Montana Pesticide Manufacturer Expanding Product Line

LAM International is growing. The company, based out of Butte, Montana, will expand production capacity and creating a new product, BoteGHA, which will control pests like whiteflies, aphids and thrips. It will be used on fruits, nuts, vegetables and other things. LAM International is building out its solid fermentation production. They are streamlining the production process and making it more automated.

In an email to the Montana Standard, a representative from the company said that there may be job openings for operators in the facility.

Their new product is made from fungi called beauverie bassiana GHA. It’s nontoxic and kills pests that land on surfaces, causing germination within the organism’s body and killing them from the inside. The product is safe for handlers as well as the general environment and other organisms. Its restricted entry interval (REI) is four hours.

LAM International manufactures and develops biopesticides and sells them to countries worldwide. It’s one of the most prominent biocide makers in the U.S.A. BoteGHA will be the company’s fifth insecticide.

To stay up to date in the pesticide industry, make sure you are ahead of your education requirements.

The Montana deadline for renewal is December 31st. Certified applicators must earn 12 hours of continuing education per category, and qualifying applicators but earn 6 hours.

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The Emerald Ash Borer, Beauty or Beast?

This iridescent metallic green beauty was first discovered in the Detroit area in 2002. Wooden packing materials are suspected to have been his preferred mode of transportation. The fact that they are smaller than a dime made it easy for them to hide within the wood products used to protect goods shipped overseas from China.

The Emerald Ash Borer has proven to be disastrous to Ash tree populations in the US and Canada. Despite their small stature (typically ½ inch long and 1/8 inch wide), they are quite capable of destroying ash trees thousands of times larger.

Adult females lay their eggs shortly after emerging in mid-to-late July, earlier if the weather becomes unseasonably warm. The eggs are extremely small (about 1/25th of an inch), reddish-brown in color and further develop into white larvae which are segmented and flat-headed. The larvae bore into the Ash trees, feeding under the bark and disrupting the tree's ability to transport the necessary water and nutrients throughout. You’ll often find their tracks visible underneath the bark of an affected tree. When this happens, the tree dies back and its bark begins to split.

It is estimated that tens of millions of Ash trees have been destroyed throughout the USA and Canada. Michigan alone has lost an estimated 40 million trees. The symptoms of the EAB are: thinning or dying of ash tree crowns, suckers at the base of the tree, splitting bark, tunneling under the bark, D-shaped exit holes, and woodpecker activity. Young trees die within one to two years after infestation and larger ones can live up to four years.

If you should notice symptoms of EAB infestation you should:

  • Call the USDA Emerald Ash Borer Hotline at 1-866-322-4512
  • Contact your local Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (find contact info at USDA’s website HERE)
  • Buy your firewood from local sources and burn it where you buy it.
  • DO NOT move firewood from your property or across state lines.
  • Always buy kiln dried firewood.
  • Burn your leftover firewood before spring to eliminate the chance of infecting nearby live trees.

Want to find out if the Emerald Ash Borer has been spotted in your area?  Visit http://emeraldashborer.info/ to view a current list of confirmed sightings.

Source:
The Arbor Day Foundation https://www.arborday.org/
image: By Benjamin Smith from United States (Agrilus planipennis - Emerald Ash Borer)
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network  http://emeraldashborer.info/


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Michigan’s Skilled Trades Crisis

Plumbers, electricians, pipefitters, roofers, carpenters, ironworkers, glaziers and other skilled tradespeople are in high demand and short supply in Michigan. Shortages of unskilled workers are also on the rise.

 

Michigan isn’t the only state affected by a lack of skilled trades workers. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to fill vacant skilled labor positions throughout the entire United States.

 

A large part of the workforce problem stems from negative perceptions. Young people tend to view these professions as arduous and lacking opportunity for advancement.  High school students are encouraged to forego shop class in exchange for computer science and information technology. The elimination of vocational training in high school has played a major part in the reduction of skilled trades workers everywhere.

 

Help is on the horizon as Governor Rick Snyders “Marshall Plan for Talent” was announced in February 2018.  His plan is to spend more than $100 million over five years to reconstruct the way Michigan prepares its young people for the workforce.  Funding assistance programs are available through various agencies as Michigan Works, Veterans Administration, and American Indian Tribes. The Builders License Training Institute (a division of Certified Training Institute) is currently offering a nationwide scholarship program for Students and Veterans interested in becoming licensed in the building trades.

 

There are thousands of job openings across various industries just waiting to be filled. Such trades can prove to be quite lucrative with a median wage of more than $20 per hour.  The demand for workers continues to rise, older tradesmen are reaching retirement. If you’re looking for a long-term career, you might want to consider becoming skilled in one or two of the aforementioned trades.  If you are already established as a tradesperson, encourage the young men and women you know to become licensed. Certified Training Institute offers online Exam Prep for a variety of trades, including Michigan Plumbers and Builders. Whether you want to become licensed or maintain your license, you’ll find it on their website.

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US Marine Corps Veteran Zachary Gage Naslund Receives Builders License Scholarship

Congratulations US Marine Corps Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Zachary Gage Naslund of Plymouth, Minnesota!

Zachary served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman and received many awards and decorations, including a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, and a Global War on Terrorism Medal.

Before working construction, he logged many hours working for Habitat for Humanity. He built homes in the remote villages of Africa where he also performed an Eagle Scout project to build schools for villages that did not have enough funding to build them on their own.

Naslund stated in his scholarship application “I have always brought my knowledge on how to build to the people who need it most. I believe with this scholarship, I will be able to afford to take my state licensing exam and be able to use my license in a productive way to help others around me”

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

 

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Nationwide Instructor Opportunity

Certified Training Institute is looking for new instructors for our online trade license and certification school. If you have a training course that fills an industry need or a licensing/certification requirement, we want to hear from you! Online training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit around their busy schedules. CTI has the experience necessary to translate your training to the digital world.  Our production team has a specialized sound-proof studio for filming your training material and state of the art editing technology to make your course look world class. Plus, you will have access to our marketing team that specializes in getting your course in front of all the people who need the training.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades classes since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate salespeople and brokers, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. From pre-license and exam prep training to help folks start their careers to interesting, modern continuing education or business development programs for established trade professionals. We have the courses for every stage of a person’s career.

As an instructor for our school, you will gain national recognition as an expert in your field, as well as, a new consistent revenue stream that can last for years or even decades. Many of our instructors began teaching their certification class in hotels, community colleges or VFW halls and now their courses are available nationwide at the click of a button. Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by!

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CTI Seeks HAZWOPER Instructor

Certified Training Institute is looking for a Hazardous Materials Disposal expert to launch our new online HAZWOPER training course. Online training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit around their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented training instructor. It is not a full-time position, but a project-based program that can be completed in parallel with your current career.

The qualified candidate will have an extensive knowledge of OSHA/EPA HAZWOPER regulations and their practical applications. Strong communication skills are a must. Prior teaching/presentational experience and/or OSHA Training Certification is recommended. All of our instructors are responsible for creating their own course content. Because of this, all applications must include a cover letter that describes the course you can teach. NO CANDIDATE WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT A COVER LETTER.

Qualified instructors will have experience training:

  • Cleanup Operations
  • EPA & OSHA HAZWOPER Requirements
  • TSD & Non-TSD facilities
  • Corrective Actions Covered By RCRA
  • Operations
  • Emergency Response

Instructors are expected to:

  • Have course materials created or materials they are legally authorized to use
  • Be able to speak on the subject with ease
  • Be comfortable with audio/video production environment
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • Possess a task-oriented mentality

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate salespeople and brokers, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. From pre-license and exam prep training to help folks start their careers, to interesting, modern continuing education or business development programs for established trade professionals.

As an instructor for our school, you will gain national recognition as an expert in your field, as well as a new consistent revenue stream that can last for years or even decades. Many of our instructors began teaching at community colleges, conference centers, hotels or VFW halls and now their courses are available nationwide at the click of a button. This is the highest time to value project you may ever take on. Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by!

CLICK HERE or email james@onlinecti.com today!

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Nevada NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor License

How do I get a NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor license in Nevada?

When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Do I need prior approval to sit for the NASCLA exam?

Yes. This program requires pre-approval before sitting for the exam. An application must be filed with and approved by NASCLA. Once the application is approved, NASCLA will forward the information to PSI who will send a confirmation for exam registration. To apply to take the exam visit: www.nascla.org or contact them by phone at (623) 587-9354.

How long can I wait to take the exam after getting approval?

Candidates will have one (1) year from the application approval date to take the exam.

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

Yes, there are separate Business and Law (Construction Management Survey) and Trade exams.  Even if you take the NASCLA-Accredited exam, you DO have to take a separate Business and Law (Construction Management Survey) and Trade Exam for Nevada.

Where can I find a NASCLA Exam Prep course?

Certified Training Institute offers an online narrated course that has been approved by the State of Nevada to get your NASCLA license. This course can be completed online at your convenience and on any device that is connected to the internet. We also have a dedicated staff to answer your questions and help with tech support. Visit our website at www.licensetobuild.com

 

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US Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Hughey Receives Builders License Scholarship

Congratulations US Marine Corps Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Nicholas R. Hughey!

Nicholas R. Hughey from Portage, Michigan is Builders License Training Institutes May 2018 scholarship recipient. Nick, a United States Marine Corps Veteran served four years and received many awards and decorations, including a Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Deployment Ribbon and a Letter of Appreciation - Okinawa Beach Cleanup 2013.

Nick grew up in Michigan's upper peninsula. After his time in the military, Nick spent a summer working in the building trades but decided to return to school in pursuit of a business degree. He immediately missed the trades and realized his true calling. He wants to become an M&A Contractor and pursue his dream of owning a business in Southwest Michigan.

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

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Fast Track to Your Michigan Builders License

How do I get a Michigan builders license?

  1. Complete a state approved 60-Hour Prelicense Course
  2. Send an application, 60-Hour program certificates, and a $195 fee to the state.
  3. Pass the state exam

Where can I find an approved 60-hour course?

Builders License Training Institute offers an approved 60-hour course online and in classroom.

Walsh College | Novi

January 22 - January 27, 2018
Monday - Saturday

Eikenhout | Grand Rapids

February 5 - February 10, 2018
Monday - Saturday

Walsh College | Troy

February 26 - March 3, 2018
Monday - Saturday

What can I expect with the State Exam?

The State exam is made up of two main parts:

Part 1 Business and Law Exam – There are 50 questions on the exam and you must answer at least 36 questions correctly in order to pass. The minimum passing score is 72%. You are allowed 75 minutes to complete the exam.

Part 2 – Trades Exam – The Trades Exam is different for the Individual Residential Builder and the Maintenance & Alteration licensing:

  • Residential Builder Trades Exam – There are 100 questions on the Residential Builder exam and you must answer at least 73 questions correctly in order to pass. The minimum passing score is 73%. You are allowed 150 minutes to complete the exam.
  • Maintenance & Alteration Trades Exam – A separate trade exam is required for each trade you wish to be licensed in. Each trade exam ranges from 25 to 50 questions. Please click on the link below for the PSI candidate information bulletin.

candidate information bulletin is included with our 60-Hour prelicensure course which outlines the topics covered on the exam.  If you are taking an exam for an individual trade, please call or email and we will send you the outline for that trade.  You can also find this information at www.psiexams.com.

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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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