Obtaining a Contractor’s License in the State of Arkansas

Welcome to Contractor Training Center! Here, you’ll find information on obtaining an Arkansas contractor license. This is a requirement in the state of AR. Not to mention, it promises many benefits when you become a licensed contractor.

We’d like to begin by congratulating you on this exciting decision! If you’ve landed on this specific page, it’s likely that you’re ready to obtain your Arkansas contractors 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.


What You Can Expect from Us

There are 3 main steps for licensing that you’ll need to complete in almost every state. To begin, you’ll need to apply. This ensures you are registered in the state of Arkansas properly so they can tax you. It also confirms that you have the experience needed to perform work on someone else’s property.

Next, you want to complete and pass a Business Law exam. This ensures you know the laws set in place when operating a business in the state of Arkansas. There is also a Technical exam you’ll need to prepare for and pass. This shows you hold the skills needed to complete the type of work you wish to perform.

At Contractor Training Center, we will supply all the books and tabs you need to prepare for these exams. This is an open book exam, so we make sure to give you all the information you need to pass with flying colors on your first attempt. We are proud of our extremely high first-time pass rate. If you don’t pass, we’ll offer you the necessary class again for free.

In Arkansas, we teach exam prep courses for the following exams:

  • The Arkansas Contractor Business Law exam.
  • The NASCLA Nationally-Accredited exam. This is a commercial and residential license in the state of Arkansas. This license is also transferable to 14 other states and the USVI. It is the most popular license for General Contractors because it is so widely accepted and flexible! You can build anything from a house to a skyscraper with this license.


The Benefits of Having a Contractors License in AR

The most obvious benefit of having a contractors license in AR 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. It not only makes you more credible. In Arkansas, you must hold a license for any commercial or residential projects over $20,000.

Having a general contractor license in Arkansas will also expand the size of the projects you can complete. If a large project opens for you but you don’t have a license, you’re missing out on a great opportunity earning potential. Consequently, clients will pay more money to a licensed contractor as opposed to a handyman.

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.


How to Get a Contractors License in AR

Wondering how to get a contractors license in Arkansas? To get started on obtaining an AR contractors license, follow these steps:


1. Determine Which Exam You Need to Take

The Contractor Training Center makes the process of obtaining your contractor license in Arkansas easy. We will guide you through the process of completing and finishing the Business and Law exam. Applicants will also have the choice to take the NASCLA Business Law and Project Management Book with the exam. This will open doors for them and allow them to complete work in other states.

The NASCLA has replaced the Commercial Trades exam in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • S. Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia


2. Complete the Application

You can obtain your Arkansas contractor application from the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board.

When you’re ready for the exam, you can follow the directions down below. Remember that our course will walk you through this entire process. We can help significantly increase your chances of passing on your first try.


3. Register for the Exam

To take the NASCLA exam, you must first apply and be approved by NASCLA. You can find the application on their website, ned.nascla.org No additional business law exam is required in Arkansas with a NASCLA license.

If you’re taking a different technical exam and need to take the Arkansas Business Law exam, it is proctored by Prometric exams. You can find the application for the exam on their website and at the form linked here.


4. Pay for the Exam

Payments accepted include VISA, American Express, MasterCard, or a check drafted from your banks checking account. Upon paying, you’ll receive a confirmation number the directions to your assigned testing center.


5. Submit Additional Documents

Along with the application fee and documents you need to provide:

  • 3 written references
  • Proof of at least 4 years of experience
  • A current balance sheet that shows a positive net worth


6. Take the Exam

The Arkansas Business and Law Exam is required by all commercial and residential contractors unless you take the NASCLA exam, which has a business and law portion. It is open-book and we offer the Arkansas Business Law Manual (5th Edition) as well as pre-printed permanent tabs for the book. The exam consists of 50 questions and you have 2 hours to complete the exam. You can view the Prometric Candidate Information Bulletin here.

The NASCLA exam consists of 115 questions and you have 330 minutes to complete the exam. It is open-book and we offer a book bundle for the NASCLA exam, as well as pre-tabbed and highlighted NASCLA books.

Keep in mind that while highlighting within the book is acceptable, additional notes are not. This means no words, letters, diagrams, post-it notes, etc. We sell permanent pre-printed tabs for the NASCLA exam here. We will go through all of this in the course to make sure you’re fully prepared and know exactly what to expect.


What to Expect on the Day of the Exam

When the day comes to take the exam, there are some things you want to be aware of. This can be a nerve-racking experience. However, we are confident that after taking our course, you’ll enter the exam room confident and prepared.

Here are some things you to prepare for when it’s time to take the exam:

  • Arrive at your testing center 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment
  • Bring 2 valid forms of identification like your driver’s license and passport
  • The name on your application needs to match the name on your photo ID exactly
  • To pass the test you need to have a minimum of 70% or get at least 35 of the 50 questions right

Please be aware that this test is open-book. However, this does not mean it will be easy. This is a common misconception. In fact, this test is more difficult to pass than most closed books exams. It’s for this reason that many individuals fail on their first try. With Contractor Training Center, we guide you through this process. We ensure you have the necessary information with you to pass with flying colors.

When your exam results are in, PROMETRIC will send them to you. You can forward the results to us via USPS or fax (501-372-2247. This is the most efficient method. Otherwise, having PROMETRIC send the results directly to us can take weeks.


Preparing for the Contractors Exam

The best way to prepare for the Arkansas Contractors Exam is to have the necessary materials and study tools and to complete a prep course. Knowing what will be on the test and how to prepare will give you a huge advantage.

Get in touch with us today to learn how we help you prepare for the Arkansas contractor exam. You can expect us to provide you with the necessary books, test prep, and support. We offer an in-class session or online webinar to suit your schedule and preferences.


Frequently Asked Questions

How fast can I complete the course?

You want to give yourself 8 hours to take the course. However, you may finish it earlier. For the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor Course, allow 24-30 hours. After you register for the course, you’ll have 6 months to complete it. If you need more time, call us for an extension.


How long will my AR license be valid?

An Arkansas contractors license is valid for up to 2 years from the issue date. Renewal fees are $50 for commercial and residential builders. There is a late fee of $100. 


Does the state of Arkansas require Contractor Continued Education?

No, it is not.


What states accept the NASCLA license?

Here is a list of the states that accept the NASCLA license and the type of work that requires the license:

Commercial Only:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

Commercial and Residential:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required

  • Arkansas
  • North Carolina

Commercial and Residential - exemption from 16-hour BCL Pre-license

  • Oregon


Where can I get the necessary books?

You can get the books needed directly from our Arkansas Book Store. Our courses will go over what areas in the book to cover and important information to pass the exam.


Where do I get the application?

You can get the application from the Arkansas Licensing Board by clicking here.


What is the required fee for the license?

There is a $100 filing fee (non-refundable) and exam fee of $80. This makes for a total of $180.


Can a business have more than one qualifying agent?

A business can have more than one qualifying agent. However, keep in mind that all agents are responsible for supervising and handling job specifications.


Can an individual qualify for more than one company?

Yes, this is possible if this person shows proof of financial responsibility and insurance.


If a business no longer has its qualifying agent, can it continue to operate?

The business can continue to operate. However, they need to notify the appropriate division. They must do so no later than 45 days after the agent leaves the company. The business will then have 120 days to find a new qualifying agent. Once they do, they will need to apply for licensure under this new agent.


What is a denial letter?

A denial letter means that you did not meet the requirements for licensure. This letter will let you know why the board denied your application. It also will provide further information on how to appeal the denial.


What is a deficiency letter?

You will receive a deficiency letter if the board deems your application incomplete. This will come in the form of a written notice that identifies the areas of deficiency. It will require you to send the needed information and even provide instructions on how to do so.


Contact Contractor Training Center Today

This brings us to the end of our Arkansas contractor guide. If you have further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts.

At Contractors Training Center, we are here to help you with every step of the way in the process of getting a contractors license in Arkansas until you successfully pass. We have helped over 30,000 contractors get their license and plan on doing the same for you!

If you’re ready to get started or need more information, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-585-7350.

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