Until March 28th, 2019, all Michigan painters were required to hold a M&A Contractor license. The House Fiscal Agency required painters hold a license to prevent consumer fraud, however, former Governor Rick Snyder, signed a repeal law on December 27th 2018 to remove painters from the list of professions that require licensing. So, what does that mean for you as a formerly licensed painter?
Good News/Bad News
Depending on who you ask, this rule change is either a great or a terrible thing for Michigan. Many feel that painters should have never been required to hold a license since their work rarely if ever effects the safety of the building's users. On the other hand, the lack of state licensing means clients are left with less options for recourse if a painter does a poor job since they can no longer bring complaints to the state.
New painters will likely appreciate this rule change because it is now much cheaper to start a painting business. They will no longer have to complete a 60-hour program or pay licensing and exam fees to begin work. New and current painters will no longer have to complete continuing education every three years.
Want to remain licensed?
If you held an M&A painters license you may apply for an add on trade in order to stay licensed with the state. You will have to fill out the appropriate application and pass a test based on your new trade. You won't have to retake a 60-hour program or pay licensing fees.