Licensing and Certifications for Professionals

Patricia Skinner  |  1/3/2007 6:36:13 PM

The list below provides information on the state boards that license or otherwise certify different professionals who can assist you with your rebuilding efforts. While a state license is a minimum requirement for the professionals listed below, additional local licenses are required for these professionals by some parishes and municipalities in Louisiana. Check with your building department to see if an additional local license is required in your area for the professional you are considering hiring.

Most licensing boards require that the professional carries both general liability insurance policies and worker’s compensation policies. When a professional loses one of these policies or lets it expire, the licensing board is automatically notified and the license is suspended. Thus, verifying the status of a professional’s license lets you know that the professional is also properly insured.

A Web site is provided for each of the boards listed. These sites provide a wealth of information on the exact requirements for licensure or certification and instructions on how to become licensed if you are seeking to provide professionals services. Most of the Web sites have a search feature where you can verify a professional’s licensure status. For the boards that do not have this search feature on their Web site, a phone number is usually provided that you can call to get help verifying that information. 

Real Estate Appraisers
Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board 
http://www.reab.state.la.us/ 

Real Estate Agents
Louisiana Real Estate Commission
www.lrec.state.la.us

Mortgage Lenders
Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions
www.ofi.state.la.us

Architects
Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
www.lastbdarchs.com

Interior Decorators & Designers
Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Interior Design
www.lsbid.org

Home Inspectors
Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors
http://www.lsbhi.com/

All Plumbing Related Professionals Except Sewerage
Louisiana State Plumbing Board
www.spbla.com  

On-site Waste Water Treatment System Installers
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 
new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/627  

Home Security and Sprinkler Systems
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
www.dps.state.la.us/sfm

Homeowner's and Builders Risk Insurance providers
Louisiana Department of Insurance
www.ldi.state.la.us

Engineers and Surveyors
Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
www.lapels.com

Real Estate Lawyers
Louisiana State Bar Association
www.lsba.org

Landscape Design, Installation, Maintenance
State of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
www.ldaf.state.la.us

Contractors and all other professional construction services
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
www.lslbc.state.la.us

Non-professional Services (that require only a business license):
Plan Books, Home Warrantee Providers, Consultants (Historic Preservation, Disability, Energy), Pest Control, Building Materials, Appliances, Furnishings, Tool & Equipment Rental, Storage Units, and Title Search Firms
For these service providers, corporation business licenses can be checked at
Louisiana Secretary of State www.sos.louisiana.gov

Sole practitioners are not required to be licensed by the state if they have not incorporated their business.

 

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