According to OregonLive.com, the state of Oregon has been seeing a dramatic increase in construction revenue since 2013. Facilities dedicated to higher education, the technology manufacturing sector, and the healthcare industries are being built at a record pace throughout Oregon. If you want to get involved in this Oregon construction boom, then you need to understand the contractor requirements that apply to every county in the state.
All Contractors Must Be Licensed
If you or your company intends to do any type of construction work for pay in the state of Oregon, then the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland says that you must be licensed for the specific type of work you do. The Oregon Construction Contractors Board is in charge of licensing, and the process involves classroom training and ongoing education.
Each profession requires you to fill out an application, take the applicable classes, and submit a surety bond to the CCB. You also must provide proof of your worker’s compensation insurance coverage and pay a licensing fee. But each profession has slightly different requirements when it comes to education and the licensing process.
To apply for a business license as an asbestos abatement contractor, you must be certified by the state of Oregon as an asbestos abatement supervisor. You must have at least three months of on-the-job experience, and you must have worked on no less than five projects. The licensing fees are a bit higher for asbestos abatement, and the abatement license needs to be renewed after one year, which is different than the two-year term of other Oregon licenses.
To be a licensed electrical contractor in Oregon, you actually do not need to take an exam. But to be approved for your license, you need at least one employee who is certified to apply for electrical work permits in the state of Oregon.
Plumbing companies need to be licensed, registered with the CCB, and they also need to be properly registered with the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. There are several levels of plumbing licenses, and they all require a specific exam to be taken to get and renew your license each year. The test for each type of plumbing license is comprehensive, and you must get at least a score of 75 percent to pass.
Boiler companies need a separate license from plumbers. However, boiler companies must go through the same registration process as plumbers. Boiler licenses are broken down into six categories, but those categories are not cumulative. In other words, a series six boiler license does not allow you to work on all types of boiler projects. Each type of boiler license is for different parts of a boiler project, and each test for each type of license is different.
PDHContractors.com can help you learn all of the information you need to be a successful contractor in the state of Oregon. You can start a course today that will bring you up to date on the licensing requirements for your particular field, and you can also use PDHContractors.com for all of your ongoing education needs in the state of Oregon.