The Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board is a state agency that houses both the Contractors Licensing Board and the Residential Contractors Committee. The Contractors Licensing Board regulates the issuance of licenses for Commercial Contractors in the State of Arkansas pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §§ 17-25-101 through 17-25-315. The Board also regulates the Arkansas State Contractors Bond Law pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §§ 17-25-401 through 17-25-409. The Board has seven members who are appointed by the Governor. Five of the board members are contractors, while two board members are not contractors and represent consumers. The Board meets twice a month to issue licenses and to conduct Administrative Hearings for commercial contractors alleged to be in violation of the law.
The Residential Contractors Committee has a separate set of board members. The Committee regulates the issuance of licenses for Residential Contractors in the State of Arkansas pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §§ 17-25-501 through 17-25-513. The Committee has seven members who are appointed by the Governor. Five of the committee members are residential contractors, while two committee members are not contractors and represent consumers. The Residential Committee meets once a month to issue residential licenses and hold administrative hearings.
The Staff of the Board includes an Administrator who oversees the entire operation of the Board, investigators who are assigned to various portions of the State, staff members who handle licensing and bonding, and a staff attorney. An extern with the Board will work directly with the Administrator, the staff attorney, the investigators, and other staff members and may be called upon to:
- Research various issues concerning administrative law, the contractors licensing and bond law, the residential licensing law, and construction law;
- Assist with investigations of unlicensed contractors;
- Assist with investigations of complaints filed against licensed contractors;
- Attend meetings with the administrator, staff attorney, and investigators;
- Assist with preparation for monthly hearings before both the Contractors Board and Residential Committee;
- Attend monthly board meetings before the Contractors Board and Residential Committee.
While not required, successful completion of the course in Administrative Law would be beneficial prior to beginning this externship. The Staff of the Board will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.