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Old 01-03-2011, 08:46 AM   #1
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I got to talking with some guys other day in Home Depot parking lot. Alot of guys around here were "grandfathered in" with their license. They don't know crap! One guy only knew how to wire new houses. Take him out of that realm and he is clueless. I've hired several guys as sub's that have their own license but they only have limited knowledge. I know for sure they couldn't even come close to passing test again. (I'm not sure I could..it's been a while). But, I do know that I know much more than alot of the grandfathered in guys I meet around here. I have alot to learn still but I would think eventually the state would make everyone have to take some sort of test for minimum standards???

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I got to talking with some guys other day in Home Depot parking lot. Alot of guys around here were "grandfathered in" with their license. They don't know crap! One guy only knew how to wire new houses. Take him out of that realm and he is clueless. I've hired several guys as sub's that have their own license but they only have limited knowledge. I know for sure they couldn't even come close to passing test again. (I'm not sure I could..it's been a while). But, I do know that I know much more than alot of the grandfathered in guys I meet around here. I have alot to learn still but I would think eventually the state would make everyone have to take some sort of test for minimum standards???
So did your state just start a new license system?

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That was true of NC also but I think most of them are retired or passed away now. 30 years ago they had licensing but many counties had no inspection department. To a lot of folks that meant anything goes.

I bought my first house in one of the counties without any inspection department. I noticed a big sag in the ceiling by the skylight. I went up there and they had cut 2 trusses and used a 2x10 that didn't span but to the next truss. I called the builder, house was 10 years old at the time, he said there was no inspection back then.

I laughed and said there was no inspection but you were still required to build it to code. I made him come back and repair it. He was pissed but he knew I was right.

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No one has been grandfathered in in Georgia since the state licensing went into effect in 1984. So the guys you are talking to are either older fellows or just outright lying.
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Not sure. Some were kind of old some were not. I took test back in 2006 when they first started it all. I found this below on state site...?


1) Will all of those currently operating as contractors in Georgia be grandfathered in?

No. The law allows a one-time application period for a limited group of applicants to gain the license without taking the exam. All applicants wishing to practice as general or residential contractors must meet the required eligibility requirements, submit an application and pay the appropriate fees. This exemption phase closed December 31, 2006. It was subsequintly re-opened for a short window when Governor Perdue signed SB 115 into law May 2007. At this current time, examination exemption applications ARE NOT being accepted.
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1) Will all of those currently operating as contractors in Georgia be grandfathered in?

No. The law allows a one-time application period for a limited group of applicants to gain the license without taking the exam. All applicants wishing to practice as general or residential contractors must meet the required eligibility requirements, submit an application and pay the appropriate fees. This exemption phase closed December 31, 2006. It was subsequintly re-opened for a short window when Governor Perdue signed SB 115 into law May 2007. At this current time, examination exemption applications ARE NOT being accepted.
So are you a general contractor, or electrical contractor? Because the section you quoted was for GCs. Georgia started licensing GCs in 2007, but electrical contractors have been licensed since 1984.
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Not sure about quote. There are so many levels around here it's confusing. I'm really not sure what those guys were talking about anyhow. they are probably doing electric without a license anyhow.
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GC licensing started in 07.
Electrical licensing has been around since I started in the trades, mid 80's.
When they started licensing, those that had a business were grandfathered in.
If you look at the SOS web site, serch for license, click on a name and you will find out if they took a test or converted by being grandfathered in.
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I t was the same way in VA for a long time. Many HVAC contractors hand plumbing electrcial hvac, all in one license, and they didn't know crap. Comtinuing education has weeded them out.

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