Kristen from Michigan

I took the Michigan Residential Builder Pre-Licensure course with Builders License Training institute. I found the course to be incredibly thorough, well organized, and the staff is absolutely incredible. I had many questions along the way, which were answered expeditiously and with a tremendous amount of patience from the entire staff. Highly recommend!

How to Renew Your Michigan Builder License

Are you one of the 31,000 Michigan Builders set to renew a license by May 31, 2020? Check your license to find out.

As of 2020 all Michigan builder and maintenance & alteration license renewals must be completed online through Accela. The steps below take you through each step of creating an Accela Account, linking your Accela account to your license, and renewing your license. If you already have an Accela account connected to your license, skip to Step 3. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) suggests that renewals are completed on a desktop or laptop computer, rather than a phone or tablet. They also recommend you use Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Sign up for an Accela Account

  1. Go to
  2. Click Register for an Account under the Login button.
  3. Your next screen will have some registration information - check the 'I have read and accepted the above terms' box and click Continue Registration
  4. Complete the Login Information form
  5. Click Add New Contact. Choose Individual as Contact Type - Fill in the Contact Information
  6. Click Continue - a box will pop up telling you 'The information you entered is not found' - Click Continue Again
  7. The next page will tell you that your Contact was added successfully - Click Continue Registration

Step 2: Link Your Accela Account to your license

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the Login information you created while signing up for Accela - Click Login
  3. Click My Account
  4. Click Add a License
  5. Use the License Type drop down menu to select Residential Builder input your license number.
  6. Click Find License
  7. Your license should show up on the screen. Click the word Connect.
  8. You will be asked 'Do you want to associate this license to your account? Choose OK
  9. The next page will confirm that the license is connected to your account.
  10. Repeat the steps above for your business license

Step 3: Renew Your License

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the Login information you created while signing up for Accela - Click Login
  3. Click on My Records at the top of the screen
  4. Click Renew Application next to your license information
  5. Review the information on the next screen and click Continue Application to add your renewal to the cart.
  6. Click Checkout on the bottom of the screen if you are only renewing one license or choose Continue Shopping to add another license
  7. Click Checkout to process payment. You will have to pay your fee with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card.
    Prepaid credit cards can be purchased at most grocery stores and gas stations if you do not own a credit card.
  8. Enter your address and credit card information - click Next
  9. Review your billing and credit card information - click Pay Now
  10. Your screen will go blank and you will receive a confirmation email.

If you have issues renewing your license, LARA is available to provide assistance. Please email or call 517-241-9316. Purchase your continuing education today!


How to Pest-Proof Your Warehouse

Keeping pests away from your warehouse is always a good idea. Whether we are aware of it or not, rodents and other kinds of pests can cause us a lot of trouble. They can damage our items, spread diseases, and attract even more unwanted guests in our warehouses. That is why you need to think about ways to pest-proof your warehouse in advance, before anything bad happens. You know what they say – it is always better to be safe than sorry. Preparing your unit, and preventing pests from infecting it will take some of your time and energy; however, the end result will be worth your while. So, let’s learn more about the ways to pest-proof your warehouse.

Different types of pests require different plans of action, but the best thing you can do is keeping them out of your warehouse facility in the first place.

Keep your items clean and safe

You want your supplies and tools to stay in good condition - that is simply not possible if they get exposed to rodents or other species of pests. However, properly preparing your items for storage is something that will help you achieve this goal. Here is what you’ll have to do in order to ensure the safety of your items:

Plastic bags, airtight lids, and proper packing

The best thing you can do is to store your items in containers that won’t be easily penetrated by pests. However, this isn’t an option for most of us. Storing our belongings in such containers can turn out to be expensive and time-consuming. On the other hand, you can combine your packing supplies. Not every item needs to be packed and prepared for storing the same way. You can use plastic containers for items such as clothing or other fabrics. This way you will use your containers to their full potential.


Even though this one seems obvious, most of the people who have encountered pest infestations forget about it. Cleaning your goods won’t be enough. Your facility needs to be clean as well. Also, keeping things clean is the easiest way to prevent an infestation arising in your warehouse or storage unit.


You should definitely keep your goods separated. This way, even if it comes to an infestation, not all your goods will be at risk. You will be able to save at least a part of them. Also, think about keeping the most important items sealed. This extra measure might seem a bit extreme, but it will pay off in the end.


One of the best pest-proofing measures you can implement is frequent inspection. If pests penetrate your warehouse, it is always better to be aware of it early on before there is any real damage. Make regular, thorough inspections to spot any signs of rodents or any other type of pests.

Extermination plan

Just like we have mentioned above, being ready for any scenario is your best option. You should do everything that is in your power to prevent an infestation from happening, but if it occurs, you need a plan of action in place. The sooner you start dealing with the problem, the better. Here are some steps that you should take in order to exterminate pests:

  • Inspect your warehouse (interior and exterior)
  • Identify the pests you are dealing with
  • Analyze their activity and patterns
  • Treat the affected areas
  • Implement the methods that will stop pests from spreading to uninfected areas
  • Evaluate the treatment effectiveness and repeat if necessary

Also, handling pests in your warehouse can be a task you are not ready to take upon yourself. That is why you should consider contacting professionals to deal with this problem for you. It is always better to be safe than sorry and professional services are something that will take out the stress that comes with pests infestations.

Do not keep items that could attract pests

Food, perishables, different kinds of chemicals – all these things can and will attract pests. So, if you don’t absolutely have to, don’t leave them in your warehouse. And if you have to, make sure to store them properly. Plastic containers and airtight lids are your best options.

Keep your goods a couple of inches (or more) above the floor

This hack won’t help with all the pests, but making things harder to access for them is always a smart move.

Visit your utility often

Being up to date with everything that is happening in and around your warehouse is the best thing you can do. You need to be in the loop, and in charge. Something that will happen naturally if you visit your warehouse facility on a monthly, or even weekly basis. Here are some of the things you should be doing during your visits:

  • Make sure the facility is well maintained, clean and safe
  • Consider hiring pest control services monthly or quarterly
  • Check if access areas (doors and similar) are in good condition
  • Inspect the garbage plots for the presence of hidden debris and similar items that could attract pests

Author bio:

Maria Porter is a moving and storage professional interested in everything relocation and warehousing related. She currently works at and has a lot of experience in the matter. Her main goal is reaching a wider audience and educating people about ways to make these matters easier on themselves.


Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Continuing Education

When do I have to renew my Wisconsin Dwelling contractor certification?

You must renew your license every two years by the initial date of licensure.

Do I need continuing education to renew my Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor certification?

Yes, you need to complete 12-hours of continuing education to renew your license.

Who submits my Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor continuing education to the state?

Builders License Training Institute will submit your continuing education after your complete your courses.

How do I renew my Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor certification?

Wisconsin sends out a renewal notice to all certified dwelling contractors 4-6 weeks before the renewal date.

  • Cards are sent to those who have already completed their CE.
  • Paper renewals are sent to those who still need to complete their CE.
  • When all requirements are met, all renewals are mailed a license number and a new license expiration date.

On-Time Renewal Fees

  • Dwelling Contractors (Business) $25 for 1 year
  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (Individual) with CE completed $30 for 2 years.

Late Renewals

  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier with CE completed renewing during 90 days preceding  expiration $30 renewal + $25 late fee = $55
  • Other fees apply for later renewals.

Who do I contact in the state of Wisconsin regarding dwelling contractor certification?

The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services regulates dwelling contractor certification:

State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 East Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-266-2112, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday thru Friday
Fax: 608-267-059


Use Your Downtime to Improve Your Business

Unfortunately, residential construction is currently halted in Michigan but you can use this time to plan for the busy summer months that lie ahead. Builders License Training Institute created the Certified Ethical Contractor program to help you stand out from your competition. We know times are hard for everyone right now, so we are offering the Certified Ethical Contractor program at 30% off.

Most clients share one concern –trust. Showing your trustworthiness can be incredibly difficult, especially if you are a new business. Completing a certification aimed at teaching and maintaining ethical practices in contractors is a great way to advertise to potential clients.

Becoming a Certified Ethical Contractor provides you with a variety of ways to stand apart from your competition, win bids at higher prices, and increase your margin.

Below is a list of tangible benefits you will receive after completing the Certified Ethical Contractor program.

  • Custom badge for your business cards, social media profiles, websites, search results, trucks, buildings -the sky is the limit!
  • Contract Statement & Bid Statement to set you apart from the competition
  • 24 Toolbox Safety talks to meet OSHA requirements
  • A place in our database –increase your position on search results and claim your place among ethical contractors!


New Courses for Massachusetts Building Code Officials

New courses for Massachusetts Building Code Officials!

Builders License Training Institute has a newly approved continuing education package that meets Category 1 requirements for Massachusetts Building Code Officials.

This 30-hour package is available from any internet-capable device - 24/7 so you can start and stop your courses as often as you'd like.

Continuing Education Requirements
You must complete 45 hours of continuing education every three years by the anniversary of initial licensing. 30 of these hours must be Category 1; the other 15 hours may be category 1 or 2. 

Sign up now!

Building Official 30-Hour
Continuing Competency

Approved For Category 1

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Course Details

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Sign up for a 10 or 4-hour course here.

Common Massachusetts Building Code Official FAQs

What continuing education is required for Massachusetts Building Code Officials?

Building Code Officials are required to complete 45 hours of continuing education credits every 3 years.

What is the category breakdown of the required Massachusetts Building Code Official 45 hours?

30 hours must be Category 1 (10 per year)
15 hours in any combination of Category 1 or 2

How are the Massachusetts Building Code Official continuing education categories defined?

Category 1: Covers materials that are considered directly pertinent to the job functions of a building code enforcement official. An example would be courses on The Massachusetts State Building Code.

Category 2: Category 2 credits may come from any of the following 5 sources:

  • Continuing education delivered, offered or sponsored by an accredited academic institution.
  • Continuing education delivered, offered or sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or other approved professional organization.
  • Attendance at, and\or participation in, monthly meetings sponsored by the Massachusetts Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association, the Southeastern Massachusetts Building Officials Association, the Building Officials of Western Massachusetts, MetroWest Building Officials of Massachusetts or other approved building code enforcement officials’ organizations.
  • Instructors of continuing education meeting the requirements of this policy may be approved for credit for having prepared and instructed said continuing education. (Maximum of 10 hrs)
  • On-line and webinar presentations available through The International Code Council (ICC) or other recognized companies.

Michigan Builders – Don’t Miss Your Deadline!

When is my Michigan builders license due for renewal?

You need to renew your license every three years by May 31st. Most builders must renew their licenses by May 31st, 2020. Check your license to find your renewal date.

Do I have to complete continuing education to renew my Michigan builder license?

Yes, builders that have been licensed for more than 6 years must complete a 3-hour code, law, safety course before they renew. Builders that have been licensed less than 6 years must complete 21-hours of continuing education.

How do I complete my Michigan builder continuing education during the lock down?

Builders License Training Institute offers online HD video courses that you can take from the comfort of home. All you need is a phone, computer, or tablet and access to the internet. Our customer service team is available to sign you up and get you started.

I am not good at computers, can I take the online courses?

Yes! We have a full customer service team available to guide you through every step of your course. We've also spent the past twenty years making our courses as contractor friendly as possible - they are designed with you in mind!

How do I renew my Michigan builder license after completing my education?

All licenses are renewed online through Accela. You will find a detailed set of instructions here:


Minnesota Builder Renewal FAQ

What do I need to renew my Minnesota builders or remodelers license?

Minnesota builder and remodeler license holders must complete 14-hours of continuing education with 1-hour of energy code within their two-year licensing cycle.  Licensees can break their continuing education into two 7-hour segments over their two-year cycle or take all 14-hours in the same year to meet state requirements. Many residential builder and remodeler licenses are expiring on March 31, 2020.

How do I renew my Minnesota builders or remodelers license?

  1. Complete 14-hours of continuing education including 1-hour of energy code.
    • The same CE course may not be taken twice in a licensing cycle.
    • Two continuing education courses may not be completed on the same date.
  2. Licensees can renew online or on paper.
    • Online renewals are completed through the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry page.
    • To complete a paper renewal licensees must download Minnesota’s renewal forms package and follow the step-by-step instructions the package provides.
  3. Pay the appropriate renewal fee
    • Fees for renewal will vary depending on the license holder’s gross annual income and late renewals will incur an extra cost of $80.

Where can I find classes to renew my Minnesota builders or remodelers license?

Builders License Training Institute offers several courses for licensees requiring all or part of their continuing education. Courses are completed online at the license holder’s convenience with the benefit of a full staff available to answer questions and help with tech support.

Who submits my Minnesota builders or remodelers continuing education?

Builders License Training Institute submits student education to the state of Minnesota the day after completion. Students will also be able to download their certificates at the end of their course.  We suggest students keep a copy for their records as well.


Michigan Builders, Do You Know How to Renew?

All Michigan builder and maintenance and alteration license renewals must be completed online through the state of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). You may complete your continuing education anytime between now and May 31st but you cannot renew your license until March 1st.

How to renew your Residential Builder license online:

  1. Complete your state required Continuing Competency
    All Builders must complete continuing competency every renewal cycle.
    – Builders licensed for less than 6 years need 21 hours
    – Builders licensed for more than 6 years need 3 hours
  2. After March 1st, follow this link to the LARA renewal page:
  3. Complete online renewal form & pay $150 renewal fee
    The $150 renewal fee must be paid by credit card or electronic check online at the time of renewal. Prepaid credit cards are available at most grocery stores and gas stations for any individuals who do not own credit cards or are uncomfortable paying by electronic check.

How to renew your Company license online:

  1. After March 1st, follow this link to the LARA renewal page:
  2. Complete online renewal form & pay $150 renewal fee
    The $150 renewal fee must be paid by credit card or electronic check online at the time of renewal. Prepaid credit cards are available at most grocery stores and gas stations for any individuals who do not own credit cards or are uncomfortable paying by electronic check.

Note Renewals completed after May 31st but before July 1st will incur an additional $20 late fee.


Virginia Code Official Continuing Education

Virginia Code Officials that have last names starting with the letters A-M must complete continuing education and renew their licenses by May 1st, 2020. Check out the frequently asked questions and answers below to make sure you're ready to renew your license.

Which Code Officials need continuing education?

Those employed by a jurisdiction to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC):

  • Building Officials
  • Property Maintenance Officials
  • Technical Assistants

As well as those certified to enforce the Virginia Amusement Device Regulations (VADR):

  • Local Building Department Personnel

How many continuing education hours to Virginia Code Officials have to complete?

16 Hours – every 2 years

(This is in addition to the mandatory and/or periodic training required for certificate issuance and maintenance)

In the case of an individual receiving their initial certification during the continuing education cycle, the following exception shall apply toward the credit hour requirement. Based on the date of initial certification and the months remaining in the continuing education period, and in accordance with the above schedules, the following credit hours shall be obtained in the initial continuing education period.

  • Individuals having 12 months or less remaining in the continuing education period - up to 8 credit hours;
  • Individuals having 13 months or more remaining in the continuing education period - up to 16 credit hours

Who submits my Virginia Code Official continuing education?

You will be required to complete the form provided by the DHCD and submit your continuing education hours along with supporting documentation (certificates). Sign in to the Virginia DHCD to submit your Continuing Education online.

When do I have to submit my Virginia Code Official continuing education?

Your continuing education hours must be submitted within 30 days of the completion of the 2-year continuing education period.  A single submission documenting only the minimum required 16 credit hours shall be submitted to the Department once every two year requirement period according to the following schedule which is prompted at the issuance of the first certificate:

  • Last names A-M: May 1-April 30 (no later than 30 days after May 1 of the even year)
  • Last names N-Z:  May 1-April 30 (no later than 30 days after May 1 of the odd year)

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  • 2015 International Code with Virginia Admendments 6hr
  • Public Administration and Process 6hr
  • ADA Standards:  Building Blocks and Special Elements 4hr
  • Free Video on How to Market Your Company on Social Media

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