Manufactured Housing Installation Program (MHIP) Installer Information
Anyone installing manufactured homes must register with the Division of Housing, except for home/property owners installing no more than one home in any twelve (12) month period. Registered installers may employ workers who are not registered. Registered installers must be at least 18 years old and provide evidence of a minimum of six (6) months of installation experience or equivalent training and/or experience. Registered Installers must also pass a test administered by the Division of Housing or an assigned testing agency. Registered and certified installers must file an annual $10,000.00 surety bond (including special language), letter of credit, or certificate of deposit with the Division of Housing. Registered and certified installers must also carry $1,000,000.00 minimum liability insurance. Registrations will be good for one (1) year and cost not more than $100.00. To renew their registration, installers must be in compliance with the installation program requirements and may be subject to continuing education requirements as mandated by the Division of Housing. Local contractor/subcontractor licensing requirements must also be met.
Registered installers may apply to the Division of Housing for certified status upon the successful completion of five (5) installations without significant deviation from the applicable standards. Certified status may be granted by the Division of Housing based on compliance with the program requirements, approval of the installation inspection evidence submitted and passing Division oversight installation inspection. The installation evidence shall include differing types of installations, i.e., HUD, single wide, multi-box, factory, built, Factory Built - AC. Certified status may be revoked by the Division of Housing for just cause. There is no additional cost for installers to become certified, however, the bonding, insurance, and renewal requirements of registered installers still apply.
The Division of Housing will specify a standard installation, insignia application, and inspection forms, which may be used statewide, including participating Local Jurisdictions. The installation authorization form must be posted on site prior to commencement of installation work. All home/property owner and registered installer home installations must be inspected.
Local Jurisdictions have the right of first refusal to participate in the program and become the exclusive inspection agency within their jurisdictional boundaries. Inspectors (DOH, participating jurisdiction, and independent third party) will be certified through minimum standards, training and/or testing.
The Division of Housing will specify and provide a standard installation insignia. Installation insignias may be stocked by participating jurisdictions, third party inspectors, and certified installers. The insignia will be affixed on the home, within 30 inches of the electrical service entrance. The insignia is evidence that permanent utility service may be released.
Installer and Inspector Exam Candidates:
The Colorado Division of Housing through the Manufactured Housing Installation Program (MHIP) will administer the MHIP Installer and Inspector Exams by appointment only. There will be no charge for taking the exam. Exam candidates must schedule an appointment to take the exam at the following locations:
Colorado Division of Housing
1313 Sherman St., Room 321
Denver, Colorado 80203
You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam provided you are on time for your appointment. If you are late for your appointment, your time to complete the exam may be reduced. A score of 75% correct answers is required to pass the exam. You may re-schedule to take the exam if you did not pass. You will be notified by mail of the results of your exam. The examination is open book and based on the program requirements and adopted standards. The Program Summary and Installation Handbook contained in the Home Study package contain the program and standards information required to pass the exam. The Home Study package is available through the Division of Housing, Denver office listed above. You must bring a driver’s license or other picture I.D. to verify your identity. Special needs candidates will be accommodated with prior arrangement through the test center.