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State
Class
Type
Credit Hours Price   Details
May 06 – May 06 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 4
$189.00  Add to Cart 

Don’t miss your EPA lead-safe certification renewal and lose your EPA Certified Renovator status. Secure your seat and enroll today!

Attention all Minnesota contractors and remodelers who became an EPA Certified Renovator in year 2010 or earlier. That certification will expire after 5 years. You must complete this new 4-Hour EPA Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course in order to maintain your Certified Renovator status. Brightwood offers this EPA-approved 4-hour refresher course that will add an additional 5 years to your Certified Renovator status. This new course satisfies all the refresher requirements and includes a hands-on training session on testing for lead and cleaning verification. At the end of this course, you will receive an EPA certification showing your successful completion of the course, including photo ID. Remember that the EPA is finding and fining uncertified contractors for not being certified or for not following the RRP rules and procedures. The fines are up to $37,500 per occurrence per day. Don’t take a chance—take this fast-paced hands-on course and renew your EPA lead-safe certification.

Topics include:

  • RRP rules and procedures
  • Lead and cleaning verification

NOTICE: Students seeking EPA recertification are required to provide their initial individual (not firm) certified renovator certificate prior to this class.

As a requirement of the EPA, the training provider must collect a copy of each student’s prior course completion certificate (i.e., the initial 8 Hour Lead course certificate with the photo identification) prior to the student taking the 4 Hour Refresher Course. In order to receive EPA credit for the 4 Hour Refresher course, please follow the directions below:

  • If this is your first 4 Hour Refresher course, you will be required to provide your initial individual (not firm) Certified Renovator certificate prior to class.
  • If this is your second or subsequent 4 Hour Certified Refresher course, you will be required to provide your Certified Refresher Course certificate prior to class.

There are three ways to provide your respective certificate:

  • Scan and email to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com
  • Fax: 608.779.0442
  • Bring the certificate to class with you. This must be presented prior to class start time.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our Customer Service Department during regular business hours at 888.523.1020.

EPA accreditation to DF Institute, LLC dba Kaplan Real Estate Education for the purpose of certification under section 402 of TSCA for the renovator - refresher discipline.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 4 hours for continuing contractor education.
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 4 hours of real estate continuing education.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, May 06, 2020, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
May 06 – May 06 Accessibility, Certifications, and Energy Improvements (Includes Energy) Class (3-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 2
$39.00  Add to Cart 

In this course, you will learn more about Minnesota making the contractor registration program permanent, as well as the details of this program. You’ll also explore universal design and how contractors can achieve new certifications, which are part of this rapidly growing market. In addition, you will review eight energy-related sales opportunities and receive an hour of energy focusing on an energy-conscious remodel.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 3 hours for continuing contractor education.

Topics include:

  • Minnesota contractor registration program
  • Universal design
  • Eight energy-related sales opportunities
  • Energy hour on an energy-conscious remodel
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, May 06, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
May 07 – May 07 Tour d' Real Estate: What Homeowners Want (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

Congratulations! We have survived the recent economic crisis and many indicators show that the housing market has rebounded and continues to grow. So what has changed in the last ten years in terms of the house and its components? What are homeowners expecting when building or remodeling a property?

This class will help both real estate agents and contractors achieve business success by understanding how the physical house has changed and what their clients are looking for when making housing decisions.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7.5 hours for contractor continuing education.

Topics include:

  • How has new construction changed?
  • How has the remodeling industry changed?
  • What are other living styles that people are embracing?
  • What housing components are considered “old” and what are considered “new”?
  • What are the latest technical offerings in housing?
  • How are occupant health and well-being being addressed?
  • What are other considerations and how can we avoid obstacles?
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, May 07, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, May 07, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Tim Whaley
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
May 11 – May 11 The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Real Estate Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

Join us for a journey through some of the weird, wild, and wonderful real estate trends in the industry today. We will examine your clients’ interests reflected in emerging trends, including design and product selection. You will see some non-traditional shelters and learn about a variety of the unusual products used as building materials, including recycled and reused products, and the potential and surprising hazards associated with them.

Next, you will take a walk on the wild side, exploring some new trends in living arrangements and how Mother Nature can affect real estate. This course teaches you how to recognize potential dangers, as well as what to do if a property has sustained damage from forces such as wind, water, and pest infestation. You will leave this class with an understanding of how weird and wild industry trends affect the real estate market and your clients’ preferences. Finally, you will learn about some wonderful new alternatives that will help you work with today’s clients like never before!

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7.5 hours for contractor continuing education.

Topics Include:

  • Weird shelters in the market today
  • Unusual building products and potential hazards
  • Unique recycled and reused products
  • Wild factors affecting real estate
  • Wonderful energy efficiency advancements
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Air and water quality to improve occupant’s health
  • Creative solutions to satisfy your clients’ requests and needs
  • How real estate professionals can help clients with special considerations
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, May 11, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, May 11, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Dan Norby
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
May 14 – May 14 The Twenty Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Evening
General 3.75
$59.00  Add to Cart 

Here are 20 cost-effective home improvements that add value and enjoyment for every homeowner.

Home owners are constantly asking “what home improvements should I do to add value to my house.” In this information packed course, you will learn what home improvements give the best and most immediate return on investment, and which ones will add value over time. We’ll examine energy efficient appliances and through calculations, determine if upgrading to higher efficiency makes sense. You will also learn the difference between a properly maintained property and an updated property through understanding basic home inspection standards.

Contractor and home inspector Dan Norby uses his experience and knowledge to educate his students about the environmental issues that agents, contractors, and appraisers need to understand and how they can educate their customers in making more cost effective improvements to their property.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 3.75 hours for contractor continuing education.

Topics include:

  • Trends in remodeling spending
  • Setting spending priorities
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Kitchen and bathroom remodeling
  • Avoiding hidden mechanical costs
  • Roofing and siding
  • Window upgrades that save energy
  • Environmental concerns
  • Cost vs. value analysis
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, May 14, 2020, 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Dan Norby
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jun 03 – Jun 03 Constructing Fact from Fiction: New Construction Today (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

A keen understanding of new construction and the ability to educate your clients has never been more important!

In this course, you’ll learn about the opportunities, costs, features, advantages, and challenges of new construction today. Whether you have a buyer determined to build or investigating building versus buying an existing home, this course will equip you to answer and advise your clients with confidence. Learn what’s changed in the last few years as new construction has made a comeback: land prices have increased steadily and building materials have sky-rocketed, while labor shortage is at an all-time high.

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • What factors do you need to assess before you consider building?
  • What are the options for building? Type of structure, square footage, location, technology enhancements, and more!
  • How much will upgrades cost versus what clients see in model homes? Including assessing builder grade versus desired upgrades—the potential range may determine feasibility of build
  • What are change orders?
  • What are the soft costs that may be hidden?
  • How do building codes affect the cost of new construction?
  • What is the difference in financing a new versus existing home for your client?
  • How do you explain lot and homestead tax to your client?
  • What does a new construction contract look like?
  • How are commissions paid for representation on new construction and to whom?
  • What are the options for affordable housing with new construction?
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, June 03, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, June 03, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Jerry Anderson
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jun 13 – Jun 13 Millennials: Challenging the Traditional Real Estate Model Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Weekend
General 3.75
$59.00  Add to Cart 

Millennials: Challenging the Traditional Real Estate Model (3.75 Credits)

This course examines the factors driving today’s real estate market, beyond the newspaper headlines. Facts, trends, and hard data illustrate how the foremost factors for Baby Boomers no longer apply. You will learn how Millennials, today’s largest real estate client group, prefer to buy, sell, rent, strategize, and communicate with you. After this course, you will have a better understanding of how to represent these clients.

This course will challenge your approach to working with today’s buyers and sellers, and educate you about their specific preferences, including how builders and the real estate industry are responding to Millennials. Essential client expectations and patterns are explored, so you can re-tool your skill set of knowledge and practices, as well as reposition your branding and image to reflect an understanding of the new model. This course prepares you to work effectively and productively with Millennials, resulting in helping them achieve their real estate goals. Join us for this compelling look into the future of real estate.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 3.75 hours for contractor continuing education.

Topics include:

  • Traditional versus Millennial real estate model
  • Defining the market
  • Wants, needs, and deal breakers
  • Motivation
  • The affected real estate market and model
  • Effective strategies for working with Millennials
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Sat, June 13, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Tim Whaley
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jun 24 – Jun 24 Market Pulse: What's Trending Now (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

Learn what the experts are predicting and how you can prepare to respond effectively.

Place your finger on the pulse of today’s real estate market and learn why it has never been more important to you and your clients to comprehend the key market factors. You’ll learn how those factors impact today’s buyers and sellers, arming you with the knowledge to access not only today’s economic landscape but also the national and local real estate markets.

Our expert instructor will identify the demographics most significantly impacting real estate values, appeal, and sales. You’ll learn about the homebuyers changing appetite for alternative types of housing throughout a lifetime. Also, how to identify options, challenges, and potential solutions to address home sellers and buyer’s needs in these emerging situations. Plus, you’ll learn what technology advances your clients expect and how they want to do business with you.

You’ll also explore the local trends pertinent to your real estate backyard and learn how the experts are strategizing to anticipate client needs. This course will help you become a more knowledgeable and adaptive industry leader.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 7.5 hours of real estate continuing education.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7.5 hours for contractor continuing education.

Topics Include:

  • Market factors impacting your client’s decisions
  • Options, challenges, and solutions for evolving client needs
  • Technology advances impacting how you do business
  • Trending real estate tools
  • Market leaders advice for success
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, June 24, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, June 24, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Aimee Hanson
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jun 25 – Jun 25 The Tiny House: Is it a Phase or Craze? Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$59.00  Add to Cart 

What’s all the hype about?

Witness this emerging market segment as you learn about the new world of tiny house living. In The Tiny House: Is it a Phase or Craze?, you’ll learn the origin of the tiny house, different types of tiny houses, the structural elements, costs and considerations, valuation of property, and when a tiny house is considered real property. We’ll also identify financing options specific to the tiny house and introduce you to tiny house communities developing across the country. The tiny house is a reflection of expressed values by a growing number of buyers today: simple living in natural surroundings and smaller more-efficient living spaces.

This course will reveal a client group whose needs may be unclear, until now. This course will prepare you to be knowledgeable of the construction and informed about market needs as well as provide you with options to discuss with your clients who are seeking this type of real estate.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 3.75 hours for continuing contractor education.

Topics include:

  • Emerging Values Increase Demand for Tiny Houses
  • Real Estate Solutions Addressing New Needs of Clients
  • Momentum of Demand
  • Concerns and Obstacles
  • What A Tiny House Is and Is Not
  • Basic Structural Elements
  • Valuation and Financing the Tiny House
  • Explosive Markets of Tiny House Communities across the U.S.
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, June 25, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Dan Norby
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Aug 11 – Aug 11 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 4
$189.00  Add to Cart 

Don’t miss your EPA lead-safe certification renewal and lose your EPA Certified Renovator status. Secure your seat and enroll today!

Attention all Minnesota contractors and remodelers who became an EPA Certified Renovator in year 2010 or earlier. That certification will expire after 5 years. You must complete this new 4-Hour EPA Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course in order to maintain your Certified Renovator status. Brightwood offers this EPA-approved 4-hour refresher course that will add an additional 5 years to your Certified Renovator status. This new course satisfies all the refresher requirements and includes a hands-on training session on testing for lead and cleaning verification. At the end of this course, you will receive an EPA certification showing your successful completion of the course, including photo ID. Remember that the EPA is finding and fining uncertified contractors for not being certified or for not following the RRP rules and procedures. The fines are up to $37,500 per occurrence per day. Don’t take a chance—take this fast-paced hands-on course and renew your EPA lead-safe certification.

Topics include:

  • RRP rules and procedures
  • Lead and cleaning verification

NOTICE: Students seeking EPA recertification are required to provide their initial individual (not firm) certified renovator certificate prior to this class.

As a requirement of the EPA, the training provider must collect a copy of each student’s prior course completion certificate (i.e., the initial 8 Hour Lead course certificate with the photo identification) prior to the student taking the 4 Hour Refresher Course. In order to receive EPA credit for the 4 Hour Refresher course, please follow the directions below:

  • If this is your first 4 Hour Refresher course, you will be required to provide your initial individual (not firm) Certified Renovator certificate prior to class.
  • If this is your second or subsequent 4 Hour Certified Refresher course, you will be required to provide your Certified Refresher Course certificate prior to class.

There are three ways to provide your respective certificate:

  • Scan and email to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com
  • Fax: 608.779.0442
  • Bring the certificate to class with you. This must be presented prior to class start time.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our Customer Service Department during regular business hours at 888.523.1020.

EPA accreditation to DF Institute, LLC dba Kaplan Real Estate Education for the purpose of certification under section 402 of TSCA for the renovator - refresher discipline.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 4 hours for continuing contractor education.
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 4 hours of real estate continuing education.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, August 11, 2020, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Aug 11 – Aug 11 Accessibility, Certifications, and Energy Improvements (Includes Energy) Class (3-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 2
$39.00  Add to Cart 

In this course, you will learn more about Minnesota making the contractor registration program permanent, as well as the details of this program. You’ll also explore universal design and how contractors can achieve new certifications, which are part of this rapidly growing market. In addition, you will review eight energy-related sales opportunities and receive an hour of energy focusing on an energy-conscious remodel.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 3 hours for continuing contractor education.

Topics include:

  • Minnesota contractor registration program
  • Universal design
  • Eight energy-related sales opportunities
  • Energy hour on an energy-conscious remodel
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, August 11, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Nov 13 – Nov 13 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 4
$189.00  Add to Cart 

Don’t miss your EPA lead-safe certification renewal and lose your EPA Certified Renovator status. Secure your seat and enroll today!

Attention all Minnesota contractors and remodelers who became an EPA Certified Renovator in year 2010 or earlier. That certification will expire after 5 years. You must complete this new 4-Hour EPA Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course in order to maintain your Certified Renovator status. Brightwood offers this EPA-approved 4-hour refresher course that will add an additional 5 years to your Certified Renovator status. This new course satisfies all the refresher requirements and includes a hands-on training session on testing for lead and cleaning verification. At the end of this course, you will receive an EPA certification showing your successful completion of the course, including photo ID. Remember that the EPA is finding and fining uncertified contractors for not being certified or for not following the RRP rules and procedures. The fines are up to $37,500 per occurrence per day. Don’t take a chance—take this fast-paced hands-on course and renew your EPA lead-safe certification.

Topics include:

  • RRP rules and procedures
  • Lead and cleaning verification

NOTICE: Students seeking EPA recertification are required to provide their initial individual (not firm) certified renovator certificate prior to this class.

As a requirement of the EPA, the training provider must collect a copy of each student’s prior course completion certificate (i.e., the initial 8 Hour Lead course certificate with the photo identification) prior to the student taking the 4 Hour Refresher Course. In order to receive EPA credit for the 4 Hour Refresher course, please follow the directions below:

  • If this is your first 4 Hour Refresher course, you will be required to provide your initial individual (not firm) Certified Renovator certificate prior to class.
  • If this is your second or subsequent 4 Hour Certified Refresher course, you will be required to provide your Certified Refresher Course certificate prior to class.

There are three ways to provide your respective certificate:

  • Scan and email to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com
  • Fax: 608.779.0442
  • Bring the certificate to class with you. This must be presented prior to class start time.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our Customer Service Department during regular business hours at 888.523.1020.

EPA accreditation to DF Institute, LLC dba Kaplan Real Estate Education for the purpose of certification under section 402 of TSCA for the renovator - refresher discipline.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 4 hours for continuing contractor education.
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 4 hours of real estate continuing education.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, November 13, 2020, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Nov 13 – Nov 13 Accessibility, Certifications, and Energy Improvements (Includes Energy) Class (3-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 2
$39.00  Add to Cart 

In this course, you will learn more about Minnesota making the contractor registration program permanent, as well as the details of this program. You’ll also explore universal design and how contractors can achieve new certifications, which are part of this rapidly growing market. In addition, you will review eight energy-related sales opportunities and receive an hour of energy focusing on an energy-conscious remodel.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 3 hours for continuing contractor education.

Topics include:

  • Minnesota contractor registration program
  • Universal design
  • Eight energy-related sales opportunities
  • Energy hour on an energy-conscious remodel
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, November 13, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.