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Oregon Contractor Licenses

Oregon has different Boards and Divisions in charge of issuing contractor licenses. The Construction Contractors Board manages the licensing process for construction licenses. Besides providing code development, the Building Codes Division deals with individual and business licenses in the construction industry. The Landscape Contractors Board issues all licenses related to landscaping contracting. The Department of Environmental Quality administers the licensing process for the Asbestos and Hot Oil Tank licenses. Finally, the Office of State Fire Marshal is responsible for managing all Liquefied Petroleum Gas licenses.

Apart from the already mentioned agencies, Oregon has another division for apprentices. The Bureau of Labor & Industries offers several apprenticeship programs for applicants interested in jumpstarting their construction careers. Oregon Apprenticeship Programs require candidates to meet several requirements and complete an application process.

Most Oregon contractor licenses require candidates to take and pass examinations as part of the application process. PSI© is the company responsible for administering most of the examinations required for getting an Oregon contractor license.

Below is a list of Oregon's licenses and apprenticeship trades, and their requirements, exams, books, and classes needed to succeed in the application process.

All Phase Landscape

Perform all work related to landscaping

Arborist

Prepare land for and plant trees; remove grind stumps and guy limbs

Asbestos Abatement Certified Supervisor

Supervise all activities related to asbestos abatement projects

Asbestos Abatement Certified Worker

Enclosure, remove, or handle asbestos-containing material

Asbestos Abatement

Contract for projects on asbestos abatement-containing material with the potential of releasing asbestos fibers into the air

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Business (BB)

Engage in the business of installing and repairing boilers, pressure vessels, and pressure piping

Boiler Business and Electrical (BE)

Make electrical installations and perform work on boilers, pressure vessels, and pressure piping

Boiler Business and Limited Maintenance Specialty (BH)

Boiler installation/repair; maintenance of junction boxes and lighting fixtures

Boiler Class 1 Trainee/Helper (CL1)

Carry out mechanical work on boilers under the supervision of a licensed contractor

Boiler Class 2 Pressure Vessel Installer (CL2)

Non-welding installation and service of unfired pressure vessels

Boiler Class 3 Service Mechanic (CL3)

Boilers, non-boiler external piping, and unfired pressure vessels

Boiler Class 4 Boilermaker (CL4)

Boiler and pressure vessel installation through welding or other methods

Boiler Class 5 Pressure Piping Mechanic (CL5)

Work on pressure piping, boilers, pressure vessels, and cast-iron sectional boilers

Boiler Class 5A Process Piping Mechanic (CL5A)

Fabricate and alter B31.3 process piping

Boiler Class 5B Refrigeration Piping Mechanic (CL5B)

Fabricate, install, alter, or repair B31.5 refrigeration piping

Boiler Class 6 Welder (CL6)

Welding work on boilers, pressure vessels, and pressure piping under an approved welding employer

Boiler Inspector

On-site inspection of boilers and pressure vessels

Boiler Operator Apprenticeship

Operate automatically fired boilers in buildings and industrial plants

Bricklayer and Masonry Restoration Apprenticeship

Build structures using concrete, concrete blocks, bricks, and natural/artificial stone

Bricklayer Apprenticeship

Brick, cement, cinder blocks, stone or marble constructions

Building Official (BO)

Oversee and enforce the state’s building code

Cabinet Maker Apprenticeship

Fabricate and assemble cabinetry, shelving, doors, window frames, staircases, among others

Carpenter Apprenticeship

Build and remodel all types of wood structures

Caulker Apprenticeship

Restoration, waterproofing, and caulking of masonry buildings

Cement Mason Apprenticeship

Concrete preparation, pouring, repair, and finishing slabs, steps, wall tops, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, paving

Commercial Building Energy Analyst Apprenticeship

Evaluate and optimize the energy-efficiency-related performance of commercial buildings

Commercial Developer (CD)

Constructs structures intended for sale in commercial properties of their own or interested in. Does not perform any construction work on the property themselves

Commercial General Level 1 (CGC1)

Supervise and perform work on commercial structures or projects. Commercial general contractors may perform the same work as commercial specialty contractors

Commercial General Level 2 (CGC2)

All work covered by CGC1 license

Commercial Specialty Level 1 (CSC1)

Perform building work on small and large commercial projects

Commercial Specialty Level 2 (CSC2)

These contractors perform work involving one or two unrelated building trades for small or large commercial projects. Level 1 and 2 contractors can perform the same work

Construction Flagging

Direct and control traffic flow in construction zones

Drywall Finisher Apprenticeship

Joint sealing, rough spot sanding, crack filling, and other final finishing methods

Electric Motor Repairer Apprenticeship

Assembly and service of electric motors, wiring, and switches

Electrical (C)

Contract for electrical installations as a business

Electrical Meter Repairer Apprenticeship

Mechanical governors such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety, and flow valves

Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI)

Inspect electrical installations and work

Electrician, Inside Apprenticeship

Repair and install wire lighting, switches, converters, and complex computerized systems of all types of constructions

Electrician, Limited Building Maintenance Apprenticeship

Electrical work of industrial plants and building systems under 600 volts phase to phase

Electrician, Limited Energy Technician Class A Apprenticeship

Work on electrical, protective, communications, and specialized control systems of less than 100 volt-amperes

Electrician, Limited Energy Technician Class B Apprenticeship

Installation and maintenance of electrical and communication systems of a maximum of 100 volt-amperes

Electrician, Limited Maintenance Apprenticeship

Electrical systems and equipments of less than 600 volts phase to phase

Electrician, Limited Residential Apprenticeship

Electrical construction work on residential structures from single-family residences to apartment complexes

Electrician, Manufacturing Plant Apprenticeship

Provide basic electrical maintenance of factories and industrial manufacturing facilities

Electrician, Renewable Energy Technician Apprenticeship

Assembly, service, finishing, and removal of wind, solar, micro-hydro electricity, fuel cells, and engine generators for off-grid systems

Electrician, Sign Erector Apprenticeship

Sign crafting using all types of materials

Electrician, Stationary Engineer Apprenticeship

Stationary engines and mechanical equipment maintenance and operation

Electrician, Substation Apprenticeship

Repair, test, and inspect electrical systems of generating stations, substations, and in-service relays

Elevator Electrical (EC)

Install and alter wiring from the load side of the main disconnecting means for the elevators

Elevator Mechanical (EM)

Elevator mechanical work

Elevator Electrical and Elevator Mechanical (EM)

Perform mechanical and electrical work on elevators

Elevator Limited Journeyman (E)

Non-contracting work of elevator mechanical and electrical systems

Elevator Limited Mechanic (LEM)

Install and repair only mechanical systems of elevator equipmen

Elevator Mechanic Apprenticeship

Assemble and fix different types of lifts such as elevators, escalators, and moving walkways

Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology

Construct small-scale local energy projects under the energy efficiency and sustainable technology loan program

Environmental Control System Servicer/Installer Apprenticeship

Build, install, wire, and maintain environmental control systems and ductwork

Exterior Interior Specialist Apprenticeship

Interior/exterior building surfaces, acoustical ceilings, raised floors for computers, metal framing, wall partitions, and office furniture systems

Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF)

Ensure compliance of construction plans with the Oregon Structural Specialty Code

Fire Fighter Apprenticeship

Fires and emergencies related to life, property and the environment

Firestop Containment Worker Apprenticeship

Install fire/smoke-stop, air movement, infectious disease control systems

Floorcoverer Apprenticeship

All types of decorative coverings in various constructions (commercial, industrial, airplanes, cars, swimming pools, etc.)

Gas Utilities Servicer Apprenticeship

Install, examine and service gas meters, regulators, pipelines, thermocouples, thermostats, and valves

General Journeyman Electrician (J)

Install electrical systems under the supervision of a General Supervising Electrician (S) or a Limited Supervising Electrician (PS)

General Supervising Electrician (S)

Design, supervise and sign all permits related to electrical work

Glazier Apprenticeship

Prepare and assemble different types of mirrors, glass, windows, and aluminum doors

Grading/Paving Operator Apprenticeship

Operate bulldozers, trench excavators, paving machines, pick-up machines, paving and motor graders, and backhoes

Heat and Frost Insulator and Asbestos Worker Apprenticeship

Isolate pipes, tanks, boilers, ducts, refrigeration equipment, and any other equipment that requires temperature contro; remove asbestos-containing materials

Heating Oil Tank Service Provider

Service underground heating oil tanks

Heating Oil Tank Services Supervisor

Directs and oversees work performed on heating oil tanks

Home Energy Assessor Certification

Assign home energy performance scores to residential buildings

Home Energy Performance Score (HEPSC)

Authorizes a firm to issue home energy performance scores

Home Inspector Certification

Inspect and report the conditions of residential structures

Home Inspector Services (HISC)

Engage in the business of inspecting residential buildings

Home Services (HSC)

Offer services related to the maintenance of components in residential structures

HVAC Fitter

Perform liquefied petroleum gas-related work on HVAC systems

HVAC/R Technician Apprenticeship

Installation and repair of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment

Hydro Journeyman Power Plant Mechanic B Apprenticeship

Control systems in charge of generating and distributing electric power

Internal Combustion (IC) Fitter

Liquefied petroleum gas-powered internal combustion engines and systems

Industrial Instrument Repairer Apprenticeship

Repair a wide variety of instruments (medical, musical, watches, clocks, industrial, measuring)

Industrial Instrumentation Technician Apprenticeship

Maintain and inspect electrical systems to ensure code compliance

Industrial Maintenance Machinist Apprenticeship

Set up and run equipment for precision metal part, instrument, and tool production

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship

Perform different duties such as pipe fitting, HVAC service, insulating, carpentry, and electrical and mechanical equipment maintenance, among others

Industrial Welder Apprenticeship

Work on metal parts and products through welding, soldering, and cutting

Instrument Mechanic Apprenticeship

Installation and service of factory equipment and industrial machinery

Ironworker Apprenticeship

Erect structural framework/aluminum fascia and place reinforcing steel for various structures

Irrigation & Backflow

Install and maintain low voltage lighting, irrigation systems with compressed air, and backflow devices, and remove trees, grind stumps, and guy limbs

Journeyman Plumber (JP)

Perform all work related to plumbing (installations, alterations, remodels) under the supervision of a licensed contractor

Laborer Apprenticeship

Perform different tasks such as clearing timber and brush, removing demolished materials, installing pipes, and landscaping

Landscape Modified

Plans and installs lawns, shrubs, vines, trees, artificial turf, landscape amenities, low voltage lighting (after 12 months of licensure)

Lead Abatement

Contract for lead abatement projects (removal, clearance, elimination), not including renovation, landscaping, and similar activities

Lead-Based Paint Inspector

Structure inspection for lead-based paint

Lead-Based Paint Renovation

Engage in the business of lead-based paint renovation

Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor

Take soil and dust samples for the presence of lead and abatement clearance testing

Lead-Based Paint Supervisor

Supervise and conduct lead abatements and plan for occupant protection

Lead-Based Paint Worker

Perform lead abatements

Lead Inspection

Sample structures for the presence of lead for clearance purposes

Limited Building Maintenance Electrician (BME)

Repair and replace electrical appliances in commercial office buildings and buildings occupied by the State (not exceeding 300 volts to ground)

Limited Energy (CLE)

Direct, supervise and control work related to limited energy systems

Limited Energy Technician, Class A (LEA)

Installation and maintenance of limited energy systems

Limited Energy Technician, Class B (LEB)

Work on limited energy systems, not including protective signaling

Limited Journeyman Manufacturing Plant Electrician (PJ)

Assembly and repair of electrical wiring and products in manufacturing and industrial plants, under the guidance of a limited supervising electrician

Limited Journeyman Sign Electrician (SIG)

While being employed by a limited sign contractor, may install and service electrical signs and outline lighting and extend branch circuits (limited to 15 feet)

Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician (ST)

Install feeders, branch circuits, and systems used for the production of shows, not directly contracting

Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME)

Maintenance of electrical installations in industrial plants and of systems under 600 volts phase to phase in commercial office buildings and government buildings

Limited Maintenance Specialty (LMS)

Replace ballast, lamp holders, lighting fixtures, and appliances of existing junction boxes

Limited Maintenance Specialty HVAC/R (LHR)

Work on heat, power, refrigeration, and air conditioning appliances

Limited Plumbing Inspector, Building Sewer (PIS)

Inspect building sewers within five feet from the outside and the disposal terminal

Limited Pump Installation Specialty (CPI)

Pump equipment for potable water, irrigation water systems, sump pumps, effluent pumps, and groundwater pumps (residential and agricultural property)

Limited Renewable Energy (CLR)

Erect renewable energy electrical installations of 25 kva and 600 volts nominal or less

Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT)

Renewable energy system installations

Limited Residential Electrician (LR)

Non-contracting work on electrical installations in family dwelling units of a maximum of three floors

Limited Sign (CLS)

Sign installation if contracting as a sole proprietor and licensed as a limited journeyman, a general supervising, or a general journeyman electrician

Limited Supervising Electrician (PS)

Design, ensure compliance to code, and sign permits for electrical wiring and products installation and maintenance

Lineworker Apprenticeship

Electric transmissions and distribution lines in residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural structures

Liquefied Petroleum Gas Company License

Contract for all kind of propane and liquefied petroleum gas work

Locksmith Certification

Perform work on locks, safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes, and mechanical or electronic security systems

Machine Repair Mechanic Apprenticeship

Processing machinery, processing refinery, pipeline distribution systems, and heavy equipment

Machinist Apprenticeship

Operate and set up machine tools for the manufacturing of metal repair parts, sheet metal, steel frames, and related equipment

Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Activities related to the maintenance of community property

Maintenance Wireman Apprenticeship

Inspection and testing of electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays

Manufactured Dwelling Installer (MDI)

Manufactured dwells, cabanas, and skirts

Manufactured Dwelling Limited Skirt Installer (LSI)

Skirting, temporary steps, tie-downs, perimeter foundation supports, appliance exhaust termination, and underfloor skirting access

Manufactured Dwelling Temporary Limited Installer

Manufactured dwellings, cabanas, and skirting erection (including trailers, mobile homes, and manufactured structures) overseen by a licensed installer

Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector (MCI)

Inspects manufactured constructions to ensure compliance with the Oregon Manufactured Dwellings Installation Specialty Code

Marble Setter Apprenticeship

Hard tile, stone, and similar materials for walls, floors, ceilings, roof decks, and countertops

Master Fitter

Covers all types of liquefied petroleum gas work and piping and venting installation, and remodeling

Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA)

Inspect and review plans for constructions under the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code

Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)

Inspect medical gas plumbing following Oregon’s Plumbing Specialty Code

Meter Person Apprenticeship

Work on mechanical devices like electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety, and flow valves

Meterman Apprenticeship

Mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors

Millwright Apprenticeship

Mechanic construction of escalators, giant electrical turbines, generators, and conveyor systems

Mold Maker Apprenticeship

Operate tools needed for repairing dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and hand tools

Painter Apprenticeship

Preparation, painting, wall covering

Pile Driver Apprenticeship

Drive metal, concrete, and wood piling into the earth by use of pile-driving rigs

Pipefitter Apprenticeship

Lay out, erect and repair piping systems for providing steam heat, power, water, hydraulic pressure, air pressure, and oil

Planting

Prepare properties for and plan artificial turf, shrubs, vines, trees, and nursery stock

Plasterer Apprenticeship

Wall and ceiling finishing, masonry plastering, metal and wire lathing, and gypsum

Plumber Apprenticeship

All work related to medical gas, heating, drainage/disposal systems, pipes, fittings, and water heaters and tanks

Plumbing and Boiler Business (BP)

Allows a company to engage in the plumbing and boiler businesses

Plumbing and Boiler Business and Electrical (PBE)

A company may make electrical installations, plumbing work, and install and repair boilers, pressure vessels, and pressure piping

Plumbing and Boiler Business and Limited Maintenance Specialty HVAC/R (PBH)

Work on pipes, fittings, drainage systems, boilers, pressure vessels and piping, and heat, power, refrigeration, and air conditioning equipment

Plumbing and Boiler Business and Restricted Energy (PBR)

HVAC, plumbing, and boiler activities

Plumbing and Limited Maintenance Specialty (PM)

Advertise and offer labor in the fields of plumbing, junction boxes, and lighting fixtures

Plumbing and Limited Pump Installation (PP)

Direct, supervise, install and repair pump equipment, pipes, fittings, and plumbing-related systems

Plumbing Business (PB)

Licenses a business to perform plumbing work

Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI)

Inspect plumbing in accordance with the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code

Reciprocating Conveyor Mechanic (RCM)

Work on the mechanical portions of reciprocating conveyors

Recreational Vehicle Inspector (RVI)

Inspect on-site recreational vehicles

Residential Developer (RD)

Improves residential property with the purpose of selling

Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)

Inspect electrical work in residential structures that follows Oregon’s Residential Specialty Code

Residential General (RGC)

Perform, supervise and/or arrange on residential and small commercial projects

Residential Limited (RLC)

Work on residential and commercial structures not exceeding $5,000 contracts and $40,000 annual volume

Residential Locksmith Services (RLSC)

Offer locksmith services such as installing, repairing, and rekeying locks, safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes, and security systems

Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)

Inspect and review plans for mechanical constructions and buildings based on the Oregon Residential Specialty Code and the Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code

Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)

Conducts on-site inspections of residential plumbing work

Residential Restoration (RRC)

Restore and remodel residential and small commercial buildings

Residential Specialty (RSC)

Perform one or two, or more if the contract is of a maximum of $2,500, building trades in residential and commercial structures

Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)

Inspect work regulated by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code, Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, and OAR chapter 918, Division 500

Residential Water-Heater Installer (WHI)

Replace water heaters (one- and two-family dwellings)

Restricted Energy (CRE)

Only limited to HVAC work

Restricted Reciprocating Conveyor Mechanic (RRM)

Install and alter mechanical parts of reciprocating conveyors while working under a licensed limited elevator mechanic or a reciprocating conveyor mechanic

Roofer Apprenticeship

Remove all types of roofing materials and waterproof foundation walls

Scaffold Erector Apprenticeship

Install scaffolding (ladders, handrails, platforms, etc.) in buildings and ships

Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship

Fittings and ductworks for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

Signal Technician Apprenticeship

Electrical signal equipment installation, inspection, maintenance, and testing

Solar Heating and Cooling Installer (STL)

Solar heating, cooling systems, collectors, heat transfer systems, heat storage piping

Specialized Finals Inspector (SFI)

Final inspection on residential, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical constructions except for electrical systems over 400 amps, emergency/ stand-by power generation equipment, solar photovoltaic installations, and swimming pools

Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector (SSI)

Inspects structural and electrical systems for solar PV installations up to 25 Kw, according to the Oregon Structural Specialty Code’s provisions

Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship

Assembly of fire protection systems in commercial buildings

Standard Landscape

Lawns, shrubs, vines, trees, nursery stock, artificial turf, fences, decks, arbors, patios, landscape edging, driveways, walkways, retaining walls, low voltage lighting, water features, drainage systems

Steamfitter Apprenticeship

Piping and tubing made of carbon steel, copper, plastic, and glass through brazing, welding, screwing, gluing, bending, and mechanical joining

Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA)

Inspect structures under the Oregon Structural Specialty Code

Structural Ironworker Apprenticeship

Structural framework, reinforcing steel, and aluminum fascia for various structures (high-rise buildings, towers, roadways, etc.)

Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA)

Reviews plans for commercial buildings for compliance with the Oregon Structural Specialty Code

Terrazzo Worker Apprenticeship

Work with decorative surfaces for stairway, cabinet, and floor covering

Test, Adjust and Balance Technician Apprenticeship

Test and adjust HVAC systems for different buildings

Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL)

Conduct specialty code inspections and plan reviews, not exceeding $10,000 annually contracts

Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB)

Conducts specialty code inspections and plan reviews as a third-party business

Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI)

Conducts specialty code inspections and plan reviews for third-parties

Tile Trades Finisher Apprenticeship

Clean surfaces before tile installation in interior walls, showers, tubs, countertops, stairs, floors, and exterior structures

Tile Trades Setter Apprenticeship

Install tiles of different materials like ceramic, marble, and granite

Traffic Painter Apprenticeship

Prepare surfaces for painting and apply paint on roads for traffic control

Tree Trimmer Apprenticeship

Trim branches from trees and shrubs in public spaces (roads, sidewalks, utilities)

Underground Storage Tank Service Supervisor

Supervise work performed on underground storage tanks

Underground Storage Tank Services Provider

Install, test tank tightness, and decommission underground storage tanks

Water Service Mechanic Apprenticeship

Install, examine and repair water meters, and water system pipes and accessories

Water Service Utility Worker Apprenticeship

Clean and upkeep water filtering equipment

Water-Treatment Installer (WTI)

Join potable water and indirect waste connections to vent and waste equipment


Construction Contractors Board Licenses

The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) is an Oregon agency responsible for administering the application and issuing process of construction licenses. CCB also works towards preventing and resolving problems in the construction industry through law enforcement, dispute resolution, and education.

CCB has three license categories: residential licenses, commercial licenses, and specialty licenses. This chart has all the information needed for applicants to select the proper endorsement, following Oregon's legislature, Chapter 701.

Residential Construction Contractor Licenses

  • Home Energy Performance Score Contractor (HEPSC)
  • Home Inspector Services Contractor (HISC)
  • Home Services Contractor (HSC)
  • Residential Developer (RD)
  • Residential General Contractor (RGC)
  • Residential Limited Contractor (RLC)
  • Residential Locksmith Services Contractor (RLSC)
  • Residential Restoration Contractor (RRC)
  • Residential Specialty Contractor (RSC)

How to Apply for a Construction Residential Contractor License in Oregon?

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Complete a minimum of 16 hours of pre-license training with one of Oregon’s approved providers.
  3. Take and pass the trade examination with PSI©:
    1. Sign in or register on PSI©’s examination website.
    2. Select the examination corresponding to the chosen license.
    3. Pay and schedule the examination.
    4. Refer to PSI©’s CCB Examination Candidate Information Bulletin for more information on the test.
  4. Select a Responsible Managing Individual (RMI) to take the training program and the exam:
    • The RMI is an owner, officer, partner, or employee of the business applying for the license.
    • To be accepted as an RMI, the individual must:
      • Complete the 16-hour training and pass the trade exam, or
      • Pass the NASCLA commercial contractor national exam and the Oregon contractor exam, or
      • Provide more than one license number associated with the RMI with a period before July 1st, 2000, up to the application date.
    • Designate an RMI if applying to the following residential licenses only:
      • Residential General Contractor (RGC)
      • Residential Limited Contractor (RLC)
      • Residential Specialty Contractor (RSC)
  5. Register the business applying for the license. For more information on how to set up a business, refer to Oregon Start a Business Guide.
  6. Fill out and submit a residential surety bond form, meeting CCB’s requirements. The amount of the bond is determined as follows:
    • Residential general contractor: $20,000
    • Residential specialty contractor: $15,000
    • Residential limited contractor: $10,000
    • Residential developer: $20,000
    • Home services contractor: $10,000
    • Residential locksmith services contractor: $10,000
    • Home inspector services contractor: $10,000
    • Home performance score contractor: $10,000
  7. Give proof of liability insurance. The amount of liability insurance needed is determined as follows:
    • Residential General Contractor: $500,000 per occurrence
    • Residential Specialty Contractor: $300,000 per occurrence
    • Residential Limited Contractor: $100,000 per occurrence
    • Residential Developer: $500,000 per occurrence
    • Home Services Contractor: $100,000 per occurrence
    • Residential Locksmith Services Contractor: $100,000 per occurrence
    • Home Inspector Services Contractor: $100,000 per occurrence
    • Home Performance Score Contractor: $100,000 per occurrence
  8. Get worker’s compensation insurance if planning to hire employees.
  9. Refer to Oregon’s Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service since other employer account numbers and state and federal tax numbers may be needed.
  10. Fill out the form that corresponds to your application type:
  11. Submit the application, including the original surety bond, the insurance certificate, and the $325 fee for a two-year license to:
    P.O. Box 14140
    Salem, OR 97309-5052
    201 High St SE, Ste. 600
    Salem, OR 97301

Commercial Construction Contractor Licenses

  • Commercial Developer (CD)
  • Commercial General Contractor Level 1 (CGC1)
  • Commercial General Contractor Level 2 (CGC2)
  • Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 1 (CSC1)
  • Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 2 (CSC2)

How to Apply for a Construction Commercial Contractor License in Oregon?

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Complete a minimum of 16 hours of pre-license training. Refer to Oregon’s list of approved providers.
  3. Take and pass the contractor examination with PSI©:
    1. Sign in or register on PSI©’s examination website.
    2. Choose the examination corresponding to the license.
    3. Pay and schedule the test.
    4. Refer to PSI©’s CCB Examination Candidate Information Bulletin for more information on the exam.
  4. Select a Responsible Managing Individual (RMI) to take the training program and the exam:
    • The RMI can be an owner, officer, partner, or employee of the business applying for the license.
    • To be accepted as an RMI, the individual must:
      • Complete the 16-hour training and pass the trade exam, or
      • Pass the NASCLA commercial contractor national exam and the Oregon contractor exam, or
      • Provide more than one license number associated with the RMI before July 1st, 2000, up to the application date.
  5. Register the business applying for the license. For more information on how to set up a business, check Oregon’s Start a Business Guide.
  6. Fill out and submit a commercial surety bond. Take into account CCB surety bonds requirements. The amount of the bond is determined as follows:
    • Commercial General Contractor Level 1: $75,000
    • Commercial General Contractor Level 2: $20,000
    • Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 1: $50,000
    • Commercial Specialty Contractor Level 2: $20,000
    • Commercial Developer: $20,000
  7. Provide proof of liability insurance. The amount of liability insurance is determined as follows:
    • Commercial General Contractor, Level 1: $2,000,000 aggregate
    • Commercial General Contractor, Level 2: $1,000,000 aggregate
    • Commercial Specialty Contractor, Level 1: $1,000,000 aggregate
    • Commercial Specialty Contractor, Level 2: $500,000 per occurrence
    • Commercial Developer: $500,000 per occurrence
  8. Obtain worker’s compensation insurance if planning to hire employees.
  9. Refer to the Oregon Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service since other employer account numbers and state and federal tax numbers may be needed.
  10. Fill out the form that corresponds to the preferred application type:
  11. Submit the application, including the original surety bond, the insurance certificate, and the $325 fee for a two-year license to:
    P.O. Box 14140
    Salem, OR 97309-5052
    201 High St SE, Ste. 600
    Salem, OR 97301

Specialty Construction Contractor Licenses

  • Construction Flagging
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology (EEST)
  • Home Energy Assessor Certification
  • Home Inspector Certification
  • Lead Abatement
  • Lead-Based Paint Inspector
  • Lead-Based Paint Renovation
  • Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor
  • Lead-Based Paint Supervisor
  • Lead-Based Paint Worker
  • Lead Inspection
  • Locksmith Certification

How to Apply for a Construction Specialty Contractor License in Oregon?

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Meet the educational requirements for each license:
    • Construction Flagging:
      • No educational requirements.
    • Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology:
    • Home Energy Assessor Certification:
      • Complete a training program approved by the Oregon Department of Energy and submit the completion certificate to:
        Oregon Department of Energy, HEPS Program,
        550 Capitol St NE,
        Salem OR 97301

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    • Home Inspector Certification:
      • No educational requirements. However, Oregon has a list of approved providers if interested in taking a pre-license course.
    • Lead Abatement:
      • No educational requirements.
    • Lead-Based Paint Inspector:
      • No educational requirements
    • Lead-Based Paint Renovation:
    • Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessor:
      • No educational requirements.
    • Lead-Based Paint Supervisor:
      • No educational requirements.
    • Lead-Based Paint Worker:
      • No educational requirements.
    • Lead Inspection:
      • No educational requirements.
    • Locksmith Certification:
      • No educational requirements.
  3. Fill out the application form for the chosen license:
  4. Take and pass the Oregon contractor examination if applying to the following specialty licenses:
  5. Complete a surety bond form if applying for the Construction Flagging contractor license.
  6. Submit the application form of the chosen license with the license application fee to:
    P.O. Box 14140
    Salem, OR 97309-5052
    201 High St SE, Ste. 600
    Salem, OR 97301

Useful links for Construction Contractors Board Licenses in Oregon

Important Contact Information for Construction Contractors Board Licenses

Construction Contractors Board

CCB Website
(503) 378-4621
Fax: (503) 373-2007​
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201 High St. SE, Suite 600
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PSI© Exams

PSI© Online Services
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Building Codes Division Licenses

The Building Codes Division (BCD) is the agency in charge of providing code development, inspection, plan review, permit services, and licensing to the construction industry in Oregon. The BCD is made up of seven boards, of which some of them are in charge of managing certain licenses: the Board of Boiler Rules, the Building Codes Structures Board, the Construction Industry Energy Board, the Electrical and Elevator Board, the Mechanical Board, the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board, and the State Plumbing Board.

The Building Codes Division Differentiates between two types of contractor’s licenses: individual licenses and business licenses. Individual licenses are those that a private individual obtains for their own use. Business licenses are those obtained by companies for the company's use. Besides these two types of licenses, BCD offers inspector certifications.

Building Codes Division Individual Licenses

  • Boiler Class 1 Trainee/Helper (CL1)
  • Boiler Class 2 Pressure Vessel Installer (CL2)
  • Boiler Class 3 Service Mechanic (CL3)
  • Boiler Class 4 Boilermaker (CL4)
  • Boiler Class 5 Pressure Piping Mechanic (CL5)
  • Boiler Class 5A Process Piping Mechanic (CL5A)
  • Boiler Class 5B Refrigeration Piping Mechanic (CL5B)
  • Boiler Class 6 Welder (CL6)
  • Elevator Limited Journeyman (E)
  • Elevator Limited Mechanic (LEM)
  • General Journeyman Electrician (J)
  • General Supervising Electrician (S)
  • Journeyman Plumber (JP)
  • Limited Building Maintenance Electrician (BME)
  • Limited Energy Technician, Class A (LEA)
  • Limited Energy Technician, Class B (LEB)
  • Limited Journeyman Manufacturing Plant Electrician (PJ)
  • Limited Journeyman Sign Electrician (SIG)
  • Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician (ST)
  • Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME)
  • Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT)
  • Limited Residential Electrician (LR)
  • Limited Supervising Electrician (PS)
  • Manufactured Dwelling - Temporary Limited Installer
  • Manufactured Dwelling Installer (MDI)
  • Manufactured Dwelling Limited Skirt Installer (LSI)
  • Reciprocating Conveyor Mechanic (RCM)
  • Residential Water-Heater Installer (WHI)
  • Restricted Reciprocating Conveyor Mechanic (RRM)
  • Solar Heating and Cooling Installer (STL)
  • Water-Treatment Installer (WTI)

How to apply for Oregon's Building Codes Division Individual Licenses?

  1. Identify the category to which the chosen license belongs:
    • Boiler Category
    • Electrical Category
    • Elevator Category
    • Manufactured Dwelling Category
    • Plumbing Category
  2. Fill out the application form of the category corresponding to the selected license:
  3. Complete a work history document and fill out the experience verification form for the category of the chosen license:
  4. Sign an applicant’s affidavit and choose the preferred examination location.
  5. Mail or fax a sealed packet of all the previous documents to:
    Oregon Building Codes Division
    P.O. Box 14470
    Salem, OR 97309-0404
    Fax: 503-378-2322
  6. Schedule, pay, and take the examination administered by the Building Codes Division. For more information on the tests, refer to the following available study guides:
  7. After passing the examination, BCD will issue the license via mail.

Useful links for Building Codes Division Individual Licenses

Building Codes Division Business Licenses

  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Business (BB)
  • Boiler Business and Electrical (BE)
  • Boiler Business and Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (BH)
  • Electrical Contractor (C)
  • Elevator Contractor Electrical (EC)
  • Elevator Contractor Mechanical (EM)
  • Elevator Electrical and Elevator Mechanical Contractor (EM)
  • Limited Energy Contractor (CLE)
  • Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (LMS)
  • Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor HVAC/R (LHR)
  • Limited Pump Installation Specialty Contractor (CPI)
  • Limited Renewable Energy Contractor (CLR)
  • Limited Sign Contractor (CLS)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business (BP)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business and Electrical Contractor (PBE)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business and Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor HVAC/R (PBH)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business and Restricted Energy Contractor (PBR)
  • Plumbing and Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (PM)
  • Plumbing and Limited Pump Installation Contractor (PP)
  • Plumbing Business (PB)
  • Restricted Energy Contractor (CRE)

How to apply for Oregon's Building Codes Division Business Licenses?

  1. Choose the preferred license type.
  2. Fill out the Business License Application Form.
  3. Provide the company’s Construction Contractors Board number and expiration date:
    • According to OAR 918-030-0015, businesses registered with the Building Codes Division and applying for a business license must show an active license with the Construction Contractors Board.
    • If the business/company is exempt from CCB licensure, the applicant must attach a letter with the application packet explaining the reason for the exemption.
  4. Register the company’s name with Oregon’s Secretary of State.
  5. Designate a Signing Supervisor:
    • All businesses applying for a BCD business license, except those applying for a boiler or a plumbing license, must have a signing supervisor.
    • Refer to BCD’s chart for more information on the options for designating a Signing Supervisor for each license.
    • If the business’ designated signing supervisor is a Qualified Person (QP), verify QP’s experience for business licenses.
  6. Submit a list of the business's employees if applying to any of the following licenses:
    • Restricted energy contractor (CRE)
    • Limited maintenance specialty contractor (LMS)
    • Limited maintenance specialty contractor HVAC/R (LHR)
    • Elevator contractor mechanical (ECM) - Include license numbers of all employees and proof of insurance as an elevator contractor
  7. Submit a complete packet including all the previous documents by mail or fax (do not email the application packet) to:
    Oregon Building Codes Division
    P.O. Box 14470
    Salem, OR 97309-0404
    Fax: 503-378-2322

Useful links for Building Codes Division Business Licenses

Building Codes Division Inspector Certifications

  • Boiler Inspector
  • Building Official (BO)
  • Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI)
  • Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF)
  • Limited Plumbing Inspector, Building Sewer (PIS)
  • Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector (MCI)
  • Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA)
  • Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)
  • Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI)
  • Recreational Vehicle Inspector (RVI)
  • Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)
  • Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)
  • Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)
  • Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)
  • Specialized Finals Inspector (SFI)
  • Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector (SSI)
  • Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA)
  • Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA)
  • Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL)
  • Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB)
  • Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI)

How to Obtain a Building Codes Division Inspector Certification in Oregon?

  1. Select one of the four pathways through which an inspector certification can be obtained:
    • Application pathway
    • Examination pathway
    • Training pathway
    • National certification conversion pathway
  2. Check the following list to identify the pathway that applies for the chosen inspector certification (more than one pathway may apply to some inspector certifications):
    • Application pathway:
      • Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB)
      • Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI)
      • Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL)
    • Examination pathway:
      • Boiler Inspector
      • Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)
      • Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)
      • Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI)
      • Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector (MCI)
      • Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI)
      • Limited Plumbing Inspector, Building Sewer (PIS)
      • Recreational Vehicle Inspector (RVI)
    • Training pathway:
      • Building Official (BO)
      • Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)
      • Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)
      • Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)
      • Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)
      • Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)
      • Specialized Finals Inspector (SFI)
      • Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector (SSI)
    • National certification conversion pathway:
      • Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)
      • Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)
      • Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)
      • Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA)
      • Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA)
      • Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF)
      • Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA)

Application Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

  1. Fill out the application form corresponding to the chosen certification:
  2. Submit the following documents alongside the application:
    • For the Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB) certification:
      • General liability insurance certification
      • Quality-control manual
    • For the Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI) certification:
      • Qualifying experience documents
    • For the Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL) certification:
      • Qualifying experience documents

Examination Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

  1. Complete one of the following certification forms:
  2. Fill out a certification experience verification form and sign an applicant’s affidavit.
  3. Choose an exam location.
  4. Schedule the exam. For more information on the test, refer to BCD’s exam information document.

Training Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

  1. Take and pass the course that corresponds to the chosen license:
  2. Meet the prerequisites for the corresponding course:
    • Building Official Certification course:
      • Be employed, or in negotiations to be employed, by a municipality to conduct building official work.
    • Residential Electrical Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Residential Plumbing Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Residential Structural Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Residential Plans Examiner Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Medical Gas Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and a Commercial Plumbing Inspector (PI) Certification.
    • Specialized Finals Inspector course:
      • Hold a minimum of one certification in Oregon to perform either residential or commercial mechanical, structural, electrical, or plumbing inspections.
    • Specialized Photo Voltaic Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).

National Certification Conversion Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

This pathway allows the applicant to convert any nationally recognized or International Code Council (ICC) certification into an Oregon inspector certification.

  1. Hold a valid Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
  2. Review the Building Codes Division’s conversion chart.
  3. Complete the National Certification Conversion Application.
  4. Attach evidence of national or ICC certification. Include name, license type, and expiration date.

Building Codes Division Inspector Certification Useful Links

Important Contact Information for Building Codes Division Licenses

Building Codes Division

BCD Contact Information
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Salem, OR 97304

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Building Codes Division License Contacts

License Specialists
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BCD Inspector Certification Training

Inspector Training Program
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Inspector Certification Specialist​

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Landscape Contractors Board Licenses

Oregon's Landscape Contractors Board (commonly known as the LCB) is the agency responsible for regulating all landscape contracting work. Therefore, the LCB manages the licensing process, enforces statutes and rules related to landscaping work, and provides customer support. LCB has two types of licenses that allow one to perform landscape-related work: the Individual Landscape Construction Professional License and the Business Landscape Contracting Business License. A Landscape Construction Professional is a person who passes a contractor examination and supervises all unlicensed employees of a contracting company. A Landscape Contracting Business is a company authorized to contract for landscape work.

LCB requires applicants to pass an examination to get licensed. The testing company in charge of managing the examinations is PSI©.

List of LCB Licenses

  • All Phase Landscape
  • Arborist
  • Irrigation & Backflow
  • Landscape Modified
  • Planting
  • Probationary All Phase plus Backflow
  • Standard Landscape

How to apply for a Landscape Contractors Board License in Oregon as an individual?

  1. Determine if a license is needed depending on the type of work.
    If it does, meet the exam qualification requirements:
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Satisfy at least one of the requirements listed down below:
      • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience in the landscaping field.
        Only 1 year of experience is required when applying for the Modified license.
      • Have an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in horticulture or a similar field.
      • Have 72 credit hours from an accredited school in horticulture or related fields.
      • Have an Arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) if applying for the Arborist license.
      • Have a Landscape Industry Exterior Technician certification from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
      • Have a valid Certified Professional Membership with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
      • Have other related individual-certified memberships.
      • If none of them are met, candidates can apply for a Probationary All Phase License, issued after passing all 6 portions of the examination.
  2. Fill out the application. The application can be submitted through the application portal or by filling out the printable form.
  3. Schedule the examination with PSI©:
    1. Sign in or register.
    2. Take the corresponding portion of the examination depending on the type of license chosen.
    3. Refer to the PSI© Candidate Information Bulletin and the LCB exam resource materials for more information on the test.
    4. Schedule and pay for the examination.
  4. Keep an eye out for an email from the Board notifying their decision after passing the exam.
  5. Expect an email with the information to activate an account for accessing the individual portal once the application is approved.
  6. Review the information below if interested in starting a landscape contracting business.

How to apply for a Landscape Contractors Board license in Oregon as a business?

  1. Decide on the business entity type.
    For information on the options and considerations to keep in mind, refer to Oregon’s Secretary of State starting a business website.
  2. Establish all the needed tax accounts with the Internal Revenue Service and Oregon’s Department of Revenue.
  3. Register the business’s name with Oregon’s Secretary of State.
  4. Get a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance. The Landscape Contractors Board must be listed as the certificate holder.
  5. Choose one of LCB’s surety bonds and fill its corresponding form:
    • $3,000 bond (for jobs between $0 and $10,000)
    • $10,000 bond (for jobs between $10,000 and $25,000 - required for hardscaping work)
    • $15,000 bond (for jobs between $25,000 and $50,000 - required for probationary licenses)
    • $20,000 bond (for jobs more than $50,000)
  6. Obtain worker’s compensation insurance if needed.
  7. Fill out and notarize the employment verification form. Refer to the list of active notaries.
  8. Apply through the business application portal or complete the application form.
  9. Receive an email with instructions on how to log into the online business portal once the Board has approved the application.
  10. Ensure that all the contracts meet the requirements after getting the license.

Landscape Contractors Board Useful Links

Important Contact Information for Landscape Contractors Board Licenses

Landscape Contractors Board

Landscape Contractors Board FAQs
Tel: 503-967-6291
Fax: 503-967-6298
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2111 Front Street NE Ste 2-101 Salem, OR 97301

PSI© Exams

PSI© Online Services
Tel: 855-746-8170
​3210 East Tropicana Las Vegas NV-89121

LCB License Specialist

Jerri Jones
Tel: 503-967-6291
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Department of Environmental Quality Licenses

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (commonly known as DEQ) is the regulatory body in charge of maintaining the state-wide preservation of natural resources, including the implementation of standards for sanitary and waste disposal. Oregon’s DEQ also carries out different awareness initiatives, among which is its Hazards and Cleanup program. Here, in addition to offering highly significant information related to improving the quality of land, water, and air, they also propose licensure opportunities for Oregonians.

List of DEQ Licenses

  • Asbestos Abatement Certified Supervisor
  • Asbestos Abatement Certified Worker
  • Asbestos Abatement Contractor
  • Heating Oil Tank Service Provider
  • Heating Oil Tank Services Supervisor
  • Underground Storage Tank Services Provider
  • Underground Storage Tank Service Supervisor

How to apply for a DEQ Asbestos Abatement Contractor License in Oregon?

  1. Join the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB).
  2. Join the Oregon Business Registry of the Secretary of State Corporation Division.
  3. Go to Your DEQ Online to complete the DEQ application form as stated by theDepartment.
  4. Include the following details when submitting your application:
    • Workers’ compensation coverage.
    • Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) registration number.
    • Oregon Business Registry Corporate Division registration number.
    • The past year notified friable and non-friable asbestos abatement projects.
    • Any asbestos-related enforcement proceedings that the applicant has encountered.
    • All Oregon-certified supervisors who work for the applicant, along with their names and certification numbers.
    • All the asbestos-related permits, certificates, and licenses that were issued within the year prior to the application submission.
  5. Pay the required fee and receive notification from the Department once the application has been reviewed and validated.

How to apply for a DEQ Asbestos Abatement Certified Worker or Supervisor in Oregon?

  1. Select an accredited training provider.
    Keep in mind that class sizes might be restricted due to COVID-19 limitations.
  2. Complete the corresponding DEQ application form.
  3. Send the application to the training provider of your choice.
    Ask to take the Oregon refresher class rather than the introductory course if you hold a worker or supervisor certification from another state.
  4. Provide the following documentation if requesting certification as an asbestos supervisor:
    • Evidence of one-year full-scale friable asbestos abatement.
    • Evidence of the time spent wearing a motorized air purifier respirator.
    • Evidence of at least ten different friable asbestos abatement projects.

List of informative DEQ asbestos license and certificate links

Important contact information for Oregon DEQ asbestos program applicants

Contractor licenses, supervisor certifications and training provider accreditations:
Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600 Portland, OR 97232
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Outside Oregon phone number: 503-229-5696
Outside Oregon phone number: 503-229-5982
Toll-free Oregon phone number: 800-452-4011
Fax: 503-229-6124

Administrative Offices:
Addresses: Map of office locations
Office hours: Mon. - Fri., 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

How to apply for a DEQ Heating Oil Tank Services Supervisor in Oregon?

  1. Take and pass the Oregon Heating Oil Tank Supervisor examination given by the International Code Council (ICC).
  2. Complete the DEQ license application form and send it to the given address, along with the required fee and a copy of your passing exam score report within 30 days of passing the qualifying examination. Applications for renewal must be sent 30 days before the expiration date.
  3. Receive your license one or two weeks after your application is accepted.

How to apply for a DEQ Heating Oil Tank Service Provider in Oregon?

  1. Register your company with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) if required.
  2. Make sure to choose your license endorsements beforehand.
  3. Complete the DEQ license application form and send it to the given address, along with the required fee.
    You may want to review the application instructions to have a better understanding of the information you must provide.
  4. Include proof of insurance and evidence that your company has experience or how it intends to do gain it if you are sending a new application.
  5. Include a list of heating oil tank projects completed in the past 12 months if you are sending a renewal application.
  6. Receive your license (valid for 24 months) one or two weeks after your application is accepted.

List of informative DEQ Heating Oil Tank licenses links

How to apply for a DEQ Underground Storage Tank Services Supervisor in Oregon?

  1. Take and pass the examination.
  2. Complete the DEQ license application form and send it to the given address, along with the required fee and a copy of your passing exam score report within 30 days of passing the qualifying examination. Applications for renewal must be sent 30 days before the expiration date.
  3. Receive your license (valid for 24 months) one or two weeks after your application is accepted.

How to apply for a DEQ Underground Storage Tank Services Provider in Oregon?

  1. Complete all the fields of the DEQ license application form and send it to the given address, along with the required fee and a list of all licensed supervisors employed by the service provider.
  2. Include evidence that your company has acquired experience in the past or how it intends to do so if you are sending a new application.
  3. Include a list of underground storage tank projects completed in the past 24 months if you are sending a renewal application. Applications for renewal must be sent 30 days before the expiration date.
  4. Receive your license (valid for 24 months) one or two weeks after your application is accepted.

List of informative DEQ Underground Storage Tank licenses links

Important contact information for Oregon DEQ Programs applicants

Department of Environmental Quality website
Address: 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600 Portland, OR 97232
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Ask to speak to the HOT or UST Duty Officers accordingly:
Outside Oregon phone: 503-229-6170
Outside Oregon phone: 503-229-6652
Toll-free Oregon only: 800-742-7878
Fax: 503-229-6977


Liquefied Petroleum Gas Licenses

As established by the Oregon Administrative Rules and the Oregon Revised Statutes, the Office of the State Fire Marshal of Oregon is responsible for the administration and enforcement of standards, policies, and regulations for liquefied petroleum gas activities to ensure public safety. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is in charge of issuing licenses related to propane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) work. Alongside issuing licenses, the OSFM is the agency that manages the examination process for the LPG licenses.

There are two categories of LPG licenses in Oregon: Business and Individual Licenses. Oregon issues a Company License for all businesses that, as a whole, engage in propane or LPG-related activities, and it issues three more licenses for private individuals: Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Fitter, Internal Combustion (IC) Fitter, and Master Fitter.

List of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Licenses

  • HVAC (Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning) Fitter
  • IC (Internal Combustion) Fitter
  • ​LPG Company License
  • Master Fitter

How to Apply for a Liquefied Petroleum Gas License in Oregon?

The following requirements are applicable to all the Oregon LPG Program licenses; however, keep in mind that each trade has specific types of work that can be performed once the aspirant receives their license. Learn more here (under the licenses tab).

Application process for Oregon LPG aspirants:

  1. Work under a licensed company.
  2. Choose the type of license of your interest from the ones listed above.
  3. Complete all the fields of the LPG license online examinations form and send it to the given address, along with the required fee.
  4. Expect an email (sent to the provided email address) with the examination instructions upon the payment receipt.
    Only the applicant's personal email address must be used, and the system won't permit several users to share a single email address.
  5. Take and pass the examination. You will receive your license (valid for 2 years) after validation of the Office.

List of informative liquefied petroleum gas licenses links and docs

Important contact information for Oregon LPG Program aspirants

Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) website
The OSFM is located in the Oregon State Police Headquarters
Address: 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem, OR 97317
PO Box 4395 Unit 09 Portland, OR 97208-4395
Office hours: Mon. - Fri., 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
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Phone address: 503-934-8272
Phone address: 503-934-8274
Fax: 503-373-1825


Apprenticeship Trades

The Apprenticeship Trades consist of a set of educational on-site training programs, each one with its own requirements and applications, as a way for young adults to acquire experience and skills in a certain area of interest and thus, be more competitive and expand the work history. The State of Oregon, under the regulation of its Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI) and the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council (OSATC), has developed this initiative to provide a space entirely dedicated for learning and job growth with government, labor, business, and educative institutions.

List of Apprenticeship Trades

  • Boiler Operator Apprenticeship
  • Bricklayer Apprenticeship
  • Bricklayer and Masonry Restoration Apprenticeship
  • Cabinet Maker Apprenticeship
  • Carpenter Apprenticeship
  • Caulker Apprenticeship
  • Cement Mason Apprenticeship
  • Commercial Building Energy Analyst Apprenticeship
  • Drywall Finisher Apprenticeship
  • Electric Motor Repairer Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Meter Repairer Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Inside Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Limited Building Maintenance Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Limited Energy Technician Class A Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Limited Energy Technician Class B Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Limited Maintenance Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Limited Residential Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Manufacturing Plant Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Renewable Energy Technician Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Sign Erector Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Stationary Engineer Apprenticeship
  • Electrician, Substation Apprenticeship
  • Elevator Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Environmental Control System Servicer/Installer Apprenticeship
  • Exterior Interior Specialist Apprenticeship
  • Fire Fighter Apprenticeship
  • Firestop Containment Worker Apprenticeship
  • Floorcoverer Apprenticeship
  • Gas Utilities Servicer Apprenticeship
  • Glazier Apprenticeship
  • Grading/Paving Operator Apprenticeship
  • Heat and Frost Insulator and Asbestos Worker Apprenticeship
  • HVAC/R Technician Apprenticeship
  • Hydro Journeyman Power Plant Mechanic B Apprenticeship
  • Industrial Instrument Repairer Apprenticeship
  • Industrial Instrumentation Technician Apprenticeship
  • Industrial Maintenance Machinist Apprenticeship
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Industrial Welder Apprenticeship
  • Instrument Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Ironworker Apprenticeship
  • Laborer Apprenticeship
  • Lineworker Apprenticeship
  • Machine Repair Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Machinist Apprenticeship
  • Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship
  • Maintenance Wireman Apprenticeship
  • Marble Setter Apprenticeship
  • Meter Person Apprenticeship
  • Meterman Apprenticeship
  • Millwright Apprenticeship
  • Mold Maker Apprenticeship
  • Painter Apprenticeship
  • Pile Driver Apprenticeship
  • Pipefitter Apprenticeship
  • Plasterer Apprenticeship
  • Plumber Apprenticeship
  • Roofer Apprenticeship
  • Scaffold Erector Apprenticeship
  • Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship
  • Signal Technician Apprenticeship
  • Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship
  • Steamfitter Apprenticeship
  • Structural Ironworker Apprenticeship
  • Terrazzo Worker Apprenticeship
  • Test, Adjust and Balance Technician Apprenticeship
  • Tile Trades Finisher Apprenticeship
  • Tile Trades Setter Apprenticeship
  • Traffic Painter Apprenticeship
  • Tree Trimmer Apprenticeship
  • Water Service Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Water Service Utility Worker Apprenticeship

How to apply for an Apprenticeship Trade in Oregon?

Certain basic requirements must be met before applying for an apprentice trade; each apprenticeship program has its own characteristics and specifications, below you will find the qualifications adopted by most of them:

Basic requirements for Oregon apprentice aspirants:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
    If you are younger and/or wish to gain experience click here.
  • Have a High School or General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
    Not all programs require it, so make sure to review the requirements in detail.
  • Possess certain physical skills depending on the type of work to be carried out.
  • Have no issue with transportation to local or out-of-town areas and job sites.

Other relevant aspects for Oregon apprentice aspirants:

  • Have previous experience with physical and volunteer work, as well as punctuality and a consistent work history, these are all taken into account during the application process.
  • Do not worry about a criminal record being a work impediment, employers in the construction industry do not see it as a drawback.
  • Remember that a college degree is not mandatory, and even in some cases the trade program offers an associate's degree to the apprentice.
  • Note that a trade program may require a certain math level and knowledge.
    This rarely happens and most of the trades focus on training the apprentices by teaching them everything they need to know about the field.

Application process for Oregon apprentice aspirants:

  1. Choose the type of job or trade program of your interest from the ones listed here.
  2. Read the information about the program thoroughly, especially the Standards Of Apprenticeship PDF document established by the desired program.
    You can then communicate with the program staff, either by email or phone call, to solve any questions you might have related to the process. Make sure to ask if they are currently accepting applications and the steps you should follow.
  3. Submit your application, present the interview and take the corresponding exams if required. After the interview, programs usually give a percentage or score that will place you in a specific position in the Pool of Eligibles list with other not-yet apprentices applicants.
    This list might vary and change as time goes on, which will determine whether you will be moved onto the Out of Work Apprentices list, meaning you were labeled as ready to work. Once you have been moved to the Out of Work list (and depending on the type of trade you applied for), you will be able to find a job or be referred to a job by the program.
  4. Get ready to go to work and attend training classes (during the evenings or on weekends) offered by your apprenticeship program. Like this, day by day, you will learn, improve your skills, earn money and become a competent and competitive journey worker in the future.

List of informative apprenticeship trades links

Important contact information for Oregon apprentice aspirants

Bureau of Labor & Industries website
Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045 Portland, OR 97232
Office hours: Mon. - Fri., 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
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Phone address: 971-245-3844
Phone address: 971-673-0760

Oregon Apprenticeship website
Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045 Portland, OR 97232
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Phone number: 971-673-0761