Course Approvals

In order to receive credit for courses taken outside of the Johnson County Contractor Licensing (JCCL) program, you must complete an Education Approval Application – complete with attachments – and submit them for review by our Contractor Licensing Review Board’s (CLRB) Education Committee.

General Information

  • You may submit the application before or after the class has been presented. 
  • There is no cost to apply. 
  • You must submit an application for each course. 
  • Submissions are reviewed on a monthly basis at the CLRB Education Committee meeting, which occurs on the second Wednesday of every month.
  • Applications must be received by our office by the close of business, on the last day of each month, in order to be reviewed at the next meeting.
    • For example, if you’d like to have your course reviewed at the January meeting, you must submit your application and attachments by December 31st. 
  • Approvals are only good for the calendar year in which they were submitted. If the course content, instructor(s), method of delivery, duration, or title is changed, approval is no longer valid and the class must be re-submitted for review.
  • We do not currently accept self-paced, online courses. 

Code Credit Courses

What is a Code Credit Course?

Code credit classes must have a direct, demonstrable relationship to the International Building Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Residential Code, National Electric Code, or other construction code adopted by a Johnson County jurisdiction.

Online Application for Code Credit Course Approval

Non-Code Credit Courses

What is a Non-Code Credit Course?

Non-code credit classes have a more detailed set of guidelines. Please note, we do not currently approve webinars for continuing education credit, unless the course is live, and both the student and the instructor have cameras that will be used for the entirety of the course.

Non-Code Course Criteria

  1. Relevance: Contributes to the maintenance of a high standard of integrity, skill and practice in the construction trades and skills.
    • The proposed course benefits the attendee and/or the goals of the JCCL Program.
    • The proposed course describes how each course objective applies or relates to the construction practice.
  2. Construction Relationship: Relates to practices relevant to skills, materials, systems, processes used, or processes adapted to construction.
    • The proposed course has a direct relationship to the construction industry.
    • The proposed course has components or parts of a building project that are specifically addressed. 
  3. Public Welfare Orientation: Safeguards the life, health, property, or welfare of the public in regard to the provision and maintenance of housing or commercially used structures.
    • The proposed course will benefit the public or the built environment when it has been completed. 
    • The proposed course topic provides support and protection of the public welfare as it is impacted by the built environment. 

Construction Science/Core Criteria

In addition to meeting the Non-Code Criteria, your non-code credit submission must list one or more of the following Construction Science / Core Criteria elements applicable to your proposed course:

  1. Construction Law and Contract Documents
    1. Classes based in the application of law, other than the construction codes, which impact the construction industry
      1. Lien law, insurance law, bonding, liability
      2. Procuring and maintaining adequate and proper insurance coverage
    2. Application of and compliance with laws and regulations beyond those imposed directly by building codes
      1. OSHA, lead safety, hazardous materials handling
      2. Home associations, planning commission rulings, etc.
      3. Prevailing wage/Davis-Bacon Act compliance
    3. Legal aspects of contract types
      1. Design-bid-build (hard bid), design-build, IPD, collaborative design, Lean Construction, etc.
  2. Construction Estimating
    1. Organizing, projecting, and determining the cost and value of a construction project
      1. Subcomponents, materials, subcontractors, overhead, and direct costs
      2. Insurance, speculative building, assessment, etc.
    2. Preparing and presenting project estimate information
  3. Construction Scheduling
    1. Organizing and projecting the timing and sequence of construction project activities
      1. Gant, critical path, Lean principles, establishing priorities, problem solving, dealing with schedule flux, etc.
    2. Use of construction-specific scheduling software
  4. Construction Accounting
    1. Maintenance of construction business and tax records
    2. Tracking costs of construction projects
      1. Establishing and tracking profits, ROI, impact of processes, amortization of tools, innovative processes
    3. Analysis of construction changes
      1. Reporting, documenting, and managing changes
    4. Use of construction-specific accounting software
  5. Construction Documents
    1. Understanding plan preparation, construction documents, blueprint conventions, and architectural specifications
      1. Terms and definitions
      2. Standard symbols, plan references, and information
    2. Preparing building plans and specifications
      1. Blueprint reading, AutoCAD (CAD), BIM
  6. Construction Methods and Materials
    1. Installation techniques and the use of products in the construction industry
      1. Vendor training seminars
      2. Jobsite tours and other installation examples
    2. Methods of building construction and erection; materials used in buildings; building systems technology
      1. Lighting design
    3. Innovative adaptation and application of materials, methods, and processes not otherwise approved by code (when codes don’t have a solution)
    4. Technical training
      1. Apprenticeship training hours from federally approved program
      2. College/tech center training hours from qualified program
  7. Construction Site Design and Analysis
    1. Site Selection & Restoration
      1. Site mechanics
    2. Learning based in the investigation of the physical properties of rocks and soil found on a construction site
    3. Erosion and sedimentation control
      1. BMPs, SWPPP, drainage, stormwater quality and quantity
    4. Characteristics of soils conditions as they relate to buildings and site improvements
      1. Bearing conditions
  8. Construction Related Economics and Project Development
    1. Study of capital investment in construction production
    2. Project financing
    3. Market trends and how they impact the costs of buildings
    4. Break-even or ROI analysis, distributing fixed or start-up costs
    5. Grants, federal funding, incentives, disaster relief funding
  9. Construction Site Safety & Security
    1. Study and application of regulations governing safety and the techniques for protecting workers or members of the public on or adjacent to construction activity
    2. Laws and best practices for safety
      1. OSHA, risk analysis
    3. Site security
      1. Site access, onsite materials storage
  10. Construction Management and Site Supervision
    1. Examination of techniques and strategies for planning, organizing, and oversight of construction activities and tasks
    2. Activities and processes as they relate to the administration of a building project
      1. Record-keeping, documentation,    communication,    people skills, understanding authority, delegation, responsibility, ethics, etc.
    3. Workmanship and quality assessment
    4. Client interaction for successful projects, managing client expectations, keeping clients informed
    5. Spanish (or other second language) for the construction industry
    6. Lean construction and management
    7. Higher education programs (AAS, BS, MS)
  11. Case Study
    1. Self-reported analysis of project with specific educational or instructional goal
    2. Program approved by other professional organization
  12. Non-Traditional Building Methods
  13. Project Delivery Methods (other than legal aspects)
    1. Understanding and applying IPD, Design-build, Collaborative design
  14. Environmentally focused processes
    1. Sustainability
    2. Energy conservation
    3. Materials recovery
  15. Self-Reported Industry Participation
    1. Code hearings
    2. Hearing and legislative testimony
    3. Special projects and non-profit volunteer time (construction-specific)
      1. List the project(s) and/or volunteer time
    4. Authorship
    5. Presentation and instructor time
      1. JCCL programs
      2. Approved programs through third parties
      3. Formal education, tech center programs, and training centers
    6. Mentoring

Online Application for Non-Code Credit Course Approval

By submitting your course for non-code credit, you agree that the Non-Code Criteria are met and your submission must list one or more of the Construction Science/Core Criteria elements.

Timeline for Approval

  1. Application Submitted (on-time): Once submitted, your application will be first reviewed by the Johnson County Contractor Licensing (JCCL) Education Specialist, who will ensure that the application has been completed and all attachments have been included. 
  2. E-mail confirmation of our receipt: The Education Specialist will contact you no later than the next business day to let you know that your submission has been received and whether or not you are missing documents or that your application is complete and will be going to the Committee for review. At this point, your application is considered Pending:
    • Pending; incomplete application OR
    • Pending; waiting on CLRB Education Committee approval
  3. Reviewed by CLRB Education Committee (2nd Wednedays): Course approvals are based on in-depth analyses of the submitted information to determine whether the course meets our requirements for Code Credit (tied specifically to the respective Code) or Non-Code Credit (not tied to Code; but good for business development, program management, innovation, safety, best practices, etc.). The Committee will make their approval/denial recommendations and present them to the CLRB on the same day. 
  4. Notification of Approval (2nd Thursdays): The Education Specialist will notify you of your approval status via e-mail. The course will also be added to our list of Approved Courses, which is visible to the general public.