Types of Contractor Licenses in Arizona
There are several types of contractor licenses in Arizona; below is a list of the different categories and the specific licenses within each category.
- Engineering Contracting (Commercial): There are 12 licensing classifications under Engineering Contracting (Commercial), A-, A-4, A-5, A-7, A-9, A-11, A-12, A-14, A-15, A-16, A-17, and A-19.
- General Commercial Contracting: There are 2 licensing classifications under General Commercial Contracting, B-1 and B-2.
- Residential Contracting: There are 6 licensing classifications under Residential Contracting, B-, B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6, B-10.
- Specialty Residential Contracting: There are 22 licensing classifications under Specialty Residential Contracting, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-6, R-7, R-8, R-9, R-10, R-11, R-12, R-13, R-14, R-15, R-16, R-17, R-21, R-22, R-24, R-31, R-34, R-36, R-37, R-38, R-39, R-40, R-41, R-42, R-45, R-48, R-53, R-54, R-56, R-57, R-60, R-61, R-62, R-65, R-67, and R-70.
- General Dual Engineering Contracting: There are 3 licensing classification under General Dual Engineering Contracting, KA-, KA-5, and KA-6
- General Dual License Contracting: There are 2 licensing categories under General Dual License Contracting, KB-1 and KB-2.
- Specialty Dual License Contracting: Thre are 45 licensing classifications under Specialty Dual License Contracting, CR-1, CR-2, CR-3, CR-4, CR-6, CR-7, CR-8, CR-9, CR-10, CR-11, CR-12, CR-14, CR-15, CR-16, CR-17, CR-21, CR-24, CR-31, CR-34, CR-36, CR-37, CR-38, CR-39, CR-40, CR-41, CR-42, CR-45, CR-48, CR-53, CR-54, CR-56, CR-57, CR-58, CR-60, CR-61, CR-65, CR-66, CR-67, CR-69, CR-70, CR-74, CR-77, CR-78, CR-79, and CR-80.
- Specialty Commercial Contracting: There are 42 licensing classifications under Specialty Commercial Contracting, C-1, C-3, C-4, C-6, C-7, C-8, C-9, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-14, C-15, C-16, C-21, C-24, C-31, C-34, C-36, C-37, C-38, C-39, C-40, C-41, C-42, C-45, C-48, C-49, C-53, C-54, C-56, C-57, C-58, C-60, C-61, C-65, C-67, C-70, C-74, C-77, C-78, and C-79.
Arizona Contractor Licensing Process
- The applicant must identify a qualifying party for the license. A Qualifying Party is a regularly employed person with the necessary experience, knowledge, and skills for the classification in which they will be licensed. An applicant in Arizona can be a sole proprietorship, LLC, corp, or partnership.
- The license classifications requirements must be met or exceeded when applying for the license. The License Classification Requirements form provides the minimum number of years of experience and the types of examinations required for a qualifying party to qualify for a specific license classification.
- The qualifying party must pass the required examinations by at least 70% and submit the exam results. The qualifying party must complete the AZ statutes and rules training course and Exam (SRE). The SRE is a computer based-training program and exam that is only offered though Mbition. The qualifying party must also meet the specific trade exam unless eligible for a waiver. You may also confirm the exams that are required by a specific license classification by referring to the ROC License Classification Requirements.
- The applicant and qualifying party must complete a ROC Contractor Background Checks and submit copies of the payment transaction receipt form.
- LLC's and corporations are required to register with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Partnerships are required to register with the Arizona Secretary of State. The applicant must obtain and submit proof of a license bond. Include all required fees and assessments with your License.
- Both the Applicant and the Qualifying Party must submit a copy of their government-issued identification with the application. Driver Licenses and passports are acceptable forms of identification.
- Complete and submit a License Application Form to the Registrar by mailing this application to the Registrar of Contractors or deliver at the physical location.
Arizona Exams Available Online
Arizona Registrars of Contractor’s online exams are currently being administered by the vendor PSI, however beginning on Oct 1, 2021, all Arizona contractor applicants can take the trade exams online without having to sit for the exam in person. They will still have the ability to take the exam at one of the PSI testing centers.
Statutes and Rules Exam (SRE)
The Statutes and Rules Exam (SRE) will transition to the Arizona Statutes and Rules Training Course and Exam (SRE). A candidate is required to complete the computer-based training and then be tested on what was learned throughout the training. Unlike the trade exams, the SRE (course/exam) is only available online.
Arizona currently has agreements with California, Nevada, and Utah. You have to provide the following proof to qualify under the reciprocity for these three states:
1. Successfully passed the business management exam in Arizona
2. Licensed for more than 5 years
3. Provide a license verification with the new application
- Written by Z. D.