Online 60 Hour Course and Carpentry & Building Construction Book Package #3

  • 60 Hour Prelicense Online Course
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016 Edition (Recommended)
  • Includes a Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Licensed
  • Includes Free Video Instructions on How to Market Your Construction Company on Social Media

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Overview of Building Trades

Course Description

This nine-hour course provides an overview of building trade skills. The information provided in this course would be advantageous for anyone seeking to start a residential building project or enter into the building industry.

A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


COURSE OUTLINE

Sitework

*Learning Objectives: 1) Define dewatering and the various laws and regulations surrounding dewatering activities. 2) Describe the methods by which soil and rock deposits are classified and analyzed. 3) Explain the various tests which determine absorption, density, and moisture of the soil. 4) Describe what kind of restrictions may be involved in regards to easements, floodways, and wetlands.

Concrete

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe and define 5 types of problems that typically occur with concrete. 2) Explain the difference between chemical and mineral add mixtures, and describe the several different types used. 3) Discuss how to construct proper concrete joints.

Foundations

*Learning Objective: 1) Identify and understand the components and methods to footing and foundation construction.

Carpentry

*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify the basic components of framing: bracing, joists, walls, floors, fastening schedules and fire blocking.

Roofing

*Learning Objective: 1) Understand the anatomy of a roof, the shingles, flashing, and types. 2) Be able to calculate required ventilation ratios.

Siding and Trim

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the advantages of different types of siding. 2) Understand the basics of siding installation. 3) Recognize stair, trim and tile basics.

Masonry

*Learning Objective: 1) Describe brick and concrete uses, requirements and methods.

Plans

*Learning Objective: 1) Describe and understand typical symbols and schedules used in residential house plans. 2) Practice reading plans and determining what and how much material must be purchased.

 


Business of Building

Course Description

This nine-hour course will provide new builders with an understanding of the Code of Conduct and their responsibilities to their employees, to their customers and to the government. It includes knowledge needed in order for them to successfully maneuver through new business startup stages.

A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter. Students must answer 70% of the questions in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


Chapters 1-8  Licensing

*Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the licensing procedures and requirements for contractors.
  • Describe continuing education requirements.
  • Explain how complaints/hearings are handled by the State.
  • Define the powers and duties of certain departments, boards and agencies in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Describe the rules, penalties, and fines as they pertain to the regulations surrounding the building and construction industry.
  • Understand the licensing procedures and requirements for contractors.
  • Describe continuing education requirements.
  • Explain how complaints/hearings are handled by the State.
  • Describe fees, licensing, complaints and disciplinary actions as they pertain to licensed builders.

Chapter 9-12  Construction Lien Act

*Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how lien laws protect the rights and interests of both the builder and the consumer
  • Understand the responsibilities of both contractors and subs when filing the proper notices.
  • Describe the time constraints associated with enforcing a lien.

Chapter 13  Business Organization

*Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the five basic forms of business organization.
  • Understand both the benefits and drawbacks associated with each type of business organization.

Chapter 14  Finance and Accounting

*Learning Objectives:

  • Describe several forms of financing you may need in order to secure your project.
  • Be able to create a cash flow forecast for your company.
  • Describe the advantages of using internal and debt controls.

Chapter 15  Taxes and Withholding

*Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the basic payroll and tax responsibilities of an employer.
  • Recognize the differences in tax laws for the five types of business entities.
  • Understand how unemployment tax works for employers.

Chapter 16  Labor Laws

*Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the important aspects of MI Labor Law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes standards for minimum wages, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor.
  • Understand and describe the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Chapter 17  Fair Housing

*Learning Objectives:

  • List the categories that are protected under the Fair Housing Act.
  • List the practices that are prohibited in real estate dealings by the Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act.

Chapter 18  Estimating and Bidding

*Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of accurate estimating and bidding.
  • Describe the steps in developing a project budget.

Marketing for Building Contractors

Course Description

Marketing is an essential part of running a successful business. This seven-hour course will show students how to put together a customized, cost-effective marketing program that will work year after year. Even those building contractors who have already been in business for years will learn how to build strength in the marketing aspects of their company, including a cost-effective method of generating leads. Students will also learn how to incorporate successful marketing tactics simultaneously.

A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


COURSE OUTLINE

Chapter 1- The Market

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the importance of marketing in a competitive market. 2) Learn to analyze your clients and your competition.

Chapter 2- Circle of Influence

*Learning Objectives: 1) Outline what a successful marketing program entails. 2) Identify who your circle of influence is, and how they can help expand your market.

Chapter 3- Branding

*Learning Objective: 1) Translate the importance of developing a professional image through the use of a logo, brochures and performance.

Chapter 4- Signage

*Learning Objectives: 1) Develop a marketing strategy around truck signage. 2) Identify successful printed marketing materials.

Chapter 5- Customer Relationships

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize and implement an effective lead generation program. 2) Explain the importance of creating customer loyalty, through referrals, testimonials, and a circle of influence.

Chapter 6- Reaching the Customer

*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to put together an impactful newsletter. 2) Identify the target customer and analyze the market.

Chapter 7- Targeting

*Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss and evaluate the several ways to expand your targeted customer base. 2) Integrate these methods into a successful marketing campaign.

Chapter 8- Networking

*Learning Objectives: 1) How to use and capitalize networking opportunities; housewarmings, charity events, community service etc.

Chapter 9- Websites

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand how the internet can reach your customer base. 2) Describe how to create a successful website.

Chapter 10- Media and Home Shows

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how to implement a practical and successful ad campaign. 2) Compare the pros and cons of using the Yellow Pages. 3) Explain the benefits of working a professional show, and of maintaining your own showroom.

Chapter 11- Market Analysis

*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to implement an effective lead generation program. 2) Monitor and analyze marketing information.

Chapter 12- Commercial Vehicles

*Learning Objective: 1) Know state and federal regulations as they relate to commercial vehicles.

Chapter 13- Transportation

*Learning Objective: 1) Understand commercial driver licenses and what that entails.

 


Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management

Course Description

This seven-hour course explains the principles of contract law and the important elements of a home building and remodeling contract. The difference between various contracts used in the residential construction industry is also described. Requirements and types of insurance are also covered in this course, as well as the details of Workers Compensation.

A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


COURSE OUTLINE

Chapter 1- Rules and Elements

*Learning Objectives: 1)  To describe the contents of a basic home building contract. 2)  Understand the importance of clarity of language.

Chapter 2- Contract Types

*Learning Objectives: 1)  Be able to outline required contract documents. 2) Understand the basic contract types: Fixed Price, Cost Plus Fee, Unit Price and Cost Plus Fixed Fee.

Chapter 3- Retainage and Scope Creep

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the principles of retainage, and how it can impact cash flow. 2) Recognize the factors that lead to scope creep and what can be done to minimize it. 3) How to write and/or accept a Request for Proposal.

Chapter 4- Bidding and Letter of Intent

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the importance of pre-proposal meetings. 2) Learn how to write a Letter of Intent.

Chapter 5- Contract Formats

*Learning Objectives: 1)  Explain what the provisions of a contract are. 2)  Understand how written vs. oral contracts are treated by the law.

Chapter 6- Offer and Acceptance

*Learning Objectives: 1)  Explain what the term “capacity” means and how it can impact the validity of a contract. 2)  Understand the requirements of “offer and acceptance”.

Chapter 7- Consideration

*Learning Objectives: 1)  Explain what “mutuality of obligations” is, and why it is an integral part of any contract. 2)  Detail the rules for and responsibilities of agents.

Chapter 8- Duress and Fraud

*Learning Objectives: 1)  Be able to decide when a contract is NOT a contract. 2)  Detail contract defenses: duress, undue influence, fraud, mistakes, statutes of limitations, and changing situations.

Chapter 9- Breach of Contract

*Learning Objectives: 1)  Recognize what constitutes a breach of contract. 2)  Describe the difference between material and immaterial breach of contracts.

Chapter 10- Home Solicitation Act

*Learning Objective: 1)  Describe the basic requirements behind the act.

Chapter 11- Home Improvement Act

*Learning Objective: 1)  Recognize the conditions under which a contract can be canceled.

Chapter 12- Insurance, Risk, and Liability

*Learning Objective: 1)  Gain a basic understanding of the various types of insurance available to builders.

Chapter 13- Workers Compensation

*Learning Objective: 1) Describe who is and who is not covered by workers’ compensation.

 


Construction Safety

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.

A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


COURSE OUTLINE

Chapter 1- OSHA Records and Reporting

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

Chapter 2- Fall Protection

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

Chapter 3- 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 4- Stairs 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

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the basics of electricity 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- Hazards

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

Chapter 9- 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 10- Material Handling

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

 


Building Green

Course Description

This seven-hour course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment while providing a great economic benefit to the homeowner. Students will learn the importance of incorporating energy efficiency into their building projects.

A 70% passing score on each assessment is required to move on to the next chapter. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


 

Chapter 1- Heat Transfer/Thermal Imaging

*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the importance of practicing energy efficiency in the building/construction industry. 2) Identify energy conservation and generation concepts. 3) Use of diagnostic testing equipment.

Chapter 2- Energy Codes

*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the changes made to the Michigan Uniform Energy Code. 2) Understand what measures can be taken to incorporate these changes into construction projects/design. 3) Recognize how the changes can ultimately reduce and conserve energy consumption.

Chapter 3- Advanced Framing Techniques

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the wide variety of energy and resource efficient products and systems available. 2) Explain some of the cost savings in both labor and materials associated with energy efficient systems.

Chapter 4- Air Barriers

*Learning Objectives: 1) Discuss and recognize the importance of energy efficient design in indoor systems. 2) Describe the characteristics of energy-efficient materials and systems compared to traditional ones.

Chapter 5- Insulation

*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the pros and cons of fiberglass and cellulose insulation material. 2) Outline the proper steps for cellulose and fiberglass insulation installation.

Chapter 6- Foam Insulation/Sheathing

*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the pros and cons of polyisocyanurate and polyurethane foam insulation. 2) Outline the proper steps for polyisocyanurate and polyurethane foam insulation installation.

Chapter 7- U-Factor/R-Value

*Learning Objectives: 1) Understand the uses for and effectiveness of radiant barriers. 2) Be able to convert U-factors and R-Values.

Chapter 8- Lighting/Duct Design

*Learning Objective: 1) Understand the features and benefits of new technologies available to builders and homeowners.

Chapter 9- Green Appliances

*Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to properly read energy guide labels. 2) Know more about heat/energy recovery and sealed combustion appliances.

Chapter 10- Geothermal/Solar

*Learning Objective: 1) Understand the features and benefits of geothermal technologies available to builders and homeowners.

Chapter 11- Wind Turbines

*Learning Objective: 1) Understand the basics regarding wind turbines technology: pay back, location, net metering etc.

Chapter 12- Green Marketing

*Learning Objective: 1) Outline an effective waste material program. 2) Be able to put together a well-trained sales and marketing team.

 


MI 2015 Residential Code Review


Course Description

This six-hour course is a review of the codes required for residential construction. This course focuses on the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book and the latest changesThe 2015 MRC is a comprehensive stand-alone residential code that establishes minimum requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses, with the purpose of safeguarding the health and safety of the public. This 6-Hour course applies six hours towards Technical credit.


Code Book Basics

1. Introduction
2. Adoption
3. Marginal Markings
4. Navigation

Chapters 1 and 2

1. Scope and Application
2. Administration and Enforcement
3. Definitions

Chapter 3 Building Planning

1. Design Criteria
2. Minimum Requirements
3. Glazing
4. Egress
5. Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
6. Decay
7. Flood Resistant Construction

Chapters 4-11

1. Foundations
2. Floors
3. Wall Construction/Covering
4. Roof Ceiling Construction
5. Roof Assemblies
6. Chimneys and Fireplaces
7. Energy Efficiency

 


Project Management for Contractors

Course Description

This seven-hour course focuses on the primary responsibilities of a project manager: managing project costs and time while completing the project to the expected degree of quality. This requires close attention to detail before beginning actual construction, as well as during the project. Taking proactive measures will help the project manager determine possible obstacles before they occur. This course will analyze all three primary areas. The student will learn how to implement proven methods to manage most effectively.

Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.

Note:  While the format and order of material presentation may differ between the video and text lessons, the overall content is the same.  The following outline generally describes the video version of the course.


COURSE OUTLINE

Project Costs and Budget

*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the steps necessary to develop a project budget. 2) Describe the primary elements of procurement. 3) List four elements of a typical construction loan. 4) Describe two examples of common cost overruns.

Payment Schedule and Change Orders

*Learning Objectives:  1) List the benefits of using written change orders. 2) Recognize the difference between your wage and profit for the company.

Procurement and Equipment Costs

*Learning Objectives:  1) List the benefits of using job costing. 2) Be able to calculate discounts. 3) Learn methods to allocate the costs of equipment on a project.

Profit Margins

*Learning Objectives:  1) Define cost overruns and list a few examples. 2) Be able to calculate profit margins when cost overruns occur.

Construction Loans

*Learning Objectives:  1) Learn the difference between a construction loan and a purchase loan. 2) Know what title requirements typically are in place before a standard loan can begin disbursements. 3) Know what most lenders require to determine LTV ratios.

Scheduling and Subs

*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand all the elements involved in creating a project schedule. 2) List the 4 most important aspects of a relationship with a subcontractor.

Time Management

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how to develop a Critical Path 2) Know the importance of keeping job data about completed projects.

Quality Control

*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the benefits of good communication with subcontractors. 2) Learn the basic techniques used to manage quality control.

Project Manager Role

*Learning Objectives:  1) Know the general tasks involved in becoming a project manager. 2) Learn to plan a project that includes long lead time items.

Erosion Control

*Learning Objective: 1) Understand the contractor’s responsibility for erosion control.


 Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades


Course Description

Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.


Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

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