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    Contractor License Lookup in Alaska

    Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in Alaska? To find out if a mechanical, specialty or general contractor has been licensed by the Alaska Division of Occupation Licensing, click on   http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pcon.htm or call (907) 465-2546 or (907) 465-3035. To find out if a plumbing, electrical, asbestos abatement, hazardous paint, explosives, or boiler contractor has been certified by the Alaska Department of Labor/Mechanical Inspection, call (907) 269-4925 or click onhttp://labor.state.ak.us/lss/mihome.htm.


    Alaska recognizes the following types of contractors:
    General Contractor
    General Contractor – Limited Residential
    Specialty Contractor
    Mechanical Contractor
    Residential Endorsement
    Mechanical Administrators
    Electrical Administrators

    Specialty contractor trades include the following:

    Access flooring Marine
    Acoustical and insulation Masonry
    Asbestos abatement Mechanical, exempt
    Carpentry, finish Painting
    Carpentry, rough Plaster
    Communications Road construction
    Concrete and paving Roofing
    Demolition Security system
    Drilling Sheet metal
    Drywall Sign
    Electrical Solid fuel appliance
    Elevator and conveying system Steel erection
    Excavation Tile and terrazzo
    Fence and guardrail Wallcovering
    Floor covering Water and sewer
    Glazing Water system
    Landscaping Welding
    Liquid or gas storage tank Other
    Low voltage alarm and signal device

    You can be licensed as a specialty contractor in only three distinct nonmechanical trades from this list.


    Nonresidential General Contractor’s License

    To apply for a general contractor license which doesn’t allow you to do undertake construction or alteration, or submit a bid of a privately owned residential structure. Alteration work may be done as long as the value of the work is less than 25% of the value of the structure being altered.

    Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
    Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
    333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
    P.O. Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-2550
    http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/

    On the application, you will be asked for:

    • proof of liability insurance — at least $20,000 property damage, $50,000 injury or death to one person, $100,000 injury or death to more than one person
    • proof of workers’ compensation insurance
    • surety bond — $10,000 for a general contractor or $5,000 for a specialty or mechanical contractor

    Nonresidential general contractor’s license fees: Alaska doesn’t require an exam for the nonresidential type of license. It will cost $50 nonrefundable to apply and $200 for the license. Licenses expire December 31 of even years.

    You can purchase a new license or renew your current license online at http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/CBP/.


    Residential General Contractor’s License

    There’s quite a bit more involved in getting a general contractor’s license that lets you work on residential construction. First you must successfully complete the Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP) or its equivalent, or a post-secondary course in Arctic engineering or its equivalent. You have to complete the course within two years before you apply for the license. The organizations listed below as providers of the Alaska craftsman home program or its equivalent training:

    Alaska Craftsman Home Program, Inc.
    P.O. Box 241647
    Anchorage, AK 99524
    Telephone: (907) 258-2247
    Fax: (907) 258-5352
    Web Site: http://www.alaska.net/~achpWisdom & Associates, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3413
    Kenai, AK 99611
    Telephone: (907) 283-0629
    Web Site: WisdomAndAssociates.comAlaska Building Science Network (ABSN)
    P.O. Box 11-1097
    Anchorage, AK 99511
    Telephone: (800) 563-9927 or (907) 562-9927
    Fax: (907) 563-8061
    Web Site: http://www.absn.com

    After completing the course, the next step is to get an Endorsement Application for Residential Construction from:

    Department of Community and Economic Development
    Division of Occupational Licensing
    333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
    P.O. Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-3035
    http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/

    You will apply directly through the testing agency, Prometric. You can contact them at:

    Prometric
    http://www.prometric.com/Alaska/Construction.htm

    This exam is given every three months in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. The four-hour exam is open book, with 100 multiple choice questions. A score of 70 percent or above is required to pass the exam. Exam content includes:

    Subject
    Carpentry
    Finishes
    Concrete
    Thermal & moisture protection
    Masonry
    Safety
    Doors & Windows
    Equipment & tools
    Metals
    Sitework
    Building code & inspection
    General plan reading

    Residential general contractor’s license fees: They’ll send you an application and information on their Residential Contractor Endorsement Examination. It will cost $50 nonrefundable to apply and $200 for the license. The exam will cost $75.

    You will also need to apply for a business license from the Business Licensing Section. You can contact them at:

    Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
    Business Licensing Section
    333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
    P.O. Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-2550
    http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/CBP/

    The business license will cost you $200 nonrefundable and it’s good for two calendar years. If you’ll be registering as a corporation, you need to contact:

    Corporations Section
    Division of Banking, Securities and Corporations
    Department of Community and Economic Development
    P.O. Box 110807
    Juneau, AK 99811-0807
    (907) 465-2521
    http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/home_corporations.htm
    Recommended Reading for the Residential Contractor Exam

    International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478, http://www.iccsafe.org (reference allowed during the exam).

    Specifications for the Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board, Gypsum Association, 810 First Street NE, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20002

    Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077-1083

    Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018
    http://www.costbook.com

    Northern Comfort: Advanced Cold Climate Home Building Techniques, Alaska Craftsman Home Program, P.O. Box 241647, Anchorage, AK 99524, http://www.alaska.net/-achp

    Modern Carpentry, Willis H. Wagner, The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., http://www.goodheartwilcox.com

    Carpentry and Building Construction, Feirer, Hutchings & Feirer, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

    You can get these books from:

    Builders’ Book Depot
    1033 Jefferson, Suite 500
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    (800) 284-3434
    http://www.buildersbookdepot.com/

    For information on how to obtain examination references, call (877) 624-2562.


    Certificates of Fitness for the Trades

    The Alaska Department of Labor requires a Certificate of Fitness for plumbers, electricians, and workers with asbestos abatement, hazardous paint, explosives, and boilers.

    Here’s a summary of the requirements:

    Journeyman plumber
    Required training or experience: 8000 hours work experience
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Restricted plumber (gas)
    Required training or experience: 4000 hours work experience
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Restricted plumber (utility)
    Required training or experience: 1000 hours work experience
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Trainee plumber
    Required training or experience: Must be enrolled in USDOL registered approved program
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: no
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Journeyman electrician
    Required training or experience: 8000 hours work experience
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 2 years, 16 hours of continuing education to renew

    Residential electrician
    Required training or experience: 4000 hours work experience
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Trainee electrician
    Required training or experience: Must be enrolled in USDOL registered approved program
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee (refundable): $200
    Exam: no
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Journeyman lineman
    Required training or experience: 8000 hours work experience
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee: $200 bi-ennial
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Lineman trainee
    Required training or experience: Must be enrolled in USDOL registered approved program
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee: $200 bi-ennial
    Exam: no
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Reciprocal journeyman electrician
    CO, MN, MT, NE, ND, SD, UT, WY, NM, OK, NH, TX, AR
    Required training or experience: 
    none
    Application fee: (nonrefundable) $50
    License Fee: $200 bi-ennial
    Exam: no
    Certificate good for 2 years

    Boiler operator class 1
    Required training or experience: 2 years work experience or class 2 license 1 year
    Fee (nonrefundable): $200 application fee, no license fee
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 3 years

    Boiler operator class 2
    Required training or experience: 1 year work experience or class 3 license 6 months
    Fee (nonrefundable): $200 application fee, no license fee
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 3 years

    Boiler operator class 3
    Required training or experience: 6 months work experience
    Fee (nonrefundable): $200 application fee, no license fee
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 3 years

    Boiler operator class 4
    Required training or experience: none
    Fee (nonrefundable): $200 application fee, no license fee
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 3 years

    Study guides for electricians’ certificates are the National Electrical CodeLineman and Cableman’s Handbook, and the National Electrical Safety Code. Study guide for plumbers’ certificates is the Uniform Plumbing Code.

    To apply for a Certificate of Fitness, contact:

    Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
    Mechanical Inspection

    3301 Eagle Street, Suite 302
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    (907) 269-4925 Option #1
    E-mail: [email protected]
    http://www.labor.state.ak.us/lss/mihome.htm

    Application are available online at http://www.labor.state.ak.us/lss/lssforms.htm.

    The following licenses are issued by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development:

    Asbestos abatement
    Required training or experience: 40 hours training initial, 8-hour refresher annual
    Fee (nonrefundable): $100
    Exam: no
    Certificate good for 1 year

    Hazardous paint handler
    Required training or experience: 16 hours training initial, 8-hour refresher annual per license period
    Fee (nonrefundable): $150
    Exam: no
    Certificate good for 3 years

    Explosives handler
    Required training or experience: 6 months work experience
    Other: background fee and 2 sets of fingerprints
    Fee (nonrefundable): $150
    Exam: yes
    Certificate good for 3 years

    Contact the Department with any questions:

    Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
    Occupational Safety and Health
    Juneau: (907) 465-4855
    Anchorage: (907) 269-4940
    Fairbanks: (907) 451-2888
    http://www.labor.state.ak.us/lss/oshhome.htm

    These licenses use the same application, available online at http://www.labor.state.ak.us/lss/lssforms.htm.


    Electrical Administrator’s License

    You must have a license to act as an electrical administrator in Alaska.

    An electrical administrator may be licensed in the following categories:

    • Unlimited Commercial Wiring
    • Residential Wiring
    • Controls and Control Wiring
    • Inside Communications
    • Outside Communications
    • Unlimited Line Work Outside

    For licensure by examination, you will submit your application and $125 fee for examination to:

    Prometric
    http://www.prometric.com/Alaska/Construction.htm

    All exams are multiple-choice and open Code book. Here are details on subject areas for the various exams.

    Subject Percentage of exam
    Residential Wiring Administrator (40 questions, 2 hours)
    General electrical knowledge 15
    Grounding and bonding 15
    Service, feeders and branch circuits 15
    Raceways and enclosures 15
    Conductors and cables 15
    Equipment for general use 10
    Special equipment 5
    Alaska statutes and regulations 5
    Safety 5
    Inside Communications Administrator (40 questions, 2 hours)
    General electrical knowledge 15
    Grounding and bonding 15
    Low voltage systems 15
    Communications systems 20
    CATV 10
    Conductors and cables 5
    Raceways and boxes 5
    Requirements for electrical installation 5
    Alaska statutes and regulations 5
    Safety 5
    Outside Communications Administrator (40 questions, 2 hours)
    General electrical knowledge 15
    Grounding and bonding 15
    Low voltage systems 15
    Communications systems 20
    Poles and structures 5
    Conductors and cables 5
    Raceways and boxes 5
    Requirements for electrical installation 5
    Alaska statutes and regulations 5
    Safety 5
    Controls and Control Wiring Administrator (40 questions, 2 hours)
    General electrical knowledge 15
    Control wiring and equipment 15
    Class 1, 2 and 3 control circuits 15
    HVAC control wiring 15
    Manual control circuits 10
    Raceways and enclosures 5
    Automatic control wiring 5
    Transformers 5
    Test equipment 5
    Alaska statutes and regulations 5
    Safety 5
    Unlimited Linework Administrator (100 questions, 4 hours)
    General electrical knowledge 15
    Grounding and bonding 15
    Transformers 15
    Poles and circuits 15
    Conductors and cables 10
    Overhead lines 5
    Underground lines 5
    Electric supply stations 5
    Communications systems 5
    Alaska statutes and regulations 5
    Safety 5
    Unlimited Commercial Wiring Administrator (100 questions, 4 hours)
    General electrical knowledge 15
    Grounding and bonding 15
    Service, feeders and branch circuits 15
    Raceways and enclosures 15
    Conductors and cables 15
    Equipment for general use 5
    Special occupancies 5
    Special equipment 5
    Alaska statutes and regulations 5
    Safety 5

    You must also apply for licensure through the Division. Contact them at:

    Department of Community and Economic Development
    Division of Occupational Licensing
    Electrical Administrators
    333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
    P.O. Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-3035
    http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pead.htm

    The Division will ask for the completed application and fees, along with the following requirements:

    • certified diploma or transcripts from a college, university or trade school
    • resume detailing experience
    • verification of qualifying experience from three licensed electrical administrators
    • proof of passing the exam

    If you have passed an equivalent exam in another state, you may qualify to get your license without taking Alaska’s exam. Check with the Division for details.

    Electrical administrator contractor’s license fees: It will cost $50 nonrefundable to apply and $200 for the license. The exam will cost $125.

    Recommended Reading for the Electrical Administrator Exams

    The following books are is allowed in all Electrical Administrator exams. Check with Prometric for more exam reference recommendations.

    Alaska Electrical Administrators Statutes and Regulations, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional
    Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806, www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ.

    NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch
    Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101, www.nfpa.org.


    Mechanical Administrator’s License

    You must have a license to act as an mechanical administrator in Alaska.

    A mechanical administrator may be licensed in the following categories:

    • Heating, Cooling and Process Piping
    • Mechanical Systems Temperature Control
    • Residential HVAC
    • Residential Plumbing and Hydronic Heating
    • Unlimited HVAC/ Sheet Metal
    • Unlimited Refrigeration

    You’ll need to submit your application for examination to:

    Prometric
    http://www.prometric.com

    All exams are multiple-choice and open Code book. Here are details on subject areas for the various exams.

    Subject Percentage of exam
    Unlimited HVAC/Sheet Metal  (112 questions, 4 hours)
    Alaska statutes and regulations 10
    Boilers/burners 15
    Chimneys, flues and vents 15
    Fuel piping and storage 15
    Controls/electrical 10
    Duct systems and sheet metal 10
    Steam and hot water piping systems 8
    A/C systems 5
    Piping and tubing 4
    Chillers 4
    Pneumatics 3
    Evaporative cooling 1
    Residential Plumbing and Hydronic Heating (100 questions, 4 hours)
    General knowledge 22
    Alaska statutes and regulations 10
    Drainage, waste and sanitary vents 14
    Fuel gas and oil piping 14
    Water piping and backflow prevention 10
    Specialty plumbing 8
    Plumbing fixtures 6
    Hydronic heating 6
    Isometric analysis 10
    Heating, Cooling and Process Piping (112 questions, 4 hours)
    Piping 20
    Boilers 15
    Chillers 15
    Chimneys, flues and vents 15
    Combustion air 10
    Controls 8
    Test and inspection 7
    Alaska statutes and regulations 10
    Residential HVAC (65 questions, 2 hours)
    Alaska statutes and regulations 18
    Burners 12
    Controls 12
    Fuel piping storage 11
    Chimneys 11
    Sheet metal and duct systems 11
    Test/Inpect 8
    A/C systems 12
    Evaporative cooling 5
    Unlimited Refrigeration (112 questions, 4 hours)
    Component knowledge 21
    Alaska statutes and regulations 11
    Testing 15
    Piping and tubing 14
    Commercial refrigeration 14
    Controls 10
    Evacuation and charging 8
    Sizing 7
    Temperature Control Administrator (62 questions, 2 hours)
    Electricity and electronics 23
    Alaska statutes and regulations 19
    HVAC unit controls 14
    Pneumatics 12
    Terminology 8
    Piping and tubing 8
    Sizing and estimating 8
    Testing and inspections 8

    You must also apply for licensure through the Division. Contact them at:

    Department of Community and Economic Development
    Division of Occupational Licensing
    Regulation of Mechanical Administrators
    333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
    P.O. Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-3035
    http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pmec.htm

    The Division will ask for the completed application and fees, along with the following requirements:

    • certified diploma or transcripts from a college, university or trade school
    • resume detailing experience
    • verification of qualifying experience from three licensed mechanical administrators
    • proof of passing the exam

    If you have passed an equivalent exam in another state, you may qualify to get your license without taking Alaska’s exam. Check with the Division for details.

    Mechanical administrator contractor’s license fees: It will cost $50 nonrefundable to apply and $250 for the license. The exam will cost $125.

    Recommended Reading for the Mechanical Administrator Exams

    The following book is the reference for the state-specific portion of the examination and is allowed in all exams. Check with Prometric for more exam reference recommendations.

    Alaska Mechanical Administrators Statutes and Regulations, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806, www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ.


    Department of Transportation (DOT)

    All firms bidding on Alaska DOT projects must be registered. Bidders must submit a registration form. Contact:

    Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities 
    P.O. Box 112500
    Anchorage, AK 99811-2500
    (907) 465-6990
    http://www.dot.state.ak.us/

    The form is available online at http://dot.alaska.gov/procurement/index.shtml.


    Out-of-State Corporations

    Out-of-state corporations must get a Certificate of Authority to do business in Alaska from the Alaska Secretary of State. To apply for this certificate, contact:

    Corporations , Business and Professional Licensing
    Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
    PO Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-2550
    Fax: (907) 465-2974
    http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/home_corporations.htm

    The application is available online at http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/cforms.htm.

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