Michigan Plumbing Continuing Education
Our course is approved by the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes, Plumbing Division to help you satisfy your continuing education requirement and renew your license.
Take the continuing education to renew your MI plumbers license today. All of our courses can be completed At Your Pace Online to help you meet the state's requirements to maintain your license. Once you finish your class you will have an official certificate of completion to save for your records.
Michigan 5 Hour 2018 Plumbing Code CE Course
This 5-hour course will provide Michigan plumbers with a comprehensive overview of the updates to the 2018 Michigan Plumbing Code. We'll begin with a recap of the requirements and regulations for Michigan plumbers, and we'll talk a bit about the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
CE Requirements to Renew a MI Plumber License
Lots of other states mandate continuing education (CE) hours as a renewal requirement for their plumbing licenses. But Michigan handles it a little differently. It can make it both more confusing and less time-consuming to get the CE that you need to keep your license active.
Here’s what all licensed Michigan plumbers need to know about when, exactly, they need continuing education — and how to get it.
Michigan journeyman and master plumber continuing education requirement
Instead of requiring you to get continuing education during every year or every renewal cycle, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) approaches CE differently. Specifically, they require all licensed plumbers — journey and master plumbers — to take a CE course within a year of each time they update the Michigan Plumbing Code.
This usually happens every three years. On April 20, 2017, for example, the state adopted the 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code. That meant that all licensed plumbers had until April 2018 to complete their CE code update course.
Normally, the state would have adopted the 2018 code in 2020, but COVID pushed things back. The 2018 Michigan Plumbing Code; Administrative Rules Part 7 goes into effect on September 15, 2021, giving plumbers until September 2022 to get their CE done.
Theoretically, the Plumbing Division should let you know when you need to take this code update course. But if you want to keep up on the state’s schedule for updating the plumbing code, you can bookmark their Open Rules page.
You can also send an email to LARA-BCC-Rules@michigan.gov with the subject line “Subscribe - PLUMBING” to get signed up for email notifications about plumbing code changes. That way, you’ll be in the know once a new code gets adopted and the one-year clock to complete your CE starts ticking.
The Michigan Plumbing Code update course
To meet this continuing education requirement, LARA requires you to take a course that delivers five hours of content covering all of the major changes made from the previous version of the code.
You also need to take the course from an education provider that has LARA’s stamp of approval. Look for the MI Plumbing Division Course Approval Number to confirm that the course you take will count toward this requirement.
Fortunately, LARA has approved some education providers to offer this 5-hour code update course online. That can make it a lot easier for you to meet this CE requirement within the year deadline since you can take the hours from any location and at any time that’s convenient for you.
Renewing a Michigan journey or master plumbing license
- Assuming you complete the code update CE course within the year deadline, you’re eligible to renew your license.
- Whether you’re a journey or master plumber, your license renewal is due on April 30.
- Master licenses expire every three years and cost $300 to renew, while journey licenses expire annually and renewals cost $40.
You should get a renewal form about three months before your renewal is due, so make sure you keep your address updated with LARA.