Can a general contractor get a license in another state?
General contractors are often surprised to learn that states in which they seek to operate are unwilling to grant them reciprocity for the licenses they currently hold in their home states.
Do you need a contractor license if you are a subcontractor?
Subcontractors are also often surprised to learn that certain states require them to obtain contractor licenses even when the work is performed under the supervision of a general contractor. Many construction business owners assume they are under no obligation to obtain licensure prior to bidding for contracts outside their home state.
Are there unlicensed contractors in the state of Georgia?
Be sure to verify that you are working with a State of Georgia licensed contractor. Many unlicensed contractors will tell you that they are licensed when they are not. Remember, a business license is NOT the same as a State of Georgia Contractor’s License. DO NOT TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT.
What are the steps to becoming a general contractor?
Here’s a brief outline of the steps we recommend: 1- Find a contractor who consistently performs the highest quality work (if possible). Work for that person for a while (like, 2-5 years). 2 – Learn not just the trade, but how to run an effective trades business.
What does it mean to be a licensed general contractor?
Being a licensed contractor means that you have met the mandatory minimum specifications for your line of work as legislated by all the states. As a licensed general contractor, you would not fix plumbing work, electrical as well as mechanical work; as these types of trades all have their own unique license requirements.
What are the requirements to get a general contractor license?
In the United States, there are no Federal licensing requirements to become a general contractor, although most states require general contractors to obtain a local license to operate. Some general contractors obtain bachelor’s degrees in construction science, building science, surveying, construction safety, or other disciplines.
What is involved in getting a general contractor license?
Getting a contractor license involves the completion of several steps that will allow you to legally accept and complete contracting work in your state. The application process for a contractor license includes examinations and supporting paperwork regarding legal residency, criminal background , and experience in the area of work for which you are applying for a license.
What is needed to become a licensed contractor?
Each state sets its owns educational requirements for becoming a licensed contractor. Licensed general contractors will need education in business and contract law. Some licensed contractors have degrees in architecture, engineering and/or construction.