Congratulations to Our Latest Veteran Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Army Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Benjamin Schuchard!

Army National Guard Veteran Benjamin T. Schuchard served 8 years active duty, including a 118-month deployment to Kuwait for “Operation Enduring Freedom”. He’s been awarded numerous achievement medals, service medals and ribbons throughout his career. He now resides in Rochester Minnesota and wishes to pursue a career as a Licensed Builder.  Ben stated in his scholarship application I believe everyone has to make their own success in life and that is why I chose Builders License Training Institute to be successful in my future.” Ben, we couldn’t agree more!

Builders License Training Institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining a Builder or Contractor license nationwide. We provide scholarship opportunities for Veterans and Students interested in Prelicensure Courses or Exam Prep.

If you or someone you know would make a good candidate for our scholarship program please download the appropriate link from our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to get started!

Congratulations Ben, we're proud to offer you this opportunity to build a better tomorrow!


AIA Releases Statement on The Troubling Trend of States Delicensing Professionals

(The above map shows states that are in the process of deregulating licensing requirements.)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released a statement last month on states rolling back on architect licensing regulations. The AIA strongly opposes any efforts on the reduction or the removal of requirements for the professional’s licensures of architects, calling the measures “risky” and “the stakes are simply too high.”

AIA listed the following principles for architects to uphold:

  • The health, safety, and welfare of the public depend on having licensed, continually educated architects.
  • State licensing boards are crucial to maintaining professional accountability and guarding against unlicensed professionals.
  • AIA works to uphold professional licensure in all 54 states and territories.
  • License portability for architects protects us in time of disaster.

AIA members are required to continue their education even after being licensed so that practitioners stay up-to-date on the latest techniques in the industry. The value of the architecture profession requires that architects uphold appropriate professional standards, and the AIA oppose any efforts on the government level to weaken or eliminate the professional licensure.

The AIA states a clear message:

  • Architects study and train extensively and become licensed to help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all who occupy and visit the structures that they design.
  • All U.S. states and territories require a license to practice architecture to ensure buildings are safe for their occupants and the public.
  • The AIA believes the public is best served when state regulatory boards, duly constituted under state law, are free to regulate professional licensure on behalf of the public and consumers.

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Tools for Self Defense

There are plenty of options for individuals interested in self-defense tools. Make sure you choose something that makes you feel comfortable and safe while keeping in mind the laws of your state.

  • Tactical knife. Knives are a handy self-defense tool because they can be used for more than one purpose and are more effective than a gun at close range. You will want a knife that is both lightweight and sturdy. Look for something with a blade of three inches or more made from quality materials. 
  • Taser/Stun Gun. Tasers are both nonlethal and effective making them a favorite for many. A taser can be used to immobilize an attacker, giving you plenty of time to get away. Make sure you look at your city and state laws before making this purchase as they are illegal in multiple states and municipalities. 
  • Pepper Spray. Pepper spray is a longstanding favorite for defense. It is quick, easy to use, and generally, extremely effective. The spray causes severe irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. While it will slow most attackers down, it doesn't always make them come to a full stop.
  • Tactical Flashlight. This item is both practical and effective. The flashlight has two settings: the first will send out 500 lumens, enough to temporarily blind your assailant. The second is a regular, effective flashlight. In addition to its blinding capabilities, the flashlight has jagged edges surrounding the bulb, specifically designed to strike an attacker and do enough damage to slow them down.

Want to Learn Self-Dense from the Comfort of Home?

This online HD Video Course enables you to learn self-defense at your own pace.


North Carolina Building Contractor License Exam Prep

How do I get a North Carolina building contractor license?

First, you must obtain a license application from the Licensing Board.  You can do this by sending a check for $15 to the address below or downloading the application from the website below for a $13 charge.

Licensing Board for General Contractors
P.O. Box 17187
Raleigh NC 27619
Phone: (919) 571-4183
Fax: (919) 571-4703

Submit the General Contractors License application and supporting documents to the North Carolina Board for General Contractors.  Applications must be received 30 days prior to any regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.  The meeting dates are also listed on the website above.

Do I need a license prior to bidding on a project?

If the project costs $30,000 or more, you will need a license before submitting a bid. 

What is the difference between the North Carolina Residential Contractor License and the Building Contractor License?

The Residential Contractor license is for one and two-family dwellings, whereas the Building Contractor license is for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential building. 

Do I need to pass a separate Business and Law Examination?

No, there is not a separate Business and Law exam.  There is just one 90 question exam covering all topics listed above.  Even if you take the NASCLA-Accredited exam, you do not have to take a separate Business and Law exam for North Carolina.

 Does North Carolina require a General Contractor (commercial contractor) license?


Do I need to renew my North Carolina contractor license?

Licenses must be renewed annually by December 31st for the following year, or the license expires. If a license is not renewed within sixty (60) days following expiration, then it becomes “invalid,” and the contractor becomes, in effect, unlicensed. Reexamination is required if a license is not renewed for four (4) years following expiration. After a lapse of four years, no renewal shall be affected and all requirements for a new license must be fulfilled, in accordance with G.S. 87-10.

Do you want to become a Building Contractor, Residential Contractor, or General Contractors in North Carolina?

We can help. Our North Carolina contractor license online study courses are easy to use and understand.  We combine HD Videos, engaging slides and practice questions as close to the real test as it gets. We walk you through the reference books pointing out what is important. Our courses are separated into easy to follow lessons. You can go at your own pace and review the information as many times as you want. 

Check out our North Carolina Building Contractor License Exam Prep Courses, and Professional Development courses anytime!



Mississippi Applicators Can Now Complete Their CE Online

Certified Training Institute has partnered with Mississippi State University Extension Service to bring applicators online continuing education for the first time!

Here are a few frequently asked renewal questions to help guide you through the process.

When is my Mississippi pesticide applicator certification up for renewal?

  • Private Applicator licenses must be renewed every 5-years on the anniversary of licensure.
  • Commercial Applicators must renew every 3-years on the anniversary of licensure.

How do I renew my Mississippi pesticide applicator certification?

  1. Complete your continuing education course
  2. Our system will redirect you to the Mississippi State University Extension Service
  3. You will complete the appropriate form and pay MSUES a $75 renewal fee
  4. Your new Certification will come in the mail

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

Applicators must complete 5-credits of continuing education during the last 12-months of each licensing cycle.

Where do I find classes to renew my Mississippi pesticide applicator license?

Certified Training Institute offers Mississippi-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.

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Everything You Need to Know to Become a Licensed Contractor in Arizona

Who needs an Arizona Contractor license?

Any business which contracts or offers to contract to build, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, improve, move, wreck or demolish any building, highway, road, railroad, excavation or other structure, development or improvement.

Contractors must be properly licensed before submitting bids.

How do I get an Arizona Building Contractor license?

  1. Download a Contractor’s License Application Form which will guide you step by step through the licensing process.
  2. Identify a qualifying party – A person who meets or exceeds the license classification requirements for the license in which they are applying
  3. Prepare for your licensing exam by taking the Exam Prep Course(s)
  4. PASS the required parts of the contractor exam(s)
  5. Submit to Background Checks
  6. Form a Legal Entity
  7. Bond
  8. Pay the fees and assessments with your application form
  9. Provide proof of identity – Government issued Identification
  10. Submit the Contractor’s License Application Form to the State.

Which test should I take to obtain an Arizona Contractor License?

Remodeling and Repair Contractor
License for remodeling or repair of existing residential structures.  B-3 General Residential Remodeling and Repair Contractor, C-61 Limited Remodeling and Repair Residential, and L-61 Carpentry Remodeling and Repairs Commercial licenses are all qualified for the same exam. You will be required to pass a 70 question Remodeling and Repair Contractor Exam.  You will also need to pass an 80 question Business Management Exam.

The B/B-2 General Residential Contractor examination 
This exam is for Residential Builders, Small Commercial Builders, or both and covers the construction of all or any part of a residential structure.  This license also includes work in B-3 and most of the C Specialties. For this license, you must pass a 100 Question General Residential and Small Commercial Contractor Exam. You will also need to pass an 80 question Business Management Exam.

The B-1 General Commercial Contractor examination 
Contractors that will supervise or manage any part of the building or remodel of any structure over $250,000 (labor and materials) and three stories or more.  This license also includes most of the L specialties. You will need to pass a 100 Question General Commercial Contractor License Exam. You will also be required to pass an 80 Question Business Management Exam.

Is Arizona Building Contractor continuing education required?

No. Arizona does not require continuing education after initial licensure.

Expand your knowledge base by brushing up on relevant and interesting topics with Professional Development Courses.  Topics such as Manage Your Way To Big Profits will help you maximize the earning potential of each and every building project you manage. Check them out HERE to learn more.



New York Architect Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my New York architect license?

  1. New York architects must complete 36 hours of continuing education each three-year renewal period.
  2. The State will send you a registration renewal form. 

What are the continuing education requirements for New York architects?

  1. Architects in New York must complete 36 Hours of continuing education which must include 24 hours of HSW every three years.
  2. A maximum of 18 hours can be taken online and the remaining 18 must be taken a classroom setting.  

When is my New York architect license due for renewal?

New York architects must renew their licenses by the last day of the month preceding their birthday month.

Where do I find classes to renew my New York architect license?

Architects Training Institute offers New York and AIA-approved online requirement of a maximum of 18 of the 36 hours of HSW continuing education and other individual continuing education courses.

Who submits my New York architect continuing education?

It’s the licensee’s responsibility to notify the State.

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Tips & Tricks for Plumbers by Plumbers

Plumbing tips for everyone from novice to expert.

  1. Use Caulk Instead of Putty
    Lots of plumbers never use plumber's putty. It can damage some plastics and it stains natural stone, all while drying out, cracking, and allowing leaks. Silicone caulk has less negative effects and lasts longer.
  2. Use Pipe Dope for Everything
    Even though pipe dope is made for sealing threads, it can be used almost anywhere. From sealing compression fittings to ground fittings and rubber seals. The paste is slippery which allows connections to slide together and form a good seal.
  3. Use String to Cut Pipe
    String is almost as fast as a saw and it fits places where saws do not. Just cut a shallow notch with a hacksaw blade where you want to cut and move the string back and forth to slice through the PVC or ABS pipe.
  4. Cut PVC Pipe on a Specialized 5-Gallon Bucket
    A few notches cut into the top of a 5-gallon bucket can make an excellent holder for cutting PVC pipe on the fly and on the cheap.

New Self-Flying Drone-No Controller Required

Skydio, a startup formed by former Google drone engineers, just finished production of a self-flying, hands-free aerial photography camera. The drone uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to fly by itself without the aid of a pilot.  This is done with technology similar to whats being used in autonomous vehicles, with adjustments made for the 3-D motion of flying and the lack of roadway structure.

The drone uses 13 cameras, GPS, and other sensors to follow a user without hitting obstacles. Users instruct the drone to follow them by opening a specialized app and connecting with the aircraft. Using this app the drone can be set to lead, follow, or orbit the subject.

The drone is currently selling for $2,499.



Connecticut Real Estate Agent Taxes and Deductions

Every real estate agent is grateful for tax deductions this time of year. However, it is tough to determine what can and cannot be written off as a deduction.

  • Advertising costs are one of a real estate professional’s most common expenses. Examples include business cards and mailed flyers. Be sure to keep records of all your advertising expenses.
  • You can also use your training as deductions. If you paid for seminars, continuing education, anything you did to improve your skills.
  • An often-missed deduction is auto expenses. If you travel, there are options. You can either keep track of your mileage and use that as a deduction or your expenses such as gas, insurance, and repairs. I recommend keeping track of all auto expenses and using the option that gives you the best benefit.

There are over a hundred deductions that you can use as a real estate sales agent. For more information on taxes take a look at our Connecticut approved 3-hour continuing education Taxes course.


How do I renew my Connecticut real estate license?

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is now offering license renewal online! All renewal notices are sent approximately 30-45 days prior to the expiration date of your license. If you received a username and password on your renewal notice, you may go to to renew.

If you did not receive a username or password on your renewal notice, send an email to and include the following:

  • Name
  • License, permit or registration type
  • License, permit or registration number
  • Email address
  • Which login you are requesting:
    • User ID and Password for full access to your account and renewal
    • Fast Track Renewal PIN for access to renew only

If you would prefer to renew by mail, send an email to and include the following:

  • Name
  • License, permit or registration type
  • License, permit or registration number
  • Email address

Where do I find classes to renew my Connecticut Real Estate license?

Real Estate Training Institute offers Connecticut approved online for both Brokers and Salespersons.   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.