The commonwealth of Massachusetts has a thriving construction industry for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. If you have a construction project you need done in Massachusetts, you want to be sure to hire a contractor that is properly licensed to do the job. Contractor requirements in Massachusetts are not complex, but it is helpful to understand them when you are looking for someone to legally get your job done.
The rules for hiring construction supervisors in Massachusetts are straightforward, but they must be strictly followed. For new construction projects involving one or two-family dwellings that have less than 35,000 cubic feet of living space, you must have one person with a construction supervisor’s license on site. If it is a remodeling project that meets these criteria, then you have to take the added step of signing up for the Massachusetts home improvement program.
Projects that consist of structures with more than 35,000 cubic feet of living space must be run by a qualified architect or engineer. No supervisor licenses are required, but the attending architect or engineer must be able to prove their qualifications to the building officials in Massachusetts.
Each level of licensing for electricians in Massachusetts requires classroom learning and field experience. For example, to get a journeyman’s license you must have four years of field experience and take 300 hours of classroom time before you can take the test. Luckily, the tests for both master and journeyman are an open book, but you need to take an additional Business and Law test if you want to become a master electrician in Massachusetts.
Plumbers also must be licensed to work in Massachusetts, and all plumbing licenses are good for three years. To get a journeyman’s license, you must have at least three years of field experience as an apprentice. People looking to take the journeyman’s licensing test must also log 300 hours of classroom time on plumbing theory.
If you prefer to hire an out-of-state contractor for your Massachusetts construction project, then are more than welcome to do so. Any out-of-state contractor that wants to do business in Massachusetts must first register with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. If the out-of-state contractor you are considering does not have their certificate of authorization, then that contractor is not legally allowed to work in Massachusetts.
Asbestos Removal Contractors
If you own an older structure in Massachusetts and want to get it remodeled or demolished to make way for a new building, then you will probably have to deal with getting rid of the asbestos in the building. Asbestos licenses can be pricey, and you must pass an exam before you can get an asbestos abatement license. Different levels of abatement licenses have different classroom requirements, so you need to check out the requirements for the level you need to achieve if you want to qualify for the test.
If you want to get licensed to work in Massachusetts, then start a course with PDH Contractors today. All of the classroom materials and requirements you need to earn you contractor’s license in Massachusetts can be found at PDH Contractors.