- 7 Hour Project Management for Contractors
- 6 Hour Florida Required Competency
- 1 Hour 2017 Florida ADV Gable End Anchoring & Framing in High Velocity Hurricane Zones
- Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades
Project Management for Contractors
This seven hour internet 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 project managers determine possible obstacles before they occur. This course will analyze all three primary areas. Students will learn how to implement proven methods to manage most effectively.
Students will also learn of building features and equipment systems as they pertain to energy efficiency, helping students recognize how these methods can ultimately reduce and conserve energy consumption. They will identify how moisture enters the structural cavities of a building and how to avoid these problems using the correct installation of thermal and weather resistant building components.
Learning objectives are provided to facilitate understanding and progress. Informal progress checks throughout each module help review and measure understanding of the material.
Chapter 1- Cost Management
*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the steps necessary to develop a project budget. 2) Describe the primary elements of procurement.
1. Project Budget
2. Change Orders
3. Bidding & Estimating
6. Unit Costs
Chapter 2- General Guidelines of Lending
*Learning Objectives: 1) List four elements of a typical construction loan. 2) Describe the process of completing a Sworn Statement. 3) Describe two examples of common cost overruns.
2. Sworn Statements
3. Lien Wavers
4. Project Funds
Chapter 3- Time Management
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how to develop a Critical Path 2) Explain the features of an Activity Node.
2. Critical Path
Chapter 4- Quality Control
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe the benefits of good communication with subcontractors. 2) List several elements of a construction Daily Log Book.
3. Daily Log Book
Chapter 5- Erosion Control
*Learning Objective: 1) Understand the contractor’s responsibility for erosion control.
1. Best Practices
2. Sediment Fences
3. Storm Water Management
Chapter 6- Green Job Site
*Learning Objectives: 1) Explain the benefits of energy efficient solar design and landscaping. 2) Describe some of the problems and solutions surrounding job site recycling.
1. Energy Efficient Solar Design
2. Job site Recycling
3. Heat Transfer and Thermal Imaging Video
4. Air Barriers Video
Chapter 7- Energy Efficiency/Moisture Intrusion
*Learning Objectives: 1) Describe details regarding the building features and equipment systems as they pertain to energy efficiency. 2) Recognize how the energy code can ultimately reduce and conserve energy consumption 3) Understand what measures can be taken to incorporate these changes into construction projects/design 4) Identify how moisture enters the structural cavities of a building and how to avoid these problems in the first place 5) Recognize the importance of correct installation for thermal and weather resistant building components.
1. 2009 IECC: Administration and Definitions
2. Meeting IECC requirements: insulation, duct design, window selection, lighting, HVAC and geothermal
3. Insulation Video
1. Ground Water Problems
3. Windows, Doors and Siding
4. How Moisture Penetrates the Roof/Ceiling: shingles, flashing, drip edge
6. Wind and Coastal
Florida Required Competency
This six hour internet course fulfills the continuing education requirements outlined by 61G4-18.001 for Workplace Safety, Business Practices (Lien Law), Workers’ Compensation, Construction Laws and Rules and Wind Mitigation methodologies. Individual chapter descriptions below outline subjects, topics and subtopics covered.
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.
Chapter 1 – Workplace Safety (60 minutes). This 1 hour chapter describes the most pertinent aspects of jobsite safety regulations. Beginning with OSHA regulations surrounding proper recordkeeping and general first aid and sanitary provisions, the course continues with the fundamental requirements of Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Tool Safety, Stairway and Ladder Safety, and Excavation requirements. Finally, a comprehensive module on asbestos and lead remediation covers the safe handling of asbestos and lead based materials.
*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 3) Describe methods of fall protection available to workers 4) Gain a basic understanding of Lead Remediation. The topids covered are:
A. Health Regulations and Recordkeeping, Postings, Competent Person.
B. General Interpretations: Rules, First Aid, Material Safety Data Sheets, Sanitation, Illumination
C. Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Prevention, Signs, Signals, Barricades, Material Handling
D. Tools: Hand and Power
F. Fall Protection: Systems Criteria and Practices
G. Excavations, Concrete/Masonry, Steel Erection, Stairs/Ladders
H. Hazard Communication
I. Egress and Fire Protection
J. Asbestos and Lead Safe Handling Practices
Chapter 2 – Workers’ Compensation (60 minutes). Employers in Florida are required by law to pay for the medical treatment and lost wages of employees who are injured on the job or suffer a job-related illness. The underlying principle is that employers must assume the costs of injuries, illnesses and deaths that occur on the job. In Florida, workers’ compensation is regulated by the Department of Financial Services and the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims, and enforced by the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. This 1 hour chapter describes the rules and responsibilities of employers in complying with Florida Workers’ Compensation laws.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify the laws and regulations of Florida Workers’ Compensation 2) Understand the process of claim reporting 3) Explain the best ways to manage workers’ compensation costs. The topics covered are:
A. Workers’ Compensation overview, responsible state entities, four components of WC: medical expenses, disability pay, vocational rehabilitation and benefits to dependents.
B. Florida Rules and Regulations, postings, key coverage requirements, exemptions, penalties.
C. Enforcement and Authority, failure to comply, Stop Work Orders.
D. Injury and Illness Reporting, the Benefit Delivery Process and mediation and hearing procedures.
E. Managing Claims and Costs of WC, workplace safety programs and incentives.
F. Frequently Asked Questions
Chapter 3 – Florida Construction Statutes and Rules (120 minutes). This 2 hour chapter will provide builders with an understanding of the Florida construction statutes and rules as they pertain to the industry. Students will be able to define the powers and duties of the various departments, boards and agencies that make up the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The rules, penalties and fines surrounding the construction industry are outlined, as are the licensing procedures and requirements. Being familiar with these regulations allows contractors to better operate within the boundaries of the law, and to fulfill their responsibilities to employees, customers and the government.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Define the powers and duties of the Construction Industry Licensing Board 2) Describe the rules, penalties and fines as they pertain to the regulations surrounding the building and construction industry 3) Understand the licensing procedures and requirements for contractors 4) Describe continuing education requirements 5) Explain how complaints/hearings are handled by the State. The topics covered are:
A. Purpose, Definitions and Exemptions
B. The Construction Industry Licensing Board: members, authority, fees and examination.
C. Qualifications for licensure: certification, registration, workers’ compensation.
D. Renewals and continuing education. Inactive and delinquent status.
E. Business entities and Qualifying agents.
F. Prohibitions and penalties. Disciplinary proceedings.
G. Homeowner’s Recovery Fund.
Chapter 4 – Florida Lien Law (60 minutes). A lien is a specific legal process that can be used by contractors and others as a lawful remedy for securing payment for labor or materials that have been used to improve another person’s property. Lien laws are also designed to give protection to laborers and material suppliers in the event of default by the contractor or property owner. Unfortunately, many contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers do not understand the importance of filing the proper documents at the correct time–therefore forfeiting their chances of recovery. This 1 hour chapter outlines the documents required, and the order in which they must be submitted in order to protect the claimant’s rights.
*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) Understand both owner and contractor time limitations for filing and preserving lien supporting documents and lien rights. The topics covered are:
A. What is a lien and who is entitled to file?
B. Notice of Commencement: who files, when should the NOC be filed? What must be included in the NOC?
C. Contractor List: what is it? And when must it be furnished, to whom?
D. Notice to Owner: who sends the NTO, and what information does it provide?
E. Contractor Payment Affidavit: what does this document state? When must it be sent, by whom?
F. Claims of Lien: What is it? When must it be filed, and what must it include?
H. Statutes: 713 Part 1
Chapter 5 – Wind Mitigation (60 minutes). This 1 hour chapter describes wind mitigation methodology, comparing the C-brace system and the X retrofittings. The aftermath of past hurricanes in Florida has shown that one of major damaged structural components in residential homes is the gable-end wall or the gable-end truss for timber wall or masonry wall constructions, respectively. As a result, a revised building code, “Standard for Hurricane resistant residential Construction” (SBCCI, 1993, 1999) was developed to require all gable-ends to be designed to resist hurricane force wind. This research investigates two different retrofit systems: (1) X-bracing and (2) C-bracing to determine their structural performance under hurricane wind.
*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the need for alternate, lower-cost means to the installation of gable-end bracing 2) Identify new Florida Code requirements that address specific, identified mitigation measures 3) Differentiate between the C-brace system and the X retrofittings. The topics covered are:
A. Florida Statutes 553.844. Windstorm loss mitigation; requirements for roofs and opening protection.
B. Investigation abstract, history and purpose.
C. Methodology, construction of gable end walls, trusses, design
D. Retrofits: X-brace and C-brace
E. Loading and data collection
F. Results and Conclusions
2017 Florida Gable End Anchoring & Framing in High Velocity Hurricane Zones
IMPORTANT: This course applies one credit towards the Florida Building Commission Advanced Credit. Course # 817.1. DBPR Approval 0612574. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Architecture and the AIA for 1 HSW Credit.
This one hour internet course is intended to provide a minimum of one hour of instruction of Advanced continuing education for Florida certificate holders and registrants pertaining to Gable End Anchoring and Framing. Inspection of residential buildings that endured past hurricanes in Florida has shown that one of the most damaged structural components in residential homes is the gable-end wall or the gable-end truss for timber wall or masonry wall constructions. This course is based on the 2017 Florida Building Code changes that surround the most common causes of gable end failure during high velocity hurricane events.
METHOD OF PRESENTATION: This distance learning course is formatted specifically for internet delivery. Course presentation will require student participation through section reviews and assessments. This method of course presentation assures that student will have direct control of course delivery.
Course material will be presented using multimedia formats, including but not limited to: static text, narration, photos and illustrations. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to link to related resource websites and applicable articles. Participants will be able to access instructor support via email (24 hour) and telephone communication (during normal daytime office hours).
A ten-question, multiple choice assessment at the end of the course must be completed with a 70% pass rate in order to complete the course and print a certificate of completion.
The objective of this course is to inform building contractors of proven methods of building sustainable roof structures when built in areas subjected to high velocity winds.
1. Introduction–5 minutes
c. Practical Perspective
2. Reinforcing Roof to Wall Connections–5 minutes
a. Examples of transition points
b. Roof to wall connections
3. High-Velocity Hurricane Zone–40 minutes
a. Section 1513 Definitions (5 minutes)
b. Section 2121 High-Velocity Hurricane Zones Construction Details (7 minutes)
c. Section 2207 Steel Joists (3 minutes)
d. Section 2212 Gable Endwalls (2 minutes)
e. Section 2301 General (5 minutes)
e. Section 2314 to 2322 High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (18 minutes)
i. Wood Members
ii. Unit Stresses
iii. Vertical Framing
iv. Horizontal Framing
4. Assessment–10 minutes
a. Ten question quiz
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