Category Archives: Contractor Certifications & Qualifications

Facilities managers often have firm, well-enforced compliance requirements for the contractors and service providers they hire. This set of informational articles is a resource for commercial contractors looking for information on acquiring the appropriate contractors licenses and trade certifications, as well as understanding general insurance requirements for their trade.

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By Eric Schechter

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General Building Contractor License: Acquisition & Details

Any person who does more than supply furnishings made or constructed by another manufacturer – whether they’re applied inside or outside a residential or commercial property, will require a general building contractor license to avoid being fined for the work; no matter how well it turns out. Although this is a basic and all-encompassing rule that extends nationwide; there are other general contractor requirements with which a builder must become familiar. These can vary from state-to-state. The license isn’t only required to legally build and construct, but also for less-intensive projects such as painting and electrical repairs. Read more.

Electrical Contractor Exam: How to Pass & Gain Certification

Passing the electrical contractor exam is the final step toward being able to secure employment as an electrician. This test is extremely difficult and has a high rate of failure for first-time takers. In order to increase the odds of passing on the first attempt, applicants will need to develop a rigid study plan to ensure a successful outcome. Read more.

Looking for Work as a Commercial Contractor? Make Sure You’re Certified!

A person looking to find work as a certified contractor must first ensure he gets the required certification from his specific state. Each single state has its own prerequisites and rules that must be fulfilled before one gets certified as a contractor. A key requirement for all contractors is that they must pass the state exam. If a contractor happens to move to another state, he is required to sit for the state exam in that particular state before he can start working as a contractor there. While a contractor is not required to be certified in all the different states before he or she can begin practicing as a contractor, it is advisable to do so as he will be able to get more work when he or she is certified in various states. Read more.

Things to know about General Liability Insurance

General Liability insurance is necessary for contractors because you need to consider it “sleep insurance.” It will protect you while you’re off the job site, while you’re not working. For example, if someone is putting an air conditioner on a roof, and the boom swings through the window and smashes it out, and you don’t have General Liability insurance, you’re going to be on the hook for all of that. If you have a contractor’s bond they’re going to go after that instead and you’re going to be in trouble. Let’s say you’re a subcontractor, working for a general contractor, and there’s a fire on the job. Who knows whose fault it is – could be the paint guy, nobody knows. But what’s going to happen is, every single subcontractor is going to get sued. And if you don’t have General Liability insurance of your own, even though you’re working for the GC, you have liability there. Read more.

Finding a Contractor: Commercial Plumbing Contractor Liability Insurance Requirements

It is the basic responsibility of managers of facilities to find a plumbing contractor who can make life comfortable for the people working in their buildings and offices as well as the customers they serve. The complexities of building plumbing networks merit the need to choose the right commercial plumbing contractor who has the appropriate liability requirements to protect their companies’ interests. Read more.

Finding a Contractor: Subcontractor’s Insurance Recommendations

Scenario: John shows up to work one morning at a construction site and the first thing he does is trip over an extension cord. He hits his head on a concrete floor. He must go to the hospital for stitches, possibly sustains a concussion and might be held overnight for observation for lasting or permanent brain damage.

If John works for a subcontractor, who is liable: the subcontractor, the primary contractor, or the company employed to fix a hole in the wall? Chances are, each of them will be sued. All of them may very well have to pay damages. Read more.

How to Find a Contractor You Can Trust: Who to Ask

At some point, every business needs the services of a contractor. It may be for construction, renovation, remodeling, or even landscaping. Professional commercial contractors are able to do the assigned jobs swiftly and efficiently. However, if a company chooses the wrong contractor, it may lead to delays, poor work, or even more serious problems. One of the best ways to find a reliable contractor is to look for references; use these guidelines with asking for contractor referrals from your contacts. Read more.

Finding a Contractor: Hiring Union vs Nonunion Contractors

Maintenance, repair and construction jobs, whether building from ground up, renovation or any other skilled work, requires the right set of professionals. When a specialized worker is needed, facilities managers often must consider whether to hire union or nonunion contractors.

Many managers start with finding a contractor via personal referrals or online contractor directories. Here’s what to consider when conducting your search: Read more.