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Old 02-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Have been on my own now for a few months, but mainly just working for friends and family. Have some money saved up for licensing and with the new customers I am getting that are not friends and family it is time to get licensed. What are your thoughts, I was thinking about going to take the test first and seeing how it goes and if I completely bomb it then go to classes.
Anyone from AZ would be great to tell me what they think is necessary, as I am sure the testing differs from state to state.
But what are your thoughts?
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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I missed that you were from Arizona when I first responded. Others in your state should be able to give you specific information. Do a search for contractor license requirements for your state to determine what will be involved.

It does vary greatly depending on where you are. In Oregon, you need to have documented training hours before taking the test. You may take the test as often as you wish but since it's around $300 per try you'd better be prepared.

After getting your license you'll likely need to get liability insurance and bonding. Again the cost for these can vary depending on how much you'll be required to carry.
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Anyone from AZ would be great to tell me what they think is necessary, as I am sure the testing differs from state to state.
But what are your thoughts?
I think he's from Arizona.
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I think he's from Arizona.
Yeah - I missed that didn't I?
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AZ is similar to my state, here are the requirements.. As far as the exams, depends on your background knowledge, there are a lot of questions that many newer painters don't know. And the legal test has a lot of technical questions. Your other obstacle will be proving experience, this usually requires 2 years of W2's (not 1099) and a letter from a licensed contractor.

And working without a license and getting caught is sure to put a ding in your application file.
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Thanks Chris. I knew I had seen something about licensing not that long ago but couldn't locate it doing a search. Wonder if listing that site in a sticky might be helpful.
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Here in missouri no need for a test as long as you have a 100.00 dollars.
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Here in missouri no need for a test as long as you have a 100.00 dollars.
What's the $100 for?
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What's the $100 for?
For a pc. of paper showing you have a merchants license.
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