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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 (Seminar Only)

    $529.99

    This 2-Day seminar provides everything you need to pass the Tennessee Contractor License Exam, including:

    • Highlighting Guides
    • Math and Calculations
    • Study Tips
    • Licensing Information
    • Instructor Support

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  • Tennessee Residential/Small Commercial Contractor License Exam Prep

    $219.99

    The Tennessee Residential/Small Commercial Contractor License is comprised of narrated highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test-taking tips and strategies. Topics include building provisions, vertical openings, automatic sprinkler systems, inspection requirements, safety, protective equipment, employer responsibility, building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements,  estimating and planning, job safety, builder’s tips, step-by-step applications and more. 

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

    $1,823.80
    • Our live seminars are taught by industry professional with over 30 years’ experience.
    • All required books for your exam (based on license type) are included in your bundle along with pre-printed tabs.
    • You will also receive an online exam prep course you can access 24/7 up to 1 year from purchase.
    • For locations, dates, and times please see below:
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    Tennessee Contractor Exam Prep- Residential/Small Commercial Complete Package

    $1,687.89

    Includes the following:

    • All required books for your exam (based on license type) are included in your bundle along with pre-printed tabs.
    • You will also receive an online exam prep course you can access 24/7 up to 1 year from purchase.
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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 $53 for one portion, $106 fee for two portions.
  • 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.

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.