If you are performing work over $1,000 or that requires pulling building permits then you will need a contractor license.

Anything under $1,000 that can be considered casual or minor in nature does not require a Contractor License in Arizona.

What can a Handyman do in Arizona?

For jobs under $5,000 you can apply for the: R-62 Minor Home Improvements Contractor License.

However you are not allowed to perform any electrical, plumbing or pool repair, structural work, masonry, HVAC or concrete work.

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R-62MINOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS description:

For projects of $5,000 or less including labor and materials, this classification allows the licensee to perform remodeling, repairs, and improvements to existing structures or appurtenances. 

The minor home improvement contractor shall not perform structural work to any existing structures or appurtenances, including load bearing masonry or concrete work (with the exception of on-grade flat work), and load bearing carpentry work (with the exception of patio or porch covers).

Any work related to electrical, plumbing, air conditioning systems, and boilers must be subcontracted to an appropriately licensed contractor.

  • To get the R-62 License you will only need to pass a business management exam. To learn more about this exam continue reading

How Do You Get Your Contractor License in Arizona?

To get a 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 construction projects
  • Be able to document your experience at the request of the ROC
  • A Business Entity

Step #1: Make sure you have acceptable experience

  • Arizona requires journeyman level experience before you can apply for a license. 
  • 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 white hand finishing a  wooden plank. if you are a handyman in arizona looking to apply for a contractor license you will need 4 years experience

When you apply to the the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, they 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.

Acceptable construction experience documentation includes:

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

Step #2 Pass the test

To get a license in Arizona you will need to pass a two-part exam.  

  • You must pass with a minimum score of 70%.
  • Half of the test will cover business management and the other half will cover a trade of your choice.
  • As a contractor, you must have a basic knowledge of proper business practices and accounting.
TRADE TEST
  • 60 Questions
  • Passing Score: 70%
  • Time Allowed: 150 Minutes
  • $66 per exam
Arizona Business Management
  • 80 Questions
  • Passing Score 70%
  • Time Allowed: 180 minutes
  • $66 per exam

You can apply for a test date here

Some contractor licenses in Arizona do not require that you pass a trade exam.

The following licenses only require you to pass the Arizona business management exam:

  • Swimming Pool Services 
  • Acoustical Systems 
  • Awnings, Carports, Patio Covers 
  • Drywall
  • Ornamental Metals 
  • Lightweight Partitions 
  • Plastering 
  • Insulation
  • Finish Carpentry 
  • Appliances 
  • Fencing 
  • Excavating, Grading, and Oil Surfacing
  • Sheet Metal 
  • Water Well Drilling 
  • Water Conditioning 
  • Welding
  • Finish Carpentry 
  • Appliances 
  • Fencing
  • Signs 
  • Wrecking 
  • Asphalt Paving

 To see the full list of contractor license classifications in Arizona click here

Step #3 Complete ROC Application and Pay Fees

After you receive your passing scores. Fill out one of theses 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

NEW LICENSE APPLICATION
CLASSIFICATIONAPPLICATION FEELICENSE FEERECOVERY FUND ASSESSMENT*TOTAL**
General Commercial (A,B)$200$580$0$780
Specialty Commercial (C)$100$480$0$580
General Residential (B)$180$320$370$870
Specialty Residential (R)$80$270$370$720

Step #6: Form a Business Entity

You will notice on the applications that they ask you to choose a business entity.

Arizona LAW requires all contractors to have a business entity set up before applying for a license.

You must first choose a name and then you can choose the type of entity you want.

a man sitting at a table writing something in a book

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 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 #

Step #7: Pass a 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. 
  • Charges associated with: Fraud, Embezzlement and Forgery are big red flags

Step #8 Get Bonded

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. 

LICENSE TYPECONTEMPLATED GROSS VOLUME (PER LICENSE)BOND AMOUNT
Residential General ContractorsLess than $750,000$9,000
$750,000 or more$15,000
Residential Specialty ContractorsLess than $375,000$4,250
$375,000 or more$7,500
Commercial General Contractors (Includes General Engineering Contractors)$150,000 or less$5,000
In excess of $150,000 but not more than $500,000$15,000
In excess of $500,000 but not more than one million$25,000
In excess of one million but not more than five million$50,000
In excess of five million but not more than ten million$75,000
Over ten million$100,000
Commercial Specialty Contractors$150,000 or less$2,500
In excess of $150,000 but not more than $500,000$7,000
In excess of $500,000 but not more than one million$17,500
In excess of one million but not more than five million$25,000
In excess of five million but not more than ten million$37,500
Over ten million$50,000


Helpful skills all Handymen should know

The following are some skills all contractors and handymen should know. 

Construction Accounting

Accounting is a process used to record and measure financial information.

  • For most businesses, accounting is one of the most important factors there is as it is used to track profitability and ensure transparency. 
  • Businesses are valued and regulated based on their financial reporting, so in most industries it is critical to have accurate accounting methods in place to ensure the long-term health of the business.

Continue reading about Construction Accounting!

Blueprint Reading 

Taking a Blueprint Reading Course is the first step in developing an essential skill for any construction professional.

  • Construction blueprints are 2-dimensional design drawings created by architects that indicate to builders the size of planned structures. 
an orange seat next to a wooden table that has a ruler and book laying on top. blueprint reading is an important skill for contractors
  • They also indicate placement of features, details for its construction, and what materials are to be used.
  • Blueprints provide builders with critical information on foundations, structural components, plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems and in some cases landscaping.

Arizona OSHA Certification

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:

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  • Falls
  • Struck by an object
  • Electrocution
  • Caught-in/Between

Continue reading about OSHA Safety Certifications!

California Handyman License Laws

  • In the State of California, individuals that perform handyman services cant charge more than $500 for labor and materials
  • This also means that you are not allowed to split up the project into smaller stages or parts to stay under the $500 limit
  • This law in some cases prohibits you from even being involved in a project where the cost of labor and materials exceeds $500

Click the link to continue reading about California Handyman License LAW!

Can I use my Arizona Contractor License in different States?

Yes, depending on the state. Arizona, Utah and Nevada all have 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 contractor license reciprocity!

Conclusion

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