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Oklahoma’s rich history spans over 30,000 years and displays a vast landscape in the modern age. Ample farmland, gentle hills, and flat grasslands are divided across the state.
Therefore, if you’re hoping to work in the construction industry, Oklahoma is an ideal place to be for general contractors. At OnePointe Solutions, we have worked alongside countless general contractors, in Oklahoma and across the nation, to be their one-stop shop for many of their jobs.
From stainless steel cabinets, custom industrial workbenches, PLAM casework and laboratory cabinets to epoxy resin countertops, lab tables, stainless steel tops and more. We have just about everything to get the job done the first time.
Surprisingly, Oklahoma is unique because it does not require a state license for general contracting. However, if you’re planning to pursue a specialty in construction, such as plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work, you will need to apply for a contractor’s license under the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board.
Keep reading this particular guide to learn more about the general contracting guidelines in Oklahoma.
Job Description: General Contractor
General contractors are tasked with running a construction project from start to finish. However, before general contractors can manage a project, they must work with construction estimators to compile a bid.
Bids will contain a detailed list of items needed for the project, including materials, tools, equipment, labor, and more.
While the bidding process can be complex, construction managers need to know how to confront any possible issues, such as additional financing, during a construction project. When a bid is accepted, construction managers then begin to coordinate scheduling, purchase and rent materials, and hire subcontractors for the job site.
Let’s say a bid was accepted for a cleanroom facility. These settings need specific furniture to best equip the space so that testing and processes are not hindered.
For instance, we would design and manufacture stainless steel cabinets with stainless steel countertops. Lab cabinets made from this material are highly durable, moisture-resistant, corrosion resistant and anti-bacterial.
In addition, they are easy to maintain and can withstand harsh chemicals which are prone to be in cleanrooms.
Fume hoods would also be supplied since they can aid in the maintenance of clean designations and particle presence. Fume extraction hoods provide important filtration and ventilation in environments in which acrid fumes or harmful chemicals may cause environmental or health risks.
Last but not least, we would also supply cleanroom compatible laboratory seating and quality lab workbenches, so that employees are able to comfortably and confidently sit and perform tasks without the fear of possible obstructions due to non-compliance seating and work tables.
At OnePointe Solutions, for your jobs and bids, we are here to help.
Moving on to a general contractor’s work preferences, some like to work on-site to oversee what occurs daily, while others prefer to hire on-site managers. Regardless, general contractors always need to monitor the safety and efficiency of a construction site.
General contractors manage the following:
- Crew safety
- Equipment and site safety
- Permits and street closures
- Anticipating weather conditions and scheduling accordingly
- Enforcing quality and safety standards
Special Skills & Qualifications
Within the construction industry, each state has unique requirements for the licensing process. However, having special skills can be beneficial in any field.
Special skills are not always innate; in fact, it’s possible to acquire plenty of special skills by having more experience. Some ideal skills and qualifications for general contractors could include:
- Ability to read building plans and blueprints
- Building/construction skills
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Budget and purchasing experience
- Comfortable working with new people
- Able to learn quickly and in stressful situations
- Concern for the wellbeing of others and a touch of perfectionism
Qualifications to Become a General Contractor in North Carolina
To become a contractor with a specialty trade in Oklahoma, you must meet the requirements set by the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board. You may also have to provide proof of work experience, take an exam, and pay the associated fees.
Also, if you’re out of state but still planning to perform construction work in the State of Oklahoma, you will have to go through different agencies for license registration. Let’s take a look at some of the most important information you’ll need to know if you’re planning to apply for a contracting license in Oklahoma.
Currently, there is not a formal education requirement in the State of Oklahoma. However, you must be at least over 18 and obtain your high school degree or equivalent to be considered for any general contracting work.
Acquire plenty of entry-level experience in the construction industry. For instance, if you’re able to shadow a general contractor, take advantage of the great opportunity.
Since general contractors manage projects, they have to confront plenty of obstacles daily, and you will want to be prepared by the time you need to apply. When you expose yourself to many different areas in construction, you’ll soon discover that entry-level experience is crucial for the learning process.
In Oklahoma, plumbers, electricians, and mechanical contractors are required to apply for a contracting license. However, each specialty trade will follow its own criteria.
For more information, check the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board website.
Out-of-state contractors working on projects in Oklahoma follow a different registration process. One of the agencies that run out of state registration is the Oklahoma Tax Commission, which requires that the Oklahoma Business Registration Packet be completed by non-resident contractors.
Speaking of which, non-resident contractors must:
- Complete the Oklahoma Business Registration Packet for Nonresident Contractors. The packet will include business registration information, federal EIN application information, and how to complete your registration form.
- Provide a Notice of Contract to the following agencies: Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Workers Compensation Commission, and County Assessor’s Office of the County where you will be performing contracting work.
- Provide a non-resident contractors bond that is three times the estimated tax liability, particularly if your contract is over $100,000.
- Present a Notice of Completion to the following agencies once services have been performed: Oklahoma Tax Commission, Employment Industrial Court, and County Assessor’s Office where you completed contracting work.
- Mail all required documents to the Oklahoma Tax Commission at:
Oklahoma Tax Commission
Taxpayer Assistance Division
Post Office Box 26920
Oklahoma City, Ok 73126-0920
Before applying to become a contractor with a specialty trade, or registering as a non-resident contractor, here are some important requirements to note.
You will have to follow the specific licensing registration and application process for your desired trade. The Oklahoma Construction Industries Board website lists further details for each specialty trade, including which exams may need to be taken by the applicant.
After passing the required exams, contractors will need to provide both proofs of insurance and bond to the board. For general surety bond and liability insurance fees, see below.
Not all businesses in Oklahoma need to be licensed, but there are operating requirements for some of the general contracting companies. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce outlines business license and registration guidelines in the state.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Oklahoma businesses will need workers’ compensation insurance coverage. You may obtain coverage through a commercial carrier, a self-insured basis, or the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission agency.
Oklahoma General Contractor Licensing Fee Overview
If becoming a licensed contractor, keep in mind that each specialty trade may have different associated fees for exams, workers’ compensation, liability insurance, and surety bonding. Typically, an active contractor will need to hold a $5,000 surety bond and $50,000 general liability insurance.
Visit the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board website for more details.
Average Oklahoma General Contractor Salary & Benefits
If you’re looking to become a licensed general contractor in the State of Oklahoma, you can expect to make $94,851 or $46 per hour. This is 9% lower than the national average.
An entry-level general contractor earns an average salary of $66,484. A senior-level general contractor earns an average salary of $117,723.
The Path to Become a General Contractor in Oklahoma
So, you want to obtain a contracting license in the State of Oklahoma? Before applying, let’s review the path to becoming a licensed contractor with a specialty trade in Oklahoma:
1. Identify Specialty Trade
Determine whether or not you will be pursuing a specialty trade in construction, such as plumbing, electricity, or mechanical work. If you plan to operate under any specialty, you will need to research which requirements to follow through the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board.
Furthermore, if you’re a non-resident contractor, you’ll observe an entirely different set of requirements.
2. Complete Basic Education
Complete your high school education or equivalent. Once you complete your basic education, you may begin to plan for the application and registration process.
3. Acquire Experience
Leverage your network and gain exposure by working in relevant positions. As you acquire industry experience, you’ll feel better prepared by the time you apply for a specialty trade.
4. Register Business (If Applicable)
Not all general contracting companies in Oklahoma need to be licensed, but yours may need to fulfill some licensing and operating requirements. Check requirements through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
If you’re interested in starting a general contracting business, check out our guide below:
5. Register for Tax ID Numbers
All businesses operating in Oklahoma need to register for tax identification numbers, licenses, or permits. Registration may include any income tax withholding, sales and use tax, and unemployment insurance tax.
6. Obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance
Any business containing more than one employee will need to get workers’ compensation insurance coverage (commercial, self-insured, or via the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission agency).
7. View Contractor License and Verification Database
The Oklahoma Construction Industry Board houses a database, where you may look up and verify any contractor or business in the State of Oklahoma.
Need Help With Your Project?
If you’re a general contractor in Oklahoma or another state in the U.S. and have a job that requires stainless steel cabinets, stainless steel countertops, fume hoods, laboratory tables or something in between we can help. Give us a call at (866) 222-7494 to speak to a project consultant today.