2020 Contractor Training Program

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority remains committed to increasing the active involvement of small, minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises in the State's school construction program. The Authority proudly conducts a dedicated, in-house, Contractor Training Program designed to assist and promote small business entities throughout the State of New Jersey. The program is free of charge to all small, minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned businesses in the State of New Jersey.

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General Program Information

The New Jersey Schools Development Authority’s (NJSDA) Contractor Training Program is a nine-week program designed to develop, strengthen and expand the working relationships between small New Jersey business firms and the NJSDA. The program's focus is to help better prepare small, minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned businesses to work with the NJSDA and other State entities and to provide guidance on how to find, bid on and potentially be awarded government contracts; or become part of a project team as a subcontractor. In addition, the program concentrates on helping small businesses initiate, fortify and advance a set of core skills that are crucial to operating a successful and profitable business. Sessions for this nine-week program will be held virtually and will offer both instruction and networking opportunities.

Participants will benefit from a business instruction curriculum in a variety of subjects, such as: marketing construction services, business planning 101, accounting for construction services, budgeting and estimating, procurement, construction project management, construction contract law, safety and how to find opportunities.

List of Topics

  • Business Plan
  • Marketing Construction Services (Using Social Media)
  • Marketing Business Development (Professional Services)
  • Basics of Accounting
  • Finding the Work (NJSDA & State Websites)
  • Finding the Work (ROD School Districts)
  • DPMC Classification
  • NJSDA Prequalification
  • Basics of Budgeting
  • Basics of Estimating
  • Procurement – The Bidding Process
  • Basics of Construction Contract Law
  • Project Management
  • Safety Overview
  • OCIP
  • Understanding Contract Surety Bonding
  • NJ Prevailing Wage
  • NJEDA Small Business Services

Important Dates

Application Period:   July 27, 2020 – September 4, 2020
Application Deadline:   September 4, 2020
Start of Program:   October 6, 2020
Last Day of Program:   December 15, 2020

During the course of the Program, sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:30 am, and will be structured as follows:
  • Tuesdays - Remote learning classes (3-4 hour sessions)
  • Thursdays – Moderated virtual networking (1-2 hour sessions)

Note: No sessions will be held on Election Day week (Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and Thursday, November 5, 2020) or Thanksgiving week (Tuesday, November 24 and Thursday, November 26, 2020).

This year’s program will be run remotely with sessions being held exclusively as webinars using Skype for Business. Due to the remote nature of this year’s program a desktop computer, laptop or tablet will reliable internet access will be required to participate in the program. Additional information regarding the minimum technical requirements for participation at this year’s program can be found here.

For more information on this year’s program, please contact C. Aidita Milsted at (609) 306-6761 or email us at ContractorTraining@njsda.gov.