Armed Forces Applicants - Residential Builders and M&A Contractors

Armed Forces Applicants - Residential Builders and M&A Contractors

Exemption from residential builder and residential M&A contractor prelicensure course requirement for certain veterans

An individual who served in the armed forces is exempt from the prelicensure requirement for initial licensure as a residential builder or residential maintenance & alteration contractor if he or she meets all of the following: 

1)     Served in the Armed Forces. “Armed Forces” means the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or other military force designated by Congress as a part of the Armed Forces of the United States.

2)     While serving in the Armed Forces, was engaged in the erection, construction, replacement, repair, alteration, or demolition of buildings or other structures.

3)     Was separated from service in the Armed Forces, and provides to the department a form DD214, form DD215, or any other form that is satisfactory to the department that demonstrates that he or she was separated from that service, with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service.

4)     Has, and provides with his or her application an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of the applicant’s service that he or she has, entry-level experience in or basic knowledge of each of these areas of competency:

(a)   business management, estimating, and job costing;
(b)   design and building science;
(c)   contracts, liability, and risk management;
(d)   marketing and sales;
(e)   project management and scheduling;
(f)    the current Michigan residential code; and
(g)   construction safety standards promulgated under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1974 PA 154, MCL 408.1001 to 408.1094.

If an applicant meets the requirements of 1-3 listed above; but, does not have entry-level experience in or basic knowledge of each of the areas of competency described above in (a) through (g), he or she may provide with his or her license application, an affidavit, signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of the applicant’s service, that states in which of those areas of competency the applicant has entry-level experience or basic knowledge, and the department may in its discretion grant the applicant credit toward the 60-hour prelicensure education requirement based on that experience or knowledge. 

If the applicant for initial licensure does not pass the examination for that license the first time he or she takes the examination, the applicant may not retake the examination until he or she successfully completes 60 hours of approved prelicensure courses consisting of at least 6 hours of courses in each of the following areas of competency:

(a)   business management, estimating, and job costing;
(b)   design and building science;
(c)   contracts, liability, and risk management;
(d)   marketing and sales;
(e)   project management and scheduling;
(f)    the current Michigan residential code; and
(g)   construction safety standards promulgated under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1974 PA 154, MCL 408.1001 to 408.1094. 

See MCL 339.2404b.