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How To Get a Louisiana Contractor License

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Construction contractors in the State of Louisiana are regulated by:

  • Louisiana State Board for Contractors (LSLBC)

The Scope of work for contractors in Louisiana is separated into four categories:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Home Improvement
  • Mold Remediation

Who Needs to Have a Contractor License in Louisiana?

Anyone engaging in projects with the intention to:

construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to, demolish, subtract from, or improve any building or structure, including related improvements to real estate, for others or for resale to others”

Commercial Construction Projects

Anyone engaging in commercial construction projects over $50,000

“A Commercial license is required for commercial projects of $50,000 or more; one dollar ($1) or more for hazardous materials; or in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for Plumbing, Electrical or Mechanical. The total value of the project includes the cost of all labor and materials”

Residential Construction Projects

Anyone engaging in residential construction projects exceeding $75,000

A Residential license is required for residential building contractors when the cost of the undertaking exceeds $75,000. 

Residential Subcontractors

Any residential subcontractors who bid or perform work in one of the residential specialties must have a valid residential license to bid on projects that exceed $7,500 (including labor and materials)

  • Pile Driving 
  • Foundations 
  • Framing 
  • Roofing 
  • Masonry/Stucco 
  • Swimming Pools

Home Improvement Contractors

Anyone engaging in home improvement work in the state of Louisiana is required to register with the Louisiana Board of Contractors if the total project value exceeds $7,500.

  • Any project above $75,000 requires a Louisiana Contractor License
  • Contractors who hold valid commercial or residential licenses with the Board are exempt from this registration requirement.
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Louisiana Contractors License Classifications

The following Contractor license classifications require you to pass a Law course and Trade Exam:

  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Drywall
  • Carpentry
  • Concrete
  • Foundations for Buildings, Equipment, or Machinery
  • Installation for Cold Storage and Buildings
  • Lathing and Plastering
  • Masonry
  • Ornamental Iron and Structural Steel
  • Pile driving 
  • Rigging, House Moving, Wrecking, and Dismantling
  • Residential Construction
  • Roofing, Sheet Metal and Siding
  • Sheet Metal
  • Swimming pools​
  • Tile, Terrazzo, and Marble
  • Water Cooling Towers 
  • Asphalt Paving, Concrete, and Driveways
  • Earthwork, Drainage, and Levees
  • Culverts and Drainage Structures
  • Glazing
  • Drilling
  • Painting, Coating and Blasting

Business and Law Only

The following contractor license classifications only require you to pass a LAW course:

  • Acoustical Treatments
  • Incinerator Construction
  • Installation of Equipment, Machinery and Engines
  • Pneumatic Tubes and Conveyors
  • Painting, Interior Decorating, and Carpeting
  • Roof Decks
  • Sheet Metal Duct Work
  • Landscaping
  • Steam and Hot-Water Heating
  • Stone, Granite and Slate
  • Fencing
  • Elevators, Dumbwaiters, and Escalators

For the full list of classifications that only require a law exam, click here

Louisiana Contractors License Requirements

To take the Louisiana contractors exam you must meet the following basic requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid USA Identification 
  • Social Security Number 

You must also:

  • Show proof of financial solvency with a net-worth of at least $10,000
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance (Residential and Mold Remediation License Only)
  • Complete a Criminal Background Check

What is Journeyman Experience?

Louisiana does not have an experience requirement for Contractors. However, the trade examination you will be required to pass will present questions to you as if you are a journeyman. 

While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:

  • Can perform all of the duties associated with their trade
  • Has worked un-supervised performing their trade
  • Has supervisory level experience
  • (in some cases) has completed a Journeyman certification

Louisiana Contractors License Application Processing 

The application process for the Residential and Commercial License are as follows:

  • Step 1: 

Pass the Louisiana Contractor License Application

  • Step 2: 

Complete the Financial Statement Affidavit

  • Step 3:

Complete the Qualifying Party Application

Make sure that your application is:

Completed applications and fees can be sent to:

2525 Quail Drive,

Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(Application processing can take up to 4-8 weeks)

The Application for Home Improvement Contractor is slightly different. 

Proving Your Financial Solvency 

the Louisiana State Contractors Licensing Board will require you to prove your financial solvency

Your Financial Affidavit must include:

  • The last 12 Months of Financial Information
  • Financial Statement Affidavit demonstrating net worth of at least $10,000
  • Affidavit must be signed and notarized

For a complete look at how the financial affidavit and required information, check out this resource.

Louisiana Contractors License Law Course

All Contractors must pass the Louisiana Law and Business course. This is an online course which you will complete after applying to the state board. Topics covered may include:

  • Business Planning
  • Business Structures
  • Insurance
  • Project Management
  • Cost Estimating
  • Contracts
  • Scheduling
  • Job Site Safety
  • Environmental Safety Rules & Regulations
  • Managing Subcontractors and Suppliers
  • Financial Management
  • Tax Basics and Bookkeeping 
  • Lien Laws
  • Business Management and Contracts

Louisiana Contractor License Exam Locations

  • Baton Rouge

600 North StreetBaton Rouge, LA 70802

  • Bossier Parish Community College

6220 E. Texas Street, Building D, Room 203Bossier City, LA

  • Delgado Community College

980 Navarre Building 2, Room 302New Orleans, LA 70119-4399

  • Fletcher Technical Community College

1407 Highway 311Shriever, LA 70395

  • LSU-Alexandria

Student Center, Room 2048100 U.S. 71Alexandria, LA 71302

  • Louisiana Delta Community College

7500 Millhaven RoadMonroe, LA 71203

  • Northshore Technical Community College

65556 Centerpoint Blvd. Room 124Lacombe, LA 70445

  • Nunez Community College

3710 Paris Road, Administration Building Room 120Chalmette, LA 70043

  • South Louisiana Community College — Lafayette Campus

1101 Bertrand DriveLafayette, LA 70506

  • SOWELA Technical Community College

Computer Center3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston AvenueSycamore Building–Testing CenterLake Charles, LA 70607

Louisiana Business License

If you are applying for a Louisiana Contractors License as a business, the state board will require you to have an established business entity.

This can be set up through the Louisiana Secretary of State.

You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:

  • Sole Proprietor – License held through an individual
  • Partnership – License held through a partnership
  • LLC – License held through a company that exists as its own entity
  • S-Corporation – License held through a corporate entity
you may need to get your louisiana business license to open a construction business

For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for a contractor license, check out this free guide!

Louisiana Worker's Compensation Laws

Louisiana requires all construction companies with 1 or more employees to hold worker's compensation insurance.

This also includes LLCs. However, If you apply as a sole proprietorship and have no employees you may be exempt.

Contractors must be insured through a commercial provider, self-insured carrier, or through the Louisiana Workforce Commission

LSLBC Contractor Search

The Louisiana State Board for Contractors exists as a consumer protection mechanism.

The agency exists not only to enforce rules on construction contractors but also to ensure that homeowners are not being overcharged by unlicensed contractors.

If you are a homeowner or business owner looking to verify a contractor license in the state of Louisiana, you can check a license here

Renewing Your Louisiana Contractor License

Once your Contractor license is active, you will be responsible for renewing it on an annual basis. Make sure that you begin the renewal process 30 days in advance to make sure there is no gap in your licensing.

The Louisiana State Licensing Board gives you the option of either a one, two, or three-year renewal. You can access their portal here.

  • If you submit your application more than 15 days after your license expiration date, you will be charged a penalty
  • Your license will be considered expired if you have not renewed after 1 year. You must then start the application process over.

Construction Apprenticeships

Whether you are looking to become a journeyman in Louisiana or begin a career as a contractor, you will want to begin by mastering the trade.

One of the best ways to build a solid foundation and position yourself as a professional in the construction industry is by looking into an apprenticeship program or training course.

These types of schools can provide you with valuable training in a variety of different trades including Electrical, Plumbing, Concrete, Landscaping, Painting, HVAC, Roofing, Carpentry, and much more!

If you are one day looking to get the Louisiana General Contractor license, you will need to demonstrate a skillset beyond just construction. Learn about project management and other business skills.

a solid understanding of your construction trade is fundamental if you want to pass the louisiana contractor exam

If you are new to the construction industry and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.

Each state may have different requirements and standards for what is considered a journeyman, check your state laws.

To learn more about the step-by-step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!

What You Need To Know About Contractor License Schools

there are contractor license schools that can help you pass the Louisiana contractor license examination

If you are looking to prepare for your Louisiana Contractor License exam, taking contractor classes could be a huge help. Most contractor resources include:

  • Home study materials
  • Online classes taught by industry professionals
  • Application assistance 
  • Insurance and Business services

Many tradesmen find themselves a bit confused when faced with questions about construction accounting, balance sheets, workers compensation, employee rights, job site safety, and Louisiana state construction law. 

These topics can be learned quickly. Studying consistently in the weeks leading up to your exam day will help you greatly.

Practice exams and study guides breaking down everything you need to know can be found here.

Construction LAW vs Construction TRADE

contractor license school's main focus should be on the law.

Most states offer several different types of licenses, so if a school is telling you it can teach you your trade, be wary… as that is not realistic.

You can however review trade concepts you may have forgotten using Louisiana contractor's license practice tests and study guides.

Many excellent online resources cover the basics of electricity, HVAC, Masonry, Carpentry, and much more

Check out our complete list of Trade Skills Courses

Blueprint Reading Course

if you are looking to get a Louisiana contractor license, you should understand the fundamentals of blueprint reading

If you are reading this and looking to get your residential or commercial contractor license in Louisiana, you must understand the importance of Blueprint Reading. 

Blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.

Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill especially for those looking to into engineering or obtain construction licensing.

See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!

OSHA Safety Certifications in Louisiana

Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.

That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average.

In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.

OSHA safety regulations are a great idea to know thoroughly before applying for the Louisiana contractor license

Safety is probably the most important part of running a construction business in Louisiana.

Whether it be roofing, painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical, or any other trade.

If you or your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business. 

For employment with a licensed general contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of Louisiana OSHA Training.

Get Started!

Applying to the Louisiana Board of Contractors can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business!

The construction industry is very lucrative. There will be more and more opportunities for skilled tradesmen in the future.

The key is to use the information you have now and take action from beginning to end. 

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