Becoming a contractor may sound like a great way to earn a living until you reach retirement age (and it is) but, just like any other profession, there is a right way to do things (and a wrong way to do things). So, before you set out there are a few things you will want to get squared away. High school, training and apprenticeships will all get you ready for your future occupation but proper training is just half the battle. To complete your quest, you will need to get licensed in your state to ensure that you are qualified to work as a contractor. You will also need to get insured. Here is what you need to do if you are interested in becoming a licensed contractor.
Becoming a Licensed Contractor – Your Road to a License
It can be a long road but we assure you that it will be worth it in the end. In order to get your license you will have to undergo a series of tests, evaluations and screenings by representatives from your state. Listed below are the steps you will need to take.
Step 1 – Fill out an Application
You had to apply for a driver’s license when you turned 16 and you will have to apply for your contractor’s license when you feel the time is right. Once the state approves that application you will be sent a notice telling you that you have been approved. Now, you just need to set up an appointment to take the state assessment. You are just two steps away from becoming a licensed contractor (so close).
Step 2 – Take the State Assessment
The exact details of that assessment will depend on which state you are in (and when you are taking it). But, most assessments will cover everything from law and business to state construction codes. Be sure to study up as you will not want to pay the fee to take the test multiple times (you will want to save that for the fees you will pay later on).
Step 3 – Pay License Fees and Acquire Insurance
Congratulations on passing the test! You have almost accomplished your dream of becoming a licensed contractor (a dream that is just a few fee payments and insurance policies away). After you pass the test you will have to pay license fees and acquire both workers compensation insurance and general liability insurance before you can legally work in the state.
And that’s it! Congratulations on your new license! They typically last two to four years so enjoy your test-free years while you can. If you have any further questions about becoming a licensed contractor please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-649-9094. We look forward to hearing from you!