Minnesota & Wisconsin Complete Renewal Package


14 Credit Hours including 1 Hour Business Management and 1 Hour Energy Code | Video & Narrated Course 
This course package fulfills all Minnesota and Wisconsin continuing education requirements for your renewal cycle.  NOTE:  Both MN and WI License numbers must be entered into your account for course completion to be submitted to both states.

  • 7hr Estimating and Bidding for Success – MN #20200148 | WI #16259
  • 7hr Weatherization and Renewable Energy – MN #20190470 & #20190534 | WI #16873
  • Free Social Media Marketing for Construction 


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


Weatherization and Renewable Energy


Course Description

Weatherization: Students successfully completing this three hour portion will gain confidence in their ability to reduce building envelope failure using proven methods of construction. Building homes that are well protected from the weather is important for all building professionals. The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship.  Sometimes a problem is found in the design of a home, adding to disputes over poor workmanship. The very best defense against moisture issues in a home is in training the workforce in how moisture enters into the internal structural areas of a home and what procedures to use in the many tasks involved to head off these problems.

Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is contributing more and more to the world’s ever-rising energy demands. Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of  affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. Contractors should know what products are on the market, what rebates and incentives are available for their customers who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components.

Weatherization I

Why is There a Problem? (26 minutes)

Learning Objective: Explore how poor building practices are often contributing factors to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that contractors can apply to improve overall workmanship.

1. Rationale
2. Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims

3. Solutions
4. Experience
5. Contractor Responsibilities
6. Insurance Availability and Affordability


The Building Envelope System (20 minutes)

Learning Objective: List the four major physical components of the building envelope system, the performance objectives of those components, and the specific mistakes that result in system failure.

1. Building Envelope System
2. Performance Objectives

3. Physical Components
4. Sources of Moisture Intrusion
5. Results of Failure


Foundation Construction (28 minutes)

Learning Objective: Identify and implement proven methods that will effectively divert moisture from the foundation of a structure.

1. Thermal and Moisture Protection
2. Groundwater

3. Gutters
4. Crawl spaces
5. Damp proofing and Waterproofing
6. Girders and Beams


Weatherization II

Wall Construction (37 minutes)

Learning Objective: Determine causes of high humidity in a structure and evaluate wall construction “best practices” to maximize performance.

1. Wall Framing
2. Vapor Diffusion Problems

3. Recommendations
4. House Wrap and Underlayment
5. Window and Door Openings
6. Flashing and Caulking
7. Siding


Roof Construction (24 minutes)

Learning Objective: List and describe at least three specific installation techniques and/or materials that contribute to a properly constructed roof system.

1. Skylights
2. Moisture Penetration
3. Roof Valleys
4. Shingles and Shakes
5. Roof Sheathing
6. Repairs
7. Flashing


Window and Door Installation(16 minutes)

Learning Objective: Demonstrate proper window and door installation techniques that preserve the integrity of the building envelope.

1. Windows, Doors and Skylights
2. Proper Flashing
3. Door and Window Installation


Weatherization III

Ventilation System Installation and Requirements (15 minutes)

Learning Objective: Summarize the key elements (either natural or mechanical) of a properly ventilated structure.

1. Code
2. Attic Ventilation

3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


Building Envelope Best Practices (12 minutes)

Learning Objective: Cite at least four “best practices” and describe how these strategies support an effective envelope design.

1. Moisture Retarding Construction
2. Capillary Breaks

3. House Wrap Installation
4. Window and Door Installation
5. Siding Installation
6. Roofing Best Practices


Consumer Remedies (21 minutes)

Learning Objective: Correctly identify preventative measures that should be taken by both the consumer and the contractor to reduce disputes surrounding envelope failure.

1. Common Mistakes
2. Preventative Measures

3. Warranties
4. Complaints
5. Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Wind Power I (27 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind’s energy
2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production
3) Appreciate some of the “Pro vs. Con” debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy

1. History
2. Products and Components

3. Sources of Energy Production
4. Offshore Production: Pros and Cons
5. Onshore Production: Pros and Cons


Wind Power II (29 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry
2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy
3) Recognize the concerns of the home owner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy

1. Distributed wind power
2. Automation and Safety Factors

3. Grants and Incentives
4. Residential and Small Business Wind Generation


Solar Energy Use I (35 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use
2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection
3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment

1. Solar Energy: Passive/Active
2. Solar Photo Voltaic

3. Industry Acronyms and Terms
4. Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5. Rebates and Incentives


Solar Energy Use II (50 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

1) Understand some small business or home owner advantages
2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy
3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar

1. Small Business Systems
2. Residential Use

3. Solar Pros and Cons
4. Structural Considerations
5. Installation and Mounting Considerations


Solar Energy Use III (36 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy
2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States
3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means

1. Solar Harvesting
2. Solar Power Plants

3. Industry Acronyms and Terms


Final Exam (30 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.

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.

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