Contractor University is your best source for useful and outstanding training!


(Scroll down for classroom courses including "Designing and Building the Residential Exterior Wall Envelope" course by Peter Kulczyk and "EPA Lead Renovator Initial Certification Course")

If you are taking classes for continuing education credits, or just coming to learn, you’ll gain knowledge that will enhance your skills. Courses are approved for the following continuing education credits (see course descriptions for details):

  • MN Residential Building Contractor, Remodeler & Roofer
  • WI Building Dwelling Contractor Qualifier
  • MN Real Estate
  • MN Building Official

You'll find courses on building/energy codes and the latest building science featuring national and local experts. Plus, a selection of legal and specialized courses that you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others in your industry.  

  • Local and national instructors/experts 
  • EPA Lead Renovator Initial Courses
  • Lunch Included at full-day classes along with snacks and pop throughout the day. 
  • Classes are available to everyone. 
  • Free parking

The 2018 winter series of classes will be announced soon! EPA Lead Initial training courses are being offered in October and December. Click on the Classroom Courses button above.

If you prefer to get your training online, click on the Online Courses button above. Our first seven-hour online course is: New Home Construction:  From Permit Application to Final Inspection taught by Peter Kulczyk.

Discover why fulfilling your continuing education requirements at Contractor University is such a great value. But more important, you’ll be sure to gain useful and practical knowledge that you can apply to your job or business.

We look forward to having you a part of  Contractor University–the Twin Cities' leading training source.

You do not need to be a BATC member to register ... everyone is welcome to attend. 



Designing and Building the Residential Exterior Wall Envelope  

Instructor: Peter Kulczyk, Green Code Knowledge

This course will focus on the building codes, energy codes and best practices for the design and construction of exterior envelopes of that will specifically address administrative provisions, alternative materials, ES reports, foam plastic insulation, fiberglass, cellulose, thermal envelopes, R-values, vapor retarders, continuous air barriers, thermal barriers, ignition barriers, fire testing, and other criteria. It will include State of Minnesota amendments to the national codes that Minnesota adopted.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Course held at Contractor University/Builders Association of the Twin Cities
2960 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville, MN 55113 (near I-35W and County Roads C & D)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Course held at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at Arbor Lakes, 11801 Fountains Way N., Maple Grove, MN 55369 (near I-694/I-494)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Course held at Contractor University/Builders Association of the Twin Cities
2960 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville, MN 55113 (near I-35W and County Roads C & D)

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM  |  7 Credits  |  $79 BATC Members • $98 Non-BATC Members  |  Includes Lunch


Seven hours of MN Contractor credits (including energy) and MN Building Official credits through the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry • Seven hours of MN Real Estate credits through the MN Dept. of Commerce. (all pending approval)

Peter Kulczyk has three decades of extensive experience in the construction and building codes industry as an author, educator and expert in residential building codes, energy codes and green building practices. His past experience includes working on staff with the International Code Council, as an Instructor with the State of Minnesota Building Code Division, as a municipal Building Inspector and in various positions with residential and commercial construction companies in Minnesota. Peter is certified by the International Code Council as a Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Green Building-Residential. He is also certified by the State of Minnesota as a Certified Building Official and Certified Instructor.

EPA Lead Renovator Initial Certification Course 

Earn lead certification and also receive contractor continuing education credits! 

Instructor: Brandon Holmes, ZOTA Professional Training

Contractors, Remodelers, Painters, Plumbers, Roofers, Electricians and HVAC Technicians …  enrolling in a lead certification course is a crucial step in protecting your clients, your firm, your workers, and yourself. Becoming certified fulfills the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule, which states that if you are paid to perform renovation, repair, or painting work in houses built before 1978, you must be trained to do so. The EPA can fine up to $37,500 per offense, per day to anyone who is not compliant.

Upcoming Classes (only need to attend one):

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Monday, December 11, 2017

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  |  $199 per person  |  Includes Lunch

Course held at Contractor University/Builders Association of the Twin Cities, 2960 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville, MN 55113 (near I-35W and County Roads C & D)


Eight hours of MN Contractor credits (including energy) and MN Building Official credits through the MN Dept. of Labor & Industry • 7.5 hours of WI Contractor credits credits through the WI Dept. of Safety and Professional Services.

Brandon Holmes is an EPA-approved Principal Instructor for the Lead Renovator Program with ZOTA Professional Training. He is also a Minnesota licensed General Contractor and has been working in the construction field for the last twelve years. Brandon’s favorite projects are to take old homes and find custom solutions to modernize them without losing charm. He also has extensive experience in the medical field and has seen the effects of lead poisoning and job site injuries first hand. He has been instructing for the past fifteen years and has a passion for helping others learn. Brandon brings his knowledge of the craft and real world experience to transform the classroom to real life training and provide students with the most meaningful learning experience possible.

The 2018 winter series of Contractor University classes will be announced soon. An online course is available now.  

Builders Association of the Twin Cities
2960 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113


Contractor University

Live courses are held at the Contractor University seminar facility, 2960 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville

No refunds/exchanges unless cancellation is made by Noon the day BEFORE the class.


Tom Gavaras | Marketing & Education Manager  |  651.697.7592  |

Problems Registering? Contact Dani Rueb | 651.697.7584 |

Thank You Sponsors

Great speakers. Some of the best in the industry.
— Dean Soderbeck, Soderbeck Design & Construction Inc.
The coordination and detail to provide these classes are very much appreciated.
— Steven Peters, Masterpiece Homes
Great instructors and very knowledgeable.
— Dan Erickson, Hanson Builders

$98 for all day classes.

About Contractor University


Mission Statement:

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) overall mission is to help our member businesses grow through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. Contractor University’s mission is to provide timely and relevant information to contractors and suppliers so that they may meet their continuing education requirements, and develop and apply the knowledge, skills and values to provide the highest quality of service to their clients.

Refund policy:

·      Live courses: No refund/exchanges unless cancellation is made by noon the day before the class.

·      Online courses: Only eligible for a refund within 30 days of purchase, and only if the course or class has not been completed. Refunds are subject to a $30 administrative fee.  


·      Live courses: Unless otherwise stated (such as specialty courses that may be priced differently), the cost is $14 per credit hour.

·      Online courses: Online courses are $12 per credit hour for BATC members and $14 per credit hour for non-BATC members.

Course completion requirements:

·      Live courses: Students will register on-line where information is collected including their name, address, phone number, e-mail, and license number. Students are required to sign-in as they arrive. Student will not be issued course credit if there is no signature on the sign-in sheet.  Student is required to attend the entire class to earn course credit. Class is monitored by the approved BATC/Contractor University coordinator. If a student leaves classroom prior to the completion of the course, course credit will not be earned. Student name and license number will be verified when entering course credit.

·      Online courses: Student must complete the entire online course and successfully answer 70 percentage of the exam questions. 

Privacy Policy - Information We Collect and How We Use It

BATC and Contractor University collect data about your activities that does not personally or directly identify you when you visit our websites, the website of entities for which we serve advertisements (our “Advertisers”), or the websites and online services where we display advertisements (“Publishers”). This information may include the content you view, the date and time that you view this content, the products you purchase, or your location information associated with your IP address. We use the information we collect to serve you more relevant advertisements (referred to as “Retargeting”). We also collect information about where you saw the ads we serve you and what ads you clicked on.

We also occasionally collect other personal information, but only via “opt-in” and only with your permission such as via information and items of value we offer (newsletter, etc.) in exchange for some of your personal information such as an email address, name, etc.

Our Overriding Privacy Sentiment: While we do occasionally send information on behalf of our sponsors and members that we feel you might be interested in, our commitment is: We NEVER sell or otherwise share any information about you without your explicit consent.

We also ALWAYS offer you an easy opt-out.

How we gather information and serve our advertising and promotional messages to you: BATC/Contractor University may target ads based on data provided by Advertisers or partners alone or in combination with the data we collect ourselves. Any data used to serve targeted advertisements is de-identified and is not used to personally or directly identify you. We require third parties, including Publishers, to provide notice and obtain appropriate consent, where required by applicable law.

Third Parties on our Websites and Our Members & Advertiser’ Websites: In order to allow BATC/Contractor University to reach the best inventory online, we work with third party advertising companies (our “Advertising Partners”) to help us recognize you and serve relevant advertisements to you when you visit a website or online service in their network. We also work with Advertising Partners who help us recognize you across different devices in order to show you relevant advertisements. Our Advertising Partners may collect information about your activities on our website, our Advertisers’ websites, and other websites or online services in their networks. We also work with third party companies to assist us with website analytics such as evaluating the use and operation of our website so that we can continue to enhance the website and our services.

Technologies We and Our Third Party Advertising Partners Use: BATC/Contractor University uses technologies such as cookies and pixels to keep track of your activities on our website and our Advertiser’s websites, and to serve you more relevant advertisements. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your device for record-keeping purposes. Session cookies expire when you close your browser. Persistent cookies remain on your device for an extended period of time. We and our third party partners use session cookies and persistent cookies to make it easier for you to navigate and enhance the experience of our site, and to monitor and evaluate our website’s operation and use.

We use “persistent” cookies to keep track of your activities when you visit our website or our Advertisers’ websites, and to serve you relevant advertisements. Our Advertising Partners also place persistent cookies on your device when you visit our website or our Advertisers’ websites in order to help us recognize you and serve relevant advertisements to you when you visit their website or online service or websites in their networks. BATC/Contractor University's policy is that our Advertising Partners only collect information that does not personally or directly identify you via these cookies and we will cease working with partners found violating this policy. You can remove cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file. You may also decline our cookies if your browser permits, but doing so may interfere with your use of our website.

We may collect additional information from or about you in other ways not specifically described here. For example, we may collect information related to your contact with our customer support team or store results when you respond to a survey.

Some categories of personal information may be marked as mandatory in our online and offline forms. We may not be able to provide you with the product or service requested if you decide not to provide the personal information marked as mandatory.

We do not link the non-personally identifiable information we store using cookies (described above) to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site.

How we share personal information with other parties: We may share your personal information with: our member & partner organizations, again, only with your consent; service providers under contract who assist us with our business operations, such as fraud prevention, bill collection, marketing, and technology services. Our service providers are only authorized to use your information in connection with the services they perform for us and not for their own benefit.

Credit bureaus to report outstanding negative balance accounts, as allowed by law.

Other third parties with your consent or direction to do so.

We may share information about you if necessary to comply with laws or regulations or in response to a valid subpoena, order, or government request, or to protect the rights of BATC/Contractor University or others.

How we protect personal information: We employ reasonable and appropriate security measures such as maintaining physical, electronic and procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable security requirements, including US federal and state regulations. We use computer safeguards such as firewalls and data encryption; we enforce physical access controls to our buildings and files; and we authorize access to personal information only for those employees who require it to fulfill their job responsibilities. All credit card information is encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption before it is transmitted across the network. However, no security system is foolproof and we cannot guarantee the security of your information.

Further Questions: If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact or write to us at the address below.

BATC/Contractor University
2960 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113