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

EPA Lead Safety 8-Hour Certification Course
Friday, February 23, 2018 / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Members $185 / Non-Members $225

If you are working on pre-1978 homes or child-occupied facilities and you have not gotten certified as a Lead Paint Renovator, you could be fined up to $37,500.00.  The EPA has drawn a hard line to get their point across. Kids are suffering from lead paint poisoning every day.

Any renovation work (including painting) done for compensation, which disturbs painted surfaces in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 must be performed by an EPA certified company, using persons trained in lead-safe work practices (including testing, signage, work set up and clean up). Each job site is required to have a Certified Renovator on-site to perform specific responsibilities. Learn the responsibilities and requirements of each contractor on-site.

To become a Certified Renovator, a person must attend an 8-hour EPA approved training course.  Participants will need to bring picture identification and be prepared to have their picture taken.  Class materials and lunch are provided. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the end of the day.

MIOSHA Scaffolds & Scaffolds Platforms - Part 12
Thursday / March 22nd, 8:30/9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Members $99 / Non-Members $120

The focus of this course will be on the most commonly used scaffolds in the construction industry including ground supported, suspended, mobile, and rough terrain forklift scaffolds.  Instructors will review the regulations in Part 12, importance of training on hazards associated with scaffolds, and resources for employers who use scaffolding.  Students will have opportunity to take part in an exercise using a scale model frame scaffold.

MIOSHA Fall Protection - Part 45
Wednesday / April 11, 2018, 8:30/9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Members $99 / Non-Members $120

Attendees at this training will review the MIOSHA Part 45, Construction Safety Standard for Fall Protection including the latest OSHA and MIOSHA interpretations.  Examination of recent fatal falls in construction and discussion of the latest fall protection techniques for construction will be covered.  This class will also cover fall exposures for residential construction and MIOSHA fall protection criteria.

Springfield Rooftop Fall Protection
Friday/ May 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
OR  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Members $99 / Non-Members $120

Falls are common workplace accidents and, unfortunately, extremely dangerous.  According to the OSHA’s “Stop Falls” campaign, “Workers who are … six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall.”  This class will cover how to keep employees who access the roof or high interior spaces safe, to help keep you in compliance with safety regulations and to lower your liability.  Springfield is an up & coming company specializing in cutting edge fall safety equipment and training.


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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