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Just 6 More Days To Vote For ECSTI in the EC&M Competition!

On: June 21, 2016
Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute (ECSTI) is proud to announce that we are the category winner for Training Software Product of the Year 2016 Award. This award was presented by EC&M Magazine, the leading Electrical and Maintenance publication in the United States.  ECSTI’s award winning online program is now in competition for EC&M Magazine’s 2016 Product of the Year Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards.

How is the Winner Chosen?

The winners will be determined through an online readers’ poll. Electrical enthusiasts can go to EC&M’s website to evaluate ECSTI’s online learning program and cast their vote to help determine the winner. EC&M Magazine has decided to offer voters an “added incentive.” Each voter will be entered into a drawing, and three voters will be chosen to win a $100.00 gift check from EC&M. Voting will be open May 27th – June 26th, 2016.

ECSTI’s Category Winning Product

Our online, cloud-based education solution provides access to interactive HD video courses, the complete library of ALL Stallcup’s electrical publications, and a full-service turnkey learning management system for individuals and companies. On screen “clickable” references, tables, and illustrations deliver an easy-to-use, interactive experience.

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Wisconsin Architects, T-Minus 42 Days Until Your Renewal Deadline

On: June 20, 2016
Architects in the state of Wisconsin are required to complete 24 hours of approved continued education every two years. 16 of those hours must be on approved Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) topics. To renew your license for the first time, you are required to complete 8 hours of continuing education if your license was issued on or before 7/31/2015.  If your license was issued on or after 8/1/2015, you are not required to complete continuing education.

How do I renew my Wisconsin architects license?

Renewal Requirements: 
  • Pay Renewal Fee: (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG: Signature regarding the completion of Continuing Education, included in on-line renewal and paper form (see Wisconsin's State Continuing Education Information for details).
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at 608-266-2112
Renewal Methods
  • On-line log in here: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form:  888?506?4239 or 608?261?4460 for the Madison area

Where Can I Take Continued Education Courses?

Along with individual AIA approved courses Architects Training Institute has created 4 different course packages specifically for Architects in Wisconsin. These packages range from 8-HRs to 24-HRs and are approved for license renewal.

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11 States That Have Architect License Renewals in 2016

On: June 18, 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.

Florida Contractor License Renewal Information

On: June 16, 2016

Florida Contractors must renew their license by August 31st 2016 every year. Part of the renewal process is completing 14-hours of approved continued education. Along with turning in your renewal application to the Florida Contractors and Licensing Board, you must include the renewal fee ($209.00 Active Individual, $259.00 Active Qualifying Business and $100.00 extra per delinquent). Education providers are required to submit proof of completed hours to the State of Florida.

Florida Contractor Continued Education Requirements:

All Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education each renewal cycle.  Of the fourteen hours, one hour is required in each of the following topics:

  • Specialized or Advanced Module that is approved by the Florida Building Commission
  • Workplace Safety
  • Business Practices
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Laws and Rules Regulating the Construction Industry
  • Wind Mitigation Methodologies (if license is held in the following category:  General, Building, Residential, Roofing, Specialty Structure, or Glass & Glazing.

The remaining hours may include any of the above topics or general topics to the industry.

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.

Where can I find Online Electrical Continuing Education that is Approved in Florida?

Builders License Training Institute continuing education that is approved in Florida. With packages that fulfill all requirements, a system that will keep track of all your certificated, submissions, and will even alert you the next time your renewal comes around. To find out more about completing your continuing education online click here.




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We’ll Make Sure You Never Let Your License Lapse

On: June 15, 2016
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! Real Estate Training Institute Logo 6-10-15 escti_horizontal logo BLTI-A_divisionof_CTI

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Is Your Electrical License Renewing This Month?

On: June 14, 2016


Electrical Journeyman are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years from the date of licensure, (at least 8 of these hours must be based on current NEC Changes). Electrical Administrators are required to complete 8 hours of approved continued education and renew by December 31st of odd numbered years.


Electrical Licenses are managed at the county level. For information on specific requirements you must contact your local electrical licensing board for more information. NEC is not adopted by the state. Phoenix and surrounding communities enforce the NEC. 


Electrical professionals must complete 32 hours of continued education relevant to their category of certification. Electrical Certifications expire three years from the effective date.


Master and Journeyman Electricians must complete 24 hours of electrical continued education each 3-year licensing cycle. 16 hours must be on the latest edition of National Electrical Code (NEC); the remaining 8 hours can consist of approved industry related topics.


Electrician's are required to complete 6 hours of continuing education every year. Master electricians and electrician licensees are required to complete 6 hours in approved CE related the NEC.


Electrician renew their licenses every 2 years from the date of licensure. 15 hours of approved electrical continuing education is required every 3 years or when the National Electrical Code (NEC) is updated.


Master, Journeyman, Elevator, Maintenance, Installer and Power Limited Technicians need to complete 16 hours of continuing education. 12 of the 16 hours will need to cover the National Electric Code ( NEC ). The other 4 hours will need to cover Minnesota statutes and rules or technical topics related to installations and equipment.

North Carolina

Electricians have a yearly renewal cycle that expires from the date of licensure. 8 hours of continuing education is required for U, I, and L licenses. 4 of the 8 hours must be completed in a classroom.

New Hampshire

Licensed Journeymen and Master Electricians must complete 15 hours of continuing education each licensing cycle. The continuing education hours must cover changes to the NFPA 70, NEC; RSA 319-C; New Hampshire Rules; and common deficiencies in electrical installations, as determined by the board.

New Mexico

Electricians are required to complete 16 hours of approved electrical continuing education every 3 years. Journeymen electricians and Journeymen Linemen electrical CE must cover 8 hours of NEC and 8 hours of industry related approved topics.


Electricians are required to complete 6 hours of approved electrical continuing education every three years. These hours must consist of National Electrical Code updates and changes.


Continuing education requirements for electricians is handled at the local level in the State of Missouri. Please check with your local authority to determine if our courses will meet your requirements.


Electricians must complete 4 hours of continuing education each year. The required electrical continued education topics are 2014 NEC Code changes, Occupational Code 1305, Administrative Rules 73, and Electrical Safety ( NFPA 70E ).


Electricians must complete 3 hours of National Electric Code updates every two years. The electrician license renewal is due by the last day of the of the month of the anniversary of the license issue date.


Master and Journeyman Electricians are required to complete 15 hours of electrical continuing education every three years. These electrical education courses hours must be based on the National Electrical Code. Type S Journeymen require 8 hours of electrical education based on their specialty with a maximum of 15 hours if licensed in more than 1 specialty.


Electricians must complete a total of 24 hours of electrical continuing education, 8 must be on the NEC and 4 must be on the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 19.28. The remaining 12 hours can be any state approved continued education courses each triennial license cycle.

West Virginia

Electrical Inspectors are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education units (CEUs), on industry topics every year on the anniversary month of their certification date. Electrical Engineers are required to complete 15 approved Professional Development hours (PDH) that include NEC related topics.

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Should I Get My Michigan Real Estate Salesperson License?

On: June 14, 2016
Being a Realtor and having your own license can be a very rewarding job. Plus there are many advantages to having a license besides the income. Many people are drawn to the flexibility the job offers as well! Still on the fence about getting your real estate license? You will be able to:

Interview Your Employer

As a salesperson, you will be in high demand by Brokers. Brokers want as many agents to work under them as possible, therefore you will have the upper hand in contract negotiations. You'll have a variety of employers to choose from instead of having to take the first offer that comes along.

Determine Your Own Schedule

Being the night owl that I am, this option was the most appealing to me. I could, in theory, sleep in until 9 am and work when I'm at the top of my game during the day. If you have children in daycare or school pick-up’s, no worries! You can schedule your showings and meetings around them. For the single individual, there are the perks such as traveling and the ability to work virtually anywhere! Remember, you can work your job around your life, instead of working your life around your job.

Control Your Income

You are essentially your own boss in real estate. You are responsible for how much effort you put into your job each day/month/year. If you are the sole provider of the household or a joint provider, you have great flexibility with your income. You can get a jump and hit your yearly goal early and maybe take it easy the remainder of the year, or give yourself a raise by working harder for that influx of income.

Get Creative

Being a real estate salesperson is one of the greatest jobs you could have! You get the freedom of not having to work within the same four walls every day. This is a chance for you to get involved with your community, see what is out there, and meet new people. The four walls of an office are completely optional. Take the leap, get your Real Estate Salesperson License!
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Realtors, Do You Know How To Tell A Service Animal From A Pet?

On: June 14, 2016

You are showing the perfect condominium to the perfect couple and you’re just about to sign the deal. During the closing, the couple notices that the leasing agreement says, under no circumstances are pets allowed. The couple says, “but Alphi is a service dog. No Alphi, No Deal!”  What do you do?

The first step in determining if the Condominium Association must allow Alphi to stay is to establish if the animal is truly a “service animal”.  According to ADA Standards, a service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered to be service animals. Service dogs can accomplish pretty amazing heroics on a daily basis: detecting seizures before they occur, toting oxygen tanks for victims of COPD, or tasks as simple as retrieving keys from a hook.

Service dogs are not pets!

Service seeing eye dogThe ADA also states that emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship do not constitute work. These are merely emotional support animals and do not qualify as services animals. To determine if an animal is a service dog, real estate professionals are only allowed to ask two questions:
  • Is this a service animal that is required because of a disability?
  • What work or tasks has the animal been trained to perform?
Realtors and “public accommodation” representatives are NOT allowed to ask about the nature or extent of a person’s disability, or even require documentation such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained or licensed as a service animal.  They are not even allowed to ask the above two questions if the disability is readily apparent, such as a Seeing Eye dog.  

Yorkshire terrier being an Assistance AnimalResidential landlords have different guidelines to follow and have no obligation under ADA, but if the landlord has a leasing office, it is considered to be a “public accommodation”. Residential landlords follow the Fair Housing Act “Assistance Animal” Requirements. An assistance animal can be any type, breed or size and does not have to be trained or certified.  The two important questions for a landlord are:

  • Does the person have a disability?
  • Is there a disability-related need for the assistance animal?
If the answer is “no,” the request may be denied.  If the answer is “yes,” the landlord must honor the request, unless it creates an undue financial burden or if the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The tenant may be required to provide a letter from a health professional supporting the need and also may be required to repair damages caused by the animal.  The landlord cannot charge a “pet deposit” or higher rent for the assistance animal.

Real Estate Training Institute hopes that you found this information helpful. Be sure to check out our social media sites and blog posts for more articles.

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So You Want to Buy a Vacation Home…

On: June 13, 2016
People have many different definitions on what their ideal vacation home looks like. For some a vacation home is a Cape Cod style beach house on the water, a rustic log cabin in the forest/mountains, or a swanky hipster condo in the city. If you are thinking about buying a second home, ask yourself these four questions.

Can I afford a second home?Luxe Rocky Mountain Estate Bedroom with Panoramic View of the mountains

There is a lot to consider when buying a second home. Not only will you have to factor in a second mortgage but all the other bills that come with a house. Utility bills and tax increase for a second home that is a non-primary residence, are just a few of the ongoing costs that will need to be factored in while budgeting for a getaway.

What is the best location for my vacation home?

  Often times people imagine a vacation home far, far away from their current reality. One thing to keep in mind when looking for that perfect location is to ask yourself, “How often will I be able to visit?” If the location you want is halfway around the world you’ll need to factor in the cost of getting there as well as purchasing the home. If it costs more than the purchase price, to visit your home multiple times a year, it may not be worth it to buy. If you plan on using the home for a rental or already spend a lot of time in your destination area, then it may be worth it to buy.

How much maintenance will be required?

While factoring in all the costs, remember to include routine maintenance and repairs. If you decide to turn your vacation home into a rental price out any Insurance, safety obligations, and or requirements in that area. For locations that require airfare, you may think about hiring a property manager. They will be able to handle any maintenance issues that may occur. Be sure to factor in the added cost of hiring someone.

Will I be able to enjoy my own home?

Tybee_Vacation_Rental_HomesAfter doing all the research and mapping out potential costs for your vacation home the next step to take is contacting an agent. If you are planning on renting out your home while you are away, be sure to keep a schedule that allows you to visit when you want to. Remember, this home is yours. The getaway that you scrimped and saved for. You’ll want to make sure you are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. There are many perks to buying a second home. In the long run, if you visit the area frequently, it is more cost effective to buy rather than rent. The most important thing to keep in mind is, your vacation home is for you and it should be a place you can go to escape reality. It should be a place to unwind, relax, and make memoires with loved ones.

Real Estate Training Institute hopes that you have enjoyed this article and found it helpful. For more articles on Real Estate visit our site and click on News.

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House Hunting For The Single Individual

On: June 9, 2016

Are you a single individual who is looking for a house hunting adventure?

A few days ago my boss approached me with the idea of writing a blog on house hunting for the single individual. Having caught the house hunting bug myself, I jumped at the idea to start researching and writing. With pen and paper in hand I eagerly sat in my co-workers office and interviewed her as my ideal candidate. Together we came up with a list of four realistic facts that any single individual needs to know, before committing to the long-term relationship of owning a home.

Nothing lasts forever

During your house hunting adventure it is important to remember, life happens and things don’t always go according to plan. Your relationship status could change or your job might require you to relocate. When looking at a house think about ways you would turn it into an investment property if or when the time comes to move on.

Rose colored glasses

One thing we strongly encourage is don’t go it alone. Take someone with you to look at homes. See if your parents can go and look at houses with you. Buying a house is both exciting and an emotional process. Your emotions can cloud decisions you need to make, and your excitement can cause a “rose colored glasses” effect. Having a trustworthy person(s) with you and involved in the process can be a great sounding board for you, and offer you some unbiased feedback.

Mo Money means Mo Problems

Now, just because the bank approved you for a $250,000.00 mortgage doesn’t mean you should go and spend it all. Exercising a little restraint in your budget will make you feel better about your purchase in the long run. You’ll be able to minimize buyer’s remorse, and maximize on your ability to customize and renovate to fit your particular tastes. Remember it is always important to keep your debt to income ratios at a respectable level.

Gotta have them street smarts!

Research, research, research! I can’t say this enough. It’s a great big world out there with a lot of unknowns. No one is going to know what you want in your dream house more than you. Research every option and check out all Comps (comparable properties) to see what houses are selling for in your area. Contact multiple real estate agents in your area. Read reviews on Realtors and meet the ones who stand out to you in person. Your Realtor needs to know your expectations and keep your personal interests in mind. All in all, take your time and enjoy this process. Yes, you will probably get stressed, overwhelmed, and excited all at the same time on occasion, and that's normal. Remember buying a house is a commitment and a long-term relationship, it’s going to take some work but in the end it’s all worth it. If you liked these helpful hints be sure to check out our article about renovations titled "So You Want To Renovate Your Home..." Enjoy!

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