How To Earn Your License And Become A Concrete Contractor In Oregon
So, where do you begin and what does the state require from you? Allow us to answer those questions:
Why You Need
The Size And Scope of
- Residential Contractors – This allows you to work on smaller building projects, single-family homes, 4-unit apartment buildings, or single units within a high-rise. You also have the option to work on smaller commercial projects, such as gas stations or small restaurants.
- Commercial Contractors – We recommend that you apply for a commercial license if you want to take on large-scale projects. Some examples include hospitals, shopping malls, or parking garages.
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must log at least 16 hours of training on law and business practices
- You must receive your training from an approved instructor who will also alert the testing company when you complete the course
Complete And Pass
Your Contractor’s Exam
What You Should Include
With Your Application
When filling out your application, you need to include a few items and documentation that the state requires from everyone. Here is what they are:
- A registered business name: The state of Oregon requires you to register your business and establish a business structure. Some examples of this include sole proprietorships, LLCs and corporations.
- Surety Bonds: What is a surety bond? It is a failsafe for contractors who are unable to complete a project. If you breach your contract, your client can file a claim against you to receive proper compensation. Surety bonds protect you by covering any financial obligations that you can’t pay.
- General Liability Insurance: The state wants to ensure that everyone is protected in case something goes wrong. General liability insurance comes in handy when accidents, injuries and damages occur.
- Workers’ Compensation Insurance: If you plan on employing anyone, then you will need workers’ compensation insurance. The state will levy penalties against any business that doesn’t have it.
- Social Security or tax numbers: For tax purposes, you will need to include your Social Security Number or Federal Employee Identification Number in your application.
Application And Renewals
We also want to mention that you will need to renew your license every two years. Renewals are fairly simple – all you need to do is take the continuing education classes. Once you receive your license, you can begin advertising your business and providing services as a concrete contractor!