Licenses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I determine if I need to be licensed?
Where can I download licensing forms and applications?
How do I renew my license?
What happens if I choose to work unlicensed?
Persons who perform electrical, HVAC or plumbing work without a required state-issued license or who violate other applicable codes or rules are subject to civil penalties.
It is unlawful to engage in public works contracting without first having acquired an Idaho Public Works Contractor License of the proper class. The Division of Building Safety may impose substantial administrative assessments for contractor violations.
It is unlawful to engage in construction management services on public works projects without first having acquired an Idaho Construction Manager License. Violations of this provision may result in significant administrative assessments.
Does Idaho have any Reciprocal licensing agreements?
I am a landscaper and install sprinkler systems. Do I need to be licensed with DBS?
I am an excavator and install sewer and water lines. Do I need to be licensed with DBS?
Does the State of Idaho have Continuing Education Requirements (CEU) for Electricians?
Each licensed Journeyman and Master electrician must provide 24 hours of Idaho approved continuing education in order to renew their license. Of the 24 hours, 8 hours must be Code Update. The remaining 16 hours of continuing education can be from any combination of the three categories of Idaho approved continuing education that include Code Update, Code Related, or Industry Related. These credits must have been obtained in the three (3) year period between renewal of such licenses. Additionally, licensed individuals will be able to receive up to four (4) hours of continuing education credit by attending board meetings and negotiated rule meetings.
Does the State of Idaho have Continuing Education Requirements (CEU) for Plumbers?
Yes. After December 31, 2013, plumbing journeyman and contractors will be required to have the minimum hours of continuing education to renew their license. Journeymen must complete eight (8) hours of continuing education for every three-year license cycle, or complete an exam administered by the Division. Of the required eight (8) hours, four (4) hours must be plumbing code update related and the other four (4) hours may be industry related training. Contractors must complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education for every three-year license cycle. Hours accrued obtaining journeyman education may be applied toward this requirement whenever applicable.
Beginning January 1, 2013, those holding a valid journeyman license may take the CEU exam administered by the Division of Building Safety. A fee of fifty ($50) dollars must be paid before taking the exam. Click here for more information regarding CEUs.
Does the State of Idaho have Continuing Education Requirements (CEU) for HVAC?
Does the State of Idaho have Continuing Education Requirements (CEU) for Manufactured Home (MFG) Installers?
Where do I find the Continuing Education (CEU) applications and documents for Electrical or Plumbing?
The Idaho Division of Building Safety (DBS) has partnered with CE Broker to track and manage the continuing education requirements for our licensed professionals. This means that you will have a powerful new tool at your fingertips to help you increase attendance at your CE courses!
You will find approved courses, and account login information at https://www.cebroker.com/.
Will the State of Idaho accept CEU's that were obtained out of state?
How do I register to use CE Broker?
Is there any CE Broker training for CEU sponsors/providers?
Yes. Please review this online training for information on how CEU providers and sponsors are to use CE Broker to track the training they provide.
Is there a list of approved courses in Idaho?
- Current List of Approved Electrical Courses in Idaho
- Current List of Approved Plumbing Courses in Idaho
Please note: This list is updated monthly.