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  • Residential Basic – 3 per year
  • Residential Light – 6 per year

Rules to the credits:

  • The credit year is from July 1 – June 30; however renewal is due every two years.
  • The credits that apply each year must fall in the corresponding year. They cannot all be taken at one time.
  • Only half of your credit can be taken online and the other half must be taken in a class room.

No, the law only provides that the classes must fall under the following subject matters:

  • Functional fields of business (e.g., finance, marketing, personnel relations, business management, and organization)
  • Legal, legislative or regulatory updates
  • Workplace safety
  • Workers compensation and Building techniques and technology.

Most of these requirements can be found on your completion certificate and the flyer or website that you registered with.

  • This course is a legislative response to an increase in Construction Defect claims.
  • Unfortunately it is up to you as the consumer to verify a school’s past and credibility, there is no list of them to find. The best idea is to do research on them. Find out how long they have been in business and of course if there are any complaints against them. Most of this information you can find online or with the Better Business Bureau for your area. Also, call and ask questions about their records and how they hire instructors. All credible schools should be able to speak to you about the programs and instructors.
  • The rule reads:
    553- 12-.02 Continuing Education-Residential.
    (1) Residential contractors by virtue of their training, education and/or experience have been licensed by the State Licensing Board for Residential and General contractors and therefore are eligible to provide the public with needed professional services. In furnishing these services the licensed residential contractor occupies a unique position of public trust. It is essential in maintaining this trust that each licensed residential contractor continuously strive to increase his or her technical skills and knowledge.
    (2) Pursuant to the provision of O. C. G. A Section 43-41-6(k), the Residential Division prescribes the following regulations establishing requirements of continuing professional education to be met from time to time by licensed residential contractors in order to demonstrate that they are continuing their professional education as a condition to continued licensure beginning with the 2012 renewal cycle.
  • (a) For the 2012 renewal, an applicant for renewal of his or her residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education for a Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education for a Residential Light Commercial license. For the 2014 renewal and thereafter, an applicant for renewal of his or her residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education each year for a Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education each year for a Residential
    Light Commercial license, with a year being July 1st through June 30th.
  • (b) Upon renewal of an existing license and as a condition to the renewal thereof, residential contractors licensed in the state of Georgia shall maintain and furnish to the Residential Division, upon request or random audit, official documentation of having completed three (3) hours of continuing education during each year for a Residential Basic license and six (6) hours of continuing education during each year for a Residential Light Commercial license. Official documentation of course attendance must be maintained by a licensed residential contractor for at least two (2) years following the end of the biennium during which the course is taken.
  • (c) Compliance with all continuing education requirements is a condition for license renewal. Failure to complete all hours of mandatory continuing education shall serve as grounds to deny the renewal of a license and may also result in disciplinary action being taken against a licensee.
    (d) The Residential Division may relax or suspend the requirements of continuing education for reasons of individual hardship or health of the applicant Authority O.C.G.A Secs. 43-41-5, 43-41-6, 43-41-16. History. Original Rule entitled “Continuing Education Residential” adopted. F. Oct. 7, 2010; eff. Oct. 27, 2010. Amended: F. Apr. 20, 2011; eff. May 10, 2011.

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  • Atlanta Home Builders Association
  • 770-938-9900
  • PO Box 450749, Atlanta, GA 31145