Oregon Contractor FAQ

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Q: Are your courses approved by the Oregon CCB for pre-license and continuing education?

Yes!  (Oregon Provider ID #2772)

Q: Who needs an Oregon contractor license?

Oregon law requires anyone who works for compensation (except bonafide employees) in any construction activity involving improvements to real property to be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB)

Some examples include:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Painting
  • Carpentry
  • Floor covering
  • Concrete
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Tree service
  • On-site appliance repair
  • Manufactured dwelling installations
  • Land development
  • Home inspections
  • Most other construction and repair services

Q: What types of construction work do not require a license in Oregon?

The following work Does Not require a license:

  • Gutter cleaning
  • Power/Pressure washing (siding, sidewalks, roofs, etc.)
  • Debris clean up (yard or construction site) (Note: If the work changes to include repairs, replacements or installs, a CCB license is required)
  • Qualified real estate property managers managing a building under a property management agreement.

Other Exemptions from Licensure (ORS 701.010[4])

A person working on one structure if:

  • The price of all the person’s work is under $1,000, and
  • The work is casual, minor or inconsequential in nature.
  • This exemption does not apply to a person who advertises in any way, including Craigslist, or any card, sign or device.

Get more information: (ORS 701), (OAR 812)

Q: What are the penalties for working while not licensed?

Violations for working while unlicensed or working in the wrong classification can result in civil penalties of up to $5,000 per offense.

Q: Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Oregon?

YES! When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept this NASCLA Accredited Examination: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisianna, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, US Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Q: Does Oregon require a general contractor license for commercial work?

Yes – Commercial General Level 1 or Level 2 – You must renew every 2 years

Q: What fees are associated with getting an Oregon contractor license??

Visit the CCB’s Forms & Fees page for up to date information.

Q: How do I get my Oregon contractor license?

1. Dete​rmine the type(s) of structures you will work on.
This tells you what type of license endorsement you will need. There are three license endorsements: Residential, Commercial, and a combination of Residential & Commercial.

2. Complete pre-license training and take the licensing exam.
Select a Responsible Managing Individual to complete the prerequisite training and test. PSI Services administers the exams.

3. File your corporation, LLC, and/or assumed business name.
File with the Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division or call (503) 986-2200. For more information about setting up your business, click here​.​

4. Submit a CCB surety bond in the required amount(s).

5. Provide proof of general liability insurance in the required amount.
​​Make sure it names Construction Contractors Board as the Certificate Holder.

6. Obtain workers’ compensation insurance if you will be hiring employees. 
For more information about workers compensation, talk to an insurance agent, visit the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division website or call (503) 947-7810. Learn more about who is exempt and non-exempt here.​

7. Obtain other employer account numbers. 
You may need state and federal tax numbers, for example. For information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue​​​ at (503) 378-4988 or the Internal Revenue Service​ at (800) 356-4222.

8. Complete an application.  
Select the application that coincides with the endorsement type you will be applying for: 

9. Submit your application. ​Must include:​

  • ​Your original bond (Do not submit separately)
  • Insurance certificate (Do not submit separately)
  • $250 fee for a two-year license​​ (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or check)​

Q: Do I need to take an exam to get my Oregon Contractors License?

Yes, most endorsements require that a Responsible Managing Individual (RMI) complete training and pass a test.

Q: Do I need to complete prelicensure education in order to take the Oregon contractor exam?

All license applicants must have one RMI who is responsible for completing the minimum of 16-hours of training from CCB approved training providers.

Q: Once I have completed my 16-hour prelicensure training, how long do I have to wait to take the exam?

We report your completion to the State the next business day after you complete the course. You will then need to wait three business days before PSI, the testing company, will allow you to schedule your exam.

Q: How much does the exam cost?

$60

The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program is designed to help participating states by providing one trades licensing examination that is accepted by all participating jurisdictions.

The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program is NOT a nationally recognized license. Contractors will still have to meet additional state licensure requirements within each participating state to obtain their licenses.

The NASCLA Accredited exam benefits contractors who need licenses in multiple states. If your business will expand into any of the participating states, you will save time and money by passing the NASCLA exam.

By passing the NASCLA exam, you will avoid having to take multiple trades exams in other states. You will still need to pass a Business & Law exam in each of the States (except Arkansas).  Arkansas will accept the NASCLA Accredited exam as both the Trades and Business/Law.

Yes. Effective November 1, 2016, applicants must get pre-approval from the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) to take the NASCLA exam.

Applicants can apply for approval online at ned.nascla.org. Once approved, the individual’s name will be forwarded from NASCLA to PSI. PSI will then send the applicant an email with information about how to schedule their exam.

All of these books can be found in our book store. Click Here to take a look!

  • ICC A117.1 – 2017 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013 or 2018 Edition
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016 Edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations -29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), with latest available amendments
  • Construction Jobsite Management, 4th Edition, 2017
  • Construction Project Management, 4th Edition, 2014
  • NASCLA Contractors’ Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Basic, 12th or 13th Edition
  • Erectors’ Manual – Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Pre-Cast Concrete Products, 2nd Edition, 1999
  • Green Building Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, 2011
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th Edition, 2014
  • Technical Digest No. 9 –Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008
  • International Building Code, 2015 or 2018 Edition
  • ACI 318-14 (2014): Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning -Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 3rd Edition, 2003
  • Modern Masonry – Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011 Edition
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition, 2014
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995 Edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011
  • SDI (Steel Deck Institute) Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 3rd Edition, 2016
  • The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 4th Edition, 2018

For more information, view the PSI Candidate Bulletin.

References may be highlighted, underlined, and/or indexed (tabbed with permanent stick tabs), however they may NOT otherwise be written in or marked in any way. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin.

There are 115 questions and you must get 81 answers correct. You will have 330 minutes to complete the exam. The subjects covered in the exam are listed below, however, the questions are taken at random from a large pool of questions making sure that all contractors are taking a different exam.

Subject Areas and # of Questions:

  • General Requirements: 25 questions
  • Site Construction: 15 questions
  • Concrete: 6 questions
  • Masonry: 4 questions
  • Metals: 6 questions
  • Wood: 5 questions
  • Thermal and Moisture Protection: 5 questions
  • Doors, Windows, and Glazing: 4 questions
  • Finishes: 5 questions
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Systems: 6 questions
  • Electrical Systems: 3 questions
  • Procurement and Contracting Requirements: 31 questions

The exam is based on information found in the reference materials we have listed above as well as trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you may base your answers on later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book listed on the candidate bulletin.

The NASCLA exam is an open book exam. All of the books listed on the candidate bulletin may be brought into and used during the exam. Books will not be provided to you at the exam center. If you are in need of books, we offer all of the references listed on the Candidate Bulletin for sale in our Bookstore, or in our complete NASCLA Prep Package

Our NASCLA Exam Prep course is designed to help you maximize your study time.

The first set of lessons will walk you through study and test taking tips.

The remainder of the lessons are devoted to each book on the Candidate Bulletin. Each of these lessons help you get to know the layout of the books and key information that can be found within. Each book has a quiz dedicated solely to the material in that book.

Finally, you will find the practice test at the end of the course. This practice test consists of a pool of over 1,000 questions, to help you practice taking an exam as well as determine which areas you need to brush up on further.

That question is almost entirely up to you!

There are 16 hours of videos, which walk you through each reference allowed in the exam. There are also over 1,000 practice questions, to help you gauge your knowledge and practice using your references in an exam-like setting.

We recommend going through the entire course at least once. After that it is up to you. Some may want to go through the whole course multiple times. You might also find yourself taking note of particular topics you would like to devote more time to, and just going back later to study those areas.

We recommend for you to spend as much time with the course as is necessary to really get to know your reference materials, and be comfortable finding answers with the texts–this will ensure your success on the exam!

Q: Is continued education required for Oregon contractors?

Yes, continuing is required to be completed for each two-year licensing period. See the appropriate requirements section for hour requirements.

Q: Are your courses approved by the Oregon CCB for pre-license and continuing education?

Yes!  (Oregon Provider ID #2772)

Q: I am licensed for commercial and residential contracting, how much education do I need?

Contractors licensed for both commercial and residential work are subject only to the commercial continuing education requirements.

Q: How much continuing education do Oregon contractors need?

Unless exempt, all re​sidential contractors need the following continuing education: 

  • 3 hours of CCB laws, regulations and business practices classes (which must be taken through the CCB)
    PLUS
  • 5 hours of other approved courses if you have been licensed by the CCB 6 or more years OR
  • 13 hours of other approved courses if you have been licensed by the CCB less than 6 years

Note: You will not get credit for more than three hours of CCB classes.

Q: I am licensed for commercial and residential contracting, how much education do I need?

Contractors licensed for both commercial and residential work are subject only to the commercial continuing education requirements. See the Commercial & Dual Requirements section below for further information.

Q: How does the CCB know I have completed my courses?

We submit your completed courses to the CCB the next business day after you have finished.

Q: How often do I need to complete continuing education?

You must meet these educational requirements every two years to coincide with your licensing renewal period.

Q: How much Oregon contractor continuing education do I need?

Continuing education requirements for Oregon commercial contractors are based on their Level 1 or Level 2 status.  

  • Level 2 commercial general  or specialty contractors need: 32 hours of education completed by key employees.​ 
  • Level 1 commercial general or specialty contractors need: 
    (Based on key employees specified on the last renewal)
    • 5 or more key employees: 80 hours
    • 4 key employees: 64 hours
    • 3 key employees: 48 hours
    • 2 key employees: 32 hours
    • 1 key employee: 16 hours

Q: I am licensed for commercial and residential contracting, how much education do I need?

Contractors licensed for both commercial and residential work are subject only to the commercial continuing education requirements.

Q: How often do I need to complete Oregon contractor continuing education?

You must meet these educational requirements every two years. When you renew your license, you will be asked to certify that you did so, and the CCB may audit your records.

If audited, the CCB sends a letter requesting certain information. For Level 1 contractors, this includes the number of key employees at the business specified on the last renewal.

Q: Who are key employees?

A key employee is an owner or employee who is one of the following:

  • Corporate officer 
  • Manager
  • Superintendent
  • Foreperson
  • Lead person
  • Any other person who supervises construction activities 

Q: Who can take classes?

One key employee or multiple key employees can complete class requirements.

Q: Do I need to report my education?

We report to the CCB on your behalf. However, keep a record of all the education completed in case of audit. The CCB can ask to see proof that you completed all required hours. ​

Q: Are there exemptions from continuing education requirements?

Some residential and commercial contractors with other Oregon licenses are exempt from CCB continuing education. Here’s a list:

  • Architects (if an owner or officer is an Oregon-licensed architect)
  • Developers
  • Engineers (if an owner or officer is an Oregon-licensed engineer)
  • Electricians (if an owner, officer or employee is an Oregon-licensed electrician)
  • Plumbers (if an owner, officer or employee is an Oregon-licensed plumber)
  • Boiler contractors
  • Elevator contractors
  • Renewable energy contractor
  • Pump installation contractors
  • Limited sign contractors
  • Landscape contractors who are construction contractors
  • Home inspectors (must still complete CE for the home inspector certification but no longer for the CCB license)
  • Master builders (if actively licensed as such through the Building Codes Division)

You may begin immediately! Simply click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner on your desktop or in the upper-right menu on mobile. Once you’ve entered your login and password, you will be taken to your courses. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

Each course lists the total amount of hours for the course. However, we cover materials quickly and many contractors like to re-watch materials. In other words, this question really depends on your learning style. We recommend that you go through the course as many times as you need to be comfortable with the material and any applicable reference books. The more familiar you are with the materials, the better you will do on your exam!

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

This varies depending on whether the course is continuing education or exam prep.

There are no quizzes for continuing education courses in Michigan. All other states with continuing education require quizzes to check completion progress.

In exam prep courses there will be a short quiz at the end of each lesson and there is also a longer practice test at the end of each course. These quizzes and tests will help you practice taking an exam and identify areas you may wish to study more.

Practice tests are just that: for practice. You will have the opportunity to retake the practice tests until you do pass. The practice tests are there to help you get used to the process of using your reference materials and finding the correct answers during an exam. If you don’t pass on the first try, take the time to note what sections of the material you need to review.

You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.

Oregon Construction Contractors Board
201 High St. SE, Suite 600
PO Box 14140
Salem, OR 97309
(503) 378-4621
http://www.oregon.gov/ccb
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3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
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