AZ ROC Talk Podcast

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Arizona Registrar of Contractors is proud to announce AZ ROC Talk, a podcast that interviews construction science technology professionals and industry partners about all things related to construction.

Join us as we cover topics like workforce development, technology, licensing requirements and more. Subscribe to AZ ROC Talk on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and almost anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Look for new episodes on Tuesdays.

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  • Have you ever wondered why you need to call (or click) 811 before you dig? In this episode we spoke to Arizona 811 about the organization's history, why you need to call, what could happen if you don't, and what resources they have available to make it all a little easier.

    Sandra Holmes, Executive Director, Arizona 811
    Alejandra Ocano-Gonzalez, Education & Awareness Manager, Arizona 811
    Brice Box, Chair Person, Arizona's Damage Prevention Partnership

  • In this episode we interviewed Gaetano Testini, Chief Counsel at the Industrial Commission of Arizona and Joseph Citelli, Chief Counsel at the Arizona Registrar of Contractors about workers compensation requirements and the employee-employer relationship. Nothing contained in this episode should be taken as legal advice. If you have questions related to Arizona's workers compensation requirements visit If you know of an employer not complying with Arizona's Workers Compensation laws, you can report them online here.

    For questions about your specific business needs, you should seek legal counsel from an attorney.

  • In this episode of AZ ROC Talk, we interview Kelli Williams, the former Statewide Suicide Prevention Coordinator at AHCCCS about suicide prevention in Arizona and in the Construction Industry. Learn more about suicide prevention and find resources here.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454

  • In this episode the AZ ROC Talk team interviews Michelle Walker, the Immediate Past Chairperson for the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

    The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) was born out of necessity in response to a statistics released in a CDC study ranking construction as the #1 industry for deaths by suicide. Established by the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) in 2016 to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health issues, CIASP became a stand alone 501(c)(3) organization in 2018 to raise awareness about suicide prevention and provide resources and tools to create a zero suicide industry by uniting and supporting the construction community.

    With a suicide rate that is four times greater than the national average, the construction industry is facing a crisis. Construction workers are at a heightened risk for suicide for a variety of reasons that can all be addressed – starting with changing the culture in the workplace.

    CIASP is dedicated to changing the statistics by educating and equipping organizations, industry service providers and construction professionals to STAND Up for suicide prevention and address it as a health and safety priority.

  • October is Careers in the Construction Science Technology Professions Month and it's no secret that the construction industry is facing a nationwide labor shortage. One of the solutions often proposed to address this shortage is to recruit more women into the industry. Today we are talking to our very own Investigator Melton to discuss her career in the construction industry.

  • In this episode of AZ ROC Talk, we spoke with Hugh Wolf, Director of Training and Education for Habitat Humanity of Central Arizona about Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona's Construction Training Program.

  • In this episode of AZ ROC Talk, we speak with Willie Higgins, the State Apprenticeship Program Lead with Arizona @ Work, about Arizona's State Apprenticeship program and how it works for both employers and apprentices. This is a long episode but if you ever wondered how to start a state registered apprenticeship program, Willie has the answers.

    Learn more here.

  • In this episode of AZ ROC Talk, we talk to Dennis Anthony, the Transmission and Distribution Training Manager at APS about APS's lineworker apprenticeship program and what that career path looks like.

    For more information about APS's lineworker pre-apprentices and apprentices programs, email [email protected] or learn more here.