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Minnesota Builders 14-hour Complete Renewal Package Course Syllabus


Price: $169.00



Drones in Construction and Environmental Issues Course Syllabus
(Includes 1HR Energy)

7HR Online CE

Course Description

DRONE TECHNOLOGY. 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 and real estate industry, but there are rules and regulations set in place that currently doesn’t allow them. So why should you care? Stay up to date with technology and ahead of the competition. This course is designed to familiarize business owners with the practical use of drone technology.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. Human activity has been impacting the environment for thousands of years. Industrial, chemical, and energy-related waste materials have had an exponential effect on the environment. It has only been in the last 50 years or so that environmental laws have been enacted to protect public health, safety, and welfare, as well as preserving natural resources. These and other issues have made environmental law more and more prevalent in property transactions and litigation, as opposing groups seek to contain and remediate costs associated with contaminated sites and similar issues.

ENERGY EFFICIENT INSULATION. This course includes one hour of energy-related curriculum. It covers several energy efficient insulation types, the pros and cons of each and best practices to observe.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Become knowledgeable about available technology and proper use of drones.
  • Learn the basics of aerial survey and mapping.
  • Explain the FAA application process for a FAA 333 Exemption.
  • Learn the benefits of UAV application in marketing and advertising.
  • Describe the history and relevant political movements behind the current environmental legislation.
  • Recognize and apply the standards outlined by court decisions in environmental case law.
  • Integrate the rules and regulations pertaining to environmental laws in the real estate industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of energy efficient insulation.



Lesson 1 (20 Minutes)

1. Introduction
2. Types
3. Overhead Imagery

Lesson 2 (25 Minutes)

1. Large Platform
2. Most Popular
3. First Person View
4. Considerations

Lesson 3 (25 Minutes)

1. Drone Act
2. FAA 333 Exemption
3. Minimum Requirements
4. FAA Recommendations

Lesson 4 (20 Minutes)

1. Agriculture
2. Utility
3. GIS
4. Construction
5. Excavation
6. Pros and Cons

Lesson 5 (25 Minutes)

1.FCC Rules on Jamming
2.  Airport and Port Security
3. Event Protection
4. Prisons
5. Infrastructure
6. Heat/Thermal/Infra-Red

Lesson 6 (25 Minutes)

1. New Technology
2. Real Estate
3. Architects
4. Construction
5. Surveying
6. Placement of Materials
7. Site Access

Lesson 7 (40 Minutes)

1. Locations
2. Still vs. Video
3. Hazards
4. Lighting
5. Shadows and Color
6. Buyers


Lesson 1 (25 minutes)

2. Environmental Site Assessments
3. Types of Contaminants
4. Lead Based Paint

Lesson 2 (25 minutes)

1. Mold
2. Radon

Lesson 3 (30 minutes)

1. Asbestos
2. Petroleum Based Contaminants
3. Underground Storage Tanks

Lesson 4 (25 minutes)

1. Farm Products
2. Heavy Metals
3. Cleaning Solutions
4. Formaldehyde
5. PCBs

Lesson 5 (25 minutes)

1. PBBs
2. Bacteria
3. Electromagnetic Fields
4. U.S. Judicial System
5. Federal Laws

Lesson 6 (30 minutes)

1. Case Law



Lesson 1 (20 minutes)

1. Improved Insulation
2. Fiberglass Batt
3. Cellulose

Lesson 2 (25 minutes)

1. Spray Foam
2. Sheathing


Final Assessment – 20 minutes


Construction Safety Including Fall Protection

Course Description

This seven-hour course is a review of the safety codes required for residential construction.  Students will be able to understand and describe the basic components of a construction safety program.  They will recognize the hazards inherent at a construction job site and describe ways to prevent those hazards.  Finally, they will learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices. 

Learning objectives are provided to facilitate student understanding and progress.   Informal progress checks throughout the module help students review and measure their understanding of the material.  The assessment at the end of each chapter accurately reflects learning objectives.  A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter.  Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly on the Final Exam in order to receive credit/certification for the course.


Chapter 1- Introduction

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the differences between Minnesota and federal OSHA regulations and standards 2) Distinguish between employer and employee rights and responsibilities.

Chapter 2- Personal Protective Equipment

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries  2)  Name the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) most often used to protect workers.

Chapter 3- Falls in Construction

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Describe methods of fall protection available to workers. 2)  Explain the main criteria that prompt the use of fall protection for construction workers.

Chapter 4- Stairways and Ladders

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Describe safety guidelines and requirements for stairways used at a construction site. 2) List safe practices and requirements for ladders used at a construction site. 

Chapter 5- Scaffolds

*Learning Objectives:  1) Recognize the hazards associated with different types of scaffolds.  2)  Understand the procedures that must be followed in order to control and minimize those hazards.

Chapter 6- Excavations

*Learning Objectives:  1)  State the greatest risk that is present at an excavation.  2) Describe the three primary methods for protecting employees from cave-ins.  3)  Name factors that pose a hazard to employees working in excavations, and how to reduce those hazards. 4)  Describe the role of a competent person at an excavation site.

Chapter 7- Electrical Safety

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the basics of electrical safety and the injuries that can be caused by improper contact. 2) Identify the hazards of electricity on a construction site and the best way to prevent those hazards from occurring.

Chapter 8- Egress/Fire Protection 

*Learning Objectives:  1) Describe OSHA requirements for proper fire prevention, egress, and equipment.  2) Be able to create a working emergency action and fire prevention plan.

Chapter 9- Hazard Communication

*Learning Objectives:  1) Identify employer responsibilities towards reducing workplace hazards.  2) Be familiar with the information provided in Material Safety Data Sheets.

Chapter 10- Tool Safety

*Learning Objectives:  1) Describe the hazards surrounding the use of hand and power tools.  2) List the important safety tips associated with Powder-Actuated Tools.  3)  Explain the basic procedures for safe jack handling.

Chapter 11- Materials Handling

*Learning Objective:  1) Identify, avoid, and control hazardous materials through proper handling, storage, use, and disposal.


Final Assessment–30 Multiple choice questions



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