The construction industry’s forecast for 2015 and beyond looks promising for both current construction professionals and those who hope to enter the workforce. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, for example, single-family residential housing will experience 15 percent growth in 2015. If you’re ready to get your feet wet and your boots muddy, you’ll need to obtain a Massachusetts contractor license.
Decide Where You Want to Work
In Massachusetts, a professional with a construction supervisor license must preside over every job site. The State Board of Building Regulations and Standards issues unrestricted CLSs for professionals who work on buildings up to 35,000 cubic feet and restricted CSLs for construction workers who are authorized to work on one- and two-family dwellings, according to Contractors-License.org.
You might also want to obtain a specialty license. Massachusetts offers these licenses in masonry, roof coverings, insulation, demolition, and other areas. With a specialty license, you have more freedom in terms of accepting different types of jobs.
Obtain the Appropriate Education
A high school diploma prepares you well for any job in the construction industry, though it is not necessarily required to obtain a CSL in Massachusetts. If you don’t have a high school diploma, consider obtaining your GED to prepare you for the work force.
The state requires contractor license holders to demonstrate at least three years of work experience, according to the state Web site. However, candidates can replace work experience with education in certain circumstances. For example, a bachelor’s degree can replace a single year of work experience (two years when the candidate majors in fields like architecture and engineering).
Learn as much as you can about the job during your work experience. Absorb details about codes, tools, machinery, workflow, architecture, and other facets of the job so you’re better prepared for the exam and for your later career.
Complete the Necessary Work Experience
As mentioned previously, Massachusetts contractor license requirements include full-time work experience. You don’t have to demonstrate continuous employment, but all three years of the requirement must fall within a 10-year period.
To prove your work experience, you’ll need tax forms or a letter of attestation. If you supplement your work history with an educational degree, include your diploma or transcripts to prove your eligibility.
Pass the Exam
Every Massachusetts contractor must pass the exam associated with the license he or she pursues. The exam takes three hours and includes 50 questions in multiple choice format.
You’ll receive a Score Report upon completion of the exam. If you pass, you can apply for your contractor license.
Continue Your Education
The initial work experience and exam don’t constitute the entirety of your education as a contractor. Massachusetts requires contractors to continue their education to remain eligible for license renewals.
You can take CSL courses to keep your license current. Not only does this maintain your ability to accept and complete work, but it also keeps you updated on the latest industry trends and safety measures.
With construction progress on the rise and job opportunities in every corner of the state, the construction industry provides plenty of opportunity for new professionals. Obtain your license, then reap the rewards of your hard work.