Two bills that would change the contractor education requirements made progress at the Capitol last week.
HF 2281 and SF 2182 would change the contractor education requirements in that one of the currently required fourteen hours would need to focus on business management. This would be similar in nature to the required one hour of continuing education relating to energy codes or energy conservation.
Tom Gavaras, Education and Special Programs Manager, testified in favor of each bill during committee hearings.
“There are many financial management strategy courses that can take place: Understanding Financial Statements, Establishing and Tracking a Budget, Payments to Subcontractors, Measuring and Improving Efficiency, Aligning Performance Measures with Business Strategy and more,” Gavaras stated in testimony before the Senate Jobs Committee.
“Housing First Minnesota has long believed business management training would be beneficial to contractors, their customers and the housing industry.”
If signed into law, Housing First Minnesota would work with the Department of Labor and Industry to properly certify courses offered by Contractor University.
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As Housing First Minnesota's Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, Mark Foster, is your contact for grassroots political, policy, and legislative activity. Follow Mark on Twitter @robmarkfoster