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Avoiding Mistakes While Obtaining Contractor License

A few processes are extremely important for contractors and should be carefully considered ahead of time, and obtaining your contractor’s license is definitely on this list. There are a few pitfalls that those in this position sometimes fall into, and knowing what these are and how to avoid them will help you stay on the ideal path to licensure or re-licensure.

At Contractors School, we’re happy to offer numerous resources for Utah contractors, including things like pre-license courses and continuing education to ensure your licensure is always up-to-date. Here are a few of the common mistakes we see during the contractor license application and study phases, plus how to steer clear of these and keep yourself on the right track for any kind of licensure.

Not Meeting Basic Minimum Criteria

One of the simplest mistakes to avoid is not meeting the basic criteria necessary for licensure. Each state has its own rules, but one of the most common requirements across all states is that you must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply.

Other factors such as experience and specific educational courses may also be required before an application can even begin. It should be simple enough to find the precise information online, but it’s recommended to double-check to ensure you have all of the necessary components before making your application.

Wrong Classification Applied For

There are a number of different contractor license classifications according to state, and it’s important that you apply for the correct one. If you’re unsure what each classification requires or how they differ, our pre-license courses can help provide the details necessary so that you can make an educated decision before submitting your application.

If you apply for the wrong license classification, it will result in a waste of time and resources as your application is denied.

Lying About Past Convictions or Other Issues

Some may think that lying about past convictions or other issues may help their application stand out, but this could not be further from the truth. It’s important to note that background checks are completed during the licensure process and any discrepancies will come up – resulting in a denial of your application.

Be honest with your answers and if there is an issue you can explain the circumstances. It is better to be open about any issue rather than risk getting your application denied or other penalties for falsifying information.

Not Utilizing Available Resources

Licensure exams for contractor licenses can be grueling, and it’s important to take advantage of all the resources available in order to make sure you pass on the first try. Our test prep courses can provide everything necessary for success, arming you with the information needed to pass any of the licensing exams.

Don’t go into an exam without preparing – utilizing our courses will not only help you pass, but also provide a better understanding of the regulations and laws relevant to all contractors.

Submitting Improper Forms

One of the simpler mistakes made by some applicants is submitting the wrong or incomplete forms. Before submitting an application, read through all of the paperwork carefully and make sure that all of the required information has been included. Additionally, double-check to ensure that you are filling out the correct form – some states have multiple versions depending on your classification or other criteria.

If you’re unsure of which forms to submit or how to fill them out, check with your state government for instructions and guidance.

Improper Bonds and/or Insurance

Another factor that can result in a denial of licensure is not having the proper bonds and/or insurance coverage. For example, some states may require a performance bond or other type of bond to ensure protection for those receiving services from contractors. Make sure you understand all of the requirements set forth by your state before submitting an application.

Failing to Renew On-Time

Finally, don’t forget to renew your license on-time if it expires. Each state has its own rules and regulations for how often licenses need to be renewed, but the process is fairly simple. Be sure to check with your state government or licensing board to find out when and how you can renew so that you stay in compliance with the law.

At Contractors School, we strive to help contractors stay informed of the latest licensing requirements and can even provide assistance for any contractor looking to renew their license. Contact us today to learn about any of our courses or continuing education services for contractors around Utah.


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