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HBAF Builder Education

As an approved NC Licensing Board for General Contractors education provider, the HBAF is offering CE courses throughout the year (no classes in December), either in-person or virtually, based on executive orders and CDC guidelines.

We offer 8-hour courses on a variety of topics for the electives, all of which are NC Builder Institute (NCBI) courses. Visit our Calendar of Events page and search Education to view our current schedule.

Virtual Class Requirements

NCLBGC Requirements:

General Statute 87-10.2 states that North Carolina licensed general contractors will be required to complete continuing education (CE) beginning with 2021 license renewals.

Requirement Summary

  • CE courses began in June 2020.
  • 8-hours of CE must be completed in order to renew a license by at least one qualifier for licensees in the license classifications of Building, Residential and Unclassified. For the Unclassified license, it shall be the qualifier who has passed the Building examination.
  • The 8-hour course requirement includes a mandatory 2-hour course produced by the NCLBGC Board with information about changes in the laws and rules and other content applicable to general contracting. The remaining 6-hours will be elective courses produced by outside Providers, submitted to and approved by the Board.
  • You may take 8-hours of CE in one day or take them separately.
  • The CE year begins January 1 and ends on November 30 annually. Classes will not be offered during the month of December.

NCLBGC Update: May 14, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 state emergency, the  North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors (the Board) has authorized for all Board-approved continuing education providers to offer synchronous distance-learning instruction for any Board-approved continuing education course, effective May 14, 2020 and ending November 30, 2020. This new option for delivering the continuing education to licensed general contractors in NC will help students safely complete their CE requirement and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. There were no other modifications to the CE requirement.

What is synchronous distance learning: Synchronous distance learning uses web-based, real-time video conferencing enabling approved instructors and students to see and hear each other and for the instructor to screen share so students can view material being taught. This is implemented on any synchronous distance platform the provider chooses (WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, as examples).

What will students need? The technology and equipment required for a student to reliably access the synchronous platform selected by the provider must be clearly communicated to the student at the time of course registration. At a minimum, this includes:

  • A computer or other device with camera and microphone capabilities (student connection  via cell phone is not allowed)
  • Broadband internet access with a strong internet connection capable of maintaining connectivity
  • Software requirements (i.e. operating system, browser, etc.)

All attendance requirements are still in effect and required for successful course completion. It is the responsibility of the provider to make certain the students who are certified as having completed the course met the necessary attendance requirements.

NC Builder Institute


The one constant in the home building industry is changing.  New products, changing technology, and evolving legal and building code laws are just a few of the industry’s elements that require constant vigilance and training.
To assist home builders and other industry professionals to stay on the cutting edge, the North Carolina Home Builders Association developed the North Carolina Builder Institute (NCBI).  The NCBI serves as the educational arm of the association and oversees all of its educational programs.  The Institute brings together the industry’s leading experts to create a dynamic and exciting learning environment.

Education is defined as the imparting of knowledge, positive judgment and well-developed wisdom.  By attending the NCBI you will not only gain valuable information to further your business, but you will also have the opportunity to meet and network with other industry professionals experiencing the same challenges in today’s marketplace.

The NCBI is here to provide you with the tools you will need to stay ahead of your competition.  With flexible course hours, up-to-date materials and cutting edge technology, we are here to help you succeed in your business.


The three major objectives of NCBI are:

1.  Enhance technical and professional knowledge in the areas of new technology, business strategies, marketing techniques, effective management and changing consumer demands.

2.  Provide recognition for those who strive for continued growth and development in the home building industry.

3.  Provide continuing education and professional development programs that are both accessible and affordable to members.

Choose from more than 50 courses in the nine different tracts to build an educational experience to meet your needs.

NAHB Education

build-better-youNAHB Education provides collaborative, dynamic professional development opportunities. We meet you where you are — no matter what your career stage, or the time you are able to commit; whether you need a basic framework or a complete course load. As a result, you’ll develop a network of resources to build your knowledge and help you draw a blueprint for success.

Whether you’re just looking to increase your knowledge of a particular topic or want to obtain one of NAHB’s 13 professional designations, these courses, whether face-to-face or online, go in-depth on topics relevant to all areas of business operations.  Face-to-face courses are offered at these licensed sites.

If you’re looking to take your career to the next level, consider one of NAHB’s 13 professional designations in building, remodeling, green building, sales and marketing, and low-income housing tax credit. They’re designed to boost your skillset and as a means to differentiate yourself to customers and employers.

Get a jam-packed hour of expert discussion on industry issues, trends and best practices in our five webinar series: Economics and Research, Policy and Finance, Design and Technology, Sales and Marketing and Business Improvement. Webinars are a great way to get quick, insightful information from a variety of perspectives no matter where you are.






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