Testing, Education, & Program Services FAQ's

General Questions

Q: What is the most important thing I can do to prepare for a licensing examination?

A: Obtain the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) from either the National organization that sponsors the examination or the State's vendor. You can find a link to the CIB by choosing your profession from the drop down list of exams at the top of www.michigan.gov/bcstesting

Real Estate Appraisers

Q: I would like to teach a prelicensure and/or continuing education class for Michigan real estate appraiser licensees. What do I need to do to become an approved Sponsor and teach a course?

A: Pursuant to Rule Sec. 2617, all required educational courses shall be offered by one of the following sponsors:

  • An institution of higher education authorized to grant degrees, being a college, university, or community or junior college
  • A private school licensed by the department under 1943 PA 148, MCL 395.101 to 395.103, or authorized to operate in any other state or jurisdiction
  • A state or federal agency or commission
  • A nonprofit association related to real property or real property appraisal

Private school applicants have a two-step process.

  1. The school must apply with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing Bureau, Proprietary School Unit for their private school license
  2. The school must also apply with the Testing, Education and Program Services Unit for course approval for both prelicensure and continuing education courses for Real Estate Appraisers.

To make application for a private school license contact the Proprietary School Unit at (517) 241-9288 or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/pss, for information regarding the requirements for obtaining a proprietary school license.

To make application for prelicensure and continuing education courses, visit the Testing, Education & Program Services Unit at (517) 241-9289 or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting. The application forms and instructions can be found on the forms and publications page.

After both applications are approved, the school will receive a license number for the private school and a letter with the sponsor and course approval numbers for all prelicensure and continuing education courses submitted to the department.

Q: I would like to renew a prelicensure and/or continuing education class for Michigan Real Estate Appraiser licensees, what do I need to do to teach the same class again?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications to find the approval application package for prelicensure and continuing education sponsor/course approvals. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application to the Testing, Education & Program Services in the CSCL for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of CSCL - Testing, Education & Program Services receipt of the application.

Q: I am a Real Estate Appraiser education provider, how should I submit my class attendance rosters to the State?

A: Real Estate Appraisers Education Sponsors must complete form CSCL/LAP-120. This form can be faxed to (517) 241-7539, emailed to bcseducation@michigan.gov or mailed to LARA, CSCL - Testing, Education & Program Services in the, PO Box 30018, Lansing MI 48909. This form must be received by the State within 15 business days after conclusion of the course.

Q: Where do I find a list of approved continuing education courses for Real Estate Appraiser licensees?

A: Visit the Testing, Education and Program Services’ website at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on the link under Candidate Information select List of Approved Real Estate Appraiser Course Offerings.

Q: How many Real Estate Appraiser continuing education hours have been submitted to the State for my license?

A: To check reported real estate appraiser continuing education clock hours that approved Sponsors have transmitted to the CSCL, open the "Check a License" link or under "Quick Links" in the right-hand column of the appraiser's licensing website. Identify the licensee by using either the licensee name or license number. Once the licensee's name appears in blue, click on it and then scroll down and click on the "continuing education" link. If discrepancies are found, you need to contact the continuing education sponsor to ensure that your attendance was reported. Sponsors have fifteen days to report to the Testing, Education & Program Services in the CSCL. Please allow sufficient time for the clock hours to post.

Visit the Real Estate Appraiser licensing website for continuing education hour requirements or call (517) 241-9288.

Real Estate

Q: I would like to teach a prelicensure education class for Michigan real estate licensees. What do I need to do to become an approved Sponsor and teach courses?

A: Pursuant to Sec. 2504(4) of the Occupational Code, 1980 PA 299, all required prelicensure courses shall be offered by one of the following sponsors:

  • A local public school district, a community college, an institution of higher education authorized to grant degrees
  • A proprietary school licensed by the department under 1943 PA 148, MCL 395.101 to 395.103.

Private school applicants have a two-step process.

  1. The school must apply with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing Bureau, Proprietary School Unit for their private school license
  2. The school must also apply with the Testing, Education and Program Services Unit for course approval for prelicensure education courses for Real Estate.

To make application for a private school license contact the Proprietary School Unit at (517) 241-9288 or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/pss, for information regarding the requirements for obtaining a proprietary school license.

To make application for prelicensure education courses, visit the Testing, Education & Program Services Unit at (517) 241-9289 or visit their website at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting. The application forms and instructions can be found on the forms and publications page.

After both applications are approved, the school will receive a license number for the private school and a letter with the sponsor and course approval numbers for all prelicensure education courses submitted to the department.

Q: I would like to renew a prelicensure education class for Michigan real estate licensees, what do I need to do to teach the same class again?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and click on Forms & Publications. Select the Prelicensure course approval package. Instructions for filing these applications are included. Submit the completed application to CSCL for approval. You will receive notification of approval or denial within 60 days of CSCL’s receipt of the application.

Q: I am a Real Estate prelicensure education provider, how should I submit my class attendance rosters to the State?

A: Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the last course, schools and sponsors shall submit the class attendance roster, form CSCL/LRE-005, to CSCL by fax (517) 241-7539, email bcseducation@michigan.gov, or by mail to LARA, CSCL- Testing, Education and Program Services, PO Box 30018, Lansing MI 48909

Q: Where do I find a list of approved prelicensure courses for Real Estate licensees?

A: Visit the Testing, Education and Program Services’ website at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and under Candidate Information select Search Approved Real Estate Course Offerings, you can search all approved scheduled courses. You can also view the entire list of approved courses by clicking on List of Approved Real Estate Prelicensure Courses.

Q: How many Real Estate continuing education hours have been submitted to the State for my license?

A: To check reported real estate continuing education clock hours, taken prior to January 1,2015, that approved Sponsors have transmitted to CSCL, open the "Check a License" link or under "Quick Links" in the right-hand column of the real estate licensing website. Identify the licensee by using either the licensee name or license number. Once the licensee's name appears in blue, click on it and then scroll down and click on the "continuing education" link. If discrepancies are found, you need to contact the continuing education sponsor to ensure that your attendance was reported. Sponsors have fifteen days to report to the Testing, Education & Program Services in CSCL. Please allow sufficient time for the clock hours to post.

Real estate licenses expire 10-31-2015. Approved classes that are given by approved continuing education Sponsors are designated "M" for this current three-year period.

The continuing education hours are displayed in two views on the Check a License website. One is "Current Cycle" which will display all "M" course hours/classes and the other is a view of all continuing education hours that have been reported to CSCL.

Important: If a duplicate course is reported (licensee took the same course twice, even if it was with a different Sponsor), the first course will be displayed under Current Cycle and the duplicate course will display under "all" continuing education but cannot count toward renewal twice. This is also important if you used any M classes/hours to renew late or get relicensed.

If you have any questions about the requirements or how to verify hours, e-mail the CSCL Licensing Division at: bcslic@michigan.gov or call 517-241-9288.

Residential Builders

Q: How do I become a Residential Builder Prelicensure Education Sponsor?

A: All courses and instructors who want to teach prelicensure education for Residential Builders or M&A Contractors must be approved by Testing, Education & Program Services in the Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing Bureau. You must submit a course approval package (LTS-2101) to the Testing, Education & Program Services unit. Application packets for approval of courses and instructors are available at www.michigan.gov/bcstesting under “Forms and Publication” on the right-hand side. For more specific information regarding Residential Builders, please visit www.michigan.gov/builders.

The subject matter of the prelicensure and continuing competency activities may be offered by a high school, intermediate school district, community college, university, Bureau of Construction Codes, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, trade association, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs as meeting the subject matter and instructional qualifications described in Article 24 of the Occupational Code. 1980 PA 299.

If you have questions, please contact the Testing, Education & Program Services Unit at (517) 241-9231 or by email at bcseducation@michigan.gov

Q: Where do I find a list of approved Residential Builder prelicensure courses?

A: Visit the Testing, Education & Program Services’ website, www.michigan.gov/bcstesting, and under Candidate Information select Search Approved Residential Builders Course Offerings.

Q: I am a Residential Builder education provider, how should I submit my class attendance rosters to the State?

A: Residential Builder PreLicensure Sponsors are not required to report attendance to the State. The individual licensees must certify they completed the required prelicensure education.

Q: I am a Residential Builder education provider, how can I have my continuing competency course(s) approved by the State?

A: The Occupational Code does not require Residential Builder continuing competency courses to be approved by the State.