California Architects Required Continuing Education Simplified

Architects in California are required to complete five hours of coursework on disability access requirements every two years by their license renewal date in order to renew their Architects License.  The disability access requirements must include information and practical guidance concerning the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), state laws that govern access to public facilities, and federal and state regulations adopted pursuant to those laws. The course must be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and experience in the disability access requirements.

Is it really that easy?

The answer is yes.  Online courses that meet these requirements are fully accepted and the course doesn’t even have to include a test.  As long as the course content covers the specific disability access requirements and is presented by an instructor with knowledge and expertise in that field, you are good to go.  Here is a link to the fastest and most economical resource for completing a 5-Hour course that fulfills all requirements for California Architects.

Here is a helpful hint for those of you who are also members of the American Institute of Architects.  For membership renewal, you must complete 18 hours of AIA Approved education.  Be sure to save time and money by choosing a resource that includes the 5-hour disability access course required of California Architects.

Licensees who fail to complete the required architect continuing education coursework cannot renew their license to practice architecture until they have fulfilled these requirements.  The Board conducts audits of complete coursework.  If you are selected for an audit, you will be required to submit documentation confirming that you have fulfilled the requirement.  If you signed the renewal application claiming to having completed the education, but are unable to submit confirming documentation, or if you submit false or misleading information, or fail to respond to the Board’s request, you will be subject to a citation that could include a fine or other disciplinary action.  It’s not worth the risk – take the course and get your certificate of completion.

For the fastest and most economical way to complete your education, visit:
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Call 1-800-727-7104 

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Don’t Miss ECSTI’s MASSIVE Giveaway at IEC CON 2016 San Antonio!

IEC Con 2016 is GONNA BE BIG!

Stallcup’s® and ECSTI (Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute) is planning to give away a record number of prizes this year at IEC Con in San Antonio, Texas:  over 200 hardcopy books (Stallcup’s Illustrated Code Changes), 100 Electrician/Superhero t-shirts, complete electrical training course and continuing education packages, plus much more.

How do you win? Come visit us at Booth #112 to play Electrical PLINKO and claim your prize.

Does your IEC Chapter offer online electrical training and continuing education?

We will also be showcasing our IEC Chapter Affiliate training program, which allows IEC Chapters the opportunity to offer award-winning online electrical education courses including Stallcups® Journeyman electrician exam prep. This affiliation allows IEC Chapters to provide a MUCH larger training curriculum to their members, improve website ranking on the internet and introduce Chapters to more potential members in their region, all while adding to the bottom line.

Featured Online Electrical Courses:

  • NFPA 70E Safety Training Course (5 hours) – $69.00
  • Journeyman Electrical Theory (2 hours) – $39.00
  • Journeyman Direct Current (DC) Circuits (2 hours) – $39.00
  • Journeyman Alternating Current (AC) Circuits (2 hours) – $39.00
  • NFPA 70B Electrical Equipment Maintenance Course Series (24 hours) – $359.00
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This Week’s Course Spotlight: Michigan Code, Law and Safety

Builders License Training Institute’s 3-hour Code, Law, and Safety course was written and taught by instructor Scott Corbat. This 3-hour course is required by the state of Michigan for all Residential and Maintenance and Alteration contractors to complete each 3-year licensing cycle.

Code, Law, and Safety

This three-hour course is a review of the most recent and code, law and safety changes in the Michigan construction industry.

  • Code: The first hour focuses on the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book and the latest changes.
  • Law: The second hour will cover the fundamental principles of contract law and the elements of a construction contract are explained.
  • Safety: The last hour of the course reviews OSHA regulations and the safety codes required for residential construction.

About the Instructor

scott-corbat-head-shotScott Corbat has been working with Builders License Training Institute since 2008. Scott teaches all pre-licensure, continuing competence, EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP), and private classes in the West Michigan market. He also built new custom homes in Saginaw and Midland before moving to West Michigan’s lakeshore where he continues to build. Scott assists West Michigan manufacturing firms in new product, process, and facilities engineering needs.

Michigan 3-hour Code/Law/Safety Classes

Builders License Training Institute offers the Michigan approved 3-hour Code, Law and Safety course in two forms, classroom or online. Recently partnering with Menards®, we now offer this course in 18 locations throughout Michigan.

Menards® will be hosting this class in the following Michigan locations:

Click on the city nearest you to sign up!

For contractors who are unable to make it to one of our locations we also offer the Michigan 3-hour Code, Law, and Safety course online.

These classes fill up quickly so don't procrastinate. Sign up today!

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Florida Electricians, August 31st is Only 8 Days Away!

Certified Electricians, Registered Electricians and Alarm Contractors in Florida are required to renew their license every two years. The renewal deadline is August 31st each even numbered year (2014, 2016, 2018 etc). Along with submitting your renewal application to the Florida Electrical Contractors and Licensing Board with the renewal fee ($300 Certified, $125 Registered, $50 fee for delinquent licenses). You are also required to complete 14 hours of approved continuing education. Education providers must submit proof of completed hours to the State of Florida.

Do I need to turn in my Electrical Continuing Education Certificate to the state?

No you don’t, but your course (or education) provider does. Approved electrical continuing education providers must submit all completed hours to the state so that they can be applied to your specific license. This is one of the many reasons choosing a high-quality training provider like ECSTI is so important.

Are there special requirements for Miami-Dade County?

Yes, Electricians in Miami-Dade County must complete 16-hours of Continuing Education each licensing cycle (two more than the 14 hours required elsewhere in the state). The Miami-Dade County Board states that no more than 50% of the total required continuing education hours can be completed online (8 hours maximum).

ECSTI Special Course Packages

Package #1:

  • 7-Hour Online Electrical Required Competency– Covering workplace safety, business practices (lien law), worker’s compensation, electrical laws and rules, thermal and moisture protection (advanced module), and NFPA 70E electrical safety (Technical).
  • 7-Hour Online Stallcups 2014 NEC Changes Part 1– This course covers the changes made to the NEC in Article 90, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2. By the end of this course you will understand the changes that took place, and the rationale behind the changes.

Package #2:

  • 7-Hour Online Electrical Required Competency– Covering workplace safety, business practice (lien law), workers compensation, electrical laws and rules, thermal and moisture protection (advanced module), and NFPA 70E electrical safety (technical)
  • 7-Hour online Stallcups 2014 NEC changes Part 2– Covering the significant changes made to the 2014 NEC in chapters 3-9, and applying the changes within these sections to other sections of the code when designing electrical systems.
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Florida Contractors, 13 More Days Until Renewal

Online Approved Continued Education for Florida Contractors

Builders License Training Institute has created six Florida state approved 14-hour renewal packages. Each course package includes Required Competency and Advanced Module so contractors will have an easy renewal.

  • NEW! Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design
  • Handicap Accessibility: Real World Applications
  • Weatherization and Renewable Energy
  • Construction Safety Standards
  • Contracts, Liability, and Risk Management
  • Efficient Project Management

Florida Contractors must renew their license by August 31st, 2016. Part of the renewal process is completing 14-hours of approved continued education. Along with submitting your renewal application to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), you must also include the renewal fee ($209.00 Active Individual, $259.00 Active Qualifying Business and $100.00 extra per delinquent).

Do I Have to Submit My Contractor Continuing Education Certificate to The State?

You don’t, but your provider does. Approved continuing education providers must submit all completed hours to the state so that they can be applied to your specific license. This is one of the many reasons choosing a high-quality training provider (such as Builders License Training Institute) is so important.

Featured New Course!

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses. Check out package #6 for an introductory course on Drones and how they are beneficial to the construction field.

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Only 11 More Days to Renew Your Florida Contractor’s License

Certified Electricians, Registered Electricians and Alarm Contractors in Florida are required to renew their license every two years. The renewal deadline is August 31st each even numbered year (2014, 2016, 2018 etc). Along with submitting your renewal application to the Florida Electrical Contractors and licensing Board with the renewal fee ($300 Certified, $125 Registered, $50 fee for delinquent licenses). Licensees are also required to complete 14 hours of approved continuing education. The course providers must submit proof of completed hours to the State of Florida.

Are there special requirements for Miami-Dade County?

Yes, Electricians in Miami-Dade County must complete 16-hours of Continuing Education each licensing cycle (2 more than the 14 hours required elsewhere in the state). The Miami-Dade County Board states that no more than 50% of the total required continuing education hours can be completed online (8 hours maximum).

Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute (ECSTI) now offers fully approved online video courses, which fulfill all state and county, required electrical continued education. Our interactive online education courses for electricians and electrical contractors, are instructed by the highly acclaimed author and instructor, James Stallcup.

ECSTI’s FL 7-HR Courses Include:

  • Interactive coverage of changes to the National Electrical Code for the 2014 update.
  • Required Competency: Workplace Safety, Business Practices (Lien Law), Workers’ Compensation, Electrical Laws and Rules, Thermal and Moisture Protection (Advanced Module), and NFPA 70E Electrical Safety (Technical).
  • Interactive video course focuses on simplifying some of the more complicated rules pertaining to the design, installation and selection of wiring methods and equipment.

Do I have to turn in my Electrical Continuing Education Certificate to the state?

You don’t, but your provider does. Approved electrical continuing education providers must submit all completed hours to the state so that they can be applied to your specific license. This is one of the many reasons choosing a high-quality training provider such as ECSTI is so important.

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Does Your Organization Offer Online Training Courses?

Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute (ECSTI), in partnership with the Stallcup’s, have created a custom Affiliate program that features online CEU training. This program is designed to give Associations, Organizations, and even Union Locals the ability to offer the best online training available. Expanding their education offering, while adding revenue to their bottom line.

There is no need to change any of the programs your Organization has in place. ECSTI will blend with and add to your current training programs. This on demand training can be taken anytime day or night. Our mobile friendly platform gives employees the ability to login from any computer, tablet, or even their phone.

How Does ECSTI’s Affiliate Program Work?

Your union would receive 15% of all revenue generated from the training program each month. We have helped other organizations and many other organizations with online training programs. Not only is this a great benefit you can offer your members, but setup is fast and easy, and it will generate money directly for your organizations.

 Program Details:

  • 15% Revenue Share
  • Customized landing page for your state and surrounding states
  • No Investment or work needed for setup. We will do it all.
  • All you need to do is add a link from your website menu to your company’s custom ECSTI landing page.
  • ECSTI can have your entire program up an running in less than a week.

Chapters and Organizations Who Are Involved

Below are links to other Chapters and Organizations who are involved with ECSTI’s Affiliate program:

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ECSTI can have your entire program up and running in less than a week. ECSTI recently won Training Software Product of the Year from EC&M Magazine. This is the same training you would be offering through your union page created by us.

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11 States That Have Architect License Renewals in 2016

It is important to always stay on top of your architect license renewal requirements so there are never any problems or delays causing your license to lapse. Failure to renew your license will automatically cause your license to expire and be voided.

In 20216 there are 11 States that require license renewals. Listed below are the names of the states, the renewal deadline, and the required continuing education.

Alabama architects need 12 hours of Health Safety, and Welfare (HSW) approved continued education (CE) every year January 1st through December 31st.

 

Arkansas licensed architects must complete 12 hours of CE based on approved HSW topics every year by July 31st.

 

Illinois licensed architects must complete 24 hours of CE every 2 year licensing period by November 30th of even years.

 

Louisiana licensed architects must complete 12 hours of CE based on approved HSW topics by December 31st each year.

 

Massachusetts licensed architects must complete 12 hours of continued education annually. 8 of those hours must be approved Health, Safety, and Welfare topics.

 

Missouri architects must complete 24 hours of CE by October through December every other year depending on when licensed. 16 of those hours must be on approved HSW topics.

 

Nebraska licensed architects must complete 24 hours of continuing education courses biennially. 16 of those hours must be on approved HSW topics. Those with last names beginning with letters L through Z expire on December 31, 2016.

 

Nevada architects must complete 8 hours continued education courses based on approved HSW topics every year by December 31st.

 

Oregon architects must complete 24 hours continued education courses based on approved HSW topics. Registrations that end in an even number must be renewed by December 31st of each even numbered year.

 

Wisconsin architects must complete 24 hours continued education courses by July 31st of even years. 16 of those hours must be on approved HSW topics.

 

Wyoming architects must complete 24 hours continued education courses based on approved HSW topics. Licenses expire on December 31st of the year following the year of issued.

AIA members are required to complete 18 hours of AIA approved continued education annually, with a minimum of 12 of those hours in Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). This requirement was changed in late 2013 after the AIA found that Sustainable Design (SD) education fell in the HSW category.

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We’ll Make Sure You Never Let Your License Lapse

As contractors and busy professionals, little things like remembering to renew your license can sometimes just slip by. It’s not that you meant to let it lapse, it’s just that no one reminded you when it was due. WELL NOT ANY MORE. Certified Training Institute has built a brand new feature that reminds licensees of their renewal 90 days, 30 days, and two weeks before the expiration date. Whether you are a contractor, real estate agent, electrician, architect, or any other licensed professional, we won’t let your renewal pass you by.

Let us do your paperwork

iStock_89981431_SMALL-compressorIf you need your continuing education reported to the state, we do it for you. We have a close relationship to most state governments and licensing agencies. If a training provider is allowed to do the reporting, then we do it for you. We also keep your certificates and documents organized and accessible to you anytime at no extra cost. If you ever need to track down your certificate or proof of education completion, you’ll find it in your student account, free of charge.

How do we do it?

When you register with any of our schools we provide a space to list the licenses you hold and any other pertinent information. That information is iStock_54223266_SMALL-compressorentered into an automated reminder system that
will notify you well before the license expires, and tells you exactly what you need to know to renew. We also keep all of your course completions and certificates in our own secure database that you can access anytime from just about anywhere, even from your phone or tablet.

Why do we do it?

We truly care about our clients and students. You’re not just a number when you work with us, you are our main priority. When you call our office, you get a real live iStock_54373496_SMALL-compressorperson working right here in the U.S. ready to help you no matter what the question. Certified Training Institute and all of its industry specific divisions have one major goal: Give our students the tools to succeed, the knowledge to grow in their career, and the confidence to keep moving forward. All at a price that a working man or woman can afford. Our Goal is Your Success!

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Green Building for Architects in 2016

Architecture is something that will always be changing. New ideas and innovations are being brought to light and to fruition with each new year. Generations are going to dictate what they want to see in the coming years of architecture. This year is projected to be the year of the Millennials, a generation built on “smart” technology, energy efficient homes, and green buildings.

 

  • The article 2016 Green Design Predictions by Inhabitat focuses on “what 2016 will hold for green design and the environment.” The article centers on architects and environmentalists alike as they voice their predictions for 2016.

 

 

  • With all these changes and ideas of going “green” the meaning behind the phrase “Green Architecture” gets missed. Encyclopaedia Britannica has written an article that shares what it means to build and design “green.”

 

  • Around the world architects are pushing the limits of what it means to build green. Some architects take the term building green quite literally, in this article on 12 Architect who built houses around trees instead of cutting them down.

 

Architects Training Institute hopes that you liked these articles as much as we do. Be sure to check out our social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blog posts for more articles. 

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