Why Must Michigan Builders Have A Code Book

In 1999, the state of Michigan amended the law (PA 230 of 1972) to require all jurisdictions in the state to use the currently adopted version of the state construction code. The current version of the Michigan Residential Code is the 2015 version, which took effect on February 8th, 2016.

In 2008, the state of Michigan amended the builders licensing laws (PA 299 of 1980) to require ALL individuals who possess a Michigan Residential Builders License to have a current copy of the Michigan Residential Code book in order to their renew their license.

How Often is the Code Book Updated?

The Michigan Bureau of Construction Code (BCC) is required to update the Michigan Residential Code at least every 6 years. In the past, the BCC updated the code every 3 years, but this time around they chose to update the code on a 6-year cycle. The Michigan residential construction industry will not know when the next Residential Code will be adopted until the BCC announces that a new version of the code will be published. The soonest a new version is published will be in 2019 and the latest could be 2022. The state of Michigan requires by law that individuals wanting to renew their residential builders license own a current code book. For the 2017 license renewal cycle, the 2015 Michigan Residential Code is required.

It is known that the 2015 Michigan Residential Code has some errors in the book. The Michigan Bureau of Constriction Codes (BCC) has acknowledged the errors and has published some corrections on it’s website. The BCC has stated it will continue to post corrections on its website when they become aware of the errors. The BCC has also stated it will not publish a revised version of the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book. The 2015 Michigan Residential Code book is the only version currently available for the 2017 license renewal cycle.

The International Code Council (ICC) is the Copyright holder and the publisher of the International Residential Code (IRC) which the 2015 Michigan Residential Code adopts. The ICC will only allow the Michigan Bureau of Constriction Codes to revise the 2015 Michigan Residential Code because of the Copyrighted material that is adopted. No bookstore can revise ICC copyrighted materials and publish their own version of the books.

The Builders License Training Institute, a division of Certified Training Institute, is a proprietary school and bookstore offering online and classroom Michigan Builders 60-Hour Prelicensure Programs, continuing competency courses, lead paint safety RRP classes and Michigan Code Official continuing education.

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Everyone Needs a Plumber!

Very few people make it through home ownership without calling a plumber at some point.  If you have the stomach for certain aspects of the industry, it can be a lucrative career to pursue. In May of 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the national average salary for plumbers was between $50,000 and $51,000. The annual mean wage in Michigan ranges between $50,240 and $58,790.

Regardless of your ability, Michigan plumbers must be licensed as either a Journey plumber, Master plumber, or registered Apprentice. Plus, a licensed master plumber must be in charge and responsible for the job.  All Plumbers must be licensed even if they are working for a licensed plumbing contractor.

The first step in starting a career as a plumber is to secure a job as a plumbing apprentice under a licensed master plumber. You must also register with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). You need to be at least 18 years old, submit the plumbing apprentice registration within 30 days of employment and pay the $15.00 fee.

You must be pre-approved by LARA before becoming a
Michigan Journey or Master Plumber

After 3 years of experience as a registered plumbing apprentice under the supervision of a licensed authorized master plumber, you are eligible to apply for your license and take the journeyman examination. The exam is taken through PSI Examination Services and it is not easy.  You might consider taking a journeyman plumber exam preparation course to increase your odds of passing on the first try.

Getting a Master Plumber license is a bit trickier in that 4,000 hours of experience as a Michigan journeyman plumber is required, but these hours must be as a journeyman plumber over a period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the date of the application. After this requirement is met, you are then eligible to apply for your license and take the master plumber license exam.

Link to LARA for Plumbers:  http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-10575_17409-42835–,00.html

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