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Obtaining A Contractor's License In the State Of Nevada

Nevada is booming with potential for those in the contracting industry. But as with every state and every industry, laws, regulations, and requirements exist. You must comply with these to perform contracting work legally.

Earning your contractor license in Nevada requires commitment. The process can be a lot to work through. Even if you are ready to work, you won’t go far without a general contractor license in Nevada. At Contractor’s Institute, we pool all the resources you need to earn your Nevada contractor’s license.

What You Can Expect From Us

We provide everything you need to obtain a contractor’s license in Nevada. We will guide you through all the steps, from start to finish. With these resources, you can understand the steps to earning your license. We’ll also explain the different exam types and tools available to you. We have a great customer service team ready to answer questions. Our mission is to give you a hassle-free process.

The 3 main steps in almost every state are to submit an application, pass a Business Law exam, and also pass a Technical exam. The purpose of the application is to make sure you are registered in the state properly so they can tax you and also to confirm that you have verifiable experience. The purpose of the Business Law exam is to make sure you understand the laws of operating a business in the state of Nevada, and the purpose of the Technical exam is to make sure you have the skills and knowledge to do the types of work that you want to perform. We supply the prep classes and the books and the tabs necessary to pass the OPEN BOOK EXAMS. Tabbing and Highlighting the books is allowed and part of our Curriculum. We have an extremely high first-time pass rate on our exams and if you do not pass, we will give you the class again for free until you do.

In Nevada, we teach 2 different exam prep courses. We offer online prep courses for the Business Law exam, also known as the Construction Management Survey (CMS), and the National NASCLA exam, which is a commercial license in the state of Nevada and also accepted as a commercial trade exam in 15+ other states.

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The Benefits Of Having A Contractor's License In Nevada

A Nevada general contractor license opens many doors – it can mean growth for businesses and individuals. Prior to agreeing to project hiring, clients will likely ask to see the contractor’s license. Providing it proves you are credible. Most importantly, it shows you are compliant and aware of Nevada’s regulations and rules.

In Nevada, anyone who constructs or alters structures in the state on any project exceeding $1,000 must hold a license. These structures include railroad, parking facilities, roads, highways, buildings, excavation sites, and more. This applies to contractors, subcontractors, and specialty contractors. All of these persons must hold licenses prior to submitting bids for projects. 

In addition, some projects under $1,000 still require a license, if the work is of a type performed by a contractor licensed in a classification prescribed by the Board that "significantly affects the health, safety and welfare of members of the general public."

To see all updates for Nevada Contractor Requirements you can visit the Nevada Contractors Board website here.


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.

Getting a contractor's license isn't done overnight, and the process of obtaining a license can be considered a significant investment. Customers often feel at ease knowing a contractor has invested their own time and money working to back up their skills with a license to prove it.


Gives You A Higher Earning Potential

Consequently, there are larger projects that you can't perform without a contractor's license. With one, you can take on big assignments, get more jobs, and increase your profit. More times than not, clients will pay a higher price to a licensed contractor as opposed to unlicensed handymen.

Without a contractor's license in Nevada, you will be limited to bidding on projects under $1,000. Don't limit yourself to working odd jobs - investing in a license will allow you to grow your business to a larger scale.

A license also means the chance for more projects and increases your earning potential. Clients are more willing to trust a licensed contractor and will pay for the level of work a licensed contractor can provide. In addition, not having a license would limit the scope of projects you could take on. With a license, you won’t have to pass on large bids and projects.

Are these areas you are looking to grow your business in? If so, you’ll need a Nevada general contractor license. Now, how do you get one?


How To Get A Contractors License In Nevada?


The Nevada contractor’s license is essential to work in the state. This ranges from basic projects to large scale construction or commercial lighting. Adhering to the legal requirements from the start will save you issues in the long run – it’s a smart choice to earn a license now.

To become a licensed contractor, you must first meet the initial requirements. In Nevada, a licensed contractor must have the experience and skills needed to manage a construction business. This includes field supervision. In addition, you must provide a qualifying person, or you can provide someone who represents you and who has skills and experience.

The potential contractor or their qualifying person must have at least four years of experience. Their experience can be as foreman, contractor, journeyman, or supervisor in the proposed classification. This experience must be from the prior ten years to filing the application. If you fit this criterion, you can move onto obtaining your license.

So, how do you obtain your Nevada contractor license? There are quite a few steps to follow, from paying fees to deciding which license type you need. With the resources at Contractor Training Center, we can support you on this journey!

To earn a Nevada Contractor License, you must follow these steps:






In this process, you will need to know which type of license you are seeking. Nevada offers three classifications of licenses:


Class A – General Engineering Contractor

This is a principal business with connections to fixing works. This class necessitates specialized engineering knowledge and skill.


Class B – General Building Contractor

This is a principal business with a connection to construction or remodeling of buildings or structures. Such structures might provide shelter or enclosure. They also might provide support of animals, chattels, or people that has a requirement within the construction.

Applicants for a full “B” General Building or “B-2” Residential and Small Commercial license may be considered for waiver of the trade exam if you have passed the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) Accredited General Building Exam. You will need to purchase and electronically send your transcript to the Board.

We offer NASCLA exam prep services - see more about the NASCLA exam here!


Class C – Specialty Contractor

In Nevada, there are 36 Primary C licenses, specific to different skills. As well, there are principal contracting businesses that require usage of specialized business trades or crafts. To see details on all 36 “C” license classifications, visit the Nevada State Contractor Board website. Nevada accepts many licenses from other states on the technical side of the license but you will still have to submit an application and pass the Business and Law exam.


Once you know what type of license you're applying for, you can submit a license application to the Board for approval. You can obtain the contractor's license application from one of the Nevada State Contractors Board offices. This application is also available online at


Once the board processes and approves your application, you can begin the next phase of the licensing process. This includes taking and passing the Business and Law Exam, called the Construction Management Survey Exam. We offer Nevada CMS Exam prep - see more about it here! 



Applicants for a full “B” General Building or “B-2” Residential and Small Commercial license may be considered for waiver of the trade exam if you have passed the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) Accredited General Building Exam. You will need to purchase and electronically send your transcript to the Board.

We offer NASCLA exam prep services - see more about the NASCLA exam here!



After passing the exams, you will need to complete a few additional tasks, including the following:

  • Registering with the Residential Recovery Fund
  • Paying an assessed fee for the Residential Recovery Fund or submitting a certificate of exemption
  • Obtaining and submitting proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Submitting the required license bond. This must include the amount detailed on your approval letter
  • Submitting a biennial licensure fee of $60


At Contractor Training Center, you can expect full resources and prep for your exams. We have different class options to fit your exam preparation needs. We provide different practice tests and books to help study as well. If you are a Nevada contractor seeking a license, check out our resources. Let us help you pass these exams!



Frequently Asked Questions

No, Nevada does not have education requirements to obtain a contractor's license at this time.

You must renew your general contractor’s license every two years and pay a biennial licensure fee of $600.

Nevada requires applicants to pass a Construction Management Survey exam. This is in addition to trade specific exams. After meeting the minimum experience requirements, applicants receive an Exam Eligibility Letter. They can use this letter to schedule the exams at one of Nevada’s testing centers.

Potential contractors must have a minimum of four years’ experience. This experience must have occurred in the past ten years prior to the application. Valid experience includes time as a contractor, supervisor, foreman, or journeyman.

The board validates experience through notarized references and a resume of experience form. The resume of experience form will detail the work as well as task type, crafts, trades, duties, and project performance. Past experience at a university, accredited college, or equivalent program also may be eligible.

Licenses have an issuance period of two years. However, Nevada does not have a requirement for continued education like some states. Instead, you will have to renew the license every two years. There is a potential for additional regulations from local municipalities or counties.

In 1999, the Nevada Legislature created the Residential Recovery Fund. This fund protects Nevada homeowners and their business with licensed contractors. This pertains if the contractor’s failure to provide adequate services results in harm or injury to the homeowner. The limit on payout from this fund is $35,000.

The funding comes from contractors and sub-contractors who perform residential construction. The Nevada State Contractors Board distributes the funding. In specific instances, contractors can be exempt from contributing to this fund. For more information on filing for exemption, visit the Nevada State Contractors Board website.

Nevada currently has three testing centers. These three testing centers are in Las Vegas, Reno, and Elko, Nevada. To test at one of these centers, first schedule your exams in advance. From there, you have three attempts to pass each exam. PSI is the testing Facility and they can be reached at

If you are unsuccessful in any of the exams, you must wait two weeks before retaking. If you fail three times, the application is void. That means you must start over with a new application and fee. Re-taking the exam can happen after thirty or more days following the date of the last exam.

Yes, Nevada accepts the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor License. NASCLA is the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies. Currently, 15 states accept the NASCLA for commercial contracting and 10 of those states also accept it for residential contracting. Currently, Nevada only accepts the NASCLA for commercial contracting . This exam takes the place of the technical exam in Nevada. However, it does not take the place of the CMS Business and Law exam. We offer online exam prep courses for the Construction Management Survey exam here.

Yes., Nevada has trade and Technical exam reciprocal agreements with Alabama, Arizona,California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia. More information can be found on the Nevada State Contractors Board website under “Licensure by Endorsement. You will still be required to submit an application and pass the Business and Law exam. .

There are also these requirements:

  • The licensee or qualifier must show proof of licensure in the state for which they are doing out-of-state verification.
  • The licensee or qualifier must pass the Nevada management exam.
  • The licensee or qualifier must have passed the relevant trade exam within the state.
  • The licensee or qualifier must have had an active license in good standing in the former state. Good standing must have been for the past 5-7 years.

Additionally, Nevada offers 'licensure by endorsement:'

  • Under certain circumstances, the Nevada State Contractors Board will waive the trade examination requirement and/or the experience certification requirement for applicants that qualify for licensure by endorsement. These waivers are granted for applicants who are licensed in states determined by Nevada to have substantially equivalent requirements.
  • In order to apply for licensure by endorsement, you will need to have been actively licensed in the endorsing state for the past four (4) years and not have had any disciplinary actions, suspension, revocation or other sanctions against your license.
  • See more about the requirements here.

In Nevada, contracting without a license is a crime. It has different levels of punishment dependent upon severity and reoccurrence. The first offense is a misdemeanor with a fine up to $1,000. There is the potential for imprisonment for up to 6 months in county jail.

The second offense becomes a gross misdemeanor. The fine is a minimum of $2,000 and a maximum of $4,000. There is potential for county jail imprisonment for a maximum of one year.

The third offense becomes a Category E felony with a minimum fine of $5,000 and a maximum fine of $10,000. This also can result in sentencing to state prison for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years.


Ready to become a licensed contractor in Nevada? Take action and contact Contractor Training today. We have the resources and tools you need to pass your exam with success. Give us a call and start on the path to completing your licensing exam and receiving your general contractor license.

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