Rhode Island Contractor Continuing Education
We are an approved continuing education provider with the Rhode Island Contractor's Registration Board to satisfy your CE requirements (RI CRB Education Provider ID: 8).
Complete the continuing education to renew your RI contractor registration or license today. All of our courses can be completed At Your Pace Online to help you meet the state's requirements to maintain your registration or license. Once you finish your course you will have an official certificate of completion to save for your records.
Rhode Island 5 Hour BEST & Micro-Houses
This course begins with a section on Building the Exterior Shell Training (BEST) and then moves into a discussion on a current trend with Micro Houses. We will cover the following subjects in the course.
- Installation of Windows, Doors, etc. to create the "building envelope"
- Sustainability of "tiny" living
- HUD Regulations
- and much more!
RI CRB Course ID: 008-003
Rhode Island 5 Hour Drywall. Masonry. and Retirement Housing Contractor CE
In this course we go back to the fundamentals before moving onto a discussion about how to expand your business through the growing market of housing for aging individuals. We'll cover the basics and some advanced topics of:
- Drywall Tools & Installation
- Masonry tools & types
- Construction Issues for the Retiring Population
- ADA Regulations
RI CRB Course ID: 008-002
Rhode Island 5 Hour OSHA & Rainwater Harvesting Contractor CE
This course covers the basics of OSHA rules to keep contractors safe and then moves onto a current hot topic, Rainwater Harvesting. The course will cover information such as;
- Safety Regulations for Job Sites
- The "Focus Four"
- A Substantial Introduction into rainwater catchment systems
- Regulations related to Rainwater Harvesting
RI CRB Course ID: 008-001
CE Requirements to Renew a RI Contractor License
The Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board requires that all contractors take continuing education (CE). Specifically, in most cases, you’ll need a certain number of CE hours to renew your contractor license.
Commercial-only contractors get a special exemption from CE. But if you do any residential work — even if you do both commercial and residential work — you’ll need to meet a CE requirement in order to renew your license.
To give you a quick overview of what the Board mandates, here are the continuing education requirements for contractor license renewals.
How much CE you need
- The state code (specifically, 440-10-00 R.I. Code R. § 2.8) requires that all registered contractors complete two and a half hours of continuing education during each two-year renewal period.
What CE counts
State code outlines a handful of specific parameters when it comes to what hours can count toward your CE requirement, but it pretty much boils down to two things. For CE hours to apply toward your Rhode Island contractor license renewal, those hours need to:
- Come from a Board-approved education provider
- Focus on relevant construction topics
As for the first, this basically comes down to making sure that any education provider you’re considering has the Board’s stamp of approval. You can scroll to the bottom of this page to see our approval letter as an example.
The good news for you is that the Board has approved some education providers to offer courses online, including TradesmanCE. That means you can get your two and a half hours from any location that’s convenient for you at any time your schedule allows.
Now, for the second parameter. If you choose a Board-approved provider, they should automatically be offering a construction-focused course since those are the only ones the Board approves. But if you want to use this as a way to double-check that your CE hours will be legitimate, look over the course titles and outlines and make sure that what you will be learning applies to the work you do.
What proof of completion you need to show
The Board requires you to show proof that you’ve completed the required CE. And they’re pretty specific about what they want to see. You need to show a certificate of completion that includes:
- The course name
- Its ID number
- The date you took it
- The number of hours you completed
- Contact info for the education provider and course instructor
- The course instructor’s signature
Effective June 2020, you need to submit that certificate to the Board using their ​​new online platform, Viewpoint Cloud. To get your account set up, fill out this form. Within Viewpoint Cloud, you can show your proof of CE completion and submit your actual renewal application.
Once you’re done, don’t discard your certificate of completion. The Board mandates that you hang onto it for three years.
Since you can take it online, your CE shouldn’t be a big hassle. That’s good news because without it, the Board can revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew your contractor license. Knock out your two and a half hours online so the Rhode Island contractor CE requirement never prevents you from maintaining active registration with the state.