Construction Trade Exam Research Area

Residential Builder

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LARA Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Building Division

Ottawa Building
611 W. Ottawa
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone:  (517) 373-1820
Building Licensing Information

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Phone: (800) 733-9267
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Exam Type


Exam Content

Subject Areas# of
Site Engineering 5
Plans, Specifications and Estimating 14
Excavation/Sitework 9
Footings and Foundation Walls 11
Concrete 7
Carpentry 16
Masonry 9
Roofing 7
Insulation 5
Ventilation 2
Windows, Doors and Skylights 5
Siding Installation 3
Interior and Exterior Finishes 5
Specialties 2
Safety and Employee Protection Including MIOSHA 10

Total number of test questions: 110
Time allowed (minutes): 180
The state of Michigan requires that you take and pass
the Business and Law Examination in addition to
an examination for each trade you wish to be licensed

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Books NOT Allowed in the Exam


Stille-Derossett-Hate Single State Construction Code, Act 230 of 1972 as amended, Michigan Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Construction Code and Fire Safety

Doc Link
2. Michigan Residential Code,2009, ICC Buy from Publisher
3. Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act 154 of 1974as amended, and Administrative Rules for All Industries, Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Growth, MIOSHA Standards Division Web Page Link
4. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts Buy at Amazon
5. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010, John Feirer, Gilbert Hutchings and Mark Feirer Buy at Amazon
6. Guide to Good Practice for Handing, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Truses, 2013, Wood Truss Council of America Doc Link
7. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 2nd Edition, 1998, American Society of Concrete Contractors Buy at Amazon
8. Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015, Clois E. Kicklighter Buy at Amazon
9. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995, Daniel Atcheson Buy at Amazon
10. Walker's Insulation Techniques and Estimating Handbook, 1983, Harry Hardenbrook and Gary D. Cook Buy at Amazon
11. Building Trades Printreading - Printreading for Residential and Light Commercial Construction,2000, Thomas E. Proctor, American Technical Publishers Buy at Amazon
12. Michigan Business Tax Frequently Asked Questions, Current edition, Michigan Department of Treasury Doc Link
13. Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, current version, IRS PDF File Link
14. Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, P.A. 453 of 1976, Michigan Civil Rights Commission Web Page Link
15. Construction Contracting: A Practical Guide to Company Management, 7th Edition, 2005, Richard H. Clough Buy at Amazon
16. Builder's Guide to Accounting, 2001 (Revised Edition), Michael C. Thomsett Buy at Amazon
17. Americans with Disabilities Act, Questions and Answers, USDOJ Disability Rights Section Web Page Link
18. Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Education Rule, EPA PDF Link
19. Home Solicitation Sales, Act 227 of 1971, Michigan Legislative Council Web Page Link
20. Uniform Commercial Code, Act 174 of 1962, Article 2, Part 2 - Form, Formation and Readjustment of Contracts, Michigan Legislative Council Web Page Link
21. Employing Minors in Michigan, Wage and Hour Division, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth Web Page Link
22. Michigan Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Act 138 of 2014, LARA Wage and Hour Division Web Page Link
23. Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits, Act 390 of 1978, Wage and Hour Division, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth Web Page Link
24. Handbook for Employers, Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9, Title 8 CFR 274, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Government Printing Office Doc Link

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