Where Can I Find Continuing Education Courses for Contractors?
To learn how a contractor can use continuing education courses to sharpen her or his skills, read on. Professional organizations and government agencies offer continuing education courses for contractors.
Contractor Continuing Education Overview
Continuing education courses can help contractors in all construction fields advance their knowledge and learn new strategies that can improve their business. Industry experts with years of professional experience teach some of the continuing education courses. Continuing education courses can also help contractors meet licensing or certification requirements. Professional organizations and government agencies can be good resources for finding continuing education courses for contractors.
Important Facts About Contractors
|Prerequisites||High school diploma or equivalent; apprenticeship program standard|
|Specializations||Field specific training dependent on expertise|
|Key Skills||Manual dexterity, cost estimation, organization, leadership|
|Median Salary (2019)*||$69,801 (for general contractors)|
|Similar Occupations||Carpenter, construction foreman, building maintenance supervisor|
|Work Environment||Outdoor, on-site setting|
Contractors seeking continuing education courses to strengthen and update their work skills can find many classes through professional organizations, such as The Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and the National Center for Construction Education and Research. These professional organizations usually offer continuing education courses online and at conferences. Continuing education course topics may include:
- Safety management training
- Advanced safety management training
- Construction technology
- Estimating training
Another professional organization that offers continuing education courses is the Independent Electrical Contractors (www.ieci.org). The website lists webinars and online classes, along with training programs offered locally. Some of the webinar and online course topics include:
- Code violations
- Electrical project management
- Fire Alarms
- Introductory motor controls for non-apprentice electricians
State and Local Agencies
Some state and local government agencies offer continuing education courses for contractors. Departments such as the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry provide a list of approved continuing education courses for contractors and the location of classroom sessions (www.doli.state.mn.us). These continuing education courses are for licensed contractors who need to renew their license and update their knowledge. The website provides the applications that contractors must fill out to attend the continuing education course.