2015 ORS 701.082¹
Residential contractor continuing education requirements
  • exemptions

(1)(a) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (6) of this section and ORS 701.083 (Residential contractor specialized education programs), to qualify for the renewal of a residential contractor license the licensee must complete eight hours of continuing education during the two-year licensing period preceding the renewal.

(b) Three of the hours required under paragraph (a) of this subsection must be education regarding laws, regulations and business practices. The Construction Contractors Board shall develop materials for the education. The education must be offered by the board or by an approved continuing education provider acting under an agreement with the board.

(c) Five of the hours required under paragraph (a) of this subsection must be education from approved providers and be courses the board has approved as continuing education regarding one or more of the following:

(A) Construction business practices.

(B) Marketing.

(C) Customer service.

(D) Accounting.

(E) Business law.

(F) Bidding.

(G) Building codes.

(H) Safety.

(I) Energy efficiency.

(J) Trade specific subjects, such as roofing, excavation or exterior shell construction.

(K) Other subjects that the board determines by rule to be appropriate.

(2)(a) In addition to completing the continuing education required under subsection (1) of this section, to qualify for the renewal of a residential contractor license the licensee must complete an additional eight hours of continuing education during the two-year licensing period preceding the renewal if the residential contractor was not licensed by the board as a residential contractor during any part of the six-year period immediately preceding the renewal.

(b) Continuing education that is required of a residential contractor under paragraph (a) of this subsection must be offered by an approved continuing education provider or the board. The education may be in any subject described in subsection (1) of this section related to construction or the business of the residential contractor.

(3) A residential contractor applying for the renewal of a license shall certify the number of continuing education hours completed by the contractor during the two-year period immediately preceding the renewal. The board may require verification of certified continuing education hours described in subsection (1)(c) of this section.

(4) Notwithstanding subsections (1) to (3) of this section, the board may adopt rules to adjust the period allowed for the completion of continuing education when the renewing residential contractor holds a lapsed license described under ORS 701.063 (Term of license) (4).

(5) Subsections (1) to (4) of this section do not apply to a residential contractor endorsed only as a residential developer.

(6) The board may exempt residential contractors from continuing education requirements under this section. The board may create exemptions under this subsection by rule or may grant an exemption on a case-by-case basis. [2013 c.718 §4]

Note: Section 7 (2), chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2013, provides:

Sec. 7. (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, sections 2 to 5 of this 2013 Act [701.082 (Residential contractor continuing education requirements), 701.083 (Residential contractor specialized education programs), 701.265 (Continuing education system for residential contractors) and 701.267 (Agreements with continuing education providers)] and the repeal of ORS 701.123, 701.126 and 701.127 by section 6 of this 2013 Act, the board may adopt rules to allow full or partial continuing education credit for continuing education courses or specialized education program coursework completed prior to January 1, 2015, regardless of whether a course or program coursework meets minimum standards adopted by the board under section 2 of this 2013 Act [701.265 (Continuing education system for residential contractors)]. [2013 c.718 §7(2)]

Chapter 701

Notes of Decisions

This is a remedial statute made for the protec­tion of the building business and of people dealing with builders who might be irresponsible; it should be read as a whole and liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Robinson v. Builders Bd., 20 Or App 340, 531 P2d 752 (1975)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Lack of authority for director to appoint executive secretary for board, (1971) Vol 35, p 930; inap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of this chapter to business of construc­tion or installa­tion of fences, sidewalks, septic tanks, wells and underground sprinkling systems, (1972) Vol 35, p 1278; mobile home as per­sonal or real prop­erty under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; applica­tion of Homebuilders Law to mobile homes, (1978) Vol 38, p 693


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 701—Construction Contractors and Contracts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors701.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 701, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano701.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.