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MICHIGAN STATE

Contractors working on residential or a combination of residential, commercial buildings Electricians, plumbers and HVAC contractors must be licensed.

List of Books You May Need Below: Contact Contractor School Online

Michigan Building Code

Michigan Residential Code

Michigan Rehabilitation for Existing Buildings Code

Michigan Mechanical Code (Soft cover)

Michigan Plumbing Code (Soft cover)

Michigan Uniform Energy Code

Michigan Building Code (Soft cover)

Michigan Residential Code (Soft cover)

Michigan Plumbing Code (Soft cover)

Michigan Mechanical Code (Soft cover)

Michigan Rehabilitation of Existing Building Code (Soft cover)

National Electrical CodeĀ® (Soft cover or Loose leaf)

National Electrical CodeĀ® (Soft cover or Loose leaf)

Electrician's Licenses

To do electrical work in Michigan you need a license. Some communities license electrical contractors at the local level.

Master and Journeyman Licenses

You'll have to pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master exam you need:

  • six years of electrical work experience covering 12,000 hours
  • two years of work experience as a licensed journeyman electrician
  • proof that you are 22 years of age or older

If you're licensed in another state which has licensing requirements about the same as Michigan, you can qualify to take the exam. Also if you don't fulfill these requirements you can still present evidence of your experience to the Board and possibly get permission to take the exam.

The master exam covers knowledge required to plan and supervise electrical installation, read plans and drawings, and apply knowledge of relevant safety procedures and requirements. Below are the subjects on the exam:

Grounding and bonding

Overcurrent protection

Branch circuits, wire connections and devices

Raceways

Conductors

Special occupancies and equipment

General knowledge of electrical trade

Boxes, cabinets, panelboards, non-raceway enclosures

Motors and control of motors and equipment

Low voltage circuits and equipment

Services and feeders

Lighting and lamps

General use equipment

State laws, rules, code amendments

To qualify for the journeyman exam you must be 20 years old, have 8,000 hours of electrical work experience over at least four years working under a master electrician. If you're licensed in another state which has licensing requirements about the same as Michigan, you can qualify to take the exam.

The journeyman exam is on the same subjects as the master exam but it covers only entry level knowledge.

Fire Alarm Specialty and Fire Alarm Contractor Licenses

To be eligible for the exam, you must be 20 years of age and certified by NICET as an associate of engineering technician, level II or equivalent as determined by the Board. Exam subjects are the same as the master and journeyman exams.

Sign Specialist License

You must be 18 years of age, show completion of a sign specialist training course and have 4,000 hours of related experience. Exam subjects are the same as the master and journeyman exams.

Electrical Contractor License

To qualify you must hold a master electrician's license or have at least one master electrician in your employ. The master electrician will be charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of electrical wiring and equipment.

Contractor licenses are issued in 3-year cycles. Electrical and fire alarm contractor licenses will cost $200 if the license is issued for three years, $134 in the second year of licensing, and $67 in the third year. The Sign specialty contractor license will cost $120 if the license is issued for three years, $80 in the second year of licensing, and $40 in the third year.

Plumber's Licenses

To do plumbing work in Michigan you need a master or journeyman license.

You will have to pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master exam you need two years of work experience as a Michigan licensed journeyman plumber. You must have completed the experience just before you apply for the exam. If you got your experience in another state or in some other way, you can appear before the Board and present your case to take the exam.

The written part of the exam is on the general theory and practice of plumbing and Michigan plumbing laws and regulations. The practical part of the exam will test your ability to do various mechanical tasks connected with the plumbing trade.

If you can prove you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Michigan's, you may be eligible for a Michigan license without taking the exam.

To qualify for the journeyman exam you must have at least three years experience as an apprentice plumber working under a master plumber. If you have Board-approved education you can use it for up to one year of the three years experience requirement. If you got your experience in another state or in some other way, you can appear before the Board and present your case to take the exam.

The exam will consist of oral, written, and practical tests and will cover the theory and practice of plumbing and knowledge of the state plumbing code, rules, and regulations.

If you can prove you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Michigan's, you may be eligible for a Michigan license without taking the exam.

RESIDENTIAL BUILDER, MAINTENANCE AND ALTERATION (M&A) CONTRACTOR, AND SALESPERSON

 

Residential Builder License

This license is required for persons or firms who engage in the construction of a residential structure or combination residential and commercial structure, or who undertake the repair, alteration, addition, subtraction or improvement of a residential structure or combination residential and commercial structure for compensation other than wages for personal labor.

 

Maintenance and Alteration (M&A) Contractor License

This license allows you to work in ONLY the specific trade or trades for which you have been licensed. There is no limit to the number of trades in which you may be licensed. If you intend to do general remodeling or work in more than three trades, you may wish to apply for the Residential Builder license. Should you wish to work in another trade or trades after you have received your first M&A Contractor license, you must register for the examination(s), submit the proper fee, receive a passing score on the trade examination(s), and file an Add-On-Trade license application with the State Department. Upon the Department’s receipt of your fee and license application to add the desired trade or trades, the new trade(s) will be added to your license and an updated license will be mailed to you by the State Department.

 

Neither the Residential Builder nor the M&A Contractor license allows individuals or firms to engage in plumbing, electrical, or mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) work. The licenses for these trades are issued by a different department.

 

Salesperson License

An applicant for a Salesperson license who is currently licensed as a Residential Builder or Maintenance and Alteration Contractor, or has been licensed as a Residential Builder or Maintenance and Alteration Contractor within the past 3 years, is not required to take the Salesperson examination to receive a Salesperson license. An application for a Salesperson license need only be submitted to the Department, on behalf of the applicant, by the employing Residential Builder or Maintenance and Alteration Contractor.

 

Before applying to take your licensing examination(s) you should first review the COMPLETE requirements for licensure. An abbreviated list follows:

1) Be at least 18 years old.

2) Be of good moral character; the ability on the part of the person to serve the public in a fair, honest, and open manner.

3) Provide evidence of financial stability. The Department will obtain a credit report for every applicant seeking licensure.

4) Complete 60 hours of approved pre-licensure courses. (Not required of Builders Salespersons)

5) Submit a complete license application for the correct license and the required fees to the Builder’s Unit.

6) Submit a complete Residential Builder and M&A Contractor Pre-licensure Education Reporting Form.

7) License applicants will be required to submit a copy of their driver’s license or state personal identification card with their application.

8) Receive Authorization To Test from the Department.

9) Register for the licensing examinations

10) Pass the Residential Builder or M&A Contractor exams.

11) Qualifying Officers for corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships MUST hold an ACTIVE license as an Individual Residential Builder or Individual M&A Contractor.

12) Only the State of Michigan may determine your eligibility for a license.

13) 60 hours of approved pre-licensure education courses

 

SALESPERSON candidates: If this is a first time registration, you must complete registration form.

Examination Part 1 and Part 2

 

Residential Builder Candidates MUST register and sit for both parts of the exam during one examination session. Testing for ONLY Part 1, the Business, Law and Management Examination, or Part 2, the Practice/Trade Examination, during one examination session is restricted to Residential Builder Candidates who have previously passed one part, and the passing score is still valid (Passing scores are valid for one year from examination date).

 

M&A Candidates First Time Testing MUST register and sit for the minimum of the Business, Law and Management and one Trade examination. M&A Candidates may sign up for a maximum of three parts per examination session. 

 

SCOPE OF WORK FOR TRADES

Residential Builder - One who contracts to build or is responsible for building a complete residential structure or combination residential and commercial structure, using many trades. One who manufactures, assembles, constructs, deals in, or distributes a residential or combination residential and commercial structure which is prefabricated, precut, packaged, or shell housing. A licensed residential builder may also do maintenance and alteration work.

 

Maintenance and Alteration Contractor - One whose contracting activity is limited to specific trades or crafts such as carpentry and masonry. If you are applying for the Maintenance and Alteration Contractor examination, you must select the trade(s) in which you wish to be licensed in the state form. If you intend to engage in general remodeling or work in three or more trades, you may wish to register for the Residential Builder examination. If you are already licensed and are applying for an add-on trade(s) contact state. 

 

Salesperson - One who is an employee or agent, other than a qualifying officer, of a licensed residential builder or maintenance and alteration contractor, who is compensated for selling the goods and services of a residential builder or maintenance and alteration contractor.

 

RESIDENTIAL BUILDER EXAMINATION

In order to apply for licensure as a Residential Builder, you must pass both the Business and Law examination and the Practice/Trade examination.

 

PART 1 - THE BUSINESS, LAW and MANAGEMENT EXAMINATION CONTENT

OUTLINE

 

This examination must be passed by individuals applying for either the Residential Builder or the M&A Contractor license. The examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The minimum passing score for this examination is 36. You will have 75 minutes to complete the Business, Law and Management examination. The number of questions relating to each area on the examination is shown in parentheses.

 

This examination is CLOSED BOOK, NO reference materials are allowed in the examination center.

 

A. REGULATORY AND STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS (13 QUESTIONS)

1. Licensing process and requirements

2. Display (wall license and pocket card)

3. Changes to existing license (name, address, assumed name, etc.)

4. Branch office

5. Definitions/actions requiring license

6. Enforcement process (complaints, investigations, informal hearings, formal hearings, disciplinary action)

7. Independent arbitration

8. Permitting requirements (including certificates of occupancy)

9. Civil Rights (Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act)

10. “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Persons with Disabilities Act” (sales, office facility, hiring and employee practices)

11. EPA regulations on hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, radon, etc.)

12. Salesperson for a Residential Builder or M&A Contractor

13. Home Solicitation Sales

14. Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2, Part 2, Form, Formation & Readjustment of Contracts

 

Regulations governing conduct and penalties

15. Physical location of business (business address)

16. Advertising

17. Purchase and sales agreements

18. Books and records

19. Financial statements

20. Account for money received from customer

 

B. TYPES OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATION (2 QUESTIONS)

1. Partnerships

2. Corporations

3. Sole proprietorships

4. Limited Liability Company (LLC)

 

C. BIDDING AND ESTIMATING (3 QUESTIONS)

(Quantity Take-Offs is on Builder’s Practice/Trade Exam)

1. General aspects

 

D. CONTRACTS (8 QUESTIONS)

1. Terminology and definition

2. Types

3. Elements of a binding contract

4. Addenda, change orders, etc.

5. Warranties

 

Construction financing

6. Construction loan

7. Mortgage financing

8. Direct payments from owner

 

E. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION (2 QUESTIONS)

1. Scheduling (chart/timeline, labor tables, etc.)

2. Subcontracts

3. Quality control

4. Resource management (inventory, purchasing controls, deliveries, personnel, etc.)

5. Cost management

6. Draws, progress payments, and retainage (holdbacks)

7. Customer service

 

F. ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (6 QUESTIONS)

1. Balance sheet and income statement

2. Financial Ratios (Working Capital, Current Ratio, Quick Assets Ratio, Net Worth to Assets Ratio, Gross Profit to Sales Ratio, True Investment Yield, Margin of Profit, etc.)

3. Sales and accounts receivable

4. Costs and expenses (accounts payable)

5. Cash flow

6. Definitions and terminology

7. Michigan business tax

 

G. PERSONNEL (6 QUESTIONS)

1. State Labor Laws (e.g., wages, overtime, minors)

2. Immigration Form I-9

3. Record keeping

4. Responsibility for MIOSHA record keeping, penalties

5. Employee benefits (health, retirement, vacation, etc.)

6. Workers’ Compensation Insurance (e.g., responsibilities for employees and subcontractors’ employees)

 

H. INSURANCE, BONDS, AND LIENS (4 QUESTIONS)

1. Insurance on company property

2. Liability insurance

3. Vehicle insurance

4. Builders’ risk

5. Business, accident, and life insurance

6. Bonds

7. Title insurance

8. Liens (Construction Lien Act)

 

I. PAYROLL TAXES (6 QUESTIONS)

1. Federal Income, State Income, FICA, Unemployment, etc.

 

PART 2 - THE PRACTICE/TRADE EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE

 

The examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The minimum passing score for this examination is 73. You will have 150 minutes to complete the Practice/Trades Examination. The number of questions relating to each area on the examination is shown in parentheses.

 

This examination is CLOSED BOOK, NO reference materials are allowed in the examination center.

 

A. LAYOUT (5 QUESTIONS)

1. Surveying (reference points, monuments, flood plains, wetlands, benchmarks)

2. Soil testing (perk tests, compaction test, soil bearing)

3. Septic requirements

4. Well requirements

5. Plot plan (building lines, setbacks, easements, restrictions, utility source locations)

6. Elevations (transit level, topographical)

 

B. PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS AND ESTIMATING (15 QUESTIONS)

1. Permits/inspections based on permits

2. Types of plans (floor, framing, truss erection, foundations, etc.)

3. Symbols and legends

4. Scales and dimensions

5. Views, sections, and details

6. Material identification

7. Schedules (window, door, etc.)

8. Materials estimating (takeoffs, volumes, measurements, areas, board feet, etc.)

9. Cost and labor estimating

 

C. EXCAVATION/SITEWORK (4 QUESTIONS)

1. MISS DIG

2. Erosion protection

3. Equipment

4. Clearing and grubbing

5. Grading (cut and fill, rough grading, finish grading, sloping)

6. Excavating and trenching

7. Backfilling

8. Compaction

9. Volume, shrinkage, and swell (expansion)

10. Dewatering

11. Retaining walls

 

D. FOOTINGS AND FOUNDATION WALLS (7 QUESTIONS)

1. Footings (types, dimensions, specifications, etc.)

2. Concrete only as it pertains to foundation walls (strengths, dimensions, reinforcement, etc.)

3. Masonry only as it pertains to foundation walls

4. Insulating Concrete Form foundation walls (ICF)

5. Concrete slab on grade

6. Treated wood foundations

7. Pier and curtain wall foundations

8. Waterproofing and damp-proofing

9. Drainage

10. Anchoring systems

11. Structural steel (columns, beams, and girders)

12. Other columns (wood, concrete, and masonry)

 

E. CONCRETE (4 QUESTIONS)

1. Characteristics/types/general

2. Testing (slump, strength)

3. Ingredients and aggregates

4. Admixtures (chloride, retarding agents)

5. Formwork

6. Proportions

7. Flatwork (driveway, sidewalk, floors)

8. Precast concrete panels, steps

9. Placing

10. Joints

11. Finishing (troweling, bullfloating)

12. Curing

13. Reinforcement (wire mesh, rebar, fiber)

14. Suspended concrete slabs and above-grade concrete

 

F. CARPENTRY (20 QUESTIONS)

1. Bracing, bridging, and hangers

2. Span tables

3. Fastening schedules

4. Loads (live, dead, floor load schedule, roof load, wind load, etc.)

5. Notching and boring

6. Sill, sole, and top plates and band (rim) joists

7. Beams (timber, planks, and boards)

8. Floor framing (joists, truss joists)

9. Floor decking/sub-flooring

10. Wood framing for walls (exterior, sheathing, loadbearing, knee walls, wind bracing, partitions/interior, and interior soffits)

11. Metal framing (studs)

12. Panel walls (open, closed)

13. Fire blocking and draftstops

14. Ceiling joists

15. Roof framing (rafters, decking, dormers, valleys, soffits, fascia, pitch, crickets, saddles)

16. Roof Trusses

17. Framing for openings (vents, windows, doors, skylights, fireplaces, chimneys, attic access, crawl space access, house fans, etc.)

18. Post and beam framing

19. Stairs (interior, exterior, landings, railings, balusters, rise, run, clearances, width, etc.)

20. Decks (height, rails, materials, footings, etc.)

21. Wood flooring

22. Cabinetry

23. Finish trim and molding

 

G. MASONRY (7 QUESTIONS)

1. Brick (walls, veneer, paver brick, firebrick, etc.)

2. Concrete masonry units (walls, veneer, etc.)

3. Stone (manufactured and natural)

4. Glass blocks

5. Fireplaces and chimneys

6. Construction details (brick ledge, lintels, headers, pilasters and piers, sills, keystones, patterns and bonds, forms and arches)

7. Mortar and grout

8. Anchors, ties, and reinforcement

9. Expansion/control joints

10. Jointing

11. Flashing

12. Weepholes

 

H. ROOFING (7 QUESTIONS)

1. Rolled roofing

2. Fastening procedures

3. Ventilation systems (ridge, box, soffit, etc.)

4. Flashing (wall, chimney, counterflashing, valley, step)

5. Drip edges

6. Water shield membranes (ice and rain guard)

7. Diverters (see framing section for crickets and saddles)

8. Valleys

9. Re-roofing

 

TYPES of ROOFS

10. Shingles (asphalt or fiberglass)

11. Wood shingles and shakes

12. Metal

 

I. INSULATION (5 QUESTIONS)

1. Blanket

2. Batt (faced)

3. Batt (unfaced)

4. Blown-in (fiberglass, cellulose)

5. Sprayed-on foam

6. Fiberboard

7. Foam board

8. Foil-faced (reflective)

9. R-values

10. Vapor barriers

11. Sound

 

J. VENTILATION (3 QUESTIONS)

1. Attic (gable vents, baffles)

2. Foundation/crawl space

 

K. WINDOWS, DOORS, AND SKYLIGHTS (2 QUESTIONS)

1. Egress/escape requirements

2. Safety glazing

3. Size

4. Types (storms and screens, pocket door, bi-fold door, sliding window, casement window, etc.)

5. Materials/parts

6. Installation and flashing

 

L. SIDING INSTALLATION (4 QUESTIONS)

1. Associated elements (backer boards, flashing, vents, starter strips, fascia, soffits)

2. Sheathing paper/house wrap

3. Vinyl

4. Wood

5. Plywood

6. Shingles and shakes

7. Aluminum

8. Steel

 

M. INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR FINISHING (2 QUESTIONS)

1. Drywall

2. Exterior painting and staining

3. Suspended ceiling systems

4. Tile and marble (ceramic, slate, granite, terracotta, etc.)

 

N. SPECIALTIES (3 QUESTIONS)

1. House wrecking and demolition

2. Pool barriers

3. Smoke detectors

 

O. SAFETY AND EMPLOYEE PROTECTION INCLUDING MIOSHA (12 QUESTIONS)

1. General safety requirements (first aid, fire safety, illumination, sanitation, emergency action plan, safety program, etc.)

2. Personal protection equipment

3. Excavation safety (shoring, benching, trench boxes, angle of repose, egress)

4. Ladders and scaffolds

5. Fall protection

6. Hand and power tools, including electrical

7. Roof, deck and ladder jacks

8. Lifting and digging Equipment

9. Hazardous materials, including MSDS

10. Barricades and signs

11. Demolition

 

MAINTENANCE & ALTERATION (M&A) CONTRACTOR LICENSE EXAMINATIONS

 

Maintenance and Alteration Contractor Examinations

In order to be licensed as an M&A Contractor, you will be required to pass the Business, Law and Management Examination. Each trade examination includes from 25 to 50 scored multiple-choice questions as follows:

 

Trade Examination

Number of Questions

Passing % Score

Passing Score

 

Waterproofing 50 72 36

Carpentry 50 72 36

Concrete 55 72 40

Excavation 40 72 29

Gutters 35 72 25

House Wrecking 25 72 18

Insulation Work 50 72 36

Masonry 50 72 36

Painting &

Decorating 50 72 36

Roofing 50 72 36

Siding 45 72 32

Screen & Storm Sash 35 72 25

Swimming Pools 50 72 36

Tile & Marble 50 72 36

 

You may take a maximum of three examinations per registration. Each registration is valid for one appointment to take the examination(s). Below are the time limits for the M&A examinations.

1. If you are taking the Business, Law and Management and one trade, you will be given 135 minutes to complete the examinations.

2. If you are taking the Business, Law and Management and two trades, you will be given 195 minutes to complete the examinations.

3. If you are ONLY taking the Business, Law and Management, you will be given 75 minutes to complete the examination.

4. If you are ONLY taking one trade, you will be given 60 minutes to complete the examination.

5. If you are taking three trades, you will be given 180 minutes to complete the examinations.

 

SALESPERSON LICENSE EXAMINATION

Number of Questions

Passing % Score

Passing Score

Time Allowed

45 72 32 90 minutes

 

This examination is CLOSED BOOK, NO reference materials are allowed in the examination center.

 

1. REGULATORY AND STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

a. Understand when a Salesperson License is Required

b. Know Actions Subject to Disciplinary Action

c. Understand the Complaint, Investigations, and Hearings Process

d. Renew License

e. Understand the Builder/Contractor-Salesperson Relationship

f. Display License Appropriately

g. Understand how to Report Changes to License

h. Understand Permitting and Inspection Requirements

i. Understand Discriminatory Activities Under Fair Housing Guidelines

j. Understand Discriminatory Activities Under Civil Rights Act (Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act)

k. Understand Truth in Advertising Guidelines

l. Understand Guidelines for Home Solicitation Sales Knowledge of emergency situations when consumer can waive cancellation)

m. Understand General State Building Code Requirements

n. Understand when Building Restrictions may Apply

o. Comply with Easements and Setbacks

p. Comply with EPA Regulations on Hazardous Materials

q. Comply with do-not-call and associated regulations

r. Comply with requirements of Patriot Act (knowledge of consumer's personal information that cannot be captured on paper or in file)

 

2. CONTRACTS

a. Understand the Types of and Components of Contracts

b. Understand the Terminology Related to Contracts

c. Comply with State Requirements for Contracts

d. Understand and Create Addenda and Change Orders

e. Understand and Adjust Contract for Factors Affecting Completion Date

f. Comply with Guidelines for Allowances

g. Understand Basic Concept of Warranties

h. Understand Definition of Breach of Contract

i. Understand Concept of Lien Waiver

j. Explain Financing Process

k. Create and Explain Payment Schedules

 

3. MATHEMATICS, MEASUREMENTS, and ESTIMATING

a. Understand and Apply Basic Concepts and Terminology for Estimating Cost of a Contract

b. Compute Markup/Profit and Overhead

c. Compute Discounts

d. Perform Calculations Using Basic Math

 

4. PRINTS, PLANS, AND SPECIFICATIONS

a. Interpret Symbols and Legends

b. Compute Actual Dimensions

16

8

5

16

Based on Scale

c. Understand and Interpret Different Types of Plan Views

d. Identify basic information on plan drawings

 

SUGGESTED STUDY MATERIALS

The study materials listed here should be helpful to candidates preparing for the Business, Law and Management examination, the Residential Builder Practice/Trade examination, and the Salesperson examination. (Suggested study materials for the individual M&A Contractor examinations are included with the separate content outline for each trade) except for the Michigan Laws, Rules, Codes and Standards, neither the Department nor State Testing Center endorses any of the materials listed. However, we try to ensure that the references are currently available and consist of recognized industry standards.

 

If the answer to a specific examination question could differ because of conflicting information contained in the suggested study materials, the legal requirement, such as a law, regulation, board or commission rule, or building code, takes precedence over (overrides) any other reference. If two legal requirements appear to conflict, the Michigan specific law, regulation, board or commission rule, or building code, takes precedence over the national one. Information from the suggested study materials listed here takes precedence over information from all other sources or persons.

 

This is only a sample of the available reference materials that contain information about the professions. These materials contain neither all of the general trade knowledge required to be competent in any specific area nor all of the information on which you will be tested. Also, please be aware that reference materials may go out of print or be otherwise unavailable.

 

These examinations are CLOSED BOOK, so the following reference materials suggested as study resources are not allowed in the examination center.

 

Business and Law Examination Study Materials

This examination is CLOSED BOOK, so the following reference materials suggested as study resources are not allowed in the examination center (For use by candidates for the Residential Builder and M&A Contractor examinations.)

 

Single State Construction Code - Purchase required.

 

Residential Code - Purchase required.

 

Price: Free. Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act 154 of 1974 as amended, and Administrative Rules for All Industries, (517)322-1845. All MIOSHA standards may be printed from the MIOSHA web site: www.michigan.gov/mioshastandards

 

Workers' Disability Compensation Act of 1969, Act 317 of 1969 as amended, and the pamphlet entitled General Information Regarding Rights and Responsibilities Under the Act. (517)322-1195.

 

Price: Free. Michigan Business Tax Frequently Asked Questions (current edition), (517)636-6263. www.michigan.gov/treasury.www.michigan.gov/documents/taxes/MBTFAQ_208917_7.pdf

(You may only access this reference via a download from this website. It is not available in hard copy.)

 

Price: Free. Circular E. Employer's Tax Guide, 2007, Internal Revenue Service, (800) 829-1040, www.irs.gov/pub/irspdf/p15.pdf,

 

Price: Free. Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, P.A. 453 of 1976, (517)335-3165 www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/mcl/pdf/mclact-453-of-1976.pdf

 

Price: Free. Residential Builders Laws and Rules Relating to Residential Builders and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors, State of Michigan, Residential Builders and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors Department. (no phone number)

 

Construction Contracting - Purchase Required.

 

Builder’s Accounting – Purchase required.

 

Price: Free. EPA publication: The Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Education Rule, Environmental Protection Agency, Tel. (202)272-0167. US EPA Region 5 (serving IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI and 35 tribes), Tel. (312)353—2000 or (800) 621-8431.

 

Price: Free. Home Solicitation Sales, Act 227 of 1971, Michigan Legislative Council, Tel. (517) 373-0212, www.michiganlegislature.org/mileg.asp?page=print&objN

ame=mcl-act-227-of-1971 (You may only access this reference via a download from this website. It is not available in hard copy.)

 

Price: Free. Uniform Commercial Code, Act 174 of 1962, Article 2, Part 2, Form, Formation & Readjustment of Contracts, Michigan Legislative Council, Tel. (517) 373-0212, (You may only access this reference via a download from this website. It is not available in hard copy.)

 

Price: Free. Employing Minors in Michigan, Wage & Hour Division (517)322-1825 www.michigan.gov/documents/Brochure90_30634_7.12-01.doc

 

Price: Free. Minimum Wage Law of 1964, Act 154 of 1964, Wage & Hour Division (517) 322-1825 www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/mcl/pdf/mclact-154-of-1964.pdf

 

Price: Free. Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits, Act 390 of 1978, Wage & Hour Division (517) 322-1825 www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/mcl/pdf/mclact-390-of-1978.pdf

 

Price: Free. U.S. Department of Justice, Handbook for Employers, Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9, Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification: Title 8 CFR 274, U.S. Government Printing Office, P. O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, Tel. (888) 293-6498, Fax (202) 512-1262 www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/m-274.pdf

 

Practice/Trade Examination Study Materials

This examination is CLOSED BOOK, so the following reference materials suggested as study resources are not allowed in the examination center (For use by candidates for Part 2 of the Residential Builder examination.)

 

Single State Construction Code - Purchase Required.

 

Residential Code - Purchase required.

 

Price: Free. All MIOSHA standards may be printed from the MIOSHA web site: www.michigan.gov/mioshastandards

 

Price: Free. Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act 154 of 1974 as amended, and Administrative Rules for All Industries, MIOSHA Standards Division (517)322-1845.

 

Pipe and Excavation - Purchase required.

 

Carpentry and Building Construction  Purchased required

 

Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses - Purchase Required.

 

Quality Concrete Construction - Purchase Required.

 

Modern Masonry - Purchase Required.

 

Roofing Construction and Estimating - Purchase Required.

 

Insulation Techniques and Estimating - Purchase Required.

 

Building Trades Print Reading - Purchase Required.

 

Salesperson Examination Study Materials

This examination is CLOSED BOOK, so the following reference materials suggested as study resources are not allowed in the examination center.

 

Building Trades Printreading - Purchase Required.

 

Michigan Home Solicitation Sales, Act 227 of 1971 – As Amended, Michigan Legislative  (517) 373-0212 www.michiganlegislature.org/mileg.asp?page=print&o

 

Price: Free. Residential Builders Laws, Rules Relating to Residential Builders and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors. This will be mailed to first time candidates with the examination confirmation notice.

 

Price: Free. Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, P.A. 453 of 1976, (517)335-3165. www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/mcl/pdf/mclact-453-of-1976.pdf

 

Construction Contracting - Purchase Required.

 

Carpentry and Building - Purchase Required.

Mechanical Contractor's License

To do mechanical work in Michigan you need a mechanical contractor's license.

The Board issues contractor licenses in these classifications:

Hydronic heating, cooling, process piping 
HVAC equipment 
Ductwork 
Refrigeration 
Limited heating service 
Unlimited heating service 
Limited refrigeration, air conditioning service 
Unlimited refrigeration, air conditioning service 
Specialty

There are six types of specialty licenses: solar, solid fuel, LP tank and pipe, underground tank and pipe, gas piping, and gas piping and venting.

You will have to pass an exam to obtain a license. You need at least three years of experience or Board-approved equivalent in one or more of these classifications to qualify to take the exam. If you have Board-approved education you can apply up to one year of that education to the three-year work experience requirement.

The exams are based on the provisions of the state mechanical code, related laws, instructions, rules, general theories and practices.

Also if you want to take any of the unlimited service exams, you must first pass the limited service exam for that trade.

All of the exams use the Mechanical Code as a reference. Purchase required.

If you can prove you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Michigan's (and your home state extends reciprocal licenses to Michigan mechanical contractors), you may be eligible for a Michigan license without taking the exam.

Recommended Reading for the Mechanical Trade Exams

Hydronic Heating, Cooling, Process Piping: Mechanical Code and Residential Code

HVAC equipment: Installation/Design of Residential Heating Systems  

Standard HVAC Systems: Testing, Adjusting and Balancing

Design for Residential: Winter and Summer Air Conditioning Equipment

J - Load Calculation: for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning

HVAC Duct Construction Standards: Metal and Flexible

Fibrous Duct Construction Standards

International Fuel Gas Code

DUCKWORK 

Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

D- Duct Design for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning and Equipment Selection

J, Air Conditioning

Standard HVAC Systems - Testing, Adjusting and Balancing

HVAC Duct Construction Standards-Metal and Flexible

REFRIGERATION 

Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Safety Code for Mechanical Refrigeration

Limited heating service - Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Unlimited heating service - Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Limited refrigeration and air conditioning service - Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Unlimited refrigeration and air conditioning service - Mechanical Code and Residential Code

FIRE SUPPRESSION

Michigan Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Installation of Sprinkler Systems

SOLID FUEL

Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances

SOLAR

Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

GAS PIPING

Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Fuel Gas Code

L.P. TANK and  PIPE

Michigan Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

LP Gas Code

UNDERGROUND TANK and PIPE

Mechanical Code and Michigan Residential Code

Fire Code

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL REFERENCES

Construction Lien Recovery Fund Consumer Guide, 517-241-9241

Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA), 517-322-1845

PLUMBER’S LICENSE

To do plumbing work in Michigan you need a master or journeyman license. Must pass an exam to obtain a license. To qualify for the master exam you need two years of work experience as a Michigan licensed journeyman plumber. You must have completed the experience just before you apply for the exam. If you have your experience in another state or in some other way, you can appear before the Board and present your case to take the exam.

The written part of the exam is on the general theory and practice of plumbing and Michigan plumbing laws and regulations. The practical part of the exam will test your ability to do various mechanical tasks connected with the plumbing trade.

Plumber's license - If you can prove you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Michigan's, you may be eligible for a Michigan license without taking the exam.

To qualify for the journeyman exam you must have at least three years experience as an apprentice plumber working under a master plumber. If you have Board-approved education you can use it for up to one year of the three years experience requirement. If you got your experience in another state or in some other way, you can appear before the Board and present your case to take the exam.

The exam will consist of oral, written, and practical tests and will cover the theory and practice of plumbing and knowledge of the state plumbing code, rules, and regulations.

Elevator Contractor License

To do elevator contracting work in Michigan you need a license. The Division issues the following licenses:

Class A - Unlimited
Class B - Maintenance and repair
Class C - Special types of elevators

To qualify for the contractor exam you must have at least 5 years experience as an elevator constructor or journeyperson. To qualify for the journeyman exam you need 3 years of continuous experience in the type of elevator work that you wish to be licensed in. A degree in electrical or mechanical engineering may be substituted for 1 year of experience.

Boiler Installer's License

To do boiler installation or repair contracting work in Michigan you need a license. You will have to pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the installer or repair contractors exam you must have at least 5 years experience in all phases of boiler installation or repair.

Boiler Installer's License Classifications

Class 1B - installs low-pressure boilers that don't exceed a firing rate of 1,000,00 Btu per hour
Class 2B - installs low-pressure boilers of any capacity or firing rate
Class 3B - installs power boilers that have a capacity of not more than 5,000 pounds of steam per hour
Class 4B - installs boilers that have a capacity of not more than 300,000 pounds of steam per hour
Class 5B - installs boilers of any capacity or firing rate, except for nuclear heat source boilers
Class 6B - installs boilers that utilize a nuclear heat source or their parts, appurtenances, or system components

Boiler Repair Contractor's License Classifications

Class I - repairs boilers by means other than welding, riveting, or other fabrication process
Class II - repairs low pressure boilers, hot water supply boilers, and fire tube boilers of any pressure and performs work covered by class I license
Class III - repairs water tube boilers designed for a maximum allowable working pressure of not more than 700 psi and boilers covered by a class II license
Class IV - repairs or field-erects boilers of any pressure, except for boilers that have a nuclear heat source
Class V - repairs and field-erects boilers that have a nuclear heat source or their parts, appurtenances, or system components

Department of Transportation (DOT)

You have to be prequalified to bid on Michigan Department of Transportation projects. To obtain an application, contact:

Michigan Department of Transportation
Contract Services Division
Prequalification Unit
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 335-4281

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You'll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Aggregate construction

Plant-mixed bituminous pavement

Bridges, special structures

Producing aggregate material

Building moving, demolition

Pumphouses

Concrete curbs, gutters, driveways, sidewalks

Seeding and sodding

Concrete pavement

Structural steel

Concrete pavement patching, widening

Structure concrete repair

Electrical construction

Structural steel and prestressed concrete

Grading and drainage structures

Special contracts

Landscaping

Tunneling, jacking

Non-skid bituminous pavement

Water mains, open cut sewers

Your prequalification rating is good for 15-1/2 months after the end of the fiscal year your prequalification application is based on.

Out-of-State Corporations

An out-of-state corporation needs to register with the Corporation Division to do business in the state. For information, contact:

Corporation Division
Department of Consumer & Industrial Services
Bureau of Commercial Services
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-9223 

 

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