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Rhode Island Building Contractor License Courses

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.  

  • Registered Contractors are required to complete 5 hours of approved continuing education every two years.
  • All courses are available 24/7 and accessible from any computer or mobile device with internet access. Come and go as you please!
  • Printable certificates available upon completion. Students must mail certificates to the State with their renewal application.
  • Provider #40982, Provider#5


Continuing Education Course Packages

5 Hour Complete Renewal Package #1

Price: $49.00

This complete package consists of 2 courses:

  • Guidelines for Estimating (Text)
  • Estimating and Bidding for Success (Text)

Course Syllabus

5 Hour Complete Renewal Package #2

Price: $49.00

This complete package consists of 2 courses:

  • Drones in Construction (Video)
  • Building Green (Video)

Course Syllabus

5 Hour Complete Renewal Package #3

Price: $49.00

This complete package consists of 2 courses:

  • Successful Renovations and Additions (Narrated)
  • Energy Efficient Building (Video)
  • 2015 IRC Review (Text)

Course Syllabus


Individual Courses

Energy Efficient Building

1HR Video Course #005-01

Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life but also protect the environment.  A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building.  This one hour course will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00



2015 IRC Review

1HR Text Course #005-02

It’s important to recognize the fact that, without a standard to meet, many buildings would simply be, too dangerous and unsafe to occupy or, too costly to maintain. However, it’s not just safety and uses that the code is concerned with. The current, enforceable code, also addresses environmental and energy concerns.  The building codes and the building officials that enforce them are there to safeguard the health, safety, property, and public welfare.

The International Residential Code® (IRC®) was created to serve as a complete, comprehensive code regulating the construction of single-family houses, two-family houses (duplexes) and buildings consisting of three or more townhouse units. This course will recap the basics of code book use, and then outline some of the recent changes.

NOTE: This course is based on the 2015 IRC, but note that Rhode Island is still using the 2012 IRC.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00



Positive Communication & Ethics

1HR Text Course #005-003

As a building official, it is important to have strong interpersonal and communication skills that will foster effective, cooperative working relationships with city staff members, property owners, the building, and development community. Very often, a building official functions as an overall office manager, planning and assigning work, and providing guidance and training clerical and technical staff. This one hour course outlines some of the strategies used to create a positive work environment.

Course Syllabus

Price: $19.00



Building Green

2HR Video Course #005-004

This two-hour 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. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building.

Course Syllabus

Price: $29.00



Guidelines for Estimating

2HR Text Course #005-005

This 2-hour course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Knowing how to apply and itemize costs for specific activities and materials, based on a set of plans and related professional resources, is key. The estimator who can visualize the project, and accurately determine its costs will become one of the most important persons in any construction company.

Course Syllabus

Price: $29.00



Estimating and Bidding for Success

3HR Text Course #005-006

This 3-hour course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering the field, it will also help architects, engineers, and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared. The following material will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00



Drones in Construction

3HR Video Course #005-007

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction and real estate industry, but there are rules and regulations set in place that currently doesn’t allow them. So why should you care? Stay up to date with technology and ahead of the competition. This course is designed to familiarize business owners with the practical use of drone technology.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00



Successful Renovations & Additions

3HR Narrated Course #005-008

This course is designed to address the needs of both designers and builders. The topics that will be covered include pre-design, building design, structural concerns, making a watertight envelope, code issues, and construction details. Each of these topics will be addressed in the light of both renovation and addition projects. Real-life stories will relay information that will help any designer to successfully navigate through the challenges of this very specific type of building design.

Course Syllabus

Price: $39.00




What are the licensing requirements in Rhode Island?

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.
View Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board Frequently Asked Questions

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 register as a contractor in Rhode Island?

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

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.  Mail application to:

Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board
Department of Administration
One Capital Hill
Providence, RI   02908
Phone:  (401) 222-1268
Fax:  (401) 222-1940

For Asbestos Abatement, contact:  Department of Health at
For Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, etc., contact:  The Department of Labor and Training at

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

Yes, effective July 1, 2015, all new registrations issued by the Contractors Registration and Licensing Board will require 5 hours of education from a board approved provider.  Asbestos Abatement Contractors, Electricians and Plumbers and some specialty trades do require education and exams.

Is continuing education required in Rhode Island?

Yes, effective April, 2016, all Registrants are required to obtain and provide proof of 5 hours of continuing education from an approved provider for every 2 year renewal cycle.  Asbestos Abatement, electrical and plumbing contractors and some specialty trades require continued education.

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


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

No, but the registration law applies to all contractors and re-modelers.  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, re-modelers, 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 lawsuit for compensation for work done.  A fine up to $5000 for the 1st offense 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.

When does my Rhode Island Contractor license expire?

Rhode Island contractor registration cards expire every two years on the first day of the month of issuance.  For example, if you received your card on May 15th, 2015, your renewal date is May 1, 2017.

How do I renew my Rhode Island contractor registration?

Registration must be renewed through the Rhode Island Contracting board by paying a $200 fee, completing 5 hours of continuing education, and filling out an affidavit and registration application. If paying by credit card the fee, continuing education certificates, affidavit, and application must be brought to the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board office. If paying by check or money order these documents can be mailed to:

One Capitol
Providence, RI 02908-5859

Are your courses approved by the State of Rhode Island?

Yes!   Provider #40982, Provider#5

Can I take my continuing education courses any time?

You may purchase courses at any point in your renewal cycle and retain access to them until your renewal date. For your convenience courses can be taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on any internet capable device. If you have questions before purchase or while taking your course, the Builders License Training Institute student services staff is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) Monday – Friday.

Who notifies the State of my continuing education completion?

You will be able to download and print your certificates immediately after completing the course. These certificates must be mailed along with your renewal application to the State.

What happens if my Rhode Island contractor registration expires?

If you do not complete your continuing education and re-register with the board you will be required to pay an additional $35 late fee to renew. Until you renew your registration you will be unable to obtain any permits to build.

Information is continually added and updated.  Please check back.


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