Education Classes and Webinars

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering terrific ONLINE classes through Builder’s Training Institute and other providers. For the builder license classes, Builder's Training Institue has an excellent team of trainers that are available to assist you by phone as you are taking the on-line class. If you are not technology savvy, or just prefer a paper course and test, one is available.


Use the registration form FOR ALL CLASSES. Fill it in, scan and email it to us. You can also just call us with your information.


CONTACT:  Lyn Ann Reid, Office Manager, HBANM  or leave a message at our office:  231-348-9770

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist  (CAPS)   April 19-21, 2021 8 am-4 pm

Caps I,II, & III      FEE: $220 Members   $320 Non-Members

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place. The baby boom generation has many choices as this large population of potential clients for remodelers, builders, contractors, and occupational therapists consider where to live — but overwhelmingly, seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes. The CAPS designation offers your potential clients what they need most: reassurance that you’ll help them make the choices that will help them stay in their homes safely and securely. In addition, the CAPS designation helps you make your clients’ homes more “visitable.” Even if the homeowners don’t think they need additional task lighting, grab bars, and other home modifications for their own use, their family members and visitors might. CAPS helps you help your clients make the right choices, and it gives you more security in remodeling market niche that’s continuing to grow in popularity.

EPA RRP ONLINE Lead Safety RRP Initial Class "Lead Renovator Initial" - April 26-April 30

$200.00 Members  $250.00 Non-members

This is an EPA required "Blended" class, which means you must take part in this class in person for a Review, Hands-On, & Final Test in person. You can make your in-person class selection from the class dates listed below.  You must receive a score of at least 80% on the online portion.  The online portion must be completed 48 hours prior to the class date.  Course certification is valid for 5 years.

This course is the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP), which is a one-day course that provides basic lead-based paint information to contractors who perform renovations, repairs, and painting activities in houses built before 1978 or child-occupied facilities, as required by EPA and the State of Michigan. Course topics include: lead characteristics, uses, health effects on adults and children, lead-safe work practices to minimize lead-containing dust during work activities, negative lead assessments, clean-up procedures, post-cleaning verification, personal protection equipment, training of non-certified workers, and documentation. Includes course exam.


Successful completion of this course and award of the training certificate qualifies the trainee as a Certified Renovator. EPA required, by April 22, 2010, for all contractors who work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters, building supervisors & landlords, homeowners who are planning to remodel, and other specialty trades (plumbers, heating & cooling, electricians). We offer two (2) different courses: First, the day-long (8 hours) training seminar will provide a certificate to individuals Second, the ½ day (4 hours) training seminar for current certified Lead Supervisors all of whom will become designated as “EPA Certified Lead Renovators” In Class: Learn proper Lead-Safe setup, work practices, and cleaning on renovation jobs. Learn about the Lead Paint pamphlet that renovators are required to hand out. Includes all books, handouts & paperwork for applying for your EPA certification.


The Certified Lead Renovator: * must be present at each worksite for Target Housing (pre-1978) or Child Occupied Facilities (schools & daycare) * must be on-site at each impacted building on a daily basis * must be at the job site during paint testing, signposting, work area set-up and clean-up phases of the work. * Provide training to the non-certified work staff that will be working on buildings affected by this regulation. * NOTE: Each contractor performing work that disturbs lead-based paint must have their own Certified Lead Renovator present – not just one per job site.


*** This course is approved for builders continuing education credit hours. 

EPA RRP Refresher 100% On-Line  April 26-30

$150.00 Member  $175.00 non – member

EPA RRP Refresher 100% On-Line Requirements for Registering for the EPA RRP Refresher IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before you register Submit a copy of your current certificate. We are required to review your eligibility. Your current certification must not be expired before you complete the Refresher course. You may not take the Refresher course until verification is complete. RENEWALS: You may only take this online refresher course to renew your certification every other cycle. After completing a hands-on classroom course, your certification is valid for 5 years. After completing our online refresher course, your certification is valid for 3 years.

Builders Renewal Class 3 hour - Online Class May 6

$85 Members   $95 Non-members

If you received your Michigan Builders License before 1/1/09, you only need a 3-Hour Code/Law/Safety course to renew your license by May 31.If you were licensed on or after 1/1/09, you must complete 21 hours by your third-year anniversary and another 21 hours by your sixth-year anniversary, with a minimum of 3 hours per year.  After 6 years of licensing, you only need to take the 3-hour Code/Law/Safety once during each 3-year licensing cycle. The renewal deadline is May 31. During the seminar, the following mandatory topics will be presented in three 1-hour modules: Safety, Codes, Legal Issues

Builders License 60-Hour Class - Online Class starts May 10

Members $700  Non-members $800

This course is the State-approved Residential Builders Licensure. You will learn all seven disciplines (42 hours of instruction) in addition to elective (18 hours of instruction to fulfill the 60-hour State requirement.  You will receive the application forms and information needed regarding the Residential Builders exam.  You will receive 9 books, including the residential codebook. NOTE: No fees will be charged in addition to the tuition listed above.

Residential Blueprint Reading   This class was held in February 2021 and will be repeated within a few months. ( total 2.25 hours)

$75.00 Members    $85.00 non-members

Learn how to understand, navigate, and use residential blueprints from professional builder and craftsman, Jordan Smith. Each video lesson dives deep into a component of residential blueprints.  Lessons average about 15 minutes each, with a total course time of 2 hours, 15 minutes. Downloadable residential blueprints, summaries, and recommended exercises help you get real-world practice.


About Your Instructor: Jordan Smith is the CEO and Founder of Smith House Company, a design+build firm based in Austin, Texas. He learned to build and weld while working on the farm with his grandad, and after earning a degree in Welding and Materials Engineering, he spent the next 10 years working in heavy construction building everything from robots to ships to offshore oil rigs before transitioning to residential construction. After spending a couple of years working with industry-leading builders in Austin, Jordan and his wife Veronica struck out on their own to form Smith House Co.

     Lesson 1: Course OverviewA blueprint is a fundamental plan for the construction of any structure. In this lesson, Jordan provides a basic overview of the class, outlining the objectives and skills mastered in this online course.

     Lesson 2: Scales & Measurement -Using a simple plan for the shed in his backyard as a guide, Jordan shares how to use an architect's ruler to make reading scales easy.

     Lesson 3: Title Sheets & Site Plans - A title sheet gives you information about the property, a building's location on that property, the team involved in the project, and how to navigate the whole set of residential blueprints.

    Lesson 4: Floor PlansPart of the architectural drawings within your set of residential blueprints, the floor plans provide a bird's eye view of the interior plan for a house.

     Lesson 5: Elevations & Sectional ViewsElevations and sections are two-dimensional views of the interior and exterior surfaces of a house.

     Lesson 6: Details & SchedulesRounding out the architectural drawings within your set of residential blueprints, details are just what they sound like: specific looks at detailed components of the building.  Schedules are tables that help you accurately order and use doors, windows, and more.

     Lesson 7: Structural DrawingsStructural drawings show how the design for a building can maintain the structural integrity of the home in normal and hazardous weather conditions.  Jordan shows you how to understand the key components of a house's structure from the perspective of a builder and an engineer.

     Lesson 8: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP)No modern home is complete without the systems that make it function: HVAC (mechanical), electrical, and plumbing.  As a builder or framer, it's important to know where those systems will be routed so you can leave space for them to be laid in. Learn how. 

     Lesson 9: Putting It All Together Learn how to put what you've learned to practice by reading a title page and navigating a complete set of residential blueprints.


HBA of Michigan 

Register for the classes below using the link provided and not our form.

CLICK HERE For a complete list of statewide classes and to register for Pro Series Classes. 

To get past PRO Series resources and recordings  CLICK HERE

April 21, 2021,  8:30 - 9:30 AM

Opportunities and Risks from Change: Finding Cost-Effective Strategies to Meet new Energy Code Requirements

April 28, 2021, 8:30 - 9:30 AM 

Don’t Get Suspended: Know the Rules of Hiring a Student

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Date: May 5, 2021

Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EDT

Returning Citizens Are Trained and Ready to Work

Date: May 12, 2021

Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EDT

Do you Have Questions on the Inventory Tax -- Treasury Has the Answers

Date: May 19, 2021

Time: 8:25 AM - 9:30 AM EDT