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Rhode Island Building Contractor License Information and Courses

A license for general contracting is not required by the state of Rhode Island.  However, anyone who is in the business of commercial construction, home construction, alterations, remodeling, or repair to residents are required to have a current, valid certificate of registration.  Check with local city/county for their requirements and regulations.

With up to date information on elements that influence daily business activities in Rhode Island, our courses will help to enhance your comprehension of current business aspects!

Understanding the importance of professional ethics in the workplace, liabilities, safety concerns, and management style can affect the success of a business. The courses below will explore factors that contribute to the successful completion of any undertaking.

 

New! 3-Hour Successful Site Design

This three hour, fully narrated online course will help you to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pit falls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.

Course Syllabus

Price: $29.00

New! 7-hour Manage Your Way To Big Profits

Online

Seven hour, online course will is an introduction to professional project management. The course will help prepare the student to understand the scope of responsibilities of a construction project manager.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

New! 6-Hour Online Lead Paint Awareness

Online Video

Six hour, online video course will teach you how to perform or supervise lead-safe work practices safely and effectively.
This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

1-Hour Online Advanced Module: Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out

Printable Text Online

One hour online course identifies moisture and weather related problems, and will identify practical solutions based on the Florida Building Code requirements. 

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

1-Hour Online Advanced Module: Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High Velocity Winds

Fully Narrated

One hour online course is based on the Florida Building Code changes that surround the most common causes of gable end failure during high velocity hurricane events.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

1 hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Accessible Routes (video)

One hour online video course covering Chapter Four of the 2010 ADA Standards. You will be able to recognize adequate accessible routes for people with disabilities and identify requirements for doorways, ramps and platforms.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

1 hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements

One hour online video course covering Chapter Eight of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse and public transportation facilities.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

1 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities

One hour online video course covering Chapter Six of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know the importance of adequate plumbing elements including drinking fountains, toilet facilities, bathtubs and showers, as well as applicable hardware.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

1 Hour Tax Fraud and Abuse

One hour online video course will provide an overview of ethical and responsible tax reporting and payment that will help you establish and maintain hard earned business relationships.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00

2 Hour Ethics and Professional Development

Two hour online video course identifying the fundamental theories of ethics and their respective weaknesses.  You will learn how to effectively apply a Code of Ethics to current policies, rules and guidelines governing a business.

Course Syllabus

Price: $29.00

2 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Recreational Facilities

Two hour online video course covering Chapter Ten of the 2010 ADA Standards. You will be able to identify ADA requirements for amusement parks, fitness equipment, golf facilities, play areas and swimming/boating facilities.

Course Syllabus

Price: $29.00

3 Hour 2012 Energy, Residential and Building Code Updates (video)

This three hour course provides an overview of the most recent editions of the 2012 International Residential Code, International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code. 

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Exterior Building Blocks

Three hour online video course covering Chapters Three, Four and Five of the 2010 ADA Standards. Recognize how exterior exponents can and should comply with ADA requirements, including maneuvering space and accessible routes.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Interior Elements

Three hour online video course covering Chapters Six, Seven, Eight and Nine of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know requirements of proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Envelope Failure: A Better Weatherization Design

Three hour online video course identifying how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy due to loss of conditioned air.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Harnessing Resources: New Construction Opportunities

Three hour online video course exploring new and innovative design considerations for resource and energy efficiency in new construction.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I

Three hour online video course identifying construction related hazards and methods to reduce and eliminate them.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II

This three hour online video course is designed to assist those in the industry to  identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards at a more in depth level.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Technological Innovation: Building “Green” Into the Budget

This three hour online video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

3 Hour Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout

Three hour course explaining steps involved in foundation preparation and  design. Outlined through videos, text, diagrams and slides.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00

4 Hour Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building

This four hour online course will help professionals identify important considerations in weatherization and energy efficiency and then apply those principles to a specific project.

Course Syllabus

Price: $49.00

4 Hour Basic Project Management

Four hour fully narrated course focusing on the primary responsibilities of a project manager:  managing project costs and time, while completing the project to the expected degree of quality.

Course Syllabus

Price: $49.00

6 Hour Advanced Project Management

Six hour fully narrated course takes an in depth at the primary responsibilities of a project manager.  This course will teach a manager how to implement proven methods in order to manage most effectively.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

6 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Real World Application

This six hour video course covers the second chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  Scoping Requirements and real world examples of problems and solutions are included in the course.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

6 Hour Construction Safety Standards

Six hour online video course reviewing sefety codes required for construction, and responsibilities of both the employer and employee in observing established safety practices.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

6 Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy

This six hour course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical  solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope and add to the buildings efficiency.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

6 Hour Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management

This six hour video course explains the principles of contract law  and the important elements of a home building and remodeling contract.

Course Syllabus

Price: $69.00

7 Hour Estimating and Bidding for Success (video)

This 7 Hour course is excellent for both junior estimators entering the field or architects, engineers and contractors becoming more familiar with how bids are prepared.

AIA Approved and fulfills Builders License Continuing Education in several states.  View Course Syllabus for more details.

Course Syllabus

Price: $99.00

7 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Key Features and Elements

This seven hour video course covers the fourth through tenth chapters
of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Course Syllabus

Price: $79.00

7 Hour Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies (video)

This course provides new and growing business owners with a solid foundation in effective financial management.  Learn how to keep accurate records, understand basic accounting principles and manage bookkeeping and data through the use of computers.

Course Syllabus

Price: $79.00

8 Hour Marketing for Contractors (video)

Marketing is an essential part of running a successful business. This video course shares dozens of ideas to help you increase your business year round.

Course Syllabus

Price: $89.00

What are the licensing requirements in Rhode Island?

No license for a general contractor is required by the state.  However, Rhode Island law requires anyone who is in the business of commercial construction, home construction, alterations, remodeling, or repair to residents (total labor and materials $500 or more) to have a current, valid certificate of registration  issued by the Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board.  A city, town, or the state shall not issue a building permit to anyone required to be registered who does not have a current, valid certificate of registration.  Check with local city/county for their requirements and regulations.

Asbestos Abatement Contractors, Plumbers, Electricians and some other specialty trades must be licensed through another Rhode Island agency.  They do not have to file for a Contractor’s Registration unless they work outside of the purview of their license.

How do I get registered as a contractor in Rhode Island?

Any person who wishes to register as a contractor shall submit an application which shall include:

  • Workers’ compensation insurance account number (or company name if a number has not yet been obtained).
  • Unemployment insurance account number if applicable.
  • State withholding tax account number if applicable.
  • Federal employer identification number if applicable.
  • The individual(s) name and business address and residential address.
  • Valid insurance certificate for the type of work being performed.
  • Include registration fee of $200.

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.  To obtain an application, contact:

Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board
Department of Administration
One Capital Hill
Providence, RI   02908
Phone:  (401) 222-1268
Fax:  (401) 222-1940
http://www.crb.ri.gov/forms/

For Asbestos Abatement, contact:  Department of Health at http://www.health.state.ri.us/
For Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, etc., contact:  The Department of Labor and Training at http://www.dlt.ri.gov/profregs/

Are there any Education, Exam or Experience requirements to get registered in Rhode Island?

No, not to register as a contractor.  However, Asbestos Abatement contractors, Electricians and Plumbers and some specialty trades do require education and exams.

Is continued education required in Rhode Island?

No, not for registration.  Must renew registration every 2 years.  Asbestos Abatement, electrical and plumbing contractors and some specialty trades require continued education.

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Rhode Island?

No

Does Rhode Island require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?

No, but the registration law applies to all contractors and remodelers.  If a contractor builds commercial structures exclusively or develops land exclusively, they have to be registered.

Reciprocity with other states?

Out-of-state contractors who wish to build, remodel, or work as a subcontractor in Rhode Island must register.

What are the penalties for not registering to do business as a contractor in Rhode Island?

Contractors, remodelers, and subcontractors who do not have a valid registration certificate will not be able to bid on work or obtain a building permit or be able to file a lien, or file a law suit for compensation for work done.  A fine up to $5000 for 1st offence and up to $10,000 for 2nd may be imposed for non-compliance.  Three or more offenses in a 24 month period may result in felony charges.

Information is continually added and updated.  Please check back.

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