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Oregon Construction Contractors Board Conducts Sting Operation

Oregon CCB investigators turn up 32 alleged violations along Oregon’s North Coast.

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(June 28, 2018)

(Portland, Ore.) OnlineEd – The Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) reported in a recent release that it had joined in a 10-state sweep to find unlicensed contractors and other alleged violations of contracting regulations. The National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) coordinated the sweep.

The Oregon CCB has reported it found more than a dozen unlicensed contractors during its surprise visits to 157 job sites located along the northern Oregon Coast from Newport to Astoria. Oregon reported a total of 32 alleged violations, with the largest number involving individuals who were working on home improvement projects without a CCB contractor license, including contractors that hired unlicensed subcontractors or worked on homes built before 1978 without the required Lead-Based Paint Renovation license. The CCB says it is in the process of sending Notices of Intent to issue civil penalties to the suspected violators. Also, the CCB has notified the state revenue and employment departments of employers who are suspected of paying employees “under the table” for their work.

“These concentrated enforcement efforts highlight the work our individual field investigators do every day to protect consumers from unlicensed contractors and to level the playing field for legitimate contractors,” Lead Investigator Eric McLauchlin said.

“Contractor licensing qualifying education is very affordable,” says Jeff Sorg of OnlineEd, a CCB approved online contractor pre-licensing course provider. “It takes just 16-clock hours of study to meet the educational requirement to sit for the CCB licensing exam, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to risk getting those hefty civil penalties for not having a license,” he added.

 

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Make sure your contracting business doesn’t work for free!

Your contractor’s license is the most important first step.

In California, a contractor was recently ordered to repay over $750,000 when it became evident that the company had operated without being properly licensed in the state of California. In Oregon, a contractor has been barred from seeking over $285,000 in compensation when his license was suspended during the course of a contract.  Don’t let this happen to your contracting business! OnlineEd will tell you what the risks are, and what you can do to mitigate them.

In a 2012 court decision, a California constructing contractor was ordered to repay the entire $750,000 contract earned while performing work while unlicensed.  The sole proprietor was contracted to construct a temporary access road and parking lot for a casino. After submitting a bid in March 2007, the contracting company finished its work and was paid in full around May. However, an application for a license was submitted while work was ongoing, and the contracting company first received its contractor’s license in October 2007.  The court subsequently ruled that the company be required to refund all of the money paid by the client  upon completion of the contract.

While harsh, this action is consistent with California courts’ previous decisions that contractors should be held liable for their licensure to the point of being denied payment or being required to refund payment already received.

Similar legislation is in place in Oregon, and can be seen in another 2012 court decision which upheld a ruling barring a contractor from commencing action seeking compensation earned while operating without being properly licensed. While constructing a residence, the contractor’s license to perform construction work was suspended for two weeks because of expired liability insurance. Because of this suspension, the court held that the contractor was unable to seek compensation allegedly owed to him through legal means, losing out on an amount over $280,000.

These worst-case scenarios are cautionary tales, but they should not be ignored. Licensure costs time and money to obtain, but the alternative is far more expensive. Making sure that your contracting business is properly licensed throughout the entire process – from bid to completion – will protect your business from substantial losses. OnlineEd.com can help with your Oregon contractor needs here.

Once you have obtained or renewed your license, make sure you fulfill all of the continuing requirements to avoid a suspension. The CCB lists some common mistakes and oversights that can cause your license to be suspended:

  • Expired liability insurance.
  • Cancellation of your bond.
  • Hiring employees while in an “exempt” employer status
  • Deletion of RMI (Responsible Managing Individual) form due to disassociation or death.
  • License or renewal fees returned as “insufficient” or other non-payment issues.
  • Maintaining a non-exempt status with no workers’ compensation.
  • Failure to maintain your corporate or LLC (Limited Liability Company) filing.

 

Make the most of your business; ensure you are properly licensed and continue to double-check your license frequently. Don’t get caught in a mistake and end up working for free!

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Oregon Construction Contractors Board Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation Contractor License

By Jeff Sorg

(OnlineEd – Portland, Or) The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) offers a Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation (LBPR) Contractor License to contractors who have completed  their EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) program. Oregon is approved by the EPA to administer the EPA’s  program for requirements on construction that might involve lead-based paint. The program:

  • Adopts lead renovation, repair and painting program rules
  • Certifies training providers
  • Certifies contractors in states that do no have a state program
  • Approves states to “take over” the program
Contractors who renovate target housing or child-occupied facilities need to have the certified LBR contractor license. “Renovation” means, for example:
  • Modification of painted or varnished doors
  • Restoring building surfaces
  • Window repair, removal, or replacement
  • Painting preparation (sanding, scraping, ect)
  • Removal of walls, ceilings, and plumbing
  • Interior controls that disturb painted surfaces
Renovation does not include “minor repair and maintenance.”  Minor repair and maintenance means
  • 6 square feet or less of painted interior surface; or
  • 20 square feet or less of painted exterior surface.
“Target housing” is housing built before 1978, except for:
  • Housing built for the elderly or persons with disabilities; or
  • Housing without a bedroom
“Child-Occupied facilities” mean a building, or part thereof, regularly used by the same child under age 6. Examples of child-occupied facilities are:
  • Day care centers
  • Preschools
  • Kindergarten classrooms
  • Restrooms commonly used by children
Child-occupied facilities likely do not include:
  • Sunday school classrooms used weekly
  • Supermarkets
  • Hallways in public schools
 RPR training is an 8-hour, hands-on, live course that business owners or employees are required to complete in order to become certified. The certification is valid for 5 years.
OnlineEd® does not provide this certification course, but provides this alphabetical list of Oregon providers as a courtesy:
Accredited RRP Northwest/Glen R. Hayden Construction
365 Salem Hts Ave S
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: 503-871-9754
E-mail: hayden365@comcast.net
 
Allied Services/Affiliate of Southern Oregon Environmental Services
P.O. Box 1001
Jacksonville, OR 97350
Phone: 503-636-4040 (Portland)
888-492-3177 (Toll-Free)
Web site: www.asbestosleadpaintmold.com
 
AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc.
7376 SW Durham Road
Portland, OR 97224
Phone: 503-639-3400
Web site: www.amectraining.com
 
B Classic Painting & Remodeling, LLC
900 Alder Street
Sweet Home, OR 97386
Phone: 541-818-0246
E-mail: Bclassicpnr@gmail.com 
 
CALINC Training, LLC
2040 Peadbody Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
Phone: 800-359-4467
Web site: www.cal-inc.com 
Community Energy Project
422 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Phone: 503-284-6827
Web site: www.communityenergyproject.org 
 
Connor
1421 Clarkview Road, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21209
Phone: 410-296-7971
Web site: www.connorinstitute.com
 
Green Education Services
419 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 800-355-1751
Web site: www.greenedu.com
 
Industrial Hygiene Resources, Ltd
206 Murray Street
Boise, ID 83714
Phone: 208-323-8287
Web site: www.industrialhygieneresources.com 
 
Integrity Safety Services
13912 NE 20th, Suite 201
Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 360-574-6071
Web site: www.integritysafety.com
 
Kachina Contractor Solutions LLC
530 Stahr Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 888-800-5224
Web site: www.KachinaContractorSolutions.com
 
Lead Solutions, Inc.
1297 Sullivan Court NW
Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 503-703-0338
Web site: www.leadpaintguru.com
 
National Center for Healthy Housing
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 877-312-3046
Web site: www.nchh.org
 
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
[Training limited to IBEW/NECA contractors and employees]
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 503-262-9991
Web site: www.nietc.org
 
NorthWest Hazmat Inc.
36 West Q Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Phone: 541-988-9823
Web site: www.nwhazmat.com 
 
Oregon Home Builders Association 
375 Taylor Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-378-9066
Web site: www.oregonhba.com 
 
Oregon Southern Idaho Laborers Training Trust
6011 NE Marcus Harris Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-745-5513
Web site: www.osilaborerstraining.org 
 
RGA Environmental, Inc
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-281-8858
Web site: http://www.rgatraining.com 
 
Safety Directions, LLC
93947 Autumn Lane
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-266-9077
Web site: www.safety-directions.com
 
Truckee Meadows Community College
Workforce Development
475 Edison Way, Suite 102
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-857-4958
Web site: www.tmcc.edu/wdce
 
Unlimited Choices, Inc.
Lead Learning Center
211 SE 80th Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 503-234-6167
Web site: www.unlimitedchoices.org
 
Western Oregon and SW Washington Painters, Drywall Finishers, & Allied Trades Apprenticeship
12687 NE Whitaker Way
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 503-287-4856
Web site: www.paintertraining.org
 
Western Regional Lead Training Center
1950 SE 176th Avenue
Portland, OR 97233-4739
Phone: 503-761-2800
Web site: www.wrltc.com
A complete listing of nationwide providers can be found at the EPA’s Web site

Oregon CCB Administrator Named 1st Vice President of National Association

Oregon

Oregon

Salem, OR  (Oregon CCB) — Craig P. Smith, Administrator for the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) was named 1st Vice President for the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) on August, 25, 2010.

NASCLA was founded in 1962 and is comprised of states that have enacted laws regulating the
business of contracting. NASCLA assists its member states in striving for the better regulation of
the construction industry to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
“Oregon’s participation in NASCLA is important as we work through these difficult economic times,” says Smith.
“NASCLA provides a forum for Oregon’s CCB to learn about successful practices in other state licensing agencies, and in turn, we have an opportunity to share what has worked well in Oregon with the rest of the nation.”
Smith serves as executive officer of Oregon’s nine-member Governor appointed Board, a position he has held since 2001. The CCB administers licensing and certification programs affecting more than 41,000 construction businesses. The agency joined NASCLA in 2006.
NASCLA officers and board members serve one-year terms from September to September, commencing at the association’s annual conference each fall. This year’s Officers and Board of Directors were appointed on August 25, 2010 at NASCLA’s Annual Conference Additional officers installed for 2010/2011 include:
Keith Warren, President (Alabama Electrical Contractors Board);
Steve Pinther, 2nd Vice President (Idaho Contractors Board);
Greg Crow, Treasurer (Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board);
John Sullivan, Secretary (Mississippi State Board of Contractors);
John Curl, Immediate Past President (South Carolina Residential Builders Commission), and
Carolyn Lazenby, 2nd Immediate Past President (Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors).