18 Hour Specialty Course Package | Michigan Code Officials


This package fulfills all 18 hours toward Specialty Category of continuing education for Building Inspectors and contains the following courses ($207 value)

  • 8-hour  Overview of Building Trades  #CP-18-00217 (8 hr Specialty)
  • 6-hour  Building Green  #CP-18-00224 (6 hr Specialty)
  • 2-hour  Drier By Design – Designing to Keep Water Out  #CP-19-00021 (2 hr Specialty)
  • 2-hour  Successful Use of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings  #CP-19-00020 (2 hr Specialty)
  • Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades




Overview of Building Trades

Course Description

This eight-hour course provides an overview of building trade skills. This course outlines the fundamental requirements involved in residential construction or remodeling through text, integrated videos, diagrams, and slides. This course applies 8-Hours towards Specialty credit.

Site Work (100 Minutes)

1.  Setbacks and Easements
2.  Wetlands and Utilities
3.  Prep and Measurements
4.  Soil Types and Tests

Assessment: 5 questions

Concrete (40 Minutes)

1.  Admixtures and Slump
2.  Joints and Problems

Assessment: 5 questions

Foundation Construction (20 Minutes)

1.  Footings and Columns

Assessment: 5 questions

Framing (50 Minutes)

1.  Joists, Boring and Notching
2.  Components and Fire blocking

Assessment: 5 questions

Roofing (100 Minutes)

1.  Styles and Pitch
2.  Bracing and Trusses
3.  Flashing
4.  Venting and Gutters

Assessment: 5 questions

Siding (80 Minutes)

1.  Styles and Pitch
2.  Bracing and Trusses
3.  Flashing
4.  Venting and Gutters

Assessment: 5 questions

Trim (20 Minutes)

1.  Doors and Stairs

Assessment: 5 questions

Masonry (40 Minutes)

1.  Blocks and Patterns
2.  Mortar and Flashing

Assessment: 5 questions

Plan Reading (50 Minutes)

1.  Symbols and Schedules
2.  Reading and Questions

Assessment: 5 questions

Building Green

Course Description

This six hour video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This 6-hour course applies six hours towards Specialty credit.

Heat Transfer and Thermal Imaging (20 Minutes)

1.  Energy Consumption
2.  Energy Conservation
3.  Diagnostic Testing

Assessment:  5 questions

Advance Framing Techniques (20 Minutes)

1.  Techniques
2.  Raised Heel Trusses
3.  Double 2 x 4 Walls
4.  Prefabricated Walls

Assessment:  5 questions

Air Barriers (20 Minutes)

1.  Design and Implementation
2.  Air Sealing
3.  Airtight Drywall
4.  Prefabricated  Walls

Assessment:  5 questions

Insulation (20 Minutes)

1.  Fiberglass Batts
2.  Cellulose Insulation
3.  Roof Installation

Assessment:  5 questions

Foam Insulation/Sheathing (25 Minutes)

1.  Spray Foam
2.  Configurations
3.  Insulated Sheathing

Assessment:  5 questions

U-Factor and R-Value (20 Minutes)

1.  Radiant Barrier Sheathing
2.  Windows
3.  U-Factor and R-Value

Assessment:  5 questions

Lighting and Duct Design (20 Minutes)

1.  Incandescent Lighting
2.  Compact Fluorescent Lighting
3.  Light Emitting Diodes
4.  Duct Design

Assessment:  5 questions

Green Appliances (25 Minutes)

1.  Energy Guide Labels
2.  Energy Recovery Ventilation
3.  Sealed Combustion Heating Appliances
4. Water Heaters
5. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

Assessment:  5 questions

Geothermal and Solar (25 Minutes)

1.  Heating and Cooling
2.  System Types
3.  Solar Thermal Water Heating

Assessment:  5 questions

Wind Turbines (25 Minutes)

1.  Electricity Generation
2.  Considerations
3.  Utilities and Metering
4. Types

Assessment:  5 questions

Green Marketing (20 Minutes)

1.  Waste Management
2.  Marketing
3.  Solar Voltaic Roofing
4.  Fuel Cells

Assessment:  5 questions

Drier By Design – Designing to Keep Water Out


Course Description

With erosion paths cut into solid rock as solid evidence, water in various forms contains immense power to eat away or destroy whatever is in its path. Whether it takes a year, two hundred or ten thousand, without intervention, water can and will destroy our man-made structures. Once a problem develops that opens a pathway for intrusion, one rainy season can render a building unsuitable for human use.

We have the knowledge and tools to combat such destruction of our structures. We implement counterattacks in the design stage, during construction, and afterwards with proactive maintenance, but the battle against water begins in the design phase.

Moisture resistance principles and methods are discussed in a systematic fashion, as in one building system at a time. Fundamentals are first covered, including basic principles of water behavior and the multiple paths it takes while invading buildings. A thorough knowledge of how destruction begins and escalates drives the known design principles and material decisions used to stop such migration. Practical solutions are then discussed in detail.

The discussion is needed. The physical price tag for both our structures and their occupants is too high to allow water free entry into our occupied spaces.

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • A basic understanding of how water moves, migrates, and behaves
  • Typical sources of excess moisture in our built environments
  • Proactive prevention of unwanted moisture through planning and design
  • Methods used during construction to prevent the intrusion of water
  • Post-construction prevention of leakage by building envelope inspection
  • Common points of failure through which water can gain entrance
  • Prevention of water intrusion through control of condensation

Drier By Design–Designing to Keep Water Out


1. Glossary of Terms Regarding Water Intrusion
2. Water Behavior

  • General Water Infiltration
  • Hitting a Moving Target
  • But There are Rules
  • Under Pressure to Admit It
  • Different Problems in Different States

3. Moisture Problems

  • Searching for a Source
  • Mold Growth in Buildings

4. Wet by Design


1. Recommendations for Design
2. Construction Methods Used to Exclude Moisture
3. Tools for Analysis and Design


1. Incoming
2. Site Drainage Issues
3. Entrapped Moisture
4. Reasons Why Envelopes Leak

  • Defining a Building Envelope
  • Methods and Materials Meant to Exclude Water
  • Known Problems with Wall Systems
  • Using Envelope Diagnosis to Find Leaks
  • Pen Test
  • Common Reasons for Envelope Failure


1. Buildings from Wood
2. Thinking Through Building Components

  • Structural Framing Design
  • Foundation Design
  • Foundation Leaks
  • Wall Envelope Design
  • Design of Interior Finishes
  • Glazing System Design
  • 4.2.7 Roof Design

3. Moisture from Plumbing Leaks
4. Moisture from HVAC Systems
5. Moisture from Ventilation Systems
6. Moisture from Condensation

  • Causes of Condensation
  • Cold Weather Condensation
  • Hot Weather Condensation

7. Tightening the Envelope
8. Vapor and Air Retarders
9. Combatting Negative Air Pressure


1. Preventing Leaks by Planning

  • Moisture Control Design Principles
  • Designing Components to Prevent Leaks

2. Controlling Moisture During Construction


Successful Use of PEMBs
(Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings)

Course Description

This course will cover the advantages and disadvantages of using a pre-engineered metal building and why PEMB’s are economical. We will examine what needs to be considered when designing the foundations, building envelope, building systems, industrial equipment as well as code considerations. This lesson should equip the designer and builder to know the basic facts about Pre Engineered Metal Buildings.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of Pre-Engineered buildings
  • Identify the code requirements related to bearing capacity of foundations and slabs
  • Describe hazardous occupancies and control areas that are often found in this type of structure
  • Summarize the code considerations and issues related to special industrial construction


  • Why are pemb’s economical
  • Advantages and disadvantages


  • Conventional foundations
  • Deep foundations
  • Testing of bearing capacity beneath each column pad
  • Blasting for foundations
  • Slabs
  • Elevated slabs
  • Long span
  • Cantilevered walls
  • Anchor bolt reactions


  • Bridge cranes
  • Levelers


  • Hvac systems
  • Electrical: lighting, outlets, welding stations
  • Fire suppression


  • Insulation


  • Building size by code
  • Snow drift requirements
  • Hazardous occupancies and control areas
  • Comcheck

Special industrial issues

  • Truck docks
  • Steps outside loading docks
  • Trench drains
  • Pits
  • Overhead doors
  • Mezzanines
  • Oil water separators/ trench drains


  • Subsurface conditions
  • Karst geology

Ground Water

  • Potential problems


  • Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction


  • Liability for repairs

Decorative Shapes

  • Options

Deferred Submittals

  • Timeline



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.

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.

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