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Pursuing a career in the Construction field? Study at home for your Tennessee Construction license exam with our fully online, user-friendly, and self-paced course.

  • Tennessee Contractor Exam Prep Live Seminar – Residential/Small Commercial Package

    $1,599.99

    @HomePrep offers this seminar to prepare you for the Tennessee Residential/Small Commercial Contractor License Exam as well as the Business and Law Exam. This 2-Day seminar will guide you through highlighting and tabbing the associated exam books for fast and easy reference during the test. 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 expert with over 30 years’ practical experience in the construction trade…

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  • Tennessee Contractor Live Seminar (Seminar Only)

    $529.99

    @HomePrep offers this seminar to prepare you for the Tennessee Contractor License Exam of your choice as well as the Business and Law Exam. This 2-Day seminar will guide you through highlighting and tabbing the associated exam books for fast and easy reference during the test. This option is for the Live Seminar only and DOES NOT include any of the books or tabs.

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  • Tennessee Residential/Small Commercial Contractor License

    $199.99

    Anyone seeking to become a contractor in Tennessee is required to sit for two exams, business and law and the trade. A residential/small commercial contractor’s services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-, two-, three-, or four-family unit residences that do not exceed three stories in height and to the construction, erection, alteration, repair or demolition of any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public including residential construction with more than 4 units or great than 3 stories in heig…

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Requirements To Complete

About This License

A residential/small commercial contractor’s services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one, two, three, or four family unit residences that do not exceed three stories in height and to the construction, erection, alteration, repair or demolition of any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public including residential construction with more than 4 units or great than 3 stories in height where the project does not exceed $750,000. This license excludes all electrical, HVAC, and plumbing work.

Requirements to Obtaining Your License

contractors License in Tennessee is required for projects that exceed $25,000.

  • Anyone seeking to become a contractor in Tennessee is required to sit for two exams, business and law and the trade.
  • Please note that the Limited Licensed Electrician and the Limited Licensed Plumber classifications do NOT require the business and law exam to be passed.
  • Workers Compensation is required.

General liability insurance requirements are based on your monetary limit.

  • If your monetary limit is up to $500,000, you will need to provide $100,000 coverage.
  • If your monetary limit is $500,001 - $1,500,000, you will need to provide $500,000 coverage.
  • If your monetary limit is greater than $1,500,000 you will need to provide $1,000,000 coverage.

Applying For Your License

An application for licensure can be obtained from the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors by calling 1-800-544-7693. The licensing and application fee is $250.00.

Exam Details

  • The testing company is PSI (1-800-733-9267)
  • 100 questions and an 5 hour time limit
  • 73% is required to pass the exam
  • The exam fee is $57.
  • Topics on the exam include sitework, footings, and foundation; concrete and concrete reinforcement; masonry; carpentry; metals; roofing; associated trades; general code; plan reading and estimating; and OSHA safety

Books and References for the Exam

The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • ACI 318-14
  • ACI 530-13
  • OSHA Code of Federal Regulations Part 1926
  • Carpentry and Building Construction
  • Guide to Good Practice for Wood Trusses
  • Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating
  • Modern Masonry
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook
  • Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders
  • Manual of Construction with Steel Deck

Exam Review Education

Online Training: The program takes 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. Also, there is an extensive math and plans analysis portion. The program is narrated.

Continuing Education

There are no requirements for continuing education as of this time.

Reciprocity Agreement

Tennessee has limited reciprocity agreement with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

How It Works

1

Obtain pre-approval from the state (if applicable).

2

Purchase Exam Prep materials.

3

Schedule and pass your state exams.

4

Submit to the state your application, licensing fee, and proof of insurance.