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5 Reasons Why Plumbing Is A Great Career

Considering the serious lack of skilled tradespersons in this country and the advancing ages of those left, it makes sense to look into the benefits of becoming a professional plumber. A licensed plumber can perform all aspects of plumbing, utility connections, irrigation systems, as well as gas piping to water heaters, laundry equipment, kitchen equipment, gas grills, and swimming pool heaters. In other words, they are extremely valuable! You might be seeking to build a plumbing career or would like to advance your career by obtaining online certification. Regardless of your reason, plumbing is a great career. In fact, it’s ranked #2 in Best Construction Jobs.
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How to Become a Licensed Forklift Operator

Looking for information on how to become a certified forklift operator? Learn why forklift certification is an important part of safety training for many different work environments and how this required training can advance your career.

Warehouse distribution centers and construction sites often employ forklift operators to operate machinery that moves heavy material. Forklift certification often comes with a pay increase, and more importantly in terms of employment is the fact that a licensed forklift operator and their employer tend to be less liable for any damages that may occur in the workplace. If your employer is lax about a forklift license, then every employee’s health and safety is at great risk every time they step into the workplace. Forklift certification is a marketable skill and opens up a number of jobs to anyone with the proper credentials.

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Getting a Job in Cosmetology

Careers in cosmetology have come a long way. Thanks to You Tube, Instagram and other social media platforms, some professional cosmetologists have become almost as popular as high-profile athletes and rock stars. Having a successful career in cosmetology allows you to interact with other people, express your own creativity and earn a great income.

Did you know celebrity cosmetologist earn as much as $100,000 per year? Plus, most cosmetology programs can be completed within a year and only require continuing education to maintain your state license once certified.

Here is an overview of how to get started in this exciting and rewarding career path.

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Why HVAC Repair Is A Great Career

If you have ever considered a career as an HVAC technician, there is no better time to join the industry. The HVAC industry is not only thriving, but also in constant demand year-round. In the last several decades, the number of homeowners and rentals has greatly increased and with this trend, there is a growing need for skilled tradesmen and women in HVAC repair. Choosing a career path or pursuing a different venture is challenging, but can also be rewarding long-term. HVAC repair offers a rewarding career on multiple levels including pay, availability of jobs, demand, and advantageous life-style considerations. Here’s why HVAC repair can be a fulfilling long-term career:
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New Course: Management Basics

Do you have the desire or need to better your management and people skills? If you answered yes to that question, then our new Management Basics Course may be a great fit for you!

The Management Basics course discusses common psychological theories pertaining to managing people, as well as the skills needed to be an effective manager in the modern business world. The course also provides managerial behaviors to avoid in the workplace to ensure success of a team and company. This course is ideal for managers of every level across a multitude of industries.

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How to Obtain Your Auctioneering License and Renewals

Interested in becoming an auctioneer? Then you’ll want to know what it takes to get your license to launch this new career. Only 37 states actually require auctioneer licensing. While they may have different state specific requirements, most have the same basic overall conditions. In some states, an apprenticeship may be needed before auctioneer licensing is granted.

Basic requirements include:

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What is a TABC certification?

Are you looking to venture into the alcohol business in Texas? If so, you’re required to be TABC certified. Here are a few pieces of information that should help you become more informed about what that really means and what to expect from the process.

What Is A TABC Certificate?

TABC stands for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. In its simplest form, a TABC certificate is the first step towards being able to sell alcoholic beverages in the state of Texas. Texas employs licensed third-party employees, who work with people seeking to obtain their TABC certificate. A few of the skills that you will be taught include:
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What is the General Contractor Renewal Process?

If you are a licensed general contractor, you will eventually need a general contractor renewal to keep your license and continue working. As with registering for a general contractor license, the requirements for a license renewal vary by state. In many places, the renewal period for a license is relatively short (two or three years in most states) for an active license. For an inactive license, however, you have a longer expiration period of about four years.
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Do You Need A License To Become A General Contractor?

If you dream of being a general contractor, you probably wonder what it takes to get there. Naturally, you want to know whether or not you need a license. The basic answer is that yes, you legally need a license to become a general contractor. However, general contractor licensing requirements are determined at the state level.Therefore, you might not need the same license requirements to work in Michigan as you do in Maine.
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How To Read Blueprints For Residential And Commercial Construction

Learning how to read blueprints for residential and commercial construction is essential for a career as a contractor. In fact, whether you are seeking a career as a construction professional, a skilled sub-contractor, a tradesperson or you are a consumer with a pending new build or rebuild, learning to decode blueprints will ensure the best results for your project. Check out our article below for an overview of the nuts and bolts of reading residential and commercial construction blueprints. For more in depth information, please check out our Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades course.
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How to Become an Electrician

** Updated 7/2020 No matter where you live becoming an electrician is a solid career choice. Most licensed electricians earn over $50,000 and with increased construction throughout the US, this industry keeps growing. The hands-on nature of the job and client satisfaction are additional reasons people enjoy this work.  Did you know there are only a few basic steps to become a certified electrician? While each state has specific training and exam requirements, the general steps are the same.  Though electricians can train in as few as nine months to work as an entry-level technician, you will need to train for five to six years as an apprentice to earn journeyman status.  Detailed below are the six most important steps to becoming an electrician.
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