Idaho Contractor License Courses, Classes & Exam Prep

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Overview & Benefits

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The process of obtaining a contractor's license in Idaho varies by city and the scope of your business or project. The type of license you need and the exams you must take will be different based on multiple criteria determined at the state and local levels.  

The Contractor Training Center can help your business get the proper exams and licensing you need so you can get started and be well on your way towards earning your license.

The Benefits of Having a Contractor's License in Idaho 

Many types of work and construction projects fall under the umbrella of contracting in the state of Idaho. There is no need for licensing at a state level in some cases, but rather certifications are needed on a local level. However, having the license from the state will cover far more bases than the specific local case-by-case registrations. 

Getting licensed will give you and your business more credibility and make it easier to secure insurance for your company. You can also potentially earn more as you will have official training and accreditation. 
Having a license can be a one-time process, too.

The state doesn't require continued education after licensing, although you may have to renew your license if you choose to pursue it as a business. Often, general contractors don't need a license in the state of Idaho.  

Having a license will allow you to take on more work, particularly specialized jobs such as HVAC or plumbing. In short, the benefits of having a license are well worth the time you invest in earning one.

What You Can Expect

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We are with you every step of the way. The rules in Idaho vary by locale in many cases, so having experts on your side will help. Here, you can find a general overview of how to prepare for the contractor license exams, the types of licenses required in Idaho, and what test training and materials we offer. 

Like anywhere else, there are many reasons to start a contracting business. However, there are laws and regulations regarding construction, plumbing, public works, and other jobs that may require the use of a contractor. In these cases, you will most likely need a license from the state of Idaho or your local region. 

The process of earning your license seems a lot more difficult than it is, but it does take research and patience. In general, electronic contractors, plumbers, those in public works, HVAC, and construction managers are most likely to need a specific contractor's license. For other contractors who have projects outside the scope of the licenses Idaho can provide, the Idaho State Contractors Board must grant permission. All other individuals and businesses who perform construction activities may need to look into a registration. 

With all of that in mind, the question is - in Idaho, do you need a license for your project? The most likely answer is yes, but there are exemptions or scenarios where you don't.  

Furthermore, there are different types of licenses in Idaho, so which one do you need? You want to make sure you follow the laws and regulations of your state, as the rules ensure proper training, preparation, and service for everyone involved. 

Our experts at Contractor Training Center can help you navigate the various types of licenses in no time and set you up for success to ace the exams. The process seems complicated and overwhelming, but with this team on your side, you will get started in no time. 

Exam Preparation

What you'll need to prepare for the exam

Our goal at Contractor Training Center is to set you up for success for your exam. We offer many materials and courses to help you get ready for the big test that will grant you your license. We have different courses and study materials that apply directly to each type of license and exam. 

The study materials include books and practice tests to ensure you have the tools you need to succeed and pass. Experts with years of experience teach the courses, and they will help you understand the various types of contracting jobs you can perform with the different Class types. You will also learn some of the general laws and rules of the state of Idaho that will be useful for you to know. 

With a simple purchase of our study materials and enrollment in our courses, you can give yourself your best chance at passing the contractor's exam with flying colors. All it takes is patience and studying and our help. 

License Requirements

How To Get A Contractor's License In Idaho

The application for your license is most often made by mail in Idaho, but it's not as simple as mailing in your application and waiting. You have to take some tests and prove your skills and training, and there are fees and different factors that go into consideration.

In Idaho, you will likely apply to the Division of Building Safety rather than the Contractor's Board. However, this depends on the nature of your work. 

No matter what your business is, here's a step-by-step guide for everyone to follow and receive a contractor's license in Idaho. 

Step 1: Create Your Business 

If you want to provide your services to others, wherever you are within the state, you will first need to establish a business. Even if your company is just you, it's important to register with the state as an entity.  

Though the state can issue licenses to both businesses and individuals, it may be easier for you to obtain it if you are already an established company with the state. 

Step 2: Name And Insure Your Company 

General liability insurance is the least you can do for your new business. Once you settle on a name and check that it is available within the state, look into business insurance. You can often get free quotes based on the type of work you will be performing. 

Step 3: Decide What Type Of License Your Business Needs 

The type of license your business needs depends on the type of projects and services you will provide. Idaho cities often have specialized licenses or registrations required for some things, but there are a few general contractor's licenses you can secure at the state level.  

Keep in mind that not all Idaho cities will accept the state-level options. Be sure to do your research on the specific regions in which you wish to operate. 

At Contractor Training Center, we can offer you help with three types of Idaho licenses. Remember that some areas may need other certifications in addition to a state-issued accreditation. 

Class A or General Contracting 

Class A serves as an overall general license for contracting. It encompasses more than the other two types listed below. In most cases, it enables you to construct, remodel, repair, or demolish any structure, regardless of size.

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Class B or Building Contracting

A Class B license is considered a Building certification. It enables individuals or businesses to repair, construct, remodel, or demolish buildings that are three stories or less.  

In many cases, it also allows you to perform non-structural remodeling and repairs on most structures. 

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Class C or Residential Contracting 

A Class C, or Residential Contracting license, allows the holder to construct, demolish, repair, or remodel residential single or duplex homes and related structures. It does not account for any commercial buildings, unlike the other licenses. 

Which Exam Should You Take? 

The exam you take depends on the type of license you are looking to have. Knowing what each one enables you or your business to do is the first step in determining which test to take. 

Our study materials for any of the three types of licenses are thorough, and we help coach you through taking the tests, including a breakdown of the types of questions you will find. 

Determine the types of services your business will provide, as well as the rules in your local area, and then you will find which exam works best for you. 

Step 4: Determine The Types Of Work Your Business Will Perform 

The type of work your business will perform will inform the type of license you apply for, but it sometimes helps to have more specific ideas about possible projects. If you will specialize in plumbing, HVAC, electrical, or other public works, make sure to specify that. 

Step 5: Fill Out An Application 

The state has a general contractor's license application that can be filled out and mailed in. You should mail your application to the Bureau of Occupational Licenses, who will direct you in your next steps.  

If necessary, the Division of Building Safety may contact you as well. If your application is approved, you can begin to prepare for your exam based on which Class of license you are looking for. You will also need to pay a small $35 fee when sending in your application. You should make the check out to the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses. 

Step 6: Register For Courses/Study 

When you know what exam you need to take, register for a study course to help you prepare. Practice tests and studying will help you understand what to expect. Our courses even break down the different sections of the exam so you can better allocate your study time. 

Step 7: Take The Exam 

Once you fill out and submit your application and it is approved, you will need to take the proper exam to secure your new license. At Contractor Training Center, we can help you prepare for exams for a Class A, B, or C license. We administer the tests as well.  

Upon completing the exam, you will receive a certificate of competency that will allow you to start practicing contracting in many parts of Idaho. 

It's important to note that the NASCLA license and exam are not accepted in Idaho, unlike in some other states. 

Exam Times and Date 

Exam times and dates will vary depending on the type of exam you wish to take. Once you receive the all-clear from the state to secure your license, contact our center to learn when our courses we offer and when you will be able to take the exam for a Class A, B, or C license. Tests vary in length and content. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the licensing process

How Long Does My License Last?

Most licenses need renewal after a year. You can do renew online or via mail with the Idaho state board. However, the expiration dates will vary:

  • The expiration date for individual contractors is usually the date of birth of the following year after registration. 
  • For businesses, it will be dated one year from the original securing of the license.  

You must submit renewals in advance, or there is a risk of expiration before the renewal can be approved. 

Can I Use My Idaho Contractor License In Other States?

In general, no, but some states have reciprocity for certain cases. You could discuss it with the chosen state's Board of Contractors to find out more. 

Which Cities In Idaho Have Specific Rules Regarding Contracting Work?

Many cities have unique regulations, but most will accept contracting licenses in place of permits. Cities like Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Coeur d'Alene have regulations, among other cities. Be sure to talk to the local government representatives before starting any projects. 

Is Continued Education Required In The State Of Idaho?

Continued contracting education is not required. 

Does Idaho Accept The NASCLA License?

No, it does not.

How Do I Register My Contracting Business In Idaho?

Contact the Office of the Secretary of State in Boise to register your business. You can visit to find out if your desired business name is already being used. 

Contact Contractor Training Today

Even though obtaining an Idaho contractor's license sounds complicated, it doesn't have to be. If you are ready to begin your journey to a new license in Idaho, contact us today to learn more about our courses, study materials, and exams. Give us a call now!

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