Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (Commercial)

License required by 25 states

26th most burdensome licensing requirements.

59th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Carpenter and cabinet maker contractors contract with clients to construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. They may also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. They include brattice builders, who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways to control the proper circulation of air through the passageways and to the working places.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the carpenters who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Twenty-five states license carpenter and cabinet maker contractors working on commercial properties. Ten states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Thirteen states require no experience. On average, states require 517 days of education and experience, $381 in fees ($1,078 in Nevada), and one exam. These high barriers give commercial carpenter contractors the 26th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Arkansas 25 $180 1825 5 years 1 0 0
2 Nevada 25 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
3 Arizona 25 $956 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 California 25 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
5 Hawaii 25 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
6 Oregon 25 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
7 Florida 25 $364 1460 4 years 1 0 18
8 Virginia 25 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
9 Utah 25 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
10 South Carolina 25 $325 730 2 years 2 0 0
11 Mississippi 25 $640 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
12 Alabama 25 $492 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
13 Louisiana 25 $460 0 2 0 0
14 Rhode Island 25 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
15 North Dakota 25 $125 0 0 0 18
16 D C 25 $655 0 0 0 0
17 Tennessee 25 $305 0 1 0 0
18 Connecticut 25 $500 0 0 0 0
19 North Carolina 25 $145 0 1 0 0
20 West Virginia 25 $132 0 1 0 0
21 Alaska 25 $300 0 0 0 0
22 Washington 25 $113 0 0 0 0
23 Iowa 25 $50 0 0 0 0
24 Idaho 25 $30 0 0 0 0
25 Nebraska 25 $0 0 0 0 0

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