How To Get Your Contractors License In Texas
Are you currently working in the Texas construction industry and ready to optimize your career opportunities? Although there is no state license for contractors in Texas, general contracting is regulated at the local level.
Each city has its own rules and laws regarding licensing and contracting work. Additionally, certain types of contractors are required by the state to obtain a license prior to doing work. These include:
- HVAC contractors
- Well drilling specialists
- Pump installation specialists
- Refrigeration and fire systems specialists
- Landscapers and interior designers
Our team here @HomePrep has helped students with various Texas contractor licensing and renewals for years and we offer exam prep and CE credits.
Contractors License Requirements
Texas contractors are required to register as a business with the Texas Secretary of State. You’ll need to select your business structure, such as sole proprietorship or LLC partnership, and provide your business start up information.
Which License Is Right For You?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issues:
- Electrical Contractor Licenses
- HVAC Contractor Licenses
- Water Well Driller Contractor Licenses
For plumbing contractors, contact the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.
Since there are no state guidelines for general contractors, you’ll need to research the requirements set forth by local authorities or municipalities for:
- General contractor license
- Specialty contractor license
- Roofing contractor license
- Home improvement contractor license
Steps to Get Your License
Step 1 – Take A Course & Prepare For Your Exam
If applying for plumbing, electrical or HVAC licenses, applicants must pass the pre-license test and provide scores to the state with their application. Start by taking the right Texas Contractor Licensing course for your exam.
Step 2 – Take Your Exam
You can schedule your exam through PSI here.
Step 3 – Register Your Business
The first step for any Texas contractor is to register as a business with the Texas Secretary of State.
Step 4 – Obtain insurance and/or contractor license bond
Depending on your license, you may need to obtain any or all of the following:
- Workers Compensation
- General Liability Insurance
- General Contractors Bond
Step 5 – Submit Application
Complete and submit the application, with the appropriate licensing authority for which you are applying. You will also submit an application fee (this varies).
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 Texas HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical licenses through a home study/online course format.
These courses include:
- Online Access To Course 24/7
- Test Taking Tips
- Highlighting Guides
- Practice Tests
- Pre-printed Permanent Tabs
- Free Shipping
- Instructor Support 7 Days a Week
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