One of the most common questions is:
Can I get a handyman license in Nevada?
The answer is quite simple.
If you are a handyman that does not hold a license in Nevada, these are some basic rules of thumb you will want to keep in mind when advertising your services.
Don't take the job if:
Once you understand the services you can legally offer. You can take the proper steps to setting up your handyman business.
Those are essentially the basic three steps you can follow to get started. Depending on what part of Nevada you are in you may need to apply for a Nevada Business License.
Before we learn about the requirements to get a Contractor License in Nevada, lets take a look at some of the alternatives to licensing that you can obtain as a handyman.
Whether you are a licensed and bonded contractor or a handyman with personal liability insurance, presenting yourself as a knowledgable advisor and professional is critical.
Homeowners trust your knowledge and expertise. The following certifications are easy and in-expensive to obtain:
Required Experience – To get a General contractor’s license in Nevada you must hold at least 4 years of journeyman level experience. Meaning experience gained either as a: Foreman, Supervisor, Contractor or Journeyman. To learn more about the differences between these job titles, read below.
Qualifying Person – You will need to have at least 4 references confirming your level of experience. The individuals you choose must have first-hand knowledge of your level of experience. They can either be an employer, fellow employee, journeyman, foreman, building inspector, union-representative supervisor or client. This person cannot be a family member unless that family member was your employer.
Description of Work Experience- The Nevada state contractors board requires all applicants to also provide a detailed description of your daily duties, tasks, responsibilities, and work experience associated with the license you are applying for. You will need to include dates, current address and contact number of your current and former employers. If self-employed include documentation detailing projects and the contact number of your clients
Exam - There are two exams you will need to pass in order to get a contractor license in Nevada. Trade and Construction Management. Contractor examinations in Nevada are facilitated by a third party company named PSI. Read below for more information on testing.
Criminal Background Check - All applicants must complete a criminal background check prior to getting a license. Nevada Contractors Board Fingerprinting can be done at any approved location.
Form a Legal Entity - You must form a legal entity before applying for a contractor license in Nevada. You can choose between: Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Corporation or LLC. To learn more about which entity is best for the construction industry, read below.
Contractor Bond - All licensed contractors in Nevada must be bonded. The amount of your bond is determined by the Nevada State Contractors Board. It can be anywhere between $1,000 - $500,000 depending on a variety of factors. To learn more about the bonding process in Nevada, Continue reading.
Pay License Fees -
Submit Application - You can find an application here
2310 CORPORATE CIRCLE, SUITE 200,
HENDERSON, NEVADA, 89074
You must meet the following basic requirements:
You Must also have
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 maintaining a certain level of safety and quality control.
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.
You may document your 4 years of experience in the following ways:
The 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 you work.
You may use any of the following people to sign off on your experience:
In addition to references. You must also include a detailed description of your experience.
Each reference must include
Your description must go into a certain level of detail:
"Jim is a great guy and built our house" - Is not descriptive enough
"Jim has installed rafters, girders and engaged in form work. He has experience with framing, pouring concrete, mixing mortar and stacking. Jim has overseen construction job sites, maintained worker safety and overseen electrical wiring, plumbing and roof installations" - This is an example of a much more descriptive explanation
You will want to talk about the:
You will have to form a legal entity. 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.
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 A - General Engineering
Nevada B - General Building
Nevada C - Specialty Classifications
All Contractors looking to get licensed and bonded in Nevada must pass a LAW & Business exam, also known as the Contractor management survey examination.
Not all licenses require a trade exam.
The exam covers the following topics:
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.
To learn more about the difference between a trade school and a contractor license school, check out this article!
You must first register for an examination at the 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.
There are three available testing locations:
3210 East Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
Airport Plaza Office Building
1755 E Plumb Lane Ste 108
Reno, Nevada 89502
225 Silver Street Ste 102
Elko, Nevada 89801
For consumers looking for a licensed and bonded contractor in the state of Nevada, you can check out this page
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.
For example, if a customer is looking to remodel their home and has hired several other sub-contractors, and the only thing they need you to do is install some cabinets you would legally not be allowed to perform that work.
Even if the cost for your services is under legal amount as its part of an over-all project where the bid is above $500.
In my experience, it is just easier to obtain a contractor license vs. trying cutting the price of your services or trying to come up with creative ways to evade state laws.
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