How Do I Get My Louisiana State Mechanical License Easily?

By Max Power
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The State of Louisiana's mechanical license is issued to contractors by the Louisiana State Licensing Board. Those who want to perform mechanical work on residential or commercial projects must obtain a mechanical contractor's license from the board when the mechanical components of the construction exceed $10,000.

Mechanical Contractor Defined

You will need to apply for your Louisiana mechanical contractor's license if you meet the definition of a mechanical contractor as defined by Louisiana state law. The law defines mechanical contractors as those who direct projects dealing with air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating systems, plumbing, ventilation systems, pressure vessels such as boilers, hot water and steam systems, and piping, gas piping, fuel storage, and chilled water and condensing water systems, including industrial process piping and the related valves, fittings and components.

Application

Prospective licensed mechanical contractors should request an application from the board. The board is at 2525 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, with a mailing address of P.O. Box 14419, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. Its phone number is (225) 765-2301 and the website is lslbc.louisiana.gov. As part of the application process, you may need to provide information about your work experience and financial history, along with references from contractors who are already licensed in Louisiana.

Testing

You will be required to complete a test prior to receiving a license. The exam will test your knowledge of the trade as well as your understanding of business and law. A study guide for the business and law component of the test is available from the board for $40. License holders from other states who wish to apply for work in Louisiana do not need to take the trade-related section of the test.

Fees

You will be required to pay a $100 fee for the examination and a $100 fee for the license.

About the Author

Max Power started writing in 1996. Power was responsible for providing coverage of local and state governmental affairs for a web-boom-era news and civic-affairs news website. This experience provided him with a range of in-depth knowledge about legal, civic, political and governmental affairs. Power holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in history.