Missouri Architects, Don’t Miss the 12/31 Deadline!

How do I renew my Missouri architect license?

  1. Missouri architects must complete  24-hours of HSW continuing education
  2. Renew your license online or complete the renewal notice you received in the mail. Call the Board Office at 573-751-0047 if you did not receive a renewal notice.
  3. Pay the appropriate fee to renew. NOTE: Individuals who renew online will be charged an additional processing fee based on their renewal fee.

What are the continuing education requirements for Missouri architects?

Architects in Missouri must complete  24-hours of HSW continuing education every two years.

When is my Missouri architect license due for renewal?

Missouri architects must renew their licenses by December 31st every two years. If you were licensed in an odd year, you must renew your license on December 31st of every odd year. If you were licensed in an even year, you must renew your license on December 31st of every even year. 

Where do I find classes to renew my Missouri architect license?

Architects Training Institute offers Missouri & AIA-approved online 24-hours of HSW continuing education and individual continuing education courses.  We also provide an 18-hour package that fulfills AIA requirements. Classes are available 24/7 on any internet capable device with the benefit of our friendly support staff to guide you through your renewal process.

Who submits my Missouri architect continuing education?

It is the license holder’s responsibility to notify the state.  A certificate of completion will be available for you to print at the end of each course.

 

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A Guide to Getting an Alabama General Contractor or Home Builder License

Do I need an Alabama contractor license?

A license is required for any new residential construction over $50,000 that is three stories or less. Commercial work less than 7500 sq. feet is also allowed under this license.

How do I get an Alabama general contractor license?

  1. Request a license application form from:
    General Contractors – Licensing Board for General Contractors

    2525 Fairlane Drive (Executive Park)
    Montgomery, Alabama 36116
    (334) 272-5030 Ext 226
    Fax: (334) 395-5336
    http://genconbd.alabama.gov/default.aspx 
  2. Complete the application and return it to the State.
  3. Pass a Business and Law exam along with the NASCLA Accredited exam. - Online exam prep course.

How do I get a Alabama Home Builder (residential) contractor license?

  1. In order to obtain a State of Alabama Home Builders License, one must either:
    1. Obtain an application package by sending a written request along with a check or money order for $25 to Home Builders Licensure Board. 
      OR
    2.  To download a printable copy of the new license application package, click below for the appropriate application package:
      Unlimited License Application Package
      Limited License Application Package
      The form must then be completed, signed, notarized and returned with a check or money order made payable to the Home Builders Licensure Board in the amount of $350.00 ($250 license fee and $100 new license application processing fee).
  2. Complete the application and return it to the State.
  3. Schedule to take the exam  (New Testing Company and Rules As Of January 1, 2017)
    Scheduling for the exam is a 3 step process

    1. Register and select which tests you wish to take. - Online exam prep course.
    2. Find available seats in your area – During this step, you will select the date and location where you wish to take the test.
    3. Make your payment – Scheduling is not complete until payment has been made to Prov.

Questions:

If you have questions regarding which exams to take, you may call the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board at (334) 242-2230.

For testing questions call: Prov, Inc. - (866) 720-7758
www.provexam.com
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To access a complete copy of the State of Alabama Home Builders License Board Examinations Candidate Information Bulletin click here.


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Would You Fly in A Plane Without a Pilot?

A new study estimates pilotless flight will be a reality by 2025. Flying planes without pilots could save $35 billion for airline companies and lower prices for passengers. The technology to fly without pilots has been in use by the military for years and many feel the transition from military planes to commercial planes would be smooth since commercial flights already automate the land, take-off, and cruise processes. However, even these automated processes require constant human monitoring and adjusting. Boeing will be testing pilotless planes over the next year.

Many pilots feel this technology cannot work without a human on board. Some suggest having only one pilot on board, instead of the standard two, to intervene if something goes wrong with the computer.

Will people fly without pilots?

A majority of those surveyed said they would not fly in a plane without a pilot. However, younger respondents, between 18 and 34, and those with university degrees were more willing to try pilotless flight. 

 


Want to know more?

This blog is a direct excerpt from our online FAA Remote Pilot in Command Program.

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Tennessee Applicator CE Requirements

When is my Tennessee pesticide applicator license up for renewal?

Tennessee applicators must renew their licenses by December 31st, every 3 years. The current renewal cycle ends 12/31/17.

How much continuing education do I need to renew my Tennessee pesticide applicator license?

Tennessee applicator continuing education differs by license and category and the date licensed.

SECTION

DESCRIPTION

Certified Prior to
1/1/18 & 6/30/18

Certified on or After
7/1/18 & Before 6/30/19

Certified on or After
7/1/19 & Before 6/30/20

Certified on or After
1/1/20

CO1

Agricultural

18 pts

12 pts

6 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO2

Forest Pest Control

12 pts

8 pts

4 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO3

Ornamental & Turf

18 pts

12 pts

6 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO4

Seed Treatment

12 pts

8 pts

4 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO5

Aquatic Pest Control

12 pts

8 pts

4 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO6

Right-of-Way

18 pts

12 pts

6 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO7

Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health-Related Pest Control

30 pts

20 pts

10 pts

Rollover to 2023

CO8

Public Health

18 pts

12 pts

6 pts

Rollover to 2023

C10

Demonstration, Research, and Regulatory Pest Control

18 pts

12 pts

6 pts

Rollover to 2023

C11

Wood Preservatives

9 pts

6 pts

3 pts

Rollover to 2023

C12

Pesticide Dealer

18 pts

12 pts

6 pts

Rollover to 2023

C13

Antifouling Marine Paint

9 pts

6 pts

3 pts

Rollover to 2023

C14

Microbial Pest Control

9 pts

6 pts

3 pts

Rollover to 2023

C16

Sewer Line Treatment

9 pts

6 pts

3 pts

Rollover to 2023

Where do I find courses to renew my Tennessee pesticide applicator license?

Certified Training Institute offers Tennessee-approved continuing education courses in an easy to use, online, video format. Courses are available 24/7 on any internet capable device with the benefit of our friendly support staff to guide you through the renewal process.

Who submits my Tennessee pesticide applicator continuing education?

Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education to the state. You will receive a printable certificate for your records immediately after completing each course.

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2018 Plumbing Trends

Pictured: Possible Grey Water System

Stay ahead of the curve in 2018 by becoming familiar with new technologies and old technologies gaining popularity.

  1. Greywater - Greywater comes from sinks, showers, and washing machines. This water isn't necessarily dirty but it may contain small amounts of dirt or cleaning solutions. This water can be recycled for flushing toilets, watering plants, etc
  2. Smart Appliances - New, eco-friendly machines use less water and save homeowners money.
  3. LED Temperature Monitor - This product allows you to monitor water temperature.
  4. ETWater - a smart irrigation system that tracks the water necessary for a healthy landscape.
  5. Brain Pipes - Brain pipes are a home automation system that conserves natural resources and reduces waste. Brain pipes will set off an alarm when they detect a leak and let the homeowner/plumber know exactly where the leak is occurring.
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Real Estate Environmental Issues

This is a snippet from our Environmental Issues course, available in several states for continuing education credits.

If you are buying a facility (commercial or industrial property) you must find out what contamination may be there. Facilities could include factories, gas stations, mirror plants, dry cleaning establishment, or farms. There are three phases of this process.

Phase I. This is a preliminary report that investigates the history of the subject and neighborhood. Inquiries are made regarding owner/operator, governmental and agency documents, and records. A chain of title search is generally performed.

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission requires registered companies to disclose material information that a reasonable investor would believe significant.

  • The Department of Transportation requires that all hazardous material must be reported and all hazardous spills are recorded.

  • The Army Corps of Engineers issue dredge and fill permits and conduct inspections.

Surveys, site plans, and aerial photos can show the location of storage tanks, ponds, transformers, vehicle maintenance areas and topographical features.

Phase II.  This involves actual site testing, including monitoring of wells, soil probes, and their analyses. A Phase II investigation is undertaken if the Phase I investigation finds evidence of possible surface or subsurface contamination, AND/OR past or present violations of environmental laws and regulations. It is during this time that the presence or absence of contamination can be confirmed. Investigators can also identify the types and amounts of hazardous substances present, identify locations, and estimate the rate of migration. Soil and groundwater testing can be done as well.

Phase III.  This phase includes an engineering study of the means of correction (remediation) for the site, including estimates of the costs and time involved. It more precisely determines the degree and extent of contamination (including groundwater contamination) and determines the type of clean-up or control techniques that are appropriate. Note that the recommended cleanup/control techniques must be approved by the appropriate regulatory agency.


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Tools for Self Defense

Self-Defense instructor, PT Taylor breaks down popular tools for self-defense and legal issues that come with each.

Firearms. They are not for everyone. It is a huge responsibility! Make no mistake; your life will be completely altered once you use deadly force. If you do decide to use a handgun, find a gun store you trust, and that you can rent or practice with the gun. Try before you buy! Make sure the gun fits you! Make sure you are well trained. If you do find you have to use a firearm as a form of defense, be prepared for a legal investigation. It is probably best to seek legal counsel.

Pepper Spray. Pepper spray is considered an intermediate weapon, therefore you must be justified in order to use it. Be sure to research and purchase a quality product. A stream pattern is best for outdoor use. It has a longer range of dispersion and is less likely to be disrupted by the wind. You will know right away if it is working. Remember, no method of defense is 100% effective. Around 15% of the population will not be affected. The primary advantage of pepper spray is that no one will be permanently injured. You will, however, feel the effect as some product will blow back on you. Be sure to keep and carry the spray someplace it will be available. Keep the product out of extreme heat or cold. Pay attention to expiration dates.

Stun Guns Electronic Conducting Device (ECD). There are two methods of deployment:

  • Touch: very painful, but the pain is gone when the device is removed from the skin. It does not incapacitate the assailant.
  • Probe: sends out a fish hook type probe. These will stop an assailant in their tracks, but not knock them out.

You must have a permit to use an ECD. Finally, it is not recommended to use both pepper spray and an ECD. Pepper spray is highly flammable, and there is a chance of setting the assailant on fire.


 

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Must Reads for Those Interested in Personal Safety

Instructor PT Taylor's 'Must Read' list for personal safety: 

Survivors Club by  Ben Sherwood
The Survivors Club is pretty much what it sounds like - an in-depth look at the science of survival: why some people live through disasters while others don't. Sherwood speaks with Holocaust survivors, psychologists, geneticists, and a slew of other experts about how to survive a catastrophe. 

Unthinkable Amanda Ripley
Ripley follows human responses to some of history's worst disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917 to the stories of the survivors of 9/11. The book details the brain's fear circuits, group reactions to emergencies, and the inadequacy of our evolutionary responses.

Fear Less: Real Truth About Risk, Safety, and Security in a Time of Terrorism Gavin De Becker
De Becker provides advice to individuals fearful of terrorism. He suggests ways to take charge of personal security and options for the United States to prevent and overcome future terrorist attacks.

A snippet from the "Personal Safety and Self Defense" course.


 

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Plumbing Tips

A Temporary Fix for Faulty Valves
Every plumber has had to deal with a late-night winter phone call from a homeowner who has no heat.  In some cases, you find an old hydronic boiler that hasn't seen a professional for years. Keep a self-piercing copper saddle valve handy to perform a quick bleed of a valve or drain. This will get the heat back on and allow you to return for the final fix during regular hours.
 
Unclog Drains and Avoid a Mess
Some plumbers use rubber reusable automobile expansion plugs to plug overflow holes on sinks. With just three sizes you can plug 95% of lavatories and avoid the mess.
 
Remove Busted Fittings
Often bolt heads break when removing them from leaking coil plates on boilers. Soaking them in penetrating oil the night before allows you to work the bolts back and forth with vise grips to remove them.
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Avoid a Holiday Pest Infestation

Many homeowners unknowingly open their homes up to pests during the holiday season. Christmas trees can host up to 25,000 bugs, including adelgids, aphids, bark beetles, mites, praying mantises, psocids, scale insects, spiders, bark lice, and webworms. While these insects are harmless and mostly to small to be seen by the naked eye there are a few steps homeowners can take to avoid bringing them inside. 

  1. Examine tree branches and trunks for any signs of eggs or bugs.
  2. Keep the tree in your garage for at least 24 hours before decorating.
  3. Shake the tree over a white sheet to dislodge bugs before bringing it inside.
  4. Vacuum the tree. This will pick up any stubborn bugs that survived the above measures.
  5. Spray neem oil on the tree to kill any additional pests. DO NOT USE AEROSOL PESTICIDES. THEY ARE USUALLY FLAMMABLE.

 


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