Florida Certified Contractor License Renewal FAQ’s

Florida Certified contractors renew their licenses August 31st of even numbered years—that time is almost here! Here are some frequently asked questions to help you navigate the license renewal process.

How much continuing education do I need to renew my Florida Contractors license?

All Registered Contractors and Certified Contractors are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education each renewal cycle.  Of the fourteen hours, one hour is required in each of the following topics:

  • Specialized or Advanced Module that is approved by the Florida Building Commission
  • Workplace Safety
  • Business Practices
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Laws and Rules Regulating the Construction Industry
  • Wind Mitigation Methodologies (if license is held in the following category:  General, Building, Residential, Roofing, Specialty Structure, or Glass & Glazing.

The remaining hours may include any of the above topics or general topics to the industry.

NOTE: Pool/Spa Contractor - Commercial, Residential and Servicing, Residential Pool/Spa Servicing Specialty are required to have 1 hour of Pool electrical (New requirement as of June 2019)

What is the difference between a certified license and a registered license in Florida?

Certified licenses are statewide and allow you to work as a contractor anywhere in Florida. Registered licenses are limited to certain local jurisdictions and only allow you to work in the cities or counties where you hold a certificate of competency.

I am changing my Florida license status to inactive, am I required to maintain my continuing education?

No. However, when you reactivate your license, you must show proof of completing 14 hours of continuing education for the renewal cycle immediately preceding reactivation of your license. Included in the 14 hours, you must show that you have complied with all requirements for your license type.

What Florida license categories are your continued education courses approved for?

Our courses are approved for Construction Industry licenses to include the following license categories:

  • Air Conditioning Service
  • Building
  • Class A Air Conditioning
  • Class B Air Conditioning
  • Commercial Pool/Spa**
  • General
  • Internal Pollutant Storage Tank Lining Applicator
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Pollutant Storage Systems
  • Precision Tank Tester
  • Residential
  • Residential Pool/Spa**
  • Roofing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Solar
  • Specialty: Drywall
  • Specialty: Demolition
  • Specialty: Gas Line
  • Specialty: Glass and Glazing
  • Specialty: Irrigation
  • Specialty: Marine
  • Specialty: Residential Pool/Spa Servicing**
  • Specialty: Solar Water Heating
  • Specialty: Structure
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Decking
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Excavation
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Finishes
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Layout
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Piping
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Structural
  • Specialty: Swimming Pool Trim
  • Specialty: Tower
  • Swimming Pool/Spa Service**
  • Underground Utility and Excavation

**NOTE: 1-hour of Pool electrical required as of June 2019

Can Florida contractor continuing education be completed online?

Yes. Providers with the “C / I” or “I” designation are approved to offer online courses.
Our courses are all approved for Florida online continuing education, Provider #0005830.

How can I check on the number of hours of Florida contractor continuing education I have completed?

Go to http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/online-services/ to log on or activate your account and verify your completed CE hours.

Who do I contact at the state level for Florida contractor continuing education questions?

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 487-1395


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Georgia Contractor Licensing Renewal FAQ’s

Georgia contractors, you must renew your licenses annually by June 30th. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you with the process!

How many hours of continuing education do I need to complete?

An applicant for renewal of his or her residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education each year for a Georgia Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education each year for a Georgia Residential Light Commercial license, with a year being July 1st through June 30th.

Here are the licensing categories and amount of continued education that is required in each:

No Continued Education Required for
  • General Contractor Individual
  • General Contractor Limited Tier IND
  • General Contractor Limited Tier QA
  • General Contractor Qualifying Agent

Three (3) Hours Required for

  • Residential Basic Individual
  • Residential Basic Qualifying Agent

Six (6) Hours Required for

  • Residential Light Commercial Individual
  • Residential Light Qualifying Agent
If you do not know your categories, you can either go to this web site: http://verify.sos.ga.gov/websites/verification/ and look up your license or you can call (844) 753-7825.

When will my Georgia Contractor continued education need to be completed by?

An applicant for renewal of his or her residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education each year for a Georgia Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education each year for a Georgia Residential Light Commercial license, with a year being July 1st through June 30th.

Are online courses accepted for Georgia required continuing education?

Yes, 50% of your continuing education can be completed online.

How do I show I've completed my Georgia Required Continued Education?

You will be required to provide a signed statement (affirmative response if renewing online) under oath that all applicable continuing education requirements have been met.

What records should I keep?

(a) School conducting the course
(b) Location of course
(c) Title/description of course
(d) Course outline
(e) Dates attended
(f) Hours claimed
(g) Certification of Completion

Records must be maintained by both school and licensee for two years and must be submitted to the Board upon request.

What happens if I do not complete my Georgia Required Continuing Education?

Failure to complete all hours of mandatory continuing education will serve as grounds to deny the renewal of a license and may also result is disciplinary action being taken against a licensee.

Are there exceptions?

The Board may relax or suspend the requirements for reasons of individual hardship or health of the applicant.

Where do I go to renew my license?

Renewals can be completed online by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State Professional Licensing Page.

 


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Oregon Contractors, Get Licensed & Stay Licensed or Face Fines

The Oregon CCB recently updated their Buyer Beware list with contractors that are wanted for working without a license and scamming customers. Most of the contractors on this list are known for taking large payments up front and providing sub par work or no work at all. Gregory Mason Miller holds the highest debt at $311,105.52 - he was sentenced to five years in prison on June 6, 2018.

While the Buyer Beware list holds the worst of the worst, there are over 50 companies and contractors on the Civil Penalties list in December 2019 alone. Most of the contractors on this list have incurred a $1,000 fine for failing to have a license or permit. However, contractors and construction companies that have a formal complaint filed by a customer incur a $5,000 fine.

If you want to avoid fees and jail time, make sure your license is up-to-date. Below are a series of common questions and answers about getting licensed & staying licensed in Oregon.

How do I get an Oregon Contractor License?

To become a licensed contractor in Oregon you must:

  1. Complete a State-approved 16-hour exam prep training course.
  2. Register and pass the Construction Contractors Board’s statewide test.
  3. File your assumed business name, corporation or LLC at the Oregon Corporation Division
  4. Obtain and submit a CCB surety bond in the required amount.
  5. Obtain and provide proof of general liability insurance in the required amount.
  6. Provide evidence of worker’s compensation and other employer account numbers if applicable.
  7. Apply for and get the State BIN (Business Identification Number) number from the Oregon Dept. of Revenue and write it on the application.
  8. Apply for and get the Federal EIN from the IRS.  Do not substitute a Social Security Number for the EIN number.
  9. Apply for your license with the CCB by submitting an application with the $325 fee for two years. You must apply for your license within 24 months of passing the State Exam.  Applications can be obtained from:  http://www.oregon.gov/ccb

Is contractor continued education required in Oregon?

Yes. The following CE hours are required for each two-year licensing period:

Residential

If you have been licensed less than six years and the responsible managing individual (RMI) has less than six years’ experience you must complete 16-hours of continuing education including:

  • CCB Laws, Regulations, and Business Practices (LRB) 3 Hours
  • Series A courses (Construction business practices, safety, and building codes) 5 Hours
  • Series A courses (as above) or Series B courses (Trade practices and energy efficiency) 8 Hours

If you have been licensed more than six years you must complete 8-hours of continuing education including:

  • CCB Laws, Regulations, and Business Practices (LRB)  3 Hours
  • Series A courses (Construction business practices, safety, and codes) 5 Hours

Commercial

All CCB commercially endorsed contractors that renew a commercial CCB license. Training can be taken by any “key” employee of the business.

Commercial licenses have no Series A, B, or Law, Rules, and Business Practices requirements. Continuing education is not reported to the CCB. Licensees are required to keep proof of completing continuing education.

Commercial Contractor Level 1

  • 5 or more Key Employees = 80 Hours Required
  • 4 Key Employees = 64 Hours Required
  • 3 Key Employees = 48 Hours Required
  • 2 Key Employees = 32 Hours Required
  • 1 Key Employee = 16 Hours Required

For more information on requirements, please follow this link: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/education/Pages/continuing-ed.aspx

Commercial Contractor Level 2

How do I renew my Oregon contractor license?

  1. Complete the appropriate continuing education (see above)
  2. Log in to the CCB renewal site.
  3. Pay the $250 renewal fee

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2010 ADA Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements

This one-hour course by Instructor Roger Peck will help you understand the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse, and public transportation facilities.

The ADA is one of the United State's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in mainstream life. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements for construction design.

This one-hour video course will cover the eighth chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements. The material for this course is presented by simple narration and PowerPoint video presentation, including on-site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of adequate circulation pathways for disabled persons in special spaces and public facilities.
  • Identify the ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse, and public or private building.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on ADA standards for the construction of either a public or private building.
  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the ADA Standards.

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Everything You Need to Know About Renewing Your Alaska Contractor License

How do I renew my Alaska contractor license?

  1. Complete 16-hours of approved continuing education.
  2. You may renew your license online or by mail.
  3. Pay the $250 renewal fee

Is continuing education required to keep my Alaska contractor license? 

Yes.  You need 16 hours of continuing education to renew a Residential Contractor Endorsement. However, if  you have been licensed less than one year you do not have to complete continuing education. If it is your first time renewing your license you only need 8-hours of approved continuing education.

Where can I find courses to renew my Alaska contractor license?

Builders License Training Institute offers Alaska approved online video courses for license  renewal. A complete 16-hour is only $169! Start now.

What is the Alaska contractor renewal fee?

All licensees must pay $250 to renew their license for the next two-year renewal cycle.

When do Alaska contractor licenses expire? 

December 31 of even years.While that may seem far off, it will come up sooner than you think!


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