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Alabama

The state of Alabama requires any general contractor working on a commercial or industrial project costing $50,000 or more to get a license. If you're the general contractor on a residential project that costs $10,000 or more, you need a license.

Find a contractorTo find out if a commercial general contractor is licensed in Alabama, call (334) 242-2839 or click http://genconbd.alabama.gov/. To find out if a residential general/homebuilder is licensed, click http://hblb.state.al.us/Lic_Search/all-ind.asp. To find out if an electrical contractor is licensed in Alabama, call (334) 269-9990 or click http://www.aecb.state.al.us/Search.aspx. To find out if an HVAC contractor is licensed in Alabama, call (334) 242-5550 or click http://www.hvacboard.state.al.us/Lic_Search/searchform.asp. To find out if a plumber or gas fitter is licensed in Alabama, click http://www.pgfb.state.al.us/Inquiry.aspx or call (205) 945-4857. 


Commercial General Contractor's License

To get a commercial general contractor's license, ask for an application packet from:

Contact State Licensing Board for General Contractors
2525 Fairlane Drive
Montgomery, AL 36116
(334) 272-5030
Fax: (334) 395-5336
http://www.genconbd.state.al.us/

On the application you must give the Board:

On the application you need to say which of these types of construction work you want to be licensed in:

Specialty construction includes work such as:

Mechanical Landscaping
Electrical Construction manager
Sheet metal Fire protection systems
Masonry Golf courses
Painting Tennis courts, running tracks and recreational areas
Roofing and siding Sprinkler systems
Heating and air conditioning Asbestos material handling and removing
Bridges POL dispensing systems
Swimming pools Outdoor advertising signs
Demolition

General Contractor applicants will have to take an Exam. The Business and Law (formerly the General Contractor) exam - is administered by PSI. For information on the exam, contact:

Contact PSI Examination Services
100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210
http://www.psiexams.com

Exam content:

Subject Area # of Items
Licensing 8
Estimating and bidding 5
Liens 2
Financial 5
Payroll and taxes 6
Personnel and labor 5
Project management 3
Contracts 6
Business organization 2
Risk management 4
Safety recordkeeping and environmental 4

FeeCommercial general contractor's license fees: It will cost you $300 to file an application for a Prime Contractor license. All licenses expire December 31 each year. The Business and Law exam will cost $96. The Subcontractor application will cost $150.

Alabama doesn't accept a license in another state for this type of license.

Recommended Reading for the General Contractor's Exam

ALCO NASCLA Alabama, Business and Project Management for Contractors, General Contractors, Second Edition 

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Residential General/Homebuilder Contractor's License

If you want to bid and work on residential projects, you need to be licensed by a different agency. It's called the:

Contact Homebuilders Licensure Board
445 Heron Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-3605
(334) 242-2230
Fax: (334) 263-1397
http://www.hblb.state.al.us/ 

You can get an application package from the board or apply online.

When you apply to this Board you must provide:

To get the residential contractor's license, you have to pass the AL Home Builder Test (residential) given by PSI Examination Services. For information on the exam, contact:

Contact PSI Examination Services
100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210
http://www.psiexams.com

Content Outline:

Subject Area # of Items
Sitework, footings and foundation 8
Concrete and concrete reinforcement 5
Masonry 5
Carpentry 8
Associated Trades and drywall 6
Roofing 3
OSHA safety 3
Licensing 6
Estimating and bidding 3
Liens 1
Financial 3
Payroll and taxes 3
Personnel and labor 3
Project management 2
Contracts 4
Business organization 1
Risk management 2
Safety recordkeeping and environmental 2
Estimating, plan reading and general code requirements 12

FeeResidential general contractor's license fees: The exam will cost $98. The license costs $205 and it expires December 31.

Recommended Reading for the Residential Contractor's Exam

NASCLA Business and Project Management, Alabama Home Builder Licensure Board Edition, 2nd Edition, 2004, NASCLA Publications, www.nascla.org

Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 Revised as of 2008 or later (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, OR Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 Selections as of
2008 by PSI, (800) 733-9267

Carpentry and Building Construction, 6th edition, 2004, John L. Feirer and Mark D. Feirer, McGraw-Hill Ryerson

Pipe and Excavation Contracting, http://www.craftsman-book.com

International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2006, International Code Council, 5203 Leesburg Pike, Suite 600, Falls Church, VA 22041, (703) 931-4533, www.iccsafe.org

Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd edition, 2005, American Concrete Instiitute, 38800 Country Club Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48331, (248) 848-3700, ISBN 087031016X, www.aci-int.org/

Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2006, Wood Truss Council of America, (608) 274-4849, www.woodtruss.com

Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone, Clois E. Kicklighter, 2003, Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., 18604 W. Creek Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477-6243, (800) 323-0440, www.goodheartwillcox.com/

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Electrician's Licenses

To do electrical work throughout the state of Alabama you need a license. To apply for an electrician's license, contact:

Contact Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
610 S. McDonough St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 269-9990
http://www.aecb.state.al.us 

The Board issues electrical contractor's and journeyman's licenses.

Electrical Contractor's License

To qualify for a contractor's license you need four years' work experience in designing, planning, laying out and supervising electrical construction, and installing electrical components. You can substitute up to two years of education in a Board-approved electrical curriculum at the rate of one year of education for a half year of work.

Alabama requires you to pass an exam to get a license. Exams are given by:

Contact Prov
3600 NW 43rd Street, Suite D-1
Gainsville, FL 32606
1-866-720-7768
http://www.2prove.com/

The exam is 5 hours long with 110 questions. Here's the content of the exam:

 
Subject Number of questions
General electrical knowledge 10
Service, feeders and branch circuits 10
Grounding and bonding 9
Conductors and cables 10
Raceways and boxes 8
Special occupancies and equipment 4
Electrical power 3
Motors 6
  Low voltage 2
  Lighting 3
  Illuminated signs 2
  Fire detection and alarm systems 2
  Safety information 5
  Overcurrent protection 6
  Business organization 1
  Risk management 2
  Project management 2
  Estimating 4
  Safety and environmental 2
  Labor 3
  Payroll and employment taxes 4
  Financial management 4
  Contracts 3
  Liens 1
  Licensing 4

FeeElectrical contractor's license fees: It will cost you $165 nonrefundable for the application and exam, and another $200 for the contractor's license.

If you have an unrestricted electrical contractor's license from Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, you can get a license from the Board by reciprocity. You must have passed their exam with a grade of at least 70 to get the license and hold it in good standing. You will still have to pay the $365 fee for the Alabama license.

Journeyman Electrician's License

To get a journeyman's license you have to pass the Alabama journeyman's exam. To qualify for the exam you need four years of electrical work experience. You can substitute up to two years of education in electrical studies for one year of the work experience.

The exam has 80 questions and is 4 hours long. Here's the content of the exam:

 
Subject Number of questions
General electrical knowledge 10
Service, feeders and branch circuits 9
Grounding and bonding 8
Conductors and cables 10
Raceways and boxes 10
Special occupancies and equipment 6
Electrical power 2
Motors 6
Low voltage 2
Lighting 3
Illuminated signs 2
Fire detection and alarm systems 2
Safety information 5
Overcurrent protection 5

FeeJourneyman's license fee: It will cost you $115 nonrefundable for application and exam, and $35 for the journeyman's license.

Recommended Reading for the Electrical Exams

Electrical contractor's exam:

NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, 2008 Edition, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, PO Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101

American Electricians Handbook, 2002, 14th edition
, Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Publishing, Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004

Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Management, 2007, Basic Edition.
NASCLA Publications, Inc. 23309 N. 17th Drive, Building 1, Unit 110 Phoenix, Arizona 85027

Alabama Electrical Contractors Supplement to the Contractors Guide.
Prov, Inc., 10234 South 2460 East, Sandy, Utah 84092

Alabama Unemployment Compensation Employer Handbook, Chapters 1, 2 and 7

Alabama New Hire, Alabama Department of Industrial Relations New Hire Unit

Alabama Worker's Compensation Law and Handbook, Articles 1, 2, 13 and Article 3 section 25-5-50

Alabama Lien Law, Code of Alabama, Division 8 Mechanics and Materialmen, Alabama Legislative Reference Service

Alabama Electrical Contractor's Board Laws, Rules and Regulations, Alabama Electrical Contractor's Board

Ugly's Electrical References

Code of Federal Regulations, 29 CFR part 1926

Basic Business and Project Management for Contractors, NASCLA

Journeyman exam:

NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, 2008 Edition, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, PO Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101

American Electricians Handbook, 2002, 14th edition,
Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Publishing, Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004

Ugly's Electrical References

Code of Federal Regulations, 29 CFR part 1926

You can get these books from:

Builders' Book Depot
1033 East Jefferson, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434
http://www.buildersbookdepot.com/

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HVAC Contractor's Certification

To protect the public and identify knowledgeable and capable contractors, Alabama has a state board that certifies HVAC contractors. To apply for a certificate, contact:

Contact Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors
8 Commerce Street, Suite 200
PO Box 305025
Montgomery, AL 36130-5025
(334) 242-5550
http://www.hvacboard.state.al.us 

You'll have to pass an exam to be certified. The exam is administered by:

Contact PSI Examination Services
100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Glendale, CA 91210
http://www.psiexams.com

Here's the content of the exam:

Subject Number of questions
Insulation 3
Hangers and supports 1
Sound, vibration and seismic control 1
Heating and cooling principles 8
Refrigerants 3
Load calculations, commercial 3
Testing, adjusting and balancing 3
Controls 4
Air conditioning and heat pump systems 8
Furnaces and heaters 4
Chimneys, flues and vents 4
Combustion air 4
Ducts 12
Ventilation and exhaust 4
Safety 4
Piping 5
Load calculations, residential 9

FeeHVAC contractors certification fees: It will cost you $165 nonrefundable to file an application for certification. The examination cost is $125. The Board may also require you to post a $5,000 bond.

Certification is good for one year but you must renew it within 90 days after October 1 each year.

Recommended Reading for HVAC Certification

International Fuel Gas Code, American Gas Association, 400 N. Capitol Street, NW Washington, DC 20001, www.aga.org

International Mechanical Code, 1-892395-33-9, International Code Council, 5203 Leesburg Pike, Suite 600, Falls Church, VA 22041, www.intlcode.org

ACCA Ductulator, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, 2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 300, Arlingon, VA 22206, www.acca.org

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926, 2002, Superintendant of Documents, POB 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250

29 CFR Part 1926, Selections, PSI, 3210 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121

Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Althouse/Turnquist/Bracciano, Goodheart-Wilcox

HVAC Duct Construction Standards, Metal and Flexible - 2nd Edition, SMACNA, 4201 Lafayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)

Manual J - Residential Load Calcs, Manual J, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, 2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22206, www.acca.org

Manual N - Load Calculation for Commercial Summer and Winter Air Conditioning, 4th Edition, ACCALoad Calculation - Air Conditioning Contractors of America, 2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22206, www.acca.org

Manual D, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, 2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22206, www.acca.org

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Plumber's Licenses

You need a license to do plumbing work in Alabama. To get an application for a license, contact:

Contact Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board
11 West Oxmoor Road, Suite 104
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 945-4857
http://www.pgfb.state.al.us/

Alabama also registers apprentice plumbers. The fee is $25. Apprentices can only work under the supervision of journeymen or masters.

Master Plumber's License

The Board issues master and journeyman licenses and each requires you to pass an exam. You need one year of work experience as a journeyman plumber to qualify for the master plumber's exam. 

The exam is administered by:

Contact International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
 Birmingham, AL 35213
 (877) STD-EXAM
Fax: (205) 599-9884
http://www.iccsafe.org/certification/

 Check with the Council for exam details.

Journeyman Plumber's License

To take the journeyman plumber's exam you need to complete a Board-approved apprenticeship program or work two years as an apprentice. 

FeeMaster's and journeyman plumber's exam fees: The master plumber's exam costs $160, the journeyman's $110, and both are nonrefundable. If you pass the exam, the exam fee covers your license fee for one year. Renewal is $125 for masters and $30 for journeymen. Licenses expire on December 31.

Recommended Reading for the Plumbing Exams

International Plumbing Code

International Fuel Gas Code

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Gas Fitter's Licenses

You need a license to do gas fitting work in Alabama. To get an application for a license, contact:

Contact Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board
11 West Oxmoor Road, Suite 104
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 945-4857
http://www.pgfb.state.al.us/

The Board issues master's and journeyman's licenses and each requires you to pass an exam. You need one year of work experience as a journeyman gas fitter to qualify for the master gas fitter exam. 

Contact International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
 Birmingham, AL 35213
 (877) STD-EXAM
Fax: (205) 599-9884
http://www.iccsafe.org/certification/

Check the Council's website for details on the exam. 

FeeMaster and journeyman gas fitter's license fees: The master gas fitter's exam costs $160, the journeyman $110, and both are nonrefundable. If you pass the exam, the exam fee covers your license fee for one year. Renewal is $125 for master gas fitters and $30 for journeymen gas fitters. Licenses expire on December 31.

Alabama also registers apprentice gas fitters. The fee is $25. Apprentices can only work under the supervision of journeymen or masters.

Recommended Reading for the Gas Fitter's Exams

Uniform Plumbing Code, IAPMO - International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, 20001 E. Walnut Drive South, Walnut, CA 91789

NFPA 54 - National Fuel Gas Code, National Fire Protection Association, 11 Tracey Ave., Quincy, MA 02322

NFPA 58 - Standard for Storage and Handling of Liquified Petroleum Gas, 2001, National Fire Protection Association, 11 Tracey Ave., Quincy, MA 02322

International Fuel Gas Code

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on Alabama Department of Transportation projects you have to be prequalified by the Department. To get an application for prequalification, contact:

Contact Alabama Department of Transportation
Prequalification Engineer, Room E-101
1409 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36130-3050
(334) 242-6059
http://www.dot.state.al.us

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You'll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

The following types of work are included under the category of Specialty work:

Unless the Alabama State Licensing Board for General Contractors exempts you, you need a license from them to bid on state projects. On any project with federal participation you'll need the license before you can be awarded the contract. If you want to do any mowing work for the Department you need to get a license from the Board first.

Prequalification is good for one year, but the Department reserves the right to ask you for another prequalification statement at any time.

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Out-of-State Corporations

All corporations must register to do business in Alabama with the Office of the Secretary of State. Their address is:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103
(334) 242-5324
Fax: (334) 240-3138
http://www.sos.state.al.us/BusinessServices/ForeignCorps.aspx

The Foreign Corporation application is available online.

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