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 and Communicating with the Aging in Place Client (CAPSI)
Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. Because they are embracing newly found and changing lifestyles, they need to revitalize their home environment. Identifying this burgeoning opportunity and then developing the skills to interact with this market can help you grow your business dramatically.  This course equips participants with the knowledge and tools to effectively market and sell services to the aging-in-place (AIP) market.

Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging in Place (CAPS II)
To help home owners make their home a safe and comfortable living environment for the long term, many responsive and innovative products are emerging and service providers are focusing their businesses on creating new homes and renovations that provide design flexibility, pleasing aesthetics, high function and usability for all people, without regard to age, income or ability level, and regardless of life’s changes and challenges.

This course enables participants to identify common challenges and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients who want to age in place (AIP) as well as individuals who have a condition that requires home modifications or equipment, and individuals who are dealing with an abrupt or traumatic health-related change.

Details and Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging In Place (CAPS III )
Course Description
This course builds on the CAPS II course (which is a highly recommended prerequisite to this course) by introducing design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive comfortably in their homes. Whole house product specification and installation techniques will be covered accompanied by practical, hands-on activities.

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.

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.