Why continuing to study is important in the building industry

Whether you are in the construction or finance sector, continued education is critical to staying on top of industry trends and best practices. Taking continuing education seriously is important, especially in the construction industry where mistakes can lead to buildings collapsing or buildings not suitable for human habitation due to poor workmanship and inexperienced contractors.

There are always new regulations and expectations placed on the construction industry. It is vital that you and your team meet these requirements to keep your state licensing. It is now a prime means of securing a contract, where the most up-to-date state registrations and any accredited training and development are required.

Continuing education not only will helps you stay on top of the best practices, but can help grow your business as well. As the building sector re-opens in Michigan and beyond, it will be more important than ever to ensure that staff is prepared for the volumes of work that will now be expected.

Getting staff re-skilled and on a skills improvement plan is critical and the sooner you start the better prepared your business will be. The adult continuing education route is generally accepted as the way to go to achieve this in the building and construction industry.

It can help reduce downtime and is designed to meet the needs of an older learner with industry experience. There are short courses that can be done in a few hours to improve a specific skill or a more long-term view can be taken with a series of courses or training planned over a longer period.


What to look for in continued education

Support

There must be adequate support throughout the training process. If the training is offered online then there must be 24/7 online support, as the training can then be done when and as there is downtime on site.

Alignment with state regulations

Any training undertaken must be aligned with the building authorities in your particular state and work towards improving the company knowledge and understanding of such regulations and restrictions.

A great example of all this is the 60 hour MI builder license course, which is approved by the State Licensing and regulatory affairs and serves to prepare you for the Residential Builder PSI exam.

Accreditation

Any training undertaken by those in the construction and building industry must be accredited by the relevant state body. Without the accreditation, you will not be able to include the training as part of your value proposition.

If there is no compliance with state regulations and the course does not count towards your continuing education units for professional development then it’s not really what you need or want.

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