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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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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 Michicode.com, 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 Michicode.com 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.  Michicode.com 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 Michicode.com will be forthcoming.  Be sure to sign in to Michicode.com 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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