Big Fines Issued in Portland, OR Unlicensed Contractor Sting Operation

OnlineEd (Portland, OR) – KATU News recently teamed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board to launch a sting operation designed to catch unlicensed contractors advertising for work in Portland, Oregon. An undercover reporter, pretending to be a homeowner in need of a contractor to perform various work activities requiring a Oregon contractors license, called numerous online ads from web sites such as Craigslist, invited the unlicensed contractors to a property, and then solicited them for bids.  As soon as the unlicensed contractors gave their written bids, a Contractors Board enforcement officer moved in to issue citations ranging from $600 to $1,300.

In Oregon, any individual who does work for or gives written bids to others in expectation of receiving work for certain types of activities such as  roofing, siding, painting, carpentry, concrete, on-site appliance repair, heating, air conditioning, electrical, floor covering, plumbing or home inspections must be licensed, bonded, and insured.

Obtaining a contractors license in Oregon is a very simple process, requiring just 16 hours of study and passage of a state licensing examination. Once the licensing examination is passed, the license applicant will need to obtain a bond and insurance. The OnlineEd ( Oregon CCB approved Oregon Contractors Licensing Course costs just $149, includes the required Oregon Contractors Reference Manual, a 16-hour online course of study, practice exams, and instructor and author support by telephone or email. The Oregon state licensing examination costs only $85.

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About Jeff Sorg

Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.