The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area's mission includes the support of educational initiatives within our community. With education as one of the foundations of our association, we offer a variety of opportunities and venues for professional development and education that include the following and more.

Upcoming Classes

CPR & First Aid Certification

Are you prepared to handle most jobsite injuries? Do you know what to do in case of an emergency?

Recent changes in the law require that contractors ensure that at least one person with a valid certificate in first aid training shall be present at each worksite to render first aid. In addition, where a single employee worksite exists, the employer is required to have a written plan that is communicated to all employees. Further, medically approved first aid kits are required on site.

Join us for a course that will provide you with the skills, knowledge and peace of mind that you can handle worksite accidents and emergencies. Upon successful completion of the class, you will receive the American Heart Association First Aid Certificate.

May 17, 2019
9am - 1pm

Electrocutions continue to be one of the leading causes of fatalities in construction.  This MIOSHA program will explain and illustrate the primary electrical hazards in and around construction.  There will be special emphasis on the importance of recognizing and eliminating hazards in order to avoid shock and/or electrocution in the work place.  Also covered in the program will be MIOSHA standards that apply to electrical hazards; what constitutes a fatal amount of current and when overhead lines need to be de-energized.   (Revised 05/23/11)


  • Explain the primary electrical hazards in construction
  • Review the MIOSHA standards that apply to electrical safety in construction
  • Explain ways to avoid electrical hazards in construction
Lunch will be provided.

As a homebuilder, chances are you’re already considering solar options for your upcoming projects. You know it’s the right thing to do for the planet. You know those solar options are readily available on today’s market. You know that the price of solar continues to drop as technology advances rapidly and rebates and incentives become commonplace. And because your customers tell you that they want green features in their homes, it won’t surprise you to learn that homes with solar options sell as much as two times faster than homes without, have lower foreclosure rates, higher resale values and are more affordable forever.

But whether you build solar into your homes from the outset or make them ready for solar down the road, you need to understand what’s involved. You need information. You need to know where to find that information and how to tailor it to your location and circumstances. You need to know how to assemble your solar team and to understand what you should expect from each of those professionals.

May 15, 2019
4pm - 5:30pm

High Performance Building Class IV

Most building professionals are aware that huge amounts of energy are still being wasted every day in homes due to  inefficient heating and cooling systems,  water heating equipment, leaky duct work, and poorly insulated and air sealed attics, walls and basements. However, the science and technology have improved significantly over the past decade.

The unique year-long High Performance Building Class IV will enhance your awareness of new products and methodologies when it comes to building an energy efficient home.  It is intended to provide building industry professionals with information about the newest techniques and products that can benefit your customers, our community and the environment.

The course will utilize the book Musings of an Energy Nerd: Toward an Energy Efficient Home by Martin Holladay which will be provided. Martin is among the most respected journalist in the field of green building.  Read Martin Holladay's bio here.

Class Schedule

Jan. 23, 2019

Feb. 27, 2019

Mar. 27, 2019

Apr. 24, 2019

May 22, 2019

Jun. 26, 2019

July 24, 2019

Aug. 28, 2019

Sep. 18, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

Dec. 18, 2019

Kingsley Lumber

$100 Special Gift Certificate courtesy of Kingsley Lumber & Hardware
for each student who successfully completes the course!


The HBAGTA is proud to work with these amazing educational partners to bring you a wider scope of classes.
From online classes to a more formal education, turn to the HBAGTA and our partners for your educational needs.



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Class Sponsorship Opportunities

Education is one of the HBAGTA’s Core Values:  We know a well-educated membership is the cornerstone of the home building industry.  We believe that the HBAGTA has the possibility and opportunity to facilitate learning for every member and that every member has the obligation to acquire new knowledge, skills, values, and habits to support the communities perception of our industry.

The following are the marketing opportunities associated with being an Education Course Sponsor:

  • Display table to promote your products and/or services to class attendees.
  • 1-2 minutes at the start of the class for a brief introduction to your company, products, and services.
  • Company logo on the HBAGTA Education webpage in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.
  • Company logo in the Tuesday Toolbox in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.
  • Company logo in any email or print marketing in conjuction with the class you are sponsoring.

All Education Course Sponsorships are $150 each and are on a first come basis.

Contact Debbie with any questions, 231-946-2305.