It takes how long to get a landscape contractor license?

A lot of lawn care business owners besides mowing also offer landscape services as well. Each state seems to have it’s own laws that regulate these landscape services. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, sometimes you can get away with not having a license and sometimes you can’t. But what are the requirements to get such a landscape license?

One lawn care business owner wrote “I live in Utah and am fairly new to this business. I have been working very hard to learn, read, sell, and manage everything that goes along with having my own business. I also network pretty good with a few landscapers that have combined 30 years of experience. If I need their help they help me out, so I am not scared to say ‘Yes I do that’ to clients when asked.

I really enjoy the rewarding feeling I get when a client is super happy with my work. So I am pretty sure I want to make this my career.

I got a call a few weeks ago from a building contractor in my area and I went over and did a bid. I estimated the bid at $8,000. After a few adjustments I won the bid!! I felt like I finally accomplished something in my life! When I received the contract by email it read ‘Before any funds are paid out, I must show a contractors license.’

I spoke with the owner of the construction company about not having the license and he said it wasn’t anything personal he just does everything by the book. I’m cool with that.

So I called my two friends and they said they don’t have one either. When I asked, they explained why they didn’t have one and their answers were similar.

1) They can’t afford to work for someone for 2 years that has the license and

2) Very rarely does anybody ask for one.

I understand those reasons but I will make a lot of money by having one. So I did some research and found out that to get one besides taking the exam I would need to also either work for someone for two years that has a company with a license or employ someone who has a license and put them on my payroll for two years. Or give the person who has a license 20% of my business for two years. I have to have 2 years working for a license landscape contractor and I have to have W-2 PROOF. It’s crazy out here!!

I am willing to do anyone of these but I can’t find a contractor locally that will hire me. Next step was to put an ad out on craigslist looking for someone with a S330 contractors license and I have gotten a few replies but they have general contractors license and I checked into it and that will not do for what I need.

I think that if I can hang around until I get my S330 license it will be worth it. I checked my county and there really isn’t that many licensed landscapers,but there are quite a few builders so it’s easy to see how one of the big guys reached out to me. If you work well with contractors you pretty much work on most projects they get.

With more research I decided to apply to Utah State University for their residential landscape design and construction degree. It’s the only one in the state. I found that when I graduate with my residential landscape design and construction degree, that will credit me with 2,000 of the 4,000 hours needed for my license. This will help me out big time. I am more interested with the learning and experience I need to be successful more than the money right NOW.

My next step will be to network around and find out who I can talk to directly who is in charge of hiring for the city. As a lawn maintenance employee whatever and see if I can get hired by them for now and if that would qualify me. Like I said, I am new to this industry and I have TONS to learn so I’m not too upset. My main priority is to just keep bugging the landscapers for a job!! Even if that means putting my business on hold until I get the license. I think it will be worth it.

Hopefully what ever landscape company that hires me will allow me to still work my business on the side but if not, I will shut my business down for now, because I feel it will be worth the wait and I will come back better later.

Although I do get calls ones or twice a week for landscaping jobs I only have two weekly clients for lawn care. So it would be best for me to work for someone now. I won’t be losing nothing. Until I find a job I will keep doing what I have been, saying Yes to everyone about jobs they want done. Oh the things you learn along the way.”

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