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@Home Prep Education, Inc. offers comprehensive, on-line, licensing exam preparation and reference materials for multiple industries in over 30 states. With our training locations throughout Tennessee, we make every effort to see you through the successful completion of your exam preparation. Our purpose is to assist those who desire a Contractors license with a trade endorsement in Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and more, throug pre-licensing self-paced trainings. @Home Prep also offers support for those who are interested in continuing education and leadership training. Our mission is to be the leading provider of pre-licensing education for skilled trades people and lay-people by offering affordable and dynamic trainings online. The @ Home Prep instructor (facilitator) has been a licensed contractor since 1981 and has been in the construction industry since 1973. Contact Admissions today to get started at 1-800-952-0910!

It’s almost 2015, and businesses and consumers are utilizing the new cloud technology more and more every day. iPads and tablets are becoming ever more preset on the job site. Design plans and code databases can be quickly accessed from virtually anywhere without hassle. Cloud computing and paperless processing are cost saving tools you may want to look into for your company.  blog 2

MADCAD (www.madcad.com) is a database of code books. The platform has over 50,000 building codes and standards. Their library also includes state specific codes and local amendments. You can have access to the resources on the job via tablet or computer. Paid subscriptions to MADCAD include ASCE, NFPA, OSHA, HUD, and FEMA. MADCAD is continuously updates the books, and, since they are accessed through the cloud, they don’t require a download.

Bluebeam, (www.bluebeam.com) is a PDF markup/editing/sharing cloud service. You can make notes and changes to your documents using a computer or tablet. Many building contractors are discovering paperless processing leads to cost savings and quicker project completion times. Bluebeam allows you to add customizable markups on site and with people across the world in real time.

Explore or look into your cloud presence in 2015, there’s loads of services and applications that could help your company complete projects and do business better.

blog 3Know which Codes your state is currently using. Updates as of September 2014. The Following States have adopted the 2012 International Codes Effective Statewide:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • Rhode lsland
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

The tests for the licenses may still be on the 2009 edition. It is best to check with your testing agency to assure you have the correct testing references.

Last year most of us were hit with unusually cold weather now is the time for customers to get their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems ready for cold weather. Heating units require routine maintenance to keep them running effectively and efficiently.image

Routine maintenance of a furnace will assure it runs smoothly throughout the winter months. No one wants their system to break down in the dead of winter therefore, checkups on the heat exchanger will make the system more trustworthy and build confidence with your customers. A new heating unit is a costly expense when it can be prevented. As a contractor you want to make sure your license is up to date and you have successfully completed any continuing education you may need to assure you are ready to provide quality service to your customers. We provide education in many states and in most cases we will notify the state for you once you have completed your continuing education; clink here to see what is available in your state: http://www.contractor-licensing.com/state-license.html and be ready before winter hits to provide the best service to your customers.

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