Oregon 16-hour Exam Prep Course Syllabus
16 Hour Course — Online Video and Narration
16 Hours of Prelicense Exam Prep
Oregon 16-hour Exam Prep
This course was designed and developed following the criteria and objectives set forth by the CCB and the Oregon Contractor’s Reference Manual 11th Edition. Following the content outline provided, the course is divided into eleven sequential units: Contractor Laws and Regulations, Employer Obligations and Employee Rights, Contract Law, Oregon Lien Law, Taxes, Recordkeeping and Business Practices, Project Management, Building Codes, OR-OSHA and Safety Issues, Environmental Laws and Practices, Building Exterior Shell Training, and Practice Exercises.
This course covers the requirements set forth by the CCB, but also adds information that is not addressed in the Contractors Reference Manual, in an attempt to add a more detailed foundation for the learner. Sources for this material are: Oregon Administrative Rules and Revised Statutes, the CCB website, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Revenue, BOLI, OR-OSHA, the Oregon Building Codes Division, 2011 ORSC, the Building Envelope Guide for Houses 10th Edition, and various proprietary materials.
In the course of each chapter the corresponding page numbers for where the information can be found in the Reference Manual is noted (in yellow highlighting). The Practice Question chapter notes page numbers in the Reference Manual as well, allowing the student an opportunity to gain familiarity with the manual, as this is a resource that is allowed in to the exam.
Chapter 1- Contractor Law and Regulations (90 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the requirements for licensure in Oregon. 2) Describe the rules, penalties and fines as they pertain to the regulations surrounding the building industry. 3) Explain warranty requirements, maintenance schedules and consumer notices. 4) Recognize the rules surrounding surety bonds and insurance for contractors.
1. Oregon ORS 701
2. Establishing a Business Entity
a. Types of Business Organization
3. Classes and Endorsements of Licensing
4. Continuing Education
5. Contractor Responsibilities
a. Bonding Requirements
6. Dispute Resolution
7. Contracts and Notices
8. Special Licenses and Certifications
Chapter 2- Employer Obligations and Employee Rights (120 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Be familiar with workers compensation, unemployment and prevailing wage laws. 2) Describe the important aspects of Labor Law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes standards for minimum wages and child labor. 3) Be able to outline the interviewing and hiring process.
1. Hiring Employees
a. Independent Contractors
2. Workers’ Compensation Insurance
3. Employee Documentation
4. Labor Laws
5. Employee Rights
a. Sexual Harassment
Chapter 3- Contract Law (60 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the contents of a basic construction contract. 2) Explain the difference between fixed-price and cost-plus contracts. 3) Interpret and explain basic contract terms and language.
1. Contract Elements
3. Types/Methods of Construction Contracts
4. Contract Documents
Chapter 4- Construction Lien Law (45 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain how lien laws protect the rights and interests of both the builder and the consumer. 2) Define what a lien is, as well as how and when a lien should be filed. 3) Recognize the various forms and deadlines that must be observed in order to protect lien rights.
a. Pre-Claim Notices
3. Order of Events
4. CCB Construction Lien Information Pamphlet
Chapter 5- Taxes, Record Keeping and Business (45 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand and describe the basic payroll and tax responsibilities of an employer. 2) Identify the proper federal and state tax forms that any business must complete. 3) Recognize the importance of recordkeeping and the need for record retention. 4) Explain the basic concepts of accounting systems, including internal controls and financial statements.
1. Business Startup and Taxes
2. Record Keeping
3. Accounting Systems
4. Regulatory Requirements
a. Excise taxes
Chapter 6- Project Management and Scheduling (90 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the importance of developing a project schedule. 2) Determine project costs, company overhead, and profit. 3) Outline the roles and duties of key management team members. 4) Describe the steps involved in closing out a project.
1. Methods of Estimating
a. Quantity Take-off
2. Estimate Planning
a. Project Documents
4. Developing a Budget
5. Project Scheduling
a. Critical Path
6. Supervision and Monitoring
a. Quality Control
7. Project Closeout
Chapter 7- Building Codes (60 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize where to find building codes and code books that apply to specific trades. 2) Understand the process of permitting and inspections. 3) Identify the penalties for failure to obtain a permit, or working without a license.
1. Oregon Building Code Division
2. Codes Used in Oregon
3. Permitting and Inspections
4. Oregon Residential Specialty Codes Chapters 1-3
Chapter 8- OR-OSHA and Safety Issues (180 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Define required record keeping, posting and safety standards an employer must observe. 2) Learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices. 3) Recognize the need for advanced safety standards when asbestos or lead is present at the work place.
1. Oregon OSHA
a. Services and Resources
2. Statutes and Rules: OAR 437 Division 1 and 3
3. Safety Programs
4. General Rules
6. Fall Protection
7. Ladders and Stairs
10. Electrical Hazards
11. Materials Handling
12. Tool Safety
14. Asbestos and Lead
Chapter 9- Environmental Laws and Practices (50 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand environmental regulations that govern construction activities for protecting water, air and land quality. 2) Identify and understand the responsibilities of contractors related to the environment. 3) Recognize the regulations that govern management and disposal of solid, hazardous, and special waste. 4) Distinguish between conventional and green building practices and techniques.
1. Oregon DEQ
2. Water Quality Regulations
a. Water Resources Department
3. Air Quality Regulations
4. Land Quality Regulations
a. Hazardous/Non-hazardous Waste
5. Oregon RRP Program
6. Green Building
Chapter 10- Building Exterior Shell Training (180 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the contractor’s responsibility in constructing weather-resistant building exterior shell. 2) Identify the primary components of the building exterior shell. 3) Recognize key best practices for the construction of a weather-resistant building exterior shell.
1. Building Envelope System
a. System Failures
a. Moisture Intrusion
3. Wall Construction
a. Vapor Diffusion
4. Roof Construction
5. Windows and Doors
a. Installation-Proper flashing
a. Under-floor Space
7. Best Practices
8. Consumer Remedies
Chapter 11- Practice Questions (90 minutes)
*Learning Objectives: 1) Reinforce and remediate student retention of materials. 2) Enable learners to assess their progress, and to identify areas of review.