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The department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is the institution in charge of the lincensing application process for plumbers and electricians in the State of Michigan. Additionally, the entity that manages examinations for said licenses is PSI©. However, before engaging in the licensure process, the candidates must first register through the State of Michigan.

Nonetheless, if residing in an area where these licenses are issued locally, please abstain from applying with these forms or through the state. Instead, apply directly for licensure with the local authority (e.g. City of Grand Rapids, City of Detroit); once licensed, go through the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) to register the license with the State of Michigan. Please note that electrical and plumbing examinations may include questions from the Skill Trades Regulation Act 2016 PA 407.

How to Get an Electrical Contractor’s License in Michigan?

  1. Choose 1 out of 10 licenses available in the electrical category:
    • Electrical Contractor
    • Master Electrician
    • Fire Alarm Contractor
    • Fire Alarm Specialty Technician
    • Fire Alarm Specialty Technician Apprentice
    • Sign Specialty Contractor
    • Sign Specialist
    • Electrical Journeyman
    • Electrical Apprentice
    • Facility Electrical Non-Contractor
  2. Satisfy the licensing requirementsfor the chosen trade:
    • Experience and Education requirements:
      • Electrical Contractor: Hold a master electrician license or has not less than one master electrician residing in Michigan full-time employed.
      • Master Electrician: 12000 hours of experience in 6 years, under the supervision of a master electrician. Furthermore, has held an electrical journeyman license for at least two years.
      • Fire Alarm Contractor: Posses a fire alarm specialty technician license or has at least one of the mentioned technician residing in this state full-time employed.
      • Fire Alarm Specialty Technician: Be certified as an associate engineering technician (level II or a number disposed of by the board) by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET).
      • Fire Alarm Specialty Technician Apprentice: Contact the state for further information.
      • Sign Specialty Contractor: Have a sign specialist license or have no less than one specialist full-time employed and residing in the state. In addition, public liability insurance evidence is required.
      • Sign Specialist: 4000 hours of experience obtained in two years must be verified by a person with this same license. Moreover, it must approve a training course per a 2016 PA 407.
      • Electrical Journeyman: 8000 hours of practice experience in four years under the supervision of a person licensed under 2016 PA 407. Furthermore, credit may be provided for graduation or attendance from a recognized educational program.
      • Electrical apprentice Contact the state for further information.
      • Facility Electrical Non-Contractor: Contact the state for further information.
    • Minimum age requierement.
      • Electrical Contractor: 18 years old
      • Master Electrician: 22 years old
      • Fire Alarm Contractor: 18 years of age
      • Fire Alarm Specialty Technician: 20 years of age
      • Fire Alarm Specialty Technician Apprentice: 18 years of age
      • Sign Specialty Contractor: 18 years of age
      • Sign Specialist: Must be at least 18 years old
      • Electrical Journeyman: 20 years old
      • Electrical Apprentice: 18 years old
      • Facility Electrical Non-Contractor: 18 years old
  3. Submit the application via mail or online along with the corresponding fee(s).
  4. Upon approval schedule with PSI©:
    1. Wait for the department's approval. Then, expect a letter with payment and schedule instructions for the PSI© examination.
    2. If the application is denied, reapplication is needed.
    3. To schedule and pay for the PSI© examination, register or sign in with the same data of the LARA initial application.
    4. Select the corresponding examination and add the information sent by the BCC.
    5. Pay and schedule the examination.

How to Apply for a Plumbing Contractor’s License in Michigan?

  1. Choose one of the licenses available for the plumbing category:
    • Plumbing Contractor License
    • Master Plumber License
    • Journey Plumber License
    • Plumbing Apprentice License
  2. Meet the licensing requirements for the chosen license:
    • Plumbing Contractor
      • Have a master plumber license or employ a holder of a master plumber license as a representative.
      • Make sure to be a sole proprietor, a partner in a partnership, an officer of a corporation, or a member of a limited liability company.
      • Provide information regarding residence and business addresses during the last five years, the name of a legal representative of the liability company, and the name, address, and license number of the representative licensed master plumber.
    • Master Plumber
      • Be at least 18 years old.
      • Have 4,000 hours of experience as a Journey Plumber for at least two years previous to the application.
    • Journey Plumber
      • Be at least 18 years old.
      • Have at least 6,000 hours of experience for three years minimum as a plumbing apprentice under the supervision of a licensed master plumber.
    • Plumbing Apprentice
  3. Complete and submit the application:
  4. Once the application is approved make sure to recieve a letter with payment and schedule instructions for the PSI© examination, and schedule the test with the official provider:
    1. Go to the PSI© examination website
    2. Sign in or register with the same credentials as the LARA initial application
    3. Select the corresponding examination and add the information sent by the BCC
    4. Pay and schedule the examination
    5. Take the examination.
  5. After taking and approving the exam, PSI© will notify the board, and the license will be issued.

Useful Links and Contact Information for Plumbers and Electricians

PSI© Exam Online Services LLC

3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas NV-89121

855-579-4635
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PSI© Test Schedule

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

Bureau of Professional Licensing
2407 N Grand River Ave
Lansing MI 48906

LARA Online Services
517-241-0199
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Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC)

P.O. Box 30254
Lansing, MI 48909
517-241-9316
Official BCC website

Security Alarm Systems Contractor

The Security Alarm Systems contractor licenses are issued by the department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

How to get a Security Alarm Systems Contractor License in Michigan?

  1. Satisfy the following criteria:
    • Be at least 21 years old.
    • Be a high school graduate.
    • Have a clean criminal record.
    • Do not have a conviction related to any of the following in the last five years:
      • Lack of honesty or fraudulent actions
      • Disclosure, trading classified information or data
      • Impersonating a police officer or a worker of the US, or governmental subdivision of Michigan
      • Illicitly using or possessing a threatening weapon
      • Two alcohol-related infractions
      • Controlled substances under the public health code 1978 PA 368
      • Aggression
    • Have not been declared insane by a court, unless restored by a court order.
    • Do not have pending arrest warrants.
    • Have an office located in Michigan and an administrator who is a Michigan resident.
    • Have posted a $25,000 surety bond with the Department or furnishes an insurance policy in the amount of $25,000 for property damages, $100,000 for injury or death of one person, and $200,000 for injuries to or deaths of more than one person.
  2. Meet at least one of the following experience requirements:
    • Have a security alarm system contracting business for a period of not less than 3 years.
    • Have four years of full-time experience in a supervisory capacity working for a security alarm system contracting business as an employee of the holder of a certificate of authority to conduct such business.
    • If lacking the 4-year supervisory work experience, the Department will notify you authorizing you to take the exam.
  3. If applying for a new license, currently have a license with CSCL or want a renewal, submit a registration online in The Michigan Commercial Licensing, Enforcement and Regulation System (MiCLEAR).
  4. The enrollment will be reviewed to determine if the applicant meets the criteria.
  5. Once the requirements are approved, a letter will be sent to the applicant stating the fee amount based on the time needed for evaluation.
  6. Pay the required fee online via MiCLEAR.
  7. Take the PSI© examination.
  8. Receive the license upon obtaining passing scores on your test.

Useful links for Security Alarm Systems Contractors

Contact Information for Security Alarm Systems Contractors

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)

Bureau of Professional Licensing
2407 N Grand River Ave
Lansing MI 48906

Official LARA Website
517-241-0199
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Bureau of Construction Codes

2407 N Grand River Ave
Lansing MI 48906

Official BCC website
517-241-9309
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Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL)

2407 N. Grand River Ave
Lansing MI 48906

Official CSCL Website
517-241-9221
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PSI© Exams Online Services LLC

3210 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89121

PSI&copy Exams Website
855-579-4635
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