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Alaska Builders Biennial License Renewal

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Alaska state law requires all General contractors to be licensed.  Anyone who performs mostly commercial work and residential remodel work of less than 25% of the value of the structure must have a General Contractor without Residential Contractor Endorsement (which doesn’t require an exam). However, anyone who performs new home construction, commercial work, and residential remodel work of more than 25% of the value of the home or structure being altered is required to have a General Contractor License with Residential Contractor Endorsement.

When Does My Alaska Contractor License Renew?

Contractors have a biennial license renewal of December 31st of even numbered years. 16 hours of continued education are required each renewal cycle. An applicant for renewal of a residential contractor endorsement for the first time will need to document 8 hours of acceptable continued education. Renewal of Endorsement will coincide with the renewal of the General Contractor registration.

Who Offers Approved Online Continued Education?

Builders License Training Institute offers several online continued education courses. Each course is 8-hours so contractors can mix and match to create a package to suite their learning preferences.

Top 3 Continued Education Courses:

  • Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design: This eight-hour course combines Drone Technology with Successful Site Design.  Learn the proper and practical use of Drone Technology as well as the basics of aerial survey and mapping. You will also learn to develop a building program, including site selection, utilization, and way finding.
  • Manage Your Way to Big Profits: This eight-hour course will help prepare the learner for the scope of responsibilities that a professional construction project manager must be prepared to perform.
  • Contracts, Liabilities & Risk Management: This eight-hour video course explains the principles of contract law and the important elements of a home building and remodeling contract.
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This Week’s Course Spotlight: Drones in Construction

Pilsen, Czech Republic - March 17, 2015: Drone quadrocopter Dji Phantom 2 with didital camera GoPro HERO4 Black edition. New tool for aerial photo and video.

As a contractor, showcasing your work is one of the better ways to set yourself a part from the competition. Drones, can capture a vision of your work, that before would have been impossible to see. Greg MacMaster from Eagle Eye Drone Service in Traverse City, MI, is our featured instructor in our new course that focuses on Drones in Construction. This course covers everything from the different types of UAV/Drones to the benefits of using drones at the job site.

How Can I Use Drones in Construction?

This course will answer the questions “Which drone is right for me?” and “What is it that I want my drone to do?” Greg MacMaster does an excellent job of covering important topics in this 4-hour introductory course. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Surveying
  • Mapping
  • Site Selection
  • Inspections/pre-inspections
  • Project progress
  • Aerial photo documentation on the job completion
  • And much more!

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Real Life Example of Drone Use in Construction:

Let’s say a customer owns a three story hotel, and wants the roof inspected. You find out, there is no roof access, and it has a 12/12 pitch. You have two options, hire another company to come in with their equipment, which could take days to complete a full roof inspection costing extra time and money. Or take twenty minutes out of your day to fly a drone, equipped with a camera, up near the roof and complete a full inspection. Having the ability to inspect the roof by drone will not only save time and money, but it will also keep you and your crew safe from the dangers that come with steep pitch roof systems.

greg_macmaster_head_shotAbout the Instructor

Greg MacMaster spent 22 years as a Meteorologist for WPBN/WTOM (NBC) Traverse City, Michigan. During that time, he also taught as an Adjunct Instructor in Aviation Meteorology at Northwestern Michigan College. After retiring as a Meteorologist Greg served as a State Representative and represented the 105th District, from 2011 to 2014. Today Greg is the co-owner of Eagle-Eye Drone Service and preforms aerial imaging services for many industries, and teaches as a Certified FAA Instructor – Wings Program. He has accumulated over 2000 flights and 400 hours of flight operations in real estate construction industry

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Learn How You Can Use Drones As A Realtor

Orewa Beach aerial view

Greg MacMaster from Eagle Eye Drone Service in Traverse City, MI, is our featured instructor in the new course that focuses on Drones in Real Estate. This course covers everything from the different types of UAV/Drones to the benefits of using drones in the real estate market.

Now, you may be asking yourself how drones could possibly help you in real estate, and that is a good question. The course we have created, covers many topics including:

  • Verify measurements from blueprints
  • Survey & Map geography to verify engineering survey analysis matches
  • Improve efficiency through mapping
  • Superior time management tool

This course will answer questions like “Which drone is right for me?” and “What is it that I want my drone to do?” In real estate, drones not only allow Realtors to show an aerial view of the house and property but it is also a great marketing tool. The usage of drones is probably one of the biggest advances in real estate marketing in the last 10 years or so.

Why use Drones in Real Estate Marketing?

Prior to the use of drones in real estate, it would cost upwards of thousands of dollars to get aerial footage of a listing. Drones changed everything. Now, even the most modest priced listing can have the same 1080P aerial images, taking your listing a step above the rest.

Which Drone is Right for Me?

What is it I want my drone to do? This course will answer questions like these and many more. Greg MacMaster does an excellent job of covering important topics in this introductory course. As someone who has taken “Drones in Real Estate”, I can honestly tell you that this course educated me on the benefits of using drones to market many properties and more. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a leg up on the usage of drones in real estate and marketing, sign up today

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Louisiana Contractors, Mix Things Up with Your Continued Education This Year!

Commercial filming of building industry. New flying Chroma Blade drone

Louisiana Contractors are required to complete 6 hours of approved continued education each year. Contractors must renew their license every year on December 31st. Builders License Training Institute is now offering a 3-hour online course on the biggest topic in the construction industry, Drones.

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I’m a Builder. Why Do I Need to Know About Drones?

Once used exclusively for military purposes, drones are now utilized in a variety of industries, including construction. Drones in Construction is a highly informative course showing the many uses of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the building and housing industries.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, for instance; survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses.

I really liked your course and the way it was set up.  I’m not good at computers and it was easy to use. The course was interesting. I can relate to the information and will use it.”

George Jacobs from Thibodaux

Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to use and designed for students to work at their own pace and around busy work schedules. Our 3-hour Drones in Construction course also comes with a printable Certificate of Completion that students will use to mail in to the State Licensing Board for Contractors.

 

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Florida Contractors, Learn Something New for Your Continued Education!

Commercial filming of building industry. New flying Chroma Blade drone

Florida Contractors must renew their licenses by August 31st 2016. Part of the renewal process is completing 14-hours of approved continued education. The Builders License Training Institute has 6 fully approved 14-hour contractor renewal packages, one of which is touching on the one of the hottest topics to hit the air waves.

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I’m a Builder. Why Do I Need to Know About Drones?

Once used exclusively for military purposes, drones are now utilized in a variety of industries, including construction. Drones in Construction is a highly informative course showing the many uses of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the building and housing industries.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry. For instance, survey and mapping; marketing and advertising; and security are just a few.

Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to navigate, and designed for students to work at their own pace and around their busy work schedules. Our 14-hour Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design package is all you will need for this year’s licensing cycle including a 6-hour Required Competency course.

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, for instance; survey mapping, marketing and advertising, and security are just a handful of uses.  Builders License Training Institute’s courses are easy to navigate and designed for students to work at their own pace and around their busy work schedules. Our 14-hour Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design package is all you will need for this year’s licensing cycle including a 6-hour Required Competency course.

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Drones Improve Productivity of Insurance Companies

Flooded house

After disaster strikes, whether it be a small five car pile-up or a mudslide that takes out a neighborhood, adjusters have to evaluate the damage.  They have to transport themselves to the scene and spend hours, or even days, walking around the site, taking pictures and collecting data. Now, skip forward to the year 2016 where adjusters can fly drones over the disaster area, recording details and assessing damage areas that they would never be able to get to on foot.Tree Impales House

Ever since the FAA Modernization and Reform Act enabled the Secretary of Transportation to grant exemptions to approved companies for commercial use of sUAS, insurance agencies across the nation have been taking advantage of the cost and time savings of drones. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) or drones, are now used for everything from analyzing crop damage on farms to aiding in search and rescue missions.

Insurance adjusters can handle a much larger volume of claims faster because drones are sent to evaluate the damage within hours of the incident.

Drones can be ready for flight in less than five minutes, the video feed enables adjusters to create an immediate survey of everything and stream it back to their mobile phone or tablet. It is also much safer with fewer feet on the ground.

Controlling a DJI Phantom quadcopter droneThe ease and mobility of drones allows companies access to disaster areas much faster, reducing the time it takes to process claims to homeowners and businesses hurt by floods, tornadoes and mudslides. Not to mention, the ability for first responders to determine right away where they should go and the severity of the problem areas.

The FAA rule change (which may occur as soon as next month) will make it easy for businesses to get a license to make money with the use of drones. All that will be required is to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test and a TSA background check, and then register the sAUS.

Certified Training Institute now offers an exam prep course for the FAA Small Unmanned Aerial Systems exam. This law is pending formal approval. When it becomes final and is written into law, individuals will no longer be required to obtain the 333 Exemption or have a pilot’s license to operate their sUAS.  They will be required to pass a proctored exam showing their comprehensive aptitude of the knowledge required to operate a sUAS in a commercial capacity.

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Drones in Real Estate

Guy using drones in real estate to show houses

Greg MacMaster, drone instructor

Greg MacMaster from Eagle Eye Drone Service in Traverse City, MI, is our featured instructor in the new course that focuses on drones in Real Estate. This course covers everything from the different types of UAV/Drones to the benefits of using drones in the real estate market.

Now, you may be asking yourself how drones could possibly help you in real estate, and that is a good question. The course we have created, covers many topics including:

  • Quick assessment of parcel for use in marketing
  • Take aerial images from different vantage points
  • Create your own 3D image for client
  • Impress your potential clients with additional services
  • And 4 hours of required continued education!

This course will answer questions like “Which drone is right for me?” and “What is it that I want my drone to do?” In real estate, drones not only allow Realtors to show an aerial view of the house and property but it is also a great marketing tool. The usage of drones is probably one of the biggest advances in real estate marketing in the last 10 years or so.

Why use Drones in Real Estate Marketing?

Prior to the use of drones in real estate, it would cost upwards of thousands of dollars to get aerial footage of a listing. Drones changed everything. Now, even the most modest priced listing can have the same 1080P aerial images, taking your listing a step above the rest.

  • 85% of buyers/sellers want an agent who has video marketing
  • 15% of agents have a video presence
  • 1 video is equal to 1.8 million words
  • 80% of viewers will remember it

The different types of drones to use

Which Drone is Right for Me?

What is it I want my drone to do? This course will answer questions like these and many more. Greg MacMaster does an excellent job of covering important topics in this introductory course. As someone who has taken “Drones in Real Estate”, I can honestly tell you that this course educated me on the benefits of using drones to market many properties and more. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a leg up on the usage of drones in real estate and marketing, sign up today.

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Drones In Construction

Construction worker with a drone on the job site

As a contractor, showcasing your work is one of the better ways to set yourself a part from the competition. By using drones, you can capture a vision of your work, that before would have been impossible to see. Greg MacMaster from Eagle Eye Drone Service in Traverse City, MI, is our featured instructor in the new course that focuses on Drones in Construction. This course covers everything from the different types of UAV/Drones to the benefits of using drones on your jobsite.

Drones Can Be Used For Many Things in Construction

Drone used for mapping on job site

  • Surveying
  • Mapping
  • Site Selection
  • Inspections/pre-inspections
  • Project progress
  • Aerial photo documentation on the job completion
  • And much more!

Real Life Example of Using Drones in Construction:

Let’s say a customer owns a three story hotel, and wants the roof inspected. You find out, there is no roof access, and it has a 12/12 pitch. You have two options, hire another company to come in with their equipment, which could take days to complete a full roof inspection costing extra money and time. Or take twenty minutes out of your day to fly a drone up near the roof and complete a full inspection. Having the ability to inspect the roof by drone will not only save time and money, but it will also keep you and your crew safe from the dangers that come with steep pitch roof systems.

DSLR picture of a Drone Ready To Fly. The quadcopter has a gimble mounted 4K video camera and The drone is a Yuneec Typhoon Q500+.

How Can I Use Drones in Construction?

This course will answer the questions “Which drone is right for me?” and “What is it that I want my drone to do?” Greg MacMaster does an excellent job of covering important topics in this introductory course. As someone who has taken the Drones in Construction course, I can honestly tell you that this course educated me on the benefits of using drones on the jobsite and more. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a leg up on the usage of drones in construction and sign up today.

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