PHOENIX, Ariz., (December 21, 2017) – On Thurs., Dec. 21, 2017, the Registrar of Contractors updated its application forms and removed the requirement to submit projects as part of the experience portion. The submission of projects was an unnecessary and additional burden not required by statute. This requirement also served as the Agency’s single largest deficiency in new license applications as they were confusing and rarely filled out completely. (About 85% of applications received were deficient due to projects!) For many people filling out the application to obtain a Registrar of Contractors’ license, the experience and project portions presented daunting tasks – provide (normally) four years of work history or education training and at least 10 projects each requiring verification. The verifiers were typically homeowners, coworkers or parents attesting to the applicant’s involvement in a specific project. This unnecessary burden extended beyond the applicant. The verifier’s identity was required to be notarized; meaning they - the homeowners, coworkers or parents - needed to find a notary to complete the form. The removal of this burdensome application requirement is only part of an ongoing review and adjustment of licensing requirements at the ROC. In fact, the Agency also recently completed rulemaking (Nov. 2017) to split 28 license classifications back into residential-only and commercial-only forms. This move comes after licensees were forced into dual classifications in 2014. The impact of this forced combination increased the cost of doing business for impacted owners. These businesses were required to pay increased bonding and increased licensing fees. In addition, new applicants were required to meet higher license qualification requirements and it also made many previously commercial-only classifications begin to pay into the Residential Recovery Fund; regardless of their not performing residential work. Depending on actual bond prices, on average, a current licensee holding a dual license classification can now save between $355 and $485 per year by choosing to opt out of the dual classification in favor of a commercial- or residential-only license. What’s next? Watch for rulemaking reducing the Recovery Fund Assessment fee placed on licensees. This process should begin within the next couple of weeks!