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.

Lunch will be provided.

Jan. 25, 2019
9am - 3pm

Mar. 15, 2019
9am - 3pm

May 17, 2019
9am - 3pm

8-Hour Initial Lead Safety Certification

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.

Lunch will be provided.

Nov. 30, 2018
8am - 5pm

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.

This 10-hour program presents an overview of MIOSHA regulations for the construction industry.  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.

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.

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.

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.


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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The prestigious CAPS designation classes will be available in March 2019!  All three classes are required for the NAHB designation, but if you are interested in only one or two of the classes, sign-up!

Marketing  & Communicating with the Aging-In-Place Client

March 6, 2019

Design Concepts for Livable Homes & Aging-In-Place

March 7, 2019

Details & solutions for Livable Homes & Aging-In-Place

March 8, 2019


"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.