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Continuing Competency

60-Hour Prelicense

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This video describes what you will learn
in our 60-Hour Prelicense course.
Here are a few of our students. Click on Testimonials
above to read more. All of our testimonials are real.




We offer the highest quality State-approved builders education in Michigan with a 98% pass rate on our exam prep courses.  Our Michigan Continuing Competency Code-Law -Safety is highly informative and there are NO TESTS.  
We are the only school that offers our courses in HD-Video and Printable Test. You get immediate access and can come and go as you please 24/7 from any computer or mobile device.

“I just took my State exam and passed both parts first try.  Your 60-Hour online video course was extremely helpful.  I couldn’t have passed without it.  Everyone in your office was very helpful and friendly every time I called.  Thank you very much.”  Jake Lindloff, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 3/5/14

“The Michigan Online 60-Hour Course was very informative and prepared me for the test very well.  I felt great walking out and passed the test on my first try.  Thank you Builders License Training Institute.” Brian Chinoski from Warren, Michigan 11/22/13

“I have no real experience in framing and building homes because I specialize in roofing and waterproofing.  Because your course was so thorough, I took the whole residential builders exam and passed my test the first time.  No if, ands or buts, it was your program that got me through.  Thank you.”  Eric Walker, Expert Roofing & Basement Waterproofing from Granger, Michigan, 3/4/2013

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I get a Michigan Builders License?

There are three major steps to getting your Michigan Residential Builders or Maintenance and Alteration Contractor License:

Step 1 – Complete an approved 60-Hour Builders Prelicense Course.

Step 2 - Send your license application, Certificates of Completion and $195 fee to the
State of Michigan for approval. This usually takes 2-4 weeks.

Step 3 - Register with PSI for the State Exam ($111) and Pass it on your first try.
There are two parts to the test:
Part 1:  Business/Law, 50 questions,  you have 75 minutes and must get 36 correct.
Part 2:  Trades/Practices, 100 questions, you have 150 minutes and must get 73 correct.

NOTE:  Our 60-Hour Program covers both parts of the exam thoroughly and provides hundreds of sample questions as close to the real test as it gets.


Is the exam open book?

No, the exam is completely closed book.  You are only allowed to take silent, battery-operated calculators into the exam.  They cannot have a keyboard on them or the ability to convert measurements from inches to feet to yards. 
We suggest that you take two calculators in case there is a malfunction with one.


Will I need to take continued education to keep my license?

Yes. If you were licensed before January 1, 2009, you only need a three hour Code-Law-Safety course once every 3-year licensing cycle. The next renewal date is May 31st, 2014.

If you were licensed January 1, 2009 or after, you must complete 21 hours of continuing competency the first three years of your licensing cycle, and another 21 hours during the second three-year cycle.


What happens after I complete my continued education?

The State of Michigan will send you a renewal notice which should arrive on or near March 31st. On the renewal notice will be a box to check and a place to sign confirming that you have completed the required continuing competency.  You do not need to send the certificate in to the State. The state will audit 17% of the builders in Michigan.  If you are audited, you will then need to send a copy of the certificate to the state.


What can I expect in your 60-Hour Builders Prelicense Program?

Our 60 hour program consists of eight separate courses:

  1. Business of Building walks you through setting up your business, the rules that apply and prepares you for the Business/Law portion of the State exam.
  2. Marketing for Contractors teaches you how to bring in new customers year round.
  3. Project Management teaches you how to complete your projects on time and on budget.
  4. Contracts and Risk Management makes sure you understand the importance of contracts and insurance.
  5. Construction Safety reviews the OSHA Standards of the industry.
  6. Overview of Building Trades focuses on what you need to know to pass the Trades portion of the State exam.
  7. Building Green shows you how to save your customer’s money and boost your profit at the same time.
  8. Residential Code Review walks you through the code book so you can use it as a tool.

Also included with the course:

  • The best test prep software available, with sample questions as close to the real test as it gets.
  • Construction Math tutorial that teaches you the math formulas you will see on the State exam.
  • All forms and applications you will need, along with step by step instructions of the licensing process.
  • Certificates of Completion
  • Toll free “Ask the Instructor” hotline.
  • Money Back Guarantee — Pass the test for try or get your money back.


What is an M&A Contractor License?

A Maintenance and Alteration (M&A) Contractor License is a license to perform a single trade.  You can get an M&A license in any of the 14 trades, like carpentry, roofing, excavation, painting and even swimming pools.  It is not a license to “maintain and alter”.  If you are going to be altering or remodeling homes, you will want the full Residential Builders license, which covers all 14 trades.


Do I have to take the 60 Hour Prelicense Course if I’m only going to be doing work in one trade?

Yes, even the M&A Contractors have to complete the whole 60 Hours of builders prelicense education befor applying for the license or registering for the exam.  Even if you are only painting or building swimming pools.  There are no exceptions.


Where do I take my exam once my license application has been approved?

PSI Examinations Services has testing centers in Southfield, Lansing (Holt), Grand Rapids, Gaylord and Marquette. You can test out of State at any of the PSI centers, but you would have to submit the Out-Of-State form and make special arrangements.  You can get the form from their web site at www.psiexams.com


Do I need to take the Lead Paint RRP Class?

If you are renovating homes or child-occupied facilities that were built before 1978, you must take an eight hour certification course and become certified as a Lead Paint Renovator.


Can I complete my Code Official Continued Education online?

Craig Hanosh, Building Official from Dearborn, said  I learned more from your Code Review Course than any class with 200 students. It was very good and laid out very well!” 10/23/12

Yes, the State of Michigan has approved six of our
online courses to fulfill Code Official Requirements.



Who needs to take the OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Class?

All employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. These courses train individuals within companies to identify potential hazards at their work sites and ways to correct them, improving the occupational safety and health for all within the company. All companies need to have a designated, qualified employee to implement this training.

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Who needs to be licensed as a Michigan Salesperson?

If you are working for a licensed Residential Builder or Maintenance and Alteration (M&A) Contractor, and collecting money or signing contracts, you must pass a 50 question State exam and obtain a Salesperson’s license.



Can I pay for my course with a check or money order?

YES! To send payments using a check or money order please click here to print a: MAIL ORDER FORM 

Please be sure to fill in all the information correctly as it will be used to create your order and Certificates (if applicable).


Buyer Beware:  The State of Michigan issued a SCAM ALERT on Michigan Builders License (a.k.a. CBT Development Corp.) in 2011.  This same company is now cold calling builders soliciting a 3-hour course for $99. Don’t be misled. We have this course available in HD-Video for $49. They are not us! We value your trust.






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