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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

 

Business Accounting and Job Costing:  A Road Map to Profitability - NAHB Virtual Class
October 15, 2020

The financial score card, or measurement of an owner's or a company's success, is based on managing your finances effectively.  This course provides you with the basics of financial planning, budgeting, construction business accounting, job cost systems, and financing options that will enable you to track and analyze cost of goods, overhead, and individual job costs as well as communicate about them effectively.  Topics include accounting terminology, a chart of accounts, types of records and reports to be maintained, and loan products that can provide financing alternatives.

This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations:  CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP and MIRM.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

Construction Contracts and Law - NAHB Virtual Class
October 29, 2020

Protect your business against legal problems with well-written contracts.  Many construction or remodeling companies are too small to hire full-time legal staff so it's important to understand basic contract law.  This course provides a step-by-step explanation of how contracts sustain positive customer and supplier relations, provide for resolution of disputes, and minimize the risk of litigation.  You will learn about mandatory and optional provisions, warranties, and arbitration procedures.  Special emphasis is given to troubleshooting contracts for detrimental positions.

This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations:  CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP and MIRM

Thursday, October 29, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

CPR & First Aid Certification
November 3, 2020

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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In-Person

 

Lead Safety Safety Certification - Initial 8 hr. Course
November 5, 2020

If you are working on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities and you have not gotten certified as a Lead Paint Renovator, you could be fined up to $37,500.00.  The EPA has drawn a hard line to get their point across. Kids are suffering from lead paint poisoning every day.

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In-Person

 

Lead Safety Safety Certification - Refresher 4 hr. Course
November 6, 2020

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.  You must submit your current certification for validation to take the refresher course.

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

Friday, November 6, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In-Person

How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude in a Sometimes Negative World
November 19, 2020

This upbeat, participatory and action-oriented program is designed to help the participants develop a strategy for getting and keeping a positive mental attitude in the course of dealing with day to day challenges.

Some of the learning outcomes for this session are:

  • Identify four critical factors that can negatively affect your attitude.
  • Understand how the media can influence our thoughts and actions.
  • Identify five keys to breaking a negative and pessimistic mind set.
  • Learn how to use 10 ways to maintain a positive mental attitude.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

VIRTUAL CLASS
MIOSHA Fall Protection - Part 45
December 2, 2020

Attendees at this training will review the MIOSHA Part 45, Construction Safety Standard for Fall Protection including the latest OSHA and MIOSHA interpretations. Examination of recent fatal falls in construction and discussion of the latest fall protection techniques for construction will be covered. This class will also cover fall exposures for residential construction and MIOSHA fall protection criteria.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

How to Make Your Business Stand Out From Your Competition
Developing Your Company's Unique Factor
December 8, 2020

There are many businesses like yours that do similar things. Many times, the only thing that stands out in the eyes of your customers is the difference in how much you charge for your products or services. As a small business what can you do differently to stand out from your competition?

This workshop you and your leadership team will learn how to:

  • Do an inventory of your strengths
  • How to identify and create differentiating factors that will separate you from your competitors
  • Increase your perceived value
  • Help your customers see, feel, and know the difference between you and your competitors.
  • Identify the 4 reasons why people will buy your product or service
  • Identify the 4 reasons why people will not buy your product or service
  • Answer the objection that your price is too high
  • Develop and use a tool to endear your customers for life

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

Financial Management - NAHB Virtual Class
December 17, 2020

Improve productivity and increase profits by applying essential financial management techniques used in successful businesses.  This course gives building industry professionals tools to help them examine different financial pieces of their businesses in order to make sound decisions for future business improvements.  Learn how to work with annual operating plans and budgets, financial reports and ratios and revenue forecasts that control profitability and identify adjustments.

This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations:  CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP and MIRM.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

CPR & First Aid Certification
December 18, 2020

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.

Friday, December 18, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In-Person

 

Project Management - NAHB Virtual Class
January 8, 2021

Learn project management concepts and strategies designed to help you increase your professional value and the value you bring to your company and customers.  This course will teach you the basics of successful project management.  A successful project is one that is built on time, on budget, and to the customer's satisfaction.  The construction, and post-construction phases.  Project management tools and effective management of trade contractors will also be discussed.

This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP and MIRM.

Friday, January 8, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

MIOSHA Part 2 - Masonry Wall Bracing
January 14, 2021

This course will review the MIOSHA regulations found in Part 2 - Masonry Wall Bracing and is designed to teach the training requirements for working in the restricted zones, identification of the proper external bracing, minimum standards for bracing and securing unsupported masonry walls until final stability is achieved, and requirements for a competent person.

This program is a must for anyone concerned about health and safety on the job including:
  • Managers concerned about workers’ compensation costs.
  • Employees who want to learn proper techniques for protecting their safety and health at work.
  • Business owners who want to learn about compliance with Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
This course will satisfy the training  requirements under Part 2 - Masonry Wall Bracing R408.40205(3) for employees working  in the restricted zone.

Thursday, January 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

MIOSHA Electricity:  The Invisible Killer
January 14, 2021

Electrocutions continue to be one of the leading causes of fatalities in construction.  This program will explain and illustrate the primary electrical hazards in and around construction.  There will be special emphasis on the importance of recognizing and eliminating hazards in order to avoid shock and/or electrocution in the work place.   Also covered in the program will be MIOSHA standards that apply to electrical hazards; what constitutes a fatal amount of current and when overhead lines need to be  de-energized.

This program is a must for anyone concerned about health and safety on the job including:

  • Managers concerned about workers’ compensation costs.
  • Employees who want to learn proper techniques for protecting their safety and health at work.
  • Business owners who want to learn about compliance with Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).

Thursday, January 14, 2021
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

MIOSHA Excavations - The Grave Digger
March 18, 2021

This seminar will provide an overview of MIOSHA Part 9, Excavations, Trenching, and Shoring. This program will include a description of the hazards in and around an excavation, a discussion on the duties and role of the qualified person, a discussion on soil classification and testing, and an overview of the protective systems used to support and protect employees in an excavation. This program is an elective for the MTI construction compliance tract. As an elective for the MTI program there will be a review and assessment at the end of the program.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, March 18, 2021
8:30/9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

 

MIOSHA Scaffolds and Scaffold Platforms - Part 12
April 29, 2021

The focus of this course will be on the most commonly used scaffolds in the construction industry including ground supported, suspended, mobile, and rough terrain forklift scaffolds. Instructors will review the regulations in Part 12, importance of training on hazards associated with scaffolds, and resources for employers who use scaffolding. Students will have opportunity to take part in an exercise using a scale model frame scaffold.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
8:30/9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ONLINE/Virtual

WEBINAR:  How to Attract and Retain the Best Employees 

In any business employees and team members make up the bulk of resources, time and energy spent. This workshop will give you the tools and the insights to attract, keep and develop the right kind of employees.  In this workshop you and your leadership team will learn how to:

            • Avoid hiring the wrong people.
            • The prime places to find the best employees.
            • Use the rule of 3 when hiring.
            • Craft a solid employee orientation program.
            • Create a performance appraisal system that works.
            • Develop a positive work environment.
            • Motivate your employees to peak performance.
            • Resolve issues before they come up.

Participants will receive a workbook to print out and use during the webinar and to keep as a valuable resource.

Webinar was held March 31st.
View the recording of the seminar for only $25!
Contact Debbie, 231-946-2305 or debbie@hbagta.com for a link to the webinar.

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.

Member Testimonial

"The HBA CAPS Certification course offers a wealth of information to any builder or other professional, interested in expanding their knowledge of incorporating spaces for seniors or anyone requiring additional accommodations, with the goal towards staying in their existing home.  This valuable class can help improve your business for a growing market. "  Mike McCumby, Saxton-McCumby Builders, Inc.