief overview of proven qualification systems that can add value to nearly any project. 

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Instructor Tom Peterson (pictured left)

Tom Peterson’s interest in construction began as a kid when he could often be found hanging around construction sites or messing around in his dad’s hobby workshop.  Tom paid his dues in the field in the 1980’s where he worked as a laborer, mason tender, carpenter, and installer of solar panels.  From 1989 through 1996 he served in the non-profit world as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the Burlington Community Land Trust (now the Champlain Housing Trust). Tom also served as vice-president of Prime Construction and was co-owner of a bath and kitchen remodeling franchise. He started Peterson Consulting in 2003 providing project planning and management services to a wide range of clients including the Chittenden County Transportation Authority, UVM Medical Center, Champlain College, and Winooski Housing Authority among others. He has served as an instructor for the National Association of Homebuilders University of Housing and his articles on the business of construction have appeared in the Journal of Light Construction, BobVila.com, and Vermont Homestyle Magazine.