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Most construction contractors don't need to be licensed in Illinois. Roofing contractors are the exception.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if a roofing contractor is licensed, call (217) 785-0800. To verify that a contractor is licensed, click on https://www.idfpr.com/dpr/licenselookup/default.asp.


Roofing License

To do roofing work in Illinois, you need to be certified by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. To get an application, contact:

Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street, 3rd floor
Springfield, IL 62786
(217) 782-8556
http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/default.asp

If you have employees, you have to provide information about your company's organization and your workers' compensation and unemployment insurance. You'll also have to post a $10,000 bond, prove you have $250,000 of property damage insurance, and $500,000 of personal injury insurance. To see the Illinois roofing industry licensing act, go to http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/apply/roof.asp.

To apply for licensure every roofing contractor applicant must designate a qualifying party who is required to take and pass a state examination. Here are they types of licenses and exam fees:

Residential Roofing $216.30
Commercial & Industrial Roofing $216.30
Commercial, Industrial & Residential Roofing $267.80

Exams are administered by:

Continental Testing Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 100
LaGrange, IL 60525
(708) 354-9911
http://www.continentaltesting.net/
 

Residential (limited license) exam content:

Topic Number of questions
Safety and employee protection 20
General roofing preparations, decks and membranes 17
Roofing materials and systems, steep slope systems, asphalt shingle, tile, slate and wood roofing, architectural metal, reroofing, moisture control 26
Low-slope roofing systems, design, reroofing, moisture control and repair 7
Measurement and estimating 5
Non-residential roofing systems, rigid board roof insulation, spray polyurethane foam and waterproofing and dampproofing 0

Residential, Commercial & Industrial (unlimited license) exam content:

Topic Number of questions
Safety and employee protection 25
General roofing preparations, decks and membranes 20
Roofing materials and systems, steep slope systems, asphalt shingle, tile, slate and wood roofing, architectural metal, reroofing, moisture control 40
Low-slope roofing systems, design, reroofing, moisture control and repair 15
Measurement and estimating 9
Non-residential roofing systems, rigid board roof insulation, spray polyurethane foam and waterproofing and dampproofing 16

Commercial & Industrial exam content:

Topic Number of questions
Safety and employee protection 15
General roofing preparations, decks and membranes 10
Roofing materials and systems, steep slope systems, asphalt shingle, tile, slate and wood roofing, architectural metal, reroofing, moisture control 20
Low-slope roofing systems, design, reroofing, moisture control and repair 15
Measurement and estimating 9
Non-residential roofing systems, rigid board roof insulation, spray polyurethane foam and waterproofing and dampproofing 16

Roofing certificate fees: It will cost you $125 nonrefundable to file an application, depending on when you file it. All certificates expire on June 30 each odd-numbered year.

Recommended Reading for the Roofing Exams

The NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), 10255 West Higgins Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, www.nrca.net 

Repair Manual for Low-Slope Membrane Roof Systems, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), 10255 West Higgins Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, www.nrca.net 

The NRCA Safety Manual, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), 10255 West Higgins Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, www.nrca.net 

Pocket Guide to Safety, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), 10255 West Higgins Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, www.nrca.net 

Roofing Construction and Estimating, Dan Atcheson, Craftsman Book Company, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 www.craftsman-book.com 

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on Illinois Department of Transportation projects you need to be prequalified. To get an application, contact:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Bureau of Construction
2300 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764
(217) 782-6667
Fax: (217) 524-4922
http://www.dot.state.il.us/

You can get a form for prequalification online at http://www.dot.state.il.us/const/prequalapp.html.

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:

Earthwork Fencing
Portland cement concrete paving Guardrail
Bituminous plant mix Grouting
Bituminous aggregate mixtures Painting
Miscellaneous bituminous paving Signing
Cleaning, sealing cracks, joints Paint pavement marking
Soil stabilization, modification Thermoplastic pavement marking
Aggregate bases, surfaces Epoxy pavement marking
Structures - highway, railroad, waterway Installation of raised pavement markers
Structures repair Pavement texturing, surface removal
Anchors, tiebacks Cold milling, planning, rotomilling
Drainage Erection
Drainage cleaning Demolition
Electrical Fabrication
Cover and seal coats Tunnel excavation
Slurry applications Expressway cleaning
Miscellaneous concrete construction Railroad track construction
Landscaping Marine construction
Seeding and sodding Hydraulic dredging
Vegetation spraying Hot in-place recycling
Tree trimming, selective tree removal Cold in-place recycling

Your prequalification rating is good for 16 months from the date of the financial statement your prequalification application is based on.

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Out-of-State Corporations

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

Illinois Secretary of State
Corporation Division
330 Howlett Building
Springfield, IL 62756
(217) 782-7880
Fax: (217) 782-4528
http://www.sos.state.il.us/

The Application for Authority to Transact Business in Illinois is available online at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/publications_and_forms/bca.html

Certificate of Authority Fees: It will cost $150.

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