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Fulfill your continuing education requirements with Contractor University’s 50 on-demand courses. These online courses are taught by industry experts and can be taken at any time from your home, office, or anywhere else.

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Total Credits: 6 including 6 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 6 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Energy Credit |  MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Peter Kulczyk

Duration: 6 Hours

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course is based on the 2020 Minnesota Residential Code and portions of the 2020 Minnesota Energy Code (that addresses insulated sheathing options). It covers both the basics of the code and provides a deep dive where needed. From the point of view of the Building Inspector out in the field, this course addresses the framing of new single-family homes, additions, remodel projects and fire-damaged structures. It focuses on both conventional framing and engineered components, submittal documents, live and dead loading, framing limitations, alterations, notching and boring, treated lumber, fasteners, bracing and both the energy and building code criteria for insulated exterior wall sheathing. This course also covers foundation wall connections to floor systems and pan flashing.

Price: $96.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Peter Kulczyk

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course is a refresher course on the Administrative Provisions, also referred to as Chapter 1, of the 2020 Minnesota Residential Code. The purpose of the administrative provisions of the code is to regulate the design, construction, addition, alteration, repair, use and location of detached one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses and their accessory structures.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

Categories : MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit |  MN Building Official Credit

Faculty: Luke Jannicke

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: Using wood accents on commercial & residential exterior facades is a growing trend. Wood accents have also maintained their popularity in the interiors of homes and commercial spaces. Using real wood has maintenance challenges. Aluminum components made with a wood-grain look provide flexibility in architectural design and low maintenance for the end-user.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 3 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Energy Credit |  MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Peter Kulczyk

Duration: 3 Hours

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course is an overview of the State of Minnesota amendments for the 2020 Residential Code. It will focus on administrative process and specific code sections throughout the International Residential Code (IRC) that have been amended by the State of Minnesota. It will not address all of the IRC specific amendments nor any amendments related to electrical, HVAC, or plumbing.

Price: $48.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Business Management Credit |  MN Contractor Credit |  MN Building Official Credit

Faculty: Bill Gschwind

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry oversees the state's programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, workers' compensation, and youth skills training programs. It is an administrative agency promulgating and enforcing rules to carry out laws passed by the legislature. This course is a 30,000 ft view of the investigative process informed by over a decade of the instructor representing companies and individuals accused of violating the Department’s rules. This course will review the mindset of the contractor being investigated and the investigator and need to balance the expectations of both. Finally, the mechanics of the investigation process and the recourse available when the client decides to challenge the Department’s initial decision.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 2 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Contractor Credit |  MN Building Official Credit

Faculty: Greg Karow

Duration: 2 Hours

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course is a contractor's guide to below grade construction. As a general contractor it is imperative that a broad-based knowledge of footing, foundations, and other code requirements found below grade are known. This analyzes in depth the requirements for construction below grade.

Price: $32.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Energy Credit |  MN Contractor Credit |  MN Building Official Credit

Faculty: Rick Cobbs

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: Blower door testing in Minnesota has been required since 2015. Today it is still challenging for some Contractors. Common air sealing problems include unsealed poly vapor barriers, multi-family common walls, bonus rooms framing and ductwork penetrations, and mechanical systems without dampers. This course will view real life pictures of these problems and offer solutions.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

Categories : MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit |  MN Building Official Credit |  MN Energy Credit

Faculty: Michael Anschel

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course looks at two of the more complicated components of basement construction including problems with how many basements are built today and how to build them better with proper capillary, air, water, and thermal control layers. Finishing an existing basement is even more challenging, and we’ve all seen examples of how badly it can fail. This course provides a best practice solution to finishing existing spaces, so they are as durable and efficient as possible.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

Categories : MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit

Faculty: Andy Gallio

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: Mandated requirements for ADA compliancy and demand from an aging population, is creating a growing need for barrier-free bathrooms. Today's ADA compliant bathroom no longer has to be utilitarian or "institutional" in its design. Design options are enhanced through the use of tile and innovative construction methods. The result is beautiful bathrooms that also adhere to ADA standards for accessible design. This course examines ways in which barrier-free environments can be customized to include various design elements while remaining ADA compliant. This course also addresses why bonded waterproofing technology lends itself to the construction requirements of barrier-free design.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

Categories : MN Business Management Credit |  MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit

Faculty: Shawn Nelson

Duration: 1 hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: Learn the basics of business management to improve your results, improve your management skills, financial literacy, and learn lessons from real world examples.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Peter Kulczyk

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course is a refresher course on the Administrative Provisions, also referred to as Chapter 1, of the 2020 Minnesota Residential Code. The purpose of the administrative provisions of the code is to regulate the design, construction, addition, alteration, repair, use and location of detached one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses and their accessory structures.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor

Categories : MN Business Management Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Patrisha Garger

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course explores the impact of legalized cannabis on the work force and explains the impact on employers. This course is useful in helping employers understand its rights and obligations to job applicants, employees and co-workers as a result of legalized cannabis use. In addition, employers learn about the rights of job applicants and employees.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 4 Minnesota Building Official

Categories : MN Energy Credit |  MN Building Official Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Greg Karow

Duration: 4 Hours

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: In accordance with the 2020 Minnesota Residential Code, this course covers code administration for contractors; investigate specific and details of framing in accordance with the International Residential Code; window, siding and roofing installation including flashing details, and more.

Price: $64.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor

Categories : MN Business Management Credit |  MN Contractor Credit

Faculty: Bill Gschwind

Duration: 1 Hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: Students will learn that a contract is a communication tool as necessary to the successful outcome of a project as are plans and specifications. The contract represents “The Rules of the Game” that each party is expected to understand and follow throughout the project. Students will also learn about mandatory and recommended provisions in contracts used by licensed residential contractors.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

On-Demand

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

Categories : MN Contractor Credit |  MN Business Management Credit |  WI Contractor Credit

Faculty: Stephen Yoch

Duration: 1 hour

Product Type: On-Demand

License: Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.

Short Description: This course reviews cyber security threats and the legal landscape. How to limit risk, respond to cyber security breaches and social media attacks.

Price: $20.00 - Non Member Price

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