Training Provider: LeadSMART (41) Dates: TH Oct 17, TU Oct 22 from 8:30am to 3:30pm  -  Select a different date

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You must bring your MA CSL to class to earn your 12 continuing education credits (Workplace Safety - 2 hours, Business Practice - 4 hours, Lead Safety - 2 hours, Energy - 2 hours, Code Review - 2 hours)

Why should you attend this workshop?

The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) has approved continuing education requirements for licensed construction supervisors in the state of Massachusetts. Licensees who renew a license or are issued a first-time license on or after July 1, 2011 shall be expected to fully comply with education requirements following a full two-year cycle. A qualifying Construction Supervisor licensee must provide proof of completion of required hours in the appropriate category in which the licensee is licensed (Restricted, Unrestricted or Specialty).


What if my license has expired? Is there a grace period to renew my CSL?  

If a contractor's license has expired or will expire before an individual completes their Continuing Education (CE) hours, they have 1 year to fulfill the CE hours (without having to retake the test), but can't operate with a license until those CE requirements are met. If you have specific questions about your renewal period, please contact the Mass Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) at:  (617) 727-3200


How many hours of Continuing Education do I need as a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor? Different licenses require different amounts of Continuing Education:

  • Unrestricted Licensees Need 12 Hours Every Two (2) Years
  • Restricted Licensees Need 10 Hours Every Two (2) Years
  • Specialty Contractors (Masonry, Roofing, Windows/Siding, Demolition, Insulation) Need Six (6) Hours Every Two (2) Years


Does this seminar package fulfill my 12-Hour Continuing Education requirement for unrestricted license holders or the 10-Hour requirement for restricted license holders?

Yes! You will receive a certificate of completion for your continuing education course package that you can send in with your license renewal. 


What classes do you offer for your MA Construction Supervisor License (CSL) Continuing Education Package?  The 12-Hour Package consists of six, 2-hour sessions over two (2) days that fulfill the necessary requirements for Code Review, Energy, Building Practices, Safety Practices, Lead Safety and an Elective (please see the syllabus for more details on each individual session): 


DAY 1:

  • Employee Relationships in Building/Remodeling Firms
  • Workplace Safety: Ladders, Nail Guns, and Hand Tools
  • Lead-Safe Work Practices on the Construction Job Site


DAY 2:

  • Project Management for Residential Construction and Remodeling
  • Massachusetts Code Review
  • Weatherizing Your Kitchen and Bathroom Projects

DAY 1:

I.  Employee Relationships in Building/Remodeling Firms

This two-hour session addresses human resources considerations for building/remodeling firms. It will cover the employee relationship and important considerations when dealing with workers. The overview explains the importance of each of the considerations, procedures, and policies, and the downside—and risks—of not adequately addressing each. This will include the standard, expected components such as written policies, safety training, and job reviews. It will also cover the more complex and equally vital legal requirements, bookkeeping procedures, as well as the importance of defined job roles and accurate "time cards."  The session also addresses workers comp insurance requirements, along with an explanation of employee roles, and when it is acceptable (and when not) to treat workers as independent contractors.

Topics To Be Covered Include:  

  • Introduction and Session Objectives
  • Legal Definitions 
  • Job Risks and Insurance Considerations
  • Implementation
  • HR and Company Policies
  • Licenses, Legal Requirements and Procedures
  • Bookkeeping Procedures
  • Orientation
  • Company Staff Introduction
  • Company Policy Review
  • Training 
  • Evaluations
  • Performance and Financial Reviews


II. Workplace Safety: Ladders, Nail Guns, and Hand Tools

This workplace safety session focuses on the use of basic tools that many tradesmen handle on a daily basis. The training goal is two fold:

  1. To make users aware of hazards currently encountered on a typical jobsite, and
  2. To emphasize and clarify the requirement for proper use and training

The session begins with a detailed look at ladders. Types, ratings, material, usage, inspections and training are discussed in detail. A ladder inspection form is provided to guide students to employ a JOB SITE SAFETY PROCEDURES MANUAL for their field use.

The second half of this session deals with commonly-used hand tools, touching upon several categories ranging from non-powered, powered, pneumatic (nail guns), powder actuated and jacks. This section introduces the attendee to a wide range of topics dealing with hazard recognition, PPE requirements, basic safety tips and training.

Topics To Be Covered Include:

  • Introduction to Ladder Safety
  • Types of Ladders and Ladder Selection
  • Best Practices, Hazard Recognition and Hazard Controls
  • Ladder Maintenance and Ladder Inspection
  • Competent Person and Supervisor Obligations
  • Introduction to Power Tools
  • Nail Guns Injury Stats 
  • Nail Gun Trigger Types and PPE
  • OSHA Violations and Injury
  • Nail Gun Safety
  • Hand Tools - Powered and Non-Powered 
  • Pneumatic Tools 
  • Guarding


III. Lead-Safe Work Practices on the Construction Job Site

This two-hour session is designed to give builders, remodelers, painters, and other construction contractors a vital overview of lead and safe procedures to have in place when working in the presence of this poisonous material.

Topics To Be Covered Include:

  • The History of Lead and How It Affects Ss
  • Safe Work Practices When Lead Is Present
  • Protecting Yourself While Working
  • The concept of CCP:  "Control, Clean, and Protect"
  • Dust Containment
  • Cleaning Your Site and Yourself


DAY 2:

I. Project Management for Residential Construction and Remodeling

This two-hour session is designed to give builders and remodelers a vital, fundamental overview of project management with a focus on the two most important outcomes: profitability for the contractor and satisfaction by the customer. We will stress the crucial importance of those two concepts to a successful, sustainable business, and will walk through the key operations one must employ to achieve this success. From proper planning to having systems in place to manage the fixed and anticipated details, a smoothly-run, carefully planned project is a profitable one, and also should deliver on the expectations of the client. The course will give a summary of essential project management components, including preparation and estimating, production, administration, and client hand-off.

Topics To Be Covered Include: 

  • Introduction and Session Objectives  
  • Preparation 
  • Construction Documents
  • Estimate and Schedule
  • Permits and Resources
  • Pre-Construction Meeting
  • Production
  • Job-Site Setup
  • Execution and Supervision
  • Safety Standards
  • Project Administration
  • Client and Sub/Vendor Meetings 
  • Site Meetings and Inspectional Requests
  • Project Completion
  • Cleanup and Inspections
  • Punch Lists and Client Hand-off


II. Massachusetts Residential Code Review for CSLs

Staying up to date, navigating, and understanding the code is of paramount importance to Construction Supervisor License holders. The 8th Edition is now the code of record in Massachusetts. Did you know it is made up of the 2009 International Residential Code and separate MA amendments?  And what are the reference codes to be aware of? This two-hour session provides an overview of the current code format and ways to navigate the component pieces, and goes into the "Building Planning" sections of the 8th edition (Chapter 3), with an introduction to key code standards for various home elements, applicable to both new construction and remodeling projects. 

Topics To Be Covered Include:  

  • How to Use the Code Books
  • IRC and IECC 2009
  • MA State Building Code 780 CMR 51.00 - 8th Edition
  • MA Sheet Metal Regulations
  • MA Specialty Trades
  • Fire Code/Local Fire Offical
  • Chapter 1 - Scope and Administration 
  • Building Official Duties 
  • Authority and Permits 
  • Construction Documents and Inspections 
  • Chapter 3 - Building Planning 
  • Fire Resistant Construction
  • Light, Ventilation & Heating
  • Room Sizing
  • Sanitation - Toilet, Bath and Showers
  • Garage & Carports
  • Emergency Escapes and Means of Egress
  • Fire Sprinklers, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Foam Plastics and Protection of Wood Decay
  • Flood Resistant Construction
  • Licensing of Construction Supervisors 


III. Weatherizing Your Kitchen and Bathroom Projects

This session will identify and explore the areas of a typical kitchen or bath project that today"s remodelers and builders must take into consideration regarding energy preservation/conservation, from design considerations to insulation and ducting. Material selections and installation practices are discussed, taking into account the various code regulations that might alter how you approach your project.

Topics To Be Covered Include: 

  • Introduction to the Healthy Homes Concept 
  • Design Considerations
  • Room Components 
  • Code Applications
  • Installation Methods and Materials 





Certificates issued 1-3 days after course completion
Catering, if any No food or beverages provided

Below are the most recent reviews for LeadSMART, the trainer for this course.

Average Rating: (4.8 out of 5 stars - 41 student reviews)

   By Matthew B. - Attended class on November 9, 2015

For dry material it is pretty entertaining

   By Stephen M. - Attended class on July 31, 2015

The instructors were very knowledgeable and really easy to listen to.

   By Mark M. - Attended class on July 21, 2015

Instructor was very knowledgeable. He helped make a dry subject more interesting.

   By Albert D. - Attended class on June 23, 2015

The instructors did a great Job teaching the courses but one thing that would be good if they had separate courses for commercial building and 1 and 2 family

   By John B. - Attended class on April 6, 2015

Peter did a good job of presenting relevant material that keeps me update to many of the issues that arise.Thanks.

   By Peter H. - Attended class on March 16, 2015

Peter is very knowledgeable in lead safe as well as many other fields in construction .

   By michael h. - Attended class on March 16, 2015

Peter was very informative,easy to follow and knowledgable.he seems to have a nack for talking and entertaining.a very good experience. I will look to his company for further education.
Thank you.

   By Todd C. - Attended class on March 16, 2015

Good up to date info. Good real life, actual job site naration. Will be call again to renew.

   By Richard H. - Attended class on January 12, 2015

All aspects of this one day training were excellent. The facilities, the instructor, the material covered, the food....alll exceeded my expectations. I will have no hesitations in the future to sign up for more continuing education courses pertinent to the Mass. Building Code.

   By James M. - Attended class on January 12, 2015

The instructor is very informative.Keeps the class interesting.It didn't drag like other classes I've taken.Great speaker.

   By Ross G. - Attended class on January 12, 2015

Interesting and well paced. Great instructor

   By Brian P B. - Attended class on October 24, 2014


   By Robert A. - Attended class on October 15, 2014

All segments discussed had very good and practical examples that keep the class interesting and engaging for the participants.

   By ROBERT S. - Attended class on October 15, 2014

It was a great course. Very informative. Learned a lot and helped renew thing I may have forgotten. Peter was an excellent instructor keeps things moving and gelled classes interest. His hands on experience was a true bonus.

   By Sam M. - Attended class on September 9, 2014

Great instructor with real work experience running a business in my industry. Trained trainers only have so much utility. Those thy have actually lived the work are always the best trainers.

   By Peter T. - Attended class on February 26, 2014

Peter was awesome... class was very well done.. room was to cold . Food was good

   By Jason R. - Attended class on February 21, 2014

The instructor was very knowledgeable and made the class very interesting. He was also someone that has been in the field, so it wasn't like you were listing to some that has been sitting behind a desk.

   By Stephen L. - Attended class on February 21, 2014

It was great to have an instructor that we could relate to. He was in the business and made all the mistakes that we have made. For once I was at attention the whole time.

   By David M. - Attended class on February 4, 2014

Really learned alot.

   By Phillip P. - Attended class on January 7, 2014

He was an excellent instructor and kept your interest and explained the topic clearly. A tribute to your program.

Thank you

   By Richards P. - Attended class on January 7, 2014

Peter does a great job, I wish I had more time to sit in more of his classes

   By NICOLAS D. - Attended class on October 24, 2013

very helpful

   By Robert P. - Attended class on October 24, 2013

peter was great keep things moving along and made them interesting very helpful that he has real work experience in the trades

   By Darryl G. - Attended class on October 24, 2013

The class was informative. Pete was knowledgeable and explained questions thoroughly. I will definitely use this training service in the future.

   By Steven D. - Attended class on October 17, 2013

Peter was a great instructor! His knowledge and delivery kept everyone awake for the entire 12 hours!! He incorporated humor and personal history on every topic. The only thing that was better then the instructor was the food LOL!

   By Michael B. - Attended class on October 17, 2013

Instructor was great, very knowledgeable, good to have an instructor with real life experience

   By David G. - Attended class on October 2, 2013

After over 25 years of having a license, I felt it was going to be just an exercise in meeting my requirements to maintain a license. I quickly realized I had been missing something all these years, that this program definately offered. A change in thinking, how to motivate, engage and care for employees and yes your customers. In addition, the benefits that can be derived from using all the standards as a selling point. The instructor, engaged and clearly understood what many in the class went thru in their daily businesses. His knowledge base came from many years having done the same mistakes we all make. I would highly recommend this program and this instructor and no contractor could leave with out intending to make significant improvements in their own operations.

   By scott t. - Attended class on October 2, 2013

The course was very informative.I will put to use some of the practices talked about in this course.Peter was very energetic and had a lot of great first hand knowledge to share with us .It was more than i expected. Thanks ,Scott

   By Randy L. - Attended class on October 2, 2013


   By Paul M. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Our instructor was just great and extremely knowledgeable and personable.

I highly recommend our instructor !!!

   By Tommy H. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Peter was very clear in his delivery. He kept his presentation very interesting throughout it's entirety. i look forward to my continuing education in the future, with him being involved

   By Paul A. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Peter certainly knows his stuff. Splitting it into 2 days was very helpful.

   By gerard c. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Really really good.

   By Chris R. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Peter was a very good instructor. You could tell he loved to teach and he was very knowledgable of all the material. Nice to have a person who has actually "been there" giving you insight and instruction. It wasn't a chore to go to these classes, you learned something useful all the time. Would definitely do it again with him.

   By Paula M. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Instructor is excellent at presenting great course content. Never a dull moment!

   By John E. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Pete is a great instructor, keeps you interested in the class. I would sit in any class that he teaches.

   By Carl C. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

Well worth it, great all round knowledge, entertaining yet extremely informative.

   By Jeff M. - Attended class on September 11, 2013

instructor was educated in the field and was a great speak

   By Stephen L. - Attended class on July 11, 2013

It was well done

   By Christopher R. - Attended class on July 11, 2013

Peter Lawton is very knowledgeable and knows how to deliver his knowledge to the students while keeping the students interested at all times. The course was very informative. I will recommend Peter and LeadSmart to anyone who is interested in taking this course.

   By Stephen l. - Attended class on July 11, 2013

very helpful great food all around good day

12 Continuing Education Units for the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS)

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Location, Date, & Time

Worcester Lodge of Elks (leadSMART)
233 Mill Street
Worcester, MA 01602

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
(from 8:30am - 3:30pm)

About The Training Provider

LeadSMART Training is different. We're contractors training contractors for EPA certification in Lead-Safe Renovating. We are renovators, remodelers, painters...we've been in the field, on the job and know how important this stuff is to protect yourself, your family, your customers and your business. We've been using these techniques on our own jobs for ten years. We can show you how to work this law on your sites without losing everything you have worked so hard for. A speck of lead dust smaller than your small finger nail can poison a child... your child!

Contact us with any questions, we are glad to help!