Trainings

CRTC has established a reputation of providing quality training on a national level, has developed more than 30 courses, and has a library of course modules and AV's which are used to design training programs in response to client needs. Most CRTC trainings are now offered under sponsorship and may be provided in collaboration with HUD's funded CDTA providers. All courses may be customized to suit local and regional needs. For more information, or to schedule a course in your area, please call for more details. Following are descriptions of our most commonly requested courses.



MAKING IT WORK: IMPLEMENTING THE LEAD-SAFE HOUSING RULE IN CPD-FUNDED PROGRAMS (2 Days)

This HUD training course examines the issues and requirements for implementing HUD's Lead-Safe Housing Rule, 24 CFR Part 35, in all programs funded under CPD. Implementation of a model forms set to assist and document compliance with the rule is reviewed.


ON SOLID GROUND: TOOLS AND TACTICS FOR MANAGING YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM (2 Days)

This HUD training is a primer for Construction Managers on designing and managing effective programs for both new construction and rehabilitation construction.


LEAD SAFETY FOR RENOVATION, REPAIR AND PAINTING (1 Day)

This one day training will provide certification as a Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, as required by the EPA under 40 CFR 745, using the joint HUD-EPA curriculum. This training is available now.


WRITTEN REHABILITATION STANDARDS (1-3 days)

These one to three-day training sessions examine the expanding list of health, safety, environmental and affordability issues which determine property standards and standards for quality of construction for rehabilitation. The trainings project HUD's evolving requirements for rehabilitation funded under the HOME program. Training may be structured as a one-day overview or two or three days, going into more depth concerning property standards, construction quality, healthy homes, energy affordability, green building and approaches to updating and implementing written rehabilitation standards.


SPECIFICATION WRITING FOR REHABILITATION (2 or 3 days)

This course focuses on the technical specification writing skills required of rehab specialists, program coordinators, and supervisors who want to increase their production skills or improve their ability to monitor contracted services. Participants will learn inspection and cost estimating techniques, how to prepare consistent, clear, and concise specifications and cost estimates, and how to implement requirements for rehabilitation quality, lead-based paint, and accessibility. Methods and uses for automated equipment to prepare specifications and cost estimates will also be covered. The issues of incorporating lead risk assessment and lead hazard reduction into the rehab process are also examined.


MANAGING NEW CONSTRUCTION

This two-day training examines the construction process for new building projects from site selection through final payment, certificate of occupancy and close-out, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance. Examination of the coordination of the roles of developers, owners, architects, consultants, contractors and construction managers through the construction process is a primary theme of this training. Sound planning, process management and control of quality and schedule are emphasized topics.


REHABILITATION CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT (2 days)

This course is specifically designed for rehabilitation specialists, program coordinators, and supervisors. The course covers rehab for rental and sale as well as owner-occupied rehab. Participants will learn to evaluate and refine construction management techniques and administrative procedures, update their technical skills, and improve their customer service and communication skills. The course also incorporates regulatory requirements for successful management and reporting of the rehabilitation construction process.


TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION SERIES-ELECTRICITY, PLUMBING, HVAC AND STRUCTURE (1 to 12 days)

The Technical Construction Series is available only as a sponsored course. We will conduct the course at a time and location convenient for you. You may also select training in one or more of the systems, rather than the entire series. Designed by practicing tradespeople, this course provides an opportunity to improve the professional's grasp of the technical aspects of building systems. It focuses on the skills required to evaluate the safety and the viability of existing building systems, identification of appropriate repairs, and the design and implementation of new systems.


KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL HOUSING REHABILITATION (3 days)

This course combines elements of the Specification Writing for Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitation Construction Management courses with analysis of current program design and operation to identify potential improvements and efficiencies. This course is an excellent forum for attendance by both management and operational level personnel, providing a comprehensive look at the key elements essential to smooth and productive operation of housing rehabilitation programs.


HUD'S HOUSING QUALITY STANDARDS (2 or 3 days)

This course examines HUD's Section 8 Housing Quality Standards, their application in conducting inspections, and reporting and notification of inspection results. Many visual aids are employed to promote discussion of conditions commonly encountered in the field.


CODES & STANDARDS IN HOUSING REHAB (1 or 2 days)

This course provides participants with the information necessary to develop local housing program rehab standards. Participants learn the proper application of building codes, housing codes, and Housing Quality Standards in rehab; to enumerate essential elements of a successful rehabilitation construction program; and to consider applicable codes and standards along with local needs to define a housing rehab standard. The application of the CABO One and Two- Family Dwelling Code to rehab and the impact of energy conservation measures on affordability are included.


INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE FOR ONE AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS (3 days)

This course is an overview of the requirements of the International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings and is provided to equip housing program administrators and operatives with sufficient understanding of this complex code to oversee its proper application in housing production.


INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE (3 days)

This course examines the application of the International Property Maintenance Code as rehabilitation standard for housing rehabilitation programs. Inspection of properties to identify and prioritize deficiencies by application of the code's provisions is examined in detail. How to couple the codes' requirements with HUD's lead-based paint requirements and environmental and historic review and other crosscutting requirements to derive an appropriate rehabilitation scope of work and determine rehabilitation feasibility is a primary focus


IMPLEMENTING LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION (1, 2 or 3 days)

This series of courses examines the requirements and implications of HUD's Final Regulation on Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing Receiving Federal Assistance for various HUD/CPD programs. Training modules may be selected to cover the programs and issues most pertinent to the sponsors' needs.


BOARD ORIENTATION FOR CHDOs (1 to 12 hours)

This series of training modules is designed to orient the board and staff of newly formed housing development organizations or CHDOs (organizations undertaking a new beginning) to the spirit and regulatory environment of effective affordable housing production. An overview of HOME requirements and introduction to effective capacity development and project initiation are provided.


STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR CHDOs (1 to 3 days)

Preceded by consultation and analysis of the organization, its mission and environment, sessions are designed to suit the client.


AUTOMATED SYSTEMS TRAINING FOR RESPEC (1 to 4 days)

Training in implementation, efficiency and capacity development to users of the RESPEC Rehabilitation Estimating and Specification Writing Software System is provided.