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Drywall Installation Contractor (Commercial)

License required in 25 states

25th most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

58th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Drywall installation contractors, also known as hanger contractors, contract with clients to apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings and apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. The materials may be of decorative quality. The category includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide a support base for plaster, fireproofing or acoustical material. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the drywall installers who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Licensing

Twenty-five states license drywall installation contractors working on commercial properties. Eleven states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Twelve states require no experience. On average, states require 517 days of education and experience, $365 in fees ($983 in Nevada), and one exam. These high barriers give commercial drywall installation contractors the 25th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Arkansas 25 $180 1825 5 years 1 0 0
2 California 25 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
3 Nevada 25 $983 1460 4 years 1 0 18
4 Hawaii 25 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Florida 25 $364 1460 4 years 2 0 18
6 Oregon 25 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
7 Arizona 25 $906 730 2 years 1 0 18
8 New Mexico 25 $318 730 2 years 2 0 18
9 Utah 25 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
10 Virginia 25 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
11 South Carolina 25 $250 730 2 years 1 0 0
12 Mississippi 25 $640 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
13 Alabama 25 $492 67 3 Jobs, Contractors 2 0 0
14 Louisiana 25 $460 0 2 0 0
15 Rhode Island 25 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
16 D C 25 $655 0 0 0 0
17 North Dakota 25 $125 0 0 0 18
18 Tennessee 25 $305 0 1 0 0
19 North Carolina 25 $145 0 1 0 0
20 West Virginia 25 $132 0 1 0 0
21 Alaska 25 $300 0 0 0 0
22 Washington 25 $113 0 0 0 0
23 Iowa 25 $50 0 0 0 0
24 Idaho 25 $30 0 0 0 0
25 Nebraska 25 $0 0 0 0 0