Building and Residential Contractor License The Difference Between the Two
Let us start off our topic with as to what a contractor is and how can one become a contractor. General contractors, construction managers, and many other names to describe the job, are a key component in any construction project. Contractors are being hired by engineering and architectural firms in order to manage and supervise the construction projects such as for residential buildings, commercial buildings, and many other structures, they are the ones who manage and coordinate everything that happens on the site so that they can complete the task at hand. This is why contractors must be responsible, capable, and dependable but at the same time have all the necessary qualifications.
The Licensing and certification
Contractors usually have a bachelor or associate degree in the field of management, construction science, or architecture. General contractors may alternatively have a degree in civil, chemical, industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Though it is not needed for their degree however, what an aspiring contractor would usually seek is to have the certification in order to become a certified construction manager as having the right certification ramps up their employability.
Certification has its own merits, it's great for opening job opportunities but in order to operate as a general contractor, one must have all the necessary state licenses. Each stat has their very own mechanisms in order to apply for a license, all will require a general contractor exam, proof of experience on the job, legal residency, citizenship, and will they will have some application fees as well.
Though it may be a straightforward process there is still one frequently asked question. Which of the two classifications should I take, the residential contractor or the Nc Building Contractor license? To recap, the building contractor license classification deals with all the types of building construction tasks, these are all the types of residential, industrial, commercial, institutional building construction. A residential contractor license on the other hand deals with the construction of residential structures that require strict conformity to the provisions of the residential building code.
The building contractor license is considered to be a whole lot more stronger as opposed to the residential contactor license because it allows you to handle both commercial projects and residential projects but the down side, the exam will be much more difficult, covering more topics and knowledge in specific subjects such as post tensioning and pre stressing, steel joists, and etc. This means that there will be more time needed for study, and more books to purchase.
The licensure exam for the residential contractor license is slightly easier compared to the building contractor licensure exam, take note of the word slightly. If you don't see yourself taking in any commercial projects, then a residential contractor's license is much suited for you.