how to get the Nevada roofing contractor license

How To Get a Nevada Roofing Contractor License!

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  • Anyone bidding on Roof Installation, Repair, or Replacement projects over $500 in labor or materials
  • In Nevada there are 3 licensing options for roofing contractors
  • If you get the C-15 Roofing and Siding License, you are allowed to bid on the following types of projects:
how to get a roofing contractor license in nevada

ROOFING (sub-classification C-15a):  

  • Watertight and weatherproof material used on roofs, such as 
  • Asphalt, pitch, tar, felt, flax, shakes, shingles, aluminum, tile, and slate
  • Urethane and photovoltaic roof tiles
  • Roof replacement, Roof estimates, Roof installation
  • Not authorized to install conduits, inverters, batteries or electrical connections

SIDING (sub-classification C-15b):

  • Installation, alteration and repair of siding, by use of material such as wood, aluminum, enameled steel, plastic and glass, to make the walls of a structure watertight and weatherproof

INSULATION (sub-classification C-15c):

  • Installation of glass, metal, plastic, urethane and other material used for the insulation of buildings

WATERPROOFING (sub-classification C-15d): ​

  • Application of solutions of rubber, latex, asphalt, pitch, tar and other materials to surfaces to prevent water in any form from penetrating the surfaces

Nevada Contractor License Requirements

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 meet the following plumber requirements

  • 4 Years of Journeyman Level Experience
  • Be able to document your experience if the Nevada Contractors Board request
  • A Business Entity

What is a Journeyman?

Journeyman-level experience means that you have reached a certain level of mastery and knowledge of your trade.

Credit for experience in Nevada is only issued at the journeyman or supervisory level. 

You must be aware of every aspect of your trade as well as maintain a certain level of safety and quality control.

  • Journeyman can perform all of the duties associated with their trade un-supervised. This person has either completed an apprenticeship or is an experienced worker
  • Foreman is a supervising employee on a job-site and has full knowledge of all of the duties and skills that a journeyman would have
  • Contractor is an independent tradesman who manages and supervises several phases of a construction job
logo of the nevada state contractors license board

The Contractors Board in Nevada 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.

Depending on your county or jurisdiction there may be an additional roof certification required to bid on projects.

Proving Your Roof Construction Experience

You may document your 4 years of experience in the following ways:

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

Who can sign off on your experience?

The NSCB (Nevada State Contractors Board) will require you to submit 4 notarized references verifying your construction experience.

These references must be from people who have first-hand knowledge of your experience and who have witnessed your work. 

You may use any of the following people to sign off on your experience:

  • Building inspector 
  • Architect  
  • Engineer
  • Client 
  • Customer

Description of work experience

In addition to references. You must also include a detailed description of your experience. 

Each reference must include

  • Name
  • Current Address
  • Phone Number
  • Dates of Employment

Your description must go into a certain level of detail:

“Jim is a great guy and an experienced roofer” – Is not descriptive enough

An example of a more descriptive explanation would be:

Jim has used roof saws, nail guns, mops and spud brooms. He has done roof projections, repairs, installations and complete replacements. Jim has applied roofing materials and done waterproofing. He also has submitted roof estimates…etc”

a licensed roofing contractor placing wood planks. the nevada state contractors board governs licensed contractors in nevada

You will want to talk about the:

  • Types of construction projects
  • Trades
  • Crafts
  • Task and Duties

Forming a Roof Construction Business in Nevada

You will have to form a legal entity before you can get a license and offer roofing services. You can learn more about setting up a business entity on the Nevada Secretary of State Website

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

Typically, construction companies choose either:

For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for a contractor license, check out this free guide!

Nevada Roofing Contractor License Exam

several roofing contractors working on a house. to get a nevada contractor license for roofing, you will need to pass a two part examination

To get licensed and bonded in Nevada you will need to pass a two-part exam which is administered by PSI.

  • Construction Management Survey Exam 
  • Plumbing Trade Exam

Let's start with the Construction Management Survey Exam…

This is a LAW & BUSINESS focused test that will cover the following topics:

  • Licensing
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Lien Law
  • Financial Management
  • Tax Laws
  • Labor Laws
  • Project Management
  • Contracts
  • Risk Management
  • Environmental Safety and Health Department Regulations
  • Occupational Safety
  • Construction Regulations

If you are unfamiliar with the contractor license laws, it could be helpful for you to enroll in a Nevada contractor license school. 

However, make sure you understand the scope of what contractor classes actually teach you. There are several schools that specialize in Nevada exam prep.

Learn more about the difference between a trade school and a contractor license school!

Roofing License Exam

The Roofing exam will cover the following topics:

  • Safety 
  • Roofing Substrates
  • Steep Roofing
  • Roofing Repairs
  • Elastomeric Roofing
  • Sheet Metal and Flashing
  • Siding
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Elastomeric Roofing
  • Built-up Bituminous Roofing

NSCB Testing Information

Construction Management Exam

  • 60 Questions
  • 120 Minutes
  • 75% Minimum Score

Roofing and Siding

  • 60 Questions
  • 2 Hours
  • 45% Minimum Score

You must first register for an examination at the (NSCB) Nevada State Contractors Board website.

Once the board accepts your application packet, they will mail you a candidate eligibility letter that will include a PSI Registration Form with instructions on how to select an exam date. 

  • You will get 3 chances to pass the exam (2 weeks between each exam date)
  • One Examination $95
  • Two Examinations $140 (if the second exam is the Construction Management Exam)
  • Computerized Test
  • Bring 2 forms of Identification
  • Open Book
  • Arrive 30 minutes before scheduled exam time
  • You will have to forfeit your exam fee if you cancel less than 2 days before your date, are late or fail to bring identification

Nevada Contractor Exam Locations

There are three available testing locations:


3210 East Tropicana Avenue

Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

  • RENO

Airport Plaza Office Building

1755 E Plumb Lane Ste 108

Reno, Nevada 89502

  • ELKO 

225 Silver Street Ste 102

Elko, Nevada 89801

NSCB Licensing Fees and Application

How much is a roofing license? Currently, the NCSB fees include:

  • The Application Fee is currently ———$300 
  • License Activation ———– $680 (every two years)
  • Bond Fee for Cash Bond ————- $200
  • Residential Recovery Fund ———— $200 – $1000 (for residential contractors only)

Submit Application – You can find an application here

Send to:



Nevada Contractor License Lookup Page

For consumers looking for a licensed and bonded contractor in the state of Nevada

You may be also required to register and get a Nevada state business license. The Nevada department of business and Industry has information about this process.

Nevada Contractor License Reciprocity Agreement

the truth about contractor license reciprocity agreements between nevada and california

Can I use my Nevada Contractor license in 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 Nevada's reciprocity agreement with California, Arizona, and Utah!

Roofing apprenticeships

Whether you are looking to get a journeyman card in Nevada or begin a career in the roof construction trade.

One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program school.

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!

Free Construction Blueprints Course

blueprint reading is an important skill for roofers looking to get a nevada contractor license

Those looking to do pursue a career in construction 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 a contractor license.

See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!

Nevada OSHA Guidelines

roofing contractors in nevada have a very dangerous job, to get licensed you will need to demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of 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. Safety is a huge part of the roof license.

If you or your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business. 

For employment with a licensed contractor in Nevada, you may be asked to complete some level of Nevada OSHA Safety Training.


Getting a Nevada state 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 roof construction company!

The Construction industry is highly lucrative.

The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.

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