Construction contractors in the State of Louisiana are regulated by:
The Scope of work for contractors in Louisiana is separated into four categories:
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"
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"
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.
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)
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.
The following Contractor license classifications require you to pass a Law and Trade Exam:
The following contractor license classifications only require you to pass a LAW examination:
For the full list of classifications that only require a law exam, click here
To take the Louisiana contractors exam you must meet the following basic requirements:
You must also:
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:
The application process for the Residential and Commercial License are as follows:
Complete the Financial Statement Affidavit
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.
Your Financial Affidavit must include:
For a complete look at how the financial affidavit and required information, check out this resource.
All Contractors must pass the Louisiana Law and Business exam.
The LAW test is developed by NASCLA and covers a range of topics including:
600 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
6220 E. Texas Street, Building D, Room 203
Bossier City, LA
980 Navarre Building 2, Room 302
New Orleans, LA 70119-4399
1407 Highway 311
Shriever, LA 70395
Student Center, Room 204
8100 U.S. 71
Alexandria, LA 71302
7500 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA 71203
65556 Centerpoint Blvd. Room 124
Lacombe, LA 70445
3710 Paris Road, Administration Building Room 120
Chalmette, LA 70043
1101 Bertrand Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Sycamore Building–Testing Center
Lake Charles, LA 70607
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:
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 requires all construction companies with 1 or more employees to hold workers compensation insurance.
This also includes LLC's. 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
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 over charged 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
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.
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 new to 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!
If you are looking to prepare for your Louisiana Contractor License exam, taking contractor classes could be a huge help. Most contractor resources include:
Many tradesman 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 on 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.
A 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 contractors 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
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!
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.
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.
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 tradesman in the future.
The key is to use the information you have now and take action from beginning to end.
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