Contractors working on residential or commercial building must be licensed per the State of Michigan. Before you go any further make sure the person you hire has the right credentials. Secondarily, make sure their license is the correct one for the job you need. Below is a list of some of the different types of licenses offered by the state, and what they allow your contractor to do.
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Let's look first at the Residential Builder license. This license will let you work in these trades:
This license doesn't let you do plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work. See below for information on those trades.
Now let's look at the Maintenance and Alteration Contractor license. Like the Residential Builder license, you must pass the business and law part of the exam to apply for this license. However the Maintenance and Alteration Contractor license lets you work only in the trades you pass a trade exam in. You can be licensed in as many trades as you like but you must pass an exam for each one.
Here are the subjects on the trade exams:
**Your contractor must pass each trade exam to be qualified, check to make sure yours did. This license also doesn't let you do plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work. See below for information on those trades.
To do electrical work in Michigan you need a license. Some communities license electrical contractors at the local level. To find out if your city or county licenses at the local level, check the Electrical Administrative Board's web site.
You'll have to pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master exam you need:
If you're licensed in another state which has licensing requirements about the same as Michigan, you can qualify to take the exam. Also if you don't fulfill these requirements you can still present evidence of your experience to the Board and possibly get permission to take the exam.
The master exam covers knowledge required to plan and supervise electrical installation, read plans and drawings, and apply knowledge of relevant safety procedures and requirements. Here are the subjects on the exam:
You must be 18 years of age, show completion of a sign specialist training course and have 4,000 hours of related experience. Exam subjects are the same as the master and journeyman exams.
To qualify you must hold a master electrician's license or have at least one master electrician in your employ. The master electrician will be in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of electrical wiring and equipment.
Contractor licenses are issued in 3-year cycles.
To do mechanical work in Michigan you need a mechanical contractor's license.
The Board issues contractor licenses in these classifications:
There are six types of specialty licenses: solar, solid fuel, LP tank and pipe, underground tank and pipe, gas piping, and gas piping and venting.
You will have to pass an exam to get a license. You need at least three years of experience or Board-approved equivalent in one or more of these classifications to qualify to take the exam. If you have Board-approved education you can apply up to one year of that education to the three-year work experience requirement.
The exams are based on the provisions of the state mechanical code, related laws, instructions, rules, general theories and practices.
Also if you want to take any of the unlimited service exams, you must first pass the limited service exam for that trade.
All of the exams use the Michigan Mechanical Code as a reference. This book is available for purchase. Check with the Board for price details.
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