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Mississippi

A certificate or license is required for all except the smallest construction and remodeling projects.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if a contractor is has a certificate or license, go to http://www.msboc.state.ms.us/Search.cfm or call (800) 880-6161.

To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Mississippi Contractor Licensing Board
215 Woodline Drive, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39208
(601) 354-6161
http://www.msboc.us/

Commercial Construction Contractor's Certificate

The Board issues certificates in these classifications:

Building construction
Electrical work
Heavy construction
Highway, street, bridge construction
Mechanical work
Specialty work

On the application, the Board will ask you about your company organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You must have workers' compensation insurance and liability insurance for at least $300,000 per occurrence and $600,000 aggregate. You'll need federal and Mississippi tax numbers, and a Certificate of Authority from the Mississippi Secretary of State. To apply for them, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-1633
Fax: (601) 359-1607
http://www.sos.state.ms.us/

Forms are available online at http://www.sos.state.ms.us/forms/forms.asp?Unit=Corporations. For the Certificate of Authority, under the category "Corporate Forms and Instructions", click on "Application for Certificate of Authority".

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Commercial construction contractor's certificate fees: You've got to pass a business and law exam and a trade exam for the classification(s) you want to be certified in. Each exam costs $75. It will cost you $200 for a certificate in one classification. Additional classifications cost $50 each. A certificate is good for one year.

Exams are given by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

The business and law exam has 50 multiple choice questions and lasts two hours. Here's a summary of the subjects on the exam and the approximate number of questions for each subject:

Subject Number of questions
Licensing 5
Estimating and bidding 7
Lien law 1
Financial management 5
Tax laws 5
Labor laws 5
Project management 5
Contracts 6
Business organization 2
Risk management 4
Environmental and safety 5

The reference for the exam is the Business and Project Management for Contractors. You can get it from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.

Here's the same information for each trade classification, followed by a reference list for the exam:

Building Construction Certificate

The test is 80 multiple choice questions, three hours:

Subject Number of questions
Sitework 6
Concrete  12
Masonry 6
Metals 12
Carpentry 7
Thermal and moisture protection 7
Doors and windows 3
Finishes 3
Safety 6
General code, plan reading, estimating 15
Mississippi one call 3

Heavy Construction Certificate

The test is 100 multiple choice questions, four hours:

Subject Number of questions
Water and sewer 16
Gas 8
Paving 12
Excavation, compaction, grading 12
Safety 7
Steel 12
Piles 4
Concrete 17
Traffic control 3
Welding 6
Mississippi one call 3

Highway Construction Certificate

The test is 60 multiple choice questions, two hours:

Subject Number of questions
Paving asphalt 19
Piles 3
Excavation and grading 11
Concrete paving 7
Safety 5
Mississippi one call 3
Traffic control 2
Concrete 5
Metals 5

Electrical Work Certificate

80 questions, 3 hours.

Subject Number of questions
General knowledge 6
Service, feeders and branch circuits 10
Grounding and bonding 7
Conductors and cables 10
Raceways and boxes 7
Special occupancies and equipment 7
Electrical power 6
Motors 6
Low voltage 2
Lighting 3
Illuminated signs 2
Fire detection and alarm systems 3 3
Safety information 5
Overcurrent protection 6

Mechanical Work Certificate

100 questions, four hours.

Subject Number of questions
Boilers and hydronics 6
Gas systems 10
Cleanouts 3
Plumbing fixtures and equipment 5
Water heaters 2
Piping, valves, controls 5
Sheet metal and ducts 6
Water supply 5
Hangers and supports 4
Drain, waste and vent 5
Backflow 2
Traps and interceptors 4
Developed length 3
Isometric analysis 8
Safety 4
Joints and connections 3
General plumbing regulations 3
Fire sprinklers 4
Refrigerants and refrigeration 4
Heating and cooling principles 4
Load calculations 5
Testing, adjusting and balancing 1
HVAC equipment 4

Municipal Construction Certificate

The test is 60 multiple choice questions, two hours:

Subject Number of questions
Excavating, compaction, grading 8
Safety 7
Steel 10
Concrete 15
General knowledge 3
Underground utilities, concrete pipe installation 7
Underground utilities, ductile pipe installation 7
Mississippi one call 3

The Board reviews applications from out-of-state for reciprocity.

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Residential Building and Remodeler's Licenses

You must have a Residential Building license to build any residence which is three stories or less in height if the cost of the project is more than $50,000. You must have a Residential Remodeler's license to remodel any residence if the cost of the project is more than $10,000. If you don't reside in Mississippi and you have a license from a state whose licensing requirements are equal to those in Mississippi, you don't need a Mississippi license. To get an application for a residential license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Mississippi Contractor Licensing Board
2001 Airport Road, Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39208
(601) 354-6161 / (800) 354-6161
Fax: (601) 354-6715
http://www.msboc.us/ 

On the application the Board will ask you about your company organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You must have workers' compensation insurance and liability insurance. You will need federal and Mississippi tax numbers. You also need a Certificate of Authority from the Mississippi Secretary of State. To apply for this contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-1633
Fax: (601) 359-1607
http://www.sos.state.ms.us/

You must pass a Residential trade exam to get a license. Exam is given by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

The Residential exam lasts three hours and has 80 multiple choice questions. Here are the subjects on the exam and the approximate number of questions for each subject:

Subject Number of questions
Sitework, footings and foundations 11
Concrete and concrete reinforcement 8
Masonry 8
Carpentry 13
Associated trades and drywall 6
Roofing 7
Estimating, plan reading, general code 18
OSHA safety 5
Licensing 4

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Residential building license fees: It will cost you $50 to file an application for a license. The exam costs $75. A license is good for one year.

The Board has reciprocity agreements with Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Recommended Reading for the Residential Building Exam

International Residential Code, http://www.intlcode.org 

Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926, http://bookstore.gpo.gov 

The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, http://www.aci-int.org

Modern Masonry, http://www.goodheartwilcox.com 

Building Component Safety Information BCSI 1-03 Booklet: The Guide to Good Practice For Handling, Installing and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, wtca@woodtruss.com 

Carpentry and Business Construction, Feirer, Hutchings & Feirer, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Craftsman Book Company, http://www.craftsman-book.com/cbcstore 

Roofing Construction and Estimating, Craftsman Book Company, http://www.craftsman-book.com/cbcstore 

Rules and Regulations Residential Contractors, Mississippi State Board of Contractors

You can get any of these references from:

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

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

You have to be bonded to bid on Mississippi Department of Transportation projects. You also have to appoint a Mississippi resident to be your agent in the state. Depending on the project, you may have to get a Certificate of Responsibility from the State Board of Contractors. For information on this, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Transportation
Contract Administration Division
P.O. Box 1850
Jackson, MS 39215-1850
(601) 359-7700
Fax: (601) 359-7732
http://www.state.ms.us/frameset.jsp?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gomdot.com

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations should contact the Contractor's Board before doing business in Mississippi. They will let you know if you need to contact the Secretary of State at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-1333
Fax: (601) 359-1607
http://www.sos.state.ms.us

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