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

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

Lead Safety Initial 8-Hr Certification Course

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.

Oct. 10, 2019
8am - 5pm

Lead Safety 4-Hr Refresher Certification Course

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April 2010 required the "Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting" (RRP) certification for contractors performing renovation work in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978.

Any renovation work (including painting) done for compensation, which disturbs painted surfaces in residential dwellings or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. Renovator certifications are due for refresher training before expiration. 

The 4-hr in class refresher course makes you certification valid for 5 years from the date of the completed class.

Oct. 11, 2019
8am - 12pm

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.

Nov. 22, 2019
9am - 1pm

MIOSHA Scaffolds and Scaffold Platforms

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.

This is a full-day class.  Lunch will be provided.

Nov. 21, 2019
8:30am - 4pm

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


MIOSHA Construction 10-Hr. Course 2-Day Seminar

Detailed information is presented to enable the participant to develop an accident prevention plan as required by Rule 114 of MIOSHA Construction Safety Standard Part 1, General Rules.  An overview of MIOSHA inspection procedures is presented, as well as the most frequently cited MIOSHA violations in the construction industry.  Participants gain detailed information regarding construction and health standards relative to the industry.  Emphasis will be placed on recognizing hazards and describing safe work practices to eliminate or control those hazards.

Lunch will be provided.

                  Students will receive both MIOSHA and OSHA 10-hour cards upon successful completion of the class.

Dec. 11 & 12, 2019
8:30/9am - 4pm

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

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.

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.