How To Get Your Contractors License In Tennessee
Construction in Tennessee is booming and state-licensed contractors have more career opportunities than ever right now. That’s because licensed contractors are compliant with the state and can tackle bigger and more complex projects as the state requires licensure prior to bidding contracts $25,000 or more. This increases earning potential and provides a more consistent income for those in the construction industry.
Each state has unique licensing requirements and process for obtaining a contractor’s license, which is why we’ve created this guide. In Tennessee, applicants must first pass two exams: a Business & Law exam and a trade exam (for various classifications).
Our team here @HomePrep has helped students with Tennessee’s contractor licensing and renewals for years and created a best-selling 2 day live seminar with everything you need to pass your exams on the first try.
Contractors License Requirements
Per the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, certain eligibility requirements must be met to apply for licensure. These include:
- Pass the “Business and Law” exam, plus any required trade exam
- Provide a financial statement
- Provide a Reference Letter and Insurance
- Verify Workers’ Comp Insurance is Covered for Working in Tennessee
- Disclose your business structure — Corporations, LLCs, and Limited/General Partnerships must register with the Secretary of State.
- Submit notarized application plus $250 fee
Which Classification is Right for You?
When filling our your application, you’ll need to specify the classification of license you desire.
The most common include:
Additionally, Tennessee has other classifications. Click here to view a more complete list.
Steps to Get Your License
Step 1 – Prepare for your exams
All applicants must pass the business and law exam plus any required trade exam and provide scores to the state with their application.
Step 2 – Take Your Exam
You can schedule your exam through PSI here.
Step 3 – Provide your financial statement
The required financial statement must be prepared by a CPA/LPA and will be one of the following:
- Reviewed Financial Statement (required for a monetary limit of $1,500,000 or less). Renewal does not require a Review and an in-house statement may be provided
- Audited Financial Statement (required for a monetary limit exceeding $1,500,000) Renewal does not require an Audit; may supply a Review or Audit from a CPA
Step 4 – Submit a proof of insurance and reference letter
Your reference letter must be provided by someone with past experience working with you such as a previous employer or client.
You will also need to provide proof of general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
Step 5 – Register your business with Tennessee Secretary of State
All applicants must show proof of registration of the business with the state, including registration for a tax ID number as well.
The Secretary of State’s office may be contacted at (615) 741-2286 or click here to view the website.
Step 6 – Submit application
Once all of the requirements have been met, you will submit your application plus the $250 fee to the Board for review.
Online Course for Exam Prep
We specialize in contractor licensing, helping contractors grow their careers through exam prep and continuing education.
We offer review for the Tennessee contractor exam with our best-selling live seminar. Over the course of two days, our instructors guide you through highlighting and tabbing the associated exam books for fast and easy reference during the test.
This live, two-day seminar includes:
Tennessee Residential/Commercial/Industrial Contractor License
Tennessee Business and Law
Test Taking Tips
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