Insulation Contractor (Residential)

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.
License required by 30 states
54th most burdensome licensing requirements
44th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

Thirty states license insulation contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require 283 days of education and experience, $302 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 14 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 54th most burdensome.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 California 30 $579.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
2 Nevada 30 $1,033.25 1,460 - 4 years 1 0 18
3 Hawaii 30 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
4 Arizona 30 $906.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
5 Maryland 30 $433.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
6 Utah 30 $549.00 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
7 Virginia 30 $320.00 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
8 New Mexico 30 $248.88 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
9 South Carolina 30 $50.00 365 - 1 years 0 0 0
10 Mississippi 30 $290.00 67 - 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
11 Oregon 30 $410.00 3 16 clock hours - 1 0 18
12 Michigan 30 $286.00 14 60 clock hours - 0 0 18
13 Louisiana 30 $460.00 0 - - 1 0 0
14 Rhode Island 30 $200.00 1 5 clock hours - 0 0 18
15 North Dakota 30 $125.00 0 - - 0 0 18
16 Tennessee 30 $305.00 0 - - 1 0 0
17 North Carolina 30 $145.00 0 - - 1 0 0
18 D C 30 $442.20 0 - - 0 0 0
19 West Virginia 30 $132.00 0 - - 1 0 0
20 Alabama 30 $350.00 0 - - 0 0 0
21 Alaska 30 $300.00 0 - - 0 0 0
22 Massachusetts 30 $250.00 0 - - 0 0 0
23 Connecticut 30 $220.00 0 - - 0 0 0
24 Washington 30 $113.40 0 - - 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 30 $110.00 0 - - 0 0 0
26 Arkansas 30 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
26 Iowa 30 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
26 Pennsylvania 30 $50.00 0 - - 0 0 0
29 Idaho 30 $30.00 0 - - 0 0 0
30 Nebraska 30 $0.00 0 - - 0 0 0