Minnesota

Licensing (General)
All mechanical contractors must file a $25,000 mechanical bond with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to perform work covered by the State of Minnesota Mechanical Code (MR 1346)

Any contractor that contracts with an owner to construct or improve dwellings for habitation by one to four families and performs two or more special skills must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry as a residential building contractor or residential re-modeler.

Education/testing: Contractor’s qualifying person must pass an examination administered based on the International Building Code, Minnesota State Building Code, and Minnesota statutes.

Licensing (PV)
All electrical contractors and electricians performing work within the state must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. There is no city or county licensing.

Education/testing: Master electrician, journeyman electrician, and power limited technician applicants must meet a work experience threshold based on years of experience and then pass a written or oral examination; an oral examination shall be administered only to an applicant who furnishes a statement that he or she has a reading disability which would prevent satisfactorily performance on a written test.  As a general rule the Department of Commerce State Energy Office recommends installation by a trained licensed electrical contractor working with a licensed electrical contractor.

Licensing (Solar thermal)
All plumbing contractors and plumbers performing plumbing work within the state must be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Education/testing: Master plumber and journeyman plumber applicants must meet a work experience threshold based on years of experience and then pass a written or oral examination; an oral examination shall be administered only to an applicant who furnishes a statement that he or she has a reading disability which would prevent satisfactory performance on a written test.

Licensing body: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Reciprocity: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa for master and journeyman electrical licenses. For journeyman electrical licenses only, Minnesota has reciprocal agreements with Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota,  and Wyoming. If you’ve received a license by examination in one of these states and held it for one year or more, you can get a reciprocal license in Minnesota.

Resources

  1. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
 

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