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    • September 09, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • La Qunita Inn & Suites 825 N. Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 68
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    TREC Approved Course #41049
    8-hours Continuing Education

    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 10, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • La Quinta Inn & Suites - 825 N Watson Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011
    • 142
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    TREC Approved Course #42376

    Learn everything you need to know to get started. Drones have proven themselves to be a valuable tool for home inspectors. They provide a safe and effective method to gather high-definition imagery of roofs and other areas where damage can occur. This intensive Workshop will teach students how to safely and effectively maneuver their aircraft in order to gather and analyze the data necessary for a successful inspection.

    Guest Speaker Wayne Baker of 460-Ops
    Wayne Baker is a 24 year veteran of the fire service and is currently a full time Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator. Throughout his career he has consistently sought out new technology that can save the lives of the public as well as public safety personnel. Over the past three years he has operated UAS on numerous fires, rescues incidents, lost victim searches, and has assisted on law enforcement operations. He has also developed several training courses, as well as tactics and policies that will help departments utilize this new technology to enhance public safety. He also serves as a member of the North Central Texas Public Safety UAS Response Team (PSURT). Wayne Baker currently operates UAS under Public Safety COAs and is an FAA licensed UAS Remote Pilot. 

    Topics Covered:

    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations for commercial drones.
    • What to consider before you purchase your new drone.
    • Drone models and equipment
    • Drones and the weather, when to fly your drone and when not to
    • Step-by-step guide to registering your drone.
    • Drone safety guidelines and flight checklist.
    • Industry trends, forecasts, jobs and market projections
    • Learn to get the best shots. The use of aerial photography and taking the perfect picture depend on the angel and height of your drone.
    • Learn about other opportunities to earn money with your drone outside of home inspections.

    Drone Rules and FAA Regulations

    • The Basics of Part 107 Regulations
    • Registering Your Drone
    • Operation Limitations
    • FAA Compliance
    • Flying Visual Line-of-Sight

    National Airspace System (NAS)

    • Special Use Airspace
    • Class B – G Airspaces

    Reading Sectional Charts

    • What is a Sectional Chart
    • Latitude and Longitude
    • Airport and Radio Frequencies
    • Maximum Elevation Figures

    Airport Operations

    • Reading a Chart Supplement
    • Right-of-Way
    • Towered vs. Untowered Airports

    Weather and Micrometeorology

    • Clouds, Ceilings and Visibility
    • Moisture, Fog and Frost
    • Wind and Currents
    • Stable vs. Unstable Air

    Drone Flight Operations

    • Pre-Flight Checklist
    • Hazardous Flight Operations
    • Lost Link Procedures
    • Radio Communications
    • 5 Hazardous Attitudes

    Practice Tests, Cram Sheet & FAA Exam

    • Practice Tests
    • Test Day Checklist
    • Using IACRA to apply for your Remote Pilot Certificate


    • October 07, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites 1001 E McCarty Ln. San Marcos, TX 78666
    • 93
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    TREC Approved Course #41043


    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!!

    Don't Miss Out, Sign Up Today!

    Start Registration at: 7:00 am

    Time: 8 am - 5 pm

    • October 08, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites 1001 E McCarty Ln. San Marcos, TX 78666
    • 98
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    TREC Approved for 8 hours of continuing education.
    TREC Approved Course #42377

    According to recent industry report, 6,500 people have been injured from collapsing balconies and decks in the United States. The North America Deck and Rail Association (NADRA) estimate more than 60 million decks in the U.S. (50m residential and 10m commercial), it is estimated that 30 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.

    It is crucial for homeowners to have their decks inspected to verify the integrity of their deck to ensure user safety as well as help extend the deck’s life-span, improve appearance, and increase livability.
    Deck Construction Based on the 2021 International Residential Code® puts the provisions of the 2021 International Residential Code® (IRC®) that affect deck design and construction in the hands of the deck industry.

    It is the intent of this course to clearly present the code and establish an understanding of the baseline “minimum standards” such that code designs or designs not covered by prescriptive code are more easily identifiable.

    Topics Covered

    • Best Inspection Practices
    • Identify Minimum Prescriptive Wood Deck Requirements
    • Describe Deck Construction Including Wood Members and Fasteners
    • Deck Attachments to Existing Structures
    • Minimum Fasteners Requirements
    • Prohibited Ledger Attachments
    • Stair, Guard and Rail Requirements
    • Importance of Identifying Wood Rot and Rusted Steel Failure.
    • International Residential Code Requirements
    • North American Deck and Railing Association, Inc. (NADRA)
    • Deck Safety Academy (DSA)
    • American Wood Council

    Here are some interesting facts about deck failure:

    • More decks collapse in the summer than during the rest of the year combined.
    • Almost every deck collapse occurred while the decks were occupied or under a heavy snow load.
    • There is no correlation between deck failure and whether the deck was built with or without a building permit.
    • There is no correlation between deck failure and whether the deck was built by a homeowner or a professional contractor.
    • There is a slight correlation between deck failure and the age of the deck.
    • About 90% of deck collapses occurred because of the separation of the house and the deck ledger board, allowing the deck to swing away from the house. It is very rare for deck floor joists to break mid-span.
    • Many more injuries are the result of rail failure, rather than complete deck collapse.
    • Deck stairs are notorious for lacking graspable handrails.
    • Many do-it-yourself homeowners, and even contractors, don't believe that rail infill spacing codes apply to decks.

    REGISTER TODAY!

    Registration starts at 7 am the day of the course.

    Class starts at 8 am.

    • December 09, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • LaQunita Inn & Suites 825 N Watson Rd. Arlington, TX 76011
    • 99
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    New September 2021 - 2023
    Texas Standards of Practice / Legal / Ethics Update

    Satisfies TREC Mandatory Continuing Education
    TREC Approved #41541

    RETS is offering the 2021 NEWLY UPDATED Training Program on the Mandated Continuing Education Course "Inspector Legal & Ethics and SOP Review Course".
    Students Course Manual - "Click Here"

    This course will cover all of the changes to the SOP's and Report Form REI 7-6 that go into affect February 1, 2022. "More Details TREC Website."

    This TREC Approved 8 hour CE 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 courses requires a TREC mandatory written exam at the conclusion of each segment that will be covered and reviewed in class. 

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

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

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

    Registration starts at 7 am the day of the course. 
    Class starts at 8 am. 

    • December 09, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 10, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • LaQunita Inn & Suites 825 N Watson Rd. Arlington, TX 76011
    • 147
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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 #39964

    Inspections For Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems TREC Course #39907


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