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Housing First Minnesota Members and Non-Members are welcome to register!


Questions? Contact Tom Gavaras, Education & Special Programs Manager: Tom@HousingFirstMN.org  or 651-697-7592

Registration Problems? Contact Mary Beth Blom, Education & Special Programs Assistant: MaryBeth@HousingFirstMN.org or 651-697-7584



Available Anytime!

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION:
FROM PERMIT APPLICATION TO FINAL INSPECTION

Peter Kulczyk, Green Code Knowledge | This course is only available until July 31, 2020
ONLINE 24/7  |  $98 Member / $112 Non-member / 7 Credits: MN Contractors (approved for required Energy training) + MN Building Officials


This online course focuses on the construction process for a single family home in Minnesota under the provisions of the 2015 Minnesota Residential Code and 2015 Minnesota Energy Code. Learn the permit process, plan review, alternative materials and the inspection of the footings, foundations, waterproofing, foundation insulation options, framing, water-resistive barriers, exterior envelope, wall and attic insulation materials, vapor retarders, interior air barriers, thermal barriers, unvented roofs, emergency escape and rescue, roofing materials, guards, means of egress, emergency escape and rescue, wood-plastic composite materials and interior finishes.

  Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the Minnesota State Residential Code elements related to this course
  • Identify what is needed when digging and pouring foundation walls
  • Identify protection against decay in foundation walls
  • Recognize the insulation requirements to interior and exterior walls
  • Identify the requirements for floor, wall and roof framing
  • Recognize safety requirements
  • Identify the final steps in residential construction and applying for the Certificate of Occupancy 

 

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BUILDING BLOCKS OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Shawn Nelson, New Spaces
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved Business Management training)

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define a business
  • Describe the four parts to the business management cycle
  • Identify the five Ps of every business
  • Describe the three core functional areas of every business
  • Apply at least one concept from each of the five Ps and three functional areas to the management of their business
  • Identify basic financial statements and their components
  • Calculate margin, mark-up, selling price, and break-even


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CYBER SECURITY FOR BUILDERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 
ABOUT CYBER SECURITY THREATS AND SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACKS

Stephen Yoch, Felhaber Larson
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved Business Management training) 

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


Learning Outcomes:

Understand the cyber security threats and legal landscape

- Identify limiting risk and responding to breaches and attacks

 

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HOW TO DEAL WITH A CRAZED HOMEOWNER:
RESPONDING TO A HOMEOWNER'S AGGRESSIVE THREATS AND TACTICS

Stephen Yoch, Felhaber Larson
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved Business Management training)  MN Building Officials + WI Contractors

Builders are increasingly facing aggressive and hostile homeowners. Properly handling these individuals can mean the difference between another challenging day at the office which is carefully and effectively resolved versus facing protracted litigation and huge potential liability. Learn how to effectively respond to and prevent consumer complaints, consistent with the law and best practices.


Learning Outcomes:

- Identify how to effectively respond to and prevent consumer complaints consistent with the law and best practices

 

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INSULATION: WHY - WHERE - WHAT 

Lisa Render, BASF
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved for Energy training)  MN Building Officials + WI Contractors

This course geared towards residential and multifamily homes and covers the basic evolution in insulation practices, discusses why we insulate, the critical areas to insulate, and various insulation materials available.

Learning Outcomes:

Explain the history and evolution of insulations

Recognize where to insulate

Correctly identify what types of insulation are being used

Identify attributes and limitations of insulation

Successfully learn how to achieve durability and required R value

 

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MINNESOTA'S NEW WAGE THEFT LAW

Bill Gschwind, Minnesota Construction Law Services PLLC
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved Business Management training)

Are you compliant? This course will provide an overview of the major requirements with which employers must comply to avoid liability and the penalties for failure to comply.


Learning Outcomes:

Recognize wage-related information that is required to be provided to new employees

Correctly identify required payroll information that employers need to provide to employees

Successfully learn how employers properly classify employees

Recognize how to ensure that employers properly pay all employees the compensation to which they are entitled

 

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PERMANENT WOOD FOUNDATIONS: A TESTED SOLUTION FOR NEW CODE CHANGES 

Dave Johnson, Glenbrook Lumber 
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors  MN Building Officials

Permanent wood foundation has been around for decades. The features and benefits they provide have not changed since they first came on the market. However, recent International Residential Code changes that the State of Minnesota adopted in 2015 in regard to foundation insulation provide a new opportunity for builders to reconsider a permanent wood foundation.


Learning Outcomes:

Effectively communicate the Minnesota 2015 code changes regarding foundation insulation requirements

Identify 2015 foundation insulation requirement, you will be able consider how a permanent wood foundation can meet the code change without adding new materials

Identify the design and installation characteristics of the permanent wood foundation systems

Effectively consider how permanent wood foundations can provide a cost-effective foundation solution that meets code change and provides other features and benefits

 

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SO, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM HOUSE 

Paul Morin, The Energy Conservatory 
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved for Energy training)  MN Building Officials + WI Contractors

Even many normal homes have severe problems during weather extremes; a wet summer, a cold winter, a snowy winter, a snowy cold winter. In other homes, a problem appears when something changed; added a furnace humidifier, a lawn sprinkler system, a set-back thermostat, or insulated the attic. Sometimes the problem is obvious, other times it is more subtle. This room is cold is colder than the others. Learn about what tools and techniques and building science are used to troubleshoot a variety of issues in homes.


Learning Outcomes:

Identify four ways that moisture moves

List the four steps of a moisture investigations

List the basic tools required to diagnose problem homes

Explain the importance of sealing air leaks into an attic

Explain solutions for ice damming problems

 

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THE EXTERIOR WALL ENVELOPE: CAVITY WALL INSULATION

Peter Kulczyk, Green Code Knowledge 
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved for Energy training)  MN Building Officials

This course addresses the Minnesota building code and energy code requirements along with prescriptive installation methods for exterior envelope cavity wall insulation of single-family homes. This course was taught live in front of 100 students attending a Green Path Building Conference and consists of the presentation slides and instructor audio.


Learning Outcomes:

Have a better understand the building code and energy code requirements for cavity wall installation

Have a clear understanding of needed details and clarity on construction drawings

Recognize the prescriptive installation methods of insulation, vapor retarders and air barriers

Be able to locate the code provisions

 

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THE HOW AND WHY OF EXTERIOR INSULATION

Ross Anderson, The Energy Network Worldwide 
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors  (approved for Energy training) MN Building Officials

This course focuses on why energy codes continue to push exterior insulation as the next step in making buildings more energy efficient. The building science behind adding insulation to the exterior and how it can be practically achieved will be discussed.


Learning Outcomes:

Understand basic building science in the construction of the building shell

Identify proper ventilation strategies for a tight structure

Recognize the advantages of exterior insulation over current building practices

 

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THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Janice Meyer, Housing First Minnesota
ONLINE 24/7  |  $14 Member / $16 Non-member / 1 Credit: MN Contractors (approved Business Management training)

Learn the basics of business management to effectively run your organization.  Obtain practical information in the areas of finance, human resources and document retention that you can put into practice today!

Learning Outcomes:

Describe the three basic functional areas of a business
Identify financial tools that are useful for managing the finances of a business
Describe the human capital options available to business owners, with recommendations on how to manage each option
Inform the business owner of HR file structures and records retention best practices


 

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How to Register:

Instructions for Housing First Minnesota Members:

1. Sign into your Housing First Minnesota account.
2.  CLICK HERE to locate the Online Course.
3. Click on the "Course Catalog" tab, then click "Buy Now"
4. Click "Checkout" then fill out your billing and payment information.
5. Confirm your information is correct, then click "Complete Order"
6. Click on the "My Learning" tab and then "Launch" to start the course.

 

Instructions for Non-members:

1. CLICK HERE to create a free Learner Profile.
2. Fill out the registration information.
3. Upon completion, there will be a link to the Contractor University website on the Thank You page.
4. Click on the "Course Catalog" tab and then click " Buy Now"
5. Click "Checkout" then fill out your billing and payment information.
6. Confirm your information is correct, then click "Complete Order"
7. Click on the "My Learning" tab and then "Launch" to start the course.


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