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How to Become a Louisiana General Contractor

The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors issues licenses to various kinds of general and specialty contractors. These include commercial and residential contractors, home improvement contractors and mold remediation contractors. A general contractor generally only needs to take and pass two Louisiana general contractor exams to get a license. However, liability insurance and a few other miscellaneous requirements apply for the issuance of a Louisiana general contractor license.

Step 1:

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Visit the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors at lslbc.louisiana.gov/. On that home page, you will see a link for the four types of contractor licenses issued by the state board. Click on those links to find an application packet for each license. In the case of general contractors, you may need one or more of the commercial, residential and home improvement contractor licenses, depending on what kind of general contracting work you seek to perform.

Note:

Some low-dollar construction and home improvements do not require a license at the state level. The general rule is that a license is required for projects of $50,000 or more but any project of $1 or more involving hazardous materials.

Step 2:

There is no specific educational or experience requirement to get a Louisiana general contractor license. However, the applications do ask for experience and work history. You could potentially be refused if you and no one else in the applying company has any kind of experience in contracting. It is best to get your feet wet by first getting a job in the areas in which you would like to perform construction. Work in a general contracting firm can also be helpful in gaining experience in construction management.

Step 3:

The main requirement for a license consists of two exams – a trade exam for the areas in which you want to perform construction and a business and law exam. You will receive a copy of the study guide for the Business and Law contractors exam when submitting your license application. The trade exam most closely related to general contracting are the “building construction” and “residential construction” contractor exams. There is no specific Louisiana “general contractor” license or exam.

To get the trade-exam study references for Louisiana contractor exams, just click on “Study Guides” on the home page mentioned above.

Step 4:

Once you feel you are ready for the exam, then it is time to apply for your license. You will then be scheduled for an exam.

Here are the fees for the Louisiana residential contractor application, exam, etc. These are typical of the other Louisiana contractor licenses, but there may be some differences:

a. $100 for an application fee
b. $35 for a transaction fee
c. $25 for a background investigation fee
d. $120 for an exam fee
e. $60 for the Business and Law exam study guide
f. $400 if you are an out-of-state contractor seeking a license for Louisiana work

You can get all application packets by clicking on the license type on the main page. Once scheduled for an exam, you can then get a Louisiana general contractor license if you pass and meet all other miscellaneous qualifications, including workers comp insurance and general liability insurance of $100,000.

Sources:

Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors Residential Contractor Instructions

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