Education

How much education do I need?

Education requirements for commercial contractors are based on your endorsement and how many key employees your business had on the date your license was last issued or renewed. 

You must meet these educational requirements every two years. When you renew your license, you will be asked to certify that you did so, and the CCB may audit your records. 

  • Level 2 commercial general  or specialty contractors need: 32 hours of education.​ 
  • Level 1 commercial general or specialty contractors need:

    • 5 or more key employees: 80 hours
    • 4 key employees: 64 hours
    • 3 key employees: 48 hours
    • 2 key employees: 32 hours
    • 1 key employee: 16 hours

​Example: A contractor’s license (CGC1) renews on July 1, 2014. Two years earlier, on July 1, 2012 (the date of the previous renewal) the contractor had three key employees. The contractor needs 48 hours to renew.  

Who ​are key employees?

A key employee is an owner or employee who is one of the following:

  • Corporate officer 
  • Manager
  • Superintendent
  • Foreperson
  • Lead person
  • Any other person who supervises construction activities 

Who can take classes?

One key employee or multiple key employe​es can complete class requirements.​​​​

What courses qualify?

Commercial contractors can take a variety of courses on construction methods or business practices to meet their continuing education requirements. The CCB does not need to pre-approve courses.

Who can offer courses?

The CCB does not approve individual education providers for commercial continuing education. By law, providers can be: 

  • Community colleges, colleges, universities 
  • Trade schools 
  • Trade or business associations* 
  • Professional societies 
  • Private companies 
  • Public agencies 
  • In-house training 

 *This can include workshops and trainings held at trade shows. 

Do I need to report my education?

Keep a record of all the education completed in case of audit. The CCB can ask to see proof that you completed all required hours. ​Some education providers will report course completions to the CCB; in that case, we may be able to verify you met the requirements without asking you to send documents.

​Licensed for commercial and residential?

Contractors licensed for both commercial and residential work are subject only to the  commercial continuing education requirements. ​​​​​​

Exemptions from continuing education

Some residential and commercial contractors with other Oregon licenses are exempt from CCB continuing education. Here's a list:

    • Architects (if an owner or officer is a licensed architect)
    • Developers
    • Engineers (if an owner or officer is a licensed engineer)
    • Electricians (if an owner, officer or employee is a licensed electrician)
    • Plumbers (if an owner, officer or employee is a licensed plumber)
    • Boiler contractors
    • Elevator contractors
    • Renewable energy contractor
    • Pump installation contractors
    • Limited sign contractors
    • Landscape contractors who are construction contractors
    • Home inspectors (must still complete continuing education for the home inspector certification but no longer for the CCB license)
    • Master builders (if actively licensed as such through the Building Codes Division)​

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Education help

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You are welcome to take courses from this catalog but are not limited to these courses.