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Fall 2019 Edition

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Course Updates

To offer the most up to date content, NAHB Education conducts assessments of our course materials. This can result in revising the outdated content, repurposing the material into new courses or sunsetting the courses all together. The following courses are being assessed and cannot be taught after the stated dates:

  • High Performance Building for Building Professionals – Dec. 31, 2019
  • Advanced Green Building: Building Science – Dec. 31, 2019
  • Land Acquisition: Development and Finance – Oct. 15, 2019
  • Land Development Site Planning and Zoning – Oct. 15, 2019
  • Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) – Dec. 31, 2019

We ask that no local site or instructor offer this content to any student after the effective dates above. The courses are being reviewed by NAHB Education Director of Instructional Design, Paul Tingler, along with industry professionals, to determine how we will proceed with the materials. There is no guarantee that all of these courses will come back to the classroom. However, we will keep you informed once we know more about each course.

In addition, the Universal Design/Build course has been revised and retitled. The revised content will be available for distribution on Dec. 1, 2019. The new title of this course is Universal Design Essentials and it has been condensed into a one-day course. Existing instructors received a two-page document explaining the changes and how to use the revised material. Anyone who was not already approved to teach the original course must take the new course and apply to teach it once it has been launched.

After Dec. 1, you will not see these course folders on your instructor FTP site account. If you would like to give your input on any of the content or if you have any questions about revisions, please reach out to Paul Tingler at

2020 Instructor License

The new year is fast approaching, and we will continue the Instructor Licensee Program for 2020. This enables instructors to hold an NAHB Education License as a "site" and hold classes they are approved to teach anywhere in the nation.

As a license holder, you are responsible for scheduling the courses, marketing them, handling student registration, ordering student materials, teaching the course and getting all tests back to NAHB. There is an early bird special price of $200 for the year if you complete the license agreement before Dec. 31, 2019. After this date, the price goes up to $250 for the year or $125 after June 30, 2020.

The license will be available in November and there will be only 25 spots available per year. If you would like to purchase a license and be added to the communication once it is ready, please send an email to Tatiana Molina at

IBS 2020

The International Builders' Show will be held in Las Vegas Jan. 21-23, 2020. The Pre-Show courses take place Saturday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 20. For more information and to register, please visit

The annual Instructor Workshop will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. You must register to receive all the informative correspondence being sent out about the workshop. Please remember this is an NAHB approved instructor-only event and is closed to the public. If you have any questions about the workshop, please email

Also, you do not want to miss the Designation Achievement Reception (DAR) which is open to all active designation holders! Designees and Educator of the year as well as new designees will be celebrated during this reception. You can find information here or contact Crystal Floyd at with questions.

Instructor Spotlight - Susan Gruber CAPS, CGA

Susan Gruber

Susan Gruber of New York has been an educator for over 31 years. She fell in love with teaching in the fourth grade when asked to assist a second-grader with their reading. That started her journey to becoming an educator for life. Susan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education and has taught a wide variety of subjects over the years. In addition to many years of teaching in the public-school system and at a community college, Susan spent several years teaching machinists in an industrial setting and parishioners in a faith community.

For NAHB Education, Susan has been teaching the CAPS and Universal Design courses for approximately four years. She has been an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Women Educators for 25 years and has given CAPS related presentations to DKG chapters in every corner of New York. She has also presented to local and regional N.Y. State United Teacher Retiree groups which has led them to invite her to speak at the State Convention in Utica, N.Y. this fall. Susan says, “I do find that educating teachers is one of the best ways of educating others; teachers tend to spread their knowledge wherever they go! We can’t help ourselves; it’s inherent to our DNA! Some may call it a curse!”

Susan became involved with NAHB when the director of her County Office for Aging saw the renovations she made to her own home and suggested that she pursue CAPS training. When Susan investigated, there were only two CAPS in her area at the time. After taking the CAPS courses in Michigan, she realized that she could help individuals with home safety as well as teach the CAPS courses in hopes of gaining more designation holders in N.Y. Susan is a proud member of the Southern Tier Home Builders and Remodelers Association of N.Y. and attends IBS each year to stay on top of the latest products, trends, designs and education opportunities.

When asked what specific things Susan hoped her students will take away from her class, she responded, “Whoever first said ‘Knowledge is power’ hit the nail on the head! One of my goals is to empower my students so that they can in turn empower their clients to make sound decisions. If I had had the information included in the CAPS courses before remodeling my own home, I would have done some things differently. My mission is to educate people so they are better able to make forward-thinking decisions while they are spending their hard-earned money on their homes.”


Evaluation Forms

When teaching a course, please ensure the site has ordered the updated registration packages to include the revised evaluation sheet. The old evaluations can no longer be scanned into the system and in turn can affect your instructor score if we are not able to use the data collected on the old evaluation forms. The registration packages were updated in Mid-June of 2019 so if they were saved before that date; new ones need to be ordered. If there are any questions regarding the registration package, please reach out to Michelle Carrington at

Course PowerPoint Presentations

As instructors we ask that as you are in the field that if you see something within the book or PowerPoint which needs to be fixed/updated that you let us know. With that said; the PowerPoint can be revised at any point in the year. You should always check to see if you have the most up to date presentation for any course you are going to teach. A good rule of thumb would be to start your preparations at least 2 weeks in advance for a course you are familiar with and longer for a new/revised course.

FTP Site Account

Now that everyone has their own login for the FTP site, it is important that you keep track of the password you create. Our IT department manages the FTP site and are not always available to make quick turnaround requests. Keep in mind your password is only active for 120 days and to login after that timeframe you will need your old password to create a new one. If you cannot remember your password, you should always try clicking the “Forgot your password” link on the FTP login page first. This should prompt an email to be sent to the email address we have on file with a link to reset your password. If this does not work, you will need to contact Tatiana Molina directly so she can work with IT to get your password issue resolved. Again, you should try to login at least 2 weeks in advance to be sure you can get to the materials before your class.

Facebook Group

Please join the NAHB Instructors Facebook Group by going to your Facebook page and searching for “NAHB Instructors” in the search field or by visiting The group is a great way to quickly receive advice from each other and to offer best practices and ideas you’ve learned in the field.

If you have questions about any items on this newsletter, please email