Arizona law requires the qualifying
party for an Arizona contractor's license to have a certain
level of experience. For several years, the Registrar of
Contractors has required the qualifying party to demonstrate
that experience not only by taking examinations and submitting
documentation supporting their work experience, but also by
filling out separate "project forms."
On December 21,
the ROC announced that
it has removed the requirement to submit projects as part of the
experience portion, thus streamlining the application process.
Unnecessary Burden Lifted
The Registrar's decision to eliminate
the project forms is consistent with legislation passed earlier
in 2017. That legislation streamlined the license-application
process by removing the financial statement requirement (see
related article, "ROC Releases New Contractor's License
By eliminating the separate project
forms, the Registrar removed an unnecessary burden to licensure
as an Arizona contractor. The project forms were not required by
any statute or any regulation, and were added to the license
application over time as a bureaucratic hoop through which
applicants were forced to jump.
High Standards Preserved
It is important to note that the ROC has
not lowered the amount of experience required for a qualifying
party, and the ROC still confirms the validity of the experience
claimed. As before, the qualifying party for most licenses must
pass both a trade examination and a business examination to
demonstrate the required level of experience for the license.
(Certain licenses do not have a trade examination and require
only documentation of experience.)
The ROC's decision to remove the project
forms is a welcome step toward increased efficiency in the
application process (see a
sample of the new form) while
maintaining the high quality of Arizona's licensed contractors.
Jamie Hanson is a former Chief
Counsel for the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.