Process of Becoming a Licensed Contractor in Alabama


Minimum established requirements are required to achieve the Alabama general contractors licensing. The board employs rigorous evaluation and screening, you could be a licensed contractor.

Other criteria used include having a clean background, financial competency, maintaining a bond against bankruptcy, experience, and passing both business and trade exams. The procedure often requires several months for exam prep. Several sites provide complete course of study and lets you focus on the critical contractor license material according to whichever way you learn best.  The material could be audio, visual, or found online.

The process starts with completing an application. Applications must be received at least 30 days before regular board meeting dates for review. When the necessary forms are approved, a notice will be sent announcing the appointment to take the state assessment. The NASCLA exam covers areas such as Law as well as Business, and construction.  After successful completion, the applicant must pay license fees, post a bond, secure workman’s compensation, and liability insurance and prove minimal working capital. The licenses are issued for a set time frame and should be incessantly renewed to continue operating as a Licensed Contractor.

Once a contractor passes one Alabama contractors licensing exam, they are eligible for commercial work in 13 states including Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, Nevada, and even the Virgin Islands.  A permit is needed for commercial work where the contract is exceeding $50,000. The license is necessary for any residential project $10,000 or more.  However, the license does not cover residential construction.  Note that the Alabama Home builders’ license is issued to either a Corporation or an Individual

You might be required to complete particular law, business, and project management exams. General contractors must submit verification of 3 years experience and a financial statement with the completed application. For more facts and information about general contractors you can go to

The Accredited Examination has substituted the Commercial Contracting licensing exam in Alabama.  There is not an Alabama Trades exam for commercial contractors.  The-Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who need to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions.  Contractors who have taken the accredited examination can request that their results be sent to other jurisdictions that accept the examination, thereby reducing redundant licensing requirements. Getting licensed opens several opportunities to a contractor because they are competent, have the support of the state; they are insured and can apply for various permits. Before hiring a contractor get in touch with the state or local licensing agencies to make sure the contractor meets all requirements.  Hiring an experienced contractor can save you a lot of headaches, time and money when constructing your dream home.


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