About ContractorU



About Contractor University

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Housing First Minnesota's overall mission is to help our member businesses grow through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. Contractor University’s mission is to provide timely and relevant information to contractors and suppliers so that they may meet their continuing education requirements, and develop and apply the knowledge, skills and values to provide the highest quality of service to their clients.


If you are taking courses for continuing education credits, or just coming to learn, you’ll gain useful and practical knowledge that you can apply to your job or business. You'll find courses on building/energy codes and the latest building science taught by experts in their fields. Plus, legal, business management, and specialized courses that you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others in your industry. Discover why fulfilling your continuing education requirements at Contractor University is such a great value.

  • Virtual Zoom courses from December 2020-March 2021
  • Online courses - AVAILABLE ANYTIME
  • Courses Taught by Expert Instructors
  • Full-Day Classes $98 to $112*
  • Individual Classes as low as $18 to $20*
  • Everyone is welcome to participate

*CAPS courses are extra


You do not need to be a Housing First Minnesota member to attend. Everyone is welcome.

  • 1 hour course  |  Member: $18  |  Non-member: $20
  • 2 hour course  |  Member: $28  |  Non-member: $32
  • 3 hour course  |  Member: $42  |  Non-member: $48
  • 4 hour course  |  Member: $56  |  Non-member: $64
  • 6 hour course  |  Member: $84  |  Non-member: $96
  • 7 hour course  |  Member: $98  |  Non-member: $112
  • CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) Courses (per day) | Member: TBA | NAHB Member: $TBA | Non-member: $TBA

*All Courses (except CAPS courses): No refunds/exchanges unless cancellation is made by 8 am the day BEFORE the class. 

*CAPS Courses Only: Cancellations received at least five or more working days before the event are refundable, minus a $20 administrative charge per registrant.  There is no refund for cancellations received within five days of course.



Courses are approved for the following continuing education credits (see individual course descriptions for specific credits):

  • MN Residential Building Contractor, Remodeler and Roofer credits through the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry. Select courses are approved for MN Energy
  • MN Real Estate credits through the MN Dept. of Commerce
  • WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier credits through the WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services
  • MN Building Official credits through the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry

Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, Remodeler and Roofer individual license holders must complete 14 hours of MN Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) approved continuing education (CE) courses within their two-year license period. One hour of CE related to energy codes or energy conservation measures applicable to residential buildings and one hour of CE related to business management strategies must be completed during each CE reporting period (courses approved for energy and business management are noted). An eight-character individual QB (Qualifying Builder), QC (Qualifying Remodeler) or QR (Qualifying Roofer) DLI issued license number (such as QB######) must be provided at the time of registration to ensure attendees’ hours are correctly recorded when reported to DLI and printed on your course completion certificate. Individuals may obtain this number online by using DLI’s License Lookup at www.dli.mn.gov and searching by last name. DLI issued BC (such as BC######) business license numbers cannot be used.

Wisconsin Building Dwelling Contractor Qualifier individual license holders need to complete 12 hours of WI Department of Safety and Professional Services approved Dwelling Contractor Qualifier CE courses. Individual WI credential identification number must be provided at the time of registration to ensure attendees’ hours are correctly recorded. Individuals may obtain this number from their credential card or searching online at https://app.wi.gov/LicenseSearch. Business credential numbers cannot be used.

Minnesota Real Estate individual license holders seeking real estate credit need to complete 30 hours of MN Department of Commerce approved CE within the two years prior to each renewal (there are special requirements – see the MN Dept. of Commerce website http://mn.gov/commerce for details). Individual MN real estate license number must be provided at the time of registration to ensure attendees’ hours are correctly recorded.

Contractor University will report course attendance to the above following each class. However, students are still required to keep a copy of all course completion certificates.

Contractor University is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). All courses comply with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized around the world as a respected standard of excellence in instructional practices. This high standard measures Approved Providers’ IACET CEU courses across nine internationally-recognized categories:

Learning Outcomes
Assessment of Learning Outcomes
Organization, Responsibility, and Control
Planning and Instructional Personnel
Learning Environment and Support Systems
Evaluation of Learning Events
Needs Analysis
Content and Instructional Requirements
Awarding the IACET CEU and Maintaining Learner Records

IACET only allows the best-of-the-best to join their Approved Providers status. Its rigorous application process includes:

Internal evaluations by an organization team
Passing an initial review by the IACET Commission
A site visit by a Commission Site Visitor
Final approval by IACET officials

In order to earn CE credit(s) for live virtual courses, students must attend the entire course during the time span(s) listed. Credit(s) will not be issued for the following:

  • Non-attendance
  • Arriving more than 5 minutes after a course has begun
  • Leaving before completion of the course
  • Leaving the classroom for more than 5 minutes during a course hour
  • Non-payment of the course


Questions regarding continuing education license requirements/renewals should be directed to:

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
(Building Contractor, Remodeler, Roofer and Building Official)
651.284.5034  |  dli.license@state.mn.us  | www.dli.mn.gov

Minnesota Department of Commerce (Real Estate)
651.539.1599 | licensing.commerce@state.mn.us | www.mn.gov/commerce

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (Dwelling Contractor Qualifier)
608.266.2112 | dspscredtrades@wi.govwww.dsps.wi.gov


Please contact Tom Gavaras at Tom@HousingFirstMN.org or 651-697-7592


Please contact Mary Beth Blom at MaryBeth@HousingFirstMN.org or 651-697-7584

Requests for transcripts or duplicate copies of continuing education certificates: Education@HousingFirstMN.org

Transcripts are also available through the following:
MN Contractor and MN Building Official (MN Dept. of Labor & Industry)
MN Realtor (MN Dept. of Commerce)


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Our Mission

As the leading voice for builders and remodelers, we help our members build their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections.

Our Vision

To be as vital in government and politics as we are to Minnesota’s economy.