Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements

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x = number of exams, (x) = inspection

Occupation Exam(s) Cost Education and Training
Acupuncture x $575 Certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Insurance adjuster x $60 None
Airport Manager x $0 None
Animal Control Officer n/a $0 100 hours
Architect xxxxxxx $1,535 Professional degree, 3 years of training
Athletic Trainer x $570 Bachelor's degree
Audiologist x $390 Master's degree, 1,260 hours of supervised clinical experience
Bail Bondsmen x $40 Insurance producer license, 24 hours of continuing education per year
Barber x $241 1,800 hours
Basement Waterproofing x $295 60 hours
Boiler Inspector x $180 3 years of experience
Boiler Installer x $180 5 years of experience
Boiler Operator x $180 2 years of experience (1 year for low pressure)
Boiler Repairer x $180 5 years of experience
Building Inspector n/a $25 4 years of experience
Butter Grader x $0 MDARD training with USDA butter graders
Carpentry x $285 60 hours
Field Person (certified) x $150 Inspect 25 farms matching 80 percent or better
Certified Public Accountant xxxx $890 Bachelor's degree, 1 year of experience
Chauffer n/a $35 Segments 1 and 2 of drivers education
Child Care Provider n/a $50 GED, 10 hours of continuing education per year
Chiropractor x $3,460 Graduate from accredited chiropractic educational program
Debt Collector x $56 6 months
Truck Driver (commercial) x $175 Commercial Drivers License
Concrete x $295 60 hours
Cosmetologist x $200 1,500 hours
Cosmetology Instructor x $154 500 hours, 3 years of experience
Counselor x $500 Master's/doctorate, 2 years of experience
Counselor (insurance) x $65 Complete exam within 6 months of application submission
Courier Service n/a $100 Certificate of authority by the Motor Carrier Division, Commercial Drivers License
Court Reporter x $65 GED, Michigan Electronic Court Reporters Association CER Workshop
Dental Specialist x $45 Dentist license, CODA/ADA accredited dental specialty program
Dentist x $3,070 DDS or DMD
Driver Education Instructor x $45 Drivers education instructors program
Electrical Contractor x $400 Master electricians license or hire a full time master electrician
Electrical Inspector x $125 2 years as electrical journeyman or a licensed master electrician
Electrical Journeyman x $140 8,000 hours
Electrologist x $200 400 hours
Electrology Instructor x $154 500 hours, 3 years of experience
Elevator Contractor x $200 5 years of experience
Elevator Inspector x $125 4 years of experience
Elevator Journeyperson x $140 3 years of continuous employment
EMT x $110 EMT training course, 30 hours of continuing education per year
Engineer xx $650 Bachelor's or master's degree, 4 years of experience
Esthetician x $200 400 hours
Esthetician Instructor x $154 500 hours, 3 years of experience
Excavator x $295 60 hours
Fire Alarm Contractor x $400 Fire alarm specialty technician license
Fire Alarm Specialty Technician x $150 National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology associate engineering technician level II certification, 2 years of experience
Fire Suppression Installation x $150 Mechanical contractors license
Firefighter Training Instructor n/a $0 Fire fighter II certification, NFA Fire Service Design Course, 5 years service, Instructor I certified, Fire Officer level III
Forester n/a $90 Associate's/bachelor's degree, 2 years of experience
Funeral Director xxx $701 3 years of college, 1 year of experience
Guidance Counselor x $235 Master's degree, 30 graduate hours, 600 hour internship, Michigan teaching certificate
Gutters x $295 60 hours
Hearing Aid Dealer x $328 GED, 2.5 years of experience
House Wrecking x $495 60 hours
Inland Pilot's License x $265 Vessel Inspections
Insulation Work x $295 60 hours
Insurance Producer x $55 40 hours
Insurance Solicitor x $65 Varies depending on line of authority
Intern, Health Care (i.e. resident) n/a $135 Doctoral degree
Interpreter for Deaf / Hard of Hearing x $155 Varies based on the standard leave chart
Investment Adviser x $200 Pass CSCL exam, continuing education requirements
Investment Adviser Representative x $230 Pass Series 65 exam, continuing education requirements
Landscape Architect x $2,190 Professional degree, 3 years of experience
Librarian n/a $0 GED, beginning workshop, 1 year of full-time employment
Maintenance and Alteration Contractor x $295 60 hours
Manicurist x $200 400 hours
Manicurist Instructor x $154 500 hours, 3 years of experience
Marriage and Family Therapist n/a $85 Bachelor's degree, 1,000 hours
Masonry x $295 60 hours
Massage Therapy x $290 GED, massage therapy supervised curriculum
Electrician (master) x $150 12,000 hours
Auto Mechanic x $31 Repair test
Mechanical Contractor x $150 3 years of experience
Mechanical Inspector n/a $25 Mechanical license for not less than 1 year in 3 or more categories
Doctor (medical) x $2,180 Medical school, 2 years of training
First Responder x $120 MFR training course, 15 hours of continuing education per year
Tax Assessor (advanced) n/a $175 MAAO Program, 16 hours of continuing education per year
Tax Assessor (certified) n/a $175 MCAO Program, 16 hours of continuing education per year
Tax Assessor (technician) n/a $50 MCAT Course, 16 hours of continuing education per year
Tax Assessor (master) n/a $175 MMAO Program, 16 hours of continuing education per year
Midwife x $804 Graduate degree, registered nurse, certification by American Midwifery Certification Board
Milk Hauler x $50 Pass written exams and inspections
Modular Homes Builder x $295 60 hours
Mortgage Broker, Lender, and Servicer xx $2,429 20 hours, 8 hours of continuing education per year
Mortgage Loan Originator x $360 20 hours, 8 hours of continuing education per year
Mortician xx $451 3 year course in mortuary science, 1 year of experience
Mortuary Science Resident Trainee n/a $45 GED
Natural Hair Culturist Instructor x $154 500 hours, 3 years of experience
Nursery Dealer (Not purely Michigan grown) (x) $158 Pass biennial inspections
Nursery Grower (x) $153 Pass inspections
Nurse x $254 Degree from registered nursing school
Nursing Home Administrator x $640 Nursing home administration course, 36 hours of continuing education per year
Occupational Therapist x $790 Occupational Therapist Educational Program
Optometrist x $2,345 Optometry program, 20 hours of continuing education per year
Osteopathic Physician x $2,130 Osteopathic medical school
Painting & Decorating x $295 60 hours
Paramedic x $285 Paramedic training course, 45 hours of continuing education per year
Personnel Agent x $126 400 hours
Pest Control xx $75 Generalized and specialized exam
Pharmacist n/a $60 Pharmacy educational program, 1,600 hour internship, 30 hours of continuing education per year
Physical Therapist x $535 Physical therapist educational program
Physician Assistant x $565 Physician assistant education program
Plan Reviewer n/a $25 4 years experience (2 years as electrician; 1 year in 3+ categories as mechanical license; 2 years as plumber)
Plumber (journeyman) x $215 3 years experience
Plumber (master) x $475 4,000 hours in not less than 2 years
Plumbing Contractor x $400 Master plumbers license or employ a master plumber
Plumbing Inspector n/a $25 2 years experience as journeyman plumber or be a licensed master plumber
Podiatrist x $2,820 Podiatry school, 1 year residency
Police Officer x $68 GED, basic police academy
Polygraph Examiner x $151 Bachelor's degree (15 hours in the social/behavioral sciences), internship training program
Private Investigator n/a $750 GED, 3 years of experience
Surveyor xxx $756 Bachelor's/master's degree, 4 years of experience
Property Manager x $219 90 hours, 3 years of experience
Psychologist x $838 Doctoral degree, doctoral/postdoctoral internship, 2,000 hours of experience
Real Estate Appraiser x $496 375 hours, 3,000 hours of experience
Real Estate Broker x $383 90 hours, 3 years of experience
Dental Assistant x $100 Dental assisting program
Dental Hygienist x $1,420 Dental hygiene program
Nursery Dealer x $93 Pass random audits
Residential Builder Salesperson x $281 Pass examination
Residential Builder x $295 60 hours
Respiratory Therapist x $295 Respiratory therapy educational program
Roofer x $295 60 hours
Sampler x $50 Pass examination
Sanitarian x $487 NEHA REHS/RS credential
School Bus Driver x $175 Commercial Drivers License with passenger and school bus endorsement
Windows (screen and storm sash) x $295 60 hours
Securities Agent x $190 Series 63 exam
Security Guard n/a $0 GED, 3-4 years of experience
Service Person xx $300 Certifications for all field standards (test equipment) intended for use
Sewage Plant Operator x $102 6 months of experience
Siding x $295 60 hours
Sign Specialist x $140 Training courses, 4,000 hours of experience
Sign Specialty Contractor x $300 Sign specialist license
Social Work x $270 Master's degree, 4,000 hours of work over 2 year period
Solar Heating Installer x $150 3 years of experience
EMT (specialist) x $230 AEMT/Specialist training course, 36 hours of continuing education per year
Speech-Language Pathology x $215 Master's/Ph.D., 9 months experience
Stationary Engineer 1st x $430 Second class engineer, 1 year experience
Stationary Engineer 2nd x $380 Third class engineer, 1 year experience
Stationary Engineer 3rd x $330 High pressure operator, 1 year experience
Stockbroker x $495 Series 63 exam, yearly company training, continuing education requirements
Substance Abuse Counselor x $315 Master's degree (180 hours specific to substance abuse), 2,000 hours of experience, 300 supervised hours
Swimming Pools x $295 60 hours
Taxi Driver x $50 Segment 1 and 2 of drivers ed
Teacher x $50 Bachelor's degree, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (provisional education certificate); 3 years experience (professional education certificate)
Tile and Marble x $295 60 hours
Towing Service x $200 Commercial Drivers License
Truck Driver x $20 Commercial Drivers License
Used Vehicle Dealer (Class B) n/a $105 Established place of business, pass inspections, proper servicing facilities
Used Vehicle Parts Dealer (Class C) n/a $160 Repair facility or service agreement (if installing new parts), workers compensation
Vehicle Wholesaler (Class W) n/a $105 Established place of business, pass inspections
Veterinary Medicine x $700 Veterinary medicine education program
Veterinary Technician x $350 Veterinary Technician program, register with AAVS
Water Operator x $145 See Table on page 6 for education requirements (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-ess-otu-dw-Requirements_257401_7.pdf), 6 to 24 hours of continuing education per year
Well Pump Installer/Well Driller xx $40 Drill and install 20 wells/pumps over a period of at least 2 years within the last five years