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Turn Your Construction Tradespeople into Salespeople!

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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.

 

 

Complete your Continuing Education Now!

 

For the fastest and most economical way to complete this education, visitwww.licensetobuild.com or give the friendly staff a call at:

 

1-800-727-7104

 

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Weekly NEC Update: Covers and Canopies for Lighting (314.25)

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Are you an electrician or Electrical Inspector?
You need to know the changes to the NEC code in 2014 regarding using the proper screws and fasteners for covers and canopies.

 

 

Also Now Available: Stallcup’s Electrical Reference Tools

7 Day Free Trial!

 

Now you can have the most powerful tool in the electrical industry always at your fingertips. ECSTI membership gives you exclusive access to the best electrical reference publications, videos, and interactive tutorials on the market. With a full library of Stallcups’ books and publications, as well as easy to understand interactive explanations and professional tips, ECSTI members always have the right answer.

 

All Stallcup’s Books and Publications

Video Explanations

Interactive Tutorials

Much More….

 

For the best new way to complete your education requirements,

visit www.ecsti.com or give the friendly staff a call

1-844-842-8272

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Weekly NEC Update: Electric Vehicle Branch Circuit (210.17)

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So you are the proud new owner of an electric vehicle, but is your garage set up with the correct circuitry to safely charge that vehicle?

 

 

Also Now Available: Stallcup’s Electrical Reference Tools

7 Day Free Trial!

 

Now you can have the most powerful tool in the electrical industry always at your fingertips. ECSTI membership gives you exclusive access to the best electrical reference publications, videos, and interactive tutorials on the market. With a full library of Stallcups’ books and publications, as well as easy to understand interactive explanations and professional tips, ECSTI members always have the right answer.

 All Stallcup’s Books and Publications 

Video Explanations 

Interactive Tutorials

Much More….

 

 

For the best new way to complete your education requirements,

visit www.ecsti.com or give the friendly staff a call

 1-844-842-8272

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Skyscrapers to Spaceships: The Coolest New Buildings in America

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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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For the fastest and most economical way to complete this education, visit www.architectstraininginstitute.com or give the friendly staff a call at:

1-800-727-7104

 

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Contractors: Blueprints for Better Communication with Clients

Better Contractor Client Communications

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.

 

For more great information or to check out our state approved courses on construction, architecture, electrical standards, and engineering, visit www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com or give our friendly staff a call at:

1-800-727-7104.

 

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ECSTI – The Best New Online Electrical Training & Continuing Education

Online Electrical Continuing Education Course

 

Certified Training Institute is proud to announce the launch of a brand new online school for electrical professionals, Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute, or ECSTI for short. ECSTI is changing the game for electricians who are tired of traveling hours to complete their CEU’s or sitting though mind numbing hours old online pdf. presentations. Through the use of cutting edge E-learning technology, and a partnership with the finest electrical instructors and publications in the industry, online electrical education is changing for the better. 

 

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ECSTI Online Electrical Courses – 

  • Real Instructors with Real Knowledge –  All courses are taught by the actual instructors and authors who created the course. Never listen to some canned computer generated voice again, with ECSTI you get the information straight from the source. James G. Stallcup and James W. Stallcup, two of the nations top electrical instructors and authors, present and explain every topic in its entirety. They have a passion for electrical standards, and with a combined experience of over 50 years in electrical education they know the consequences of bad information. The Stallcup’s were not happy with the poor quality of other online electrical education, so they set out to make a real difference.

 

  • Accessible Information –  Never go searching through your code book again. With our new courses all you have to do is click the code or standard and it expands to show you all the info you need. Every time a standard is referenced within the course, it is clickable so that students are not left wondering. With the ability to see the actual code language as well as the text from Stallcup’s publications, electricians have the best information so they can make the correct decisions. 

 

  • Interactive Video Presentation – Courses are created using customized programs that allow students to explore options and standards within truly entertaining video presentations. With the instructor on screen along with large scale illustrations, students can visualize topics while they are being explained.

 

  • Tailored to Your States Requirements – Each course offered through ECSTI is tailored to meet specific state requirements for license renewal.

 

For the best new way to complete your education requirements,

visit www.ecsti.com or give the friendly staff a call

 1-844-842-8272

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ECSTI – The Best New Online Electrical Training & Continuing Education

Online Electrical Continuing Education Course

 

Certified Training Institute is proud to announce the launch of a brand new online school for electrical professionals, Electrical Codes and Standards Training Institute, or ECSTI for short. ECSTI is changing the game for electricians who are tired of traveling hours to complete their CEU’s or sitting though mind numbing hours old online pdf. presentations. Through the use of cutting edge E-learning technology, and a partnership with the finest electrical instructors and publications in the industry, online electrical education is changing for the better. 

 

Online Electrical Training, Electrical Training for License Renewal, NEC Training, NFPA training

 

 

ECSTI Online Electrical Courses – 

  • Real Instructors with Real Knowledge –  All courses are taught by the actual instructors and authors who created the course. Never listen to some canned computer generated voice again, with ECSTI you get the information straight from the source. James G. Stallcup and James W. Stallcup, two of the nations top electrical instructors and authors, present and explain every topic in its entirety. They have a passion for electrical standards, and with a combined experience of over 50 years in electrical education they know the consequences of bad information. The Stallcup’s were not happy with the poor quality of other online electrical education, so they set out to make a real difference.

 

  • Accessible Information –  Never go searching through your code book again. With our new courses all you have to do is click the code or standard and it expands to show you all the info you need. Every time a standard is referenced within the course, it is clickable so that students are not left wondering. With the ability to see the actual code language as well as the text from Stallcup’s publications, electricians have the best information so they can make the correct decisions. 

 

  • Interactive Video Presentation – Courses are created using customized programs that allow students to explore options and standards within truly entertaining video presentations. With the instructor on screen along with large scale illustrations, students can visualize topics while they are being explained.

 

  • Tailored to Your States Requirements – Each course offered through ECSTI is tailored to meet specific state requirements for license renewal.

 

For the best new way to complete your education requirements,

visit www.ecsti.com or give the friendly staff a call

 1-844-842-8272

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Six Steps to Creating a Great Online Course!

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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. 

START HERE

 

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. 

Give us a call today. 1-800-727-7104

 

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

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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. 

Our link:  http://www.architectstraininginstitute.com/

 

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!

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Nevada Architect Continuing Education Requirements Simplified

Nevada Architects License Requirements, Nevada Design Professionals

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.

 

 

For the fastest and most economical way to complete this education, visit www.architectstraininginstitute.com or give the friendly staff a call at 1-800-727-7104.

 

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