Continuing Education Questions
Does Contractor University report the completion of my course(s)?
Yes. We electronically report all completed continuing education courses to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MN Contractors and Building Officials), Minnesota Department of Labor (MN Realtors), and Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (WI Contractors).
Credits are electronically reported for the date your course(s) was completed. Credits are usually reported within three business days after the course is completed. Please allow 7-10 days for the above agencies to verify the submission.
How many continuing education hours/credits do I need to take?
Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, Remodelers and Roofers (MN Dept. of Labor & Industry): 14 credit hours of continuing education every two years including at least one hour of training relating to ENERGY codes or energy conservation measures and at least one hour of BUSINESS management strategies. Contractor University has you covered with a great selection of both types of courses. You can take as many Energy or Business courses as you want, but you must complete at least one hour of each.
Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (WI Dept. of Safety & Professional Services): Wisconsin residential building contractors must complete 12 credit hours of continuing education every two years with at least four of the hours focused on construction laws and codes and contracts, liability, and risk management. Courses that qualify for the four hour requirement will be marked as WI Legal/Business Course on the website.
Minnesota Real Estate (MN Dept. of Commerce): 30 for each two-year license cycle. You must complete 15 hours of education each year within that two-year period (there are special requirements – see the MN Dept. of Commerce website http://mn.gov/commerce for details).
Minnesota Building Officials (MN Dept. of Labor & Industry): 35 hours/credits for each two-year license cycle
(See individual course descriptions for specific credits)
How can I confirm that my credits have been electronically reported?
Go to MN Dept. of Labor & Industry website: https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/lookup/licensing.aspx
Input your QB license number
Click on "Detail"
Click on "View Details"
Enter the last four digits of your social security number. You will then see all courses/credits that the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry has listed for you.
Go to the WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services website: https://esla.wi.gov/publiclookup
In the “Search” dropdown, select “Credentials”
Under “Select Application Type” select “Trades Credential”
Under "Select Credential Type" select "Dwelling Contractor"
Under "Credential" select "Dwelling Contractor Qualifier"
Under "Enter Credential Number," enter your individual Dwelling Contractor Qualifier number.
Then press “Search”
If your name displays, click on “View Details”
Scroll down. You will then see all courses/credits that the WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services has listed for you.
Credits are electronically reported for the date your course(s) was completed. Credits are reported within three business days after the course is completed. Please allow 7-10 days for your credits to show up on the above websites. If you have any questions or don't see your credits listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer in-person classroom courses?
Due to the COVID, we stopped offering in-person classroom courses. Instead we offer both online/on-demand courses that can be taken anytime and live webinar courses using Zoom held on specific dates/times from January through March. You will find more information on these courses here - https://housingfirstmn.ce21.com/page/live-virtual-courses-13227
Can I take more than one energy course and more than one business management course (MN Contractors)?
Yes. You can take as many of each as you want, but you must complete at least one hour of each during teh two year cycle.
How do I get my certificate of completion?
You can access your certificate in two different locations. Both areas for your certificate contain the exact same information but are located in two spots for convenience.
Your certification process is located in the viewer to access while the program is in progress or immediately after. Access by clicking on the Certificate tab.
YOUR CUSTOMER ACCOUNT
Your certification process is also located in your customer account to access after the program. Access by clicking on the Certificate button.
Please note that once you have completed your certification steps, you have the option to print your certificate or email a copy to yourself (or even another). These options can be accessed at any point within your customer account.
The certificate is for your files, as we electronically report your credits. Students are required to keep a copy of all course completion certificates. If you are eligible for multiple credit types, be sure to print and/or save each appropriate certificate.
How long do I have to complete online/on-demand courses?
You have 180 days from date of purchase to view and complete an on-demand course.
Who do I contact for questions regarding continuing education license requirements/renewals?
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
(Building Contractor, Remodeler, Roofer and Building Official)
651.284.5034 | email@example.com | www.dli.mn.gov
Minnesota Department of Commerce (Real Estate)
651.539.1599 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.mn.gov/commerce
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (Dwelling Contractor Qualifier)
608.266.2112 | email@example.com | www.dsps.wi.gov
How can I get a transcript?
General questions and requests for transcripts or duplicate copies of continuing education certificates: Education@HousingFirstMN.org.
Transcripts are also available through the following:
MN Contractor and MN Building Official (MN Dept. of Labor & Industry)
WI Contractor (WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services)
MN Realtor (MN Dept. of Commerce)
Why does a different license number appear on my complete certificate?
Business licenses cannot be used for earning continuing education credits. If a BC (MN) or DC (WI) license number was provided with your registration, we will look-up your individual license number (QB, QC or QR - MN; or DCQ - WI) and update your account.
More about individual license numbers:
Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, Remodeler and Roofer. An eight-character individual QB (Qualifying Builder), QC (Qualifying Remodeler) or QR (Qualifying Roofer) DLI issued license number (such as QB######) must be provided at the time of registration to ensure attendees’ hours are correctly recorded when reported to DLI and printed on your course completion certificate. Individuals may obtain this number online by using DLI’s License Lookup at https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/lookup/licensing.aspx and searching by last name. DLI issued BC (such as BC######) business license numbers cannot be used.
Wisconsin Building Dwelling Contractor Qualifier. Individual WI credential identification number (DCQ) must be provided at the time of registration to ensure attendees’ hours are correctly recorded. Individuals may obtain this number from their credential card or searching online at https://esla.wi.gov/publiclookup. Business credential numbers cannot be used.
Minnesota Real Estate. Individual MN real estate license number must be provided at the time of registration to ensure attendees’ hours are correctly recorded.
How do I know if a course meets the energy or business management credit requirement (MN)?
Each course is marked with information stating which credit(s) it has been approved for. Refer to the Category bullet for this information.
What are the student requirements for receiving CE credit(s) for a live webinar course?
In order to earn CE credit(s) for live virtual webinar courses, students must attend the entire course during the time span(s) listed. Credit(s) will not be issued for the following:
Arriving more than 5 minutes after a course has begun
Leaving before completion of the course
Leaving the classroom for more than 5 minutes during a course hour
Non-payment of the course
In order to receive continuing education credits for live webinar courses, you need to use a computer or smart phone/tablet with a camera and microphone and be visible during the entire course (Zoom Meetings is used). Your full name must be displayed so that we can identify you. Only one student per computer/device. Be prepared to show your driver’s license or other legal identification with your photo if requested.