Turn Your Construction Tradespeople into Salespeople!

Turn Your Construction Tradespeople into Salespeople!

Sales are a major part of any construction job. Knowing the different regulations, site limitations, and legal language are all extremely important to the overall success of a project. Having the right tools and knowledge not only makes you and your team effective salespeople but confident as well.  

What qualifies you as a Salesperson?

If you are working for a licensed builder in any capacity where you are signing contracts or exchanging money, you are required to hold a salesperson license. You must be sponsored by (work under) a licensed residential builder or maintenance and alteration (M&A) contractor, or their company. You cannot hold a salesperson license on your own. You must also pass a State Salesperson Exam consisting of 50 questions.

The online Video Salesperson training program produced by the Builders License Training Institute, not only prepares construction salespeople to pass the Michigan Salespersons Exam, but it is an extremely effective tool in teaching tradespeople many important facets of selling in the construction industry.


Along with a thorough preparation for the exam there are 4 main points covered in the Online Video Salesperson Course:


1. Laws & regulations surrounding licensing Construction and Salespeople.


2. The investigation and complaint process in Michigan, including the Construction Lien Act.


3. Reading construction plans, blueprints, & spec sheets


4. Construction Math


 Builders License Training Institute also offers the full 60-hour Builders License course in an online video format. For those who have already taken the 60-hr builders license course, we offer many Continuing Education courses that can help contractors grow a successful business, click here for the full list. The online video salesperson course is set up for you to come and go as you please. Our system is designed to keep track of where you left off and we store your completion when finished.



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Skyscrapers to Spaceships: The Coolest New Buildings in America

Coolest New Buildings in America


The US is in the midst of rapid change. With a booming tech industry and a growing population of over 320 million, the US needs additional infrastructure. With limited space and growing environmental concern, architects are designing buildings that are taller and more efficient than ever before. Below are a few of this year’s coolest buildings that reflect an adapting industry:


Nordstrom Tower, 225 West 57th Street – New York City

›  This residential building, to be completed in 2018, will be one of the tallest buildings in the city.

›  However, living here may cost you a pretty penny, with an average price of $17 million.

›  The 94-floor building was designed by esteemed Chicago-based architecture and design firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill.

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Source: New York YIMBY



Apple Campus 2 – Cupertino, California

›  Apple’s now soon-to-be headquarters in Silicon Valley has been dubbed the “spaceship” for its UFO-looking circle shape.

›  Originally estimated to cost under $3 billion, current estimates put Campus 2 around $5 billion.

›  Designed by UK architects Foster + Partners, who are rumored to be in talks to also design new Apple Stores.

›  The loop structure, which is over a mile long, places an emphasis on green space, allowing room to plant over 72,000 trees.

›  Campus 2 was one of the last great visions of Steve Jobs, inspired by the Stanford campus.

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Source: Apple



432 Park Avenue – New York City

›  Another luxury residential building, this time designed by world-renowned Rafael Viñoly Architects.

›  The grid-like structure was inspired by a trash can.

›  The penthouse apartment, boasting six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, reportedly sold for over $95 million.

›  Currently topped-out, the building should open later this year.

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Source: 432parkavenue.com



The Pensmore Mansion – Ozark Mountains of Highlandville, Missouri

›  This residential home, owned and built by a former CIA officer, will be one of the largest residential homes in the US, totaling a dumbfounding 72,215 square feet.

›  Despite its massive size, the home is designed with its carbon footprint in mind, using insulated concrete and geothermal heating.

›  The house is designed to be nearly everlasting —being earthquake and tornado resistant, fire retardant and even bulletproof.

›  The construction is ongoing, with no set completion date.

›  The Pensmore Mansion is so large, it’s even bigger than the White House.

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Source: pensmore.com


Facebook Headquarters – Menlo Park, California

›  Facebook’s new headquarters, near the Stanford University campus in San Francisco South Bay Area, was designed by LA-based architect Frank Gehry and opened just this past year.

›  CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted the space to have a dorm-like feel, placing an emphasis on collaboration.

›  According to Zuckerberg , the new location is “the largest open floor plan in the world.”

›  The new location can house 9,000 employees.

›  The new headquarters features an expansive rooftop garden, complete with 400 trees and a running path.

›  Facebook employees are told to personalize their space – adding artful graffiti to the campus as they wish.

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Source: Hillary Fox



Did we leave out a building you think deserves the spotlight? Which architectural marvel are you most excited about? Let us know by commenting below, connecting with us on LinkedIN and liking our Facebook page!



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Contractors: Blueprints for Better Communication with Clients

A Better Way To Communicate with your Clients

Good communication is crucial to the success of any business, especially those in the construction industry.  Product selections and change orders can be overwhelming and can quickly change profit into loss if not handled correctly. It’s not uncommon for a client to visit their project after the completion of a phase to discover a request had been missed or installed wrong.  Here’s a web site idea that will put an end to your client communication problems.


Create a simple one-page web site that has a client “Login” feature.  Each client will have their own username and password so they can log into their own project account.  Once they log in, they will be presented with the following tab selections:


Documents – Under this tab should be all of the contract, specifications, plans, and other paperwork to be stored for both you the contractor and the client to review at will.  Even things like soil reports, board approvals and permits should be placed under this tab.


Allowances – Should include all allowances, product selections, ordering information like dates and delivery, installation schedules and change orders as they pertain to the allowances.  Be sure to include deadlines that clients must adhere to for making their selections so they don’t slow down the project.


Change Orders – Any time a change is made to the project it needs to be documented, dated and posted here.  This is a great way to CYA (Cover Your A**) and account for all the little changes and additions that occur with most projects.


Selections – All product selections should be posted here, with pictures if possible.  This is not only a great way to keep track of the zillion different decisions made during a project, but also is a place where you can go to review you clients decisions and consult with them if necessary.


Progress Report – This report should be posted weekly, preferably at the end of day Monday.  It should include a detailed synopsis of the work completed the previous week, as well as a schedule of the work to be accomplished in the new week.  Photos and reminders can also be included.  This tab will help keep the job progressing because we sure don’t want to see the same progress for three weeks in a row.


Whether you create the site yourself using an off-the-shelf package like Microsoft FrontPage, or hire a company to create the site, the time saving convenience to your customers, as well as the “CYA” aspects for yourself will be well worth the time. If you really want to be creative, you can add webcams to your job sites allowing out of town clients to monitor the progress.  This may also limit the amount of time clients spend actually at the jobsite.

We have talked about the importance of a company website in the past, and this is just another example of how having a simple yet functional website can greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your hard work. 


NOTE:  Whenever possible, post scanned images of invoices, orders, plans and specs; anything that proves the validity of the information.


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Six Steps to Creating a Great Online Course!

Authoring an Online Course Is Easier Than Ever!


Certified Training Institute is looking for knowledgeable instructors to author online courses in multiple areas of expertise. If you have unique skills, design knowledge, a great idea or even a list of tips you’ve developed over the years, we are offering you an opportunity to pass on your knowledge and receive income from each student that purchases your course.


“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


Step 1:  BIG IDEA.  If you have skills or design knowledge, industry techniques, good practices or even a list of shortcuts that would help others in the industry be more proficient, write them down.  So many great ideas are never heard.


“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”—Robin Williams


Step 2:  OBJECTIVES.  Make a list of things you want students to take away from the course.  What do you want your students to learn? Our great staff will work with you every step of the way. 


Step 3:  BUILD THE OUTLINE.  Take each objective and make a list of ways the objective can be met.  How are your students going to reach the objective?


An idea can only become a reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements.” –Scott Belsky, Making Ideas Happen…


Step 4:  BE THE EXPERT.  This is the fun part! You get to explain your experience and knowledge.  Just start writing sentences on what you do and what you know.  You can even get a program like ZebSpeech (free) or Dragon software that allows you to talk to your computer and have it type what you say. Work at your own pace.  Take your time.


Step 5: SEND IT OUR WAY.  Once you have your thoughts and ideas down, let us fill in the blanks with diagrams, charts, pictures and articles to give it that polished look.  You will be amazed at what we can do to make your knowledge glow. We will work to offer your course nationally as well as advertise it through multiple forms of media and social networks. 


Step 6: REAP THE REWARDS!  You will receive a monthly royalty check that is directly connected to the sales of your courses. There is no cap on how much you can make or how many courses you can submit. Your knowledge is valuable, so let it work for you. 



We are always looking for new topics and fresh ideas.  This is an opportunity to pass on your knowledge and make a residual income that will continue to grow as we market your course across the nation. 

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Good Architects Never Stop Learning, Great Architects Pass Their Knowledge On


Good Architects Never Stop Learning and Growing


In order to practice architecture, or even call yourself an architect, you must be licensed.  There are four main steps to becoming a licensed architect in most of the United States: education, internship, examination and licensure.  Most States  also require a fifth step to maintain your license by completing some form of continuing education. As an architect, don’t let your unique knowledge and skill set go to waste. Sharing the lessons you have learned over years of experience is easier than ever. Here is an outline of current educational requirements, and how you can share your knowledge with the world. 


Initial Education – The first step is obtaining one of the three types of professional degrees in architecture.   There are over 100 schools of architecture that have degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the only agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in the US.  Each State sets its own standards.  Some states do not require an accredited program, but if you have a non-professional degree, you will also need to earn an NCARB Certificate by taking additional education.

NCARB web site


Internship – Most states require architecture graduates to fulfill an experience requirement in order to become licensed.  This can be done through NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP).  Most of the experience needs to be completed under the supervision of a licensed architect, but some can be completed in different work settings such as professional and community service.  Here is a link to the IDP Guidelines: 

IDP Guidelines:  http://www.ncarb.org/~/media/Files/PDF/Guidelines/IDP_Guidelines.pdf


Examination – All 54 States and jurisdictions require the completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).  There are seven divisions to the exam consisting of multiple choice and graphical questions that test your knowledge, skills and ability to provide various services.  The exams are taken separately and are administered by a testing center called Prometric. There is a fee for each of the seven divisions.

ARE link:  http://www.ncarb.org/ARE.aspx


Licensure – All  jurisdictions require you to be licensed or registered before you can call yourself an architect or contract to provide services.  Licensing requirements include a professional degree, practical training and passing the ARE.  Contact the Board for your State to find out the specific State Requirements for Architect Licensure

State Requirements Link:  http://www.architectstraininginstitute.com/state-requirements/


Continuing Education – State requirements vary by state, but usually involve the completion of a certain number of credits or hours annually or biannually.  This education can be taken online, through workshops, formal classroom courses, conferences, etc. 

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Great Architects Pass On Their Knowledge


Giving back to the Community – Architects and design professionals are artists, planners, and creators, each with his or her own flair and style. As an architect, you develop your style and techniques over a period of time. The unique skills and knowledge architects develop over time are valuable, and far too often not passed on. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you have unique skills, design knowledge, ideas, or even a list of tips you have developed over your career, other architects are interested and want to learn! Authoring an online course is easier than ever, and Architect’s Training Institute has a experience educational staff to help you every step of the way. This is the opportunity to pass on your knowledge, and make a residual income at the same time. We are always looking for new topics and fresh ideas, so if you have knowledge that you would like to share with your community, contact Architect’s Training Institute and get start today!


Share your Knowledge, there is a whole world out there that wants to learn!


Nevada Architect Continuing Education Requirements Simplified

All registered architects in the State of Nevada are required to earn eight (8) continuing education units (CEUs) in health, safety and welfare each year in order to renew their certificate of registration December 31st of each year.  Of these eight, at least four (4) units must be in structured setting with a maximum of four units in self-directed setting.  Also, two (2) of the eight units must be code-related.


  • Structured continuing education activities are those in which technical or professional subjects are systematically presented by a person or group of qualified persons.  This includes online courses, attendance at meetings or conferences, college or university courses, and seminars.
  • Self-directed education means it is not systematically presented by another person.  This includes attendance at committee or board meetings by professional associations, participation in community activities that pertain to architecture or design, reading books or articles relating this profession, as well as viewing videos in the profession. 
  • Code-related topics include all life-safety codes: building and fire code or ADA Standards, for example.


Registered architects in Nevada can carry forward up to four (4) continuing education credits from the previous year.  The Board does not prohibit registrants from retaking a course from the previous year.  Architects who are teachers of architecture may not claim credit for teaching at institutions where they are employed because day-to-day business activity is not permitted, however, teaching a seminar that is outside day-to-day business is acceptable.


The Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design audits registered architects randomly and the notifications are sent with the annual renewals.  The audited registrants will be required to provide documentation proving completion of the CEUs claimed on the renewal. New registrants are exempt from the Nevada continuing education requirement for the year in which the certificate of registration is issued, as well as the following year.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to renew shall automatically cause the registration to expire and be void.  Attendance verification records or certificates of completion should be kept for at least four years.  A reputable provider of continuing education should keep your certificates on file in case you lose them or need them replaced.



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Nebraska Architect License Continuing Education Simplified


Licensed architects in the State of Nebraska are required to complete twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education.  Of these 24 hours, at least 16 hours must be in health, safety and welfare (HSW).  The Board does not pre-approve any course or offering, but all courses that are approved through the AIA are also accepted by the State of Nebraska.


When Does Your License Expire?

  • Active licensees with last names that begin with the letters A through K expire on December 31st of odd number years.
  • Actives licensees with last names that begin with the letters L through Z expire on December 31st of even numbered years.


Licensed architects in Nebraska can carry forward up to twelve (12) continuing education credits from the previous two year period.  New licensees are exempt from the Nebraska continuing education requirement for the first period. The Board audits a number of licensees near the end of their renewal period.  These licensees are selected at random and they must submit substantiating information to support their continuing education claim.  Typically the notifications are sent out during the renewal process.


Failure to renew shall automatically cause the license to expire and be void.  Holders of expired licenses have no rights or privileges under the license and leave themselves vulnerable with no legal recourse should something happen. Attendance verification records or certificates of completion should be kept for at least four years.  A reputable provider of continuing education should keep your certificates on file in case you lose them or need them replaced.


NOTE:  Professional engineers must have thirty (30) actual hours of engineering-related learning. Half of these hours can be carried to the next renewal cycle.  AIA approved courses are accepted for engineers.


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Louisiana Architect Continuing Education Requirements Simplified

Licensed Louisiana Architects must complete 12 hours of continuing education each year by December 31st in order to renew their Individual Louisiana License.  These twelve hours must be courses devoted to Health, Safety and Welfare and there is no need to complete more than twelve because they do not carry over.  All AIA approved courses automatically qualify, along with those approved by the Louisiana State Board of Architectural.


If your email address is on file, you should have received a reminder from the State of Louisiana.  You can renew online at http://www.lastbdarchs.com/index.htm, paying with Visa, MasterCard or check.  You can also download a hard copy of the renewal form, but be sure to leave enough mail time so it reaches the Board by the end of December.  Be sure to note on the renewal if there are any changes in your contact information so you will continue to receive your renewal notices.


You do not needto send in your certificates of completion, but keep them handy in case you are included in the annual random.  The LSBAE conducts an annual random education audit of licensees at which time you must provide proof that you satisfied LA’s continuing education requirements.  Failure at that time to provide proof of your hours may result in disciplinary action which may include fines and will include your being audited for the next three years.


On your renewal notice, you must be able to certify that you have met the continuing education requirements of 12 credits in HSW.  If you are exempt, fill in the appropriate section on the renewal notice:


  • If you are exempt or are an emeritus architect, mark “yes” that you are exempt, and check “emeritus” from the exemption section.


  • If this is your first year as a registrant, mark “yes” that you are exempt and check “new registrant” from the exemption line.


  • If you are requesting a military or hardship waiver, a written request must be submitted to the Board at least two weeks before the December 31st deadline.




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PPE: 4 Categories of Fall Protection Equipment

Staying up to date on safety standards and modern PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) can save your life or the lives of your crew members. Over the next few weeks we will be covering different forms of PPE and how they should be used on the job-site. Falls on the job killed 294 construction professionals last year alone. Falls are the #1 cause of death among all construction activities. With the help of today’s personal protective equipment they are completely preventable. Failing to use the proper fall protection equipment was the most frequently cited violation by OSHA last year. Here are other major construction hazards

There are four major categories of fall protection equipment, and being familiar with all of them can seriously benefit every construction pro.


  1. Fall Arrest Systems– A fall arrest system is required if any risk exists in which a worker may fall from an elevated position. As a general rule, the fall arrest system should be used anytime a working height of six feet or more is reached. Working height is the distance from the walking/working surface to a grade or lower level. A fall arrest system will only come into service should a fall occur. A full-body harness with a shock-absorbing lanyard or a retractable lifeline is the only product recommended. A full-body harness distributes the forces throughout the body, and the shock-absorbing lanyard decreases the total fall arresting forces.


  2. Positioning Systems– This system holds the worker in place while keeping his/her hands free to work. Whenever the worker leans back, the system is activated. However, the personal positioning system is not specifically designed for fall arrest purposes. These can be body belts (single or double D-ring) that are designed to restrain a person in a hazardous work position and to reduce the possibility of falls.


  3. Suspension Systems– This equipment lowers and supports the worker while allowing a hands-free work environment, and is widely used in window washing and painting industries. The suspension system components are not designed to arrest a free fall. A backup fall arrest system should be used in conjunction with the suspension system.


  4. Retrieval Systems– Pre-planning for retrieval in the event of a fall should be taken into consideration when developing a proactive fall management program. A chest harness can be used for retrieving someone from a tank or bin. (OSHA 2014)


To learn more about PPE and other construction safety topics check out www.licensetobuild.com or www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com. Both are trusted sources for builders, contractors, architects, and anyone in the construction trades to get a license or complete their continuing education.