Contractors don't need formal education. I think most of them have worked with family or friends and that's how they learn the business. That's how my contractor learned-from his dad-and his son is learning from him. I can't help but wonder what his son thought when he saw his dad not follow through on things ... or when he heard him lie.
My research shows that a contractor in Louisiana has to be licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors. In fact, there's a website listing licensed contractors by parish, by name of contractor or by name of their company. I wish I'd found this before we hired ours. He's not listed.
For those of you contemplating a renovation, please check with your state's Licensing Board for Contractors in addition to getting references. You've heard the old saying Buyer Beware, haven't you? Protect yourself and your pocketbook!