Michigan Carpentry (A) Contractor License

The Carpentry (A) Contractor License allows you to do the following work:

  • Wood framing
  • Structural carpentry
  • Finish carpentry

With this license you can engage in additional trades if they are incidental to carpentry.

The Carpentry license is part of the Maintenance and Alteration category of licenses. Other trades related to Maintenance and Alteration include Basement Waterproofing, Concrete, Excavation, House Wrecking, Insulation, Masonry, Roofing, Screen & Storm Sash, Gutters, Siding, Swimming Pools, and Tile & Marble.

How to apply for a Carpentry (A) Contractor's License?

In order to obtain a Carpentry (A) Contractor's License the applicant must follow these steps:

  1. Take the 60 hours of approved prelicensure education course (this must be taken through an approved provider.
  2. Be of good moral character.
  3. Be at least 18 years old.
  4. Submit an application with the corresponding fee and the following documents:
  5. If applying for the Maintenance & Alteration License, the applicant must select the Carpentry (A) classification for the test.
  6. Once approved, the agency will contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will get in touch with the applicant via email in order to schedule the examination.
  7. Take and pass the Business and Carpentry (A) Contractor examinations within one year of application approval.
  8. Upon passing the exams, you will receive your contractor’s license.

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Michigan Carpentry (A) Contractor License Exams

Below is all the information related to the trade and business exams, including the official reference lists.

Michigan Carpentry (A) Contractor Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice
  • Time Allowed: 135 Minutes (includes time for Business)
  • Minimum Passing Score: 36 Questions
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Site Engineering
      • Surveying (reference points, monuments, flood plains, wetlands, benchmarks)
      • Septic requirements
      • Well requirements
      • Plot plan (building lines, setbacks, easements, restrictions, utility source locations)
      • Elevations (transit level, topographical)
      • Survey plans and symbols
    • Plans, Specifications and Estimating
      • Green building materials and methods
      • Construction techniques (new construction, remodeling)
      • Costs and labor estimating (material, equipment, project-specific gross income)
      • Installation (requirements allowing materials to acclimate)
      • Documentation procedures (submittals)
      • Permits/inspections based on permits
      • Types of plans (floor, framing, truss erection, foundations)
      • Symbols and legends
      • Scales and dimensions
      • Views, sections, and details
      • Schedules (window, door)
      • Materials estimating (takeoffs, volumes, measurements, areas, board feet)
    • Excavation/Sitework
      • Demolition methods and equipment
      • Federal requirements related to hazardous materials (asbestos, lead abatement)
      • Protection procedures prior to demolition(vegetation, structures, wildlife, artifacts)
      • Soil (testing, types, characteristics, compaction, material options)
      • Code requirements of drainage and water work
      • Trenching and excavating (methods, techniques)
      • MISS DIG
      • Soil erosion and sedimentation control
      • Grading (cut and fill, rough, finish, sloping)
      • Backfilling
      • Dewatering
    • Footings and Foundation Walls
      • Installation of wood foundations and columns (site requirements, conditions)
      • Installation methods, materials and requirements (structural, fastening, sillplates, foundation, moisture barriers, drainage, damp proofing, waterproofing, sealants)
      • Construction requirements (foot loading versus compacting of soil)
      • Footings (types, dimensions, specifications)
      • Foundation walls (concrete, masonry, installation of insulating concrete form, wood)
      • Concrete slab on grade
      • Anchoring systems
    • Concrete
      • Prior to concrete placement
      • Portland cement concrete mix design and additives
      • Installation of post pads
      • Methods for concrete reinforcement installation(code requirements, wire mesh, rebar, fiber)
      • Ingredients and aggregates
      • Characteristics
      • Types
      • Testing (slump, strength)
      • Flatwork (driveway, sidewalk, floors)
      • Placement of Construction Joints
      • Finishing (troweling, bull floating, broomed)
      • Curing
      • Admixtures (chloride, retarding agents)
      • Formwork
      • Proportions
      • Suspended concrete slabs and above-grade concrete
    • Carpentry
      • Bracing, bridging, and hangers
      • Span Tables
      • Fastening schedules
      • Loads (live, dead, floor load schedule, roof, wind)
      • Notching and boring
      • Sole, top plates, and band (rim) joists
      • Floor Framing (joists, truss joists)
      • Floor Decking/Subflooring
      • Wood framing for walls (exterior, sheathing, load bearing, kneewalls, wind bracing, partitions, interior soffits)
      • Fire blocking and draft stops
      • Roof framing (rafters, decking, dormers, valleys, soffits, fascia, pitch, crickets, saddlers)
      • Roof trusses (uplift, bracing)
      • Framing for Openings (vents, windows, doors, skylights, fireplaces, chimneys, attic access, crawl space, house fans)
      • Secondary weather plane (house wrap)
      • Stairs (interior, exterior, landings, railings,balusters, rise, run, clearances, width)
      • Exterior decks (fasteners, height, rails, materials, footings)
      • Wood flooring
      • Cabinetry
      • Finish trim
      • Molding
      • Michigan barrier free design requirements for ramps
    • Masonry
      • Effects of environmental conditions on construction
      • Application methods for mortar and grout
      • Reinforcement methods and materials for installations
      • Installation methods and materials (load bearing, non-load bearing)
      • Installation requirements (veneers, wall ties)
      • Fireplace and chimney requirements
      • Brick (walls, veneer, paver, fireplace)
      • Stone (manufactured, natural)
      • Construction details (brick ledge, lintels, headers, pilasters, piers, sills, keystones, patterns and bonds,forms and arches)
      • Anchors, ties, and reinforcement
      • Expansion/ control joints
      • Jointing
      • Flashing through (wall flashing, weep holes)
    • Roofing
      • Covering materials, installation and fastening methods
      • Materials and installation methods (flashing, gutter and downspout system)
      • Ventilation systems (ridge, box, soffit)
      • Drip edges and diverters
      • Water shield membranes (ice and rain guard)
      • Valleys
      • Reroofing
    • Insulation
      • Blanket
      • Batt (Faced)
      • Batt (Unfaced)
      • Blown-in (fiberglass, cellulose)
      • Sprayed-on foam
      • Foam Board
      • Fiberboard
      • Foil-Faced (reflective)
      • Energy code certification (rvalues, vapor barriers, reflectivity)
      • Sound
    • Ventilation
      • Attic (gable vents, baffles)
      • Foundation/crawl space
      • Bathroom
    • Windows, Doors and Skylights
      • Building code requirements related to energy performance requirements
      • Methods to prevent water and air intrusion around windows, skylights, and doors
      • Egress/Escape requirements
      • Safety glazing
      • Window sizing
      • Types of windows and doors (storm, screen, pocket door, bifold door, sliding windows, casement windows)
      • Size
      • Materials and parts
      • Installation and flashing
    • Siding Installation
      • Elements and installation (backer boards, flashing, vents, starter strips, fascia, soffits)
      • Types of siding (vinyl, wood, shingles and shakers, aluminum, steel, concrete)
    • Interior and Exterior Finishes
      • Methods and materials for installation (flooring, wall, ceiling, cabinetry, countertops, trim, molding, and handrails)
      • Application methods (wall finishes)
      • Drywall
      • Exterior painting and staining
      • Tile and marble
    • Specialties
      • Pool systems and barriers
      • Smoke/Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Safety and Employee Protection Including MIOSHA
      • Job Site Safety and Personnel Training (MIOSHA, First Aid and emergency procedures)
      • Protection of Workers and the Public (methods to control vehicular traffic)
      • Requirements for loading, transporting, unloading materials and equipment
      • Operating hoisting equipment
      • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
      • Hazardous materials (propane, paint, gasoline, solvents)
      • Waste Disposal (non-hazardous and hazardous)
      • Excavation safety
      • Ladders and scaffolds
      • Fall protection
      • Roof, deck and ladder jacks
      • Lifting and digging equipment
      • Barricade and sign requirements
      • Manufacturer's safety recommendations for tools and equipment
  • PSI© Carpentry (A) Official Content Outline

Michigan Carpentry (A) Contractor Business Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice
  • Time Allowed: 75 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 36 Questions
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Regulatory and Statutory Requirements (13 questions)
      • Licensing Process and Requirements (application, renewal, display, suspensions and revocations of individual license, Company license)
      • Regulations Governing Conduct and Penalties (place of business, advertising, sales agreements, financial statements, name)
      • Complaints
      • Investigations
      • Hearings
      • Independent Arbitration
      • Permitting and Inspection Requirements
      • Civil Rights (Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act)
      • Fair House and American Disabilities Act (ADA) (Michigan Barrier Free Design, sales, office facility, hiring, employee practices)
      • EPA Regulations for Hazardous Materials (asbestos, lead, radon)
      • Salespersons
    • Types of business Organization (4 questions)
      • Proprietorships
      • Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
      • Corporations
      • Partnerships
    • Estimating (1 question)
      • Estimating Pertaining to Residential Building
    • Contracts (7 questions)
      • Requirements
      • Definition
      • Types
      • Terminology
      • Binding
      • Addenda
      • Change Orders
      • Warranties
      • Financing Requirements
      • Breach
    • Project Management and Administration (6 questions)
      • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
      • Materials/Logistics
      • Cost Management
      • Subcontractors
      • Inspections
      • Scheduling
      • Draws
      • Progress Payments
      • Retainage
      • Customer Service
    • Accounting and Finance (6 questions)
      • Payroll
      • Tax Obligations (Federal, State, Unemployment)
      • Costs and Expenses
      • Sales and Accounts Receivable
      • Cash Flow
      • Balance Sheets
      • Income Statements
      • Ratios
    • Insurance, Bonds and Liens (11 questions)
      • Insurance
        • Liability
        • Workers' Compensation
        • Vehicle
        • Property
        • Property Damage
        • Title
        • Employee (social security, unemployment, disability, benefits)
        • Business
        • Accident
      • Builders' Risk
      • Bonds
      • Liens Placement (Construction Lien Act)
    • Personnel (2 questions)
      • Employee Safety and Administration (recordkeeping, MIOSHA, penalties)
      • Federal and State Labor Laws (wages, overtime, minors)
      • Employee Benefits (health, retirement, vacation, etc.)
  • PSI© Business and Law Official Content Outline

Candidates taking the combination examination for one trade will be given 135 minutes to complete the examination. Those completing the combination examinations for two trades will be given 270 minutes.

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