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    • March 29, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn 105 Bintu Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666
    • 43
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    "Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update"
    Satisfies Mandatory Continuing Education Course #32804 / 32805

    RETS is offering a NEWLY UPDATED Training Program on the Mandated Continuing Education Course "Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update".

    This TREC Approved 8 hour course covers and meets the Update requirements and will count towards the 32-hour continuing education requirements needed to renew your license every two years. This two separate 4 hour courses will require a TREC mandatory written exam at the conclusion of each segment.

    The goal of the Update course is to increase Inspectors knowledge of changes to the Standards of Practice, legal issues and continue challenging Inspectors to maintain high ethical standards.

    TREC will not renew your license unless you provide a certificate of completion for this Mandated Texas SoP / Legal / Ethics Update course.

    Don't get caught in the dark when renewing your license.

    • March 29, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • March 30, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn 105 Bintu Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666
    • 57
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    NAWT Training Programs  

    In 1985, the National Association of Wastewater Technicians, Inc. (NAWT), became the national voice of the wastewater industry. NAWT’s goal is to serve as a communication and education conduit for the industry and, through its members, provide diverse wastewater services that maintain a healthful environment.

    Basic and Inspector Training  

    NAWT has created a successful national certification program for individual sewage treatment system inspection that uses five USEPA-proposed management levels as the basis for inspecting onsite wastewater treatment systems. Over the past four years, NAWT has trained and examined over 2,000 inspectors. Over 1,100 inspectors are registered on the NAWT website. 

    On the first day of the two-day inspection course the basics of sewage treatment and system types is covered using a troubleshooting perspective. The second day goes through a step-by-step procedure to conduct a system inspection. 

    NAWT Inspectors:

    locate and identify all parts of the onsite treatment system

    assess the condition and operation of each part and determine whether it must be corrected

    complete 8 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain their certification

    Contact information for inspectors who have passed the certification exam will be listed on the NAWT website.

    RENEWALS: 

    As a requirement for recertification you need to earn eight (8) hours of continuing education credits every two (2) years.  These can be obtained by participating in day one of the NAWT Inspector two-day training.   

    Of course, if you are trying to become current after the two year period has lapsed for more than one year, you will be required to complete the full two-day training program. 

    Included in one day of NAWT training is one year of the annual Certification Registration Fee while the two days of NAWT training includes two years of the annual Certification Registration Fee.

    Attention Home Inspectors!

    This course is approved for 16 hours or 8 hours of TREC CE.

    Introduction To Wastewater Treatment Systems TREC Course #31396

    Inspections For Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems TREC Course #31397 


    • May 10, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express 201 Hwy 287 N Mansfield, Texas 76063
    • 90
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    TREC Approved for 8 hours of continuing education.

    Course #36073

    The course INCLUDES ON SITE FIELD EXPERIENCE!

    Pool & Spa inspections are a potential source of revenue, most inspection companies charge additional fees ($75 to $150) for these inspections to compensate for the time and knowledge required.

    We will help to demystify the world of Pools & Spas during this course. From breaking ground on a new pool, to inspecting a 20 year old pool. If you are just getting into the inspection industry or need a refresher class on the newest changes in the pool industry standards, this class is for you.

    You will spend 4-hours in the classroom and 4-hours in the field. We have arranged to visit 3 houses with swimming pools of varying ages in a nearby residential area.


    Topics to be Covered:

    • REPORT WRITING!
    • ON SITE FIELD EXPERIENCE!
    • Construction
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical equipment
    • Heaters
    • Decks
    • Slides and Diving Boards
    • Safety Barriers
    • IRC Codes
    • TREC Standards

    REGISTER TODAY!

    • May 11, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express 201 Hwy 287 N Mansfield, Texas 76063
    • 98
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    TREC Approved CE Course #36075

    This seminar is specifically targeted at building envelopes with special attention to Hard Coat and EIFS Stucco.

    The purpose of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of exterior wall finishes that serve as part of the building envelope system. The presentation will cover Manufacturer Installation Requirements, the International Residential Code, and the International Energy Conservation Code.


    This presentation is designed to help the new or seasoned inspector learn more about installation and evaluation of the structures exterior cladding (exterior surface finishing). This presentation will cover the proper installation procedures for wood, fiber cement, Masonite / manufactured particle, plywood, brick, stone, stucco and EIFS cladding.


    This presentation will also cover defect recognition for common and not so comment defects related to poor installation, aging, mechanical defects, manufacturers defects, etc.

    This presentation will dedicate 4-hours to an in-depth coverage on Hard Coat Stucco and EIFS. You will learn how to property identify the difference between hard coat stucco and EIFS. We will take you from new installation all the way to defect recognition of an older stucco system.


    Topic to be Discussed

    • Code Requirements
      • Water Resistive Barriers
      • Clearances
      • Installation
      • Flashing Details
      • Expansion Joints
      • Weep Holes
    • Wood Sidings
    • Masonite (Manufactured Partial)
    • Wood siding (Horizontal and Vertical)
    • Plywood
    • Fiber Cement (Hardie)
    • Masonry veneers
    • Stucco
    • EIFS – Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems

    REGISTER TODAY!

    • June 21, 2019
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • June 22, 2019
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Hilton Garden Inn North Houston/Spring - 23535 Northgate Crossing Blvd. Spring, TX 77373
    • 144
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    TREC Approved Course #30445, #30446

    RETS - Real Estate Training Systems is offering one of the best New Construction PHASE Inspection courses on the market today!

    This course is designed for anyone wishing to get started in the Phase Inspection Industry or improve your understanding of the components and systems of a residential structure. You will learn the basics of the building process from blue print review, pre-pour foundation inspections and final rough-in inspections, as well as gain a fuller understanding of the Codes and How To Apply Them.

    There is no better time than now to start offering Phase Inspections as one of your inspection services.

    Learning Objectives Covered:

    • Use of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and Selected Code Interpretations
    • Engineered Plans Review
    • Pre-Pour Foundation inspection
    • Pre-Drywall Frame Inspection
    • Pre-Drywall Rough-in Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing Inspections
    • Inspection of the Delivery System
    • Understanding the Building Process
    • Report Writing
    • Increase your Revenue with New Construction Inspections
    • Increase your Construction Knowledge and Reduce your Liability
    • Become a more Competent Inspector
    • Prepare yourself to become Code Certified by the International Code Council

    In today's competitive market home inspectors have to stand out to be sought out.

    Why Take This Course

    This course is, without a doubt, the single best resource to quickly start inspecting New Structures, at any phase, while providing a solid basis from which you can build on your knowledge base.

    We have distilled the IRC (International Residential Code) down to the meat and bones, and then we shed light on how certain code violations and other gray areas are handled by an experienced inspector.

    It's true, you can find all this code material in other reference books, but what you get here, in this course, is a first-hand inspector's account on how to actually think through an inspection. You're going to learn what to look for and how to report on what you're seeing.

    This is a must-have course on how to get started in phased home inspections with all of the basics covered and enough advanced concepts covered, to give you confidence when discussing defects with your client and/or the site supervisor.

    This Phase Inspections Course provides you with the knowledge to limit your liability by covering contract issues such as plan review. Mainly, why we don't do it and if we do, what to specifically look for and why.

    Your investment for all of this is just $400 which will more than pay for itself with just a couple of inspections, not to mention all the office doors that will be opened to you for your New Construction office presentations.

    COURSE BONUSES

    Bonus #1: New Construction Sample Reports. So you can see for yourself how to create a Phase inspection report like a true pro who's been doing them for years-Value of seeing what a good report looks like. Priceless!

    Bonus #2: A Photo Folder with Hundreds of images including connector and framing diagrams so you can follow along with compelling visual aids. Value: $197.00

    Bonus #3: A Resource Folder containing the course curriculum and several manufactures installation manuals and installation guidelines. -this is equivalent to a class-in-a-box! Priceless!

    Bonus #4: A set of 12 INSPECTION CHECKLISTS, with Code references, that breaks down the Code Book into the different phase inspections that you will perform. (Pre-pour, Frame, Rough-in Plumbing & Mechanical, and Finals).

    You will perform a thorough inspection if you follow the Inspection Checklists. These checklists are invaluable to New Inspectors and Veteran Inspectors alike. Value: $67.00

    REGISTER TODAY!!


    • August 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • La Quinta Inn & Suites 825 N. Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 150
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    TREC Approved Course #36076


    This Advanced and Comprehensive 8 hour course is designed to deliver diverse and comprehensive information related to residential HVAC systems. .

    Topics to be covered:

    • New TREC Standards of Practice as related to the HVAC System
    • Comparing the SoP's to the IRC Codes for HVAC installation requirements
    • Understanding Code and Manufacture Requirements
    • Heating Equipment (Gas & Electric) Equipment
    • Cooling Equipment
    • Heat Pumps
    • Proper Cooling Temperature Measurement
    • Duct System
    • Learn how to find the Age, Size and SEER rating through the Serial and Model Numbers
    • Inspection Techniques and Inspection Shortcuts
    • Report Writing "Documenting your Findings"
    • and much, much more!!
    • August 03, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • La Qunita Inn & Suites 825 N. Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 149
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    TREC Approved Course #36077

    This course is intended to educate the TREC Licensed Inspector on the proper approach for evaluating the performance of a structures foundation and to make an educated decision when to refer a professional engineer.

    The purpose of this course is to communicate the proper protocol for a TREC Licensed Inspector to take an interview with the client, record field notes, pictures and perform an elevation survey so a Home Inspector can make a determination on the “levelness” and performance of the foundation – both slab-on-ground and pier and beam.

    Wither you use an elevation measuring tool or not, this course is loaded with useful information that will help you make an educated dissension on foundation performance.

    Topics to be covered:

    • The purpose of this course is to communicate the proper protocol for a TREC licensed Professional Real Estate Inspector to take an interview with the client, record field notes, pictures and perform an elevation survey so a Home Inspector can make a determination on the “levelness” and performance of the foundation – both slab and pier and beam.
    • Introduction to the Standard Protocol of the American Society of Professional Engineers (ASCE) on the investigation of Foundation Performance including L/360 and 1% tilt.
    • Procedure for taking field notes: This includes, interview with the client, taking the required pictures, taking an elevation survey (including CAD) and delivering the information to the engineer.
    • Introduction on Deflection and Tilt Analysis to determine the criteria of foundation performance.
    • Pier and Beam inspections including critical factors such as drainage, ventilation, component performance, structural load path from attic to foundation.
    • Technical Discussion on Taking an Elevation Survey using a Zip-Level 2000.
    • Pictures and Examples of various types of cracking and what they indicate: vertical, horizontal and diagonal.

    Course Instructor: Michael D. Gandy, P.E. , Professional Engineer

    • Principal owner and managing member of Lighthouse Engineering, LLC
    • Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas - P.E. MEC #95672 (06/02/2005)
    • Licensed Professional Real Estate Inspector - TREC #8720 (10/01/2005 - inactive)
    • International Code Council Certified (Residential Combination) - ICC #8012008
    • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1998
    • Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas Arlington, 2004
    • Performed as engineer-on-record for over 15,000 inspections since 01/2006
    • http://lighthouseeng.com
    • Design repair plans and forensic analysis for slab foundations, pier and beam foundations, retaining walls, attic structures, load bearing headers and columns for both residential and commercial properties.
    • Private Pilot’s License
    • Secret Level Government Security Clearance (expired)


    • September 13, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • La Qunita Inn & Suites 825 N. Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 50
    Register

    "Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update"
    Satisfies Mandatory Continuing Education Course #32804 / 32805

    RETS is offering a NEWLY UPDATED Training Program on the Mandated Continuing Education Course "Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update".

    This TREC Approved 8 hour course covers and meets the Update requirements and will count towards the 32-hour continuing education requirements needed to renew your license every two years. This two separate 4 hour courses will require a TREC mandatory written exam at the conclusion of each segment.

    The goal of the Update course is to increase Inspectors knowledge of changes to the Standards of Practice, legal issues and continue challenging Inspectors to maintain high ethical standards.

    TREC will not renew your license unless you provide a certificate of completion for this Mandated Texas SoP / Legal / Ethics Update course.

    Don't get caught in the dark when renewing your license.

    • September 13, 2019
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • September 14, 2019
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • La Quinta Inn & Suites 825 N Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 100
    Register

    NAWT Training Programs  

    In 1985, the National Association of Wastewater Technicians, Inc. (NAWT), became the national voice of the wastewater industry. NAWT’s goal is to serve as a communication and education conduit for the industry and, through its members, provide diverse wastewater services that maintain a healthful environment.

    Basic and Inspector Training  

    NAWT has created a successful national certification program for individual sewage treatment system inspection that uses five USEPA-proposed management levels as the basis for inspecting onsite wastewater treatment systems. Over the past four years, NAWT has trained and examined over 2,000 inspectors. Over 1,100 inspectors are registered on the NAWT website. 

    On the first day of the two-day inspection course the basics of sewage treatment and system types is covered using a troubleshooting perspective. The second day goes through a step-by-step procedure to conduct a system inspection. 

    NAWT Inspectors:

    locate and identify all parts of the onsite treatment system

    assess the condition and operation of each part and determine whether it must be corrected

    complete 8 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain their certification

    Contact information for inspectors who have passed the certification exam will be listed on the NAWT website.

    RENEWALS: 

    As a requirement for recertification you need to earn eight (8) hours of continuing education credits every two (2) years.  These can be obtained by participating in day one of the NAWT Inspector two-day training.   

    Of course, if you are trying to become current after the two year period has lapsed for more than one year, you will be required to complete the full two-day training program. 

    Included in one day of NAWT training is one year of the annual Certification Registration Fee while the two days of NAWT training includes two years of the annual Certification Registration Fee.

    Attention Home Inspectors!

    This course is approved for 16 hours or 8 hours of TREC CE.

    Introduction To Wastewater Treatment Systems TREC Course #35117

    Inspections For Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems TREC Course #35116


    • October 25, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • La Qunita Inn & Suites 825 N. Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 148
    Register

    Course #36078

    How many calls have you received for Commercial Inspections but have just turned them down or have referred them to others?


    STOP turning away work and START performing these inspections for yourself. This course will help you gain the necessary knowledge to broaden your inspection portfolio. The course covers a wide variety of material including technical topics, business issues, the scope of work, fee quoting, proposal and report writing, cost estimating and risk management.


    The goal of the Commercial Building Inspection Course (CBIC) is:

    1. To help experienced home inspectors expand their business to include commercial building inspections.
    2. To assist all in understanding the scope of work for performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA), in accordance with the ASTM Standard E2018-08.


    Course Topics:

    • Business Issues
    • Consultants-The TEAM
    • Scope of Work
    • Specialty Inspection Areas
    • Risk Management
    • Report Writing
    • Cost Estimating
    • Proposals and Contracts
    • Quoting Fees

    REGISTER TODAY!


    • October 26, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • La Qunita Inn & Suites 825 N. Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 149
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    Course #36079

    Have you been thinking about adding thermal imaging to your list of ancillary services to provide your clients?

    This one day introduction course is intended to give you the basic knowledge necessary to perform IR investigations of single or multifamily dwellings to identify envelope, moisture, electrical and mechanical issues. This course covers IR camera operation, and basic report generation, fundamentals of IR science and heat transfer principles. Your instructor will cover inspection techniques, tips and tricks, standards and application examples as well as pitfalls to avoid.


    One of the aims is to prepare you to be successful with making measurements and to help you understand the capabilities and limitations of infrared thermography tools and knowledge. The course covers basic heat transfer theory and the theory of application of infrared thermography investigations of building envelopes, insulation, roofs, electrical systems, HVAC systems and moisture intrusion.


    A residential IR investigation survey can identify thermal anomalies that indicate missing insulation and insulation defects due to damage, moisture and improper installation. The IR survey can also provide indication of moisture or wetness as well as air infiltration and exfiltration. IR can easily help you identify overheating receptacles, breakers, electrical connections and aluminum devices during your general home inspection.


    You do not have to currently own an infrared camera to attend this course!


    Course Objectives

    • Set up and operate your infrared camera and accessories
    • Covers critical camera parameters such as emissivity, reflected ambient and distance to target
    • To develop an awareness of the broad range of potential uses of Infrared Imaging
    • Follow written inspection procedures
    • Record quality thermographic data
    • Make basic temperature measurements
    • List environmental influences, constraints, and industry standards
    • Recognize favorable conditions
    • Diagnose temperature patterns
    • Generate a report

    Register Today!


    • November 15, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Holiday Inn 105 Bintu Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666
    • 149
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    TREC Approved Course #29281

    This Electrical Inspection Course will walk you through the electrical system from the Service Entrance to the Electrical Outlet.

    Topics to be covered:

    • NEW IRC and NEC Requirements
    • NEW Standards of Practice as related to the Electrical System
    • CSST and Bonding / Grounding
    • Older Homes vs. New Construction
    • New NEC Arc-fault Circuit-interrupter (AFCI) Requirements
    • New NEC Ground-fault Circuit-interrupter (GFCI) Requirements
    • Grounding & Bonding
    • Testing Techniques
    • Shortcuts
    • Inspection Techniques
    • Report Writing
    • and much, much more!!

    This is one electrical class you do not want to miss.

    • November 16, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Holiday Inn 105 Bintu Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666
    • 50
    Register

    "Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update"
    Satisfies Mandatory Continuing Education Course #32804 / 32805

    RETS is offering a NEWLY UPDATED Training Program on the Mandated Continuing Education Course "Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update".

    For the SoP portion of the the course we will have an in-depth overage of Sprinkler Systems. 

    This TREC Approved 8 hour course covers and meets the Update requirements and will count towards the 32-hour continuing education requirements needed to renew your license every two years. This two separate 4 hour courses will require a TREC mandatory written exam at the conclusion of each segment.

    The goal of the Update course is to increase Inspectors knowledge of changes to the Standards of Practice, legal issues and continue challenging Inspectors to maintain high ethical standards.

    TREC will not renew your license unless you provide a certificate of completion for this Mandated Texas SoP / Legal / Ethics Update course.

    Don't get caught in the dark when renewing your license.

    • November 16, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Holiday Inn 105 Bintu Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666
    • 98
    Register

    TREC Approved Course #36080

    Are you spending WAY too much time writing your report after performing an inspection

    I have heard of inspectors spending 1- to 3- and even 4-hours putting their findings into a written format. Staying up until midnight or getting up at 4 am to finish a report just to go out and do it all over again.

    If you would like part of your life back, spend less time writing reports, and have more time doing whatever it is you like to do; then this is the course for you.

    The course is designed to help you learn how to use technology in report writing. You can write the report at the inspection site or at home, this technology will even let you write your report while you are walking around performing your inspection.

    Report Writing with Whisper Computer Solutions

    Two Tracks: 8 hour Beginners / Intermediate Levels Taught by Brian Murphy & Don Stafford 8 hour Advanced Level Taught By Larry White

    The class will take you through the WhisperReporter Program, from the basics to its more advanced features. It will teach you how to create professional looking inspection reports while showing you at the same time how to save time doing so.

    If you are not a Whisper software user, "NO WORRIES"; before or during class, you can download the WhisperReporter program and use it for free and an additional 14-days after class without any obligation to purchase "AND" you still receive 8 hours of TREC approved Continuing Education Credit.

    NO SOFTWARE PURCHASE IS REQUIRED to recieve your CE credit!

    The following topic areas will be covered in the class:

    • Installation
    • Setup
    • Introduction
    • Creating a report
    • Printing a report
    • Creating a PDF
    • Data Manager
    • Backups
    • Restore
    • Archive
    • Export
    • Merge
    • Working with Images
    • Using Whisper's ImageEditLite
    • Rapid Remarks
    • Picklists
    • Cloaked Text
    • Tables (w/ Formulas)
    • Linked Text
    • Auto Summary
    • ISN Integration
    • Report Designer
    • Creating Templates
    • Room by Room Templates
    • Form Style Templates (WDI)


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