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Colorado

General construction contractors in Colorado are not licensed by the state. You should check for license requirements at the local level. You will need a license to do electrical or plumbing work in the state, however.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if an electrician or plumber is licensed in Colorado, click http://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/real/ARMS_Search.Disclaimer_Page (this site may not load between the hours of 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Mountain Time) or call (303) 894-2300, X100.


Electrician's Licenses

Colorado issues master, journeyman, and residential wireman licenses. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Colorado State Electrical Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2300
E-mail: electrical@dora.state.co.us  
http://www.dora.state.co.us/Electrical/ 

The Board will review your application and if you're eligible they'll send you information on the exam they require. 

For a master license you need to document five years of electrical experience; four years of that time must be electrical construction wiring, for lights, heat, and power; with a minimum of two years of that time being commercial and/or industrial work. One additional year must be in planning, lay-out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, and equipment for electrical light, heat, and power.

For a journeyman license you need four years of electrical construction wiring experience, for lights, heat, and power; with a minimum of two years of that time being commercial and/or industrial work. Therefore, your verification letters must state the percentage of your time spent performing commercial/industrial wiring, and the percentage of your time spent performing residential wiring.

Applicants for the residential wireman's license are required to provide verification of two years of electrical construction wiring experience, for lights, heat, and power; of one, two, three, and four family dwellings.

Contact the exam service for a Candidate Handbook:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Pearson VUE
PO Box 8588
Philadelphia, PA 19101
(800) 275-8244
http://www.pearsonvue.com/

You are allowed 4-1/2 hours to complete the examination. Content for all electrical exams include the following:

Answers to all examination questions are consistent with the current edition of the National Electrical Code.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrician's license fees: The application processing fee is $50. The original license fee is part of the written examination fee so that at the time you take and pass the written exam, you will receive your license at no additional charge.  The written exam fee is currently $72.

Colorado has journeyman reciprocal license agreements with Alaska, Arkansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Reciprocal license applications are available at http://www.dora.state.co.us/Electrical/reciprocal.htm. There is a $50 application processing fee and a $30 license fee.

To register as an electrical contractor in Colorado you need to get an Application for Electrical Contractor's Registration from the Electrical Board. The form is available online at http://www.dora.state.co.us/Electrical/licensing.htm.  You'll be asked about your workers' compensation and unemployment insurance coverage. You'll also have to sign an Acknowledgment of Responsibility form to register. It will cost you $150 to register.

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Plumber's Licenses

To do plumbing work in Colorado you need a license. Colorado issues master, journeyman, and residential licenses. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Examining Board of Plumbers
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2300
http://www.dora.state.co.us/Plumbing/ 
E-mail: electrical@dora.state.co.us

To apply for a master license you need to document five years of plumbing work experience; four years for a journeyman license; and two years for a residential license. You can apply every six hours of plumbing training in an accredited school for one hour of work experience, up to one year. You can also apply plumbing work in the military at the rate of one month for every six months, up to one year.

You'll need to pass an exam with both a written and a practical part to get your license. The exam is given by:
 
contact.GIF (447 bytes) Pearson VUE
PO Box 8588
Philadelphia, PA 19101
(800) 275-8244
http://www.pearsonvue.com/

You are allowed 4 hours to complete the examination. Content for all plumbing exams include the following:

Answers to all examination questions are consistent with the current edition of the National Plumbing Code.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumber's license fees: It will cost you $50 to process your application and $72 for the exam. The original license fee is part of the written examination fee so that at the time you take and pass the written exam, you will receive your license at no additional charge.

If you can prove you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Colorado's and you've had the license for at least six months, you may be eligible for a Colorado license by endorsement. You must have passed an exam on the Uniform Plumbing Code. You'll still need to pay the license fee.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on a public project in Colorado you must be prequalified by the Colorado Department of Transportation. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Transportation
Contracts and Market Analysis
Prequalification Unit
4201 E. Arkansas, Room 287
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 757-9351
http://www.dot.state.co.us/BusinessCenter/

You can download the Prequalification application at http://www.dot.state.co.us/Bidding/BidForms.htm.

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You'll also be asked what type of work your company does with your own equipment. Here are the types of work the Department considers:

Construction type:

general construction seal coat
grading (general) portland cement concrete
light grading structures (general)
aggregates small bridges
paving (general) minor structures
bituminous concrete

Incidental:

curb, gutter, flatwork landscaping
fencing pavement marking
guardrail construction traffic control

Specialty:

pavement repair water line
structure repair sprinkler system
electrical, signals other
building construction

You have to file a new application every year, or more often if the Department asks you to. You also need to file again if there's a significant change in the structure of your company.

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations must get a Statement of Foreign Entity Authority to do business in Colorado from the Secretary of State. To apply for this certificate, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Business Division
Department of State
1560 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2200
http://www.sos.state.co.us

The form is available online at http://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/FileDoc.do

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