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Continuing Education Courses
What is the Continuing Education Registry?
- A website listing continuing education courses which have been registered by providers and approved by DOPL.
Who is required to use the Continuing Education Registry?
- The registry tracks the continuing education for contractors, electricians, plumbers and elevator mechanics.
Why do I have to take courses from the registry?
- Beginning with the 2010 renewal cycle, legislation was passed which requires DOPL to track and monitor the CE requirement for construction licensees through an electronic registry system.
Who can take the CE?
- For the Contractor's license renewal, owners, qualifiers, corporate officers or anyone in a supervisory position may take the CE hours. For Electricians/Plumbers/Elevator Mechanics only the licensee can take the required courses.
Can more than one person take the CE hours to renew the contractor's license?
- Yes. If any combination of those qualified to take the CE requirement attend a CE class, all attendees may give the provider the same license number and receive CE credit for each person attending. Qualified individuals may also attend separate CE courses and give the same contractor's number for credit.
How many CE hours are required?
- Contractors are required to have six total hours, three of which must be in core and the other three may be in either professional or core. Electricians are required to have 16 total hours, 12 of which must be core hours and the other four may be either core or professional. Plumbers are required to have 12 total hours, eight of which must be core and the other four may be either core or professional. Elevator Mechanics are required to have eight total hours and there is no breakdown between core and professional.
What is the difference between core and professional credits?
- Contractors Core topics include: Code classes; construction law; OSHA courses; government regulations pertaining to construction; employee verification and payment practices (I-9, Workers Comp, Unemployment Insurance, etc.) Plumbers Core topics include: ANY type of Code classes Electricians must have NEC Code classes for Core credit. Professional topics include subjects dealing with the practice of the construction trades, such as: land development; planning and zoning; energy conservation, professional development; marketing; servicing clients and similar topics. In addition, plumbers and electricians may have construction law; OSHA courses; government regulations pertaining to construction; employee verification and payment practices (I-9, Workers Comp, Unemployment Insurance, etc.) for Professional credit.
What if I have earned more hours than the required amounts?
- Any hours exceeding the required amount will expire at the end of each renewal cycle. Beginning with a new renewal cycle, the requirement must again be met.
What if I have more than one license?
- CE credits may count toward both an individual (Electrician/Plumber) and contractor's license if a course has been approved for both types of licenses. When registering for a course, the licensee needs to provide BOTH license numbers to the CE Provider. Following the course, the provider will then report CE hours toward BOTH of the licenses. CE credits may count toward more than one contracting license if an individual is associated with more than one contracting license. Be sure to give the CE provider both contracting license numbers at the time of registering for the course work.
CE Courses: How do I find courses to take?
- The CE website is set up as a search website. There is a variety of search options that can be used to narrow down the courses listed on the registry. These options include searching by license type, location, provider, keywords, type of credit, and teaching method.
What kinds of courses are offered?
- DOPL approved courses cover a wide variety of topics for various contracting classifications, as well as the required core classes.
How do I sign up for the course(s)?
- Each course listing on the registry has contact information for the provider. Many of the courses offer online registration at the provider's website.
What do I do after I finish the course?
- Following completion of a course, CE course providers will upload your attendance information directly to DOPL through our online system. By Rule, providers have seven days to submit the information. Despite the fact that providers are submitting the CE credits for a licensee, it is the licensee's responsibility to ensure that the hours have been submitted to DOPL.
How do I know the hours have been sent over to DOPL?
- On the registry, licensees can verify that CE hours have been submitted by the provider. There is a 'Courses Taken' area on the registry where a licensee can enter in their license number and view all courses DOPL has received for their license number.
I finished the course, it has been more than 2 weeks, but the hours are not showing in DOPL's system
- First, verify that the course is an approved course by looking it up on our registry. If it is, contact the CE provider you took the course from. Verify your attendance with the CE provider and ask the provider to upload your attendance information for DOPL credit. If you do have a certificate and the provider doesn't show you as attending, the provider will need to correct the mistake.
Why aren't the costs of the courses shown here on the registry?
- DOPL is not involved in the setting of CE course fees - they are determined by the CE provider. Although some providers do offer courses at no cost, most have a fee involved. Contact the CE provider for pricing.
Courses NOT listed on the CE Registry: What if I have taken courses not listed on the CE Registry?
- DOPL does provide an exception for courses taken which meet the CE Rule for content, but have not been registered with DOPL by the CE provider. The licensee may request the course be considered as an individual CE course. There is a $40 course approval fee associated with this option. For more information regarding the individual CE option, contact DOPL.