Patrick Henry Community College is offering the following continuing education classes which will begin August 29.\r\n\u2022 Become a healthcare billing and coding specialist in just three months. Successful candidates earn Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) credentials.\r\nStudents learn to translate medical procedures, diagnoses, and symptoms into ICD-10 codes to submit claims for reimbursement to insurance companies.\r\nThe program includes: Medical Terminology for Coders (75 hours), Intro to HIPAA (6 hours), MOS Word 2013 (60 hours), MOS Excel 2013 (45 hours), Medical Billing & ICD-10 Coding (111 hours) and Job Readiness (28 hours).\r\nClasses will meet Monday-Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from August 29 through November 30.\r\nTuition is $3,430.99. Eligible students pay just 30% of the tuition with the Workforce Credentials Grant. Additional funding assistance may be available.\r\nFor Information call (276) 656-0260.\r\n\u2022 Basic Contractor Licensing Course: This eight-hour course provides a basic look at statutes and regulations governing contractor licensing in Virginia, including: types of licenses available and qualifications for each, standards of practice, prohibited acts, and how to avoid violations.\r\nThis course prepares participants for pre-licensure. It is intended for first-time applicants for a Class C, B, or A license and changing a business type. Upon successful completion, participants are provided a certificate of completion to be presented upon application for a contractor\u2019s license. This course does not prepare students for the contractor licensing exam.\r\nThe class will meet Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $189. It will also be held Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.\r\nThe instructor will be Rodney Clark and the class will meet at the PHCC Martinsville campus in Frith 154.\r\n\u2022 Tradesman licensure courses: Journeyman, master plumbers, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and gas fitters are required by the Virginia Board of Contractors to take a pre-determined number of continuing education hours specific to their trade. Plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians must take three hours and gas fitters must take one hour.\r\nEach course covers code changes, general requirements, impacts on the job, and special equipment included in the respective codes. The continuing education must be completed prior to the license expiration date.\r\nPre-registration is required. Visit http:\/\/ph.augusoft.net or call (276) 656-0260 for information.