Complete 14 Hour Renewal Package | Minnesota


14 Credit Hours including 1 Hour Business Management and 1 Hour Energy Code | Video Course | Instructors:  Acker & Gelinas
This course fulfills all your continuing education requirements for 2-year renewal cycle and is made up of the following courses:

  • 7hr Estimating and Bidding for Success
  • 7hr NEW Construction Health and Safety Compliance
  • Includes Free Video Instructions on How to Market Your Construction Company on Social Media!
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Package Contents:


Estimating and Bidding for Success


Course Description

This course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering in this field, it could also help architects, engineers, and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared. The following material will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid. Being able to read and understand blueprints is also integral to the estimating process. Knowing how to apply and itemize costs for specific activities and materials, based on a set of plans and related professional resources, is key. The estimator who can visualize the project, and accurately determine its costs will become one of the most important persons in any construction company.


Learning Objectives:

1) Recognize the features and advantages of at least five types of estimates
2) Outline a properly constructed estimate that will encompass all the necessary components required for a successful and profitable project
3) Identify the responsibilities of the bid team, and what bid day duties include
4) Gain an understanding of the use of spreadsheets and/or software in structuring a bid program

Types of Estimates

Methods of Estimating

1. General Contracts
2. Construction Management

3. Design Build

Types of Contracts

1. Negotiated
2. Unit Price

3. Time and Material

Types of Estimates

1. Conceptual
2. Budget

3. Assembly
4. Square Foot
5. Trade
6. Detailed Cost
7. Unit Price

The Bidding Process

Bid Documents

1. Invitation to Bid
2. Bid Form

3. Project Manual
4. Project Drawings
5. Bid Bonds

The Bid Team

1. Owner’s Officer
2. Chief Estimator
3. Estimator’s Assistant
4. Subcontractor/Vendor Assistants

Pre-Bid Duties, Material Costs and Bid Day

Structuring the Bid Program

1. Identifying Work Scopes
2. Quantity Take-Off
3. Self Performed Work
4. Labor Costs
5. Project Overhead
6. Alternates
7. Sub/Vendor Quotes
8. Request for Information
9. Substitution Request
10. Common Sources for Error


Assessment – 20 Questions


Learning Objectives:

1) Identify the various pages/drawings of a blueprint and recognize the symbols used
2) Gain confidence in the ability to understand and accurately identify components of an architectural rendering
3) Correctly formulate mathematical computations to measure materials required for a construction project
4) Understand the need to be specific in all areas of plan reading

Parts of a Blueprint

1. Plans and Drawings
2. Schedules

3. Specifications

Reading the Plans

1. Practice Questions

a. Linear feet
b. Cubic yards
c. Locations
d. Door assemblies
e. Exterior trim
f. Stairways

Assessment – 5 questions


Learning Objectives:

1) Identify basic measurement standards and resources typically used in construction estimating
2) Gain confidence in the ability to understand and accurately identify components of an architectural rendering
3) Develop the skill required to apply production rates for varioius trades to reach an accurate estimate
4) Understand the importance of structuring a bid that includes enough gross or clear profit to not only survive, but to prosper

Guidelines I



Guidelines II


Guidelines III

Thermal and Moisture Protection
Doors and Windows
Making a Profit

Assessment – 20 Questions


This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as satisfying seven (7) hours of credit toward Residential Building Contractor continuing education requirements.

IMPORTANT: The State of Minnesota requires that you spend the full amount of time in the course. Please be sure to take your time and review the course in full in order to satisfy this requirement.

Construction Health and Safety Compliance 7HR CE 
Includes One Hour of Energy Efficiency


1. Controlling Hazardous Energy. This training program covers Lockout/Tagout procedures for the use of appropriate lockout or tagout devices designed to isolate or disable equipment in order to prevent unexpected start up or release of stored energy, causing injury to employees.

2. Fall Protection. Falls are one of the most common types of serious injuries and deaths. Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment, but when fall protection devices are impractical, personal fall protection equipment may be used. This course outlines the standard equipment use, maintenance and inspection requirements for harnesses, lanyards, lifelines, tethers and more.

3. Fire Safety. This course highlights standards related to fire safety, including prevention, types of fires, extinguishers and best practices.

4. Hazard Communication. In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. This course will outline employee Right-to-Know information, the Global Harmonizing System, Safety Data Sheets, and labels.

5. Personal Protective Equipment. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits. This course will outline the most common forms of PPE used in the workplace.

6. Respiratory Protection. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually. This course outlines the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements.

7. Energy Efficiency: Air Sealing in New Home Construction 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. This one hour course will help builders identify important considerations regarding air sealing in new home construction.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the appropriate use of lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Identify the standard use, maintenance and inspection requirements for fall protection equipment.
  • Describe standards and requirements related to fire prevention and safety in the workplace.
  • Summarize the Hazard Communication requirements outlined by OSHA
  • Understand how to effectively implement personal protective equipment as required by OSHA
  • Outline the types of respirators available, including how and when these devices must be used.
  • Identify considerations regarding air sealing in new home construction.

Controlling Hazardous Energy

Lesson 1 (35 minutes)

  • Importance of lockout/tagout
  • Employees:
    • Authorized
    • Affected
    • Other
  • Energy sources disabled:
    • Plug boxes
    • Fuse locks
    • Breaker switch locks
    • Valve/pipe donuts or chains
  • Tags
    • Requirements
  • Group lockouts
    • Tags
    • Boxes
  • Stored energy release
  • Account for tools and replace guards

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Fall Protection

Lesson 1 (20 minutes)

  • Choosing the right equipment:
    • General Industry
    • Construction Trades
  • Positioning devices, rescue/retrieval devices
  • Harnesses
    • inspect, ANSI
    • proper fit
    • features

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (25 minutes)

  • Lanyards
    • inspect
    • locks and rivets
    • features
    • Pendulum Effect
  • Anchorage
    • requirements
    • best practices

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 3 (15 minutes)

  • Rescue plans
    • suspension trauma
    • best practices
    • trauma straps
    • tethers

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Fire Safety

Lesson 1 (35 minutes)

  • Prevention
  • Extinguishers
    • classifications of fire
    • types of extinguishers
    • maintenance and service
    • limitations
  • Operating extinguishers
    • PASS

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Hazard Communication

Lesson 1 (25 minutes)

  • Employee Right-to-Know
  • Global Harmonizing System
    • Pictograms
    • Labels
    • Containers
  • Reading the Label

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (25 minutes)

  • HMIS and NFPA Systems
    • Numbering scale
    • Colors
  • Safety Data Sheets
    • How to Read
    • PEL/STEL

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 3 (30 minutes)

  • Parts of the SDS

Quiz 3 Questions (1 minute)

Personal Protective Equipment

Lesson 1 (25 minutes)

  • Purpose
  • Hazard Assessment form
  • Hard Hats
    • ANSI approval Z89 rating
    • class and type
    • accessories
  • Eye Protection
    • ANSI Z87 rating
    • types

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (25 minutes)

  • Hearing Protection
    • ear plugs
    • muffs
  • Foot Protection
    • types
  • Gloves
    • types

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Respiratory Protection

Lesson 1 (20 minutes)

  • Identifying the hazards
  • Training
  • Medical evaluation questionnaire
  • Fit testing
    • positive/negative pressure
  • Fit check

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Lesson 2 (30 minutes)

  • Maintenance
  • Proper storage
  • Cartridges/gaskets
  • Types
    • half-face
    • full-face
  • Correct cartridges for toxin
  • Facial hair

Quiz 5 Questions (3 minutes)

Energy Efficiency: Air Sealing in New Home Construction

Lesson 1 (45 minutes)

  • Air Barriers
  • Detecting Air Leaks
  • Caulking Effectively
  • Weatherstripping Effectively
  • Vapor Barriers
  • Modern Ventilation Options

Quiz 3 Questions (1 minute)

Lesson 2 (15 minutes)

  • Case Study: DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Vadnais Heights, MN

Quiz 3 Questions (1 minute)

FINAL EXAM 10 Questions (5 minutes)

 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 Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

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