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Residential Contractor

These courses meet the continuing education requirements set forth by the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, and have received tremendous feedback for quality content. Certificate is immediately available upon course completion. Click to learn about course details and benefits.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, taking into consideration the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis, is allowing licensees to satisfy their continuing education requirements  by completion of live webinars, Zoom meeting/training courses, and online courses for their June 30, 2020 renewals.

We are pleased to offer our valued customers a variety of online courses, so they don't need to worry about attending a classroom during this difficult and uncertain time.

Online Continuing Education - 6 Hour

Georgia Residential Light Commercial license holders are required to complete 6 hours of approved continuing education courses each year. 

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Online Continuing Education - 3 Hour

Georgia Residential Basic license holders are required to complete 3 hours of approved continuing education each year.

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Online Continuing Education - 1 Hour

Continuing education for Georgia Residential Contractor license holders. "A la carte" course is equal to one 1-hour credit.

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Course Details & Benefits:

Our Georgia Residential Contractor courses were written by an industry expert and have received tremendous praise by past customers for being highly engaging and informative. Our author is a nationally recognized lecturer on construction related topics and has authored several books, training/education programs and white papers. His construction experience and knowledge of the industry qualified him to be the 2010 president of the Builders Association of Greater Boston. He is also a Neutral for the American Arbitration Association where he hears construction related disputes. For more information on Wayne J. Del Pico, please visit his website, www.wjdelpico.com.

Upon completion of the course, your certificate is immediately available for download.

Some continuing education providers require you to pass a test at the end of the course - we do not. So relax! You're about to embark on the easiest course experience possible.

Our website was built on one foundation: ease of use! We didn't integrate a random course player from a 3rd-party. Instead, our software is custom built to offer you the best user experience possible. To catch a glimpse of our course player, and learn about its benefits, click here.

We didn't take the cheap route; we paid for a professional reader in a studio to provide you with optional audio narration. No computer voice. No echo. Just a soft, pleasant voice to read to you, if you choose.

Don't have time to finish your course(s) in one sitting? Don't worry about it. Our "bookmark" feature will automatically save your progress down to the exact location - so all you have to do is click "resume" when you're ready to continue on.

Access your account and complete your course(s) from any Internet-enabled device, any time, any place.

Some other providers only grant you 30 days access to your course. When you enroll in our continuing education courses, we give you more than enough time to complete your course (4 months, to be exact). However, should you need more time, we'll make it happen! Our world-class customer support team is standing by to ensure your experience is as positive as it can be.

Renewing your license can sneak up on you, leaving you to rush to complete your continuing education at the last minute. We have a solution for you; our license management tools! Free with your account, simply add your license expiration date, and choose when you want to be notified. Our system will automatically notify you that your license is coming due for renewal. Choose between email and/or text notifications.

You don't need to be a computer expert to use our platform. Our entire site was built with "ease of use" as the top priority. Still, if you decide you want some help, we are a quick phone call away. We receive a great deal of positive feedback for our customer support, so rest assured, you're in good hands.

Courses are not timestamped. Try us out, and if you are not satisfied with the experience, you will receive a full refund as long as you have not completed the course!

Per the Residential Division of the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, continuing education programs for the Residential Division covering certain subject matter does not require approval. This subject matter includes Building and Related Codes, Workplace Safety, Workers Compensation, and Building Techniques and Technology.

Please click here to view a letter from the Office of Secretary of State stating the above, and feel free to contact their office at 844-753-7825 with any additional questions.

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An applicant for renewal of his or her residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education each year for a Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education each year for a Residential Light Commercial license, with a year being July 1st through June 30th.

Failure to complete all hours of mandatory continuing education shall serve as grounds to deny the renewal of a license and may also result in disciplinary action being taken against a licensee.

GA Rule 553-12-.03 states that online and correspondence courses may not exceed 50% of the continuing education hours required. With regard to completion of continuing education requirements for the current cycle, the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, taking into consideration the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis, will allow licensees a variance to satisfy the continuing education requirements under Board rules by completion of live webinars, Zoom meeting/training courses, and live online courses for fulfillment of the continuing education requirement for the June 30, 2020 renewal.

This accommodation will allow licensees to truthfully answer “yes” to the online renewal question regarding continuing education completion if they obtained their hours using these methods. If a licensee is selected for a random continuing education renewal audit, they would need to submit a petition for variance along with the certificates of completion for the required hours of continuing education. Licensees do not need to submit the petition for variance to the Board unless they have been requested by the Board to submit proof of their renewal continuing education.

Residential Basic licensees must complete at least three (3) hours of continuing education each year for a total of six (6) hours per renewal period. Licensees can complete 50% of these hours (a total of three (3) hours per renewal period) online Licensees may complete ALL hours online for the June 30, 2020 renewal due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Residential Light Commercial licensees must complete at least six (6) hours of continuing education each year for a for a total of twelve (12) hours per renewal period. Licensees can complete 50% of these hours (a total of six (6) hours per renewal period) online Licensees may complete ALL hours online for the June 30, 2020 renewal due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Licenses expire on June 30, 2020.

Renew online by visiting https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense. Renewals are not complete until all documents have been received and processed. You should check the Board's website to see if your renewal has been approved. A new expiration date indicates that your renewal has been approved. Effective July 1, 2012 the Professional Licensing Boards Division no longer prints and/or mails courtesy hard copies of blue wall licenses and pocket cards to licensees free of charge. Licensees may download free of charge an electronic version of the professional license. To access the electronic version of the professional license, a licensee may access his online license record at https://plbprint.sos.state.ga.us/printlicense/. Licensees wishing to obtain pocket cards may order them via our license renewal website at https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense/. Sign in using your User ID and password, then select "Order Pocket Card" from the left side menu. A $25.00 charge will apply for all pocket card orders.

Residential Basic and Residential Light Commercial:

  • An application for renewal of a license, via mail or online, must be accompanied by a renewal fee as set by the Board and attestation of continuing education hours as required by the Board.
  • The biennial renewal fee, set by the Board, is due and payable by June 30 of even numbered years. Any continuing education hours acquired to renew that license during the penalty period may not be used again during the next renewal cycle.
  • A penalty fee as determined by the Board shall be applicable to any applicant renewing his or her license after June 30 and through December 31 of the renewal period.
  • An applicant for renewal of a license, via mail or online, must answer questions relating to his or her or company's insurance and financial state along with other questions pertaining to any applicable laws.

Failure to renew a license within the six months late renewal period ending December 31 of the renewal year shall have the same effect as revocation of the license. They may apply for reinstatement of the license by submitting a reinstatement application with a reinstatement fee established by the Board.

The reinstatement of any license shall be at the sole discretion of the appropriate division and such division may deny the license or approve such license with any conditions it may deem necessary, including but not limited to the retaking of the licensure examination.

If the reinstatement application is submitted more than 5 years after the expiration date of the license, the applicant shall submit the required fee and meet all current qualifications for an applicant for a new license, including examination, in addition to any other conditions required by the appropriate division.

Rule 553-12-.04 Controls and Reporting
​Continuing Education records ​for Georgia Contractors ​must be maintained by each licensee and program provider for two (2) years following the end of the biennium and must be submitted to the Board by the licensee or program provider upon request.

FAQs:

Answer:

  • To obtain a Georgia Residential Basic, Residential Light Commercial, General Contractor, or General Contractor Limited Tier license, you must:
    • Submit a completed  application, exam fee, and supporting documents to the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors, and
    • Pass an examination
  • Some contractors may qualify for an exemption for the examination requirement. For more details on this exemption, refer to Code Section  43-41-8.

Answer:

  • The limitations within the categories are based upon number of floors/stories, square footage, and project type (occupancy classification).
    • "Residential contractor" means any contractor who may contract for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor requiring licensure under this chapter for a fixed price, commission, fee, wage, or other compensation or who undertakes any activity or work on his or her own behalf or for any person or business organization that is not licensed as a licensed residential contractor pursuant to this chapter where such activity or work falls into the category of residential-basic contractor or residential-light commercial contractor as defined in this Code section and where the total value of the work or activity or of the compensation to be received by the contractor for such activity or work, whichever is the higher, exceeds $2,500.00.  The term "residential contractor" shall include both a residential  basic contractor and a residential-light commercial contractor, except where  otherwise expressly stated. The work or activity performed by a residential contractor may include within its scope any work requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title; provided, however, that any work contractually undertaken by a residential contractor in the nature of electrical contracting, plumbing, conditioned air contracting, low voltage contracting, or utility contracting which falls within the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title may not be performed by the residential contractor but shall only be performed by a person who is duly licensed to perform such work under  Chapter 14 of this title. [OCGA § 43-41-2 (9) ]
    • "General contractor" means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may do, subject to the financial limitations as may be imposed by a subclassification created pursuant to paragraph (8) of subsection (b) of Code Section 43-41-5, and who may contract for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor requiring licensure under this chapter including within its scope any work requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title; provided, however, that any work contractually undertaken by a general contractor in the nature of electrical contracting, plumbing, conditioned air contracting, low voltage contracting, or utility contracting which falls within the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title may not be performed by the general contractor but shall only be performed by a person who is duly licensed to perform such work under Chapter 14 of this title. The construction of all private, commercial, institutional, industrial, public, and other buildings and structures under contract with or engagement directly by an owner shall be undertaken by a general contractor, except as otherwise expressly set forth in or excluded from operation of this chapter.
    • For full license definitions, view  this document.

Answer:

  • The contractor exams are issued through PSI Exams. To best prepare for the exam, visit the  PSI Exams website  and download the updated Candidate Information Bulletin, which will give you a detailed outline of the question types included in your exam and guidance on how to best study. The Candidate Information Bulletin also includes some sample questions that you can use as a study aid.

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  • Becoming a Georgia licensed general contractor requires a minimum of four (4) years of either education or proven active experience (See  Board Rule 553‐4‐.01(3)(c)  for full requirements). Becoming a Georgia licensed residential contractor requires a minimum of two (2) years proven experience, plus significant responsibility for a successful performance and completion of at least two projects in the two years immediately preceding application (See  Board Rule 553-3- .01(3)(d)  for full requirements).

Answer:

  • You are allowed a total of 7.5 hours for the General Contractor exam, which consists of two sections:
    • Business & Law:  50 questions  //  70% minimum passing score  //  120 minutes time allowed
    • NASCLA Accredited Exam for Commercial General Building Contractors:  115 questions  //  81% minimum passing score  //  330 minutes time allowed
  • You are allowed a total of 5.3 hours for the Residential Basic Contractor exam, which consists of two sections:
    • Business & Law:  50 questions  //  70% minimum passing score  //  120 minutes time allowed
    • Residential Basic: 80 questions  //  70% minimum passing score  //  200 minutes time allowed
  • You are allowed a total of 5.8 hours for the Residential Light Contractor exam, which consists of two sections:
    • Business & Law:  50 questions  //  70% minimum passing score  //  120 minutes time allowed
    • Residential Light: 90 questions  //  70% minimum passing score  //  230 minutes time allowed

Answer:

  • General Contractor applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
    1. Has received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the field of engineering, architecture, construction management, building construction, or other field acceptable to the division and has at least one year of proven experience working as or in the employment of a general contractor or other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the division;
    2. Has a combination acceptable to the division of academic credits from any accredited college-level courses and proven practical experience working as or in the employment of a general contractor, or other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the division equaling at least four years in the aggregate. For purposes of this subparagraph, all university, college, junior college, or community college-level courses shall be considered accredited college-level courses; or
    3. Has a total of at least four years of proven active experience working in a construction industry related field, at least two of which shall have been as or in the employment of a general contractor, or other proven experience deemed acceptable by the division and at least one of which shall have been in or relating to administration, marketing, accounting, estimating, drafting, engineering, supervision, or project management, or functions deemed substantially similar by the division.
  • Applicants seeking to engage in general contracting shall affirm a minimum net worth in the amount of $150,000.
  • Applicants  must  include a list of all persons, entities, and business organizations that the applicant will be affiliated with as a licensed general contractor, whether by way of employment, ownership, serving as an owner or director, partnership, or membership or by serving as a qualifying agent.
  • Applicants  must  provide satisfactory proof of general liability insurance in an amount not less than $500,000 and of workers´ compensation insurance as required by the laws of this state in their name. 
  • Applicants  must  provide  verification of tax payments.
  • See  Board Rule 553‐4‐.01(3)(c)  for full requirements.