License Qualification Process

The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) issues State Licenses to Commercial Contractors for the following trades: Electrical, HVAC, Hydronics, Plumbing, and Refrigeration. To receive a state license, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a United States citizen or a legal alien-must provide proof of being a legal alien.
  • Either have been a tradesperson in the type of licensed trade for which the application is filed for not less than five (5) years immediately prior to the date the application is filed, currently be a registered engineer in this state with three (3) years of business experience in the construction industry in the trade for which the engineer is applying to take the examination, or have other experience acceptable to the appropriate section of the board.
  • Never have been convicted of a disqualifying offense as defined in S.B. 337.
  • Pass the examination in the trade.
  • Carry minimum $500,000 contractor liability coverage.
  • Pay the applicable fees.

Be advised:
Once you have been approved by the Board, you are required to complete a State and Federal Background Check prior to sitting for the examination.

Results must be submitted from the background agency directly to:

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB)
6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH  43068-9009
Phone (614) 644-3493


For general information pertaining to the Background Checks, please visit these links:
WebCheck Locations

Instructions for Completing the Test Application Packet:

Mail the completed and notarized O.C.I.L.B. Test Application Packet, Homeland Security DMA page, and $25 nonrefundable check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio” to:

Ohio Department of Commerce
Department of Commerce, OCILB
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH  43068

The application MUST be Notarized.
Incomplete applications will delay your application process. Please include your email address (if applicable) so we may contact you by email to better serve you in case there are questions regarding your application.

Dates of employment must have start and end Month, Day, and Year. You must have five (5) years working experience in that trade with no breaks in that five year history immediately prior to completing the application.

You must be able to show proof of the last 5 years working as a tradesperson under a licensed contractor on projects that required a permit. Attach W-2’s AND at least one permit for each of the last five years and the license number of the contractor you worked under. Be specific in nature of duties, or be a currently registered engineer in this state with three years of business experience in the construction industry in the trade for which the engineer is applying to take an examination, or other experience acceptable to the Board under OAC 4101:16-3-02. In addition to the above required documents, you may attach copies of any other documentation that would support your credentials such as local registrations, signed contracts, invoices, verification of employment on company letterhead, etc.

You must remove and redact ALL Social Security Numbers.

If you cannot find the information you need on this site please email us or contact us at 614-644-3493.

Testing Materials:

CONTACT US

Division of Industrial Compliance & Labor
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Phone 614.644.2223
Fax 614.644.2618
Email 

Webmaster
Contact the Webmaster for Questions
or Comments on the Website:
webmaster@com.state.oh.us