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Obtaining a Contractor's License in Oklahoma
If you have found this page, you are probably seeking information on how to get an Oklahoma contractor's license. Maybe, you are even in the process of starting your own business! Congratulations! These are important steps toward an ultimately fulfilling career.
Following licensing requirements is an important step in building a thriving business. We are happy to support you through this experience. You have come to the right spot for information regarding contractor licensing for the state of Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, all electrical, plumbing, and mechanical contractors MUST obtain specific state licensing according to their trade. The state, however, does not require a general contractor license for many other jobs. This includes jobs for both commercial and residential buildings. Other work such as the installation of residential and municipal utilities, roads, bridges, and highways, or even oil field installation projects also do not require a contractor license.
Subcontractors do not need state licensing either. Subcontractors work under an Oklahoma general contractor. They perform jobs such as guttering, painting, carpentry, concrete, drywall, fencing, and more. General contractors with smaller projects or subcontractors providing renovation or remodeling work also do not have to obtain a license.
There's plenty of work you can do in Oklahoma without a general contractor license. However, this license is also an opportunity to set yourself apart from others in your field. An Oklahoma general contractor license qualifies you to take on major projects and pursue robust business growth. Interested to see how you can take your career and business to the next level? Find out below what it takes to obtain a general contractor license in Oklahoma.
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The three main steps in almost every state are:
Submit an application
Pass a Business Law exam
Pass a Technical exam
The application ensures you have registered with the state. It also allows the state to tax you and confirm that you have verifiable experience. The Business Law exam verifies your understanding of the laws of operating a business in the state of Oklahoma. The Technical exam ensures you have the skills and knowledge to do the types of work that you want to perform.
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The Benefits of a General Contractor’s License in Oklahoma
As noted, the state does not require a general Oklahoma contractor license. However, obtaining one shows your business is more knowledgeable and reputable. It can even give you a higher potential for earning. You can gain the trust and business of more customers because of your additional education and certificates
The NASCLA, which is a commercial contractor license, is also transferable to 14 other states. This is the most popular license for general contractors because of its acceptance and flexibility. You can build a skyscraper with this license.
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How To Get An Oklahoma Contractor's License
What Work Requires a License in Oklahoma?
Before jumping into how to get a contractor's license in Oklahoma, let’s go over what type of work requires one. Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical contractors must obtain a contractor's license to work legally in the state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma contractor licensing is handled through the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB).
What Are the Requirements for Contractor Licensing in Oklahoma?
To become a licensed contractor, you will need to fulfill some requirements. Once you meet the criteria for your trade, you will be eligible to take the licensing exams.
Electrical Contractor Licensing
For an Oklahoma electrical contractor license, you must first train as a registered apprentice under a contractor. This enables you to gain verifiable experience before becoming a journeyman. As an electrical journeyman, you will again work under a contractor. During this time, you'll gain experience and become eligible to work as a contractor yourself. You must pass an electrical journeyman exam as well. You must surpass all these milestones before applying to become an electrical contractor in Oklahoma.
All electrical contractors must be an owner, partner or officer in an electrical firm. This is necessary before becoming an unlimited, residential, or limited electrical contractor. Unlimited contractors can install, maintain and repair wires, cables, and equipment that uses electrical energy. Residential contractors can wire 1- or 2-family residences. If interested, a contractor can work obtain an Alarm Endorsement as well as a Poultry House Contractor License.
Oklahoma also provides reciprocity with certain states. This reciprocity applies if a contractor has held a license for a minimum of one year and fulfills other application requirements. These reciprocal states are:
Plumbing Contractor Licensing
An Oklahoma plumbing contracting license is the highest-ranking plumbing license. Generally, it comes after you have worked for a contractor. Under a contractor, you will need to work first as a registered apprentice and then as a journeyman. Plumbing contractors can perform any plumbing work. This includes jobs for water supply, sanitary or storm drainage, and natural gas piping.
Applicants for a plumbing Oklahoma contractors license must meet the following requirements:
Meet the same requirements as a journeyman
Be 18 years of age or older
Have three years of experience in the plumbing trade employed under a licensed plumbing contractor
Equivalent and verifiable three years of experience working in plumbing trade while serving in the U.S. military
A verifiable out-of-state plumbing license that is current and in good standing
Plus an additional one year of experience in the plumbing trade
Mechanical Contractor Licensing
Mechanical services include installing, maintaining, modifying or servicing/repairing ventilation, heating and/or cooling systems. You will need to fulfill the following requirements to obtain an Oklahoma mechanical contractor license.
You must first train as a registered apprentice under a mechanical contractor. This lets you gain verifiable experience before becoming a journeyman. Once you have passed the mechanical journeyman exam, you will again work under a contractor. This experience is necessary before becoming eligible to become a contractor yourself.
Applicants for mechanical contractors must have 1 additional year of work experience before applying for licensing. Any mechanical contractor in the state of Oklahoma must be a permanent employee, owner, partner or officer in a mechanical firm.
There are several mechanical contractor licenses offered in Oklahoma. These are:
- HVAC/R Unlimited
- HVAC/R Limited
- Natural Gas Piping
- Sheet Metal
- Ground Source Piping
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Applying for Licensing
At this point, you should 1) know what kind of license you want to apply for, and 2) have ensured you meet all eligibility requirements. If you can check off these two items, you are ready to apply and take your exams!
Before applying, you should be ready to:
Pay an application fee. This varies depending upon the license you are trying to obtain.
Prove your verifiable experience and any current license (such as a Journeyman license)
Provide proof of other qualifying information (age, address, employment, etc.)
There are different applications for the three licensing fields. See more information about the Mechanical Contractor Application here. Click here for more information about Electrical Contractor Applications. Plumbing Contractor Application information is available here. The PSI Examination Services administers all technical exams.
Once you have successfully applied and passed the licensure exams, you will receive an inactive license. This will remain inactive until you provide proof of bond and insurance.
At Contractor Training Center, we help you prepare for and understand the exams. We provide all the resources necessary to pass and to become a licensed contractor. Our exam prep comes with a no-fail guarantee. See more information about what you can expect from us below!