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Continuing Competency-Fact or Fiction

January 4th, 2011

As a licensed builder in the state of Michigan, I also am receiving a number of promotions for Continuing Competency courses.  Today I received a letter from one of these companies which included a page of Frequently Asked Question.  One of these questions asked how it could be determined if the class you are taking is “approved”.  The answer leads you to a State website that listed only approved prelicensure classes.   This statement is incorrect. The following is an excerpt from a State of Michigan website that shows the multiple “approved” methods to earn your continuing competency:

Current ways to earn continuing competency:

• Any approved prelicensure course may be taken to fulfill the continuing competency requirement. To find a complete list of approved prelicensure courses go to https://www2.dleg.state.mi.us/colaCourses/. Under “Course Type” select “Residential Builders Prelicensure” and select “Search”.

• Any construction code update course approved by the Bureau of Construction Codes may be taken to fulfill the continuing competency requirement. To find a list of approved courses go to www.michigan.gov/bcc and select “Examinations and Licensing/Continuing Education” (click here for a direct link).

• Any fire safety or workplace safety course approved or sponsored by an agency within the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG), such as Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) may be taken to fulfill the continuing competency requirement. To find examples of approved courses go to www.michigan.gov/miosha and select “Consultation, Education & Training” (click here for a direct link).

Michicode.com’s Continuing Competency classes are approved through the Bureau of Construction Codes (the 2nd method listed).  Builder’s who take our classes and are registered Inspectors for the State of Michigan also receive credit for their PA54 continuing education requirements.

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

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