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Electrical Contractor Licensing in Rhode Island

Electrical Contractors in the State of Rhode Island are required to obtain a license from the Professional Regulation Unit of the Department of Labor and Training.  No person or business may engage in the work of an Electrician without a license.

The Department regulates contractors to ensure that all work is in compliance with National Electric Code, in addition to state and local codes.  As part of the licensing process, contractors are required to meet a work experience and education requirement, as well as pass a qualifying exam.

License Classifications for Electrical Contractors in Rhode Island

The Department of Labor and Training offers the following license classifications to Electrical Contractors upon passing a license examination: (more…)

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Reciprocal General Contractor Licensing in Rhode Island

The State of Rhode Island does not hold reciprocal licensing agreements with other states for General Contractors.  This is because Rhode Island requires contractors to obtain a registration credential, rather than a license.

Out-of-state contractors who want to work on construction projects in the State of Rhode Island must register with the RI Contractors Licensing and Registration Board.  Registration is required for both commercial and residential contractors.  Contractors must register if they plan to bid on, sell or perform work on construction projects of any kind.

As part of the registration process, contractors are required to (more…)

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General Contractor Registration in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Contractor Registration Law states that any sole proprietor, business entity or subcontractor engaged in the building, repair, remodeling or demolition of any building or structure in the State of Rhode Island, must be registered with the Contractors Licensing and Registration Board.  This registration law applies to both residential and commercial contractors.  Registration is required, regardless, if the contractor plans to work per job, hourly, weekly or at cost, or if the contract agreed upon is written or oral.  The law also applies to anyone bidding on or advertising work on construction projects in the state.

The Rhode Island Contractors Registration Law was created by the State General Assembly as a way to protect consumers and the safety of the public.  It is important to note that this is a registration law, not a licensing law.  Contractors in the State of Rhode Island are prohibited from referring to their registration as a license.  Registration is required before a contractor may obtain the building permits needed to start a project.  To obtain registration, contractors must attend (more…)