Article Index

Utah Licenses

State Licenses

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

B100 General Building Contractor (Business and Law Exam Only)

  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Utah, 3 rd Edition
  • Utah Contractor Education Book

E100 General Engineering Contractor (Business and Law Exam Only)

  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Utah, 3 rd Edition
  • Utah Contractor Education Book

Journeyman Electrician Code Examination (Theory Examination ,Practical Examination )

A person who possesses the knowledge and skill to install, alter, repair, add to, or change electrical conductors, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduit, or any part thereof which generates, transforms, or utilizes electrical energy in any form for light, heat, power, or communications.

  • NFPA 70- 2017
  • Utah Amendments to the National Electrical Code, 2017
  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Utah, 3rd Edition

Journeyman Plumber Theory Examination (Plumber Practical Examination)

A person licensed under this chapter as a residential journeyman plumber having the qualifications, training, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade as limited to the plumbing of residential buildings.

Allowed:

  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, July 2018
  • OSHA

Not Allowed:

  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters,2013
  • Management of Construction Projects, 1st edition
  • Construction Jobsite Management, 2011
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management -Utah, 2nd Edition
  • Excavator's Guide, 2017

Master Electrician Code Examination (Theory Examination ,Practical Examination )

A person who possesses the knowledge and skill to design, plan, layout, install, alter, repair, add to, or change electrical conductors, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduit, or any part thereof which generates, transforms, or utilizes electrical energy in any form for light, heat, power, or communications.

  • NFPA 70- 2017
  • Utah Amendments to the National Electrical Code, 2017
  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Utah, 3rd Edition

Master Electrician Theory Examination

  • Ugly's Electrical References,2017
  • NFPA 70- 2017
  • Utah Amendments to the National Electrical Code, 2017 (not allowed)

Master Plumber Theory Examination (Plumber Practical Examination)

A person licensed under this chapter as a residential journeyman plumber having the qualifications, training, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade as limited to the plumbing of residential buildings.

Allowed:

  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, July 2018
  • OSHA

Not Allowed:

  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters,2013
  • Management of Construction Projects, 1st edition
  • Construction Jobsite Management, 2011
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management -Utah, 2nd Edition
  • Excavator's Guide, 2017

Plumber Practical Examination

All items brought by the candidate must be in a safe condition and in good working order. Candidates may not share materials. Candidates should bring the following:

  • Non-programmable calculator (silent, battery operated, does not have paper tape printing capabilities, and does not have a keyboard containing the alphabet).
  • Torch(es) capable of brazing up to one-inch copper pipe and soldering copper assembly project
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 tubing cutter (copper)
  • 1 tubing cutter (PVC Schedule 40)
  • 1 reamer
  • 1 level with 45 degree reading
  • 1 framing or carpenter's square
  • Tools to perform copper and plastic pipe assemblies
  • Bricks to support work
  • Safety glasses for soldering

You should not bring the following as these materials will be provided at the exam site

  • Solder/flux
  • Primer/solvent cement (for the plastic pipe project)
  • Brazing alloy rods
  • Scratch paper.

R100 Residential and Small Commercial Contractor (Business and Law Exam Only)

  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Utah, 3 rd Edition
  • Utah Contractor Education Book

Residenital Journeyman Plumber Theory Examination (Plumber Practical Examination)

A person licensed under this chapter as a residential journeyman plumber having the qualifications, training, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade as limited to the plumbing of residential buildings.

Allowed:

  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, July 2018
  • OSHA

Not Allowed:

  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters,2013
  • Management of Construction Projects, 1st edition
  • Construction Jobsite Management, 2011
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management -Utah, 2nd Edition
  • Excavator's Guide, 2017

Residential Journeyman Electrician Code Examination (Theory Examination ,Practical Examination)

A person who possesses the training, experience, and knowledge to wire, install, and repair electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat, power, and other purposes, on buildings using primarily nonmetallic sheathed cable where the voltage does not exceed 250 volts line to line and 125 volts to ground

  • Ugly's Electrical References,2017
  • NFPA 70- 2017
  • Utah Amendments to the National Electrical Code, 2017 (not allowed)

Residential Master Electrician Code Examination (Theory Examination ,Practical Examination)

A person who possesses the training, experience, and knowledge to wire, install, and repair electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat, power, and other purposes, on buildings using primarily nonmetallic sheathed cable where the voltage does not exceed 250 volts line to line and 125 volts to ground

  • Ugly's Electrical References,2017
  • NFPA 70- 2017
  • Utah Amendments to the National Electrical Code, 2017 (not allowed)

Residential Master Plumber Theory Examination (Plumber Practical Examination)

A person licensed under this chapter as a residential journeyman plumber having the qualifications, training, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade as limited to the plumbing of residential buildings.

Allowed:

  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, July 2018
  • OSHA

Not Allowed:

  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters,2013
  • Management of Construction Projects, 1st edition
  • Construction Jobsite Management, 2011
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management -Utah, 2nd Edition
  • Excavator's Guide, 2017

Ut Electrician Practical Examination

Candidates must bring the following items to the practical examination:

• Two 5-foot pieces of ½-inch EMT conduit • One ½-inch EMT bender • One continuity tester or multi meter • One ½-inch conduit reamer • One straight blade screwdriver • One Phillips screwdriver • One pair of long nose pliers • One pair of side cut pliers • One pair of wire strippers • One hacksaw • One tape measure • One pencil or marker

Not allowed:

  • Conduit Bending Workbook, 1997
  • Electric Motor Control, Seventh Edition, 2003
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition
  • Ugly's Electrical References, George V. Hart, 2017

Application/Licensing Process

The following information can be found here.

These are the following steps that need to be taken to obtain a licemse in Utah

  • Pre-License Course.
  • General Liability Insurance Certificate
  • Registered your business entity
  • Obtained Federal EIN.
  • If you have employees, you MUST:
    Have obtained a certificate of workers' compensation insurance with DOPL as certificate holder.
    Have obtained a state withholding tax registration from the Utah State Tax Commission.
    Have obtained an unemployment registration from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Apply using the:

Reciprocity

Utah does not have reciprocity. Instead, Utah allows for licensure by endorsement. However, as of May 14, 2019, no trade exam are required for any Utah contractor licenses. The Utah Contractor Business & Law exam is still required for general contractors (B100, R100, E100, and plumbing and electrical contractors). Individual electrical and plumbing licenses also still require exams. As a result, applications for endorsement for contractor licenses are moot because trade exams are not required in Utah. Please apply with the standard application.

The electrical examinations are all divided into three separate examinations for each license:

  • Code Examination consists of code questions. Some of the questions will require application of electrical theory and calculations. A passing score of at least 75% is required to pass this portion. This is an OPEN book examination.
  • Theory Examination is based on the application of basic electrical theory, calculations and general knowledge relevant to the industry. A passing score of at least 75% is required to pass this portion. This is an OPEN book examination.
  • Practical Examination is a “hands-on” practical examination. You will be tested on the practical knowledge of using conduits, switching, motors and controls, transformers, troubleshooting and general knowledge. The practical portion is a pass/fail examination. No reference materials are allowed at the test center during this examination. The Candidate must pass the Code, Theory and Practical examinations in order to become licensed.

*Master Plumber candidates do not need to take the Practical exam if they have previously passed it as a Journeyman.

**Residential Master Plumber candidates do not have to take the Residential Plumber Practical exam if the have previously passed it as a Residential Journeyman.

Effective May 14, 2019, trade exams will NOT BE REQUIRED for the B100, R100, and E100 classifications. The Utah Contractor Business and Law Exam is still required for B100, E100, and R100. Because the curriculum for the 5-hour course is still in development, the Division will accept the 25-hour course as satisfaction of the 5-hour course until October 1, 2019.


Contact Information

State of Utah

  • General licensing questions call:
    (801) 530-6628
    (866) 275-3675 Toll-Free in Utah

Contractor FAQ

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

  • What type of construction activity do I need to be licensed for?
    Refer to the Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act and Rules. If you are still not sure of the correct license classification contact DOPL. DOPL can be contacted by phone at (801) 530-6628 or (866) 275-3675 (toll free within Utah).
  • Can I get credit for previous work experience?
    Any previous paid work experience in the construction industry qualifies as experience. For a general contractors license (B100, E100, or R100), at least two years (or 4,000 hours) of paid work experience is required in the construction industry. No experience is required for a specialty contractor license. “Experience in the construction industry” is more broad in scope than the definition of “construction trades” and includes: (a) Experience in the construction industry regardless if paid as a W-2 or as an owner, and regardless of whether licensed or exempt; (b) Experience while performing construction activities in the military; (c) Experience obtained under the supervision of a construction trades instructor as a part of an educational program is qualifying experience for a contractor's license. A passing score on the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors shall satisfy the experience requirement. Additionally, a person holding a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year associate’s degree in Construction Management shall satisfy the experience requirement. A person holding a Utah professional engineer license also satisfies the experience requirement.
  • Does Utah have reciprocity with other states?
    No, Utah does not have reciprocity. Instead, Utah allows for licensure by endorsement. However, as of May 14, 2019, no trade exam are required for any Utah contractor licenses. The Utah Contractor Business & Law exam is still required for general contractors (B100, R100, E100, and plumbing and electrical contractors). Individual electrical and plumbing licenses also still require exams. As a result, applications for endorsement for contractor licenses are moot because trade exams are not required in Utah. Please apply with the standard application.
  • How do I get a contractor license?
    You must submit a completed contractor application packet, along with the required fees (listed in the application). You may obtain an application from our web site. The application packet includes fees and testing information.
  • What are the qualifier and the licensee required to do if the qualifier leaves the company?
    When a qualifier leaves a licensed contractor business, both the qualifier and the licensee are required to inform DOPL in writing, within 10 days of the last day of employment, stating that the qualifier is no longer employed by the licensee. The licensee then has 60 days, from that date, to replace the qualifier. If the written notice is not sent to DOPL within 10 days and the licensee doesn't replace the qualifier within 60 days, the license can be revoked. The license stays with the company; it does not "belong to" nor does it "go with" the qualifier.
  • Can I "loan" my license to someone else? Can I "borrow" someone else's license?
    NO. The one who "loans" their license and the one who "borrows" the license are both guilty of class A misdemeanors. The "loaner" for "aiding and abetting" and the "borrower" for contracting without a license.
  • Can I pay my employees on a 1099?
    It is illegal to pay an employee who is an unlicensed contractor on a 1099. To be legal an employer needs to withholds federal and state taxes from their employees' pay and cover them with worker's compensation and unemployment insurance. A 1099 is only appropriate when using an independently licensed contractor or a licensed subcontractor. Individuals that are paid on a 1099 without being licensed could have action taken against them for contracting without a license and the party that hired them for hiring an unlicensed contractor. How can I legally "work under" someone else's license? The only legal way to "work under" any license is as an officer or W2 employee of a licensed contractor.