Many contractors taking continuing education in Florida are not clear about the options of license status in this state.
When you pay all your license fees and maintain all the things you must maintain, your license is "active" and you may engage in contracting. Everybody "gets" that. But how about if you want to take a break, or put things on "hold" for a while?
First, you can only, really, choose to do this at license renewal time. You can't do it in the middle of a license period. The board won't switch you in the middle of the period. So, come this August 31st, if you choose to become inactive, you must "renew" your status as inactive. If you do nothing, the license does NOT automatically become "inactive". In that case, it would automatically become "delinquent". If you carry on like that for an entire license period, then, your license would be lost and you would have to renew, all over again, as a new applicant.
Solid continuing education can help you understand this. To change status to "inactive" requires board approval, as they want to make sure that you haven't left open permits, violations or investigations, on the table.
So, back to the beginning. Whether you want to be inactive or active, you must renew at renewal time. You must also comply with continuing education requirements regardless of your selection at that time.
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I learned an interesting bit of information about cabinets.
In a recent blog entry we talked about VOC's. I am continually amazed at how pervasive this condition is.
The EPA says: "Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored."
What does this have to do with kitchen cabinets?
Well, make sure when you buy cabinets for yourself, or bid jobs for potential clients - be sure to understand the risks of using cabinets made of "manufactured" wood products. These are HIGH in glues and formaldehyde. We are talking about medium density fiber board, particle board and hardwood plywoods. Many of these are also coated with a very potent "acid catalyzed" formaldehyde finish. The emissions are substantial - and last for from 6-12 months. Many of these glues have been found to have a half life of several years.
Do your customers know the difference and would it make you stand out....if you inform them of the differences?
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Hello Florida Contractors!
We were reviewing our contractor blog entries and came across our inaugural BLOG entry from when our website was first created! It bears repeating.
We hope you appreciate the nostalgia!
Contractors Education & Training Corporation is pleased to welcome you to our inaugural BLOG entry. We pride ourselves in providing contractors premium continuing education programs, which are fully approved and necessary for your license renewal - as well as informative, fun and educational. What we plan to use this blog for, is to post information that will help broaden your awareness of construction law, and practices - all of which matter to your bottom line. We see that the success of your business is soundly based on three "legs" - QUALITY - PRODUCTION & SAFETY. If one fails, your entire ship isn't going to float for long. Our blog entries, as our continuing education programs, are purposely designed to address all of these three "legs". We will also put great emphasis on the requirements that authorities put on you, in order to maintain your license. For instance, new OSHA guidelines and/or information. Do you want an example? Just a couple weeks ago, OSHA started a major focus in the southeastern United States on combustible dust. Maybe this doesn't exactly relate to construction, or contractors, but if it were a focus that did, you would be able to hear about it first, right here, on our Contractors Education & Training Corporation blog.
Continuing education may be required for your license renewal, but it doesn't have to be boring. We plan to make your time in class engaging and of the sort that will change the way you act once you leave. With that in mind, let me close this pilot blog entry with a question.
Do you have a safety program because you want to save the lives of, and reduce injury to, your employees, or, because you want to be in compliance? Your answer will have much to do with how your safety program looks and operates. We hope to see you back here again soon as we plan to have our continuing education classes become a big part of the success of your construction business.
Online programs are already up and running!
Continuing education does NOT HAVE TO BE TORTUROUS!
Today is the day we will be listing our classes for the Summer 2018 renewal period.
ALL CLASSES WILL BE POSTED under our Upcoming Class list, by midnight today, Friday, December 29, 2017!
Look for our continuing education mailers soon! We are happy to provide you with a TORTURE FREE continuing education experience that is pertinent and has value to you and your career.
Continuing education programs don't have to be boring! As a contractor myself, I have had to take these courses since their inception. I was gritting my teeth every time I had to attend, too.
We, at Contractors Education and Training Corporation, pride ourselves in presenting you with a value-oriented course that has actionable information which is relevant and satisfies all the requirements
Simply view our calendar and see what class works for you.
We are happy to provide you with these classes. Register NOW!
The calendar is to be posted today!
Contractors Education and Training Corporation is about helping make your Florida construction business MORE successful.