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UTAH CARPENTRY CONTRACTOR (S-220) SCOPE OF WORK COVERED: This license allows the fabrication for structural and finish purposes in a structure or building using wood, wood products, metal studs, vinyl materials, or other wood/plastic composites as is by custom and usage accepted in the building industry as carpentry.

PRE-APPROVAL: Applicants must gain approval to take the exam by submitting an application to the State Licensing Board.

BUSINESS AND LAW: All types of Contractors in the State of Utah must take a Business and Law Exam in addition to the trade exam required for each license.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: A minimum of four years of full-time experience within the past 10 years.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: On the license application, candidates will be required to show financial responsibility.

EXAM DETAILS: The exam is given by PSI. It is an semi open-book timed test with 56 questions and a 2-hour time limit. A score of 70% is required to pass the exam. The exam fee is $79 for the trade exam. (There is also a $79 testing fee for the Business Law Exam, look under that heading for additional details.) If an exam is failed, candidates must wait at least 30 days before retaking that exam. Three attempts are allowed for each exam. After three attempts, candidates must wait 6 months before retaking exam.

EXAM CONTENT: Windows and Doors Rough Carpentry Finish Carpentry Drywall Insulation Siding Safety

BOND / INSURANCE: Depending on the way a Contractor’s business is established, the State may require General Liability, Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance. The minimum General Liability Insurance is typically $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 in total.

LICENSING FEE: The Carpentry Contractor licensing fee is $210. To add an additional Specialty license the fee is $110. All licenses expire on November 30, every even numbered year. In order to renew this license, 6 hours of Continuing Education is required every two-year period. Three hours must be core education (Business and Law) and three hours trade education.

PROCESSING TIME: In-State applications will be processed in 1-2 weeks. Out-of-State applications will have to be reviewed by the Board, which meets once per month and can take 4-6 weeks to process.

RECIPROCITY: The state of Utah has reciprocity agreements with Arizona and Nevada for this license.

***IMPORTANT REFERENCE MATERIAL INFORMATION*** Not all of the books listed under ‘Reference Materials’ on this page are allowed into the exam. The list below will explain which books are allowed into the exam room on test day.


International Building Code, 2009

Utah Amendments to the International Building Code, 2009 (Downloadable Document)


OSHA Title 29, Part 1926

Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010

Gypsum Construction Handbook, 2009

Finish Carpentry: A Complete Interior and Exterior Guide

Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2006

NOTE: One of the references listed above is a downloadable document. It can be viewed and printed by using the button after the title listed below.

Utah Amendments to the International Building Code, 2009 "" target=_blank>Click Here To Download.

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