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Date(s) Class City &
State
Class
Type
Credit Hours Price   Details
Aug 29 – Aug 29 The Weird, Wild, and Wonderful World of Real Estate Class (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

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

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

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

Topics Include:

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: 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 DF Institute, LLC dba Kaplan Real Estate Education for the purpose of certification under section 402 of TSCA for the renovator - refresher discipline.

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

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, September 06, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 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.
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:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - 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:
  • 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.
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 DF Institute, LLC dba Kaplan Real Estate Education for the purpose of certification under section 402 of TSCA for the renovator - refresher discipline.

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

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Tue, November 05, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 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.
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:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - 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:
  • 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.
Nov 18 – Nov 18 The Twenty Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements Class (3.75-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 3.75
$59.00  Add to Cart 

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

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

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

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

Topics include:

  • Trends in remodeling spending
  • Setting spending priorities
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Kitchen and bathroom remodeling
  • Avoiding hidden mechanical costs
  • Roofing and siding
  • Window upgrades that save energy
  • Environmental concerns
  • Cost vs. value analysis
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - Bloomington
  • 2051 Killebrew Dr
  • Ste 110
  • Bloomington, MN 55425

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, November 18, 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.
Nov 19 – Nov 19 Good, Better, Best: When Quality, Price, and Value All Matter Class (Includes Energy) (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6.5
$108.00  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 (includes 1 energy hour) 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: Tue, November 19, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Tue, November 19, 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.
Dec 30 – Dec 30 Tour d' Real Estate: What Homeowners Want (7.5-Credit Hours) Bloomington, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

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

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

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

Topics include:

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Mon, December 30, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Mon, December 30, 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.
Jan 09 – Jan 09 Millennials: Challenging the Traditional Real Estate Model Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$59.00  Add to Cart 

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

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

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

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

Topics include:

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 09, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Aimee Hanson
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 09 – Jan 09 The Twenty Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements Class (3.75-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 3.75
$59.00  Add to Cart 

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

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

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

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

Topics include:

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

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Thu, January 09, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Dan Norby
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Jan 10 – Jan 10 Good, Better, Best: When Quality, Price, and Value All Matter Class (Includes Energy) (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
Energy 1
General 6.5
$108.00  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 (includes 1 energy hour) 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 - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, January 10, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, January 10, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Dan Norby
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.
Feb 28 – Feb 28 Tour d' Real Estate: What Homeowners Want (7.5-Credit Hours) St. Paul, MN Day
General 7.5
$108.00  Add to Cart 

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

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

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

Topics include:

  • How has new construction changed?
  • How has the remodeling industry changed?
  • What are other living styles that people are embracing?
  • What housing components are considered “old” and what are considered “new”?
  • What are the latest technical offerings in housing?
  • How are occupant health and well-being being addressed?
  • What are other considerations and how can we avoid obstacles?
Location Details: Session Details:
  • Kaplan Professional Schools - St. Paul
  • 1295 Bandana Blvd N
  • Ste 245
  • East Entrance
  • St. Paul, MN 55108

  • Get Directions
  • #1: Fri, February 28, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM (local)
  • #2: Fri, February 28, 2020, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM (local)

Taught By:
  • Dan Norby
Notes:
Please park in the free parking ramp across from the East entrance. Please allow for extra drive time due to road construction and weather conditions. Late arrivals will not receive credit.