Minnesota & Wisconsin Complete Renewal Package


14 Credit Hours including 1 Hour Energy Code | Video & Narrated Course | Instructors:  Acker & Peck
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 Manage Your Way to Big Profits – MN #20190026 | WI #17370
  • 7hr Weatherization and Renewable Energy – MN #20190470 | WI #16873
  • Includes Free Video Instructions on How to Market Your Construction Company on Social Media!
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Package Contents:


Manage Your Way to Big Profits

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 Description

This seven hour course is designed to be the next step in raising your construction management skills to the next level. The class will help prepare the learner for the scope of responsibilities that a professional construction project manager, whether for residential or commercial projects, must be prepared to perform. The course begins with preconstruction services and project start-up tasks. As the project continues, controlling the finances, overseeing the project progress, safety, environmental and energy concerns are just a few of the many tasks a project manager must supervise. Finally, a successful manager must properly close out the project, all while achieving a profit, and securing a satisfied customer.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be able to assemble a project team, ensuring they are qualified to perform the work in accordance with specifications and requirements.
  • Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace, and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.
  • Understand environmental regulations that govern construction activities for protecting water, air and land quality.
  • Develop a close out procedure that will verify accuracy and completion of all building component systems, including warranties and certifications, prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.


*Learning Objectives:  1) Have a clear understanding of the preconstruction planning process. 2) Be able to assemble a project team, ensuring they are qualified to perform the work in accordance with specifications and expectations. 3) Have a clear understanding of the submittal process, making sure all materials meet the requirements set forth by the architects and engineers. 4) Develop a Schedule of Values, allocating specific values to specific portions of work, which are then submitted for payment.

Lesson 1

1. The Project Manager
2. Planning
3. Selecting a Project Team
4. Job Number
5. Letters of Intent
6. Contracts
7. Submittals
8. RFIs

Lesson 2

1. Cost Codes
2. Schedule of Values

Lesson 3

1. Meeeting with the Project Superintendent
2. Preconstruction Meetings
3. Final Project Schedule
4. Permits
5. Transmittal Letters
6. Job File


*Learning Objectives:  1) Recognize the importance of the submittal process, in terms of quality of workmanship, and the timely completion of the project. 2) Understand the change order/proposal process; who is responsible, and what must be done to document the changes. 3) Be able to coordinate all the components of a construction project while the project is ongoing; from progress meetings, material ordering, pay applications to profit estimating.

Lesson 1

1.  Site Preparation
2.  Submittals
3.  Progress Meetings

Lesson 2

1. Communication
2. Designing Issues
3. Bulletins
4. Change Orders

Lesson 3

1. Change Proposal Log
2. Tests and Inspections
3. Daily Reports
4. Profit Estimates
5. Payment Applications
6. Paying Subs and Suppliers
7. Approving Non-Contract Material Invoices
8. Lien Laws


*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand environmental regulations that govern construction activities for protecting water, air and land quality.2) Recognize the regulations that govern management and disposal of solid, hazardous, and special waste and describe some of the problems and solutions surrounding jobsite recycling. 3) Distinguish between conventional and green building practices and techniques.

Lesson 1

1. Pollution Prevention
2. Water Quality
3. Air Quality

Lesson 2

1. Land Quality
2. Managing Waste
3. Green Building


*Learning Objectives: 1) Recognize the role of OSHA in the workplace, and describe the causes of the most common workplace injuries.2) Define and execute required record keeping, posting and safety standards. 3) Learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices.

Lesson 1

1. Overview
2. Employer/Employee Responsibilities
3. First Aid
4. Recordkeeping
5. Hazard Communication

Lesson 2

1. PPE
2. Tool Safety
3. Fall Protection
4. Ladders/Stairs
5. Scaffolds

Lesson 3

1. Excavation
2. Electricity
3. Welding
4. Materials
5. Concrete and Masonry Construction
6. Violations


*Learning Objectives: 1) Have a solid understanding of the steps involved in closing out a project. 2) Be able to develop a checklist that will serve as a template to complete the close out binders, as well as to expedite your final payment. 3) Be sure that the set of procedures you follow are clearly understood by the owners, and are outlined during the agreement phase of the project.

Lesson 1

1.  Project Closeout
2.  Specification Manual Close-out Instructions
3.  Binders


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)

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.


 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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