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Maine

General building contractors do not need a license in Maine. You'll need to be licensed to do asbestos abatement work, or electrical or plumbing contracting.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if an electrical contractor is licensed, call (207) 624-8610. To find out if a plumbing contractor is licensed, call (207) 624-8627. Office hours are from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday. You can also search for licensed plumbers or electricians online at http://www.state.me.us/pfr/olr/olr_disclaimer.htm. To find out if an asbestos abatement contractor is licensed, click http://www.state.me.us/dep/rwm/asbestos/asbestoscontractors.htm


Asbestos Abatement Contractor's Licenses

If you work with asbestos in Maine you must be certified and/or licensed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The Department issues these asbestos abatement contractor's licenses:

Full
In-house (limited to owner properties)
Conditional (limited to roofing or siding)

The Department also issues certificates to these asbestos trades:

Worker Air monitor
Supervisor Air analyst
Inspector Bulk analyst
Design consultant Management planner

To get an application for a certificate or license contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State of Maine
Department of Environmental Protection
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017
(207) 287-2651
http://www.maine.gov/dep/index.shtml

Forms are available online at http://www.maine.gov/dep/rwm/asbestos/newupdatedformsasb.htm

To qualify for a contractor's license you must:

1. Have access to at least one state-approved asbestos disposal site
2. Have a worker protection and medical monitoring plan approved by EPA, OSHA, and/or Code of Federal Regulations
3. Be familiar and comply with all applicable state and federal standard for asbestos abatement projects
4. Provide company standard operating training for all employees before starting a job
5. Be capable of complying with all state, EPA, OSHA, and Code of Federal Regulation rules
6. Provide a list of all personnel (to include at least one certified Supervisor) and asbestos equipment
7. Provide a list of states you are licensed in for asbestos work
8. Provide a list of any citations received in last two years for asbestos work
9. Provide proof that all employees have been certified by the Department

You must also make sure all employees who come in contact with asbestos or who will be responsible for an asbestos abatement project have fulfilled items 3, 4, and 5 above.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Contractor's license fees: The contractor's license will cost you $250 nonrefundable and it's good for a year.

Maine does not allow reciprocity of contractor licenses. All contractors must submit full licensure applications to the Department.

To qualify for a trade certificate you need to submit a signed statement saying that you know and will comply with your employer's standard operating procedures. You also need to pass a Department-approved training course which includes an exam. A certificate is good for one year.

Here's a table showing the length of the Department-approved course and the nonrefundable fee you must pay to apply for an asbestos trade certificate:

Trade Course hours Fee
Worker 32 $25
Supervisor 40 $50
Air monitor 40 $50
Inspector 24 $50
Management planner 16 $50
Design consultant 24 $50
Air analyst 36 $50
Bulk analyst 36 $50

If you can prove you have a valid certificate in a state with qualifications at least equal to Maine's, you can apply for a Department certificate. You still need to pay the fee though.

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Electrician's Licenses

Electrical work in Maine requires a license. Maine issues these electrician licenses: journeyman, master and limited. The limited electrical trades are:

Water pumps House wiring
Outdoor signs Refrigeration
Gasoline dispensing Low energy
Traffic signals Crane Technician

To apply for a license contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Electricians' Examining Board
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
(207) 624-8610
Fax: (207) 624-8637
http://www.state.me.us/pfr/olr

For the master's license you'll need 12,000 hours of work experience or 4,000 hours working as a journeyman. For the journeyman license you'll need 8,000 hours of work experience, a combination of work experience and graduation from an accredited technical school, or work experience and an apprenticeship program. For either a master's or journeyman's license you need to complete 576 hours of study approved by the Board and a course that's at least 45 hours long on the current National Electrical Code.

Here are the requirements for the limited licenses:

Limited trade license Board-approved course hours Work experience
Water pumps 135 2,000
Outdoor signs 135 2,000
Gasoline dispensing 135 2,000
Traffic signals 135 2,000
House wiring 225 4,000
Refrigeration 270 6,000
Low energy 270 4,000
Crane technician 135 2,000

The Board will review your application and if you're eligible they'll send you information on the exam they require. Experior gives the exam. For information on the exam or scheduling, you can contact Experior at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Experior
2 Mount Royal Avenue, Suite 250
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 624-0826
http://www.experioronline.com

Here are the subjects on the journeyman and master exams:

Percent of exam
Subject Journeyman Master
General knowledge of the electrical trade and calculations 17 25
Raceways and enclosures 14 11
Services, feeders, and branch circuits 12 13
Grounding and bonding 11 11
Conductors 11 9
Utilization and general use equipment 11 11
Special occupancies/equipment 10 6
Motor and controls 9 11
Alarm, communication and low voltage circuits 5 3

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrician's license fees: It will cost you $25 to file an application for a license and $50 for an exam. The master license costs $150, $80 for the journeyman, and $100 for the limited trade license. Licenses are good for two years.

If you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Maine's, six years of work experience, and the current 45-hour National Electrical Code course, you may be able to get a Maine electrician's license without taking an exam. You still need to pay the fees.

Recommended Reading for the Electrical Exams

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, current edition, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

American Electricians Handbook, Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

Sign Electricians' Workbook, James G. Stallcup, American Technical Publishers, Inc.

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

NEMA Training Manual on Fire Alarm Systems, National Electrical Manufacturers Association

NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

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

Understanding and Servicing Alarm Systems, Trimmer and Butterworth, Butterworth Publishers

Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Handbook, Bukowski and O'Laughlin, National Fire Protection Association

Neon Installation Manual, International Association of Electrical Inspectors

You can get these books from:

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

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Plumber's Licenses

Plumbing work in Maine requires a license. Maine issues journeyman, master, journeyman-in-training and trainee licenses. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Plumbers' Examining Board
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
(207) 624-8603
Fax: (207) 624-8637
http://www.state.me.us/pfr/olr

For a master's license you need at least one year with 2,000 hours of work experience as a journeyman or four years with 8,000 hours of work as a trainee plumber. For the journeyman license you need at least two years with 4,000 hours of work experience as a trainee plumber.

The Board will review your application and if you're eligible they'll send you information on the exam they require (no exam for a trainee license). The exam is closed book with 100 multiple choice questions. It's three hours long. For information on the exam or scheduling, you can contact Experior at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Experior
2 Mount Royal Avenue, Suite 250
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 624-0826
http://www.experioronline.com

Here's the content of the exam:

Subject Percent of exam
General code knowledge 22
Installation practices, methods, materials 16
Drains and vents, sewers 16
Water supply, backflow prevention 16
Special wastes, roof drains 10
Fixtures, trim 5
Excavation 5
Inspection, testing 5
Alternate systems of plumbing 5

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumber's license fees: It will cost you $25 to file an application for a license and $60 for an exam. The master license costs $150, $75 for a journeyman, $75 for a journeyman-in-training and $20 for a trainee. All master licenses are good for two years, expiring on October 31. Other plumbing licenses are also good for two years, expiring on April 30.

If you have a valid license in a state with qualifications at least equal to Maine's, you may be able to get a Maine license by filing out an application, supplying a certified copy of your license to Maine, and paying the necessary fees.

Recommended Reading for the Plumbing Exams

State of Maine Plumbing Code (Internal and External), Department of Human Services 10 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0010

Plumbing, L. V. Ripka, American Technical Publishers, 1155 West 175th Street, Homewood, IL 60403

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Underground Tank Installer's Certificate

To safeguard public health, safety and the environment, Maine certifies tank installers and removers. However you don't have to be certified to remove tanks that store fuels the National Fire Protection Association says aren't explosive.

Only an individual can be certified in Maine, not a business or corporation. To apply for certification, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Environmental Protection
State Board of Underground Storage Tank Installers
State House Station #17
Augusta, ME 04333-0017
(207) 287-2651
Fax: (207) 287-7826
http://www.maine.gov/dep/index.shtml 

Applications are available online at http://www.maine.gov/dep/rwm/ustast/index.htm

Class 2 Oil Storage Tank Installer
Installs, inspects and removes all types of underground oil storage tanks and facilities. May also install underground hazardous substance tanks under the supervision of registered engineers. Field constructed tanks and impressed-current cathodically protected tanks and facilities are excluded. You will have to take an initial general test and apprentice 6 installations, all of which are on tanks or facilities used for motor fuel or the marketing and distributing of oil.

Class 3 Oil Storage Tank Installer
Installs and inspects tanks and facilities for the storage of No. 2 fuel oil for consumption on the premises of the facility. You will have to take an initial general test and apprentice 6 installations, all of which are on tanks or facilities used for the storage of No. 2 fuel oil for consumption on the premises where stored.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship for Class 2 or Class 3, you will have to pass a class-specific final examination. 

The Board may issue a variance to the apprenticeship requirement if the applicant can demonstrate field experience that equals or exceeds having served an apprenticeship.

Underground Storage Tank Inspector
Conducts the annual inspections of underground oil storage facilities required by State law and Department of Environmental Protection rules. 

Underground Gasoline Tank Remover
Removes underground gasoline tanks under certain special conditions. Applicants are required to successfully perform a petroleum tank removal under the supervision of a designated employee of the Department of Environmental Protection after passing a written examination. After you pass the written examination you will have 6 months to successfully pass the on-site examination.  

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Underground tank installer's certificate fees: The initial fee for Installers is $200. Variance to apprenticeship is $200 and the final exam is $250. The initial fee for Gasoline Tank Removers is $25. The on-site exam fee is $350. All certificates are good for two years at a time, after which time the certified individual must demonstrate having attended eight hours of Board approved continuing education credits.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

You must be prequalified to bid on Department of Transportation projects in Maine. 

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Maine Department of Transportation
Contracts Section
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-3173
http://www.state.me.us/mdot

The application is available online at http://www.state.me.us/mdot/contractor-consultant-information/prequal_form.php

Project types:

Bridge construction
Highway construction
Paving
Marine construction
Buildings
Traffic signals/lighting

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state contractors working in Maine must be licensed by the Division of Corporations. For information contact:

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Bureau of Corporations
Secretary of State
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
(207) 624-7752
Fax: (207) 287-5874
http://www.state.me.us/sos/sos.htm

Forms are available online at http://www.state.me.us/sos/cec/corp/foreign.html

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