Overview & Benefits
Obtaining a Contractor's license in the state of Arkansas
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If you’ve landed on this specific page, it’s likely that you’re ready to obtain your Arkansas contractor's license. Our courses can help you get there. Just like every other state in the U.S., there are requirements for licensed and unlicensed work in AR. For many projects, you’ll need a license before you can legally perform work on someone else’s property.
At Contractor Training Center, we are here to prepare you for these requirements. We can help you navigate the rules in place within Arkansas. This can be a tedious process. However, we are here to make it as stress-free as possible. Let’s get started on the ins and outs of this process.
The benefits of having a contractor's license in AR
In addition to getting you more business, a license is often required by law. In Arkansas, you must hold a license for any commercial project exceeding $50,000 or any single-family residence or any other residential project costing more than $2,000.
In Arkansas, it is a misdemeanor offense for unlicensed contractors to work on projects requiring a license (see more below). Individuals that work without a license are subject to fines and even criminal charges for repeat offenses.
Gives You Credibility
Having a license increases your credibility, allowing you to build trust with your clients. There are other ways you can gain their trust, but this is a big part of establishing yourself and your business, especially if you're working with new customers.
Licensed contractors are regulated by the state/local government. Many states and localities offer recovery funds that compensate homeowners that experience financial losses at the hands of a contractor. Because of this reduced risk, homeowners are often willing to pay more to hire someone properly licensed.
Gives You A Higher Earning Potential
One benefit of having a contractor's license in Arkansas is it makes you reliable and experienced in the eyes of your client. It is very likely that they will even ask to see your license before they agree to any type of contract with you. Additionally, in Arkansas, you must hold a license for any commercial project exceeding $50,000. Alternatively, you must have a license to bid on, construct, or manage the construction of a single-family residence or the property and structures associated with it if the cost of the project is more than $2,000.
Having a general contractor license in Arkansas will also expand the size of the projects you can complete. If a large project over $50,000 opens for you but you don’t have a license, you’re missing out on a great opportunity earning potential. Consequently, clients will often pay more money to a licensed contractor as opposed to a handyman, because they have more confidence in the contractor's work.
Our best word of advice is to not put off getting your contractors license. If you get caught performing work illegally, it could mean serious trouble for you and your business. It will also hurt your reputation and even result in a loss of clientele. To avoid this, get started today, and you’ll have your license in no time.