There are dozens of different kinds of contractor licenses in Arizona. They are regulated by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. The two main categories are residential and commercial. Within those, there are general commercial, general residential, specialty commercial, and specialty residential contract types.
Almost all classifications of contractors in Arizona must have a certain amount of work experience and a passing score on one or more exams. The possible exams are as follows: Business Management Exam, Trade Exam, Solar Exam, and Arizona Department of Water Resources Trade Exam.
All Arizona contractor licenses require you to take the Business Management Exam. And most, but not all, require a trade exam. The solar and water exams are only for certain specialties.
No formal education is required for Arizona contractor licenses.
The work experience required for a general or specialty contractor license (both commercial and residential) ranges from no time to 4 years. But all but one category, which is Minor Home Improvements, requires at least some experience. Note that work as a trainee or low-level employee generally does not count. The time counts if you were a journeyman, foreman, supervising employee, or contractor.
Use the page below and the requirements chart to determine how many years of experience you need and what kinds of tests you have to take for the specific Arizona contractor license that you aim to obtain.
PSI has an “Arizona Registrar of Contractors Residential and Commercial Contractor License Examinations Candidate Information Bulletin.” You can use that to help you prepare for the tests, including getting content outlines and a list of references.
Take and pass the exams before you complete and submit your contractor application.
Before you can get a license, you may also have to pay a surety bond. This ranges from about $2500 to about $100,000. This depends on the volume of work you expect to do in the fiscal year. Look up the amount here.
If you have satisfied all requirements, then you can access an application packet using the page below, along with instructions and related forms.