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North Carolina– SB 55 (Licensing)

Issue: License Renewal Continuing Education Requirements

Affects:  Contractor Licenses

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@phta.org  

Bill Summary: This bill requires eight hours of continuing education courses for renewal of a building contractor, residential contractor or unclassified contractor license.  Of the eight hours of annual continuing education required by this section, two hours shall be a mandatory course approved by the Board and the remaining six hours shall be elective courses approved by the Board.  Continuing education credit hours may only be given for courses that are taught live by an instructor approved by the Board.

Continuing education requirements shall begin on January 1 of any calendar year and shall be completed by November 30 of that calendar year. The Board shall establish a 90-day grace period following November 30 of each calendar year for anyone who has failed to complete the continuing education requirement.

Any licensee who chooses not to complete the annual continuing education as required by this section may request that the Board place the licensee's license in an inactive status and the license shall become invalid. However, in order for the license to be maintained as inactive, the licensee shall pay the same annual renewal fee paid by active licensees. Should the licensee desire to return to active status, the qualifier or qualifying party of the licensee shall satisfactorily complete the following continuing education requirements.

The Board shall establish nonrefundable fees for the purpose of administering the continuing education program. The Board may charge the sponsor of a proposed course a nonrefundable fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per credit hour for the initial review of the course and a nonrefundable fee of twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) per credit hour for the annual renewal of a course previously approved. The Board shall require an approved course provider to pay a fee, not to exceed five dollars ($5.00) per credit hour per qualifier or qualifying party, for each qualifier or qualifying party completing an approved continuing education course conducted by that provider.

The continuing education requirement becomes effective January 1, 2020, and applies to licenses renewed on or after that date. The requirement that the State Licensing Board for General Contractors ensure that qualifiers and qualifying parties may satisfy all of the continuing education requirements by approved courses offered by Internet transmission becomes effective January 1, 2021.

Status: This bill was signed by the Governor July 1, 2019 and took effect upon enactment.

Final version: https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/Senate/PDF/S55v2.pdf