Archive for April, 2010

Continuing Competency for Residential Builders in the State of Michigan

April 19th, 2010

On March 16, 2010, The Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth for the State of Michigan released an updated version of Continuing Competency Requirements for residential builders and maintenance and alteration contractors.   According to this document, “This information supersedes any documentation previously reported by the Bureau of Commercial Services regarding the continuing competency requirements.”

As previously reported on, PA157 (SB452) requires builders and maintenance and alteration contractors to fulfill continuing competency requirements for renewal of their 2011 License.  (They will also be required to own a copy of the Michigan Residential Code).  Those who have had their original license before January 1, 2009 are only required to have 3 hrs of continuing competency class for renewal.  Those who received their license on or after January 1, 2009 will be required to complete 21 hours  of CC for renewal(after the initial 6 years, only 3 hours are required).   For either group, the requirements must include 1 hr of codes, 1hr of safety and 1hr of changes in construction and business management laws.

There are a number of ways to earn CC credits.  Among those are “any construction code update course approved by the Bureau of Construction Codes” These are classes that receives approval for inspectors (PA54 classes).  Although BCC approves distance learning and commercial code classes, a representative from the Bureau of Commercial Services stated these are not acceptable for Builder Continuing Competency. has presently submitted a 3 hr class that will meet the Builder’s CC requirements and is awaiting approval.

To read the full text for CC go to Continuing Competency for Builders

To buy code books at International Code Council member pricing go to Michigan Code Book Discount

Updates to these rules and scheduling of Continuing Competency Classes by will be forthcoming.  Be sure to sign in to to be informed of any changes.

For Schedule of Continuing Competency Classes for State of Michigan Licensed Builders and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors-CLICK HERE!

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