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Pre-license education

Pre-license Requirements

Contractors getting their CCB license for the first time must complete at least 16 hours of training on law and business practices, and pass a state test.
Out-of-state contractors must also take the training and pass the test.  
The person who takes the training and passes the test is the Responsible Managing Individual (RMI) for the license. The RMI must be an owner or employee of the business and exercise management or supervisory authority over the construction activities of the business.
Oregon law requires a license must always have a RMI. If an RMI leaves the business, you must notify the CCB immedately and document that the replacement RMI has taken the course and passed the test.
The training and test is valid for 24 months from the date the training was completed. Contractors whose CCB license has lapsed for more than 24 months must retake training and pass the test.

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Pre-license Training Providers

The CCB must approve all pre-license education providers. For the list of providers, click here.

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About the Training Manual

The training is based on the Oregon Contractors Reference Manual.
The manual is often part of the fee for purchasing the training. Please check with the training provider.
Changes in laws or corrections to the current manual can affect test questions. The link below will provide you manual updates. 
Updates and corrections to the Oregon Contractors Reference Manual 10th edition

You cannot take loose paper into the testing facility. Make changes or corrections directly into the manual.

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About the Test

The open book, two-hour test is made up of 80 multiple choice questions on business practices and law. Passing score is 70 percent (56 correct answers). 
Once you finish the pre-license training, you can schedule the test from the approved test administrator. 
The test is administered by Prometric and costs $85. Veterans may be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of tests. Contact www.gibill.va.gov
Click here for information on how to register, test sites and what to expect at the test site. 

Using an outdated manual
If you are studying for the test but don't have the most recently updated manual, check to make sure your training is considered valid. (Training is valid for 24 months from the date the training was completed.) If so, you may: 
  • Schedule to test anyway, but understand you may not pass.  
  • Buy a current manual through Builders Book Depot to self-study; then schedule the test. 
  • Re-take training (though you are not required to do so).
  • Contact your training provider to see if they have a supplemental option.

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After the Test

You will get your test score immediately after completing the test.

  • If you pass: Come to the CCB office to get your license. Bring your Score Report, along with a completed CCB application and fee.
  • If you fail: You can test again.
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