October 22, 2010
Donna Shirey

NAHB Remodelers Chair
Issaquah, Wash. 
Upcoming Events
IBS Pre-Show Courses Offer Skills and Continuing Education Credit

More than 20 pre-show courses will be offered at the upcoming NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando to provide attendees with business management tools, lead paint certification, green building and aging-in-place remodeling techniques,  and other skills to help boost their business.

Primarily offered on Jan. 8-11 with some selections available on Jan. 12 and 14, the intensive one- or two-day programs are designed to help industry professionals increase their business skills, technical knowledge and marketability.

The courses also will enable NAHB members to work on their NAHB designations, earn continuing education credit and acquire focused, in-depth knowledge in their specific areas of interest.

Some frequently asked questions about IBS pre-show courses:

How are pre-show courses different from IBS education sessions?
NAHB Education's pre-show courses are one- or two-day intensive sessions that provide specific, in-depth training in a number of business and technical topics. Attendees can learn about running their offices more efficiently, negotiating effectively, merchandising, removing lead paint and more.

What will attendees gain?
Attendees can gain confidence, skills, new contacts, up-to-the-minute knowledge about the latest remodeling industry information, answers to questions about their specific needs and scenarios, enhanced marketability and credit towards NAHB professional designations.

Who teaches the courses?
NAHB Education courses are taught by successful and highly-qualified industry veterans. Instructors undergo careful evaluation and training before they can teach NAHB courses.

Who attends?
Building industry professionals from across the country take IBS pre-show courses. Attendees swap war stories along with tales of success, hear about what’s going on in other regions and learn from each other’s mistakes and triumphs.

Are classroom and hands-on training required in order to receive an EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Certificate?
Both classroom and hands-on training are required to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certificate and both will be offered prior to IBS. In lieu of the classroom training, show attendees can take an online version of the course. For a list of available online training, visit

How do I know which courses to take?
Visit to determine if any of NAHB’s 15 professional designations are right for you. The individual designation webpages will list which courses you need to complete to earn each designation.

If you’re not interested in a designation, go to to see descriptions of all the courses offered at IBS.

If you’ve taken courses in the past but aren’t sure which ones to take next, e-mail, or call The Professional Designation Help Line at 800-368-5242 x8154 for assistance.

Are the courses included in the IBS registration fees?
Pre-show course fees are in addition to IBS registration. Visit for a list of courses and their fees.

Course attendance is limited to 50 students per course and some courses sell out prior to the show, so register in advance.

IBS 2011 Pre-show courses



EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Training
Classroom and hands-on training for lead renovation, repair and painting will be offered prior to IBS. Classroom coursework, or its online equivalent, and hands-on training are required to receive a certificate needed to work in homes built before 1978 where there is lead-based paint.

  • Classroom training — Jan. 10
    For online training available prior to the show, visit for a list of available online training; hands-on training is still required.

  • Hands-on training — Jan. 11, offered at four times

    For more information and a full schedule of EPA lead paint training at IBS, visit

For more information about IBS pre-show courses, visit

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