Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Our Experience with the New Experience

As everyone knows, the biggest part of an application for a new construction license is the experience section. What experience are they looking for? How much do they need? What do they consider valid experience?

For Division II Contractors, the basics are simple. In the minimum four years of experience that the board requires for licensure, if you have not gained experience in all areas of installation listed on the application then it will go for an automatic board review. They then will review your work history with you and decide whether or not you have the required experience to be able to receive a license.

Division I Contractor applications are a bit more complicated than that. They are looking for four years of experience working for a licensed contractor. To prove this, actual project details must be listed. Each project must meet four of the areas required by the statute. If the projects do not, you can list additional projects so that at least four areas are met for the requisite time frame. If there is any doubt in the reviewers mind, the applications are going straight to the board for further clarification.

College can take time off the amount of experience you need to submit. The board specifies that 1 year of college is equal to 30 earned credits at an accredited college. No matter how many credits you have, you will still need a minimum of 12 months of experience as a foreman.
The board also has provided the minimum amount of hours that 1 year of experience is supposed to be. Each year of experience is to be 2,000 hours of work under a licensed contractor. The intent is for W-2 employment. This way the individual is working legally under a contractor and is covered by all appropriate insurances. Many applicants going before the board are being asked to produce W-2s.

This is not a guarantee in any way that your application won’t go for board review. We are seeing more and more sent for review. They are really cracking down. We can help to avoid certain pitfalls that applicants are stepping into. Call us to discuss these details in depth. We are here to help.

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