Continuing Education and Business Knowledge
BIAW’s award-winning Education program provides our members with opportunities to learn about relevant topics and gain new skills to improve your business and processes. We are committed to providing the best education and information available. Whether it’s online or in a classroom at your local HBA, BIAW provides you with the latest training.
Class Offerings and Schedule
To register, view our upcoming class schedule. Classes are offered in a variety of formats, including online and in-person. Please note: Due to the Department of Revenue regulations, you must be invited to participate in BIAW class offerings. BIAW classes are not open to the general public.
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a new desire for on-line, on-demand education—and BIAW is delivering. We’ve recently partnered with three organizations to offer a variety of courses at a discount or free to members: BIAW offers a new suite of on-demand courses for members to learn on their own schedule and at their own preferred locations.
Whether you are looking to expand your skill set, earn professional credits, or learn something new, MindEdge online professional development courses and certificates pair perfectly with a busy schedule. Courses are self-paced and online, accessible from anywhere and available on mobile. Click on the link above for a list of available classes.
MT Copeland provides on-demand classes to provide your employees education and training in construction fundamentals with real-world applications, like building cabinets or how to read blueprints. MT Copeland provides multiple classes at a discount to BIAW members, taught by skilled craftspeople. They also provide supplementary downloads like quizzes, blueprints, and other materials to help employees master the skills.
The Simpson Strong-Tie Builder Learning Center is specifically designed to meet the training needs of builders with curated training like Building Code Basics or Introduction to Residential Cost Estimating. On their builder-specific learning center, members may select a delivery option that best suits their needs. Self-paced, online courses provide a flexible option for busy schedules. On-demand installation videos and their Product Installer’s Guide allow people to view installation instructions for their most common products refreshing best practices on the jobsite.
Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead
The state’s Construction Stormwater General Permit from Ecology requires all sites disturbing over an acre of land must have a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL). The CESCL is trained to inspect, install, and manage stormwater controls on your site. Ecology requires a CESCL to be on-call at all times, so most companies will need more than one employee trained as a CESCL. This certification is good for three years.
Construction Contracts & Lien Law
The Contracts portion of the class will teach you the important terms you need to address in your contract in order to minimize the occurrence and magnitude of problems that inevitably arise with customers or other contractors. The Lien section of the class will teach you how to prepare, record and foreclose a lien on either a commercial or residential project. Both come with binders of information to help you be successful moving forward.
Scholarship & Funding Grants
Since its inception, BIAW has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships and grants to students who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to developing a career in the home building industry.
BIAW also offers funding grants to organizations offering programs in construction-related fields of study, residential construction career training, continuing education, apprenticeship, and skills assessment services, and technical training programs educating tomorrow’s home builders.
The deadline to submit a scholarship or grant application is Friday, May 14, 2021.
BIAW Certified Builder
BIAW designed the Certified Builder designation with home building leaders in mind. It not only creates a legacy of responsibility for those whose work experience and business practices exceed Washington state standards, but it also propels their business to a new level of recognition and reward.