Educational Classes

The LCCA and Walstead Mertsching have partnered to develop a series of educational classes covering a variety of legal topics related to the construction industry. Classes will occur monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from Noon to 1:30 PM at the LCCA office (1015 Vandercook Way). Classes are free to LCCA members, $35 for non-members. Registration is encouraged, email

We hold additional classes in partnership with the BIAW Education Program including required certifications for various trades.


September Class Postcard

The ABC’s of Estate Planning

Instructor: Brian Brault, Walstead Mertsching
September 20, 2017 at Noon

Have you planned for what happens to your assets when you’re gone? Do you have a Will? Is your Healthcare Directive in place? Have you designated Power of Attorney? Do you have a Community Property Agreement? It may be a little more complicated than you think.

Almost everyone with a small business can benefit from speaking to an estate planning attorney and developing a comprehensive estate plan.


Forklift Training PostcardForklift Safety Training & Certification

Instructor: Travis Brock, ASP CHST, Shield of Armor Safety
October 25, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do your employees operate a Powered Industrial Truck, better known as a fork lift? We can help lift your firm to success by offering a qualified level fork-lift operator course. Your employees will be trained on the following different Classes of Powered Industrial Trucks: 1, 3, 4, 5 & 7. We will provide classroom training for these types of lifts and a practical evaluation tool to be used at your convenience.

Register Online or Register by Mail


October Class Postcard“Is Cowlitz PUD Work Good for Your Business?”

Instructor: Colleen Neel, Energy Efficiency Specialist, Cowlitz PUD
October 12
Covers information on the various PUD programs that require Qualified and Courtesy contractors, the requirements for those contractors (insurance, licensing, certifications), and expectations from the PUD. We will discuss training opportunities, workload, and current challenges.

November Class PostcardFundamentals of Bids & Contracts

Instructor: Frank Randolph & Ryan Busby; Walstead Mertsching
November 9
This class will address the fundamentals for small contracts ($20,000 and less). The instructors will review the formation of a construction contract and the ability to enforce it; define key terms, provisions and implied terms to protect contractors in the event of future litigation; and discuss warranties, performance and remedies.

RESCHEDULED: Government Bids & Contracts

Instructor: Frank Randolph, Attorney, Walstead Mertsching
December 14 – Moved to January 11
An overview of how to best bid and contract Public Works projects, city and county projects, and other government projects.

January Class PostcardTOPIC CHANGED: Expedited Small Works Roster

Instructor: Frank Randolph, Attorney, Walstead Mertsching; Ryan Busby, Attorney, Walstead Mertsching
January 11,  7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
This class will address the competitive bidding process and Small Works Rosters; including the benefits, legal hurdles, and criteria for the rosters. They will expand on the benefits of Limited Public Works Projects and the Contract Awarding Process.

February Class PostcardDispute Resolution

Instructor: Frank Randolph, Attorney, Walstead Mertsching
February 8
Discuss practical methods to resolve disputes with customers or other contractors, while minimizing economic and social impacts on your business. The instructors will provide an overview of legal costs associated with conflict resolution. They will compare Judicial Resolutions with Non-Judicial/Contractual Resolutions, and will discuss the ebb and flow of a dispute.

Labor & Industries Contractor Training Day

March 17
Would you like to learn how to save money on Workers Compensation premiums? Do you need to update your Construction Contract? Would you like to get some tools to create more accurate bids? Do you want to know more about Working on Public Works Projects? Then this FREE training event hosted by Labor & Industries is for you. All of the experts that can answer these questions and many more have been gathered together to bring you Construction Contractor Training Day.

More than 25 different classes are offered on subjects including safety, managing your claims to control your workers’ compensation costs, public works contracting, business planning, risk management, marketing and more. See the full class schedule and registration here.

CESCL Initial Training & Re-certification

March 20-21
Do you need a Construction Stormwater General Permit from Ecology? If your project disturbs over an acre of land or is in a subdivision, you probably do. Part of the requirements of this permit states: all sites disturbing over an acre must have a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL). The CESCL is trained to inspect, install, and manage stormwater controls on your site. Because Ecology requires CESCL to be on-call at all times, most companies will need more than one employee trained as a CESCL. REGISTER NOW

March 22
Is your Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) designation about to expire? CESCL certifications must be renewed every three years with a one-day class. Designed for residential builders, BIAW’s CESCL recertification course will answer the most-asked builder questions, including what BMP’s perform best on construction sites, how to keep those BMP’s working, what red flags signal erosion problems, and how to effectively work with local and state inspectors. This course will also walk you through the planning and execution of erosion control in a subdivision. REGISTER NOW

April Class PostcardSecuring Payment: Liens, Bonds & Retainage

Instructor: Frank Randolph & Ryan Busby; Walstead Mertsching
April 12

This class will address tools and resources to secure payment. The instructors will discuss non-legal tools and issues, material-men/mechanics liens, and public works payment bonds and retain-age.

EPA Lead Renovator Class PostcardEPA Certified Lead Renovator Training

April 20
Anyone disturbing more than 6 sq. ft. (interior) & 20 sq. ft. (exterior) of lead-based paint must get the training. Including; Home Improvement/Renovation Contractors, Remodelers/Carpenters, Painters, Plumbers, Electricians, Maintenance Personnel, Residential Property Managers/Owners, Workers Removing or Modifying Painted Surfaces. Activities that are subject to the RRP Program: Remodeling and Repair/Maintenance, Electrical Work, Plumbing, Painting, Carpentry and Siding/Window Replacement! To become a Certified Renovator, you must have someone from your firm take an 8-hour course with a hands-on component. Your firm must then apply for Certification with the Department of Commerce as a Firm (company) and pay a $25 fee directly to the State of Washington (not included in the cost of the class). REGISTER NOW FOR Initial Certification or Refresher Training