How do I Renew my Kansas Architect License?

On: April 14, 2017

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How do I renew my Kansas architect license?

Kansas architects must complete 30 PDH (Professional Development Hours) every two years to meet their June 30th renewal deadline. Architects must submit their continuing education certificate, renewal form and $70 ($5 for licensees 70 years of age or older) to the state. This process can be completed online or by mail.

Where do I find courses to renew my Kansas architect license?

Architects Training Institute offers online courses that meet all state requirements as well as AIA requirements for yearly renewal. Courses can be purchased in 30-hour packages or individually to meet all of your continuing education needs and can be taken at your convenience, on any device with internet access.

 Who submits my CE to Kansas?

Kansas architects are responsible for submitting their continuing education certificates to the state. Certificates are available to print as soon as the course has been completed. Architects are encouraged to keep a copy for their own records as well as certificates must be kept for 4 years. Architects Training Institute will submit your continuing education to the AIA the next business day after completion. 1-800-727-7104


Oregon CCB Issues Buyer Beware about Predatory Contractors

On: April 13, 2017
The Oregon Contractor Construction Board (CCB) has released a ‘Buyer Beware’ list of unlicensed contractors who take payment then do little, poor work or no work at all. Contractors on the list owe customers or the state of Oregon money.  The CCB is hoping the list will deter people from hiring these builders and discourage them from using unlicensed individuals at all.

On the List

One Contractor owes the CCB $100,000 for working as a bricklayer without a license and failing to do any of the work he was hired to do.  A husband and wife team made the list for performing substandard flooring installs without a license. The most accurate way to check the status of an Oregon contractor is by using contractor numbers through the CCB website. Contractors can also be searched by all or part of their business name or their last name.

Warning Signs of a Bad Contractor

Consumers should beware of any contractor who:
  1. Asks for more than 15% of the job cost up front
  2. Won't sign a contract
  3. Fails to return calls
  4. Doesn't follow contract guidelines
  5. Hires subpar subcontractors

How to Deal with a Bad Contractor

Consumers who are having issues contacting their contractor should begin documenting their attempts in case there is a need to take the contractor to court. The police, licensing bureau, and Better Business Bureau should be contacted about any stolen goods, money, or beneath code work.

Maintaining an Oregon License

Oregon contractors must renew their licenses every two years by obtaining state required continuing education and completing a renewal process through the state. Oregon contractors will lose their license if they fail to renew or follow through on promised work performed to standards. 1-800-727-7104

New Jersey’s Historic Homes and Growing Real Estate Market

On: April 12, 2017

New Jersey's Famous Historic Homes

New Jersey is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful houses in America. Since this area was one of the first to be settled, houses span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  The Nothnagle Log Home is the oldest log cabin in the United States and the oldest building in New Jersey. The cabin is privately owned and open to scheduled tours. The Walt Whitman House is a modest wood home built in 1848 and former home of famous author Walt Whitman. Homes like these and the more ornate Glenmont and Sandy Hook Lighthouse attract both tourists and potential home buyers alike.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built in 1764. It is 253 years old today. The lighthouse was built after ship wrecks cost a New York company over 2000 pounds. The home and lighthouse were given historic monument status in 1964, on its 200th birthday.
Glenmont is also a historic monument and museum. The home was originally built in 1880 by Henry C. Pedder, an accountant later convicted of embezzlement. The home caught the eye of Mina Miller, Edison’s wife, shortly after it was placed for sale in 1886.

New Jersey's Historic Home Market

While none of these homes are available for purchase there is a flourishing historic home market in New Jersey. Areas such as South Orange are known for their historic homes and ranked among New Jersey's hottest markets. Historic homes generally sell at high costs compared to similar modern homes which is especially important in New Jersey where home prices have increased 17% statewide since last year. The New Jersey real estate market is predicted to continue rising in the foreseeable future.  Agents will need to complete 12 hours of continuing education and renew their licenses by April 30th to take advantage of the growing market.

New Jersey Renewal Information

Renewal Cycle: Biannual
Deadline: April 30th
CE Requirements: 12 Credit Hours

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Nebraska Pesticide Renewal

On: April 10, 2017

What are the requirements to renew a Nebraska pesticide license?

You must complete 12 credit hours of continuing education every 3 years by your April 15 renewal date. Licenses are renewed by submitting continuing education to the state and paying a renewal fee based on your license. Complete a 12-credit hour renewal course before your expiration date. The Nebraska Department of agriculture will send a renewal notification specific charges based upon your license type. Applicators can pay their renewal fee by mail or online.

Where can I find courses to renew my Nebraska pesticide license?

Certified Training Institute offers an online video course approved by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture for your license renewal. The course is completed at your convenience on any device with internet access with the benefit of staff dedicated to answering your questions and helping with tech support.

How do I submit Nebraska continuing education to the state?

Certified Training Institute will submit your program completion to the state. You will also be able to print a copy of your course certificate immediately after finishing the course.  

Nebraska Pesticide Courses 1-800-727-7104

Drone Racing

On: April 10, 2017

LED lights are used to trace drone paths and obstacles  DAVID T KINDLER

Imagine zipping through the air at 60 miles per hour, avoiding obstacles, using only your thumbs to steer. Drone racing is an exciting new sport with leagues popping up all over the nation. Pilots make their own drones and wear First Person View (FPV) goggles which give them a drone’s eye view of the race. Drone racing is gaining prevalence across the board but it is especially popular among individuals with disabilities that prohibit other forms of racing. Zoe Stumbagh, a former motorcycle racer, has taken up drone racing since a medical issue forced her into bed rest for two years.  She describes the experience as “… almost spiritual because you’re seeing something you physically can’t do, and that elevates your consciousness.” For now, most leagues are small and regional but the Drones Sports Association and Drone Racing League want to go professional.  Interest in the sport is increasing, ESPN recently signed a deal with the Drone Racing League (DRL) and Bud Light has signed on as the title sponsor for DRL tryouts. However, drone officials are having a hard time determining how to make drone racing a spectator sport.  Pilots are standing stock-still in their goggles and drones are little more than large buzzing flies to spectators. Leagues are currently experimenting with LED light decorations for drones and obstacles to give the viewer a better idea of what’s happening. ESPN will be airing 6 races of the 2017 Allianz World Championship in June.

Online Drone Training 1-800-727-7104


Realtors, are you ready to share your knowledge?

On: April 7, 2017
The real estate market saw an influx of new agents in 2016 to match the lowering mortgage rates and increasing home sales.  New agents are hungry for trade secrets and senior agents are looking for new, more efficient methods. There is an industry-wide need for expert information. Real Estate Training Institute is offering you the chance to help meet that need.  We help individuals with real world experience share their knowledge through online courses.  If you haven’t considered authoring a course, ask yourself the following:
  • Have you acquired knowledge about subjects in your industry that you are passionate about?
  • Have you developed working processes within your own career that have helped you grow and succeed?
  • Are you tired of seeing the same mistakes made over and over within your industry?

Author hours are flexible and their only cost is time. Authors write content, record voice narration, or use the office recording studio at their convenience.  Suggested course content includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects, Staging, Modern Promotions, Photography, Open House, and Marketing to Millennials.

Writing a course is a great way to leave a legacy in your industry that benefits professionals for years to come. Pay is based on royalties from course sales with Real Estate Training Institute offering leading compensation for the online education industry.

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“I am thrilled to be able to share the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years.  I thought once I retired it would just be put aside.  This has been a great experience, plus I’m enjoying helping people enhance their careers.”  – Paul Acker, author of Estimating and Bidding for Success 1-800-727-7104

Revised Worker Protection Standards

On: April 7, 2017

What is the Worker Protection Standard?

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.  Under Worker Protection Standard, all employers are required to:
  • Formally train both workers and handlers yearly
  • Provide documentation of training to employees
  • Keep and maintain training records
  • Use EPA-approved materials

Who is covered by Worker Protection Standard?

Most establishments covered by the WPS are crop producing such as farms, forest operations or nurseries. WPS also covers family owned agricultural operations even if only family members handle and work around pesticides. In short, WPS applies to any company that grows, maintains or produces agricultural plants. Click here for a more in-depth description.

Where do I find courses to meet the Worker Protection Standard Requirements?

Certified Training Institute has developed an online video course that meets all EPA’s requirements.  The Worker Protection Standards course will contain two lesson sets, one for handlers and one for workers.  The course will be available to you and your staff 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

How does it work?

  • $159 will train workers and handlers for a year
  • You provide employee names for certification
  • Employees can watch the video course individually or all at once
  • Certificates will be available for each student at the end of the course
For questions about the Worker Protection Standards Course visit our website, call 800-727-7104, or email

Ambitious Architecture in Detroit

On: April 6, 2017

(Courtesy SHoP)

Detroit may finally be having its renaissance. Buildings and empty lots are being transformed all over the city; some are restored to their former glory, while others are demolished to make room for new builds and community gardens. The city has seen an influx of new restaurants and housing. All of which are clear signs of growth. Detroit’s current economic upswing combined with a plethora of affordable space is allowing Detroit real estate agency, Bedrock, to begin work transforming a two-acre lot in downtown Detroit. New York architecture firm SHoP Associates and Detroit-based architecture firm Hamilton Anderson Associates have designed a 2-acre building with 1.2 million square feet of space. The site will include 250 residential units, more than 700 underground parking spaces, a conference hall, retail space, and a tech/arts/ cultural center. The building will be nine stories at the base with a 734-foot residential tower, making it the tallest in the Detroit.

(Courtesy Bedrock)

The site was once home to one of Detroit’s largest retailers, J.L. Hudson’s Department Store.  At over two million square feet, it was the anchor of the thriving Woodward avenue shopping corridor. The store closed in 1983 and the building was imploded in 1998. Since then the lot has been vacant. Bedrock believes the new project will bring even more commerce and vitality to downtown Detroit than J.L. Hudson’s. Online courses to maintain your architect license and AIA membership 1-800-727-7104

How do I renew my Oregon contractor license?

On: April 6, 2017

What courses do I need to renew my Oregon Contractors License?

Oregon contractors, you must complete 8 hours of CE if you have been licensed six or more years or your responsible managing individual has six or more years’ experience. If you have been licensed less six years and your RPM has less than six years of experience, you must complete 16 hours of continuing education. 
Less than 6 years More than 6 years
3 CE CCB Laws, Regulations, & Business Practices 3 CE CCB Laws, Regulations, & Business Practices
5 CE Series A 5 CE Series A
8 CE Series A or B
16 CE Total 8 CE  Total

Where do I find classes to renew my Oregon Contractor license?

Three hours of Construction Contractor Board (CCB) approved Laws, Regulations, and Business Practices must be completed through the state, they offer the course online. Builders License Training Institute provides online packages and individual courses which fulfill the rest of your requirements. Online courses are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and completed at your convenience.

Who submits my CE to Oregon?

Builders License Training Institute submits a certificate with your date of completion to the state the next business day. You will be able to print your certificate to keep on file immediately after completing the course.

How do I renew my Oregon CCB license?

Oregon contractor licenses must be renewed every two years from the original date of licensure. The CCB will mail a renewal form 6 -8 weeks prior to each licensee’s expiration date. Contractors can also renew their license online through the state’s site. If you have questions about your Oregon contractor license renewal or contractor licensing in general, please visit our website,  call 1-800-727-7104 or email         


On: April 4, 2017
According to a recent study by DJI Technology Inc, 59 lives have been saved by civilian drones in 18 different incidents, 38 of these lives were saved in the last 10 months. Based on this experience, drones are saving on average one life per week. Most rescues occurred in the United States and China with a few in Turkey and Canada as well. Two notable examples are the November 8, 2015, rescue of fourteen people in China when a drone delivered supplies to trapped workers and the February 15th, 2017, drone-aided rescue of a missing film crew in a snowy terrain. There have also been reports of drones locating as many as 200 people during a flash flood in India. Drone pilots were able to locate stranded people and create a GPS map for rescue teams The DJI study found that it takes a five-person rescue team two hours to find a victim in one square kilometer but it takes a drone just 20 minutes. In addition to saving the rescue team’s time, drones can protect them by providing a bird’s eye view of any hazards they may face. Drones have clearly proved to be incredibly valuable in the hands of trained rescue professionals. Perhaps even more remarkable is the influx of civilians using drones to aid others and save lives.  One-third of the 59 lives saved by drone users were rescued by non-professionals. If you are interested in using a drone to enhance your business you will need to pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam. Certified Training Institute offers exam prep for the FAA exam and courses for drone use in Real Estate and Construction. If you have questions please visit our website, call 800-727-7104, or email