WHBA requires all General Contractors to be licensed through the state of Wisconsin. With this license each contractor is required to have proof of Liability Insurance, Workman's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation.
Additionally, licensed contractors are required to have continuing education credits, whichWHBA offers. The Association provides continuing education credits and professional development classes to our members at reduced rates. For more information, visit https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch
WHBA Supports the Future Generation of Builders and Contractors by partnering with Fox Valley Technical College and by offering scholarships for students interested in the field.
WHBA Supports the Future Generation of Builders and Contractors
For more information about the scholarships call WHBA at 920-235-2962.
Resources for Students
FVTC Construction Program
Fox Valley Technical College provides high-quality education and training that support student goals, a skilled workforce, and the economic vitality of our communities.
Learn to build or remodel a home from start to finish in this technical diploma program. Gain skills in exterior and interior finishing and frame construction with valuable hands-on experience constructing or remodeling a complete home. You’ll learn how to read blueprints and become familiar with residential building codes. You’ll also gain experience with the tools, machinery and equipment used in this industry. Expert instructors help you develop the work ethic, teamwork, flexibility, and communication skills employers are looking for.
Building the Future
FVTC’s Construction Management Technology and Residential Building Construction programs provide students with the tools they need to build successful careers.Construction Management prepares students for entry-level supervisory positions in residential, commercial, or industrial construction.Residential Building trains students to work as entry-level carpenters for builders, remodelers, and subcontractors in such specialties as estimating and material sales. Both programs are housed at FVTC’s S.J. Spanbauer Training Center in Oshkosh.
Depending on their goals, students can learn to manage construction projects from the ground up or build homes from start to finish. Both programs feature hands-on projects, use sophisticated software, and incorporate principles of sustainable, energy-efficient building design and construction wherever possible.
Construction Management on the Fast Track
Construction Management Technology is the first and only associate degree training program of its kind in Wisconsin, according to department chair and instructor Rich Cass. All graduates are qualified for such entry-level management or supervisory positions as assistant project managers, assistant construction managers, and project engineers.
Residential Construction Gets Hands-On
Students spend half their week in the classroom learning theory and practicing a specific skill until they perfect it. The other half of the week focuses on working on a phase of a home that the class builds from start to finish. Students do everything a carpenter would, from staking out the house for the excavator to framing and roofing to putting in windows, siding, insulation, and sheetrock. Inside, they install stairs, hardwood floors and crown molding, and other special woodwork.
Over the years, the RBC program has built and sold 20 homes, with all the profits going to the FVTC Foundation for college-wide student scholarships or special projects. The program has enjoyed the support of four trade associations in completing the projects: Winnegamie Home Builders Association, the Fox Valley Construction Management Association, and the Fox Valley Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Sustainability is a focus of both the Construction Management Technology (CMT) and Residential Building Construction (RBC) programs at FVTC. For example, the CMT program features an entire course in sustainable design and construction that provides an introduction to the Green Building Rating System from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization. When students finish the course, they will be prepared to take the LEED Green Associate accreditation exam. With architects and engineers employing sustainability into their designs today, students who have knowledge will have a leg up.
Contact Fox Valley Technical College at 1-800-735-3882, visit www.fvtc.edu or call WHBA 235-2962 for more information.