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Old 05-09-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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Contractors License Requirments


I live in Minnesota. when I got my license I took a two day class
then took a test a few weeks later
I do not think the class was required
I hate to say this but I thought the whole process was silly
the questions had little to do with being a responsible contractor
half the questions were technical questions about concrete
they may have changed the test this was probably ten years ago

What are the requirments in your state country or area
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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I live in Minnesota. when I got my license I took a two day class
then took a test a few weeks later
I do not think the class was required
I hate to say this but I thought the whole process was silly
the questions had little to do with being a responsible contractor
half the questions were technical questions about concrete
they may have changed the test this was probably ten years ago

What are the requirments in your state country or area
I think it's 60 hours of class time. Then take the test.

I failed once, retook it in, like 5 weeks and passed. This was about a year ago. Just worked without a license before that..

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We pay 25 dollars for occupancy license and say we are contractors.
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buy the books take the test.... btw around here (VA) you will need a little money in your account...
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full spool where you at
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I took my test for Michigan back in the early 80's. Actually, I thought it was too simple, almost to the point of being rediculous. The hardest part was the builder law part, I had to think on that part, the practical test was a piece of cake. In the late 80's several companies and individuals started teaching a prep class for the builders test. For $100 and 8 hours of your time you were guaranteed to pass the test. I know several people that have taken those classes and passed the test, yet couldn't build a dog house if they had to. It is popular with kitchen designers to have that builders license hanging on their wall for their clients to see, yet most have never installed a single cabinet.

This year in Michigan they are starting the "Qualifying Officer" license requirement. I am a one man show, but I now have to have two licenses, one for me personally, and one for the company. You cannot operate under a company name without a company license, and at least 1 member of the company has to have an individual license. Another $225 on top of the regular license fee. Thanks Jenn, another way to make sure us working class stiffs never get ahead!
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We're licensed on the county level in NY, and my Suffolk license required I pass a 20 question test that had nothing to do with the work itself... Basically dealt with contracts... One question was "Can you work for a customer without this license?"

My Nassau county license was just a lot of paperwork.. When I questioned why they dont test applicants the reply was, "If you can handle all our red tape, you can probably handle running your business". My Long Beach license was 5 minutes in the clerks office and a hundred dollar bill.

As easy as it is to get licensed around here, there are still waaaaay too many unlicensed guys running around..
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Kentucky.......... Anybody with a hammer can be a contractor here. Only licensed trade is plumbing, hvac, and electrical. Some counties don't even require building inspection or pulling permits (some areas it's a bitch). I believe Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY are the only cities that require license contractors which is just a business law/construction exam.

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