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Contractors License Requirements


Basically, you need a license to bid on any job over $750 in Arizona.

Arizona issues separate licenses for commercial and residential work for each particular trade or construction field. Licenses are good for two years. To apply for either license, contact:


Arizona Registrar of Contractors

1700 W. Washington St.
Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2812
(602) 542-1525; 877-692-9762 Toll Free

You must pass a business management exam within six months from when you apply for it. After that you'll have one year to apply for your license.

Freedom offers a Home Study course, that covers all required subjects and will prepare you for the state exam. Click here for course details.

To apply for the exam, contact:

PSI Examination Services

3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267

For a list of the construction trades you can be licensed in, years of experience you need, and whether you have to pass a trade exam for the license, click here.

All experience claims must be verifiable by a qualified and responsible person, such as a homeowner, an employer, a fellow employee, other jouneyman, a contractor, a union representative, building inspector, an architect or an engineer. The person verifying your claim must have first-hand knowledge of your experience, that is he or she must have observed the work you have done.

Contracting experince will also be considered from currently licensed Arizona Contractors, formerly licensed AZ Contractors and the official personnel listed on the Board records for an Arizona Contractors License.


  Trade Years experience required Trade Exam required?
  Engineering contracting (commercial)    
A General engineering 4 yes
A-03 Blasting 4 yes
A-04 Drilling 4 yes
A-05 Excavating, grading & oil surfacing 4 no
A-07 Piers & foundations 4 yes
A-09 Swimming pools 4 yes
A-11 Steel & aluminum erection 4 yes
A-12 Sewers, drains & pipe laying 4 yes
A-14 Asphalt paving 4 no
A-15 Seal coating 2 no
A-16 Waterworks 4 yes
A-17 Electrical & transmission lines 4 yes
A-19 *Swimming pools, including solar 4 yes
A-21 Landscaping & irrigation systems 4 yes
AE as restricted by Registrar    
  General commercial contracting    
B-01 General commercial 4 yes
B-02 General small commercial 4 yes
BE as restricted by Registrar    
  Residential contracting    
B General residential 4 yes
B-03 General remodeling and repair 4 yes
B-04 General residential engineering 4 yes
B-04R Corrosion control 1 no
B-04R Sport court accessories 1 no
B-04R Soil stabilization 1 no
B-05 General swimming pool contractor 4 yes
B-05R Swimming pool covers 1 no
B-05R Fiberglassing of swimming pools 1 no
B-05R Reservoir linings and covers 1 no
B-05R Factory fabricated pools & accessories 2 yes
B-06 General swimming pool contractor, including solar* 4 yes
B-10 Premanufactured spas and hot tubs 2 no
  Specialty residential contracting    
C-01 Acoustical systems 1 no
C-02 Excavating, grading and oil surfacing 3 no
C-03 Awnings & canopies 1 no
C-04 Boilers, including solar 4 yes
C-04R Boilers 4 yes
C-06 Swimming pool service & repair 1 no
C-07 Carpentry 4 yes
C-07R Doors, gates windows & accessories 1 no
C-07R Removable formwork & shoring 1 no
C-07R Nailing & stapling 1 no
C-08 Floor covering 2 yes
C-08R Wood flooring 1 no
C-08R Carpet 1 no
C-08R Composition flooring 1 no
C-08R Non-conventional floor covering 1 no
C-08R Ceramic and clay floor covering 1 no
C-09 Concrete 4 yes
C-09R Gunite & shotcrete 3 no
C-09R Lightweight concrete 1 no
C-09R Fence footings 1 no
C-09R Pre-cast concrete 1 no
C-09R Sawing, coring, epoxy panels & bonding 1 no
C-10 Drywall 2 no
C-11 Electrical 4 yes
C-12 Low voltage communication systems 1 yes
C-13 Asphalt paving 4 no
C-13R Asphalt coating & parking appurtenances 2 no  
C-14 Fencing 3 no
C-14R Fencing other than masonry 1 no
C-15 Blasting 4 yes
C-16 Fire protection systems 4 yes
C-16R CO2, dry and wet chemical systems 1 no
C-17 Structural steel & aluminum 4 yes
C-17R Steel floor, sub floor & form systems 1 no
C-17R Welding 1 no
C-17R Ornamental metals 1 no
C-17R Tanks 1 no
C-17R Recreational equipment 1 no
C-17R Rebar, post tensioning and wire mesh 2 no
C-18 Elevators 4 no
C-21 Landscaping & irrigation systems 2 no
C-21R Landscaping 2 no
C-21R Irrigation systems 2 yes
C-22 House moving 4 no
C-22R Wrecking 3 no
C-29 Machinery ask registrar ask registrar
C-30 Finish carpentry 2 no
C-30R Kitchen and bathroom components 1 no
C-30R Doors, windows, gates, tub & shower enclosures 1 no
C-30R Cultured marble 1 no
C-30R Weatherstripping 1 no
C-31 Masonry 4 yes
C-31R Flagstone 1 no
C-31R Stone masonry 1 no
C-34 Painting & wall covering 2 yes
C-34R Surface preparation & waterproofing 1 no
C-34R Wallpaper 1 no
C-36 Plastering 3 no
C-36R Swimming pool plastering 2 no
C-36R Lathing 2 no
C-37 Plumbing, including solar 4 yes
C-37R Plumbing 4 yes
C-37R Built-in central vacuum systems 1 no
C-37R Kitchen & bathroom fixture refinishing 1 no
C-37R Swimming pool plumbing & equipment 1 no
C-37R Gas piping 2 yes
C-37R Sewers, drains & pipe laying 4 yes
C-37R Water conditioning equipment 2 yes
C-37R Solar plumbing, liquid systems 6 months yes
C-38 Signs 1 no
C-39 Air conditioning & refrigeration, including solar 4 yes
C-39R Air conditioning and refrigeration 4 yes
C-39R Gas refrigeration 2 no
C-39R Temperature control systems 1 no
C-39R Warm air heating, evaporative cooling & heating 2 yes
C-39R Evaporative cooling and ventilators 1 no
C-39R Pre-coolers 1 no
C-40 Insulation 2 no
C-40R Foam insulation 1 no
C-41 Sewage treatment and systems 3 yes
C-41R Precast waste treatment systems 2 yes
C-42 Roofing 4 yes
C-42R Foam & panel roofing 2 no
C-42R Liquid applied roofing 1 no
C-42R Roofing shingles & shakes 2 no
C-45 Sheet metal 2 no
C-45R Premanufactured fireplaces 1 no
C-48 Ceramic, plastic, & metal tile 3 yes
C-48R Swimming pool tile 2 no
C-53 Drilling 2 yes
C-61 Limited remodeling & repair 4 yes
C-62 Minor home improvement -- no
C-63 Appliances 2 no
C-65 Glazing 3 no
C-65R Skylights 1 no
C-65R Storm windows & doors 1 no
C-65R Mirrors 1 no
C-65R Window treatment 1 no
C-68 Mobile home remodeling & repair 4 yes

*3-1/2 years practical experience plus 1/2 year solar experience Commercial and residential exam fees: All exam questions are multiple choice. The cost for the exam is $72 for the business law part or one trade exam. If you apply for the business law and one trade exam, the cost is $125.

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