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Licenses & Requirements

 

Licenses & Requirements

A Residential Builder may build a new home from the ground up or may do any kind of repairs regulated under Article 24 of the Occupational Code.  The builder may contract for the whole job, but will have to subcontract for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) work to licensed plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors. 

A Maintenance & Alteration (M&A) Contractor is licensed to perform only specific trades and services and may accept contracts only in the trade(s) or craft(s) for which he or she is licensed.  The contractor's wall license and pocket card identifies the trades for which the M&A Contractor is licensed.  The pocket card contains a letter code that represents the trade or trades in which that contractor is licensed.  The M&A trades and their equivalent letter codes are:  Carpentry (A); Concrete (B); Excavation (D); Insulation Work (G); Masonry (I); Painting & Decorating (J); Siding (K); Roofing (M); Screen & Storm Sash (N); Gutters (O); Tile & Marble (P); House Wrecking (R); Swimming Pools (S); and Basement Waterproofing (T). 

Beginning June 1, 2008, an applicant for a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor license must complete 60 hours of approved prelicensure education prior to taking the examination or submitting a license application to the Department.  

All prelicensure education courses must be approved by the Department.  A list of approved prelicensure education courses is available on the Builders website at www.michigan.gov/builders under the "Spotlight" section.  Courses are still being developed; therefore, please continue to visit the Builders website for updated information.  The 60 hours of approved prelicensure courses must include at least six (6) hours in each subject below: 

1)         Business Management, Estimating, and Job Costing (6 hours); 

2)         Design and Building Science (6 hours) 

3)          Contracts, Liability, and Risk Management (6 hours); 

4)         Marketing and Sales (6 hours); 

5)         Project Management and Scheduling (6 hours); 

6)         The Michigan Residential Code (6 hours); 

7)         MIOSHA Construction Safety Standards (6 hours); and 

8)         The rest of the 18 hours may come from other topics on the approved course list. 

After an applicant has completed the 60 hour prelicensure education requirement, he or she may obtain an Individual Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor License Application on the Builders website at www.michigan.gov/builders, under "Forms & Publications".  The license application must be completed and submitted with the application fee. A copy of each official certificate(s) of completion given to you by the course provider must be attached to the license application for each course you have completed.  The certificate(s) must document 60 hours of approved prelicensure courses.  A course will not be accepted without the certificate(s) attached. . 

Once the Builders Unit receives an application, it will be reviewed to ensure that the applicant meets all licensing requirements.  The requirements for licensure include:  1) 60 hours of approved prelicensure education courses; 2) be at least 18 years of age; 3) be of good moral character; 4) submit any required documentation requested by the Department; and 5) pass the required examination.  

An applicant must meet all requirements for licensure before receiving approval by the Department to take the examination that is required to obtain a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor license.  Once the applicant receives an authorization to test (ATT) letter, he or she may contact PSI Services LLC, the exam provider, at 1-800-733-9267, or go to the website at www.psiexams.com, to register for the examination. 

After the applicant passes both portions of the examination, a license will be issued as an Individual Residential Builder or Individual Maintenance & Alteration Contractor.  The individual license will allow an individual to perform work as a sole proprietor, under their personal name or an assumed name from their County Clerk's Office.  The individual license may NOT be used for a corporation, limited liability company or partnership.  If you are conducting business as a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership, you must also apply for a second license which will be for the company.  You may obtain a Corporation, Limited Liability Company, or Partnership Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor License Applicationon the Builders website at www.michigan.gov/builders, under "Forms & Publications" or contact the Builders Unit at (517) 373-8376.   

SALESPERSON 

Individuals selling the work of a Residential Builder, or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor, must be licensed as a Salesperson to that builder or contractor.  

Applicants must contact PSI Services LLC at (800) 733-9267, or visit their website at www.psiexams.com, to register for the examination.  Once an applicant has passed the Salesperson examination, PSI will mail a license application to the applicant that has the passing examination information printed on it.  The applicant must then complete the application and submit it to the Builders Unit, along with the required application fee. 

Applicants for the Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor Salesperson license must be at least 18 years of age; be of good moral character; must be employed by a licensed Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor, and successfully pass an examination. 

 

BRANCH OFFICE 

A Branch Office is a separate office location for a licensed Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor.  If a builder or contractor is operating out of more than one location, the second location must be licensed as a Branch Office.  

A licensed Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor may obtain a Branch Office license application on our website at www.michigan.gov/builders, under Forms & Publications.  The application must be completed and submitted to the Department, along with the application fee. 

 

 

 

 

 

Revised 3/1/2012