Step #1 — Complete an approved 60-Hour Builders Prelicense Course. We have the best course available in several cities throughout the State. See our locations below. (State Approval #364-BP160)
Step #2 — Send your license application and Certificates of Completion to the State of Michigan for approval. We provide all applications and forms needed to complete this step.
Step #3 — Register for and pass the State Exam. We are proud to be able to offer the highest quality video-based and text courses to get you through that test. We are so sure you will pass, we guarantee it. Pass that test on your first try or get your money back! (click here for more information)
Classroom courses are six-day accelerated programs running Monday through Saturday. Start and end times will vary based on location. Please see class schedule below.
The Michigan Residential Code Book is required for the course. The Carpentry and Building Construction book is highly recommended.
Please select a course below to register:
The latest edition of the Michigan Residential Code Book is required for the class.
Grand Rapids – 60 Hour Prelicensure Classroom Course
December 11-16Eikenhout (see facility map below) 308 Wealthy St SW Grandrapids, MI 49503
Room number will be posted at the facility.
This is a 6-day Super Fast-track program that
Troy – 60 Hour Prelicensure Classroom Course
October 16- October 21, 2017
This is a 6-day Super Fast-track program that
by the International Code Council. Every licensed builder and contractor in the state of Michigan is required to own a current copy of the Michigan Residential Code Book.
The Michigan Residential Code Book is required for the class.
Carpentry and Building
Construction 2016 Edition
Recommended for all states as a helpful text in studying for any of the trades exams. This text covers all of the trades you will be tested on and is an excellent reference source for contractors to own.
Is your school recognized by the State?
YES! Our Education Provider Number is: 364 Visit HERE to view the State websites listing of our courses and approval numbers.
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 Prelicensure 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. To schedule your Michigan Builders testing date:
Call PSI at (800) 733-9267, 24 hours a day and schedule using the Automated Registration System or speak with a representative between 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. ET. Builders license exams are given at the following locations:
- Grand Rapids
You will be told immediately after passing the exam if you passed. PSI will notify the State of Michigan Licensing Division and they will send you your license and identification card.
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.
What can I expect in your 60-Hour Prelicensure Course?
Our 60-hour program consists of eight separate courses:
- 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.
(6 hours Business management, estimating, and job costing; 3 hours Electives)
- Marketing for Contractors teaches you how to bring in new customers year round.
(6 hours Marketing and Sales; 1-hour Electives)
- Project Management teaches you how to complete your projects on time and on budget.
(6 hours Project Management and Scheduling; 1-hour Electives)
- Contracts and Risk Management makes sure you understand the importance of contracts and insurance.
(6 hours Contracts and Risk Management; 1-hour Electives)
- Construction Safety reviews the OSHA Standards of the industry.
(6 hours Construction safety standards promulgated under the Michigan occupational safety and health act, 1974 PA 154, MCL 408.1001 to 408.1094; 1-hour Electives)
- Overview of Building Trades focuses on what you need to know to pass the Trades portion of the State exam.
(9 hours Electives)
- Building Green shows you how to save your customer’s money and boost your profit at the same time.
(6 hours Design and Building Science; 1-hour Electives)
- Residential Code Review walks you through the code book so you can use it as a tool.
(6 hours of the Current Michigan Residential Code; 1-hour Electives)
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.
- Certificates of Completion
- Instructor Support (click here for more information)
- Money Back Guarantee — Pass the test on your first try or get your money back.
What can I expect with the State Exam?
The State exam is made up of two main parts:
- Part 1 Business and Law Exam – There are 50 questions on the exam and you must answer at least 36 questions correctly in order to pass. The minimum passing score is 72%. You are allowed 75 minutes to complete the exam.
- Part 2 – Trades Exam – The Trades Exam is different for the Individual Residential Builder and the Maintenance & Alteration licensing:
- Residential Builder Trades Exam – There are 100 questions on the Residential Builder exam and you must answer at least 73 questions correctly in order to pass. The minimum passing score is 73%. You are allowed 150 minutes to complete the exam.
- Maintenance & Alteration Trades Exam – A separate trade exam is required for each trade you wish to be licensed in. Each trade exam ranges from 25 to 50 questions. Please click on the link below for the PSI candidate information bulletin.
A candidate information bulletin is included with our 60-Hour prelicensure course which outlines the topics covered on the exam. If you are taking an exam for an individual trade, please call us or email us and we will send you the outline for that trade. You can also find this information at www.psiexams.com.
Do I have to take the 60 Hour Prelicensure Course if I’m only going to be working in one trade?
Yes, even the M&A Contractors have to complete the whole 60 hours of builders prelicensure education before 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
- Grand Rapids
- Lansing (Holt)
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 website at www.psiexams.com.
Do I need to take the 60-hour prelicensure course if I held a license in the past?
If you are applying for a license or re-licensure as a residential builder or residential maintenance and alteration (M&A) contractor, you may be exempt from the requirement of successfully completing prelicensure courses if all of the following are met:
(a) Your application is submitted between September 16, 2014, and March 16, 2016, and
(b) You held an individual license as a residential builder or residential maintenance and alteration (M&A) contractor, or held a license as a qualifying officer of a licensed residential builder or residential maintenance and alteration (M&A) contractor, at any time within the 9-year period preceding your application.
NOTE: The information above regarding the waiver of the prelicensure course–if you were actively licensed in the past nine years–is effective until March 2016. The waiver is part of a temporary amendment that expires March 16, 2016.
To be sure, we recommend you call the Builders Unit within the State of Michigan at (517) 373-8376 and ask them to verify whether you need to take the 60-hour program.
How can you be so sure students will pass the first time?
Our 60 hours has two portions devoted to the test: 9-hour Business of Building focuses on the 50-question Business Law exam; 9-hour Overview of Building Trades focuses on the Trades exam.
Students receive a sample question program that allows them to test themselves with hundreds of sample questions as close to the real test as it gets.
Students receive a Construction Math Tutorial that includes 42 fully narrated math problems that make sure, no matter how they are hit with math on that test, they will be able to come up with the right answer.
Our entire 60 hours reinforces information that is found on the State exam. No one knows that test better than the Builders License Training Institute.
Go to the Michigan FAQ’s to learn all there is to know about becoming a Michigan Builder and Continuing Education.
Can I pay for my classes with a check?
YES! If you prefer to pay for your course with a cashiers check or money order, please CLICK HERE to print a copy of our convenient mail-in order form. (We do not accept checks by phone.) Payment must be received 7 business days prior to class date. If you’ve chosen an online class, you will be notified when the class is activated.