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Education

The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area's mission includes the support of educational initiatives within our community. With education as one of the foundations of our association, we offer a variety of opportunities and venues for professional development and education that include the following and more.

Upcoming Classes

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population of potential clients for remodelers, builders, contractors and occupational therapists considers where to live – but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers your potential clients what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely.

In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the home owners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.

All 3 days of classes are required for certification.

Marketing and Communicating
with the Aging in Place Client

(CAPS I)

March 2, 2020
9am - 5pm
Lunch will be provided.

Design Concepts
for Livable Homes and Aging in Place
(CAPS II)

March 3, 2020
9am - 5pm
Lunch will be provided.

Details and Solutions
for Livable Homes and Aging in Place
(CAPS III)

March 4, 2020
9am - 5pm
Lunch will be provided.

Continuing Competency for Licensed Builders

If you received your Michigan Builders License before 1/1/09, you only need a 3-Hour Code/Law/Safety course to renew your license by May 31st.

If you were licensed on or after 1/1/09, you must complete 21 hours by your third year anniversary and another 21 hours by your sixth year anniversary, with a minimum of 3 hours per year.  After 6 years of licensing, you only need to take the 3 hour Code/Law/Safety once during each 3 year licensing cycle. Renewal deadline is May 31st.

During the seminar, the following mandatory topics will be presented in three 1-hour modules:

  • Safety
  • Codes
  • Legal Issues
PRE-REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS REQUIRED - SEATING IS LIMITED TO 24 ATTENDEES.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Morning Session
9am-12pm

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Afternoon Session
1pm-4pm

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Morning Session
9am-12pm

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Morning Session
1pm-4pm

 

CPR & First Aid Certification

Are you prepared to handle most jobsite injuries? Do you know what to do in case of an emergency?

Recent changes in the law require that contractors ensure that at least one person with a valid certificate in first aid training shall be present at each worksite to render first aid. In addition, where a single employee worksite exists, the employer is required to have a written plan that is communicated to all employees. Further, medically approved first aid kits are required on site.

Join us for a course that will provide you with the skills, knowledge and peace of mind that you can handle worksite accidents and emergencies. Upon successful completion of the class, you will receive the American Heart Association First Aid Certificate.

Mar. 20, 2020
9am - 1pm

May 18, 2020
9am - 1pm

 

EPA RRP Lead Renovator 8-Hour Initial Course

Any renovation work (including painting) done for compensation, which disturbs painted surfaces in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be performed by an EPA certified company, using persons trained in lead-safe work practices (including testing, signage, work set up and clean up). Each job site is required to have a Certified Renovator on-site to perform specific responsibilities. Learn the responsibilities and requirements of each contractor on-site.

To become a Certified Renovator, a person must attend an 8-hour EPA approved training course.  Participants will need to bring picture identification and be prepared to have their picture taken.

Class materials and lunch are provided.

March 13, 2020
8:30am - 4:30pm

 

EPA RRP Lead Renovator 4-Hour Refresher Course

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April 2010 required the "Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting" (RRP) certification for contractors performing renovation work in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

Any renovation work (including painting) done for compensation, which disturbs painted surfaces in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Renovator certifications are due for refresher training before expiration. 

The 4-hr in class refresher course makes you certification valid for 5 years from the date of the completed class.

March 13, 2020
8:30am - 12:30pm

 

Behavior-Based Safety: Fundamentals and Implementation

Behavioral safety is the application of behavior analysis to work, specifically, safe and unsafe performance of a task. Using scientific principles of motivation, systems are analyzed to identify what is motivating safe or unsafe performance. For example, people take safety shortcuts because they are motivated by the certain and immediate consequence of saving a little time and they are not motivated by the fairly uncertain and unlikely consequence of getting hurt. Systems can then be modified or implemented to improve performance in a positive method. Implementation will be discussed with an emphasis on providing examples from companies who have used behavioral safety successfully.

Lunch will be provided.

Mar. 26, 2020
8:30/9am - 4pm

Receive 50% off your registration fee by applying for a MIOSHA scholarship.

 

Effective Safety and Health Training

Many MIOSHA standards require employers to provide employees with training.  This course will provide suggestions and ideas for creating and conducting effective workplace health and safety training.  Strategies that work best for adult learners will be discussed including the use of activities to make training both fun and effective.  This class is designed for anyone responsible for developing and conducting training.  The “hands-on” activities will provide an opportunity for participants to practice the skills learned.

Lunch will be provided.

Apr. 15, 2020
8:30/9am - 4pm

Receive 50% off your registration fee by applying for a MIOSHA scholarship.

HBAGTA EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

The HBAGTA is proud to work with these amazing educational partners to bring you a wider scope of classes.
From online classes to a more formal education, turn to the HBAGTA and our partners for your educational needs.

Class Sponsorship Opportunities

Education is one of the HBAGTA’s Core Values:  We know a well-educated membership is the cornerstone of the home building industry.  We believe that the HBAGTA has the possibility and opportunity to facilitate learning for every member and that every member has the obligation to acquire new knowledge, skills, values, and habits to support the communities perception of our industry.

The following are the marketing opportunities associated with being an Education Course Sponsor:

  • Display table to promote your products and/or services to class attendees.
  • 1-2 minutes at the start of the class for a brief introduction to your company, products, and services.
  • Company logo on the HBAGTA Education webpage in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.
  • Company logo in the Tuesday Toolbox in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.
  • Company logo in any email or print marketing in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.

All Education Course Sponsorships are $150 each and are on a first come basis.

Contact Debbie with any questions, 231-946-2305.