Last Friday I spent the entire day at a contractor licensing class…..a long day of sitting. The class was held in Northfield at the American Legion which made it very easy for me to attend the class. In other years I have driven to Minneapolis to take the required 7.5 hours of required courses.
This year John Brookins, the Building Official in Northfield, talked with Steve Schmidt and me about the city hosting a class. We encouraged John to try the idea, feeling that many area builders would come to Northfield to obtain their classtime credits. We were right, with nearly 80 people registering for the class. Two instructors from the State of Minnesota conducted the class. It was a thorough review of requirements for the new International Residentail Code that we are all dealing with.
I was a proponent of contractor licensing in Minnesota for many years before licensing was required. I firmly believe it brings a higher degree of professionalism to the industry and gives consumers an extra level of protection. Every year when I attend a builder’s licensing class I learn new things and come away pleased that I spent the day “in school” learning about important construction issues. After some initial grumbling about licenising I believe all builders now appreciate the effort that goes into licensing.