Oregon Contractors License Requirements

The Oregon construction industry remains strong right now, especially thanks to a steady demand in the residential sector. Due to the lingering challenges of the pandemic, there may be some slow down but why not take advantage of a slower work period to invest in yourself and your career? If you’ve considered getting your Oregon Contractors License, now is the perfect time to get started. Once complete, you can maximize your income earning potential with bigger and more complex projects as a licensed contractor.

Who Needs A Construction Contractors License?

States vary in the amount of work and type of work that requires a license. Oregon takes licensing very seriously, even stating on their board website “Anyone can pretend to be a contractor. Check licenses.” According to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board, “anyone who works for compensation in any construction activity involving improvements to real property needs a license.” This includes: Roofing Siding Painting Carpentry Floor covering Concrete Heating Air conditioning Electrical Plumbing Tree servicing Repair of attached appliances (ORS 701.005 (5)(a)) Manufactured dwelling installation Land development Handyman Home inspection Most construction and repair services

Contractor License Types

Determining the type and scope of work you do will help you determine which classification you need. Oregon classifies contractor license as follows: Commercial – Contractors who construct or improve larger commercial buildings. For example, this could include retail shopping strip or parking garages. Residential – Contractors who focus on residential construction, including single-family homes or single units within a high-rise. This may include some smaller commercial structures as well. Dual – Contractors who wish to perform work on both commercial and residential projects. In addition to the license types, there are multiple endorsements that can be found on the CCB Endorsement Chart.

Oregon Contractor License Requirements

To become a licensed contractor in Oregon, applicants must first complete 16 hours of pre-licensing before sitting for the state exam. Our Oregon 16 Hour Pre Licensing Complete Package includes everything you need to meet this requirement. This package includes the Oregon NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management and an online course with test taking tips and practice exams. Ready to invest in yourself today? Contact us today and we will answer any questions you may have and assist you with getting started on your path to an Oregon contractors license!