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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 (www.OnlineEd.com) 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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To watch the KATU news report, please visit their link:  http://www.katu.com/news/problemsolver/115978144.html?tab=video&c=y

To visit the Oregon Contractors Board Web Site for more licensing information, please visit their link: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/Licensing_I.shtml


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CCB Adopts Permanent Rules Exempting Some Continuing Edcuation


(October 7, 2011 – Oregon Construction Contractors Board) – Senate Bill 155 (2011) paved the way in July for the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) to adopt temporary rules exempting electrical and plumbing contractors from some of the residential continuing education requirements. At the September 27, 2011 meeting, Board members adopted rules to permanently provide those exemptions to electrical and plumbing contractors licensed through the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Building Codes Division.  These contractors are exempt from the three hours in Building Exterior Shell Training (BEST) and the two hour requirement in building codes. They must substitute the five exempted hours with five elective hours. For most electrical and plumbing contractors their total CCB residential continuing education  requirement is 3 CORE hours in CCB’s Laws, Regulations and Business Practices (LRB) and 13 hours  of electives.  Electives may be completed by applying courses taken to maintain electrical and plumbing licenses, as  well as another construction or construction business related training, including trainings on safety,  manufacturers product installation and best practices and first aid/CPR..

Residential contractors began demonstrating compliance with continuing education with license  renewals beginning October 1, 2011. Also included in the permanent rule was the limited exemption from the BEST and building codes  requirement for contractors who have an owner or officer licensed as an architect or a professional  engineer. Those contractors must fulfill the additional five hours of electives.

[Original CCB Document]




For more information on contractor continuing education visit the CCB website at: www.oregon.gov/CCB or call 503-378-4621. The CCB is a state agency licensing more than 39,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed by the CCB.

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What’s Required to Become an Oregon Home Inspector

hardhat canstockphoto1396154(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd – Portland, OR) Anyone who advertises, works, or bids as a home inspector is required to be certified by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (“CCB”) as a home inspector.

Any individual who, for a fee, inspects and delivers a report on the overall physical condition of a residential structure is considered to be a home inspector. A home inspector inspects more than one structural component. These components include:

  • Exterior of the structure
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Interior of the structure
  • Heating
  • Central air conditioning
  •  Built-in appliances

The following do not need to be certified as home inspectors in Oregon:

  • Individuals who inspect only one structural component, such as a roof, lead-based paint, plumbing, siding, etc.;
  • Individuals who do not inspect and provide a report on the “overall” condition of a residential structure, such as wood destroying organism, pest, mold and dry rot inspectors;
  • Individuals who are not home inspectors;
  • Individuals licensed as a general contractor each year during the period from January 1, 1991 through August 11, 1997;
  • Appraisers acting within the scope of their license;
  • Individuals working for a governmental agency as a code compliance inspector; and
  • Pesticide operators licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, when not conducting  inspections for wood destroying organisms for the purchase or sale of real estate.

The first step to becoming a home inspector is to complete a Qualification Test Application and attach proof of eligibility using the CCB’s Qualifying Point Documentation. These two forms, along with payment of the $50 application fee will be used to determine if the applicant is qualified to become certified. If the applicant is qualified, the CCB will mail the applicant a qualification letter and study guide. After studying the guide, the applicant will need to pass a test. To request to take the test, the applicant must return a copy of the qualification letter, the $50 test fee and choose a testing site. To become certified, the applicant must pass all five sections of the test with a score of at least 75%and submit the $150 certification fee to the CCB. Once the fee is received, the CCB will issue the applicant’s certification and official pocket card.

A home inspection business also needs a contractor license from the Oregon CCB

Once the applicant gets certified, the applicant must also be the owner or an employee of a CCB licensed business to practice home inspections. Generally, a home inspection business also needs a contractor license from the Oregon CCB. In Oregon, a home inspection business is defined as one or more owners or one or more employees who are home inspectors. If a home inspector is a sole proprietor, then the home inspector and the home inspection business are one and that same. To find out what is required to become an Oregon Contractors Construction Board licensed contractor, please read this article.


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Do You Need An Oregon Contractor License?

Does your business require a contractor license in Oregon? Not all construction activities require a contracting license. However, according to Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS701.005(5)), many do.

Requires a Contracting License:

You need a contracting license if you want to do any of the following in Oregon:

  • Build a residential or small commercial structure to sell.
  • Get paid to work on a:
    • building
    • highway
    • road
    • railroad
    • excavation project
    • development or improvement attached to real estate
  • Service or clean chimneys
  • Remove or limb trees.
  • Teach school students construction skills by building and selling a structure.
  • Supply home inspector services.

Does Not Require a Contracting License:

Some “construction work” does NOT require a license and is specifically exempt:

  • Gutter cleaning.
  • Pressure washing.
  • Landscaping and gardening.
  • Commercial timber harvesting.
  • Working on personal property.
  • Working on federal property.
  • Producing materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Working on a job totalling less than $1,000, as long as you don’t advertise yourself as a “contractor”.
  • Resident homeowners (house-flippers DO require a license).
  • Working on a structure you own that you are not selling later on.
  • Building manufactured homes.
  • Working as an employee of a contractor.
  • Delivering manufactured homes or modular structures (size limits apply).
  • Working as a mortgage loan originator or real estate agent.
  • Providing day laborers.
  • Working as a city or county inspector.

Requires a Different Kind of License

Some construction activities are governed by other laws and require separate licensing requirements. These activities do not require a contractor license, but may require some other license:

  • Architect licensed by the State Board of Architect Examiners.
  • Professional engineer registered by the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.
  • Water well contractor licensed by the Water Resources Department.
  • Sewage disposal system installer licensed by the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Pesticide operator (does not include termite inspector).
  • Appraiser or assistant licensed by the Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board.
  • Persons building ONLY fences, decks, arbors, patios, landscape edging, driveways, walkways, or retaining walls
  • Landscaper (under certain conditions)

This is not an exhaustive list. For complete rules and instructions on obtaining a contractor license, check out the Oregon CCB website.

If you want to start your own business and you do need an Oregon contracting license, the first thing you will need is a “pre-license course”. This state-required education is necessary to pass an exam to get your license.

OnlineEd offers a comprehensive Oregon Construction Contractor License Training Course that provides you with the needed education for your licensing exam. This course includes an official textbook, online study reviews, and practice tests to get you ready for the exam.

For more information about how to get a contracting license and how the process works, visit our Oregon Construction Contractor License Training page.