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Required pre-license training

To obtain a CCB license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete at least 16 hours of pre-license training from an approved pre-license education provider and pass the Oregon exam. 

Who should take the training and exam?

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 manage or supervise its construction activities. 

Where can I find a pre-license training provider?

  • Take the 16-hour training from a CCB-approved pre-license training provider. Providers are listed here​​. 
  • Once you complete training, your training provider will alert the testing vendor, PSI, so you can schedule your exam.

About the Oregon exam

  • The exam is based on the Oregon version of the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management (2nd edition). The cost of the manual may be included in your fee for the training so check with the training provider. You can also purchase the manual through NASCLA​. A Spanish translation of the manual is available, as well.

  • Once you finish pre-license training, you will receive directions from PSI on how to register and pay for the exam. If you do not hear from PSI within a few days, contact your pre-license provider.

  • You can use the manual during the open-book exam. You cannot take loose paper into the testing facility. The reference manual may be highlighted, underlined and tabbed prior to the examination session. Handwritten notes may be made in the book. Do not write in the manual during the exam

  • There are 80 multiple choice questions; a passing score is 70 percent (56 correct answers). You have three hours to complete the test, and the cost is $60.​
    The PSI candidate bulletin​ gives you more information about test locations and procedures. The bulletin is also available in Spanish.

  • Veterans: You may be able to obtain reimbursement for the costs of any tests you take for this license. Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/licensing_certification.asp or 1-888-442-4551; or Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-828-8801 for more information.

After the Oregon exam

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

  • If you pass: Include your test score report along with a completed CCB application, fee, original surety bond and certificate of liability coverage.

  • If you fail: You can reschedule, pay the fee and test again

Already passed the NASCLA commercial exam?

Applicants who have passed the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors do not have to complete the 16-hour pre-license training, but they do need to pass the Oregon exam covering laws, rules and business practices. To become eligible to sit for the Oregon exam, applicants must provide a transcript of their NASCLA Accredited exam passage to the CCB.

Key deadlines​

  • You must apply for your CCB license within 24 months of passing the test. 

  • ​If you are already a contractor and your CCB license lapses for more than 24 months, you must retake training and pass the test again.  ​


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Education help

503-934-2227
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Pre-license training providers


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See our checklist for getting your CCB license