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Upcoming Contractor CE Courses by Date

Upcoming Contractor CE Classes

Live Class Calendar
Date(s) Class City &
State
Class
Type
Credit Hours Price   Details
Nov 27 – Nov 27 2018 Fall Education Tour - Market Pulse: What's Trending Now Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Mankato, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Country Inn and Suites - Mankato
  • 1900 Premier Dr
  • Mankato, MN 56001

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, November 27, 2018, 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM (local)
  • #2: Tue, November 27, 2018, 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Timothy Whaley
Nov 29 – Nov 29 2018 Fall Education Tour - Market Pulse: What's Trending Now Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Maple Grove, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Maple Grove Community Center
  • 12951 Weaver Lake Rd
  • Maple Grove, MN 55369

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, November 29, 2018, 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM (local)
  • #2: Thu, November 29, 2018, 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Timothy Whaley
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Nov 30 – Nov 30 Good, Better, Best: When Quality, Price, and Value All Matter Class (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6.5
$98.00  Add to Cart 

Finally, a course that tells you everything you need to know about legitimate value that matters in today's rigorous appraisal world.

Calling all real estate agents, contractors, builders, and appraisers: prepare to be guided through the covert back alleys of home valuation, looking at products and features through the lens of an appraiser, contractor/builder, AND real estate professional.

You’ll learn the universal language used by appraisers—providing you knowledge that pays when advising clients on everything from product selection to an appropriate offer on a property, or on identifying an appropriate listing price for a property. You’ll acquire an insider’s view of how value is defined and assigned by the appraiser. Also, you’ll understand the consumer criteria of price, longevity, performance, aesthetics, and resale value for a variety of property elements.

Learn what does and does not have monetary value in an appraiser’s eyes, getting a snapshot of the essential tools and assessment methods used to establish the ultimate value of a property. You’ll also learn how to help your clients identify poor quality in spite of acceptable appearance. Find out what the most surprising low-cost, high-value materials are, what type of siding lasts the longest, and which foundation type will save homeowners the most money in the long run.

Learn about the real differences in construction quality, and what has monetary value in addition to aesthetic value. Learn how to translate otherwise confusing terms and definitions into useful information you can communicate to your clients. Whether your interest is in existing property, new construction, or proposed renovations, you’ll pick up essential information to increase your professional competence.

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

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 Commissioner of Commerce for 7.5 hours of appraisal continuing education.

Topics Include:

  • Appraisal 101 - what they do and why it matters to you
  • What the new quality numbers mean to your clients
  • Differentiating characteristics of architectural styles and construction features
  • Products and materials that create value
  • Communicating quality distinctions to clients to improve knowledge and selection
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, November 30, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, November 30, 2018, 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.
Dec 03 – Dec 03 The Tiny House: Is it a Phase or Craze? Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$49.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, December 03, 2018, 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.
Dec 04 – Dec 04 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, December 04, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, December 04, 2018, 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.
Dec 06 – Dec 06 2018 Fall Education Tour - Market Pulse: What's Trending Now Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Eagan, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Eagan Community Center
  • 1501 Central Pkwy
  • Eagan, MN 55121

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, December 06, 2018, 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM (local)
  • #2: Thu, December 06, 2018, 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Timothy Whaley
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Dec 14 – Dec 14 The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Real Estate Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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: Fri, December 14, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, December 14, 2018, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Aimee Hanson
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Dec 17 – Dec 17 Tour d' Real Estate: What Homeowners Want (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, December 17, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, December 17, 2018, 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.
Dec 20 – Dec 20 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, December 20, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, December 20, 2018, 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.
Jan 02 – Jan 02 Minnesota Residential Contractor/Remodeler Update: Competitive Advantage—Knowledge is Power (Includes Energy) Class (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

The focus of this course is current, relevant industry topics and data to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry. You’ll learn how competitive advantage is gained through successful use and application of knowledge—the knowledge that is the power behind your successful contracting business.

Join us for this thought-provoking learning experience. It’s not a lecture—it’s a discussion about important topics that impact your business and clients.

Topics include:

  • Energy: Solar Water Heaters and Small Wind Turbines
  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
  • Wetland and Waterfront Building
  • Protecting Your Business
  • Building Code Exceptions
  • Project Breakdown: One Chunk at a Time
  • Upgrading Homes to Sell or Rent
  • In the News

Building Officials and Residential Contractors:
Code/Energy Hours: 1, Other Hours: 6

Plumbing:
Code/Energy Hours: 2, Other Hours: 5

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for contractor continuing education.

ATTENTION: This course is now approved CE for Building Officials and Plumbers!

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, January 02, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, January 02, 2019, 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.
Jan 03 – Jan 03 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 03, 2019, 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.
Jan 04 – Jan 04 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, January 04, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, January 04, 2019, 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.
Jan 07 – Jan 07 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, January 07, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, January 07, 2019, 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.
Jan 09 – Jan 09 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Rochester, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Hampton Inn - Rochester North
  • 2870 59th St NW
  • Rochester, MN 55901

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, January 09, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, January 09, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Jan 10 – Jan 10 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Winona, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Riverport Inn and Express Suites
  • 900 Bruski Dr
  • Winona, MN 55987

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 10, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, January 10, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to weather conditions or road construction. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 11 – Jan 11 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, January 11, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, January 11, 2019, 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.
Jan 14 – Jan 14 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Duluth, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • The Inn on Lake Superior
  • 350 Canal Park Dr
  • Duluth, MN 55802

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, January 14, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, January 14, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 15 – Jan 15 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, January 15, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, January 15, 2019, 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.
Jan 16 – Jan 16 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Saint Cloud, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
  • 100 4th Ave S
  • Saint Cloud, MN 56301

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, January 16, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, January 16, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 17 – Jan 17 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Fergus Falls, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Bigwood Event Center
  • 925 Western Ave
  • Fergus Falls, MN 56537

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 17, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, January 17, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Jan 18 – Jan 18 Residential Contractor/Remodeler Update: New Applications for Time-Tested Products (Includes Energy) Class (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

First offered in 2017, back by popular demand.

Explore new applications for some products that you may think you know well…the very products your clients are seeking!

When you join us, you receive much more than a workbook. You have an opportunity to network with other contractors, ask questions, and learn from industry experts who will lead you through this engaging learning experience. Your experienced instructors will share current market reports and lead value-added discussions on topics that are not only relevant to your business, but also designed to keep you informed about new business trends, products, and codes.

Topics Include:

  • Sustainable Energy: Photovoltaic Systems
  • Insulation: Spray Foam Update
  • Chapter 3 Building Planning: Code Exceptions
  • Department of Labor & Industry: Enforcement Process
  • Decks: Ledger Board and Band Joist Connections
  • Structural Design and Span Table Review
  • Material Strengths, Types of Engineered Wood, and Fire Suppression Review
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)

Approved for Building Officials and Contractors.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for contractor 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: Fri, January 18, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, January 18, 2019, 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.
Jan 19 – Jan 19 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Weekend
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Sat, January 19, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Sat, January 19, 2019, 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.
Jan 22 – Jan 22 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Mankato, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Country Inn and Suites - Mankato
  • 1900 Premier Dr
  • Mankato, MN 56001

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, January 22, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, January 22, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Jan 23 – Jan 23 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Worthington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Worthington Event Center
  • 1477 Prairie Dr
  • Worthington, MN 56187

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, January 23, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, January 23, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to weather conditions or road construction. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 24 – Jan 24 Good, Better, Best: When Quality, Price, and Value All Matter Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6.5
$98.00  Add to Cart 

Finally, a course that tells you everything you need to know about legitimate value that matters in today's rigorous appraisal world.

Calling all real estate agents, contractors, builders, and appraisers: prepare to be guided through the covert back alleys of home valuation, looking at products and features through the lens of an appraiser, contractor/builder, AND real estate professional.

You’ll learn the universal language used by appraisers—providing you knowledge that pays when advising clients on everything from product selection to an appropriate offer on a property, or on identifying an appropriate listing price for a property. You’ll acquire an insider’s view of how value is defined and assigned by the appraiser. Also, you’ll understand the consumer criteria of price, longevity, performance, aesthetics, and resale value for a variety of property elements.

Learn what does and does not have monetary value in an appraiser’s eyes, getting a snapshot of the essential tools and assessment methods used to establish the ultimate value of a property. You’ll also learn how to help your clients identify poor quality in spite of acceptable appearance. Find out what the most surprising low-cost, high-value materials are, what type of siding lasts the longest, and which foundation type will save homeowners the most money in the long run.

Learn about the real differences in construction quality, and what has monetary value in addition to aesthetic value. Learn how to translate otherwise confusing terms and definitions into useful information you can communicate to your clients. Whether your interest is in existing property, new construction, or proposed renovations, you’ll pick up essential information to increase your professional competence.

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

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 Commissioner of Commerce for 7.5 hours of appraisal continuing education.

Topics Include:

  • Appraisal 101 - what they do and why it matters to you
  • What the new quality numbers mean to your clients
  • Differentiating characteristics of architectural styles and construction features
  • Products and materials that create value
  • Communicating quality distinctions to clients to improve knowledge and selection
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 24, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, January 24, 2019, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Ron Schilling
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 25 – Jan 25 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, January 25, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, January 25, 2019, 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.
Jan 28 – Jan 28 Market Pulse: What's Trending Now (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, January 28, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, January 28, 2019, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Gerald Anderson
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.
Jan 29 – Jan 29 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Baxter, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes
  • 6967 Lake Forest Rd
  • Baxter, MN 56401

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, January 29, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, January 29, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 30 – Jan 30 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bemidji, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Holiday Inn Express - Bemidji
  • 2422 Ridgeway Ave NW
  • Bemidji, MN 56601

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, January 30, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, January 30, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to weather conditions or road construction. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 31 – Jan 31 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 31, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, January 31, 2019, 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.
Feb 04 – Feb 04 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Maple Grove, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Maple Grove Community Center
  • 12951 Weaver Lake Rd
  • Maple Grove, MN 55369

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, February 04, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, February 04, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 05 – Feb 05 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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: Tue, February 05, 2019, 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.
Feb 05 – Feb 05 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: Tue, February 05, 2019, 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.
Feb 06 – Feb 06 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, February 06, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, February 06, 2019, 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.
Feb 07 – Feb 07 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Duluth, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • The Inn on Lake Superior
  • 350 Canal Park Dr
  • Duluth, MN 55802

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, February 07, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, February 07, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 08 – Feb 08 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Hinckley, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Grand Casino - Hinckley
  • 777 Lady Luck Dr
  • Hinckley, MN 55037

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, February 08, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, February 08, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 08 – Feb 08 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, February 08, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, February 08, 2019, 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.
Feb 11 – Feb 11 Minnesota Residential Contractor/Remodeler Update: Competitive Advantage—Knowledge is Power (Includes Energy) Class (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

The focus of this course is current, relevant industry topics and data to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry. You’ll learn how competitive advantage is gained through successful use and application of knowledge—the knowledge that is the power behind your successful contracting business.

Join us for this thought-provoking learning experience. It’s not a lecture—it’s a discussion about important topics that impact your business and clients.

Topics include:

  • Energy: Solar Water Heaters and Small Wind Turbines
  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
  • Wetland and Waterfront Building
  • Protecting Your Business
  • Building Code Exceptions
  • Project Breakdown: One Chunk at a Time
  • Upgrading Homes to Sell or Rent
  • In the News

Building Officials and Residential Contractors:
Code/Energy Hours: 1, Other Hours: 6

Plumbing:
Code/Energy Hours: 2, Other Hours: 5

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for contractor continuing education.

ATTENTION: This course is now approved CE for Building Officials and Plumbers!

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, February 11, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, February 11, 2019, 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.
Feb 12 – Feb 12 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Detroit Lakes, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Holiday Inn - Detroit Lakes
  • 1155 Highway 10 E
  • Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, February 12, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, February 12, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 13 – Feb 13 Mold and Radon: Cause & Effect Class (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

Mold is everywhere; why does it affect one house and not the next? The exact same question can be asked of radon!

Attending this full-day course will give you a sound insight into why mold and radon occur in some houses and not in others. You will also learn what steps to take to overcome what appears to be a major problem at minimal cost.

Whatever your view on mold or radon, you will come away from this class with a more balanced view of the issues and understand how to achieve physical control of these two concerns.

Brightwood's instructors are fully qualified to teach these subjects with skill and humor. Mold and Radon: Cause & Effect is an interesting way to cover these two subjects in a manner that will excite, educate, and entertain you.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for continuing contractor education.

Topics Include:

  • MN Energy Hour
  • What are mold and radon
  • How to control mold and radon
  • How code addresses the problem
  • Cost-effective solutions
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, February 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, February 13, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Doug Hastings
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.
Feb 13 – Feb 13 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Thief River Falls, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Quality Inn - Thief River Falls
  • 1060 Highway 32 S
  • Thief River Falls, MN 56701

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, February 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, February 13, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to weather conditions or road construction. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 14 – Feb 14 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, February 14, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, February 14, 2019, 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.
Feb 16 – Feb 16 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Weekend
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Sat, February 16, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Sat, February 16, 2019, 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.
Feb 18 – Feb 18 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Owatonna, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Holiday Inn and Suites Owatonna
  • 2365 NW 43rd St
  • Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, February 18, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, February 18, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to weather conditions or road construction. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 18 – Feb 18 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, February 18, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, February 18, 2019, 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.
Feb 19 – Feb 19 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Rochester, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Hampton Inn - Rochester North
  • 2870 59th St NW
  • Rochester, MN 55901

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, February 19, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, February 19, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Feb 20 – Feb 20 Market Pulse: What's Trending Now (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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 - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, February 20, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, February 20, 2019, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Gerald Anderson
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 21 – Feb 21 Residential Contractor/Remodeler Update: New Applications for Time-Tested Products (Includes Energy) Class (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

First offered in 2017, back by popular demand.

Explore new applications for some products that you may think you know well…the very products your clients are seeking!

When you join us, you receive much more than a workbook. You have an opportunity to network with other contractors, ask questions, and learn from industry experts who will lead you through this engaging learning experience. Your experienced instructors will share current market reports and lead value-added discussions on topics that are not only relevant to your business, but also designed to keep you informed about new business trends, products, and codes.

Topics Include:

  • Sustainable Energy: Photovoltaic Systems
  • Insulation: Spray Foam Update
  • Chapter 3 Building Planning: Code Exceptions
  • Department of Labor & Industry: Enforcement Process
  • Decks: Ledger Board and Band Joist Connections
  • Structural Design and Span Table Review
  • Material Strengths, Types of Engineered Wood, and Fire Suppression Review
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)

Approved for Building Officials and Contractors.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for contractor continuing education.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, February 21, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, February 21, 2019, 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.
Feb 22 – Feb 22 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, February 22, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, February 22, 2019, 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.
Feb 25 – Feb 25 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, February 25, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, February 25, 2019, 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.
Feb 26 – Feb 26 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Saint Cloud, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
  • 100 4th Ave S
  • Saint Cloud, MN 56301

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, February 26, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, February 26, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 27 – Feb 27 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Walker, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Chase on the Lake
  • 502 Cleveland Blvd
  • Walker, MN 56484

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, February 27, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, February 27, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to weather conditions or road construction. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 27 – Feb 27 The Twenty Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$49.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, February 27, 2019, 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.
Feb 28 – Feb 28 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, February 28, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, February 28, 2019, 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.
Mar 01 – Mar 01 Minnesota Residential Contractor/Remodeler Update: Competitive Advantage—Knowledge is Power (Includes Energy) Class (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

The focus of this course is current, relevant industry topics and data to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry. You’ll learn how competitive advantage is gained through successful use and application of knowledge—the knowledge that is the power behind your successful contracting business.

Join us for this thought-provoking learning experience. It’s not a lecture—it’s a discussion about important topics that impact your business and clients.

Topics include:

  • Energy: Solar Water Heaters and Small Wind Turbines
  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)
  • Wetland and Waterfront Building
  • Protecting Your Business
  • Building Code Exceptions
  • Project Breakdown: One Chunk at a Time
  • Upgrading Homes to Sell or Rent
  • In the News

Building Officials and Residential Contractors:
Code/Energy Hours: 1, Other Hours: 6

Plumbing:
Code/Energy Hours: 2, Other Hours: 5

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for contractor continuing education.

ATTENTION: This course is now approved CE for Building Officials and Plumbers!

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, March 01, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, March 01, 2019, 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.
Mar 05 – Mar 05 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Maple Grove, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Maple Grove Community Center
  • 12951 Weaver Lake Rd
  • Maple Grove, MN 55369

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, March 05, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, March 05, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Instructor TBD
Notes:
Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Mar 09 – Mar 09 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Weekend
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Sat, March 09, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Sat, March 09, 2019, 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.
Mar 14 – Mar 14 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, March 14, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, March 14, 2019, 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.
Mar 18 – Mar 18 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, March 18, 2019, 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.
Mar 18 – Mar 18 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, March 18, 2019, 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.
Mar 19 – Mar 19 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, March 19, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, March 19, 2019, 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.
Mar 23 – Mar 23 The Tiny House: Is it a Phase or Craze? Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Weekend
General 3.75
$49.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Sat, March 23, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 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.
Mar 25 – Mar 25 Market Pulse: What's Trending Now (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, March 25, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, March 25, 2019, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Gerald Anderson
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.
Mar 27 – Mar 27 Residential Building Contractor/Remodeler Update: Surviving to Thriving Class (Includes Energy) (7-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

This course offers current, relevant industry topics and data that will help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, March 27, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, March 27, 2019, 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.
Mar 29 – Mar 29 Tour d' Real Estate: What Homeowners Want (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, March 29, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, March 29, 2019, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Gerald Anderson
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.
Apr 15 – Apr 15 Good, Better, Best: When Quality, Price, and Value All Matter Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6.5
$98.00  Add to Cart 

Finally, a course that tells you everything you need to know about legitimate value that matters in today's rigorous appraisal world.

Calling all real estate agents, contractors, builders, and appraisers: prepare to be guided through the covert back alleys of home valuation, looking at products and features through the lens of an appraiser, contractor/builder, AND real estate professional.

You’ll learn the universal language used by appraisers—providing you knowledge that pays when advising clients on everything from product selection to an appropriate offer on a property, or on identifying an appropriate listing price for a property. You’ll acquire an insider’s view of how value is defined and assigned by the appraiser. Also, you’ll understand the consumer criteria of price, longevity, performance, aesthetics, and resale value for a variety of property elements.

Learn what does and does not have monetary value in an appraiser’s eyes, getting a snapshot of the essential tools and assessment methods used to establish the ultimate value of a property. You’ll also learn how to help your clients identify poor quality in spite of acceptable appearance. Find out what the most surprising low-cost, high-value materials are, what type of siding lasts the longest, and which foundation type will save homeowners the most money in the long run.

Learn about the real differences in construction quality, and what has monetary value in addition to aesthetic value. Learn how to translate otherwise confusing terms and definitions into useful information you can communicate to your clients. Whether your interest is in existing property, new construction, or proposed renovations, you’ll pick up essential information to increase your professional competence.

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

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 Commissioner of Commerce for 7.5 hours of appraisal continuing education.

Topics Include:

  • Appraisal 101 - what they do and why it matters to you
  • What the new quality numbers mean to your clients
  • Differentiating characteristics of architectural styles and construction features
  • Products and materials that create value
  • Communicating quality distinctions to clients to improve knowledge and selection
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, April 15, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, April 15, 2019, 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 10 – May 10 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, May 10, 2019, 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.
May 10 – May 10 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, May 10, 2019, 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.
Jun 04 – Jun 04 Tour d' Real Estate: What Homeowners Want (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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: Tue, June 04, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, June 04, 2019, 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.
Jun 13 – Jun 13 The Tiny House: Is it a Phase or Craze? Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$49.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, June 13, 2019, 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.
Jun 19 – Jun 19 The Twenty Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements Class (3.75-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 3.75
$49.00  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 - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, June 19, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 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.
Jul 16 – Jul 16 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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: Tue, July 16, 2019, 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.
Jul 16 – Jul 16 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: Tue, July 16, 2019, 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.
Jul 18 – Jul 18 Mold and Radon: Cause & Effect Class (7-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6
$98.00  Add to Cart 

Mold is everywhere; why does it affect one house and not the next? The exact same question can be asked of radon!

Attending this full-day course will give you a sound insight into why mold and radon occur in some houses and not in others. You will also learn what steps to take to overcome what appears to be a major problem at minimal cost.

Whatever your view on mold or radon, you will come away from this class with a more balanced view of the issues and understand how to achieve physical control of these two concerns.

Brightwood's instructors are fully qualified to teach these subjects with skill and humor. Mold and Radon: Cause & Effect is an interesting way to cover these two subjects in a manner that will excite, educate, and entertain you.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for 7 hours for continuing contractor education.

Topics Include:

  • MN Energy Hour
  • What are mold and radon
  • How to control mold and radon
  • How code addresses the problem
  • Cost-effective solutions
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, July 18, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, July 18, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Doug Hastings
Notes:
Please plan ahead and allow for extra drive time due to road construction or weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jul 31 – Jul 31 Good, Better, Best: When Quality, Price, and Value All Matter Class (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6.5
$98.00  Add to Cart 

Finally, a course that tells you everything you need to know about legitimate value that matters in today's rigorous appraisal world.

Calling all real estate agents, contractors, builders, and appraisers: prepare to be guided through the covert back alleys of home valuation, looking at products and features through the lens of an appraiser, contractor/builder, AND real estate professional.

You’ll learn the universal language used by appraisers—providing you knowledge that pays when advising clients on everything from product selection to an appropriate offer on a property, or on identifying an appropriate listing price for a property. You’ll acquire an insider’s view of how value is defined and assigned by the appraiser. Also, you’ll understand the consumer criteria of price, longevity, performance, aesthetics, and resale value for a variety of property elements.

Learn what does and does not have monetary value in an appraiser’s eyes, getting a snapshot of the essential tools and assessment methods used to establish the ultimate value of a property. You’ll also learn how to help your clients identify poor quality in spite of acceptable appearance. Find out what the most surprising low-cost, high-value materials are, what type of siding lasts the longest, and which foundation type will save homeowners the most money in the long run.

Learn about the real differences in construction quality, and what has monetary value in addition to aesthetic value. Learn how to translate otherwise confusing terms and definitions into useful information you can communicate to your clients. Whether your interest is in existing property, new construction, or proposed renovations, you’ll pick up essential information to increase your professional competence.

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

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 Commissioner of Commerce for 7.5 hours of appraisal continuing education.

Topics Include:

  • Appraisal 101 - what they do and why it matters to you
  • What the new quality numbers mean to your clients
  • Differentiating characteristics of architectural styles and construction features
  • Products and materials that create value
  • Communicating quality distinctions to clients to improve knowledge and selection
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, July 31, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Wed, July 31, 2019, 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 14 – Aug 14 The Twenty Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$49.00  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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Wed, August 14, 2019, 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 22 – Aug 22 The Tiny House: Is it a Phase or Craze? Class (3.75-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 3.75
$49.00  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 - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, August 22, 2019, 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.
Aug 29 – Aug 29 The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Real Estate Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$98.00  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: Thu, August 29, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Thu, August 29, 2019, 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.
Sep 06 – Sep 06 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, September 06, 2019, 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.
Sep 06 – Sep 06 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, September 06, 2019, 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 05 – Nov 05 Certified Renovator Refresher Training Course (4-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 4
$159.00  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, you must provide a copy of your initial individual (not firm) certificate prior to the class start. 

There are three ways to provide your initial certificate:

  1. Scan and email it to cs_gradingqa@kaplan.com.
  2. Fax it to 608.779.0442.
  3. Bring it to class and provide to instructor prior to class start.

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 Virginia College, LLC DBA Brightwood Career Institute 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, November 05, 2019, 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.
Nov 05 – Nov 05 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:
  • Brightwood Career Institute - St Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, November 05, 2019, 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.