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In the state of Connecticut home renovation contractors and new home construction contractors do not need licensing however they must be certified.
Contractors renovating homes will also have to pay an annual fee of $100 to the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund and, depending on the area, may have to post a bond.
Any contractor building a new home must have a certificate of registration and pay an annual fee of $480 to the Guaranty Fund.
All persons doing electrical work in Connecticut must be licensed through the Occupational & Professional Licensing Division of the Department of Consumer Protection. For an application for electrical contractor's license everyone must pass the Department exam. Each applicant must have two (2) years of experience as a licensed journeyman in the state of Connecticut or have a Department-approved equivalent. For apprentices to take the journeyman exam he or she needs to successfully complete an apprenticeship program or have a Department-approved equivalency.
These are the types of electrical licenses:
In addition, to get a contractor license in any of the electrical trades the electrician must pass a trade exam and, as well, a nationally-recognized construction business and law exam.
The Department of Consumer Protection issues four (4), distinct contractor licenses that are all exam-based. In order to apply to take the exam each applicant needs two (2) years of experience as a state-licensed journeyman in Connecticut or posses a Department-approved equivalent. An apprenticeship program is required to take the journeyman exam or the Department-approved equivalent.
Two (2) years of experience as a state-licensed journeyman, or a Department-approved equivalent, is needed to apply for a contractor exam in this field. An apprenticeship is required to take the journeyman exam or and Department-approved equivalent.
A license is required to install, repair or maintain glass in both residential and commercial structures. A trade exam is the first step followed by a contractor business and law exam.
Unlimited and limited contractor and journeyman licenses are required for various work on heating, piping and cooling. This includes HVAC. Two (2) years of experience in the state of Connecticut is needed to write the exam for licensed journeyman or a Department-approved equivalent. An apprenticeship or Department-approved equivalent is needed in order to take the journeyman exam.
The Department issues several version for a plumbing contractor license that are exam-based. An applicant generally needs two (2) years of experience as a state-licensed journeyman in Connecticut, or the Department-approved equivalent, in order to apply for the contractor exam. The journeyman exam requires the completion of an apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent.
The types of plumbing licenses include:
Sheet metal licenses are given out when the applicant has passed a contractor trade exam and business and law exam. A contractor license is given out by the Department for each category:
The Department requires either a contractor license or a journeyman license for drilling well water supplies. In addition, contractor, and journeyman licenses are needed for non-water supply drilling. Exams are required for any license.
In addition, each applicant must have three (3) years well drilling experience, or the Department equivalent, to take the journeyman exams. He or she also must also have at least $300,000 of liability insurance ($100,000 per person) and $100,000 of property damage insurance ($50,000 per accident).
For a contractor license in spas and swimming pools he or she must pass a trade exam plus a business and law exam.
Consumers are advised to also check for municipal contractor license requirements
as contractor laws can differ from county to county. It is also advised to double check with the state's requirements before hiring a contractor.