New Legislation for Florida Contractors

Florida recently adopted two changes to their building code. The first is a revised Coastal Construction Control Line Requirement. Coastal Construction Control Line pertains to beaches and dune systems that experience severe fluctuations based on 100-year old storm events. The Florida Building Commission and Florida Division of Emergency Management recommended changes be made to high hazard coastal areas. These changes are designed to eliminate confusing and conflicting requirements making it easier to prepare designs that meet CCL and flood requirements. These changes will yield cost savings for home owners. Details can be found here.

Flood regulation is also being updated because hurricanes and other storms cause billions of dollars in damage annually. Any owner or developer who constructs or does maintenance on buildings in flood hazard areas must meet state mandated requirements to minimize potential flood damage. Florida Building Code flood regulations are designed to safeguard public health, safety, and welfare, as well as meet National Flood Insurance Program requirements. More information is available here.


Florida Registered Contractor License Renewal

Florida registered contractors must complete 14-Hours of Continuing Education by August 31, 2017. Builders License Training Institute offers Florida-approved online continuing education that is available 24/7 on any internet friendly device.

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Do I Need A Handyman License?

The short answer is no. Currently, no states require a specific Handyman license per say, but many require varying levels of licensure for contracting work.  For example, some states require a license to perform any work in exchange for payment, while others only require a license if a job provides income over a set amount, still other states do not require a license at all. It is important to understand your state's licensing requirements to avoid hefty fines, jail time, or nonpayment for services. Most states do not require unlicensed contractors return the money they have already received from jobs; however, a few states require handymen return any money made on a job. In one case, a contractor had to return over $700,000 after completing a road and parking lot without a license.

Learn more about your state's licensing requirements by clicking on your state below or calling our friendly support staff: 800-727-7104


 

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Code Official Continuing Education Deadline: 9/16/2017

Where do I find classes to renew my Michigan code official license?

Michigan Code Officials must complete the appropriate continuing education by September 16, 2017. Builders License Training Institute offers these courses as complete packages or individual courses.  Classes are completely online, mobile friendly, and available 24/7 at your convenience.

Click the job titles in the table below for complete packages tailored to your profession.

 

Building Official             - 50 Hours - $449

Building Inspector         - 47 Hours - $419

Plan Reviewer                 - 47 Hours - $419

Technical Course            - 24 Hours - $239

Specialty Course             - 18 Hours - $179

Administrative Course  - 16 Hours - $159

Plan Review                    - 12 Hours - $119

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Who submits Michigan code official continuing education to the state?

After you have completed each course you will be able to print a certificate for your records. While the state of Michigan does not require Code Officials submit their continuing education, you must keep your certificates in case of an audit.


 

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Rhode Island Contractor Complete Registration Package

As of July 1, 2015, all Rhode Island contractors must obtain 5 hours of continuing education every two-years to renew registration. Registration cycles begin the day contractors receive their registration and end on the first day of the month two years later. If you received your card on May 15th, 2015, your renewal date is May 1, 2017.

Builders License Training Institute offers approved online continuing education classes in a complete 5-hour package or as individual courses at www.licensetobuild.com/.  Classes are mobile friendly and available from the date of purchase to the end of the renewal cycle, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Course certificates are submitted by Builders License Training Institute the next business day.


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How to Become a Licensed Michigan Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alterations Contractor

Every Michigan contracting company must employ at least one licensed builder. Obtaining a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alterations license is the fastest way to increase your earnings and a logical step towards owning your own business. The steps to obtaining a license are the same whether your goal is to become a Residential Builder or a Maintenance & Alterations Contractor.

How to Obtain a Michigan Builder/Maintenance & Alterations License

  1. Complete an approved 60-hour Prelicensure Course
  2. Complete a license application and pay a $195 fee to the State of Michigan
    Approval takes approximately 2-4 weeks
  3. Register with PSI for the $111 Builder Exam – Free Exam Prep is provided to LicensetoBuild students
    Call (800) 733-9267 to register

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What can I expect from the 60-hour Prelicensure Course?
The 60-hour course consists of 8 sections, each designed to provide the information necessary to pass the state exam and follow building codes.

  1. Business of Building
  2. Marketing for Contractors
  3. Project Management
  4. Contracts and Risk Management
  5. Construction Safety
  6. Overview of Building Trades
  7. Building Green
  8. Residential Code Review

The 60-hour package also includes FREE EXAM PREP!

Where can I take the Michigan Residential Builder/Maintenance and Alterations Exam?
Exams are given in Dearborn, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette, and Southfield.

What can I expect from the Michigan Builder/Maintenance & Alterations Exam?
The exam will consist of two parts:

  • Part 1: Business/Law: 50 questions | 75 minutes | must answer 36 correctly
  • Part 2: Trades/Practices:
    • Residential Builders: 110 questions | 150 minutes | you must answer 73 correctly
    • Maintenance & Alteration Trades Exam: Exams vary by trade, between 25 & 50 questions.

What is the difference between a Residential Builder License and a Maintenance & Alterations License?

  • Residential builders are licensed to build a new home from the ground up and do repairs.
  • Maintenance & Alterations Contractors are licensed to perform specific trades only. You may become licensed in more than one trade but you will have to take an exam for each. Trades include:
    • Carpentry (A)
    • Concrete (B)
    • Insulation Work (G)
    • Masonry (I)
    • Painting & Decorating (J)
    • Siding (K)
    • Roofing (M)
    • Screen & Storm Sash (N)
    • Gutters (O)
    • Tile & Marble (P)
    • House Wrecking (R)
    • Swimming Pools (S)
    • Basement Waterproofing (T)

How do I obtain a Michigan commercial builder license?
Residential builders are able to do commercial work by having a licensed architect approve commercial blueprints.


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3 Ways to Use Drones in Construction

  1. Site Management
    Drones can be used to provide project managers a view of job sites, even when they can't be there. This can help the manager avoid potential safety hazards such as low crane clearances, active excavations, and high-traffic areas. Information gathered from drones can also be used to plan workflows and efficiently deploy resources throughout the site. It's easy to see how these functions increase job site efficiency, trim costs, and limit delays.
  2. Inspections
    Drones equipped with a camera can prove instrumental in inspecting hard-to-reach areas such as roofs and exterior windows. Significant costs can be saved on manned aircraft, scaffolding, and cherry pickers by using drones to provide aerial views.  
  3. Thermal Imaging
    Drones can be used to collect thermal imaging records of buildings, giving engineers and surveyors an image of cold and hot spots in buildings holding electrical components. This information is crucial to identify and rectify building defects.

    NOTE: Any individual flying a drone for commercial purposes must hold a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate per FAA requirements.

 


Steps to Obtain a Remote Pilot In Command Certificate
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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Florida Registered Contractor Renewal

How do I renew my Florida registered contractor license?
Registered contractors must renew their license by August 31, 2017. Licenses can be renewed by following these steps:

  1. Complete 14 hours of continuing education (see details below)
  2. Renew your license online
  3. Pay the appropriate fee (see details below)

What are the continuing education requirements for a Florida registered contractor?
Registered Contractors are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education each renewal cycle including one hour  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.

Where can I find courses to renew my Florida registered contractor?
Builders License Training Institute offers a complete 14-hour renewal package and individual courses for Florida registered contractors. Courses are completed online, at your convenience, on any internet capable device.

What is the fee to renew my Florida registered contractor license?
Registered contractors must pay varying fees depending on their license status.

  • Current, Active Individual – $209.00
  • Current, Active Qualifying Business – $259.00
  • Delinquent, Active Individual – $309.00
  • Delinquent, Active Qualifying Business – $359.00
  • Current, Inactive – $59.00
  • Delinquent, Inactive – $218.00

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Continuing Education Requirements
Massachusetts construction supervisors must complete varying continuing education depending on their license type.

  • Unrestricted Construction Supervisors | 12 hours of continuing education
  • Restricted Construction Supervisors     | 10 hours of continuing education 
  • Specialty Construction Supervisors       | 6 hours of continuing education per category*

*Specialty construction supervisors have a maximum of 12 hours of continuing education, even if you are licensed in all 6 categories you must complete 12 hours of continuing education.

 

Renewal Steps
Unrestricted, restricted, and specialty construction supervisors are required contractors to:

  1. Complete the required continuing education (see table below)
  2. Request a renewal application from DPS here. (check your spam folders for a message titled “Renewal Notice Enclosed”. Allow 3 days to receive the form.
  3. Complete and mail the renewal application with a $100 fee, allow 5 weeks for processing
    OR
    Renew your license online with a $100 fee.


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GEORGIA CONTRACTORS RENEWAL DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2017

Georgia Contractor Renewal Steps

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education 

    Residential Basic Individual Builders 3 credit hours
    Residential Basic Qualifying Agents 3 credit hours
    Residential Light Commercial Individual 6 credit hours
    Residential Light Qualifying Agents 6 credit hours

    NOTE: Georgia contracts can only complete 50% of their continuing education courses online.

  2. Submit your continuing education certificates to the Georgia Bureau of Professional Licensing
  3. Renew your license by paying a $100 fee and logging on to the Bureau website.

Where can I find courses to renew my Georgia contractors license?
Builders License Training Institute offers online continuing education to meet half of your state requirements. Courses can be viewed 24 hours a day 7 days a week on any internet capable device.

What happens if I do not complete the state-required continuing education?
If you fail to complete your continuing education by June 30th your license will not be renewed and the Bureau may take additional disciplinary measures.

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Massachusetts Construction Supervisor Renewal Guide

How do I renew my Massachusetts construction supervisor license?
Unrestricted, restricted, and specialty construction supervisors are required contractors to:

  1. Complete the required continuing education (see table below)
  2. Request a renewal application from DPS here. (check your spam folders for a message titled “Renewal Notice Enclosed”. Allow 3 days to receive the form.
  3. Complete and mail the renewal application with a $100 fee, allow 5 weeks for processing
    OR
    Renew your license online with a $100 fee.

What continuing education do I need to renew my Massachusetts construction supervisor license?
Massachusetts construction supervisors must complete varying continuing education depending on their license type.

Unrestricted Construction Supervisors 12 hours of continuing education
Restricted Construction Supervisors 10 hours of continuing education
Specialty Construction Supervisors 6 hours of continuing education per category*

 

*Specialty construction supervisors have a maximum of 12 hours of continuing education, even if you are licensed in all 6 categories you must complete 12 hours of continuing education.

Where do I find courses to renew my Massachusetts construction supervisor license?
Builders License Training Institute offers Massachusetts approved continuing education. Courses are completed online, at your convenience, on any internet capable device. You may purchase courses at any point in your licensing cycle and have access to them until your expiration date or six months from purchase, whichever is longer.

I missed the renewal date for my Massachusetts construction supervisor license, what do I do?
You may not legally work until you have renewed your license. Licenses can be renewed for up to two years after expiration.

  • Expired less than 2 years – You may renew your license by paying an additional $100 fee, meaning late renewals cost $200.
  • Expired more than 2 years – You must retake the exam and apply for a new license.

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