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OBTAINING A CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE IN THE STATE OF OREGON
Want to know how to get a contractor's license in Oregon? First things first – there are some requisites you need to meet before you can be eligible for an Oregon contractor license. All contractors licensing is done under the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. Here are the 3 things Oregon law requires of all contractors:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete at least 16 hours of training on law & business practices
- Pass the state examination
We hope you have the first two steps down and are here for step #3. If this is the case, you have come to the right place!
What You Can Expect From Us
Effective June 1, 2016, the state of Oregon is accepting the 16+ State NASCLA exam for contractors. With Contractor Training Center, you can be confident that you will pass the first time around. We take pride in our 90% first-pass rate and want to share our knowledge with you.
With us, you’ll have all the resources and tools needed to embark on this exciting journey. Our instructors and team of experts will walk you through the entire process of obtaining your Oregon license for contractors. We are happy to go over questions you may have regarding the exam and offer training to better prepare you.
Every book that you need to successfully complete our courses, consequently the exam can be found on our site. Not to mention, we have a strong team of instructors ready to teach you everything you need to know to be a licensed contractor in OR.
The 3 main steps in almost every state are to submit an application, pass a Business Law exam, and also pass a Technical exam. In Oregon, you must also pass a 16 hour BCL pre-license course. If you have the NASCLA exam certification this will exempt you from having to take the 16 hour BCL. This is quite a plus. The purpose of the application is to make sure you are registered in the state properly so they can tax you and also confirm that you have verifiable experience. The purpose of the Business Law exam is to make sure you understand the laws of operating a business in the state of Oregon, and the purpose of the Technical exam is to make sure you have the skills and knowledge to do the types of work that you want to perform. We supply the prep classes and the books and the tabs necessary to pass the OPEN BOOK EXAMS. Tabbing and Highlighting the books is allowed and part of our Curriculum. We have an extremely high first-time pass rate on our exams and if you do not pass, we will give you the class again for free until you do.
In Oregon, we only teach the NASCLA: NASCLA is a commercial license in 16 states and 11 of these states also accept it for Residential Contracting. Oregon accepts it for Both Residential and Commercial Contracting. If you pick up work in another state or relocate to a state that accepts NASCLA then you will still have to go through the application process. Most states will still make you take their Business Law exam but you will be exempt from the much harder Technical exam related to Residential or Commercial Construction. This is the most popular license for General Contractors because of its acceptance and flexibility. You can build a Sky-Scraper with this license.
We have helped over 30,000 contractors get their contractors license and we look forward to helping you.
HERE IS A LIST OF THE STATES THAT ACCEPT THE NASCLA LICENSE
- Alabama - Commercial only
- Arizona - Commercial only
- Arkansas - Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required
- Florida - Commercial and Residential
- Georgia - Commercial and Residential
- Louisiana - Commercial and Residential
- Mississippi - Commercial and Residential
- Nevada - Commercial only
- North Carolina - Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required
- Oregon - Commercial and Residential
- South Carolina - Commercial and Residential
- Tennessee - Commercial only
- US Virgin Islands - Commercial and Residential
- Utah - Commercial and Residential
- Virginia - Commercial only
- West Virginia - Commercial and Residential
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE IN OR
Having a contractor’s license in the state of Oregon brings forward several opportunities. To begin, it shows clients that you are not a scam artist. If anyone could build houses, we would all be in a lot of trouble. A license shows you are trained and knowledgeable, consequently increasing your credibility and bringing in more clients.
Gives You Credibility
Having a license increases your credibility, allowing you to build trust with your clients. There are other ways you can gain their trust, but this is a big part of establishing yourself and your business, especially if you're working with new customers.
Gives You A Higher Earning Potential
Consequently, there are larger projects that you can't perform without a contractor's license. With one, you can take on big assignments, get more jobs, and increase your profit. More times than not, clients will pay a higher price to a licensed contractor as opposed to unlicensed handymen.
Another benefit of having this license is your earning potential. Clients would rather have a qualified, licensed contractor conduct work on their property instead of a handyman. Not only this but in the state of OR you can’t perform construction work without one. If you get caught, you could be facing legal trouble.
HOW TO BECOME A CONTRACTOR IN OREGON
Before you apply to take this exam, be sure that you need an Oregon contractor's license. Anyone who conducts construction work in exchange for compensation requires a license. This type of work includes:
- Electrical work
- Land development
- Tree servicing
- Most construction and repair services
Work that does NOT require a license includes:
- Gutter cleaning
- Debris clean up
- Power and pressure washing for cleaning purposes
With this being said, here is what you need to know:
WHAT TYPE OF WORK WILL YOU BE CONDUCTING?
Are you thinking about offering residential, small commercial, or large commercial services?
- An example of a residential structure includes a single-family residence or an apartment complex of 4 stories or less. This does not include hotels, summer camps, or dormitories.
- An example of a small commercial structure includes a gas station, fast food restaurant, or tenant space in malls. This nonresidential structure must be 10,000 sq. ft or less and no more than 20 ft high.
- A large commercial structure includes anything that’s not a residential or small commercial structure. Examples include apartment complexes, hospitals, parking garages, and shopping malls.
Understanding the type of work you’ll be conducting will help you apply for the right endorsement.
PREPARE FOR THE EXAM
This is where we come in! We help you train for the NASCLA exam so that you’ll pass with flying colors on your first attempt. We supply the prep-class, the books, and the tabs needed to pass this OPEN BOOK exam.
FILE YOUR ENTITY NAME
After taking the training course you’ll want to file your corporation or LLC business name with the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division.
SUBMIT A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS BOARD SURETY BOND
A Construction Contractors Board surety bond is required for residential or commercial contractors. These bonds are available from different insurance companies at varying prices. Keep in mind that the CCB won’t accept a copy of the bond. The bonds must be issued on a CCB bond form.
Use the following list to give you an idea of bond amounts. Are you applying for a general contractor license in Oregon or a residential one? You’ll need to submit the original bond along with your application.
- Residential general contractor: $20,000
- Residential developer: $20,000
- Residential locksmith services contractor: $10,000
- Residential specialty contractor: $15,000
- Residential limited contractor: $10,000
- Home services contractor: $10,000
- Home performance score contractor: $10,000
- Home inspector services contractor: $10,000
- Commercial General Contractor Level 1: $75,000
- Commercial General Contractor Level 2: $20,000
- Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 1: $50,000
- Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 2: $20,000
- Commercial Developer: $20,000
Complete the Application
After you provide proof of general liability insurance and workers comp insurance, you will need to complete the application that matches the endorsement type you’ll be applying for.
• Residential Only
• Commercial Only
• Dual – Residential and Commercial
Your final step is, of course, to submit your application to get your Oregon general contractor license. You will need to include your original bond, insurance certificate, and the $250 fee for your 2-year contractor license Oregon. Submit this all together.
If you want to get in touch with the Oregon Contractor Board, you can visit their site here
TAKE THE EXAM
The Responsible Managing Individual (RMI) needs to take the test. This is the person who owns the business or manages its construction activities. Every company needs to have an RMI. If they leave, you need to notify the CCB immediately.
Immediately after taking the test you will get the results. If you pass, you need to apply for your license within 24 months. If you’re a contractor and your CCB license lapses for over 24 months, you need to retake the training again and then the exam.
WHICH EXAM SHOULD YOU TAKE?
To obtain your license, you need to take the 16 hour BCL Pre-license training and then the Business, Law and Project Management exam. The test has 80 multiple choice questions on business and law practices. To pass, you need a score of at least 70%, which is equivalent to 56 correct answers. The next step is to take a technical exam.
The following individuals can take the Oregon Construction Contractor exam:
• Residential General Contractor
• Residential Specialty Contractor
• Residential Limited Contractor
• Commercial General Contractor Level 1 and Level 2
• Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 1 and Level 2
• We teach exam prep for the National NASCLA exam, which covers you to perform work within any or all of these designations
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, in states that accept Oregon licensing in Reciprocity. Contact the licensing board of the state you are locating to. Additionally, you can have your commercial trade exam waived in all of the NASCLA states if you have the NASCLA certification. You will still be required to submit an application for that state and meet the Business Law requirements for that state. Contact the board of the state to view the required information.
Live classes and webinars take about 8 hours and you will also be sent the digital content that is included in our pre-recorded class. The online pre-recorded content for classes varies, as course videos going over highlighting depend on the amount of content on the exam.
Additionally, we have extensive practice test questions and answers for you to practice before your exam. We suggest practicing these until you comfortably answer exam questions under a time limit and can easily navigate the books, as you will be taking a timed exam.
You can go through it as many times as you like. We give you online access for 90 days, but if you need longer you can receive an extension by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your license is valid for 2 years.
If you’re an individual who has passed the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you don’t have to take the 16-hour pre-license training. You do, however, need to pass the OR exam that covers business and law practices
You will be able to obtain a reciprocal contractors license Oregon if you reside within one of the following states:
Journeyman Plumbers (JP)
General Journeyman Electrician (J)
General Supervising Electrician (S)
Those interested in obtaining this license will need to complete the Reciprocal license application and submit the nonrefundable fee with it.
Every book that you need to successfully complete our courses and pass the exam can be found on our website.
Anyone who conducts construction work in exchange for compensation requires a license. This includes roofing, carpentry, electrical work, land development, tree servicing, and most construction and repair services. Work that does not require a license includes gutter cleaning, debris clean up, power and pressure washing for cleaning purposes.
To obtain a contractor’s license in the state of Oregon, you will need to meet the necessary requirements, take a pre-training course, and then schedule to take the exam.
There is a nonrefundable $250 fee for a two-year license.
The exam process begins with you determining what type of work you’ll be offering (residential, commercial, or large commercial services). Then, you’ll need to prepare for the exam, which we can help you with. When you have completed our training course, you will need to file your entity name with the Oregon Secretary of State, Corporate Division.
When it’s time to submit the application, you will need to send an original CCB Surety Bond and the $250 fee for a 2-year license.