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Residential Building Pre-Licensure

Non-Credit Job Training

Program Overview

Residential Building Pre-Licensure

Delta's residential building pre-licensure course is approved by the State of Michigan and satisfies the 60 hour pre-license course requirement. This is an ideal class if you are interested in becoming a licensed contractor or want to learn more about the industry.

If you are interested in obtaining your State of Michigan Builders License in order to properly pull permits, take on bigger projects and increase your earning potential, this four week, 60 hour course will provide you with all the information you need to know to prepare for the Michigan Residential Builders License Examination as well as techniques for running a successful business. In this course you’ll be given a construction trades overview and learn about current Michigan residential code, MIOSHA construction safety standards, design and building science, business management, contracts, lead paint, liability, risk and project management, estimating, job costing, hours and scheduling and marketing and sales.


Earning Potential

Construction laborers just starting out generally earn around $21,100, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $43,000.

In this field, it is estimated that you could earn an average of $32,249 per year.

 

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Program Details

What is a residential builder?

A Residential Builder: 

  • Prepares contracts and negotiates revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Pulls all necessary work permits for the jurisdiction in which the home is being built.
  • Prepares and submits budget estimates, progress reports or cost tracking reports.
  • Submits timely paperwork to financial instituions on behalf of the client.
  • Interprets and explains blueprints and contract terms to administrative staff, workers and clients.
  • Plans, organizes or directs activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of residential homes.
  • Deals with the results of delays, inclement weather or emergencies at the construction site.
  • Inspects or reviews projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes or other regulations.
  • Studies job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Selects, contracts and oversees workers who complete specific pieces of the project, such as masonry, painting, tiling or plumbing. 
Prerequisites

Admission to Delta College isn't required for this program. Please contact the LifeLong Learning department directly to register for this class or you may choose to register online.

You must be at least 18 years old.

Course requirements

100% attendance is required. Partial credit can not be awarded for this course.

Course topics
  • Construction Trades Overview (8.0) Hours
  • Current Michigan Residential Code (12.0 Hours)
  • MIOSHA Construction Safety Standards (6.0 Hours)
  • Design & Building Science (6.0 Hours)
  • Business Management (3.0 Hours)
  • Contracts (2.0 Hours)
  • Lead Paint (1.0 Hour)
  • Liability (2.0 Hours)
  • Risk Management (2.0 Hours)
  • Project Management (3.0 Hours)
  • Estimating (3.0 Hours)
  • Job Costing (3.0 Hours)
  • Hours & Scheduling (3.0 Hours)
  • Marketing & Sales (6.0 Hours)

*Please note that class times may vary depending on daily topic.

Requirements for licensure
  • Successfully complete an approved 60 hour pre-licensure education requirement.
  • Submit an Individual Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor License Application from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website along with fee and a completed Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor Pre-licensure Education Reporting Form. A copy of the official certificate(s) of completion given to you by the course provider must be attached to the pre-licensure education reporting form for each course you have completed. The certificate(s) must document 60 hours of approved pre-licensure courses. A course will not be accepted without the certificate(s) attached.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Successfully complete the Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor examination once all other requirements are met.
Steps in obtaining your builders license
  1. Successfully complete an approved 60 hour pre-licensure education requirement.
  2. Submit an Individual Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor License Application from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website along with fee and a completed Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor Pre-licensure Education Reporting Form. A copy of the official certificate(s) of completion given to you by the course provider must be attached to the pre-licensure education reporting form for each course you have completed. The certificate(s) must document 60 hours of approved pre-licensure courses. A course will not be accepted without the certificate(s) attached.
  3. Once the Builders Unit receives an application, it will be reviewed to ensure that the applicant meets all licensing requirements. An applicant must meet all requirements for licensure before receiving approval by the Department to take the examination that is required to obtain a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration Contractor license.
  4. Once the applicant receives an authorization to test, he or she may contact PSI Services LLC, the exam provider, at 1-800-733-9267, or go to the PSI website to register for the examination.
  5. After the applicant passes both portions of the examination, a license will be issued as an Individual Residential Builder or Individual Maintenance & Alteration Contractor.
Additional information regarding your builders license

The individual license will allow an individual to perform work as a sole proprietor, under their personal name or an assumed name from their County Clerk's Office.

The individual license may NOT be used for a corporation, limited liability company or partnership.

If you are conducting business as a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership, you must also apply for a second license which will be for the company.

You may obtain a Corporation, Limited Liability Company, or Partnership Residential Builder and Maintenance & Alteration Contractor License Application on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website under "Licensing Applications or Forms" or contact the Builders Unit at (517) 241-9288.

 Textbooks

Textbooks are required for this course. You may purchase your books through the Delta College Bookstore:

Online: Order your book online at www.bookstore.delta.edu. 
By Phone: You can place your textbook order by phone 989-686-9030.
In Person: Purchase textbooks in person in the bookstore.

Non-credit financial assistance

Funding you may qualify for:

The Board of Trustees Grant: To make an appointment, please call the Financial Aid Office at 989-686-9080. In Midland call 989-495-4000 ext. 9080. Eligibility requirements apply. Download the Board of Trustees Grant Application for complete details.

Michigan Works!: Sixteen Michigan Works! Agencies oversee local Michigan Works! Service Centers, where job seekers and employers can access services. Call Saginaw 989-249-5232, Bay 989-667-0500 or Midland 989-631- 3073 or visit the Michigan Works! website for a complete listing of Michigan Works! One-Stop Service Centers.

NOTE: Financial assistance available through the federal Pell grant process may not be applied to non credit programs.

Facts & Figures

Michigan Outline

This course is approved by the State of Michigan and satisfies the 60 hour pre-license course requirement.

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The Board of Trustees Grant may be available for eligible students enrolling in short-term training courses. If assistance is awarded, it may cover up to 1/3 of the cost of the course not to exceed $692.

 

"I appreciated learning from someone very knowledgeable who has actual work experience in the field."

Logan Kulhanek, Residential Building Pre-Licensure Student