Contractors’ Continuing Ed & Requirements

HomeBuildersUniv_LogoGet your continuing education classes today! The Home Builders University (HBU) features online courses designed to help professionals in the residential building trades receive industry- specific training, meet continuing education requirements and improve building and business skills. HBA members receive FREE online courses from HBU. Members can get started today by visiting

Web based interactive learning allows you to:

  • Access courses anytime, anywhere online
  • Train at your own pace
  • Stop and restart a course whenever necessary
  • Save time and money

HBU is currently offering a 5-hour online version of the Lead Based Paint Course and Building Exterior Shell Training. And the best part is that HBAMP members receive discounts on classes!

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Visit to see what CCB continuing education classes are being offered live at the HBA.

What is required to renew your CCB license?

Almost all residential contractors are required to take a certain amount of continuing education each year, per the requirements established by the State Construction Contractors Board.  Below are answers to some commonly asked questions.  However, contractors are always welcome to call our office and one of our continuing education specialists can help you navigate the requirements and let you know of the variety of options we have to help you get the education you need to keep your license current. For information on obtaining a new CCB License, visit

When did the Continuing Education requirements to renew my CCB license go into effect?  

Applies to all renewals on or after October 1, 2011.

Who is required to take the training?

  • Residentially endorsed contractors
    – The owners, officers, members, employees or any combination
    – Training stays with the company
  • Residential Limited Contractors are only required to complete the core hours.
  • Residential Developers are exempt from all CE requirements.

How many credits are required?

Sixteen hours of continuing education during every two year license period.   8 hours of those must be in Core subject areas.  Eight hours are elective.

What are the core subject areas?

Three hours are in Building Exterior Shell Training (BEST).  Two hours are in Codes or Green Education.  For these areas, the CCB must pre-approve both the provider and the course in order to qualify as core credits.   The final three hours are in CCB Business Law and Practices and are usually only available directly through the CCB.

Why is there a requirement for a building exterior shell class? 

This was required as a legislative response to an increase in Construction Defect claims   Most claims result from a failure of the building envelope.  Envelope failures lead to water intrusion.  Water + organic building materials lead to mold and mildew problems.

Where do I find the Core classes?

The BEST classes Codes Classes and Green Classes are available online through our affiliated Home Builders University as well as in a live classroom setting at the HBA offices in Lake Oswego.   The CCB Business Law and Practices are offered exclusively through the CCB. CCB is offering web-based courses, courses available on CD/DVD and limited live courses.

What qualifies as an elective?

  • All courses taught by your local HBA
  • Lead based paint training
  • Training demos by manufacturers
  • Commercial continuing education
  • Left over core hours
  • Training for other construction license requirements
  • Participation as an HBA officer (two hours)

What if I have both commercial and residential licenses?

  • All hours taken for the Residential License, including the Core Credits, will apply towards your Commercial license.
  • All hours taken for the Commercial License will apply to the Residential License as elective credits.


Continuing Education


I have been a member of the HBA and PRO for almost 10 years. They say you get out of an organization what you put into it, and this couldn’t be more true. After joining several committees and being recently elected to the Board, I have a new found respect for this incredible organization.  The other members and staff are amazing people, totally committed to a greater good and always friendly and professional.  I can’t imagine a better value-based fit for me or my company.