Contractor 16 Hour Exam Prep Course | Oregon


Online Narrated Course | Exam Prep
Prepare for your licensing exam on your own schedule with this course that contains everything you need to know to pass the licensing exam.  Mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere!  IMPORTANT:  The State of Oregon requires all contractors to own a copy of the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management 2nd Edition

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Oregon Contractor Pre-Licensure Education

Builders License Training Institute
3135 Logan Valley Road
Traverse City, MI  49684


This course was designed and developed following the criteria and objectives set forth by the CCB and the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management (Oregon Construction Contractors, 1rst Edition). Following the content outline provided, the course is divided into fourteen sequential units: Contractor Laws and Regulations, Business Structure, Hiring and Managing Employees, Contract Law, Construction Lien Law, Bidding and Estimating, Scheduling and Project Management, Building Codes, Jobsite Safety, Environmental Factors, Building Exterior Shell Training, Financial Management, Taxes, and Practice Exercises. 

This course covers the requirements set forth by the CCB, but also adds information that is not addressed in the NASCLA Guide, in an attempt to add a more detailed foundation for the learner. Sources for this material are Oregon Administrative Rules and Revised Statutes, the CCB website, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Revenue, BOLI, OR-OSHA, the Oregon Building Codes Division, 2014ORSC, the Building Envelope Guide for Houses 10th Edition, and various proprietary materials.

Contractor Law and Regulations (90 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Understand the requirements for licensure in Oregon. 2)  Describe the rules, penalties and fines as they pertain to the regulations surrounding the building industry. 3)  Explain warranty requirements, maintenance schedules, and consumer notices. 4) Recognize the rules surrounding surety bonds and insurance for contractors.

1. Laws and Rules

a. Definitions
b. Licensing

2. Endorsements

a. Types
b. Required Experience
c. Choosing the Right Endorsement

3. Special Licenses

4.  Contractor Responsibilities

a. Bonding Requirements
b. Insurance
c. Contracts and Notices

5. Maintaining and Renewing a CCB License

6. Continuing Education Requirements

7. Contracts/Notices/Warranties

8.  Dispute Resolution

9. Complaints/Violations/Penalties

Business Structure (30 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1) Determine the functional goal of a business, and how to attain that goal. 2) Identify the types of business entities and structures, including their advantages and disadvantages for operations and financial reporting.

1.  Establishing a Business Entity

a. Types of business Structures
b. Pros and Cons

2.  Naming the Business

Hiring and Managing Employees (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1) Be familiar with workers compensation, unemployment and prevailing wage laws.  2) Describe the important aspects of Labor Law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes standards for minimum wages and child labor. 3) Be able to outline the interviewing and hiring process.

1.  Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries

2. Hiring Employees

a. Interviewing
b. New Hire Reporting

3. Minors

a. Rest and Meal Periods

4. Employee Documentation

5. Employment Laws


6.  Wage and Hour Regulations

b. Minimum Wage
c. Labor Regulations

7. Prevailing Wage

a. Covered Projects
b. Exemptions
c. Contractor Responsibilities
d. Wage Disputes

8.  Immigration and Nationality Act

7. Americans with Disabilities Act

9. Other Labor Laws

10. Employee Relationships

a. Discipline
b. Terminations

11. Workers Compensation

a. Coverage
b. Penalties
c. Exemptions

12. Unemployment Insurance

Contract Law (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Describe the contents of a basic construction contract. 2)  Explain the difference between fixed-price and cost-plus contracts. 3) Interpret and explain basic contract terms and language.

1.  Contract Elements

a. Offer and Acceptance
b. Consideration
c. Competent Parties
d. Legal Purpose

2.  License Requirements

3.  Contract Provisions

a. Contract Price and Payment Terms
b. Obligations
c. Conditions
d. Recitals
e. Boilerplate Provisions

4.  Limiting Risk

a. Duties
b. Performance

5. Right to Cancel

6. Breach of Contract

a. Material
b. Immaterial
c. Damages

7. Types of Contracts

a. Lump Sum
b. Unit Price
c. Cost Plus

8. Methods of Contracting

9. Changes to the Contract

10. Dispute Resolution

11. Contract documents and the Project Manual

12. Orla/Written Contracts

a. Legal Interpretation

13. Subcontracting

Construction Lien Law (45 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Explain how lien laws protect the rights and interests of both the builder and the consumer.  2)  Define what a lien is, as well as how and when a lien should be filed. 3) Recognize the various forms and deadlines that must be observed in order to protect lien rights.

1.  Definitions

2.  Documents

a. Pre-Claim Notices
b. Post-Claim Notices

3.  Order of Events

4.  CCB Construction Lien Information Pamphlet

Bidding and Estimating (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1) Recognize the features and advantages of different types of estimates. 2) Outline a properly constructed estimate that will encompass all the necessary components required for a successful and profitable project. 

1. Bid Documents

a. Invitations
b. Instructions
c. Forms

2. Planning

a. Project Documents
b. Pre-bid Activities

3. Process of Estimating

a. Software

4. Determining Costs

a. Considerations

5. Methods of Estimating

a. Conceptual
b. Square Foot
c. Lump Sum
d. Unit Price

6. Common Errors

7. Submitting the Bid

8. Job Cost Recording

9. Making a Profit

Scheduling and Project Management (90 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Recognize the importance of developing a project schedule. 2)  Determine project costs, company overhead, and profit. 3) Outline the roles and duties of key management team members. 4) Describe the steps involved in closing out a project.

1. Project Scheduling

a. Critical Path
b. Calendar
c. Bar/Gantt Charts

2. Cash Management

3. Management Team

4. Project Life Cycle

a. Start-up through Close-out

5. Daily Reports

6. Budget and Cost Controls

a. Materials
b. Tracking

7. Quality Control

8. Value Engineering

Building Codes (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Recognize where to find building codes and code books that apply to specific trades. 2)  Understand the process of permitting and inspections. 3)  Identify the penalties for failure to obtain a permit, or working without a license.

1.  Oregon Building Code Division

2.  Codes Used in Oregon

3.  Permitting and Inspections

4. Officials, Stop Work

5. Specialty Licenses

Jobsite Safety (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Define required record keeping, posting and safety standards an employer must observe. 2)  Learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices.  3) Recognize the need for advanced safety standards when asbestos or lead is present at the work place.

1. Oregon OSHA

2. Safety Programs and Policies

3. Equipment and Conditions

a. Emergency Action
b. Emergency Medical Plans

4. Recordkeeping

a. Forms 300, 300A, 801
b. Exposure Records
c. Recordable Injuries

5. First Aid Defined

6. Hazardous and Toxic Substances

a. SDS
b. Training

7. Utilities

8. Fall Protection

9. Asbestos and Lead Paint

10. Employee Rights

11. Penalties

Environmental Factors (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand environmental regulations that govern construction activities for protecting water, air and land quality. 2) Identify and understand the responsibilities of contractors related to the environment. 3) Recognize the regulations that govern management and disposal of solid, hazardous, and special waste. 4) Distinguish between conventional and green building practices and techniques.

1.  Oregon DEQ

a. Enforcement
b. Special Permitting
c. Environmental Considerations

2.  Air Quality Regulations

a. Burning
b. Asbestos and Lead Paint
c. Emissions and Noise

3.  Water Quality Regulations

a. Storm water discharge
b. Contractor Responsibilities
c. Sedimentation and Erosion Control
d. Sewers and Septic

4.  Land Quality Regulations

a. Hazardous/Non-hazardous Waste
b. Disposal

5. Managing Waste

6. Green Building

Building Exterior Shell Training (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Understand the contractor’s responsibility in constructing weather-resistant building exterior shell. 2)  Identify the primary components of the building exterior shell. 3) Recognize key best practices for the construction of a weather-resistant building exterior shell.

1. Construction Claims Task Force

a. Purpose
b. Strategies

2. Building Envelope System

a. System Failures
b. Contractor Responsibilities
c. Claims

3. Foundations

a. Moisture Intrusion

4. Wall Construction

a. Vapor Diffusion
b. Decay Resistance
c. House Wrap
d. Siding

5. Roof Construction

a. Skylights
b. Valleys
c. Sheathing and Roofing Materials

6. Windows and Doors

a. Installation-Proper flashing

7. Ventilation

a. Under-floor Space
b. Attic Ventilation

8. Best Practices

9. Consumer Remedies

a. Disputes

Financial Management (90 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:   1) Recognize the importance of recordkeeping and the need for record retention. 2) Explain the basic concepts of accounting systems, including internal controls and financial statements.

1. Organization

a. Records and Retention

2. Accounting Cycle

a. Journals
b. Transactions
c. Adjustments
d. Statements
e. Cash Flow
f. Analyzing

3. Financial Ratios and Trends

4. Methods of Accounting

a. Cash
b. Accrual

5. Cash Management

a. Billing
b. Accounts
c. Payments

6. Contract Accounting

7. Equipment and Materials

8. Payroll

a. Taxes
b. Recordkeeping
c. Software

Taxes (60 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand and describe the basic payroll and tax responsibilities of an employer. 2) Identify the proper federal tax forms that any business must complete. 3) Understand state tax specifics, especially as they relate to the construction industry.

1. Federal Taxes

a. EIN
b. BIN
c. Business Taxes
d. Income Taxes, Estimated and Self Employment

2. Federal Employment Taxes

a. Withholding
b. Deposits

3. Penalties

4. 1099 Reporting

5. Oregon Business Taxes

a. Excise
b. Payroll

Practice Questions (90 minutes)

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Reinforce and remediate student retention of materials. 2) Enable learners to assess their progress, and to identify areas of review.



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