My husband is starting is own LLC that will focus on remodeling, and in order to get licensed, he has to complete the Residential Remodeler Exam. We have the guide through DLI which shows the codes to focus on, but I was wondering if anyone else here has taken it. I'm wondering if everything has to be memorized, and also what other resources you found helpful when preparing. I'm looking over the codes, but some of the stuff that's included is kind of crazy (like the formulas for the climatic and geographic design criteria) and I have no idea if that's even relevant for him to know.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this exam before.
I went through the process to get my builders license about 12 years ago, so things may have changed since then. (I don't have it anymore)
I took a two day class at a school in Brooklyn Park/Brooklyn Center area. They went through everything that would need to know for the test, with a copy of the code book included as part of the class. The instructor had taken the class, and asked us actual questions from the test at the end of the class.
About two weeks after the class, I took the actual test at a place in Maplewood. It was an open book test on the computer, but I think, don't remember for sure though, that it was a timed test, and it was a pass/fail test. The majority of the questions had to do with laws regarding having your license, do your employees each have to have a license to work for you, how many hours of continuing ed classes do you have to have each year to renew your license, more so than actual building codes. I remember saying to myself after, you don't know how to pick up a hammer to pass this test.
I passed the test, but what I was going to do that required the license didn't work out, so I didn't renew it. I can look tonight and see if I have the information for the class I took, and get back to you tonight if you want. The class I thought, was extremely helpful, and I would recommend it.
You're awesome! Yes, I'd love the info on the class you took. I'm looking over some of the practice info from the website and it's pretty confusing, and my husband isn't much of a book person when it comes to learning. Thank you so much for responding.
@Kelly Conrad everyone I know has taken the 2 day course. Believe the only pain is that it is on a Tues/Wed schedule, in the past I think they offered it on the weekends.
@John Woodrich Is the course through DLI? Or a 3rd party? Having it during the week would actually be nice for him since he makes his own schedule.
3rd party, know a few have used this:
The class that John mentioned above is the class I took.
Awesome, thank you Brian and John!
Take the 2 day Kaplan class, they tell you everything you to know. They have classes continually throughout the year.
You can schedule ahead to take your test a day or two after your class ends, so you don’t forget anything.