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residential builder noun. builders that perform project management roles in the building of homes. They read blueprints and use the information to bid on specific jobs, order building materials, and plan/implement the construction of homes, supervise crews and subcontractors. Also known as residential construction contractors.

Are you looking to grow professionally? Getting a license is crucial if you want to be a residential builder, and this course is one of the first steps to get it. It’s vital to find a training center that provides you with all the tools, skills, and necessary knowledge to empower yourself and your community. Detroit Training Center is committed to providing the best education in construction and workforce in the state of Michigan.

the program

This is a state-approved pre-licensure course providing 60 hours of required education needed in order to become a State of Michigan Residential Builder. The class covers in-depth lecture and hands-on training. Additionally, we supply the tools and materials necessary to complete the training. A Residential Builder may build a new home from the ground up or may do any kind of repairs regulated under Article 24 of the Occupational Code. He or she may contract for the whole job, but will have to subcontract for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical contractors.

Course material covers business/law and trade potions of the Michigan Residential Builder exam. Topics for the business and law portion include regulatory and statutory requirements, business organization, bidding and estimating, contracts, project management and supervision, accounting and finance, personnel, insurance, and payroll taxes. The trade portion of the curriculum includes layout, plans, specifications, and estimating, excavation and site work, concrete, and safety.

Process: a certificate of completion is awarded to students that successfully complete the course. then, he or she may obtain an individual residential builder and maintenance & Alteration contractor license application on the lara website. the application must be submitted with a copy of the official certificate of completion provided by us at dtc.

We rotate between a night/weekend schedule and a daytime weekday schedule based on demand. Please call our facility to register your interest in the schedule that works best for you.

course outline

  • Business Management, Estimating & Job Costing (6 hours)

  • Green Building Design & Building Science (6 hours)

  • Contracts, Liability & Risk Management (6 hours)

  • Marketing & Sales (6 hours)

  • Project Management & Scheduling (6 hours)

  • Michigan Residential Building Code (6 hours)

  • Michigan Construction Safety Standards (MIOSHA) (6 hours)

  • OSHA 10 (10 hours)

  • Asbestos Abatement (2 hours)

  • Lead Awareness (2 hours)

  • LEED Core & Concepts (4 hours)

course information

Education Provider Number: 492

Course Approval ID: 8654



Includes Manual

additional external fees

License Fee to the State of Michigan: $195

Testing Fee to Testing Center $100



60 hours

We rotate between a night/weekend schedule and a daytime weekday schedule based on demand. Please call our facility to register your interest for the schedule that works best for you.


residential builder's license program