- Qualifying Person – This person can either be a licensed contractor, employer, fellow employee, supervisor, journeyman, foreman or someone that has the required level of experience and can personally vouch for your level of experience
- Required Level of Experience – In Arizona each license classification requires a different level of experience. Most licenses require at least 4 years experience at the journeyman level. You will need to be able to prove this experience with documentation at the AROC's request.
- Pass an Exam – You will need to pass a two-part exam (Business Management/Trade) with a score of 70% or higher. . Some classifications only require that you to take the business management license. To see whether or not your trade requires both exams, see below. You can apply for these exams through PSI's website. See Below
- Criminal Background Check – All applicants in Arizona have to pass a criminal background check. It is not impossible to get a contractor license in Arizona if you have a criminal record, just be hones ton the application. However, charges associated with: Fraud, Embezzlement and Forgery are big red flags
- Form a Legal Entity – Arizona only issues licenses to legal entities. This includes: Sole Proprietorships, Limited Liability Companies, S-Corp, C-corporations and partnerships. To learn how to set up a business click here.
- Contractor Bond – All Contractors in Arizona are required to have an active construction bond in place for a license can be activated. The amount for your contractor bond depends on the classification you are applying for. To learn more about construction bond requirements in Arizona, read below
- Pay License Fees – Contractor license fees are paid every two years. The amount you have to pay depends on the classification you apply for, however they typically range between $580 and $1050. To see a the full breakdown of Arizona license fees click here.
- Identification – You must have a USA issued form of identification along with a social security. You must be at-least 18 years of age and you cannot currently be on probation or parole.
- Complete Application – You can find the license application form here.
- It can be either sent by mail to:
- Registrar of ContractorsP.O. Box 6748Phoenix, AZ 85005-6748
- or delivered to:
- 1700 W. Washington StreetSuite 105Phoenix, AZ 85007-2812
How To Get The Arizona Low Voltage Contractor License
Getting licensed and bonded in Arizona can appear daunting in the beginning, but with a little guidance, it can be a simple process.
This article will explain everything you need to do from start to finish!
First thing you need to know is that there are 3 low voltage license options available:
Residential Low Voltage– (also known as R-67)
Commercial Low Voltage – (also known as C-67)
Dual License – (also known as CR-67)
Basic License Requirements
To get an Arizona contractor license you must meet the following basic requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of Age
- Form of USA Issued Identification
- Social Security Number
- Not Currently On Probation or Parole
You Must also have
- 4 Years of Journeyman Level Experience
- Be able to verify work experience in at least 7 recent low voltage electrical projects
- Be able to document your experience at the request of the ROC
- A Business Entity
What is a Journeyman?
Arizona has no journeyman low voltage electrician certification. The definition of a journeyman can vary based on your region.
The universal expectation of a journeyman is that they can perform all of the duties associated with their trade un-supervised.
A Journeyman is someone who has demonstrated a level of mastery in their trade.
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors may request to see the documentation of your experience.
It is important that you have some way to prove your claim of being a journeyman low voltage electrician.
Acceptable residential and commercial low voltage electrical experience documentation includes:
- Tax Returns
- Check Stubs
- Letter from a licensed contractor
Forming a Business Entity
Arizona LAW requires all contractors to have a business entity set up before applying for the CR-67 license.
You must first choose a name and then you can choose the type of entity you want.
Typically, construction companies choose either:
- Sole Proprietor
For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for the Arizona low voltage contractor license, check out this free guide!
Once you have chosen an entity, simply follow these steps:
- Check Name Availability with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors
- Apply with the Arizona Corporation Commission
- Apply for an EIN #
Responsibilities of a Licensed Low Voltage Contractor in Arizona
You should be familiar with the following areas:
- Grounding and Bonding
- PA Systems
- Telephone and Sound Systems
- Low Voltage Lighting
- Fire, Security, and Alarm Detection Systems
- Digital Communication Systems
- General Low Voltage Electrical Knowledge
- Landscape Lighting not exceeding 91 Voltz
- Master and Programmed Locks
Arizona Contractor Exam
You will need to pass a two-part exam.
The first part of the exam covers business management. All contractors must pass this exam.
As a contractor, you must have a basic knowledge of proper business practices and accounting.
These laws are put in place to protect the consumer public.
Business Management Exam
The Arizona business management exam will cover the following topics:
- Contracts and Agreements
- Insurance and Bonding
- Safety, Record Keeping and Employment Regulations
- Financial Management
- Tax Laws
- Arizona Registrar of Contractors Statutes
- Arizona Registrar of Contractors Rules
- Workmanship Standards
- Business Management
- Business Mathematics
- Environmental Regulations
The second part of the exam will cover residential and commercial low voltage electrical topics.
Low Voltage License Exam
- 60 Questions
- Passing Score: 70%
- Time Allowed: 150 Minutes
- $66 per exam
Business Management Exam
- 80 Questions
- Passing Score 70%
- Time Allowed: 180 minutes
- $66 per exam
Arizona Registrar of Contractors Test Locations
The Contractors license exam is facilitated by a 3rd party company called PSI.
They have test locations in the following cities:
- The exam is multiple choice and taken on a computer
- On test day you must bring two forms of identification
- You will be given a piece of scratch paper and pencil
- Non-programmable calculators are permitted
- No electronic devices are allowed inside the testing area
- If you do not pass after 3 attempts you have to wait 180 days to take the exam again
Learn more about the Arizona Registrar of Contractors!
Request an Arizona Contractor License Application
First, apply for a test date here
After you receive your passing scores. Fill out one of these applications
and send it to:
The State of Arizona Registrar of Contractors
1700 West Washington Street, Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85007
|NEW LICENSE APPLICATION|
|CLASSIFICATION||APPLICATION FEE||LICENSE FEE||RECOVERY FUND ASSESSMENT*||TOTAL**|
|Specialty Commercial (C)||$100||$480||$0||$580|
|Specialty Residential (R)||$80||$270||$370||$720|
Arizona Contractor License Reciprocity Agreement
Contractor License reciprocity is an agreement between the Contractor licensing boards of two different states.
It can mean that they have similar building standards, allowing contractors to work freely between states.
In the context of licensing, it means that a contractor who is licensed in one state, may not need to retake an exam to get licensed in another state.
Learn more about California’s Contractor License reciprocity agreement with Arizona!
Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeships
If you are looking to get into the construction industry but don’t have any experience, there are several pathways you can take to get started. There are many different avenues people take in construction.
It is no secret that learning a construction trade can be incredibly lucrative.
More and more young people are turning to the trades over pursuing corporate careers. It is becoming incredibly clear that a degree just doesn’t hold the weight with employers that it used to.
In all fields, employers are looking for specific skills.
By learning a construction trade you can separate yourself from the back and bring a valuable set of skills to the table that companies are willing to pay top dollar for.
Apprentice vs. Journeyman?
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program.
If you are new to the world of construction and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.
Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
Blueprint Reading Course
Those looking to get an Arizona low-voltage license should be able to read construction blueprints and identify basic lines and symbols.
Construction blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for those looking to get the contractor license low voltage electrical work. See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.
That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average. In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
If you or your workers are not properly trained, electrical installations and repair can be very hazardous work.
For employment with an electrical contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of Arizona OSHA Safety Training.
Learn more about OSHA Certifications!
Getting the Arizona low-voltage contractor license can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business or become an RMO for an existing company!
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