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Hawaii

Hawaii requires general engineering, general building and specialty contractors to be licensed.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if a contractor is licensed in Hawaii, click http://hbe.ehawaii.gov/cogs/search.html or http://www.ehawaii.gov/dcca/pvllist/html// call the Consumer Resource Center at (808) 587-3295.


To be licensed in Hawaii you need:

To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Contractors License Board
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Professional & Vocational Licensing

335 Merchant Street
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-3000

http://www.state.hi.us/dcca 

The Department issues licenses in these specialty trades:

General engineering Painting & decorating
General building Pile driving, drilling, foundation
Acoustical & insulation Plastering
Mechanical insulation Plumbing
Asphalt paving and surfacing Irrigation & lawn sprinkler systems
Asphalt concrete patching, sealing, striping Refrigeration
Boiler, hot water heating, steam fitting Reinforcing steel
Cabinet, millwork, carpentry remodeling & repairs Roofing
Siding application Wood shingles & shakes
Carpentry framing Scaffolding
Carpet laying Sewer, sewage disposal, drain, pipe laying
Cesspool Reconditioning, repairing pipeline
Drywall Sheet metal
Electrical Structural steel
Sign contractor Swimming pool
Electronic systems Swimming pool service
Fire and burglar alarm Concrete and clay tile
Elevator Ventilating, air conditioning
Conveyor systems Waterproofing
Excavating, grading, trenching Welding
Fire protection Well 
Dry chemical fire repressant systems Pumps installation
Flooring Solar energy systems
Glazing & tinting Solar hot water systems
Gunite Pole & line
Landscaping Stone masonry
Tree trimming, removal Ornamental, guardrail, fencing
Masonry Cement concrete
Play court surfacing Garage door
Asbestos Glass tinting
Building moving and wrecking Institutional and commercial equipment
Hydro mulching Refractory 
Tuckpointing and caulking Classified specialist
Wall coverings Taping
Surface treatment Soil stabilization
Lathing Vacuum and air systems
Water chlorination Treatment and pumping facilities
Fuel dispensing Post tensioning
Prefabricated refrigerator panels Aluminum shingles
Cement and clay tile Urethane foam
Wood and vinyl fencing Roof coatings
Gutters Awnings and patio cover
Steel door Hot tub and pool
Tile Pole
Cultured marble Terrazo
High voltage electrical Solar power systems
Injection well Solar heating and cooling systems
Sewer and drain line
 
Concrete cutting, drilling, sawing, coring, pressure grouting

To qualify for the exam the Department requires for licensing, you need four years of full-time supervisory work experience as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, or contractor within the last ten years. You can use Board-approved technical or business administration training for up to one year of work experience.

The exam is given by Experior. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Experior
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 261-8182
http://www.experioronline.com  

The exam has two parts -- part one is the business and law and part two concerns the specific trade you want to be licensed in. The exam is closed book. The business and law part of the exam covers:

Subject Percent of subject
Contract management 18
Estimating & bidding 12
Licensing 10
Risk management 10
Project management 9
Financial management 9
Safety 7
Labor laws 7
Tax laws 6
Public works law 5
Lien law 4
Business organization 3

Part two trade specific exams may contain questions on reading and interpreting construction codes and regulations, knowledge of building codes, trade materials, tools, equipment and methods.

Experior offers these preparation materials:

Material Price
Hawaii Contractor's Reference Manual $45 
Hawaii Contractor's Part I Business and Law Practice Exam $25
Hawaii Contractor's Study Guide $50
Hawaii Contractor Study Program- includes reference manual, practice exam and study guide $100
 

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Contractor's license fees: It will cost $50 to file an application. Each part of the exam costs $65. The license fees are as follows:

Contracting entity- $545 if licensed between October 1st of the even-numbered year and September 30th of the odd numbered year, $415 if licensed between October 1st of the odd-numbered year and September 30th of the even-numbered year.

RME (Responsible Managing Employee)- $335 if licensed between October 1st of the even-numbered year and September 30th of the odd numbered year, $255 if licensed between October 1st of the odd-numbered year and September 30th of the even-numbered year.

All licenses expire on September 30th of the even-numbered year.

If your business is a corporation, you must be registered with the Department. To apply for registration, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Business Registration Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
State of Hawaii
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, HI 96810
http://www.state.hi.us/dcca/breg-seu
 
Recommended Reading for the Contractor's Exam

Business and Law Exam:

The main reference for the business and law exam is the Hawaii Reference Manual for Contractors. You can buy it from Experior. 

Trade Exams– Experior says that these books may help you study for the trade exams:

A Guide for the Installation of Ductile Iron Pipe (out of print)

Alternating Current Fundamentals

Cabinetmaking and Millwork

Carpentry and Building Construction

Ceramic Tile

Circulation Systems Components for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs,
NSF Std. 50

Concrete Form Construction

Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Builders

Concrete Pipe Installation Manual

Construction Contracting

Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures

Direct Current Fundamentals

Electric Motor Control Fundamentals

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018
http://craftsman-book.com

Ground Water and Wells

Gunite and Shotcrete Concrete

Handling and Erecting Wood Trusses (HET-80), Bracing Wood Trusses
(BWT-76)

Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems NFPA 90A

Installation of Blower and Exhaust Systems for Dust, Stock and Vapor Removal NFPA 91

Landscape Operations: Management, Methods and Materials

Manual for Solar Specialists (out of print)

Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters

NFPA 13 - Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 1985

Painting and Decorating Craftsman's Manual

Pipefitters Handbook

Plastering: A Craftsman Encyclopedia (out of print)

Plumbers Handbook, 1985

Reciprocating Refrigeration Manual

Recommended Specifications for the Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board for Walls and Ceiling

Removal of Smoke and Grease Laden Vapors from Commercial Cooking Equipment, NFPA 96

Safety Code for Mechanical Refrigeration

Suggested Minimum Standards for Residential Swimming Pools

The Complete Book of Fences (out of print)

Turf Irrigation Manual

Welding Fundamentals and Procedures

You can get these books from libraries in Honolulu, Pearl City, Lihue, Hilo, and Kona. Or you can buy them from:

Builders' Book Depot
1033 East Jefferson, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434
http://st15.yahoo.com/buildersbookdepot/

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Electrician's Licenses

You will need to apply for eligibility to take the exam. For an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Board of Electricians & Plumbers
Division of Professional and Vocational Licensing
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-3000
http://www.state.hi.us/dcca

Toll free voice access numbers for neighbor islands:

Kauai (808) 274-3141 x 6-3000
Maui (808) 984-2400 x 6-3000
Hawaii (808) 974-4000 x 6-3000
Molokai (800) 468-4644 x 6-3000
Lanai (800) 468-4644 x 6-3000

Electrician's license categories and requirements are listed below:

License Type Requirements
Supervising Electrician 4 years experience as a licensed journey worker  electrician or equivalent
Journey Worker Electrician 5 years but not less that 10,000 hours of all aspects of electrical wiring work, primarily involved in residential and commercial wiring
Supervising Industrial Electrician 4 years experience as a licensed journey worker industrial electrician or equivalent
Journey Worker Industrial Electrician 5 years but not less that 10,000 hours of industrial wiring work
Maintenance Electrician 1 year electrical maintenance wiring work or 2 years electrical trade schooling
Supervising Specialty Electrician 4 years experience as a licensed journey worker specialty electrician or equivalent
Journey Worker Specialty Electrician 5 years of specialty wiring work

The board will determine your qualification based on the filed application. When your application is approved, the Board will send you a notice of approval with an examination registration form. Send the registration form along with the $65 fee per each examination to:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Experior
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 261-8182
http://www.experioronline.com  

The Electrician's exam is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC can be purchased from the City and County Purchasing Division. (808) 523-4780.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrician's license fees: There is a $40 application fee. The exams given by Experior are $65 each. License fees are as follows:

If applying for license in: 
 

Itemized
 

Total
 

first year of triennium $40 license fee + $105 Compliance Resolution Fund + $80 renewal 

$225

second year of triennium $40 license fee + $70 Compliance Resolution Fund + $40 renewal $150
third year of triennium $40 license fee + $35 Compliance Resolution Fund
  
$75
Recommended Reading for the Electrician's Exam

Occupational Safety and Health Standards Part 3: Construction Standards, Chapter 141
"Electrical," State of Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, 830 Punchbowl
Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 548-7510

Alternating Current Fundamentals, Duff and Herman, Delmar Publishers, Inc.

Direct Current Fundamentals, Loper and Tedsen, Delmar Publishers, Inc.

Industrial Motor Control Fundamentals, McIntyre, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc.

Guide to the National Electrical Code, Harman and Allen, Prentice-Hall, Inc.

American Electrician's Handbook, Croft and Summers, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.

National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, National Fire Protection Association

Proprietary Burglar Alarm Systems, U.L. #1076, Underwriters Laboratories

Understanding and Servicing Alarm Systems, Butterworth Publishers

Understanding Electronics, Warring & Sloan, TAB Books

Cable Television, 2nd edition, John E. Cunningham, Howard W. Sams, Inc.

Design and Application of Security/ Alarm Systems, Traister, McGraw-Hill

NEMA Training Manual of Fire Alarm Systems, SB4, NEMA

Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Handbook, National Fire Protection Association

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Plumber's Licenses

You will need to apply for eligibility to take the exam. For an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Division of Professional and Vocational Licensing
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2705
http://www.state.hi.us/dcca

Plumber's license categories are listed below:

License Type Requirements
Master Plumber 2 years experience as a licensed journey worker plumber or equivalent
Journey Worker Plumber 5 years but not less that 10,000 hours of all aspects of plumbing work in compliance with the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)

The board will determine your qualification based on the filed application. When your application is approved, the Board will send you a notice of approval with an examination registration form. Send the registration form along with the $65 fee per each examination to:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Experior
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 261-8182
http://www.experioronline.com  

The Plumber's exam is based on the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). The UPC can be purchased from the City and County Purchasing Division. (808) 523-4780.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumber's license fees: There is a $40 application fee. The exams given by Experior are $65 each. License fees are as follows:

If applying for license: 
 

Itemized
 

Total
 

between July 1 even- numbered year and June 30 odd- numbered year $40 license fee + $70 Compliance Resolution Fund + $40 second year of two-year license period 

$150

between July 1 odd-numbered year and June 30 even-numbered year
 
$40 license fee + $35 Compliance Resolution Fund
 
$75
Recommended Reading for the Plumber's Exam

Uniform Plumbing Code, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

The Plumbers Handbook, Almond, MacMillan Publishing Company, 866 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Plumbing, 1994, Ripka, American Technical Publishers, 1155 W. 175th Street, Homewood, IL 60430

Code of Federal Regulations, (OSHA) 29 Part 1926, The Government Printing Office Bookstore

For information of how to obtain study materials, call 1-877-624-2562.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

To work on state projects in Hawaii you need to be registered to do business in Hawaii and have an appropriate contractor's license. You won't need these to bid a job, but you will need them to land the contract. You may also need to fill out a prequalification form from the state Department of Transportation. Usually they require this the first time you bid as a prime contractor on a department project. They'll ask you about your work experience, financial condition, and what equipment you own.

To get a Standard Qualification Questionnaire for Prospective Bidders on Public Work Contracts, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
http://www.state.hi.us/dot/

This prequalification is good for at least one year.

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations must get a Certificate of Authority to do business in Hawaii. To apply for this certificate, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
P.O. Box 40
Honolulu, HI 96810
(808) 586-2727
Fax: (808) 586 2733
http://hawaii.gov/dcca/

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