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Insulation Contractor (Residential)

License required in 30 states

54th most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

44th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Insulation contractors contract with clients to line and cover structures with insulating materials. They may work with batt, roll or blown insulation materials. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the insulators 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

Thirty states license insulation contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require 283 days of education and experience, $302 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 14 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 54th most burdensome.

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 California 30 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
2 Nevada 30 $1,033 1460 4 years 1 0 18
3 Hawaii 30 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 Arizona 30 $906 730 2 years 1 0 18
5 Maryland 30 $433 730 2 years 1 0 18
6 Utah 30 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
7 Virginia 30 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
8 New Mexico 30 $249 730 2 years 1 0 18
9 South Carolina 30 $50 365 1 years 0 0 0
10 Mississippi 30 $290 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
11 Oregon 30 $410 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
12 Michigan 30 $286 14 60 clock hours 0 0 18
13 Louisiana 30 $460 0 1 0 0
14 Rhode Island 30 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
15 North Dakota 30 $125 0 0 0 18
16 Tennessee 30 $305 0 1 0 0
17 North Carolina 30 $145 0 1 0 0
18 D C 30 $442 0 0 0 0
19 West Virginia 30 $132 0 1 0 0
20 Alabama 30 $350 0 0 0 0
21 Alaska 30 $300 0 0 0 0
22 Massachusetts 30 $250 0 0 0 0
23 Connecticut 30 $220 0 0 0 0
24 Washington 30 $113 0 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 30 $110 0 0 0 0
26 Arkansas 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Iowa 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Pennsylvania 30 $50 0 0 0 0
29 Idaho 30 $30 0 0 0 0
30 Nebraska 30 $0 0 0 0 0