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New! 3-Hour Successful Site Design

This three hour, fully narrated online course will help you to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pit falls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.

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Price: $29.00

New! 7-hour Manage Your Way To Big Profits

Online

Seven hour, online course will is an introduction to professional project management. The course will help prepare the student to understand the scope of responsibilities of a construction project manager.

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Price: $69.00

New! 6-Hour Online Lead Paint Awareness

Online Video

Six hour, online video course will teach you how to perform or supervise lead-safe work practices safely and effectively.
This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification.

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Price: $69.00

1-Hour Online Advanced Module: Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out

Printable Text Online

One hour online course identifies moisture and weather related problems, and will identify practical solutions based on the Florida Building Code requirements.

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Price: $19.00

1-Hour Online Advanced Module: Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High Velocity Winds

Fully Narrated

One hour online course is based on the Florida Building Code changes that surround the most common causes of gable end failure during high velocity hurricane events.

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Price: $19.00

1 hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Accessible Routes (video)

One hour online video course covering Chapter Four of the 2010 ADA Standards. You will be able to recognize adequate accessible routes for people with disabilities and identify requirements for doorways, ramps and platforms.

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Price: $19.00

1 hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements

One hour online video course covering Chapter Eight of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse and public transportation facilities.

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Price: $19.00

1 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities

One hour online video course covering Chapter Six of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know the importance of adequate plumbing elements including drinking fountains, toilet facilities, bathtubs and showers, as well as applicable hardware.

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Price: $19.00

1 Hour Tax Fraud and Abuse

One hour online video course will provide an overview of ethical and responsible tax reporting and payment that will help you establish and maintain hard earned business relationships.

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Price: $19.00

2 Hour Ethics and Professional Development

Two hour online video course identifying the fundamental theories of ethics and their respective weaknesses.  You will learn how to effectively apply a Code of Ethics to current policies, rules and guidelines governing a business.

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Price: $29.00

2 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Recreational Facilities

Two hour online video course covering Chapter Ten of the 2010 ADA Standards. You will be able to identify ADA requirements for amusement parks, fitness equipment, golf facilities, play areas and swimming/boating facilities.

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Price: $29.00

3 Hour 2012 Energy, Residential and Building Code Updates (video)

This three hour course provides an overview of the most recent editions of the 2012 International Residential Code, International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Exterior Building Blocks

Three hour online video course covering Chapters Three, Four and Five of the 2010 ADA Standards. Recognize how exterior exponents can and should comply with ADA requirements, including maneuvering space and accessible routes.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Interior Elements

Three hour online video course covering Chapters Six, Seven, Eight and Nine of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know requirements of proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Envelope Failure: A Better Weatherization Design

Three hour online video course identifying how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy due to loss of conditioned air.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Harnessing Resources: New Construction Opportunities

Three hour online video course exploring new and innovative design considerations for resource and energy efficiency in new construction.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I

Three hour online video course identifying construction related hazards and methods to reduce and eliminate them.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II

This three hour online video course is designed to assist those in the industry to  identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards at a more in depth level.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Technological Innovation: Building “Green” Into the Budget

This three hour online 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.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout

Three hour course explaining steps involved in foundation preparation and  design. Outlined through videos, text, diagrams and slides.

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Price: $39.00

4 Hour Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building

This four hour online course will help professionals identify important considerations in weatherization and energy efficiency and then apply those principles to a specific project.

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Price: $49.00

4 Hour Basic Project Management

Four hour fully narrated course focusing on the primary responsibilities of a project manager:  managing project costs and time, while completing the project to the expected degree of quality.

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Price: $49.00

6 Hour Advanced Project Management

Six hour fully narrated course takes an in depth at the primary responsibilities of a project manager.  This course will teach a manager how to implement proven methods in order to manage most effectively.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Real World Application

This six hour video course covers the second chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  Scoping Requirements and real world examples of problems and solutions are included in the course.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Construction Safety Standards

Six hour online video course reviewing sefety codes required for construction, and responsibilities of both the employer and employee in observing established safety practices.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy

This six hour course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical  solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope and add to the buildings efficiency.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management

This six hour video course explains the principles of contract law  and the important elements of a home building and remodeling contract.

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Price: $69.00

7 Hour Estimating and Bidding for Success (Narrated)

This 7 Hour course is excellent for both junior estimators entering the field or architects, engineers and contractors becoming more familiar with how bids are prepared.

AIA Approved and fulfills Builders License Continuing Education in several states.  View Course Syllabus for more details.

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Price: $99.00

7 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Key Features and Elements

This seven hour video course covers the fourth through tenth chapters
of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

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Price: $79.00

7 Hour Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies (video)

This course provides new and growing business owners with a solid foundation in effective financial management.  Learn how to keep accurate records, understand basic accounting principles and manage bookkeeping and data through the use of computers.

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Price: $79.00

8 Hour Marketing for Contractors (video)

Marketing is an essential part of running a successful business. This video course shares dozens of ideas to help you increase your business year round.

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Price: $89.00

How do I get my contractor license in Maryland?

Home improvement construction, HVAC and plumbing require state licensing, other construction work requires registration by each jurisdiction. 

#1)  All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply for a license.

Included in your course, you will be given all the necessary information and forms needed to apply for your license. Or you may visit the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/mhic/mhicaff.shtml  There you will find links to applications, forms and fees.

#2)  Apply for License from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

 

License Categories

  • Contractor
  • Subcontractor
  • A subcontractor may only work for a licensed contractor.
  • A subcontractor may not enter into contracts with homeowners.
  • Salespersons

A person may only be licensed to represent two licensed contractors in the selling of home improvements.

 

License Requirements

Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Maryland Home Improvement Commission with copies of conviction records.

 

Contractors:

Applicants for a contractor’s license must provide proof of at least two years of experience in home improvement work, construction and/or related education.

Applicants must provide proof of financial solvency based on the scope and size of their business in relation to total assets, liabilities, credit rating and net worth (A credit report application form can be found at this address: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/mhic/mhicaff.shtml#forms ).

If a contractor represents a corporation, articles of incorporation and a certificate of good standing from the Department of Assessments and Taxation must be submitted.

A contractor using a trade name must first check with the Commission to make sure the name is available for use with the Commission and then register the name with the Department of Assessments and Taxation .

A certificate of trade name registration must be submitted with the license application.

Proof of current $50,000 liability insurance must be filed with the application for licensure.

 

Liability Insurance

Contractors must show proof of current $50,000 liability insurance at time of application for original and renewal license. This insurance must be in effect at all times. As of October 1, 2002 , contractors must give the Commission notice of cancellation of liability insurance at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation.

 

License Period

For licenses issued prior to July 1, 1999, each licensee was issued a personal renewal date from which the license must be renewed every two years. For licenses issued after July 1, 1999, the license period is two years from the date of issuance of the original license.

Temporary licenses are no longer issued. The provision for temporary licenses was removed from the law in 1999.

All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply for a license.

Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Commission with copies of conviction records.

The Home Improvement license does not cover new home construction. All builders who build homes in Maryland must be registered with the Home Builder Registration Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.

Home Builder Registration Unit
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 576-6573 / Toll Free: (877) 259-4525

Fax: (410) 576-6566

E-mail: homebuilder@oag.state.md.us

 

How long does it take to complete the course?

  • The Maryland Home Improvement Exam Prep course takes approximately 8-hours, but we move rapidly through the materials.  For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.

Once you register, you have up to 6 months before your course is deactivated.  If you need longer, just give us a call and we arrange an extension.

 

Is contractor continued education required in Maryland?

 No

 

Does Maryland require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Licenses are required for commercial work and new home construction, but passing a test is not required.  These licenses are issued by the Clerks of the Circuit Court.  Contact the State License Bureau at http://www.marylandtaxes.com or call 410-260-6240

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Maryland? 

 
No

 

 

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