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!

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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
Website: http://www.nclbgc.org
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?

Yes!

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!


 

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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.


 

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Congratulations to Our Latest Veteran Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Nathaniel Petter!

Army Veteran Nathaniel Petter served 11 years active duty, including 5 deployments to Afghanistan and 1 in South East Asia. He’s won numerous medals, awards, and commendations. Nathaniel and his family now reside in the Grand Rapids area.  Although his life has had its challenges, he has overcome the obstacles and now endeavors to become a licensed Michigan Builder.

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

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The Real Cost of Drones in Construction

Aside from the potential return on investment, which is different depending on the type of service the UAV is providing, here’s a cost breakdown just to purchase one UAV.

  • Drone & Controller: $1300 (quadcopter)
  • Enough batteries to work for 5 hours: 6 (@$100/each = $600) These will need to be replaced every 250-300 cycles
  • iPad for camera control: $800
  • Extra props, miscellaneous equipment for minor repairs: $200
  • Time invested to become proficient in piloting and working camera functions: 400 hours

The camera person will need to work closely with the pilot to develop communication skills and perform as a spotter. It’s not just taking off, taking pictures and landing. It’s understanding lighting conditions for superior camera control. Flying with precision into areas without incident, and building trust in your piloting skills.

  • Assuming a $4000/month per employee (x2)
  • 2 people for 2.5 months = $20,000
  • Total: $22,900 (and this is for 1 UAV. It’s best to have a minimum of 2 or 3 for unexpected outcomes)
  • This cost can be offset by the return on investment (ROI), which is different for every user in every industry

If you plan to provide a service to customers, you’ll need a fleet of drones (at least 2, but having 3 is much better), as you’ll crash it and need to be up immediately to finish the job. If you send it out for repairs, it could take anywhere from a week to 3 months depending on who you send it to.

Lost flying time is lost money. The drone makes you money when it’s flying for a purpose. It takes hundreds of flight hours to be proficient in not only flying but to react quickly with confidence when something arises with technology or the elements of weather.

Then you have insurance, usually a 2 million aggregate is acceptable, but check with your insurance agent on specifics because some companies will cover you - but only if you are qualified to fly. (Don’t you just love that small print?) So if you are in an accident and can’t prove you’re FAA qualified, you could not only be out a drone but liable for a lawsuit by flying in federal airspace without proper authorization. 


 

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Meet Jack, Our First Student Scholarship Recipient!

Jack Gilmour, a recent High School graduate from Frankenmuth was nominated by Dr. Andrew J. Neumann, a building trades instructor from the Bay Arenac Intermediate School District Career Center. Jack was part of the Team Build team for SkillsUSA which finished number one in the state of Michigan and number two in the nation. He currently works full time for his father but is excited to be getting his license and starting his own business as a licensed residential builder.

As a scholarship recipient, Jack received a full scholarship for the
Michigan 60-hour online prelicensure course

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


About Our Scholarship Program

Builders License Training Institute has created a scholarship program for young men and women enrolled in school currently or within the last 6 months who are interested in becoming a Michigan licensed builder.

Builders License Training Institute is offering a full scholarship for any prelicensure program absolutely free of charge! Our goal is to encourage people to pursue a career in the building and construction trades. 

Please download the appropriate link from our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to get started!

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How To Get A Utah Contractor License

How do I become licensed as an R100 or B100 Utah contractor?

  1. Complete a State approved 20-hour pre-licensure live education program. The program must include the following topics:
    • 10 hours of financial responsibility
    • 6 hours of construction business practices
    • 2 hours of regulatory requirements
    • 2 hours of mechanic lien fundamentals
  2. Pass the Business Law exam and the exam for the type of license you are seeking.  You must pass the required exams prior to submitting your application to the State of Utah.  The exams can be taken through PSI Examination Services at any of these testing locations:   Hurricane, North Orem, North Salt Lake City, or Sunset. - Business & Law and License Specific Exam Prep!
  3. Once you’ve passed the exam,  send your passing score, license application, and work experience documentation to the State of Utah.  The license application packet and instructions for completing the application are included with our course.  The application will need to be mailed to:
    Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)
    P.O. Box 146741
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    (801) 530-6628
    Or visit their website at:
    dopl.utah.gov/licensing/contracting.html
    You can also submit the application in person to their office at
    160 East 300 South, 1st Floor
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Is a NASCLA commercial contractor license accepted in Utah?

Yes, 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. - Online NASCLA exam prep.

You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam. 

Where do I go to take the 20-Hour Utah Contractor Prelicense Course?

There are only a handful of providers approved to provide the 20-hour Utah Contractor Prelicense program.  Here is a link to those providers: http://dopl.utah.gov/forms/Contractor_Approved_Pre_Lic.pdf

What is the difference between a General Building Contractors License (B100) and a Residential & Small Commercial Contractors License (R100)? 

General Building Contractors License (B100) – B100 license holders are able to work on a building or structure of any kind. This includes remodeling, repairing, building, etc. However, licensees may not do any plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work. Strictly structural type of work.

Residential & Small Commercial Contractors License (R100) – R100 license holders may work on residential property & and on small commercial projects. “Residential” is considered anything that is a single or multi-family home and has 4 units or less. “Small Commercial” is considered anything 3 stories or less, and doesn’t have any more than 20,000 sq. ft.

Are there requirements prior to getting a contractor license in Utah?

Experience Requirements
In the past 10 years, a minimum of two years of full-time related experience, one year of which shall be in a supervisory or managerial position for applicants of the following contractor classifications:
E100-General Engineering
B100-General Building
R100-Residential and Small Commercial

In the past 10 years, a minimum of two years of full-time related experience for applicants of the following contractor  classifications:
S220-Carpentry
S290-General Masonry
S320-Steel Erection
S350-Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
S360-Refrigeration
S370-Fire Suppression

In the past 10 years, a minimum of two years of full-time related experience for applicants of all other contractor class not listed above, excluding electrical and plumbing.

Liability Insurance

All contractors must carry continuous liability insurance. You must report your insurance provider, policy number, expiration date and aggregate coverage in excess of $300,000 on your renewal form.

Workers Compensation

Contractors must carry workers’ compensation insurance for all employees and certain owner-workers. You must report the name of your provider, the policy number and the expiration on your renewal form.

 

 

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Builder Safety & Silica

This is a snippet from our 3-Hour Code, Law, Safety course. Every licensed Michigan builder must complete a 3-Hour Code, Law, Safety course each renewal cycle.

Silica is a common mineral found in many materials, including sand, concrete, brick, block, stone, and mortar. Inhaling silica can be extremely dangerous with effects ranging from Silicosis, lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Exposure can occur during common construction tasks such as using masonry saws, grinders, drills, tools that create dust, or during demolition. 

Silicosis is one of the oldest known occupational diseases, identified as far back as ancient Greece.  This disease is a disabling, nonreversible and sometimes fatal.  Chronic or “classical” silicosis is the most common type. It typically appears 20-40 years after exposure and progresses even if exposure ceases. Accelerated silicosis, on the other hand, may occur 5-15 years after exposure that is more intense. It progresses more rapidly than classic chronic silicosis.  Acute silicosis results from an overwhelming exposure to crystalline silica and may occur within weeks of the exposure.

Permissible Exposure Limits

OSHA understands that to some degree the air is not always, and in fact is hardly ever, completely free of dust and contaminants. At certain levels, the dust and contaminants have polluted the air to the point that preventative measures must be taken to ensure employee safety.

The employee permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica is 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air in an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA).


Michigan Builders, Is Your License Due for Renewal this Year?

Click Here to Check Your Renewal Date

LICENSED LESS THAN 6 YEARS

Complete 21-hours of Continuing Competency

LICENSED MORE THAN 6 YEARS

Complete 3-Hours of Continuing Competency


 

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How-To Guide for Renewing A Minnesota Contractor License

What are the continuing education requirements for renewing a Minnesota contractors license?

Minnesota contractors must complete 14-hours of continuing education with 1-hour of energy code within their two-year licensing cycle.  Licensees can break their continuing education into two 7-hour segments over their two-year cycle or take all 14-hours in the same year to meet state requirements. However, courses cannot be completed on the same day. There must be at least 24-hours between each course.

Note: Contractors and remodelers must spend a whole 14-hours on their continuing education. Minnesota will not accept continuing education with insufficient time.

When is my Minnesota contractor license due for renewal?

Most Minnesota contractors must renew their license by March 31st, two years after licensure. However, contractors who were licensed within the last two years may have staggered renewal dates. Check your license to determine your renewal date.

How do I renew my Minnesota builders or remodelers license?

Licensees can renew online or on paper.  Online renewals are completed through the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry page. To complete a paper renewal licensees must download Minnesota’s renewal forms package and follow the step-by-step instructions the package provides.  Fees for renewal will vary depending on the license holder’s gross annual income and late renewals will incur an extra cost of $80.

What are the Minnesota contractor license renewal fees?

  • $565 if gross annual receipts are less than $1 million
  • $665 if gross annual receipts are between $1 million and $5 million
  • $765 if gross annual receipts are more than $5 million

Where can I find classes to renew my Minnesota builders or remodelers license?

Builders License Training Institute offers several courses for licensees requiring all or part of their continuing education. Courses are completed online at the license holder’s convenience with the benefit of a full staff available to answer questions and help with tech support.

Who submits my Minnesota builders or remodelers continuing education?

Builders License Training Institute submits student education to the state of Minnesota the day after completion. Students will also be able to download their certificates at the end of their course.  We suggest students keep a copy for their records as well.


Minnesota-Approved Online HD Video & Fully Narrated
14-Hour Renewal Package

Includes 1-Hour of Energy Code

$159


 

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4 Ways to Use (& Potentially Use) Drones for Construction

The following is a snippet from our Drones in Construction course. This course is approved for continuing education in multiple states.
Follow the link and choose your state to get started.

 

SITE MONITORING

Monitor job site progress. Drones can be used to remotely monitor job site progress to make sure things are on track and to create immediate, real-time changes or adjustments as needed. The footage can be sent in real time to clients, investors and lead persons on the job. Architects and engineers can gain immediate access to the job site on screen, rather than having to make the trip out.

Measure stockpiles/excavations. Catch major and minor deviations. Computer technology can compare what's on the plans to what's happening in real life. Images from the drones can be fed through specific software to compare it with the plans. This type of surveillance can show you if walls are misaligned or if a window is missing or installed in the wrong place, for example.

JOB SAFETY

Increasing job site safety. Your drone surveillance can show you whether or not your workers are using best practices - regardless of whether management or an OSHA safety inspector is on site. You can correct these behaviors immediately and workers will be more apt to use best practices when they know they are being watched. The drones can also access dangerous or hard-to-reach areas, such as an unfinished roof, allowing inspectors or specialists to assess a particular challenge or issue, and make recommendations for changes, or improvements without putting themselves at risk.

Reduce the amount of high-risk work performed by humans. Currently, only smaller hobby-type crafts - mostly good for video and photo only - are allowed to be used in any type of construction site monitoring capacity. However, as legislation
continues to address the needs and wants of the public, larger drones - even with permits - will become the norm. These drones will have nanobot technology, allowing high-risk work to be done by the drone, rather than humans, further enhancing job site safety conditions.

A recent article in Construction Executive states, "drones show potential to aid job site safety and efficiency." And, a similar article on siemens.com is titled, "Need Construction Site Surveillance? Hire a drone." We can see it now, once the legalities have been worked out, construction sites will have large signs saying, "Warning: This job site is monitored by drones with cameras.” In most cases, construction companies contract out for drone work, however, they can certainly become an in-house operation as well with the right training and resources.

THEFT REDUCTION

Reduce construction theft. We half-joked that construction sites may soon post signage announcing they are surveilled by drones. However, this type of surveillance could drastically reduce construction theft. In addition to preventing in-house theft, occasional fly-bys of vacant sites can deter vandalism, theft or loiterers from placing your job site on their rotation.

MOVE MATERIALS

This may be a stretch, but someday drones could be used to transport materials. If drones could transport materials from one side of the job site to the other, there will be less manual labor needed from the workers. This would be especially helpful in the hard to reach areas, where workers might have trouble moving materials with ease. The weight of the objects being transported would be an issue, though, depending on the size and power of the drone being used. Another issue would be how they would pick up the materials- manually attached by a human or mechanically with a claw or net.

 
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