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Georgia Licenses

State Licenses

Select a license to view its requirements, definition, exams, books, and classes.

The State of Florida has Electrical Endorsments Agreements with: California,Colorodo,NASCLA®,Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

Business and Law

  • Georgia- Nascla 2nd edition

Residential- Basic Contractor License

person who performs contractor work or activity relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height and their accessory buildings and structures

  • 018 International Residential Code
  • OSHA
  • Carpentry and Building Construction
  • Guide to Good Practice for Wood Trusses
  • Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete
  • Modern Masonry
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Georgia Residential Code Amendments

Residential- Light commercial contractor

performs any contractor work or activity performed by a residential-basic contractor and, additionally, shall include such contractor work or activity related to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures, and their related accessory buildings and structures, which are less than four stories in height; less than 25,000 square feet in aggregate interior floor space, except as otherwise provided in this chapter; and are constructed of wood or light gauge metal frame, brick veneer, prefabricated, or manufactured type of construction; or are preengineered steel buildings not exceeding 50,000 square feet of interior floor space; provided that such buildings or structures are not of the type of building or structure that would constitute a special hazard to property or to life and safety of persons as defined in subparagraphs (A), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (G.1), (H), (I), and(J) and subparagraph (B), as it applies to a building of four or more stories, of paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code Section 25-2-13.

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • OSHA
  • Carpentry and Building Construction
  • Guide to Good Practice for Wood Trusses
  • Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete
  • Modern Masonry
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook
  • Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders
  • Manual of Construction with Steel Deck
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Georgia Building Code Amendments
  • Georgia Residential Code Amendments
  • Georgia Accessibility Code

Electrical Contractor Class I (Restricted) and Class II (Unrestricted)

An electrical contractor class I is restricted to electrical contracting involving multifamily structures of not more than two levels or single family dwellings of up to three levels. In addition, the structures shall have single-phase electrical installations which do not exceed 400 amperes at the service drop or the service lateral.

A class II electrical contractor is unrestricte and can perform any type of electrical work anywhere in Georgia.

  • American Electricians' Handbook
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, 4th edition
  • OSHA
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Printreading Based on the 2017 NEC
  • Ugly's Electrical References
  • Employers Tax Guide, Circular E

Journeyman Plumbing ( Trade only)

Installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair of plumbing fixtures and systems under the direction of a Master Plumber.

Books are recommended to study but may not be taken into the exam

  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2012 International Plumbing Code
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, 4th edition
  • Blueprint Reading for Plumbers, Residential and Commercial
  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Plumbing Technology, Design, and Installation
  • Digsmart Excavator Manual, Call Before You Dig!
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: Your Responsibilities as an Employer
  • Georgia Amendments to the IFGC
  • Georgia Amendments to the IPC
  • Georgia Accessibility Code
  • Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E

Master Plumbing: (Trade Only)

Restricted master plumbing contractor's scope of work is limited to plumbing involving single family dwellings, one-level dwellings designed for no more than 2 families, and commercial structures not exceeding 10,000 square feet

Books NOT allowed in the testing room

  • OSHA

Georgia Conditioned Air Contractor Class I

The Air Conditioning Class I license is limited to the installation, repair, or service of conditioned air systems. Service to or installation of the electrical circuit from the electrical distribution panel to the conditioned air equipment where the electrical service to the building or site is a single-phase electrical circuit not exceeding 200 amperes is considered to be installation, repair, or service of conditioned air equipment or the conditioned air system.

A separate Georgia Business and Law exam are not required to be passed (Business and Law questions are on the trade exam).

  • 2018 International Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Manual D-Duct Design for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning
  • Manual J-Load Calculation for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, 4th edition
  • OSHA
  • Carrier System Design Manuals (1-3)
  • Flexible Duct Performance and Installation Standards
  • Trane Ductulator
  • ACCA Flexible Duct Slide Rule or Calculator

All allowed into testing except:

  • Manual N
  • Manual Q

Georgia Conditioned Air Contractor Class II

The AC class II license is unrestection and allows for the installation, repair and service of any type of air conditioning system anywhere in Georgia.

A separate Georgia Business and Law exam are not required to be passed (Business and Law questions are on the trade exam).

  • 2018 International Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • Manual D-Duct Design for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning
  • Manual J-Load Calculation for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, 4th edition
  • OSHA
  • Carrier System Design Manuals (1-3)
  • Flexible Duct Performance and Installation Standards
  • Trane Ductulator
  • ACCA Flexible Duct Slide Rule or Calculator

All allowed into testing except:

  • Manual N
  • Manual Q

Low Voltage: Alarm

The low voltage alarm license is restricted to alarm and general system low-voltage contracting. burglary, fire, robbery, medical emergency, or equipment failure, or on the occurrence of any other predetermined event.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: Your Responsibilities as an Employer- Current, EEOC
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management- 4th edition
  • Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, 2019 or 2020
  • Osha, 2019
  • Georgia State Electrical Code (2017 National Electrical Code or National Electrical Code Handbook.)
  • NFPA 72-2016 - National Fire Alarm Code
  • NFPA 101-2015 - Life Safety Code
  • UL 681-1999 - Installation and Classification of Burglar and Hold-up Alarm Systems, 1999, 13th edition.
  • UL 1076-1995 - Proprietary Burglar Alarm System Units, 1995, 5th edition

Low Voltage - General:

The low voltage general license is restricted to general system low-voltage contracting. This inclueds the installation, alteration, service, or repair of a telecommunication system, alarm system, or general system involving low-voltage wiring. 50 volts or less.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: Your Responsibilities as an Employer- Current, EEOC
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management- 4th edition
  • Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, 2019 or 2020,
  • Osha, 2019
  • Georgia State Electrical Code (2017 National Electrical Code or National Electrical Code Handbook.)
  • BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, 2014, 13th ed. edition (OPTIONAL)

Low Voltage - Unrestricted

This license is unrestricted and permits the performance of alarm, telecommunication, and general system low-voltage contracting

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: Your Responsibilities as an Employer- Current, EEOC
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management- 4th edition
  • Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, 2019 or 2020,
  • Osha, 2019
  • Georgia State Electrical Code (2017 National Electrical Code or National Electrical Code Handbook.)
  • BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, 2014, 13th ed. edition
  • NFPA 72-2016 - National Fire Alarm Code
  • NFPA 101-2015 - Life Safety Code
  • UL 681-1999 - Installation and Classification of Burglar and Hold-up Alarm Systems, 1999, 13th edition.
  • UL 1076-1995 - Proprietary Burglar Alarm System Units , 1995, 5th edition

Utility Contractor

The utility contractor's license allows you to construct, erect, alter, or repair or have constructed, erected, altered, or repaired any utility system.

  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, 4th edition
  • Walker’s Building Estimator's Reference Book 2018, 31st edition,
  • Osha
  • Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, 2019 or 2020
  • Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, revised May 2015
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars: Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  • Standard specifications: construction of transportation systems 2013
  • Manual for erosion and sediment control in Georgia, 2016
  • Excavator Manual

Application/Licensing Process

In the state of Georgia, you must register and submit your application through the Georgia Online Licensing Portal.

The following information can be found at the Georgia State Legislature.

To obtain a license in the State of Georgia, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Is at least 21 years of age
  • Is of a good character and is otherwise qualified as to competency, ability, and integrity
  • Meets eligibility requirements according to one of the following criteria:
    • as received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the field of engineering, architecture, construction management, building construction, or other field acceptable to the division and has at least one year of proven experience working as or in the employment of a residential contractor, general contractor, or other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the division;
    • Has a combination acceptable to the division of academic credits from any accredited college-level courses and proven practical experience working as or in the employment of a residential contractor, general contractor, or other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the division equaling at least four years in the aggregate. For purposes of this subparagraph, all university, college, junior college, or community college-level courses shall be considered accredited college-level courses; or
    • as a total of at least four years of proven active experience working in a construction industry-related field, at least two of which shall have been as or in the employment of a residential contractor, or other proven experience deemed acceptable by the division; and
  • Has had significant responsibility for the successful performance and completion of at least two projects falling within the trade category in the four years immediately preceding application.

Licensing Requirements

Georgia Construction industry Licensing Board

To obtain a state license as a conditioned air contractor, you must:

Georgia Board for Residential and General Contractors Testing Process:

  1. Candidates seeking licensure may download the examination application from our forms directory.
  2. Candidates must complete the appropriate examination application and submit it to the Board office along with a fee and supporting documents.
  3. Board office notifies PSI of the candidates eligible for testing while also notifying individual applicants of eligibility.
  4. Once approved for examination eligibility, the candidate will register with PSI.
  5. Candidates may take their test at any of the three existing PSI testing locations found in Atlanta, Macon or Tifton or any other location that PSI has established in neighboring states.
  6. Information regarding the examination itself can be found by visiting PSI’s website at www.psiexams.com or calling PSI at 1-800-733-9267.
  7. Candidate Information Bulletin.
  8. Board office will notify candidates of exam results.

Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board Fee Schedule

For more information on the fee schedule, please click here.

Reciprocity

Currently, the General Contractors Division has established reciprocity with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee as an available method by which to obtain licensure.

The following trades have reciprocity applications. Please click each license to find there individual reciprocity application.


Contact Information

Georgia Board for Contractors

Division of Contractors

  • 237 Coliseum Drive
    478-207-2440
    Macon, GA 31217

Contractor FAQ

Below are Frequently asked questions created by the Georgia Registrar of Contractors, they can also be found here.

  1. Who is required to hold a license from the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors?
    Residential-Basic Contractor (contractor work relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height)
    Residential-Light Commercial Contractor (same as residential-basic, and additionally, such contractor work or activity related to multifamily and multi-use light commercial buildings and structures)
    General Contractor (contractor services unlimited as to type of work contracted for, undertaken to perform, bid or proposed upon or otherwise offered to perform, and performed as a contractor, except any work which falls under the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title, which may not be performed by the general contractor unless he or she possess licensure to do such)
    General Contractor Limited Tier (contractor services unlimited as to type of work contracted for, undertaken to perform, bid or proposed upon or otherwise offered to perform, and performed as a contractor, except any work which falls under the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title, which may not be performed by the general contractor unless he or she possess licensure to do such). This license is limited to contract amounts of $500,000 or less.
    Certain specialty trades or work costing less than $2,500 do not require the services of a state-licensed contractor. Please review our website for information on specialty services.
  2. How can I obtain a state license?
    Submit a completed application for licensure and non-refundable fee, along with all the supporting documents as indicated by the application, and submit to and pass an examination required for the particular license
  3. Are there any project size limitations based upon the contract amount of the project within each category of licensure?
    No. The limitations within the categories are based upon a number of floors/stories, square footage, and project type (occupancy classification). The general contractor category is unlimited as to the project type and size; however, the general contractor's limited tier is limited to contracts of $500,000 or less.
  4. Should I apply as an “Individual in his or her own behalf” or as an “individual acting as a qualifying agent for a Georgia business organization”?
    If the applicant is doing business in his or her own name or a trade name where the individual is doing business as a sole proprietorship, the applicant would apply as an individual. If an applicant is applying on behalf of and for the benefit of a business organization (any partnership, corporation, limited liability entity, business trust, joint venture, or other legal entity, other than an individual person doing business as a sole proprietorship), the application must be submitted by and through an individual qualifying agent for such business organization. A license will be issued to the individual qualifying agent and to the affiliated business organization. A qualifying agent license is not a personal license and may not be used to operate as an individual and may not be used to operate for any other business organization. If you leave the company for which the qualifying agent license was issued, you must apply for a new license.
  5. Can a licensed general contractor perform work within the residential classifications?
    Yes, a general contractor can do work under all three license classifications; residential-basic, residential-light commercial, and general.
  6. Will I be able to build my own house or building without a license?
    Yes, property owners may construct a building or structure which is for their own use and not for use by the general public and not offered for sale or lease. If you sell or transfer the building or structure, you will not be allowed to build another for a period of two years, unless you obtain a license or hire someone who is licensed to oversee the construction.
  7. Can a business have more than one qualifying agent?
    Yes, a business organization can have more than one qualifying agent. However, all qualifying agents are equally responsible for the supervision of all operations of the business organization, all fieldwork at all sites, and for financial matters for each specific job for which his or her license was used to obtain the building permit.
  8. Can an individual qualify more than one company?
    Yes, but the division shall require the qualifying individual to present evidence of financial responsibility and insurance pertaining to each company.
  9. Is there a minimum net worth requirement for licensure?
    Only the general contractor license requires a minimum net worth. As outlined in Board Rules 553-4-.01, 553-4-.02, 553-4-.05, and 553-4-.06, a general contractor must have a minimum net worth of $150,000 and a general contractor limited tier must have a minimum net worth of $25,000. If applying as a qualifying agent, the net worth must be in the business name.
  10. What are the insurance requirements under the new law?
    Applicants for licensure must show proof of workers compensation insurance if required by Georgia law, and general liability insurance in the following amounts:
    Residential-Basic: $300,000
    -Basic: $300,000
    General Contractor: $500,000
    General Contractor Limited Tier: $500,000
  11. If a company loses its qualifying agent can it continue to operate?
    The business organization must notify the appropriate division within 45 days of the termination of the relationship with the qualifying agent and shall have 120 days from the termination of the agent’s affiliation with the business to employ another qualifying agent and submit an application for licensure under the new qualifying agent. If such an application is denied, then after passage of the 120 day period, the business organization shall cease to be considered licensed. The division, in such circumstances, may issue a temporary nonrenewable license that will allow the entity to proceed with incomplete contracts already in progress.
  12. Will my Georgia license be accepted in another state?
    To contract legally in another state, you must meet the requirements of the other state. To determine the requirements of another state, please contact the other state board directly.
  13. Is my out of state license recognized in Georgia?
    General Contractors Division - Currently, the General Contractors Division has established reciprocity with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee as an available method by which to obtain licensure. You must hold a current commercial contractor's license with a classification of “building construction” and you must have obtained the license by state examination. Verification of licensure will be required along with your reciprocity application. Once your reciprocity application has been reviewed and approved by the Board, you will have to schedule and pass the Georgia business and law exam prior to the Georgia license being issued.
  14. What are the required fees for a license?
    The application fee is $200.
  15. If I am granted a license under examination exemption, will I be able to receive a reciprocal license in another state?
    To contract legally in another state, you must meet the requirements of the other state. To determine the requirements of another state, please contact the other state board directly.
  16. Please contact the other state board directly to determine the requirements for reciprocity.
  17. In addition to the contractor's license, what other requirements must I meet in order to open a business?
    Businesses must meet the requirements of federal, state, and local governments. To determine federal and local requirements, you will need to contact those agencies directly. A listing should be available in the government section of your telephone directory. To obtain information on state agencies, reference the First Stop Business Information Center here or contact the state directory assistance at 404-656-2000.
  18. What is a “denial letter,” and what does it mean?
    A “denial letter” is the written notice sent to an applicant who has submitted an application and has not met the requirements for licensure. A denial letter will include the reason for the denial and information on how to appeal your denial.
  19. What is a “deficiency letter”?
    A “deficiency letter” is the written notice sent to an applicant after a thorough review of his or her application has been conducted. This letter identifies the specific areas of deficiency and provides general guidance on how to address the deficiencies. The letter also provides other licensing options if applicable. For example, if an applicant applies for a General Contractor's license and submits only residential projects, staff will recommend that the applicant apply as a residential basic contractor or submit qualifying general contracting projects.
  20. What is the exam process?
    To obtain a license through the exam process, an individual submits the applicable examination application to the Board for approval. Applications may be downloaded here
  21. How do I obtain a Verification of Licensure?
    To obtain a Verification of Licensure please submit the order form here and $25.00 fee.
  22. What is the minimum net worth requirement if applying for a General Contractor's license?
    Applicants seeking to engage in general contracting shall provide satisfactory proof of a minimum net worth in the amount of $150,000. Refer to Board Rule 553-4-.01.