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Barr Construction Institute classes announced

July 09, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — The following courses will be offered at the Barr Construction Institute at Associated Builders and Contractors, 530 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown:

CPR/AED and First Aid  

Instructor: Doug Walker

Wednesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Registration deadline, July 11

American Safety and Health Institute card issued upon completion.

Cost: ABC members, $65; nonmembers, $90.

Class minimum, four; class limit, 20.

Maryland Backflow Prevention Certification  

Instructor: Jim Yacovissi

Friday, July 27, to Sunday, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Registration deadline, July 20

Recertification, July 28

This is a state-approved certification course. After passing the written and practical examinations, students receive a certificate and wallet card.   

Cost: certification, $535; recertification on July 28, $320        

Class minimum, five; class limit, 20

Maryland Plumbing Exam Prep Course  

Instructor: Dave Hildebrand

Monday, July 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

Registration deadline, July 22

The course prepares students to take the state plumbing journeyman’s and master exam.

Attendees should bring “National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated 2006,” “Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters 7th Edition” and “NFPA 54 National Fuel Gas Code 2006.”

Cost: ABC members, $120, plus books; nonmembers, $175, plus books

Class minimum, three; maximum, 12

Green Associate Certification Exam Prep    

Instructor: Scott Kline

Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, from  7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   

Registration deadline, July 26            

The course will prepare students to successfully pass the Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED Green Associate credential exam. The eight-hour course will prepare them to pass the exam and make them a certified green associate.

Cost: ABC members, $285; nonmembers, $335 (includes books and classroom materials). Additional fees for registration and exam, $250

Class minimum: three; class limit, 15

Electrical Journey and Master Exam Preparation 

Instructor: Blaine Mowen

Monday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.      

Registration deadline, Aug. 6

The course prepares students to take the electrical exam.

The seminar covers topics such as general/theory, wiring and protection, wiring methods and materials and other related topics that will be covered on the electrical exam. The “Stallcup’s Master Electrician’s Study Guide” used for the class includes more than 2,000 questions on topics including services, switchboard, grounding and bonding, overcurrent protection, reeder-circuits and raceways.

Cost: ABC members, $110, plus book; nonmembers, $170, plus $85 book (“Stallcup’s Master Electrician’s Study Guide”).

Class minimum: three

Maryland HVAC-R Exam Prep Course  

Instructor: Blaine Mowen

Monday, Aug. 20, and Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Registration deadline, Aug. 14

The course prepares students to take the state HVAC/R journeyman’s exam.

Attendees should bring the “2006 International Mechanical Code,” “Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning,”  “ACCA Ductulator (Duct Slide Rule),”  “Ugly’s Electrical References” and “Guide to HVAC/R Certification and Competency Tests”

Books can be purchased from ABC.         

Cost: ABC members, $110; nonmembers, $170

Class minimum, three

Mobile Crane Operator Refresher Training Program    

Instructor: NACB Inc.

Aug. 21 to 23, from 8 to 11 a.m.   

Registration deadline, Aug. 6

Developed specifically for those responsible for operating cranes safely, Barr Institute’s Mobile Crane Operator Training Program includes information required to successfully complete the written testing requirements for certification.

Cost: ABC members, $1,250; nonmembers, $1,700.

Class minimum, eight   

Commercial Blueprint Reading   

Instructor: George Burke of Callas Contractors

Aug. 28 to Oct. 18, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Registration deadline, Aug. 14

The course will cover site/civil drawing, how to calculate building materials, including concrete, lumber, wire mesh, etc., liniar footage, as well as square footage; how to use a spec book per each job; learn the basic 16 divisions of the construction project; how to reference cost codes for materials and labor; learn how to scale architectural and civil symbols; learn the submittal work and its process; go over job bar schedules to show how important it is to the completion; and invite guest speaker for the civil drawings.

Cost: ABC members, $449; nonmembers, $524.

• For more information, call Darlene at 301-739-1190, send an email to or send a fax to 301-739-1026.

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