Michigan Builders Prelicense Info

3 Easy Steps To Getting Your Michigan Builders License

  • 1Complete the 60 hours of required prelicense education.
  • 2Mail your Michigan Builders License application and Course Completion Certificate to the State of Michigan.
  • 3Take your exam and receive your Michigan Builders License.


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Tough economic times require change. Changing ideas, changing careers, changing options. Now is the time to enhance your skills and improve your financial position. Obtaining your Michigan Builders License will enable you to charge customers and avoid fines of up to $25,000 for working without a license on your first offense.

Effective June 1, 2008, if you are applying for a Residential Builder or Maintenance & Alteration (M&A) Contractor license, you must complete 60 hours of approved prelicense education courses.  Licensees applying for renewal of their license will be required to confirm that they possess a copy of the current Michigan Residential Code.  This book can be ordered on our website by going to our online bookstore, CLICK HERE for our Book Store

How to acquire your Michigan Builders License

The following are the requirements to obtain your Michigan Residential Builders license:

Complete an approved State of Michigan 60 Hour Pre-License Builders Course and obtain a certificate of completion from the provider.

Download the builder license applications at www.michigan.gov/builders.  Follow the instructions and complete each of the following documents.The first document is the Individual Residential Builder License Application, The second document is the Residential Builder and Maintenance and Alteration Contractor Pre License Education Reporting Form, Submit the required fees and documents to:

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30245
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1820
Fax: (517) 373-2162

The State of Michigan Licensing Division Builders Unit will review the application documents.  Once approved, the Department will send an 'Authorization to Test' form.  Allow 6 to 8 weeks.

The next step is registering to take the Michigan builders license exam. The State of Michigan uses PSI Examination Services to administer the builders test. To register for the Michigan Residential Builders Exam: 

FAX - Complete the Examination Registration Form in the Candidate Information Bulletin and fax it to (702) 932-2666. Please allow 4 business days to process your registration. 

Standard Mail - Complete the Examination Registration Form and send in the original form to PSI with the appropriate examination fee. 

Internet - For retakes only, log onto www.psiexams.com and complete the online test registration form. Once you complete the form you will be given a list of available dates to schedule your Michigan builders license exam.

To schedule your Michigan Builders testing date:

Call PSI at (800) 733-9267, 24 hours a day and schedule using the Automated Registration System or speak with a representative between 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. ET.

Builders license exams are given at the following locations

  • Dearborn
  • Holt-Lansing
  • Southfield-Crossroads
  • Southfield-Lahser
  • Grand Rapids
  • Gaylord
  • Marquette

Included with the Michigan Contractor Prelicense Course is the Candidate Information Bulletin which outlines the topics covered on the General Contractors Exam. Complete instructions for taking the Michigan construction license exam and directions to the testing centers are also provided.

After completing our Michigan Pre-License Course you are ready to take the contractors license exam. You can arrive with confidence knowing that you are prepared for the questions on the test. It is recommended that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. You must present two (2) valid forms of identification when you arrive at the testing center. One of the ID's must have a photograph and your signature. A driver's license will satisfy this requirement. The name on the application must exactly match the name on the photo ID used to check in for the builders test. In addition, you should bring a non-programmable calculator. Our Michigan Builder Prelicense Course will prepare you for the following 2 exams:

Part 1 Business and Law Exam - There are 50 questions on the exam and you must answer at least 36 questions correctly in order to pass. The minimum passing score is 72%. You are allowed 75 minutes to complete the exam.

Part 2 - Residential Builder Exam - There are 110 questions on the Residential Builder exam and you must answer at least 80 questions correctly in order to pass. The minimum passing score is 73%. You are allowed 180 minutes to complete the exam.

You'll be notified immediately after testing if you passed the exam.  PSI will notify the State of Michigan Licensing Division, who will send you your Michigan construction license and identification card. 

In construction the saying, “Do it right the first time” is often heard. We believe it also applies to getting your Michigan Construction License.  Prepare for your future with a reputable company who can provide you with what you need.

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We know choosing the right provider and course is a big decision. In fact, selecting the wrong one could cost you thousands of dollars or even your builders license.

Whether you are obtaining or renewing your Michigan Builders License it’s extremely important to choose the best education partner. Your Michigan Builders License is your livelihood, your business, and your future. Don’t trust that to just anyone.

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