The HBAMP has always been the place for builders and remodelers to go for continuing education and training to make sure they’re at the top of their game — and in-line with industry regulations.
This coming year, the HBAMP will be an even better educational resource for members and industry professionals with the addition of some new offerings along with the association’s most popular educational opportunities.
“We’ve got some new programs that we’ll be offering to help our members really sharpen their industry expertise while also staying up-to-date on their requirements for things like lead-based paint and continuing education,” said Rachel Trice, vice president of membership services and events.
One of the biggest new programs will be the HBAMP’s Contractors Business Management series, a series of three courses aimed at helping contractors better manage all aspects of their business. While geared primarily for contractors new to the business, the series will also serve as a solid refresher course for builders and remodelers who want to brush up on their business management skills.
“We really want to try to do an even better job of providing education to members of all levels,” Trice said.
The three-course series will be held on separate days across the year in three-hour sessions. The dates will be February 6, June 6 and October 9, all Fridays. Members will be able to sign up for all three courses or individual ones.
The topics of the series are still under review, but Trice said they will cover everything from business basics, including budgeting, accounting, finance and banking, to human resources, subcontracting issues and risk management. Sub topics such as legal issues, contract law and business succession will also be included.
The sessions will be held at the HBAMP’s main office and include lunch. They will feature speakers and instructors from within the HBAMP and across the homebuilding industry.
Members who would like to provide input on what topics could be covered through the series can contact Caitlin Horsley, the HBAMP’s education and sustainability manager, at email@example.com.
Lead-based paint redo
It was five years ago that contractors who were going to be working on remodels and other projects involving older homes with lead-based paint first had to undergo training to get certified in the practice. Now, five years later, it’s time for those contractors who got certified in 2010 to renew their certification.
“This is the first group to come up for the refresher certification,” Horsely said, “but you have to stay certified if you want to continue working on projects with lead-based paint.”
Rather than go through a daylong training, as was originally required for certification, contractors can complete a shorter, half-day course to renew their certification so long as they complete that before their current certification expires. Those who don’t get it taken care of before their certification expires will have to take the entire daylong training over again. The half-day course does not have the hands-on portion that the longer course does; it will also be less expensive than the longer one.
The HBAMP will offer several options for contractors to renew their certification or to take their training for the first time. Dates have not been set yet, but members interested in finding out how they can sign up may contact Tami Walter, the HBAMP’s member concierge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even more schooling
In addition to the new education series and the lead-based paint courses, the HBAMP also will host two of its breakfast forums for builders and remodelers in 2015. The forums are focused on a key topic relevant to builders, remodelers and associates and include a one-hour breakfast, breakout sessions and an additional one-hour discussion period. Dates and topics have yet to be finalized, but some ideas could include an overview of the financial and lending climate or how members can get the most out of their HBAMP membership.
The association will also continue offering regular lunch and learns, and it will also stage the annual BuildRight High Performance Building & Remodeling Conference and Expo. This year, the conference, which qualifies attendees for continuing education credits as required by the Construction Contractors Board, is set for April 8. In addition to everything else the conference has to offer, including a keynote speaker, networking opportunities and exhibitors, this year’s conference will be held at a new and livelier venue — McMennamins Kennedy School.
For more information on any of the HBAMP’s educational offerings, contact Horsley at email@example.com.