How To Become A Contractor In Tennessee

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Interested in becoming a contractor in Tennessee? If that’s on your agenda for 2021, your first step is to become licensed. The state requires a Tennessee Contractors License for jobs above $25,000.  While you can stay busy with small projects under this amount, licensed contractors have more opportunities and can earn significantly more than unlicensed contractors.

Licensed Contractor

According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, anyone who wishes to bid and work on projects over $25,000 will need licensure prior to bidding or contracting for the work. Per the state, this includes any person(s) acting in the following role:
  • Prime (General) Contractor – Bidding or contracting directly with the “owner” of the project;
  • Subcontractor – Contracting directly with any contractor (not to the owner) to perform projects when the total cost of that portion on the project is *$25,000 or more, for the following (includes all materials, equipment, and labor):
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, HVAC, and **Roofing; and Masonry when *$100,000 and up
  • Construction Management – When the value of the total project is $25,000 or more.

Tennessee Contractor Licensing and Application Fees

Anyone seeking to become a contractor in Tennessee is required to sit for two exams, business and law and the trade. Once these have been passed successfully, candidates can continue with the application process. Payments are submitted with the application:
  • Non refundable $250 application fee
  • $57 Business and Law exam fee
  • $57 NASCLA exam fee  

Exam Prep

An important step in the licensing process is to pass the required exams. @Home Prep’s fully online, user-friendly, and self-paced courses provide everything you need to pass these OPEN BOOK exams. They take you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. After your highlighting is completed with each book, you have the option take an online practice test to reinforce concepts presented.    @HomePrep offers live prep seminars for Tennessee Contractors License multiple times throughout the year. These seminars  prepare you for both the Tennessee Residential/Small Commercial Contractor License Exam  and the Business and Law Exam. During the 2-Day seminar, our instructors will guide you through highlighting and tabbing the associated exam books to help you pass the test on your first try. This package includes the seminar fee, all required reference books by license type, associated tabs and access to our online course for extra review. This course is taught by a construction industry For more information, or to order, contact our office at 1-800-952-0910 or click here to find your exam prep needs.   
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