How To Get Your Contractors License In Oregon
Work in Oregon’s construction industry? Ready to maximize your career opportunities,? If so, you’ll need an Oregon Contractor’s License. As a licensed contractor you are not just compliant with the state; you can tackle bigger and more complex projects. This increases your career opportunities and provides a more consistent income, which is particularly helpful in uncertain economies.
Each state has unique licensing requirements and process for obtaining a contractor’s license, which is why we’ve created this guide. To become a licensed contractor in Oregon, applicants must first complete 16 hours of pre-licensing before sitting for the state exam. Our team here @HomePrep has helped students with Oregon’s contractor licensing and renewals for years and created a 16-hour complete course package with everything you need to pass on the first try.
For almost three decades, @HomePrep has helped students with Oregon contractor licensing and renewals. We excel at preparing students for their state required exams and helping them with the licensing processing.
Contractors License Requirements
Per the Oregon Construction Contractors Board, certain eligibility requirements must be met to apply for licensure. These include:
- You must be at least 18 years old to be a contractor in Oregon.
- Each license is issued to only one business.
- To obtain a license as a commercial contractor, a business must have owners or employees with construction experience.
- A person with unpaid construction debts may not be qualified to be licensed.
- Certain criminal convictions may result in denial of a license.
Which License Is Right For You?
After meeting the initial license requirements, you’ll need to decide which classification you need. This will be based on the type of work you want to do.
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.
Additionally, Oregon has many different contractor licensing types and requirements. Click here to view a more complete list.
Steps to Get Your License
Step 1 – Prepare for your exam
All applicants must pass the pre-license test and provide scores to the state with their application.
Step 2 – Take Your Exam
You can schedule your exam through PSI here.
Step 3 – File your corporation, LLC, and/or assumed business name and provide your employer account numbers.
Once you’ve completed the exam and met the state requirements, it’s time to file your business with the state. File with the Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division or call 503-986-2200 for additional information.
You may need state and federal tax number. Contact the Oregon Department of Revenueat 503-378-4988 or the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-356-4222.
Step 4 – Submit a CCB surety bond and insurance in the required amount(s)
To determine the appropriate amount of bond, click here.
To determine the appropriate General Liability Insurance amount click here.
Obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance if you will hire employees. You can learn more about that here.
Step 5 – Submit Application
Complete and submit the application, with the endorsements for which you are applying. You will also need:
- Original bond
- Insurance Certificates
- Test scores from pre-license exam
$250 fee for a two-year license
Online Course for Exam Prep
We specialize in contractor licensing, helping contractors grow their careers through exam prep and continuing education.
We offer review for the Oregon Pre-License Exam through a home study/online course format. The fee for the online class is $139.99 for the complete package.
The Oregon 16-Hour Pre License Course Complete Package includes:
- Oregon NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management
- Online Course
- Test Taking Tips
- Highlighting Guides
- Practice Tests
- Pre-printed Permanent Tabs
- Free Shipping
- Instructor Support 7 Days a Week
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