how to get your Arizona roofing contractor license

How To Get The Arizona Roofing License!

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Getting an Arizona roofing license 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!

In Arizona, anyone charging over $1000 for roofing services has to have a contractor license.

a roofer performing repairs on top of a residential home.

There are 3 roofing license options available:

Residential Roofer – (also known as R-42)

Commercial Roofer – (also known as C-42)

Dual License  (also known as CR-42)

Arizona Roofing Contractor 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 roofing projects
  • Be able to verify work experience in at least 8 maintenance projects
  • Be able to document your experience at the request of the ROC
  • A Business entity 

Definition of a Journeyman Roofer in Arizona

Arizona has no journeyman roofer 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.

a roofing truss in the middle of the framing process. Getting the arizona roofing license requires that you have atleast 4 years of journeyman level experience

Journeyman Roofer

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors may request to see documentation of your experience.

It is important that you have some way to prove your claim of being a journeyman.

Acceptable roofing work experience documentation includes:

  • W2’s
  • Tax Returns
  • Check Stubs
  • Contracts
  • Letter from a licensed roofing contractor

Forming a business entity in Arizona

Arizona contractor license law requires all roofers to have a business entity set up before applying for a contractor 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
  • Partnership
  • LLC
  • S-Corporation

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 roofing 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 Roofing Contractor in Arizona

Residential roofers in Arizona must be familiar with topics including:

  • Estimating and Blueprint Reading
  • Surface Preparation and Planning
  • Steel and Low Slope Roofing
  • Waterproofing and Hot Mops
  • Roof Tiles, Shingles, Shakes and Slate
  • Roof Insulation and Coating
  • Installing and Replacing Skylights
  • Roofing Components and Accesories
  • Safety
  • Repairs and Re-roofing
  • Metal Roofing Systems
  • Urethane Foam
  • Replacing Roof Substrate
  • Framing and Structural Roofing

Arizona Contractor License Exam

To get the residential or commercial roofers license in Arizona 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. 

Arizona Business Management Exam

The business exam will cover the following topics:

  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Insurance and Bonding
  • Safety, Record Keeping and Employment Regulations
  • Financial Management
  • Tax Laws
  • Liens
  • 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 the roofing trade.:

ROC  Roofing Exam

  • 110 Questions
  • Passing Score: 70%
  • Time Allowed: 240 Minutes
  • $66 per exam

Business Management

  • 80 Questions
  • Passing Score 70%
  • Time Allowed: 180 minutes 
  • $66 per exam

Registrar of Contractors Test Locations

logo of the arizona registrar of contractors, which is the governing agency for licensed roofers in arizona

Arizona Registrar of Contractors

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors license exam is facilitated by a 3rd party company called PSI.

They have test locations in the following cities:

  • Yuma
  • Tempe
  • Glendale
  • Flagstaff
  • Phoenix 
  • Tucson
  • 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

Phone: 602.542.1525

Arizona Roofing License Reciprocity Agreement

An image of the state of california, blog post explains arizona contractor license reciprocity agreements with california

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!

Roofing Apprenticeships in Arizona

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?

two contractors looking down at something on the floor, blog post describes the difference between a journeyman and apprentice

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

free online blueprint reading course for general contractors

Learn How To Read Blueprints!

Those looking to get a roofing contractor license in Arizona 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 Arizona roofing license. See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!

OSHA Certifications

Roofers replacing damaged shingles after storm with very high winds came through over night

Arizona OSHA Safety

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.

The Roofing trade is notoriously dangerous, especially if you or your workers are not properly trained.

For employment with a roofing contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of Arizona OSHA Safety Training. Learn more about OSHA Certifications!


Getting a roofing contractor license in Arizona can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own company or become an RMO for an existing firm! The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end. 

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