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How do I Choose the Best Construction Continuing Education Courses?

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  • Written By: A.C. Gaddis
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 10 October 2018
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If you work in construction, you may think that you don’t need continuing education, but construction continuing education is vital for maintaining your license and staying competitive in your field. There can be legal and financial penalties for performing construction jobs without the proper license, and continuing education can help you maintain your license. You can find quality continuing education classes online, at technical schools, professional training centers or through unions and professional organizations if you take the time to research your continuing educations options. To choose the best construction continuing education courses, some things to consider include your schedule, the reason you are taking the courses and whether you want to take the classes online or in a classroom. You also can ask others in the construction industry who have taken continuing education classes for their advice.

When looking for continuing education, online courses offer flexible hours and allow you to work at your own pace. Online construction courses are a good way to expand your knowledge of new construction technologies, green building techniques or design trends. If you need construction continuing education to maintain a license or gain a new certification, you should make sure that the online training facility can give you the certification you need. Many online courses might give you skills to put on your resumé, but you have to make sure they are approved by your local construction licensing agency.

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If you don’t want to learn in an online environment, you might choose to take construction continuing education courses at a community college or technical school. You might think of community colleges as offering only two-year degrees, but there are many shorter programs available to help you further your career in construction. Many colleges also offer classes at night or on weekends to fit your busy schedule. They involve classroom instruction, so construction courses at technical schools are good choices for subjects such as architectural design and construction management.

Many construction workers’ unions and organizations for construction professionals also offer continuing education courses. These organizations often have a thorough understanding of construction licensing laws and regulations that affect construction continuing education, so they can be a valuable resource for helping you choose the best continuing education program. Many organizations also offer courses in their own facilities, as well as professional conferences where you can learn about new technologies and construction trends.

The most valuable resource for finding quality continuing education in your field is your coworkers, your boss or other professional peers. Ask the construction professionals you work with about their continuing education experiences. No one will fault you for wanting to further your career, and you can get valuable information about construction continuing education from people who have been through it.

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