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October 1, 2017

DC Board of Industrial Trades Licensing information

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The Board of Industrial Trades (Board) was established to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the District of Columbia by ensuring that individuals engaged in these trades have the specialized skills and training required to perform such services for the public.

The Board license law, which governs asbestos workers, plumbers , electricians , refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics , steam and other operating engineers , elevator mechanics , elevator inspectors (except for those employed by the District of Columbia or by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) and elevator contractors is defined by the District of Columbia Second Omnibus Regulatory Act of 1998 (Omnibus), which took effect on April 20, 1999. The Board may establish bonding and insurance requirements, subcategories of licensure, education, and experience requirements for licensure, and other requirements.

The Board consists of 15 members, appointed by the Mayor. Three (3) shall be plumbers licensed in the District, two (2) shall be electricians licensed in the District, two (2) shall be refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics licensed in the District, two (2) shall be steam and other operating engineers licensed in the District, two (2) shall be asbestos workers, one (1) shall be an elevator mechanic licensed in the District, one (1) shall be an elevator inspector licensed in the District, one (1) shall be an elevator contractor licensed in the District, and one(1) shall be a consumer member. Eight (8) members of the Board constitute a quorum.

The Board meets on the third Tuesday each month at 1:00 p.m. at the DCRA headquarters, located at 1100 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The Board can be reached by phone: (202) 442-4320 or fax: (202) 698-4329.

Board Administrator: Jennifer C. Champagne

Current Board Members

  • Robert Smith, Chairman – Master Electrician
  • Keith Jones, Co-Chairman – Class 1, Steam Engineer
  • Khidhar Abdulshakur – Asbestos Worker
  • Michael Dalton – Consumer Member
  • Brian Cooper – Elevator Contractor
  • Petrick Washington – Elevator Mechanic
  • Constantin Rodousakis – Master Electrician
  • Raleigh Heyward – Master Plumber/Gasfitter
  • Terrence Hughes – Master Plumber/Gasfitter
  • Richard Jackson – Master Plumber/Gasfitter
  • Garth Grannum – Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Alvin Venson – Master Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Alex Lemu – Class 1, Steam Engineer

2017 Meeting Dates:

Board meeting minutes are available at

License Search / News / Publications and Forms


Exciting news! On October 1, 2017, the Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration (OPLA) will launch a brand new licensing system, which will fully digitize and automate the licensing process for all applications and processes.

Due to this system upgrade, current application and licensing services will be unavailable between September 16, 2017 and September 30, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding while we work behind the scenes to deliver an enhanced customer service experience.

All paper applications received after Friday, September 15, 2017 WILL NOT be processed and will be returned to the address on the application.

After October 1, 2017, all licensing services and requests must be submitted online at Paper service requests will no longer be accepted. Beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017, you may call a customer service representative at 866-270-9817 with application questions or for further submission instructions.

Publications and Forms

These links take you to resource information and forms that are required to obtain your license from the District of Columbia.

Licensing / Resources


Elevator Maintenance ONLY
Online licensing services are a quick, convenient, and environmentally responsible way to manage your licensing needs. All of the functions listed below can be accessed through the Online Services – PULSE Portal link below:

  • Online Services – PULSE Portal
  • Submit a new, reinstatement or reactivation application. Application Instructions
  • Conduct a public license search.
  • Check application status or renewal.
  • Perform in-depth information inquiry.
  • Change address.
  • Request Letter of Certification.
  • Request duplicate license.



The Board is committed to professional development and consumer protection. The following links provide a wealth of additional information.