Course Descriptions

“Professional” is a word commonly used to describe members of the NVBIA. Professionals are well-rounded business people committed to be as knowledgeable as possible about their profession. You can expect professionals to know what they are doing and to do it in an upstanding, efficient manner, following standard, accepted practices. Professionals develop businesses designed to provide outstanding service over the long haul and they must invest heavily in relevant educational opportunities.

The NVBIA has a constant commitment to increasing professionalism within the building industry. To that end it directly offers a wide variety of educational programs for its members.

Here’s a list of classes being offered or coming in the next months:

Marketing & Communications Strategies for Aging & Accessibility (CAPS I)
Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. And with their changing lifestyles, maturing Americans are also looking to revitalize their home environments. Identifying these opportunities and developing the skills to interact with 50+ customers can help you grow your business dramatically. Learn best practices in communicating and interacting with this exciting and evolving population, and take advantage of one of the fastest growing market segments in remodeling and related industries.

Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPSII)
The maturing of the U.S. Baby Boomer population is a huge opportunity for remodelers. As this consumer group expands, more and more are interested in remodeling their home to fit their new lifestyle and abilities. This Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) course will help you understand the guidelines and requirements of accessibility, the importance of doing an assessment with input from occupational and physical therapists as well as qualified health care professionals, and the significance of good design in making modifications that can transform a house into a safe, attractive, and comfortable home for life.

Business Management for Building Professionals
Learn the management skills that give industry leaders the edge. This course will give you a solid foundation in those best business practices so valuable to smaller businesses: planning, organizing, staffing/directing and controlling. By using case studies and sample forms, your instructors give you practical and applicable tools for management success.

First Aid CPR
 Life threatening accidents happen every day, this class covers the basic skills needed to help save lives until help arrives. David T. Hill, Safety Director for the last 10 years at Southland Concrete and has over 16 years in the Construction Safety Profession will be the instructor for the class.
 
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Class
 This program is ideal for all construction workers, including project managers and superintendents. Recognized throughout the construction industry as a baseline of safety training, this 10-hour Outreach Training program meets the criteria outlined by OSHA’s outreach training initiative.
 
Business Accounting and Job Cost
 Builders and remodelers need to understand accounting principles and job cost procedures and functions in order to properly manage their business. This course will provide the terminology and method foundation necessary to comprehend basic business reporting and job cost procedures, measurement and analysis. In addition, an introduction to the more common types of financing methods for new homes, construction loans and operating capital will be covered.

Estimating for Builders and Remodelers
Learn how to develop winning bids and use estimates as a powerful management tool. This course for remodelers and small- to mid-volume builders addresses one of the most challenging topics in building today – estimating. After this course you will have an appreciation of the importance of estimating, knowledge of how to create an estimating system and the ability to implement an estimating system.