14 Hour Complete Renewal Package for Minnesota Contractors and Remodelers

Updated for the 2016-2017 Renewal!

This 14-hour narrated/video online course package combines two courses:

Successful Site and Building Design
This seven-hour online course combines two topics: Site Design and Building Design. In this course, you will learn, from the foundation to the roof, from the appearance to the operation, from construction to maintenance, tried and proven methods for analyzing design decisions that will lead you to a greater reputation as a designer.

Weatherization and Renewable Energy
This seven-hour online course combines two topics, Weatherization and Renewable Energy. Topics covered include examining the Building Envelope, methods and techniques for preventing moisture intrusion. Wind and solar energy sources are covered as well as rebates and incentives.

This course package is approved for:

  • 14 Hours of Continuing Education plus 1 hour of Energy Code
  • Residential Contractors
  • Building Officials
  • Manufactured Home Installers

Both courses are state approved and meet all continuing education requirements.

Don’t miss the March 31st deadline!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW COURSE AND START TODAY!

Fast · Easy · Affordable · Online Anytime

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Southern Lower Michigan EPA Lead Renovators Certification Initial 8 Hour Courses

If you are working on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities and you have not gotten Certified as a Lead Paint Renovator, you could be fined up to $37,500.00.
The EPA has drawn a hard line to get their point across. Kids are suffering from lead paint poisoning every day.

All Lead Paint Safety (RRP) Classroom – Complete courses begin at 8am and run until 5pm. Students will need to bring a picture identification and be prepared to have their picture taken. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the end of the day.

Classes are being held in Grand Rapids and Troy.

Grand Rapids- Lead Paint RRP Initial Certification Classes
Friday, February 24, 2017
8am – 5pm

Friday, May 5, 2017
8am – 5pm

Troy – Lead Paint RRP Initial Certification Class
Friday, February 24, 2017
8am – 5pm

Don’t Miss This Course! This may be the last class until Fall 2017.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW ONLINE

Students will need to arrive on time and bring a picture identification. A picture will be taken during class for the certificate of completion.

Michigan Classroom Lead Paint Safety RRP Courses This course is approved on three levels:

  1. Fulfills an 8-Hour Federal Requirement as a Certified Renovator
  2. Fulfills 8 hours of Continued Competency for the Michigan Residential Builders License and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors License
  3. Fulfills 8 hours of Continued Education for the Michigan Real Estate License (course #M161)

Students wishing to attend this course will need to register in advance through this website or call our Registration Office at 1-800-727-7104. Payment in advance is required.

NOTE: RRP Stands for Renovate, Repair, and Paint

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EPA Lead Renovators Certification Course to be Held in Traverse City

EPA Lead Renovators Certification Initial 8 Hour Course

Northern Michigan Builders Don’t Miss This Course! This may be the last class until Fall 2017

Any renovation work (including painting) done for compensation, which disturbs painted surfaces in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be performed by an EPA-certified company, using persons trained in lead-safe work practices (including testing, signage, work set up and clean up). Each job site is required to have a Certified Renovator on-site to perform specific responsibilities.

To become a Certified Renovator, you must attend an 8-hour EPA-approved classroom style training course.

(Due to the “Hands-On” skills training requirement, online courses are not approved by the EPA)

Date & Time: Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location/Venue: HBAGTA
Address: 3040 Sunset Lane, Traverse City, MI 49684
Cancellation Deadline: 02/28/2017
Instructors: Scott Corbat
Member Cost: $145.00
Non-member Cost: $215.00

You are required to bring a Photo ID. Your picture will be taken and placed on the certificate of completion you will receive upon course completion.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of HBAGTA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW ONLINE

Not in the Traverse City area? Check out our classes in Grand Rapids and Troy.

Lead Paint RRPIf you are working on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities and you have not been certified as a Lead Paint Renovator, you could be fined up to $37,500.00. The EPA has drawn a hard line to get their point across.

Kids are suffering from lead paint poisoning every day.

Any renovation work (including painting) done for compensation, which disturbs painted surfaces in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be performed by an EPA-certified company, using persons trained in lead-safe work practices (including testing, signage, work set up and clean up). Each job site is required to have a Certified Renovator on-site to perform specific responsibilities. Learn the responsibilities and requirements of each contractor on-site.

To become a Certified Renovator, a person must attend an 8-hour EPA-approved training course. Participants will need to bring picture identification and be prepared to have their picture taken. Class materials and lunch are provided. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the end of the day.

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How to Select a Respirator for Use with Pesticides

Respirators protect you from breathing pesticide contaminated air. Inhalation of pesticides can be very dangerous to your health. Using the correct type of respirator, that is fitted properly, will help reduce the risk of harmful pesticide exposure.

The first step in selecting a respirator is to check the pesticide product label. All labels are required by law to say if a respirator is necessary.

When a respirator is required, the label will indicate what type of filter, cartridge, or canister is required. The label will also list the MSHA/NIOSH approval prefix code for the respirator. The respirator code MUST match the code on the product label!

Types of Respirators

Respirators appropriate for pesticide come in five basic styles:

Dust/mist filtering respirators offer protection from small particles in the air. They cover the nose and mouth to filter out dusts, mists, powders, and particles. These respirators have MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix TC-21C.

Chemical cartridge respirators use cartridges that contain chemicals to remove dusts and mists and to absorb harmful vapors or gases. Chemical cartridge respirators for use with pesticides have MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix TC-23C. This type of respirator can have either a half-face mask or a full-face mask. Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) may reduce respiratory stress and heat stress.

Canister respirators for use with pesticides have MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix TC-14G. The canisters contain materials to remove dusts and mists and to absorb harmful vapors or gases. These respirators are designed to remove specific contaminants from the air. The lifespan of canister respirators is short, usually from 12 to 60 minutes, depending on size.

Supplied-air respirators use long hoses to supply air to a full-face mask. Some (but not all) supplied-air respirators have a blower or compressor. The MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix for this type of respirator is TC-19C.

The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) uses an oxygen tank and provides complete respiratory protection against toxic gases and oxygen deficiency. The MSHA/NIOSH approval number prefix for the SCBA is TC-13F.

Care and Fitting of Respirators

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on when to replace filters, cartridges, and canisters even if you don’t notice a problem. If there are no instructions, then filters, cartridges, and canisters should be replaced at the end of each day’s work period.

Always check the fit of the respirator as it should fit tightly to your face without leaks. Facial hair or beards can interfere with the sealing of the respirator.

If you are wearing a respirator that filters out dusts and mists, change the filter or respirator when you find it hard to breathe through the respirator, or if your filter gets torn or damaged or very wet.

If you are wearing a respirator that removes vapors and gases, change the cartridge or canister immediately if you taste or smell pesticide, or you feel the pesticide burning or stinging your nose or throat.

A well maintained and properly fitted respirator that matches the pesticide product label requirements should help prevent inhalation exposure. You should still know the symptoms of pesticide poisoning in case of a malfunction.

 

As of January 2, 2017, the EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requires employers to provide protections to workers and handlers from potential pesticide exposure. Pesticide safety training is part of the requirement.

Certified Training Institute has partnered with Mississippi State University to bring the highest quality pesticide education to the entire nation. This training is designed to help you comply with the new regulations.

Sign up today and begin your required training and stay in compliance with the new laws. Courses are available at our website – www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com/pesticide

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Is It Heat Exhaustion or Pesticide Poisoning?

Sometimes the symptoms of pesticide poisoning can be confused with other illnesses. Anyone who works with or near pesticides should be aware of the symptoms of pesticide poisoning.

Pesticide applicators who work with organophosphate or carbamate insecticides in warm and hot conditions need to be especially aware of the difference between heat exhaustion and pesticide poisoning. It is not always easy to tell if a person is suffering from heat exhaustion or pesticide poisoning.

The EPA has provided the following chart to help you compare symptoms.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion Symptoms of Organophosphate/ Carbamate Poisoning
Sweating Sweating
Headache Headache
Fatigue Fatigue
Dry membranes Moist membranes
Dry mouth Salivation
No tears Tears
No spit present Spit present in mouth
Fast pulse (slow if person has fainted) Slow pulse
Nausea Nausea and diarrhea
Dilated pupils Possibly small pupils
Central nervous system depression Central nervous system depression
Loss of coordination Loss of coordination
Confusion Confusion
Fainting (prompt recovery) Coma (can’t waken)

If pesticide poisoning is suspected call 911 immediately!

If you suspect heat exhaustion, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you:

  • Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place.
  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
  • Remove tight or heavy clothing.
  • Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine.
  • Cool the person by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning.
  • Monitor the person carefully.

Call 911 or your local emergency number if the person’s condition deteriorates, especially if he or she experiences:

  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Fever of 104 F (40 C) or greater

In either case, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. Call 911 if in doubt.

As of January 2, 2017, the EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requires employers to provide protections to workers and handlers from potential pesticide exposure. Pesticide safety training is part of the requirement.

Certified Training Institute has partnered with Mississippi State University to bring the highest quality pesticide education to the entire nation. This training is designed to help you comply with the new regulations.

Sign up today and begin your required training and stay in compliance with the new laws. Courses are available at our website – www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com/pesticide

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What Are the Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning?

Pesticides, by their very nature, are toxic. Their toxicity varies and too much exposure can make you sick and can be lethal. Knowing the symptoms of pesticide poisoning is important for anyone that works with pesticides or who may possibly come into contact with them.

To help avoid over-exposure before using pesticides, you should always read the label for proper application instructions, warnings, and first aid directions.

Symptoms of pesticide overexposure include:

  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive sweating
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Eye irritation

If you have been exposed to pesticides and have any of these symptoms you should follow the first aid procedure listed on the pesticide label and seek medical treatment.

As of January 2, 2017, the EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requires employers to provide protections to workers and handlers from potential pesticide exposure. Pesticide safety training is part of the requirement.

Certified Training Institute has partnered with Mississippi State University to bring the highest quality pesticide education to the entire nation. This training is designed to help you comply with the new regulations.

Sign up today and begin your required training and stay in compliance with the new laws. Courses are available at our website – www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com/pesticide

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How to Wash Pesticide Contaminated Clothing

The EPA has issued guidelines for pesticide safety including for washing work clothes. Proper washing is important to minimize physical contact and prevent others from becoming accidentally exposed.

  • Always keep work clothes separate from your non-work or family’s clothes.
  • Always wash work clothes separately to prevent cross contamination.
  • Wash a few items at a time and use the largest water-level setting.
  • Use a heavy-duty detergent and hot water for the wash cycle.
  • Rinse your work clothes twice in warm water to help remove even more pesticide residue.
  • For moderate to heavily contaminated clothing wash twice or two complete machine cycles.
  • Whenever possible, line dry your clothing outside to prevent your clothes dryer from becoming contaminated over time with pesticide residue.
  • Before doing non-work or family laundry, run your washing machine empty, without clothing, but with detergent and hot water to help assure that the washing machine is clean from pesticides.

As of January 2, 2017, the EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requires employers to provide protections to workers and handlers from potential pesticide exposure. Pesticide safety training is part of the requirement.

Certified Training Institute has partnered with Mississippi State University to bring the highest quality pesticide education to the entire nation. This training is designed to help you comply with the new regulations.

Sign up today and begin your required training and stay in compliance with the new laws. Courses are available at our website – www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com/pesticide

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Kudos from Minnesota!

Our students say the nicest things about us. But sometimes we get praise that makes us blush.

My husband and I have a small construction business that we’ve been working in for over 20 years.  He used to have to take time out of his schedule to go physically to attend classes to keep his contractors license.  Then in 2012 we heard about the Certified Training Institute and online training.  It’s the best change we could have made. 

My husband is not a big computer guy but he loves being able to do the classes at home at his own pace and is able to print out all information in each course.  You can’t fail.  It’s set up to help people truly learn and be able to have references to go back to.

All of the staff are so helpful about answering any questions….none are silly to them.  I can’t believe how much easier it is to get him to do the classes in the comfort of our home.  They make sure his paperwork gets to our state in a very timely manner.  We’ve had no problems with this company.  If I have any questions about licensing I call them first.  Even with the lead abatement rules and regulations they are on top of it. 

I give them a 5 out of 5 on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being the very best!!  Well worth trying out.  You won’t go back to your previous providers for continuing education!!

Kathy O.
Minnesota

Well thank you Kathy! We are very honored and so happy that we have been able to help you and your husband!

Customer service and student support is a top priority at Certified Training Institute. Our staff takes personal pride in their work as educational providers. With instructors that students can contact and speak with for clarifications on specific topics, we make sure that every need is met with a helping hand and an “I can” attitude.

Certified Training Institute is dedicated to supporting the licensing and continuing education needs in the general construction industries, architecture, real estate, drones, personal safety, and pesticide application industries.

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How to Make Money with Drones

One of the most common questions about drones is “How can I make money with my drone?” As drone technology becomes increasingly more sophisticated, more useful purposes are developed.  We’ve collected a list of common and some not so common uses for drones with current or potential commercial applications.

  • Aerial photography
  • Inspecting powerlines, wind turbines
  • Search and Rescue
  • Crop evaluation and monitoring
  • Safety inspections
  • Documenting worksite progress
  • Storm tracking and meteorology
  • Wildlife management monitoring
  • Pipeline inspections
  • 3-D mapping
  • Journalism and News Reporting
  • Law Enforcement
  • Real Estate Photography
  • Medical Supply Delivery/Disaster Relief
  • Firefighting
  • Package Delivery
  • Hunting
  • Prospecting
  • Mine Inspection
  • Home and Roof inspection

No matter what use you find interesting, the bottom line is that you must be licensed to fly a drone for commercial purposes. To get this license the FAA requires you to pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam to obtain your license.

Certified Training Institute offers an FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam Prep Test course. This online course will prepare you to pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam.

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Labor Shortage Continues as Demand for Home Remodeling Increases

Good News
The latest update to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), published by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, predicts a continued increase in home remodeling spending for 2017.

More good news comes from the US Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey indicates that spending on home and improvement and repair increased 11.3% during 2014-2015.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that their Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 53 in the fourth quarter of 2016. An RMI above 50 is an indication of positive growth. The RMI is a predictor of future remodeling activity.

Bad News
Oddly, this good news comes on the heels of a severe labor shortage in the construction trades. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly 200,000 construction jobs went unfilled. This is confirmed by a NAHB labor study which reports that this shortage has driven up wages and delayed projects from being completed on time.

Opportunity
The demand for home remodeling and repairs continues to grow despite a shortage of skilled labor. This creates a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a new career in construction.

Most states require construction contractors to be licensed. Being a licensed contractor proves you have demonstrated competency and knowledge in your field and gives you far greater employment opportunities.

Builders License Training Institute helps thousands of builders and contractors get licensed and complete their continued education each year. Their online courses are created by real builders and guide you through every step. They are available 24/7 from any computer or mobile device giving you the freedom to learn at your own pace and convenience.

Start your new career in construction today with Builders License Training Institute.

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