Project Management for Contractors
Includes 2 Hours of Energy Code

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.

The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is now made part of the Minnesota State Building Code per the provisions of the Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1300. The 2012 IECC Chapters 2 through 5 must be administered by any municipality that has adopted this code. Chapter 7 of this course is designed to provide students with a foundation of building features and equipment systems as they pertain to Minnesota Energy Codes, and help students recognize how these codes can ultimately reduce and conserve energy consumption.

Learning objectives are provided to facilitate student understanding and progress. Informal progress checks throughout each module help students review and measure their understanding of the material. The chapter assessments accurately reflect the information covered. Students must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to receive credit/certification for the course.


Chapter 1 – Cost Management (Project Budget) (1 hour)

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. Procurement
4. Employees
5. Unit Costs

 Assessment—20 multiple choice questions.

 Chapter 2 – General Guidelines of Lending (1.5 hour)

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

1. Loans
2. Sworn Statements
3. Project Funds

Assessment—20 multiple choice questions.

Chapter 3 – Time Management  (1 hour)

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe how to develop a Critical Path
2) Explain the features of an Activity Node

1. Subcontractors

2. Critical Path

Assessment—20 multiple choice questions.

Chapter 4 – Quality Control  (1 hour)

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe the benefits of good communication with subcontractors
2) List several elements of a construction Daily Log Book

1. Management
2. Materials
3. Daily Log Book
4. Standards

 Assessment—10 multiple choice questions.

Chapter 5 – Erosion Control (1 hour)

Learning Objective:

1) Understand the contractor’s responsibility for erosion control

1. Best Practices
2. Sediment Fences

Assessment—10 multiple choice questions.

Chapter 6 – Green Job site (1 hour)

Learning Objective:

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

Assessment—15 multiple choice questions.

Chapter 7 – Minnesota Residential Energy Codes (60 minutes)

Learning Objective:

1) Describe the details regarding the building features and equipment systems as they pertain to the Minnesota Energy code
2) Recognize how the energy code can ultimately reduce and conserve energy consumption

1. Chapter 1322 (Residential) and 1323 (Commercial) of the Minnesota Building Code. 

Assessment—15 multiple choice questions.

Glossary of Terms 

Final Exam–30 multiple choice 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.

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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