College of Knowledge – SD, ND, IA, & NE Locations

This course is divided into sessions. Please mark if you are staying for lunch for accurate meal pre-ordering. You do not need to stay for all sessions unless you need this course for credit.

If you wish to take this course for Minnesota Contractor credit, please sign-up here instead.

Training Events

Dec 19 Sioux Falls, SD Best Western Ramkota 3200 W. Maple St.
Jan 8 O’Neill, NE Westside Resturant 49134 US 20
Jan 8 Scottsbluff, NE Hampton Inn 301 W. Hwy 26.
Jan 9 Grand Island, NE Quality Inn 7838 S, US-281
Jan 9 Rapid City, SD Best Western Ramkota 2111 N. LaCrosse
Jan 10 Council Bluff, IA Hilton Garden Inn 2702 Mid America Dr.
Jan 11 Norfolk, NE Northeast Community College - Life Long Learning Center 801 E. Benjamin Ave.
Jan 15 Lincoln, NE S.E. Community College — Jack J. Huck Cont. Ed. Center Auditorium 301 S. 68th St
Jan 15 Winner, SD Holiday Inn 1360 E US-44
Jan 16 Valentine, NE Peppermill Resturant 502 US 20
Jan 17 Sioux Center, IA Terrace View Event Center 230 St. Andrew Way
Jan 17 North Platte, NE Quality Inn & Suites 2102 S. Jeffers St.
Jan 18 Kearney, NE Holiday Inn 110 S. 2nd Ave
Jan 21 Jamestown, ND Fairfiled Inn 930 25th St SW
Jan 22 Minot, ND Grand Hotel 1505 N Braodway
Jan 23 Dickinson, ND Astoria Hotel 363 15th St. W.
Jan 24 Bismarck, ND Ramada by Wyndham 1400 E. Interchange Ave.
Jan 26 Ft. Pierre, SD Drifters Bar and Grille 325 Hustan Ave
Jan 29 Watertown, SD Watertown Event Center 1901 9th Ave S.W.
Jan 30 Aberdeen, SD Best Western Ramkota 1400 8th Ave N.W.


7:00-7:55 a.m. Check in / coffee & rolls
8:00-9:15 a.m. Decking; Making the Connection
9:15-10:30 a.m. Insulation; Stop Wasting Energy
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:15 p.m. Attic Ventilation Best Practices
12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00-2:00 p.m. Fire Rated Frames
2:00-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 –3:00 p.m. In’s and Out’s of Siding
3:00 p.m. Adjourn

2017 – 2018 Building Products Inc. College of Knowledge Course Outline

7:00 – 7:55 a.m.
Check in/coffee and rolls
Class starts at 8:00 a.m.

(check in is anytime between 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m.)

8:00 – 9:40 a.m.
Garage Door Ups & Downs

A. Identifying different types of door panels
B. Door panel construction
C. Commercial door construction
D. Installation tips
E. Compare quality
F. Prepare opening
G. How and where to start installation
H. Prepare strut install
I. Proper light install
J. Track install
K. Double check clearance and heights
L. Squaring up track (ease of operation)
M. Installation of torsion spring
N. Safety
O. Marking and winding of springs
P. Correct tools
Q. Final adjustments
R. Prefinished jamb options
S. Roll up doors (where to use)
T. Color and rating options
U. Quality of doors
V. Proper window of door
W. Accessories and options

Break 9:40 – 10:00 a.m

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Stop Wasting Energy Part II

A. Review of part I
B. Types of construction
C. Prescriptive path
D. Performance path
E. Expansion of HERS Rating
F. Types of equipment used in HERS Rating
G. What to look for in testing
H. Additional areas of concern
I. Energy usage stats
J. Importance of air sealing
K. 10 energy efficient strategies
L. Myth of compressed fiberglass
M. Blown in fiberglass into wall cavities
N. Raised heel trusses (good / bad)
Lunch 11:30 – 12:15 p.m. (lunch provided)

12:15 – 1:50 p.m.
Exterior Doors
A. Construction of wood edge
B. Construction of steel edge
C. Difference on fire rated construction
D. Panel profiles
E. Popular styles
F. Construction of fiberglass
G. Species available
H. Prefinishing process
I. True wood doors
J. Styles
K. Wood door do’s and don'ts
L. Commercial wood doors
M. Frame options
N. Lite rim options
O. Construction of exterior frames
P. Sill options
Q. Packaging
R. Testing of doors. What it means.
S. Understanding Swings

Break 1:50 – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
High Wind Continuous Path

A. Understanding wind
B. Ask questions of your builder
C. Proper lag bolt
D. Strap install
E. Proper epoxy install
F. Proper installation of replacement
G. Full bearing on plate
H. Connection of stud to plate
I. Wall to floor attachment
J. Wall to roof attachment
K. Proper nailing of roof sheathing
L. Proper nailing of wall sheathing
M. Continuous load path

3:15 Adjourn