Insulation Contractor (Commercial)

License required by 25 states

35th most burdensome licensing requirements.

61st most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Insulation contractors contract with clients to line and cover structures with insulating materials. They may work with batt, roll or blown insulation materials.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the insulators 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 insulation 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 458 days of education and experience, $366 in fees ($1,033 in Nevada), and around one exam. These high barriers give commercial insulation contractors the 35th 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 California 25 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
3 Nevada 25 $1,033 1460 4 years 1 0 18
4 Hawaii 25 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Oregon 25 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
6 Arizona 25 $906 730 2 years 1 0 18
7 Utah 25 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
8 New Mexico 25 $249 730 2 years 1 0 18
9 Virginia 25 $235 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
10 South Carolina 25 $250 730 2 years 1 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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