Overview & Benefits
Obtaining a Contractor's License in Arizona
If you are looking to do work that requires a contractor’s license in Arizona, there are several requirements you must complete. Contractor applicants are required to submit a license application in addition to passing the Registrar of Contractors statutes and rules course as well as a trade exam specific to the type of work they perform.
We offer exam prep courses and reference materials for several trade exams, including the Nationally Accredited NASCLA Commercial Contractor Exam and the Arizona Asphalt Paving Exams.
The application process can be tedious and is where many contractors lose time and get frustrated. Let us help you apply for a contractor’s license! We offer Application Fulfillment Services to help you keep on task and reach your goal of becoming a licensed contractor. Contractor Training Center is here to help you reach your goal of becoming a licensed contractor.
Benefits of having a Contractor's license in Arizona
Construction laws are different in every state, but in Arizona, you must hold a contractor's license to perform any work valued over $1,000.
If you perform work without a license, you risk subjecting yourself to fines and even criminal charges. Working without a license can be a class 1 misdemeanor, which can carry a maximum term of six months in the county jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 plus an 83% surcharge.
The main benefit that a contractor’s license offers is credibility: licensed contractors are regulated by the state and are held liable for their work, so consumers assume less risk when hiring a contractor that holds a license. You have a higher earning potential, as you can legally take on projects on a larger scale.
Increases Your Earning Potential
Without a license, you are only able to take on “handyman” type tasks under $1,000. These can be trivial in nature. With a license, you can perform much larger projects and increase your profit. People are often willing to pay more on the same project to a licensed contractor versus an unlicensed entity.
Gives You Credibility
It also helps gain credibility by earning your client’s trust. A contractor’s license means you passed many hurdles to get there. Clients know that. They’ll have greater trust in your capabilities and will be more likely to hire you.
Additionally, licensed contractors are regulated by the state/local government, allowing clients to assume less financial risk when hiring a contractor. Unlicensed contractors are not backed by state or local recovery funds, so the homeowner cannot receive this type of financial assistance if the job is not completed.
Without a license, you are only able to take on small tasks. Don't limit yourself to working odd jobs as you can get them. With an Arizona Contractor's License, you can work on large-scale projects and grow your business to a larger scale.