Tennessee Residential Contractor Continuing Education Requirements:
Contractor licenses are renewed biennially and issued for two (2) years. The expiration date is on the last date of the month, in which the license was originally issued. The state requires eight (8) hours of continuing education for residential contractors to be completed every two (2) years. To provide time to implement the new requirements, residential contractors expiring in the year 2021 will only be expected to furnish four (4) of the RCE hours obtained within the previous year.
Which licensees with the Board for Licensing Contractors will be required to obtain Residential Continuing Education (RCE)?
Contractors licensed after January 1, 2009 with a Residential building classification as follows: BC-A; BC-A/r; Spec Homebuilders; and those with a combination BC-A,b(sm) license classification.
Will contractors having a BC or BC-b (small commercial) classification be required to have RCE to renew?
No, those with a BC classification would not be required to obtain RCE to renew. Those with a BC-b (small commercial) classification will not be required to obtain RCE to renew, unless, they also have a “BC-A” as part of their license, such as a BC- A,b(sm) combination classification.
When will a residential contractor licensee need to start obtaining and reporting their RCE?
The RCE will be phased in as follows:
- Contractors expiring in the year 2021 will be required to show proof of 4.0 RCE hours at the time of renewal.
- Contractors expiring in the year 2022, and thereafter, will be required to provide 8.0 of RCE hours at the time of renewal.
Examples of RCE hours needed at time of renewal:
|Contractor License Expiration||RCE Hours|
|01/31/2021 – 12/31/2021||4.0|
|01/31/2022 – 12/31/2022||8.0|
|01/31/2023 and thereafter||8.0|
How many RCE hours will be required to meet the requirements for residential contractors to renew once it has been implemented after the phase-in period?
The law requires 8 hours of RCE to be completed every two (2) years. However, it will be phased in so ones expiring in 2021 will need to provide 4 hours.
What are the ways to satisfy the RCE Requirement?
Up to 8 hours of RCE can be obtained through online, or in-person continuing education courses offered by board approved providers.
4 hours of RCE can be obtained by being a member of a board approved professional trade organization.
How will residential contractors need to report their RCE?
At renewal time, the residential contractor will need to include their REC certificate(s), along with the rest of their other renewal documents (such as insurance, financial statement, etc.). The online renewal application will have a place to scan and attach.