When does my Florida Contractors license renew?

On: March 3, 2016
Florida construction worker with circular saw in hand

Certified contractor licenses are statewide and allow you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida. Certified contractors renew their license by August 31 each even-numbered year. Registered contractor licenses are limited to certain local jurisdictions and only allow you to work in the cities or counties where you hold a certificate of competency. Registered contractors renew their license by August 31 each odd-numbered year.

How much continuing education do I need to renew my Florida Contractors license?

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 in the industry.

Where can I go to complete my continuing education?

Students can get all their required continuing education completed online. The Builders License Training Institute offers many 14-hour course packages and individual courses that designed specifically for Florida contractors.

 

“Your Florida 14-Hour narrated courses are excellent!  I learned a lot and enjoyed the course.  You make it easy for those of us who are not computer savvy.” 

                                          –David E.

 

Florida State Law requires that all construction contractor applicants to establish that they are both financially responsible and financially stable prior to issuance of their licenses. Contractors must maintain a financial stability while licensed. Builders License Training Institute also has two courses that meet the Florida “financial responsibilities” requirement.

  • 7-Hour Florida Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies – #0610623
  • 7-Hour Florida Online Contracts, Liability and Risk Management – #0610130

The Builders Licnese Training Institute hopes that you found our blog full of helpful information on your Florida Contractors License renewal. Be sure to check out our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more articles.


Get Your Arkansas Architects Continued Education Done Now!

On: February 29, 2016
Architect plans and calculator

Arkansas architects need a total of 12 hours of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) continuing education each calendar year by July 31st. AIA members must complete 18 hours of approved CE with 12 of those based on HSW approved topics. The state of Arkansas requires that Architects keep a record of their completed continuing education credit for six years, and that no extra CEU’s may be carried over to the next cycle.

Complete Arkansas AIA Approved Continued Education Course List

Architects Training Institute has created many different course packages for architect to choose from ranging from 8-hour course package to 24-hour course package. Listed below are the courses included in our AIA approved 12-hour course package.

12-hour online course package:

2010 ADA Standards: Accessible Route

This one hour video course covers the fourth chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards Accessible Design and Routes. The material for this course includes onsite, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used both by the public and private sector.

Ethics and Professional Development

This two hour video course will provide ethical theory and application that will help you establish and maintain hard earned business relationships.

Technological Innovation Building “Green” into the Budget

In this three hour video course Architects will be able to look into the methods of green building that allows homes to have less impact on the environment. Green building will also have a greater economic benefit to the homeowner.

Weatherization and Renewable Energy

  • In the 3 hour Weatherization video, students will gain the confidence in their ability to reduce building envelope failure using prevention methods of construction.
  • In the 3 hour video Renewable energy lesson students will see how renewable energy is contributing more and more to the world’s ever-rising energy demands.

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


4 States Have Electrical License Renewals In 2016

On: February 22, 2016
Electrician measure voltage and current

Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute (ECSTI) has compiled a list of states that require their electricians to renew their licenses in 2016. As an Electrician, you have worked hard to get where you are. It is always important to stay on top of your electrical license renewal requirements. The last thing you want to happen with your license is to have it lapse because of failure to complete the required continuing education.

 

Alabama: Alabama electrical contractors must renew their license annually. Continuing education must be completed every two years. License renewal dates occur quarterly:

  • March 31th, June 30th, Sept. 30th, and Dec. 31th
  • Electricians must renew their license by the end of the quarter in which their license was originally issued.

Electricians are required to complete 14 hours of approved continuing education every two years. 7 of the 14 hours must be based on the current NEC/NFPA and the remaining 7 hours must be on industry approved topics.

 

North Dakota: Electricians in North Dakota are required to complete 8 hours of continuing education annually. 4 of those 8 hours must cover the 2014 National Electrical Code. Electricians renew their licenses annually based on license type:

  • Journeyman: March 31st
  • Master Electrician: April 30th
  • Class B Electrician: April 30th
  • Apprentice: January 31st

 

South Dakota: Electricians in South Dakota must complete 16 hours of approved continuing education courses. Licenses must be renewed even numbered years on or before June 30th.

8 of the 16 hours must be on the 2014 National Electrical Code. The remaining 8 hours must be on state approved continuing education.

 

Wisconsin: Wisconsin electrical contractors must renew their licenses by June 30th every 4 years from the date you are licensed. Electricians are required to complete 18-24 hours of approved continuing education.

  • Master Electricians and Journeymen must complete 24 hours of CE
  • Industrial Journeymen Electricians, Residential Journeymen Electricians, and Residential Master Electricians must complete 18 hours.

For the best new way to complete your continuing education requirements, visit www.ecsti.com or give our friendly staff a call at: 800-727-7104


Michigan Builders, Get Updated!

On: February 22, 2016
Residential builder construction

The State of Michigan released a new 2015 Residential Code Book in December of 2015.  There are quite a number of new changes to the building code for the State of Michigan, both big and small.  Now you can get updated on the new Michigan Residential Codes and complete your residential builders license continuing competency at the same time.

How many hours of Continued Competency do you need?

If you’ve been licensed as a Michigan Residential Builder or a Maintenance and Alteration (M&A) Contractor for six years or more, you only need to take a 3-Hour Code-Law-Safety course to renew your license by May 31st, 2017. 

If you’ve been licensed less than six years, you must complete 21 hours of continuing competency by your third year anniversary and another 21 hours by your sixth year anniversary, with a minimum of 3 hours per year.  The License renewal deadline for most Michigan builders and contractors is May 31, 2017, but there are a few that renew in 2016. Be sure to check you actual license for your renewal date.

The three hour update course is in full HD Video with no tests and includes three 50-minute segments:

  • 2015 Michigan Residential Code Changes
  • How to Write a Binding Contract
  • MIOSHA Regulation Updates

There are also specific regulations that must be met with the 21-Hours of builder’s continuing education for those builders that have been licensed less than six years.  For example, a minimum of three hours must be taken per year and the 21 hours must include at least one hour of code, one hour of law, and one hour of safety.

The Builders License Training Institute has taken the worry out of completing the education, while combining it with making sure builders are up to date. This reputable school has also created packages that contain courses and the new 2015 Residential Code Book, allowing builders to save money, as well as time.

For the best new way to complete your education requirements, visit www.licensetobuild.com or give our friendly staff a call at: 1-800-727-7104


Minnesota Builders & Remodelers Less Than 6 Weeks to Renew Your License!

On: February 18, 2016
Minnesota builder with thumbs up

March 31st is just a few short weeks away. If you haven’t started your residential builders continued education, now is a good time to start. And you don’t have to waste time or gas driving to a classroom course.  You can take it online from any computer or mobile device. It’s never been more convenient than it is now.

What are the Requirements for Minnesota Contractors?

Residential building contractor and residential remodeler licenses are issued for a two-year term that always ends March 31st.  Half of the licensed contractors renew one year and the other half renew the next year, but everyone is supposed to complete 7 hours per year (14 for the two-year cycle). There must be at least one hour of Energy Code included each cycle as well.  You can even take the same course twice, as long as it’s not in the same renewal cycle.

To help Minnesota contractors fulfill the required continued education, Builders License Training Institute is offering a variety of 7 Hour courses in HD video or fully narrated text that include the required Energy Code.  The courses allow you to begin immediately and come and go as you please.

Use this coupon code to save 10%

MN10

Here are a few of the 7 hour courses that contractors can use to create the required 14 hours. CLICK HERE for a full list of courses

7 Hour Code and Energy Efficient Building (HD Video)

Gain confidence in your ability to use and understand the current Minnesota Residential Code, as well as learn how to incorporate energy efficiency into building projects.  This course shows you a comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency.

7 Hour Estimating and Bidding for Success (Fully Narrated)

This course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. The course will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid.

7 Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy (HD Video)

This course will show contractors what energy efficient products are on the market for their clients in Renewable Energy. In Weatherization contractors will learn how moisture enters into the internal structural areas of a home and what procedures to use in the many tasks involved to head off these problems.

7 Hour Minnesota Construction Safety (Fully Narrated)

This course is a review of the safety codes required for residential construction. Students will be able to understand and describe the basic components of a construction safety program. They will recognize the hazards inherent at a construction job site, and describe ways to prevent those hazards.

For the best new way to complete your education requirements, visit www.licensetobuild.com or give our friendly staff a call: 1-800-727-7401


Minnesota Builders & Remodelers Less Than 6 Weeks to Renew Your License!

On: February 18, 2016
Minnesota builder with thumbs up

March 31st is just a few short weeks away. If you haven’t started your residential builders continued education, now is a good time to start. And you don’t have to waste time or gas driving to a classroom course.  You can take it online from any computer or mobile device. It’s never been more convenient than it is now.

What are the Requirements for Minnesota Contractors?

Residential building contractor and residential remodeler licenses are issued for a two-year term that always ends March 31st.  Half of the licensed contractors renew one year and the other half renew the next year, but everyone is supposed to complete 7 hours per year (14 for the two-year cycle). There must be at least one hour of Energy Code included each cycle as well.  You can even take the same course twice, as long as it’s not in the same renewal cycle.

To help Minnesota contractors fulfill the required continued education, Builders License Training Institute is offering a variety of 7 Hour courses in HD video or fully narrated text that include the required Energy Code.  The courses allow you to begin immediately and come and go as you please.

Use this coupon code to save 10%

MN10

Here are a few of the 7 hour courses that contractors can use to create the required 14 hours. CLICK HERE for a full list of courses

7 Hour Code and Energy Efficient Building (HD Video)

Gain confidence in your ability to use and understand the current Minnesota Residential Code, as well as learn how to incorporate energy efficiency into building projects.  This course shows you a comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency.

7 Hour Estimating and Bidding for Success (Fully Narrated)

This course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. The course will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid.

7 Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy (HD Video)

This course will show contractors what energy efficient products are on the market for their clients in Renewable Energy. In Weatherization contractors will learn how moisture enters into the internal structural areas of a home and what procedures to use in the many tasks involved to head off these problems.

7 Hour Minnesota Construction Safety (Fully Narrated)

This course is a review of the safety codes required for residential construction. Students will be able to understand and describe the basic components of a construction safety program. They will recognize the hazards inherent at a construction job site, and describe ways to prevent those hazards.

For the best new way to complete your education requirements, visit www.licensetobuild.com or give our friendly staff a call: 1-800-727-7401


New Electrical Instructor Presentation Packages for 2016

On: February 18, 2016
ECSTI instructor teaching student

Electrical Codes and Standard Training Institute (ECSTI) in partnership with the Stallcup’s is releasing Instructor Presentation Packages for classrooms across the country. Stallcup’s interactive presentations give instructors tools and information that have never before been available. With top notch graphics and illustrations, “clickable” references, embedded videos, and Stallcup’s entire E-library, this is what instructors have been waiting for. Each instructor presentation packages include:

 

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2014 NEC Changes: These 2014 presentations include the original 2011 standard, the NFPA Report on Proposal, any correlations with NFPA, 70E, 70B and 79 along with revisions and acceptance principals.

 

2015 NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Changes: Included in these presentations are illustrations with clickable references for every topic, the name of the submitter, the public input that influenced the change, as well as the revisions and response by the NFPA.

 

2014NEC Residential Receptacles, Motors and Transformers: This 4 hour interactive presentation course focuses on simplifying some of the more complicated rules pertaining to the design, installation, and selection of wiring methods and equipment.

 

Along with the courses mentioned above, each instructor will have access to ECSTI’s virtual library. The virtual E-library access comes with interactive Stallcup reference books as well as backdated editions and other electrical publications. Instructors will also have access to state approved continued education as well as:

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  • Easy to use, interactive video presentations. Instructors will be able to use these presentations in the classroom to explain electrical topics in detail. Each presentation includes information such as the actual proposed amendments and who proposed them, so the question of “Why” is easier to answer.
  • Structured for easy on the go lesson plans that give the instructors the ability to choose the exact topics they want to cover.
  • Current and continually added material for instructors to stay updated on current material. The entire system is cloud based, so there is a constant stream of new presentations becoming available for instructors to use and explore.
  • Pre-built quizzes and test questions that instructors can choose from and arrange or modify as they see fit for their lessons. Each question is taken directly from the presentations and are a great resource for making sure your class is staying on track.

ECSTI is excited to offer this great teaching tool to all instructors and companies with teaching facilities. ECSTI has partnered with the Stallcup’s to be able to offer this amazing teaching product so that electrical instructors can have an easy to use, interactive, up to date product for their students.

Better training, lower cost, higher productivity, and probably a whole lot easier that what you’re doing now.

To find out more information call Bob Webber- National Sales Manager of ECSTI
1-844-842-8272


Use the NFPA 70E in Your Online Electrical Safety Training

On: February 10, 2016

What is the NFPA 70E?

The standard NFPA 70E was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) at the request of OSHA. The 70E covers electrical safety requirements in the workplace for employees. The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and the National Electrical Code (NEC) also required subparts of the NFPA 70E.

Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute (ECSTI) has collaborated with the Stallcup’s to create a hands on, illustrated course series based on the 70E code changes. The goal in creating this course is to make the rules and regulations easy to understand and enforce in any safety training and workplace.

  • Designers must design and layout electrical systems to meet the provision of the OSHA standards.

     

  • Installers are required to install and wire electrical systems to comply with the NEC and provide safety for the employee working in his or her workplace.

     

  • Inspectors must inspect the electrical system to ensure that it not only complies with the NEC, but also provides the necessary safety requirements of OSHA and NFPA 70E.

The Stallcup’s 2015 NFPA 70E code book and interactive series course will provide electricians with the most recent updates on the revisions that have taken place. This course will give electricians a jump start on the information they need in order to interpret and apply some of the changes required by OSHA.

In their course the Stallcup’s give the appropriate reasons for revisions and new articles are given, along with what kind of impact such changes will have on:

  • Manufacturers

     

  • Designers

     

  • Installers

     

  • Inspectors

For every proposal made for a change, there was a reason, this course and book series will provide the reasons why the changes were made.

NFPA 70E Video

Instructor Package and Employee Benefits

ECSTI offers pre-built presentations and course material to be used in the classroom for instructors. As a company teaching employees you will have access to many different tools at your fingertips.

  • Topics That Apply to Your Team – You can control the topics covered in training, making sure your team is given the information they need to make you jobs run smoother. 

 

  • Higher Quality Instruction – You can guarantee that your team is receiving the highest quality instruction from qualified instructors and authors.

 

  • Easily Track and Organize Information – Keeping track of your employees training, state requirements, safety meetings, and certificates is simple and easy.

 

  • On The Job Resources – Providing your employees with a constantly updated and mobile friendly electrical library of the highest quality reference books will boost productivity. Information and standards can be quickly referenced on the job from any mobile device, and then shared with co-workers or inspectors.

 

  • Employee Development – Providing a path for career growth through employee training and professional development will improve your company’s recruiting package and make it easier to recruit and retain top talent.

Six Green and High-Performance Articles For Realtors

On: February 4, 2016

2016 and 2017 are projected to be the years of the Millennials. This younger generation is looking for more energy efficient homes, and even “smart” homes. Millennials are in tune with technology and having a list of resources to offer products, homes, and solutions to having a greener, “smarter” home.

  • According to an article written by Caldwell Banker, smart home technology with be becoming more mainstream in 2016 and 2017. Americans are willing to pay extra to add smart features to their homes.

 

  • Now for the homeowner that wants to buy a fixer upper, but isn’t confident on how to fully go green dazzle them with your knowledge from this article. GadgetFlow has amazing “smart” products that homeowners can get to help them create their ideal “smart home.”

 

  • During these many long and cold months the housing market can tend to be a bit on the slow side. This article lists the benefits of having homeowners put their homes on the market during this time of year.

 

  • As you are showing a home and homeowners want a greener more energy efficient home without breaking the bank, offer them these simple solutions. U.S. News & World Report came up with 5 simple ways to “green” your home.

 

  • The article, The Smartest Connected Home Products at CES 2016, is another great one to read up on for potential homeowners. While showing an older outdated home you can suggest these great products that will make their future home adequate for newer smart technology.

 

  • The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has written a great article on the Benefits of Green Home building This article outlines the benefits of LEED-Certified homes that are now hitting the market as new constructions or flips.   

 

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


Top Five Electrical Articles for 2016

On: February 3, 2016

Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute (ECSTI) has compiled a list of our favorite articles to get us started for 2016. The articles we chose range from amazing apps you can use on the job with your phone to hands on online NEC updates CEU’s.

 

  • Electrical Construction & Maintenance has compiled a list of 8 Great Electrical Apps for electricians use while in the field. 

     

  • In their article phys.org explains how an underground battery could potentially store energy, Co2. This is just one example of how scientists want to expand the use of electrical energy long term.

     

 

ECSTI hopes that you liked these articles as much as we do. Be sure to check out our social media sites and blog posts for more articles.