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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


MIOSHA Fall Protection - Part 45
December 2, 2020

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.

Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
8:30/9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


MIOSHA Excavations - The Grave Digger
March 18, 2021

This seminar will provide an overview of MIOSHA Part 9, Excavations, Trenching, and Shoring. This program will include a description of the hazards in and around an excavation, a discussion on the duties and role of the qualified person, a discussion on soil classification and testing, and an overview of the protective systems used to support and protect employees in an excavation. This program is an elective for the MTI construction compliance tract. As an elective for the MTI program there will be a review and assessment at the end of the program.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, March 18, 2021
8:30/9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


MIOSHA Scaffolds and Scaffold Platforms - Part 12
April 29, 2021

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.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
8:30/9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


NAHB Online Learning

In NAHB’s new online learning portal you will find and access on-demand courses, live online courses, webinars, replays and more. You can also track your online education via your online learning transcript.  CLICK HERE for more information.

WEBINAR:  How to Attract and Retain the Best Employees 

In any business employees and team members make up the bulk of resources, time and energy spent. This workshop will give you the tools and the insights to attract, keep and develop the right kind of employees.  In this workshop you and your leadership team will learn how to:

            • Avoid hiring the wrong people.
            • The prime places to find the best employees.
            • Use the rule of 3 when hiring.
            • Craft a solid employee orientation program.
            • Create a performance appraisal system that works.
            • Develop a positive work environment.
            • Motivate your employees to peak performance.
            • Resolve issues before they come up.

Participants will receive a workbook to print out and use during the webinar and to keep as a valuable resource.

Webinar was held March 31st.
View the recording of the seminar for only $25!
Contact Debbie, 231-946-2305 or for a link to the webinar.


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.

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.

Member Testimonial

"The HBA CAPS Certification course offers a wealth of information to any builder or other professional, interested in expanding their knowledge of incorporating spaces for seniors or anyone requiring additional accommodations, with the goal towards staying in their existing home.  This valuable class can help improve your business for a growing market. "  Mike McCumby, Saxton-McCumby Builders, Inc.