Being a contractor can require a broad range of skills and certifications, many of which are actually required by law! We've compiled the must-have list of Top Ten Training Classes for Contractors below. Which of these certifications do you have under your belt already? Which do you need to add?
- Contractor Licensing and Continuing Education The first and most important step for any contractor is attaining a contractor license. We help thousands of builders and contractors get licensed and complete their required continuing education each year. Our courses are builder friendly and will guide you through every step. All of our programs are created by real industry professionals with decades of experience. We have in-person seminars with experienced instructors, or you can take one of our online courses and progress at your own pace by setting your own study schedule.
- Lead RRP Renovator Certification Anyone who performs renovations, repairs, or painting in pre-1978 housing or child-occupied facilities must be Lead-Safe Certified by the EPA or an EPA-Authorized state. Individuals and firms that are not certified could face fines of up to $37,500 per day.
- OSHA 30-Hour Construction OSHA requires construction supervisors to be properly trained in occupational health and safety for the work site. You'll also want to make sure workers are registered for the OSHA 10-Hour Construction course to avoid OSHA fines.
- Fall Protection - Competent Person Become the competent person for your work site and learn to design a workable strategy for decreasing accidents while increasing general awareness on the purpose, use, regulations, and hazards of fall protection and the use of fall protection systems.
- LEED Green Building Exam Prep Green construction numbers continue to grow, as sustainable design and building practices shift from being idealistic to the norm (and often required). The LEED Green Associate training provides an introduction to one of the most popular green building certification systems that is recognized world wide, and discusses real green building strategies and initiatives.
- Lead Removal The Lead Supervisor course trains contractors to perform and supervise the safe removal of lead-based paint hazards. This certification is required by the EPA and EPA-authorized states for work performed on residential properties and public buildings. If you're working on a lead job under the supervision of a certified supervisor, the Lead Abatement Worker course will certify you to just perform the removal work.
- Asbestos Removal This course is for any individual who performs supervision of persons permitted to enter the restricted and regulated asbestos abatement work area. The supervisor is also responsible for performing the duties of the OSHA competent person for the asbestos project, consistent with current EPA and OSHA regulations. This workshop prepares you to immediately apply your knowledge to the field, with extensive hands-on training and real-world examples from experienced instructors. The Asbestos Abatement Worker course is for those who wish to remove asbestos, who will be under supervision of a licensed supervisor.
- Mold Remediation Whether you plan perform mold removal yourself or supervise a job, the Mold Remediation course provides an extensive workshop which prepares you to immediately apply your knowledge to the field, with extensive hands-on training and real-world examples from experienced instructors. The course also offers insight on mold inspections and sampling techniques so you can interpret inspection reports to prepare for the mold remediation work that lies ahead.
- EPA 608 Certification This course and testing will enable you to obtain your EPA license in order to work with and handle refrigerants in common air conditioners and HVAC units. EPA 608 HVAC Technician Certification is required by Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act for anyone who maintains, services, repairs, or disposes of appliances that contain regulated refrigerants. Individuals must also be certified in proper refrigerant handling techniques. Registration includes on-demand access to online prep course, which reviews the CORE, Type I, Type II, and Type III exam material.
- HVAC Design ACCA's Manual J is the first step in the design process of a new HVAC system. By following the Manual J methodology, HVAC designers are able to accurately determine the total amount of heat that is lost through the exterior of a home during the cooler months, and the total amount of heat that is gained through the exterior of a home during the warmer months.
For first-timers, the Lead Renovator (RRP) Initial Certification course is 8 hours and includes the certification exam. For those who need to renew their Lead RRP certification, we offer Lead Renovator Refresher courses in-person and online.