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Tennessee Contractor Licenses (TN)

Since 1993, our company has been helping contractors get a Tennessee state contractors license. With a 99% success rate, our exam prep classes are the best in the industry.

  • Virtually every aspect of construction is regulated at the State level.

  • The Board for Licensing Contractors requires a contractor license for any project exceeding $25,000.00 and must be obtained prior to offering to engage, bid, or contract. This includes Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Environmental, Electrical and Mechanical.

  • For additional licensing requirements including experience, financial and bonding requirements, exam information, reference books needed and reciprocity, please select the License link below.

  • The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Exam is acceptable by Tennessee for the BC-B classification.

  • *WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE EXEMPTIONS- EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2011*- owners, officers of a corporation, partners or members of an LLC may register with the Tennessee Secretary of State's office to obtain an exemption from covering themselves from Workers' Compensation insurance. More information is available from the law or see their website at: Construction Services Provider

  • Roofing Subcontractors PC 355: Roofing subcontractors required to be licensed as a contractor. (Eff. 1/1/2014)

Tennessee Training

  • Tennessee Guide to Getting your Contractor License

    This 4 hour class will cover the steps to getting your Tennessee Contractor's license. Our Senior Application Processor will cover experience needed, financial qualifications, insurance, etc. In just a few hours you will have a clear understanding of what is required by the state to get your license.

  • EPA Certification Course

    Type I - Persons who maintain, service or repair small appliances must be certified as Type I. Type II - Persons who maintain, service, repair or dispose of high or very high pressure appliances, except for small appliances or motor vehicle air conditioning systems, must be certified as Type II . Type III - Persons who service, maintain, repair, or dispose of low pressure appliance must be certified as Type III. UNIVERSAL - Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of small appliances as well as high and low pressure equipment, must be certified as Universal.

Tennessee Business and Law

  • Tennessee Business and Law

    All Contractors are required by the state to pass this exam in addition to their trade exam in order to obtain a license.

    Some smaller, specialty licenses may be obtained by passing only the Business and Law contractor license exam. These smaller licenses do not have an exam of their own. Up to five (5) Specialty Licenses can be held under this license.

Tennessee Residential

  • Tennessee Residential Contractor (BC-A)

    This contractor license covers the construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of 1, 2, 3, or 4 family unit residences not exceeding 3 stores in height and accessory use structures in connection therewith. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

  • Tennessee Residential/Small Commercial Contractor (BC-A,b)

    This license allows the holder to construct, remodel, repair, or improve 1, 2, 3, or 4 family unit residences not exceeding 3 stories in height and accessory use structures, as well as commercial construction up to $500,000 total cost per job. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

Tennessee Commercial

  • Tennessee Commercial and Industrial Contractor

    This license is authorized to construct, erect, alter, repair or demolish any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public, including residential construction with more than four units or greater than three stories in height. They are also authorized to erect, alter, repair and demolish buildings or structures used for industrial production and services, such as manufacturing plants. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

  • Tennessee Commercial Contractor

    This license is authorized to bid on and contract for the construction, erection, alteration, repair or demolition of any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public including residential construction with more than four units or greater than three stories in height. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

  • Tennessee Industrial Contractor

    This license allows the holder to erect, alter, repair, and demolish buildings or structures used for industrial production and service, such as manufacturing plants. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

  • Tennessee Residential, Commercial and lndustrial Building Contractor (BC)

    Contractors holding this license may erect, alter, repair or demolish any residential home, commercial building for use by the general public, and buildings or structures used for industrial production and service, such as manufacturing plants. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

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    Those living in Tennessee who wish to become a licensed contractor know that you must prepare, study and practice in order to pass the exam required by individual states. American Contractors Exam Services offers everything you need to help you prepare for an electrical, plumbing or HVAC exam. Additionally, you are required by the state to pass the Business and Law contractor license exam in order to obtain your contractor's license. We offer seminars to help you prepare for this exam as well.

    American Contractors Exam Services offers all of the reference materials you may need to help you study and prepare for these exams. Passing the exam to become a licensed contractor requires a great deal of work; we offer all of the books, CDs, training manuals and even "practice" tests that help you reach your goals. The training seminars and webinars we offer are conducted by highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors dedicated to seeing you succeed and reach your career goals. Topics covered in these seminars include those questions frequently asked on exams in regards to commercial and residential services, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and HVAC issues.

    Our goal is to help those who live in Tennessee and want to become a licensed contractor to succeed. In addition to the resources mentioned above, we offer reference materials related to estimating, stock code and construction to further your studies and help you gain the knowledge you need to pass the exam. Additionally, we offer application processing assistance and consultation services to help with the legal structuring of your business should you desire these services.

    Also available for those in Tennessee are online courses in construction Spanish, HVAC and math for general contractors. Sample testing allows you to take "practice" tests for international building codes, roofing, and electrical code and theory so that some of the anxiety can be reduced come exam day.

    American Contractors Exam Services is a leader in the licensed contractor exam industry. Through the books, CDs, online classes, seminars and practice tests we provide, you will gain the in-depth knowledge necessary to pass the exam with flying colors, reaching your goal of becoming a licensed contractor in any of these industries. Our mission is to provide all of the resources necessary to ensure that you succeed.

  • Tennessee Residential/Commercial Contractor (BC-A, B)

    This license allows the holder to erect, remodel, repair, alter, or demolish any residential structure regardless of the number of units or number of stories. It also allows the erection, construction, alteration, repair, or demolition of any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public. A license is required for jobs over $25,000.

  • Tennessee Small Commercial Contractor

    This license allows the holder to construct, erect, alter, repair, or demolish any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public the total cost of which does not exceed $500,000.

Tennessee Electrical

Prepare for Your Electrical Exam: Resistor Calculations, Motor Calculations, Voltage Drop, Conductor Ampacity, Solar Conductor Ampacity, Navigating the NEC.
  • Tennessee Electrical Contractor (CE)

    This license allows the candidate to pull electrical permits and subcontract components of the project when the electrical portion constitutes at least 60% of the total project cost.

    The Electrical Contractor may perform electrical work for buildings and structures, all types of low voltage work, electrical sings, burglar and security systems, fire detection, electrical temperature controls, roadway lighting, attenuators and signalization. This license does not allow high voltage electrical work; a separate license is need for high voltage work.

  • Tennessee High Voltage Contractor

    This license allows high voltage (over 600 volts) electrical work including but not limited to transmission lines and substations.

  • Tennessee Limited License Electrician (LLE)

    This license covers electrical work under $25,000 per job. The LLE is not accepted in counties having a codes office, which performs their own inspections (such as Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Shelby, etc), licensing, and testing. Please contact your local codes office for their requirements.

Tennessee HVAC and Mechanical

  • Tennessee General Mechanical Contractor (CMC)

    This is a broad license that covers HVAC, Refrigeration, Gas Piping, Plumbing, Solar HVAC, Process Piping, Sprinklers and Fire Protection, Insulation of HVAC Systems, Pollution Control, Pneumatic Tube Systems, Pneumatic Temperature Control, and Boiler Construction and Repair.

    ***NOTE***: The state of Tennessee recognizes this license to allow the contractor to hook-up to the Electrical Disconnect, however many jurisdictions within the state do not. Check with your City/County Codes Official for complete code requirements.

  • Tennessee HVAC/Refrigeration Contractor (CMC-C)

    This license allows the holder to install and perform maintenance on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, gas piping, and geothermal HVAC equipment. The CMC-C license is required for candidates who need to pull permits for projects limited to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Tennessee Plumbing

  • Tennessee Mechanical Plumbing (CMC-A)

    This license permits the installation, alteration, remodeling or repair of any plumbing or non-medical gas piping. A license is needed for jobs where the total cost is in excess of $25,000.

Tennessee Low Voltage and Fire

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