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This is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or an endorsement of any CIB registrant or licensee, nor should it be considered an exhaustive list of information.  Consult the applicable statute/rule or seek private legal counsel.

General FAQs

Q: What skilled trades are regulated by the Construction Industries Board (“CIB”)?

A: Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Roofing, Building and Construction Inspectors, and Home Inspectors. For more information on each skilled trade, go to the specific skilled trade under “Your Industry”.


Q: Are General Contractors required to have a state license in Oklahoma?

A: General Contractors are not currently required to have a state license in Oklahoma.


Q: Does the CIB issue “permits” for plumbing, electrical or mechanical work to be performed?

A: No. The CIB does not have authority to “permit” specific work, only to regulate the qualifications and responsibilities of the licensed or registered worker performing the work and enforce the statewide adopted building codes for plumbing, electrical and mechanical work in geographic areas that have adopted statewide codes but do not employ a building and construction inspector. This is usually in rural areas or smaller jurisdictions.


Q: Since there is no “permit” issued by the CIB, is there any notice that must be provided to the CIB before performing plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work?

A: Yes. If you are installing, modifying, or altering plumbing, electrical, or mechanical systems on any property in cities or towns that have not adopted a State recognized code, do not require permits, does not have an appointed inspector or perform inspections in the related trade, you must provide notice to the CIB. See Notification Of Work Without Permit form.


Q: Is there a requirement for plumbing, electrical and mechanical work to be inspected by the CIB? 

A: There is no statutory requirement for plumbing, electrical and mechanical construction work to be inspected by the CIB. The CIB performs inspections when requested on plumbing, electrical and mechanical work outside of jurisdictions having authority where there is no inspector and when investigating a complaint on unlicensed, unregistered activity or compliance with the state adopted codes, especially when it involves life safety.


Q: Are there other construction related licenses required in Oklahoma not found on CIB’s website?

A: There may be other licenses, registrations, or permits that may be required depending upon the type and location of construction related work you are interested in performing. The CIB website only provides requirement information for the skilled trades it has authority to regulate. Also, local jurisdictions may have their own requirements for licensing, registration and permitting; therefore, you should check with the jurisdiction in which you are interested in performing construction related work. Other state agencies may license and regulate other construction related areas such as the Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Department of Labor, and the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board.


Q: I need an application / renewal form / I did not get my renewal form.

A: The application is available for download from this website by going to the “Forms/Applications” page and clicking on the specific form. Forms are also available at the CIB office, or a form can also be mailed to you upon request. When a licensee or registrant has a change in address or phone number, notice to the CIB is required.


Building and Construction Industry FAQs

Q: Is every town required to employ a licensed building and construction inspector?

A: No. The Oklahoma Inspectors Act governs building and construction inspectors employed to perform building and construction inspections in a political subdivision having a population of more than 10,000.

 

Q: What are the Continuing Education requirements?

A: To renew a Building and Construction Inspector license, the licensee shall submit evidence of having attended six (6) clock hours of approved continuing education for each license category (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and building/structure) within the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the term for which the license is to be issued. The courses must be approved by the Oklahoma Inspector Examiners Committee. For a list of approved CEU courses, visit “Continuing Education" on the Building Inspectors Industry page.

 

Q: I need an application / renewal form / I did not get my renewal form.

A: The application is available for download from this website by going to “Forms/Applications” and clicking on the specific form. Forms are also available at the CIB office, or a form can be mailed to you upon request. When a licensee or registrant has a change in address or phone number, notice to the CIB is required.


Electrical Industry FAQs

Q: What are the Continuing Education requirements?

A: All Journeymen and Contractors are required to have received six (6) hours of continuing education within the preceding thirty-six (36) months of their license expiration. Visit the Electrical Industry page for a list of approved CEU courses under “Continuing Education”.


Q: If I fail the test when can I take it again?

A: Thirty (30) days after the first failure, and ninety (90) days after subsequent failure(s).


Q: My contractor has not provided me with the hours I have worked for him so I can prove my experience counts towards licensing. What can I do?

A. Send a written request to the contractor. Contact the CIB if the contractor fails to provide the information after written request.


Q: How can I prove my hours of experience when the contractors I have worked for are dead or out of business?

A: You may use tax records or contact your social security office and request a “Work History Report” and submit a copy of those documents with your application.


Q: Is there a CIB low voltage license?

A. No. A license is not required for performing solely telephone and CATV systems.

 

Q: How do I obtain CIB licensing through reciprocity?

A: 1. Your state must have a written reciprocity agreement with Oklahoma.

2. You must have a current license, in good standing for at least one (1) year with your state, and be current in your CEU requirements.

3. You must submit a complete application form, along with work history information and required fees. The “affidavit of experience” in the application form is not required as CIB will verify your hours with the reciprocating state.

We will respond to you by mail. Please do NOT call the office unless more than 30 days has passed from the date you sent in your application.


Q: Is an apprentice application required every year for apprentice work?

A: Yes. In order for apprentice work experience to be counted towards licensing, it must be verifiable through apprentice registration, unless lawfully obtained while exempted.


Q: Does a licensed contractor have to sign off on the apprentice application every year?

A: Yes, the licensed contractor or approved school/training instructor has to sign the application for the apprentice every year.


Q: Does the CIB keep track of the apprentice hours worked yearly?

A: No, the licensed contractor must, and the apprentice should, keep an account of the apprentice hours worked each year.

 

Q: I need an application / renewal form / I did not get my renewal form.

A: The application is available for download from this website by going to “Forms/Applications” and clicking on the specific form. Forms are also available at the CIB office, or a form can be mailed to you upon request. When a licensee or registrant has a change in address or phone number, notice to the CIB is required.


Home Inspectors Industry FAQs

Q: What are the Continuing Education requirements?

A: To renew a Home Inspector license, the licensee shall submit evidence of having attended eight (8) clock hours of approved continuing education within the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the term for which the license is to be issued. The courses must be approved by the Committee of Home Inspector Examiners. Visit the Home Inspectors Industry page for a list of approved CEU courses under “Continuing Education”.

 

Q: I need an application / renewal form / I did not get my renewal form.

A: The application is available for download from this website by going to “Forms/Applications” and clicking on the specific form. Forms are also available at the CIB office, or a form can be mailed to you upon request. When a licensee or registrant has a change in address or phone number, notice to the CIB is required.


Mechanical Industry FAQs

Q: What are the Continuing Education requirements?

A: All Journeymen and Contractors are required to have received six (6) hours of continuing education within the preceding thirty-six (36) months of their license expiration. Visit the Mechanical Industry page for a list of approved CEU courses under “Continuing Education”.


Q: If I fail the test when can I take it again?

A: Thirty (30) days after the first failure, and ninety (90) days after subsequent failure(s).


Q: My contractor has not provided me with the hours I have worked for him so I can prove my experience counts towards licensing. What can I do?

A. Send a written request to the contractor. Contact the CIB if the contractor fails to provide the information after written request.


Q: How can I prove my hours of experience when the contractors I have worked for are dead or out of business?

A: You may use tax records or contact your social security office and request a “Work History Report” and submit a copy of those documents with your application.


Q: What license does it take to install, replace or repair radiant-floor heating systems in a commercial building?

A. A Mechanical HVAC or a Plumbing license is allowed to install in residential homes only. Installation in a commercial building requires a Mechanical HVAC license, and if more than 500,000 Btu/h per appliance then the Mechanical HVAC license must be an Unlimited license.


Q: Is an apprentice application required every year for apprentice work?

A: Yes. In order for apprentice work experience to be counted towards licensing, it must be verifiable through apprentice registration, unless lawfully obtained while exempted.


Q: Does a licensed contractor have to sign off on the apprentice application every year?

A: Yes, the licensed contractor or approved school/training instructor has to sign the application for the apprentice every year.


Q: Does the CIB keep track of the apprentice hours worked yearly?

A: No, the licensed contractor must, and the apprentice should, keep an account of the apprentice hours worked each year.

 

Q: I need an application / renewal form / I did not get my renewal form.

A: The application is available for download from this website by going to “Forms/Applications” and clicking on the specific form. Forms are also available at the CIB office, or a form can be mailed to you upon request. When a licensee or registrant has a change in address or phone number, notice to the CIB is required.


Plumbing Industry FAQs

Q: What are the Continuing Education requirements?

A: All Journeymen and Contractors are required to have received six (6) hours of continuing education within the preceding thirty-six (36) months of their license expiration. Visit the Plumbing Industry page for a list of approved CEU courses under “Continuing Education”.


Q: If I fail the test when can I take it again?

A: Thirty (30) days after the first failure, and ninety (90) days after subsequent failure(s).


Q: My contractor has not provided me with the hours I have worked for him so I can prove my experience counts towards licensing. What can I do?

A. Send a written request to the contractor. Contact the CIB if the contractor fails to provide the information after written request.


Q: How can I prove my hours of experience when the contractors I have worked for are dead or out of business?

A: You may use tax records or contact your social security office and request a “Work History Report” and submit a copy of those documents with your application.


Q: Is an apprentice application required every year for apprentice work?

A: Yes. In order for apprentice work experience to be counted towards licensing, it must be verifiable through apprentice registration, unless lawfully obtained while exempted.


Q: Does a licensed contractor have to sign off on the apprentice application every year?

A: Yes, the licensed contractor or approved school/training instructor has to sign the application for the apprentice every year.


Q: Does the CIB keep track of the apprentice hours worked yearly?

A: No, the licensed contractor must, and the apprentice should, keep an account of the apprentice hours worked each year.

 

Q: I need an application / renewal form / I did not get my renewal form.

A: The application is available for download from this website by going to “Forms/Applications” and clicking on the specific form. Forms are also available at the CIB office, or a form can be mailed to you upon request. When a licensee or registrant has a change in address or phone number, notice to the CIB is required.