New Hampshire Contractor Licenses

Only certain types of specialty contractors are licensed: asbestos and lead abatement contractors, electrical contractors and plumbing contractors.

Contractor License Lookup in New Hampshire

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in New Hampshire? To see a list of licensed lead abatement contractors, click here. To find out if an electrician is licensed, call (603) 271-3748. To find out if a plumber is licensed, call (603) 271-3267.


Asbestos Abatement License and Certificates

If you work with asbestos in New Hampshire you must be certified and/or licensed by the New Hampshire Bureau of Health Risk Assessment. The Bureau issues an asbestos abatement contractor license, and certificates to asbestos workers and supervisors. It also certifies inspectors, management planners, and project designers who work on school buildings.

To get an application for a certificate or license, contact:

Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health
Asbestos Management and Control Program
Office of Community and Public Health
Department of Health and Human Services
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-4609
http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us

Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Certificate

To qualify for a supervisor certificate, you need to:

  • submit a signed statement saying that you have read and understand the New Hampshire Asbestos Management Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam
  • have at least 12 months of asbestos abatement work experience
  • list any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for asbestos abatement work

Asbestos abatement supervisor certificate fees: The supervisor’s certificate will cost you $200 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Asbestos Abatement Worker Certificate

To qualify for a worker certificate you need to:

  • submit a signed statement saying that you have read and understand the New Hampshire Asbestos Management Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam

Asbestos abatement worker certificate fees: The worker’s certificate will cost you $50 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Asbestos Abatement Inspector Certificate

To qualify for an inspector certificate you need to:

  • submit a signed statement saying that you have read and understand the New Hampshire Asbestos Management Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam
  • have at least six months of asbestos abatement work experience or two months experience under the supervision of a certified asbestos inspector or management planner
  • list any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for asbestos abatement work

Asbestos abatement inspector certificate fees: The inspector’s certificate, which is good for a year, will cost you $100. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Asbestos Abatement Management Planner Certificate

To qualify for an management planner certificate you need to:

  • submit a signed statement saying that you have read and understand the New Hampshire Asbestos Management Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam
  • have an associate degree or certificate of completion in one of the following:
project planning architecture
management industrial hygiene
environmental sciences occupational health
engineering related scientific field
construction
  • document at least six months of asbestos abatement work experience
  • list any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for asbestos abatement work

Asbestos abatement management planner certificate fees: The management planner’s certificate, which costs $100, is good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Asbestos Abatement Project Designer Certificate

To qualify for an project designer certificate you need to:

  • submit a signed statement saying that you have read and understand the New Hampshire Asbestos Management Rules
  • pass an approved project designer training course which includes an exam
  • complete one of the following:

1. twelve months asbestos abatement work experience and a bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, occupation, health, environmental science, biological science, or physical science
2. twelve months asbestos abatement work experience and be a registered architect or engineer
3. two years asbestos abatement work experience including asbestos abatement design

Asbestos abatement project designer certificate fees: The project designer’s certificate will cost you $100 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.


Lead Abatement License and Certificates

If you work in lead abatement in residential dwellings or child care centers in New Hampshire, you must be certified and/or licensed by the New Hampshire Bureau of Health Risk Assessment. The Bureau issues a license for lead abatement contractors and certificates for lead workers and supervisors. It also certifies inspectors, management planners, and project designers who work on school buildings.

To get an application for a certificate or license, contact:

Bureau of Health Risk Assessment
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Health and Welfare Building
6 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301-4609
(603) 271-4507
(800) 852-3345 (New Hampshire only)
http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/CLPPP/LIBRARY/default.htm

Lead Abatement Contractor’s License

To qualify for a contractor’s license you must:

  • read and understand New Hampshire Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and Rules
  • document completion of an approved training course for lead abatement contractors which includes an exam
  • document two years work experience in asbestos, lead, environmental remediation or building trades
  • list all names or other identifiers you’ve ever done business under
  • list any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for lead abatement work
  • list all New Hampshire certified lead abatement workers/supervisors you employ
  • pass an approved proficiency examination given by a party other than the training provider
  • pass an additional 25 questions specific to the provisions of RSA 130-A and He-P 1600 given by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHA) ChildLead Program

Lead abatement contractor’s license fees: The contractor’s license will cost you $250 and it’s good for a year.

Lead Abatement Supervisor Certificate

To qualify for a supervisor certificate you need to:

  • read and understand New Hampshire Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam
  • have at least twelve months of lead abatement work experience
  • have at least twelve months work experience in environmental remediation or building trades
  • list any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for lead abatement work
  • pass an approved proficiency examination given by a party other than the training provider
  • pass an additional 25 questions specific to the provisions of RSA 130-A and He-P 1600 given by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHA) ChildLead Program

Lead abatement supervisor certificate fees: The supervisor’s certificate will cost you $100 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Lead Abatement Worker Certificate

To qualify for a worker certificate you need to:

  • read and understand New Hampshire Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam

Lead abatement worker certificate fees: The worker’s certificate will cost you $50 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Lead Inspector

To qualify for a lead inspector certificate you need to:

  • read and understand New Hampshire Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam
  • have conducted at least 25 full inspections over at least three months under the supervision of a lead inspector/planner/project designer
  • list any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for lead abatement work
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • pass an approved proficiency examination given by a party other than the training provider
  • pass an additional 25 questions specific to the provisions of RSA 130-A and He-P 1600 given by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHA) ChildLead Program

Lead inspector certificate fees: The inspector/technician’s certificate will cost you $75 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Lead Risk Assessor

To qualify for a lead risk assessor certificate you need to:

  • read and understand New Hampshire Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and Rules
  • pass an approved training course which includes an exam
  • have conducted at least 15 full inspections and 10 clearance inspections over at least three months as a lead inspector/technician
  • pass an approved proficiency examination given by a party other than the training provider
  • pass an additional 25 questions specific to the provisions of RSA 130-A and He-P 1600 given by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHA) ChildLead Program

You also need one of the following:

  • certification as an industrial hygienist; architect; civil, environmental, or structural engineer; historical architect; or architectural historian
  • an associate degree or certificate of completion in one of the following:
project planning architecture
management industrial hygiene
environmental sciences occupational health
engineering related scientific field
construction
  • documentation of at least six months of lead abatement work experience
  • a listing of any outstanding enforcement actions pending against you for lead abatement work

Lead risk assessor certificate fees: The management planner’s certificate will cost you $200 and it’s good for a year. If you’ve been certified in another state, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in New Hampshire without repeating the training or work experience the Bureau requires. You still must pay the certification fee.

Lead Clearance Testing Technician

Lead clearance testing technician certificate fees:  The certificate will cost you $50.


Electrician’s Licenses

You need a license to do electrical work in New Hampshire. To get an application for a license, contact:

Office of the State Fire Marshal
Electrician’s Licensing Board
78 Regional Drive, Bldg. 1
P.O. Box 646
Concord, NH 03302-0646
(603) 271-3748
http://www.state.nh.us/electrician/
E-mail: [email protected]

The Board issues master and journeyman licenses and apprentice identification cards. They also require you to pass an exam to get a license.

To qualify for the master’s licensing exam you must work as a New Hampshire-licensed journeyman for at least one year.

To qualify for the journeyman’s licensing exam you need 8,000 hours of work experience and an Associate Degree in Electricity (or Board-approved equivalent). You can use your schooling for up to one year of the work experience requirement.

To qualify for an apprentice electrician identification card you need to register as an apprentice with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training of the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency. The Board may accept out-of-state work experience and education for any of these requirements.

The journeyman and master exams have two sections. One section has 25 questions based on the National Electrical Code. The other section has 50 questions based on:

  • RSA 319-C
  • Practical electrical installations as defined in RSA 319-C:12, III
  • American Electricians Handbook, 1996, 13th edition, Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

If you have a license in Massachusetts, Vermont, or Maine, you can apply for a New Hampshire license by reciprocity. You’ll still need four years of work experience and you have to pay the licensing fees. You can’t get reciprocity if you’ve ever failed a New Hampshire electrician’s exam.

Electrician’s license fees: It will cost you $50 to file an application for an electrical exam. The master license costs $75 and the journeyman license costs $30. Your license will expire on the last day of the month of your birth.


Plumber’s Licenses

You need a license to do plumbing work in New Hampshire. To get an application for a license, contact:

State Board for Licensing and Regulating Plumbers
2 Industrial Park Drive
P.O. Box 1386
Concord, NH 03302-1386
(603) 271-3267
http://www.state.nh.us/plumbing/

The Board issues master, journeyman, and apprentice licenses. They also require you to pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master’s licensing exam you must work as a licensed journeyman for at least six months. To qualify for the journeyman’s licensing exam you need to complete a Board-approved apprenticeship program which includes four years of work experience and four years of education. If you have a license in another state, you can apply for the journeyman exam without completing the apprenticeship program. If you have a license from the state of Vermont or Maine you can get a license in New Hampshire by just paying the New Hampshire license fees.

The master and journeyman exams are 100 multiple-choice questions and are based on the following content areas.

Subject Approx. % of Questions
Code, general knowledge 15
Drainage, waste & vent 20
Water supply, distribution & backflow prevention 15
Install practices, methods, materials 10
Excavation 5
Special wastes/roof drains 10
Fixtures & trim 10
Inspection & testing 5
Science & theory 5
Laws & rules 5

The reference for the exam is the current edition of the New Hampshire State Plumbing Code.

Plumber’s license fees: It will cost you $25 to file an application for a plumbing license. The master license costs $125 and the journeyman license costs $60. A plumbing license is good for one year.


Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on New Hampshire Department of Transportation projects you have to be prequalified by the Department. To get an application for prequalification contact:

Department of Transportation
John O. Morton Building
4 Hazen Drive
P.O. Box 483
Concord, NH 03302-0483
(603) 271-3734
Fax: (603) 271-3914
http://www.state.nh.us/dot/

The prequalification application is available online.

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You’ll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for:

Road construction Site work
Bridge construction Building
Paving Other

Prequalification is good for 15 months from the date of the financial statement you send the Department when you apply for prequalification.


Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations working in New Hampshire must be licensed by the Secretary of State. For information contact:

Secretary of State
State House, Room 204
107 North Main St.
Concord, NH 03301-4989
(603) 271-3246
Fax: (603) 271-3247
http://www.state.nh.us/sos/

The Certificate of Authority application is available online at http://www.nh.gov/sos/corporate/corpform2.html.

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