Instructors

Dan & Sue Hines

Dan started in the construction business as a teenager helping my Dad build and remodel houses in Washington County. As an adult I was a building Inspector at Washington County for 14 years before leaving to serve as Building Safety Director for Deschutes County. Two heart attacks in my 40’s resulted in a medical retirement, but sitting around the house was not for me. In 1999, because my professional expertise lay in construction and building codes, I started my first contractor education company known as 'A Contractors Lifeline'. That same year I was hired to write the original lesson plan for the Oregon State reference manual and later wrote chapter 7. Over the last 30 years I have taught classes at Portland Community College, Lane Community College, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, FEMA and the Virgin Islands Government. I have numerous National and Oregon Building Inspector certifications and degrees in Management, Vocational Education and Building Construction Technology. I am also a published author in building code interpretation and enforcement.

My partner and wife, Sue spent 30 years with the United States Postal Service serving, among other duties, as Delivery Service Analyst for the Portland District, managing rural mail delivery and teaching budget, work hour reporting methods and standard operating procedures to Postmasters and other management personnel before retiring as a mid level Postmaster in 2005. She has been instrumental in writing questions, editing content and keeping me focused on the task at hand. Her organizational skills have kept me sane and her gentle manner of explanation has been helpful to both potential clients and students using our program to pass the State exam. As a team, Sue and I offer you extensive knowledge, expertise and guidance to help you pass the Oregon State exam on the first try. Our Interactive CD teaches you how to locate the information in the reference manual without having to read the whole book. Our data bank of questions covers the objectives listed at the beginning of each chapter and provides you multiple opportunities to take practice tests that are different each time. We are available 7 days a week to assist you, by phone or e-mail.