NEW Online 60-Hour Prelicense Course, Exam Prep, and Michigan Code Book

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  • Michigan Residential Code Book, 2015 Edition (Most Current Edition)
  • Bonus: Complete Step-By-Step Gude to Getting Licensed
  • Comprehensive Exam Prep Program – Full Audio with Printable Text – $119 Value – Free!
  • Includes Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades Video Course – $40 Value – Free!

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Description

COURSE AND PACKAGE CONTENTS:


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.


LESSON 1

  • Deed Restrictions
  • Surveys
  • Easements
  • Setback Requirements
  • Topographical Plans
  • Permitting and Inspections

LESSON 2

  • Floods
  • Wetlands
  • Damage to Trees During Construction
  • Utility Locations
  • Dewatering
  • Water Well Requirements

LESSON 3

  • Site Measurements and Markings
  • Site Preparation
  • Excavating Near Retaining Walls

LESSON 4

  • Soil Conditions
  • Soil Compaction
  • Finding the Optimum Density and Moisture Content

LESSON 5

  • Concrete
  • Pouring Concrete

LESSON 6

  • Isolation Joints
  • Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Cold Weather Concreting
  • Problems with Concrete

LESSON 7

  • Foundations

LESSON 8

  • Framing and Sheathing

LESSON 9

  • Walls and Stairs

LESSON 10

  • Roofing

LESSON 11

  • Rafter Framing

LESSON 12

  • Roofing (continued)

LESSON 13

  • Roof Venting and Insulation and Gutters

LESSON 14

  • Siding and Windows

LESSON 15

  • Finish Carpentry

LESSON 16

  • Masonry

LESSON 17

  • Mortar Types and Their Uses

LESSON 18

  • Reading House Plans

LESSON 19

  • Reading House Plans (continued)

LESSON 20

  • Reading House Plans (continued)

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 correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.


LESSON 1

  • Hierarchy of Michigan Government with Respect to Residential Builders
  • State of Michigan Government Websites
  • General Information

LESSON 2

  • Michigan Compiled Laws — LARA

LESSON 3

  • Michigan Compiled Laws — Licensing

LESSON 4

  • Michigan Compiled Laws — Complaints and Citations

LESSON 5

  • Michigan Compiled Laws — Restitution and License Requirements

LESSON 6

  • Michigan Compiled Laws — Applying for a License and Complaints

LESSON 7

  • Administrative Rules — Licenses, Operations of Licenses and Complaints, Hearings and Pre-License and Continuing Education

LESSON 8

  • Administrative Rules — Disciplinary Proceedings, State License Fee Act and Building Contract Fund

LESSON 9

  • Construction Lien Documents Overview

LESSON 10

  • Excerpts of the Construction Lien Act

LESSON 11

  • Administrative Rules — Lien Waivers

LESSON 12

  • Establishing a Business Entity

LESSON 13

  • Business Finance
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping

LESSON 14

  • Independent Contractor or Employee?
  • Income Tax

LESSON 15

  • Labor Laws

LESSON 16

  • Fair Housing
  • Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act

LESSON 17

  • Bidding and Estimating
  • 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.


LESSON 1

  • Business Laws
  • Importance of Marketing
  • Effective Marketing Programs
  • Marketing Goals
  • Analyze the Company
  • Areas of Specialization
  • Analyze the Client
  • Analyze the Competition

LESSON 2

  • Creating a Marketing Message
  • Costs of a Marketing Program
  • Marketing Team

LESSON 3

  • Public Perception
  • Company Name
  • Company Logo

LESSON 4

  • Printed Marketing Materials
  • Truck Signage
  • Office

LESSON 5

  • Best Sources of Business
  • Repeat Clients
  • Social Media Referrals
  • Developing a Contact Database
  • Creating a Referral Program
  • Testimonials
  • Client Gifts

LESSON 6

  • Communication
  • Newsletters
  • Tax Incentives

LESSON 7

  • Prospective Clients
  • Job Site Signs
  • Job Site Mailings
  • Canvassing
  • Telemarketing

LESSON 8

  • Client Warming Parties
  • Remodeled Home Tours
  • Special Events
  • Educational Seminars
  • Charitable Events
  • Networking
  • Co-op Marketing Funds

LESSON 9

  • Websites
  • Backup
  • Promotion
  • Google
  • Other Great Sites

LESSON 10

  • Universe Marketing
  • Home Shows
  • Award Program Entries
  • Publicity
  • Showrooms
  • Yellow Pages
  • Radio Talk Show/YouTube Channel

LESSON 11

  • Marketing Tactics and Budget
  • Annual Calendar
  • Tracking Your Success

LESSON 12

  • Vehicle Requirements
  • Abbreviations and Definitions
  • Vehicle Inspections

LESSON 13

  • Driver Requirements
  • Types of Commercial Drivers Licenses
  • CDL Endorsements
  • Hours of Service for Drivers
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Materials of Trade

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.


LESSON 1

  • Business Laws
  • Contracts

LESSON 2

  • Contract Documents
  • Positions of Contractors
  • Types of Contracts

LESSON 3

  • Awarding a Contract
  • Request for Proposal

LESSON 4

  • Pre-Proposal Meeting

LESSON 5

  • Fundamentals of Contract Law
  • Written and Oral Contracts

LESSON 6

  • Capacity to Enter a Contract
  • Offer and Acceptance
  • Contract Conditions

LESSON 7

  • Consideration
  • Agents
  • Reasonable Person

LESSON 8

  • Contract Defenses
  • Changing Situations

LESSON 9

  • Time Limits for Legal Action
  • Types of Contracts

LESSON 10

  • Home Solicitation Act

LESSON 11

  • Gift Promotion Act
  • Truth in Lending Act
  • Home Improvement Finance Act
  • Maximum House Size
  • Owner-Built Resident Transfer Act

LESSON 12

  • Insurance
  • Builders Risk Insurance
  • Property Insurance on Contractors’ Property
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Liability Insurance on Employees

LESSON 13

  • Contract Surety Bond
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance

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.


LESSON 1

  • Introduction
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting
  • Worker Rights and Responsibilities
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Sources of Assistance

LESSON 2

  • Protecting Employees From Workplace Hazards
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Head Protection
  • Eye Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Foot Protection
  • Hand Protection
  • Body Protection

LESSON 3

  • Fall Protection
  • Written Fall Protection Plan
  • Excavations
  • Wall Openings
  • Good Work Practices

LESSON 4

  • Stairways and Ladders
  • Stairs
  • Ladders

LESSON 5

  • Scaffolds
  • Scaffold Construction
  • Types of Scaffolds

LESSON 6

  • Excavation Hazards
  • Protective Systems
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Hazards

LESSON 7

  • Electricity
  • How Electricity Works
  • Electrical Injuries
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Temporary Lighting
  • Electrical Safety

LESSON 8

  • Hazard Communication
  • Minimizing Hazards
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Training

LESSON 9

  • Tool Safety
  • Hand Tool Hazards
  • Power Tool Hazards
  • Guarding
  • Pneumatic Tools
  • Liquid Fuel Tools
  • Powder Actuated Tools

LESSON 10

  • Materials Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal
  • Storing Materials
  • Disposal of Waste Materials

 


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.


LESSON 1

  • Resource and Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Heat Transfer
  • Air Infiltration
  • Diagnostic Testing: Thermal Imaging
  • Blower Door Tests

LESSON 2

  • Residential Energy Codes
  • Compliance Methods
  • Design Phase
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Useful Websites

LESSON 3

  • Advanced Framing Techniques
  • Insulated Headers
  • Raised Heel Trusses
  • Baffles
  • Double 2 x 4 Walls
  • Prefabricated Walls

LESSON 4

  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundations
  • Airsealing
  • Airtight Drywall Approach
  • Structural Insulated Panels
  • Insulating Concrete Forms

LESSON 5

  • Insulation
  • Batt
  • Cellulose

LESSON 6

  • Spray Foam Insulation
  • Insulated Sheathing

LESSON 7

  • Radiant Barriers
  • Windows
  • Solar Heat Gain
  • Visible Transmission
  • Air Infiltration Rate

LESSON 8

  • Lighting
  • Incandescent
  • CFL
  • LED
  • Insulating and Sealing Ductwork
  • Duct Design

LESSON 9

  • HVAC
  • High Efficiency Appliances—Energy Star
  • Energy Recovery Ventilators
  • Sealed Combustion Appliances
  • Water Heaters
  • Air Conditioning

LESSON 10

  • Geothermal Systems
  • Solar Heating

LESSON 11

  • Wind Turbines
  • Uses
  • Types
  • Electricity Generation

LESSON 12

  • Waste Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Energy Performance
  • Solar Photovoltaic Prodoucts
  • Fuel Cells

RESIDENTIAL CODE REVIEW


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This seven-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 changes. The 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.

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.


CODE BOOK BASICS

  • Introduction
  • Adoption
  • Marginal Markings
  • Navigation

CHAPTERS 1 AND 2

  • Scope and Application
  • Administration and Enforcement
  • Definitions

CHAPTER 3 BUILDING PLANNING

  • Design Criteria
  • Minimum Requirements
  • Glazing
  • Egress
  • Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Decay
  • Flood Resistant Construction

CHAPTERS 4-11

  • Foundations
  • Floors
  • Wall Construction/Covering
  • Roof Ceiling Construction
  • Roof Assemblies
  • Chimneys and Fireplaces
  • Energy Efficiency

PROJECT MANAGEMENT


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.

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.


LESSON 1

  • Necessary Steps for Developing a Project Budget
  • Primary Objectives of a Project Manager
  • Benefits of Cost Management
  • Creating a List of Projected Costs for a Project
  • Understanding a Fixed Price Agreement

LESSON 2

  • Steps in Developing a Project Budget
  • Describing What Costs Fall into Project and Company Overhead Categories
  • Contingency Costs
  • Correctly Calculating Profit Margin

LESSON 3

  • Difference Between Wage and Profit for Your Company
  • Negotiating and Documenting Schedule of Payments
  • Change Orders

LESSON 4

  • Job Cost Accounting
  • Primary Functions of Procurement
  • Understanding and Calculating Common Supplier Discounts

LESSON 5

  • Costs for Usage of Small and Large Equipment on Projects
  • Employee Bonus System
  • Price per Square Foot

LESSON 6

  • Cost Overruns
  • Advantages of Computers in Cost Accounting
  • Calculating Profit Margins When Cost Overruns Occur

LESSON 7

  • Different Types of Construction Loans
  • Title Requirements for Loans
  • Understanding Loan-to-Value Ratios

LESSON 8

  • Loan Applications
  • Process and Steps of Construction Loans
  • Commingling of Funds

LESSON 9

  • Elements of Creating a Project Schedule
  • Selecting Subcontractors
  • Estimating Contingency Time
  • Relationships with Subcontractors

LESSON 10

  • Critical Path
  • Project Data
  • Advantages of Using Computers for Time Management

LESSON 11

  • Importance of Quality Control
  • Finding Subcontractors
  • Bid Specifications

LESSON 12

  • Knowledge of Tasks
  • Log Books
  • Dos and Don’ts of a Project Manager
  • Certified Installers

LESSON 13

  • Soil Erosion
  • Contractor Responsibilities Associated with Erosion Control

MI Business and Law Exam Prep Course
Syllabus

This course will prepare students for the Business and Law portion of the exam and is based on the reference materials and industry standards outlined in the PSI Candidate Bulletin. Be sure to review the Bulletin; it provides important information about the test.

When studying for the exam, we recommend you either print out or reference the following materials outlined by PSI as well as reviewing the Business of Building portion of the 60-Hour Pre-Licensure Course. You can also find helpful information at the LARA Website Builders’ page.

OCCUPATIONAL CODE (EXCERPT)

MICHIGAN ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

MICHIGAN ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

CONSTRUCTION LIEN ACT

MICHIGAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT


Regulatory and Statutory Requirements

LICENSING PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Application
  • Renewal
  • Display
  • Suspensions and Revocations
  • Company License

REGULATIONS GOVERNING CONDUCT AND PENALTIES

  • Place of Business
  • Advertising, Sales Agreements
  • Financial Statements

COMPAINTS

INVESTIGATIONS

HEARINGS

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATION

PERMITTING AND INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

CIVIL RIGHTS

  • Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act

FAIR HOUSING AND AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

  • Michigan Barrier Free Design
  • Sales
  • Office Facility
  • Hiring
  • Employee Practices

EPA REGULATIONS FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Radon

SALESPERSONS

TYPES OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATION

  • Proprietorships
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Corporations
  • Partnerships

ESTIMATING

  • Estimating Pertaining to Residential Building

CONTRACTS

  • Requirements
  • Definition
  • Types
  • Terminology
  • Binding
  • Addenda
  • Change Orders
  • Warranties
  • Financing Requirements
  • Breach

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Quality Assurance
  • Materials/Logistics
  • Cost Management
  • Subcontractors
  • Inspections
  • Scheduling
  • Draws and Progress Payments
  • Retainage
  • Customer Service

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

  • Payroll
  • Tax Obligations (Federal, State, Unemployment)
  • Costs and Expenses
  • Sales and Accounts Receivable
  • Cash Flow
  • Balance Sheets
  • Income Statements
  • Ratios

INSURANCE, BONDS AND LIENS

  • Insurance
    • Liability
    • Workers’ Compensation
    • Vehicle
    • Property
    • Property Damage
    • Title
    • Employee (social security, unemployment, disability, benefits)
    • Business
    • Accident
  • Builders’ Risk
  • Bonds
  • Liens Placement (Construction Lien Act)

PERSONNEL

  • Employee Safety and Administration (recordkeeping, MIOSHA, penalties)
  • Federal and State Labor Laws
  • Employee Benefits (retirement, health, vacation)

Business Math

Practice Tests


MI Trades Exam Prep Course

Syllabus

This course will prepare students for the Practice/Trades portion of the exam and is based on the reference materials and industry standards outlined in the PSI Candidate Bulletin. Be sure to review the Bulletin; it provides important information about the test.

When studying for the exam, we recommend you reference the materials outlined by PSI as well as reviewing the Overview of Building Trades portion of the 60-Hour Pre-Licensure Course.


Site Engineering

SURVEYING

  • Reference points
  • Monuments
  • Flood Plains
  • Wetlands
  • Benchmarks

SEPTIC REQUIREMENTS

WELL REQUIREMENTS

PLOT PLAN

  • Building lines
  • Setbacks
  • Easements
  • Restrictions
  • Utilities

ELEVATIONS

  • Transit level
  • Topographical

SURVEY PLANS AND SYMBOLS

Plans, Specifications and Estimating

GREEN BUILDING MATERIALS AND METHODS

  • Resource Conservation
  • Construction Techniques
  • Design
  • Advanced Framing
  • Insulated Headers
  • Raised Heel Trusses
  • Double  2 x 4 Walls
  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundations
  • Air Sealing
  • Building Wraps
  • Airtight Drywall
  • SIPs and ICFs

COSTS AND LABOR ESTIMATING

  • Material
  • Quantity Take-Off
  • Conceptual Estimates
  • Square Foot
  • Lump Sum or Fixed Price
  • Unit Price
  • Job Cost Recording
    • Equipment
    • Depreciation
    • Documentation Procedures
    • Permits and inspections

PLAN READING

  • Types of plans (floor, framing, truss, foundation)
  • Symbols and legends
  • Scales and dimensions
  • Views, sections and details
  • Schedules

Excavation/Sitework

DEMOLITION

  • Protection procedures
  • Equipment
  • Trenching methods and techniques

SOIL

  • Testing
  • Types
  • Compaction
  • Erosion
  • Sedimentation control

MISS DIG

GRADING

  • Backfill
  • Dewatering

Footings and Foundations

INSTALLATION

  • Site Requirements
  • Materials
  • Moisture barriers
  • Damp proofing

CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

FOOTINGS

  • Types
  • Dimensions

FOUNDATION WALLS

  • Concrete
  • Wood

ANCHORING

Concrete

PORTLAND CEMENT

  • Aggregates, Admixtures, Accelerators
  • Slump
  • Compressive Strength
  • Prepare to pour

FLATWORK

  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Floors

FORMWORK

  • Foundation Walls
  • Finishing
  • Forms
  • Joints
  • Quality
  • Reinforcement
  • Problems

Carpentry

BRACING AND BRIDGING

TABLES

SOLE, TOP PLATE, RIM JOISTS

NOTCHING AND BORING

FLOOR FRAMING

  • Joists
  • Trusses

WALL FRAMING

  • Exterior
  • Load bearing
  • Partitions

ROOF FRAMING

  • Rafters
  • Decking
  • Valleys, crickets, saddles

OPENINGS

  • Vents, windows, doors, attic access

STAIRS

  • Landings
  • Rise and run
  • Width
  • Clearances

DECKS

  • Fasteners
  • Height
  • Rails
  • Materials

FINISH CARPENTRY

  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry
  • Trim/molding

MI BARRIER FREE DESIGN

Masonry

MORTAR AND GROUT

  • Types
  • Placement
  • Joints

BRICK

  • Walls
  • Veneer
  • Types
  • Fireplace

STONE

  • Manufactured
  • Natural

CONCRETE BLOCK

DETAILS

  • Sills and lintels
  • Piers and pilasters
  • Patterns
  • Arches

REINFORCEMENT

FLASHING

FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY CONSTRUCTION

Roofing

COVERING MATERIALS

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood shingles and shakes
  • Metal
  • Tile
  • Bitumens

VALLEYS

  • Flashing

VENTILATION

REROOFING

  • Code requirements

Insulation

TYPES

  • Blanket, batt, blown-in, sprayed-on, foil faced
  • Sound

Ventilation

ATTIC

FOUNDATION

BATHROOM

Windows, Doors and Skylights

BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS

  • Energy code

SAFETY GLAZING

  • Code requirements

EGRESS/ESCAPE

  • Dimensions
  • Code

INSTALLATION

WATER INTRUSION

  • Flashing
  • Caulking

DOORS

  • Interior and exterior

SKYLIGHTS

Siding Installation

ELEMENTS

TYPES

Interior and Exterior Finishes

METHODS AND MATERIALS

  • Application methods
  • Drywall
  • Painting
  • Tile

Specialties

POOL SYSTEMS AND BARRIERS

  • Requirements

SMOKE/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Safety and Employee Protection

PERSONNEL TRAINING

JOBSITE SAFETY

  • Materials
  • Hoists
  • Hazardous materials
  • Waste disposal
  • Excavation
  • Ladders and scaffolds
  • Fall protection
  • Barricades and signs
  • Tools

CONSTRUCTION MATH VIDEO TUTORIAL

Practice Tests


 

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 8am and 6pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7104 or send an email to info@onlinecti.com. Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

Student policies and procedures are always available by going to our website and scrolling to the bottom of the page (See Attendance, Privacy and Refund Policy).