Every Michigan contracting company must employ at least one licensed builder. Obtaining a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alterations license is the fastest way to increase your earnings and a logical step towards owning your own business. The steps to obtaining a license are the same whether your goal is to become a Residential Builder or a Maintenance & Alterations Contractor.
How to Obtain a Michigan Builder/Maintenance & Alterations License
- Complete an approved 60-hour Prelicensure Course
- Complete a license application and pay a $195 fee to the State of Michigan
Approval takes approximately 2-4 weeks
- Register with PSI for the $111 Builder Exam – Free Exam Prep is provided to LicensetoBuild students
Call (800) 733-9267 to register.
MICHIGAN RESIDENTIAL BUILDER | MAINTENANCE & ALTERATIONS FAQ
What can I expect from the 60-hour Prelicensure Course?
The 60-hour course consists of 8 sections, each designed to provide the information necessary to pass the state exam and follow building codes.
- Business of Building
- Marketing for Contractors
- Project Management
- Contracts and Risk Management
- Construction Safety
- Overview of Building Trades
- Building Green
- Residential Code Review
The 60-hour package also includes FREE EXAM PREP!
Where can I take the Michigan Residential Builder/Maintenance and Alterations Exam?
Exams are given in Dearborn, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette, and Southfield.
What can I expect from the Michigan Builder/Maintenance & Alterations Exam?
The exam will consist of two parts:
- Part 1: Business/Law: 50 questions | 75 minutes | must answer 36 correctly
- Part 2: Trades/Practices:
- Residential Builders: 110 questions | 150 minutes | you must answer 73 correctly
- Maintenance & Alteration Trades Exam: Exams vary by trade, between 25 & 50 questions.
What is the difference between a Residential Builder License and a Maintenance & Alterations License?
- Residential builders are licensed to build a new home from the ground up and do repairs.
- Maintenance & Alterations Contractors are licensed to perform specific trades only. You may become licensed in more than one trade but you will have to take an exam for each. Trades include:
- Carpentry (A)
- Concrete (B)
- Insulation Work (G)
- Masonry (I)
- Painting & Decorating (J)
- Siding (K)
- Roofing (M)
- Screen & Storm Sash (N)
- Gutters (O)
- Tile & Marble (P)
- House Wrecking (R)
- Swimming Pools (S)
- Basement Waterproofing (T)
How do I obtain a Michigan commercial builder license?
Residential builders are able to do commercial work by having a licensed architect approve commercial blueprints.