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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

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)

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 considers 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 home owners 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.

All 3 days of classes are required for certification.

Marketing and Communicating
with the Aging in Place Client


March 2, 2020
9am - 5pm
Lunch will be provided.

Design Concepts
for Livable Homes and Aging in Place

March 3, 2020
9am - 5pm
Lunch will be provided.

Details and Solutions
for Livable Homes and Aging in Place

March 4, 2020
9am - 5pm
Lunch will be provided.


MIOSHA Fall Protection - Part 45

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.

Jan. 30, 2020
8:30/9am - 4pm

Receive 50% off your registration fee by applying for a MIOSHA scholarship.


Behavior-Based Safety: Fundamentals and Implementation

Behavioral safety is the application of behavior analysis to work, specifically, safe and unsafe performance of a task. Using scientific principles of motivation, systems are analyzed to identify what is motivating safe or unsafe performance. For example, people take safety shortcuts because they are motivated by the certain and immediate consequence of saving a little time and they are not motivated by the fairly uncertain and unlikely consequence of getting hurt. Systems can then be modified or implemented to improve performance in a positive method. Implementation will be discussed with an emphasis on providing examples from companies who have used behavioral safety successfully.

Lunch will be provided.

Mar. 26, 2020
8:30/9am - 4pm

Receive 50% off your registration fee by applying for a MIOSHA scholarship.


Effective Safety and Health Training

Many MIOSHA standards require employers to provide employees with training.  This course will provide suggestions and ideas for creating and conducting effective workplace health and safety training.  Strategies that work best for adult learners will be discussed including the use of activities to make training both fun and effective.  This class is designed for anyone responsible for developing and conducting training.  The “hands-on” activities will provide an opportunity for participants to practice the skills learned.

Lunch will be provided.

Apr. 15, 2020
8:30/9am - 4pm

Receive 50% off your registration fee by applying for a MIOSHA scholarship.

Continuing Competency for Licensed Builders

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 31st.

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. Renewal deadline is May 31st.

During the seminar, the following mandatory topics will be presented in three 1-hour modules:

  • Safety
  • Codes
  • Legal Issues

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Morning Session

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Afternoon Session

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Morning Session

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Morning Session

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 Cancelled

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.

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.