Overview & Benefits
Obtaining a Contractor's License in the State of Massachusetts
Obtaining a contractor's license means being able to practice your profession with ease. In Massachusetts, it means that you can oversee the construction of large two-family dwellings.
As a licensed Construction Supervisor, your authorization and legality clearance is much more significant and can help you take on larger better-paying projects.
There are only a few qualifications that you need to obtain your license, other than the exam. These include:
- Be 18 years old with at least three years of experience in the field spanning at least 36 documented months of full-time employment.
- You must have completed and passed a bachelor’s degree program in a related field (even science, technology, or architecture). This can count as experience.
- Include any unions you are a member of, but these cannot be considered prior experience.
- Supply a notarized letter from your prior employer.
- Include your notarized signature indicating that you deliver factual information and have paid all state taxes.
- You must not have pursued and passed an exam in the same category or class before this test.
The Benefits of Having a Contractor's License in Massachusetts
Recognition as a Trustworthy and Competitive Professional
The legality surrounding clearances and licenses is strict for Massachusetts contractors because the state wants to protect the people. Structures must be built with expertise and experience and not shoddily constructed. This means that not being licensed could cost you some high-paying opportunities.
However, when you have a license, the state recognizes you as a professional and trustworthy candidate for various construction projects. In turn, potential clients will see you have adequate credentials and consider you for job opportunities.
When you receive your license, you can expect to be in the running for more competitive and high-paying projects and improve trust with clients and expand your portfolio.
Increased Opportunities for Supervision
Getting your license is a sign that you’re capable of leadership. In construction, it means being able to oversee your projects and demolitions.
When you have your contractor's license, you can supervise the construction process for one-family dwellings and two-family dwellings. This only applies to buildings under 35,000 cubic feet; an engineer must oversee anything above that.
With this higher licensure, you don't have to bring in someone to oversee your project or lose out on business because you will have a new CSL title on your resume.
If you want to supervise rather than just being part of the crew, your license could be a great way to launch your own construction business.
Certification to Work on State-Wide Projects
There are some jobs that fall outside of the requirements of licensure in Massachusetts. These projects can be supervised without a license in some municipalities.
An unlicensed person can carry out projects like swimming pools, tents, signs, and buildings subject to construction control in some areas.
The problem is that this is not state-wide. If you want to supervise projects state-wide, you must have a license.