Brokers, Keep Your Office In Order

How do you keep your broker office working efficiently?

A key component to any successful brokerage firm is a well-groomed policy manual. An up-to-date policy manual will help your staff and co-workers know how what is expected of them and how to carry out necessary procedures.  A successful policy manual should:

  • Provide a clear understanding of broker, sales associates, management, and employee relations.
  • Anticipate potential resolutions for controversies before they arise.
  • Eliminate favoritism as all employees must work within the policy.
  • Help staff to function effectively in the event of management absence.

How do I create a policy manual?

Real Estate Training Institute has developed a new course, Practical Brokerage, which outlines the steps to creating a successful Policy Manual. Once you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Implement a working Policy and Procedure manual
  • Describe the employee/employer relationship
  • Apply accounting and recordkeeping practices surrounding trust funds
  • Understand how violations of occupational code are handled

This course is useful for brokers in every state, however, it has the added bonus of being for 3 hours of continuing education in Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, and New York.

If you have any questions about maintaining your real estate license please visit our website, call us at 800-727-7104, or email




Attention Pesticide Employers!

The EPA released new regulations for Worker Protection Safety on January 2nd, 2017 . All pesticide applicators must comply to the new guidelines this year.

What is Worker Protection Safety?

Worker Protection Safety is an EPA mandated course that pesticide employers must give yearly.  The purpose of the training is to inform and protect handlers and workers.  WPS requires:

  • All pesticide workers and handlers to be formally trained every year
  • Employers to provide documentation of training to employees
  • Employers to keep track of training records
  • All training to be done with EPA approved materials


Certified Training Institute is in the final stages of releasing a course that meets each of the EPA requirements in a convenient package that is easy to use and affordable for pesticide application businesses. Stay tuned for more details.

If you have questions about your pesticide applicators license visit our webpage, call 800-727-7104, or email


Changes to the Alabama Home Builders License Exam

The Alabama Home Builders License Exam now consists of two parts:

To obtain a State of Alabama Home Builders License, you must pass both exams. You can take them together or individually, but the cost for each part is $80.  Exam preparation courses are available for each part and they can also be purchased together.

Home Builder Business and Law Exam Prep Course
This course will prepare students for the Business and Law portion of the exam and is based on the relevant chapters found in the Alabama NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Residential Construction, 3rd Edition (as outlined in the ProV Candidate Bulletin.)

Home Builder Skills Exams Prep Course
This course will prepare students for the Skill Exam portion of the exam (as outlined in the ProV Candidate Bulletin.) Many of the lessons have video presentations to supplement the text material.

The Home Builders Licensure Board exam is given by a NEW TEST COMPANY as of January 1, 2017. The test used to be hosted by PSI and is now through ProV. Download your copy of the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensing Board Examinations Candidate Information Bulletin.

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New Continuing Education Course for Minnesota Contractors

Successful Site and Building Design

(7-Hour Narrated/Video Continuing Competency Course)

This seven-hour narrated/video online course combines two topics: Site Design and Building Design. In this course, you will learn, from the foundation to the roof, from the appearance to the operation, from construction to maintenance, tried and proven methods for analyzing design decisions that will lead you to a greater reputation as a designer.

Approved for:

  • 7 Hours of Continuing Education
  • Residential Contractors
  • Building Officials
  • Manufactured Home Installers

Minnesota Contractors are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education each every two years. There are many course options online, but beware! Always choose a reputable online course provider for your state required continuing education. Your course provider should be State Approved and provide course approval numbers as well as a certificate of completion. They should also report your course completion directly to the State on your behalf.