To do construction work in Utah you need a license from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Electricians and plumbers have to be licensed.
How to Obtain a Contractor License in Utah
STEP 1: The first step will be to obtain your license, and to do so you must pass the exam for Business Law for each license you are trying to get. You will need to pass each required exam before sending your application to Utah. Each exam should be taken through the PSI Exam Service.
STEP 2: The exams are able to be taken at any of the locations for PSI testing. The locations are Sunset, Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake City, North Orem, or Hurrican.
STEP 3: When you have successfully passed your exam, you will be required to send the passing score, the application for licensure, and your documentation of work experience to Utah State. The packet for the license application, as well as the instructions for completion of the application will be included with the course. The application will have to be sent to the following:
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)
You will need to send in the application in person to the office.
Utah License: Requirements:
You will need to take the Business and Law Exam from Utah. The Utah Business and Law Exam requirement can only be waived when the qualifying individual has already previously passed the exam.
Requirements for Experience
An applicant will be required to meet specific experience requirements in order to obtain licensure.
Over the previous 10 years, there has been a minimum of two years of full-time experience within the field, one year that has been in a managerial or managerial position for each applicant of the following classifications of contractors:
B100 – General Building
E100 – General Engineering
R100 – Residential and Small Commercial
Over the previous 10 years, there has been a minimum of two years of full-time experience within the field for each applicants of the classifications for the following contractors:
S370 – Fire Suppression
S360 – Refrigeration
S350 – Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
S320 – Steel Erection
S290 – General Masonry
S220 – Carpentry
Over the past 10 years, there has been a minimum of two years of full-time experience within the field for applicants of all other classifications for contractors that are not listed above, excluding plumbing and electrical.
Liability Insurance Coverage
Each contractor will need to obtain continuous liability insurance. Each contractor will need to report their insurance provider, aggregate coverage in excess of $300,00, expiration date, and policy number on the renewal form.
Each contractor will need to carry a workers’ compensation insurance for each employee, as well as certain owner-workers. You will need to report the expiration date, policy number, and name of your provider right on the renewal form.
The Utah law has a new requirement that specific contractors will need to provide added information when they apply for a license. The entities, other than publicly traded companies or corporations that have owners who are actively engaging in the construction activities for the licensed contractor or who own less than eight percent of a licensed entity will need to provide added reporting to the DOPl, as well as ensure each owner-work will be covered by workers compensation insurance, as well as unemployment insurance.
For additional licensing requirement information, check the the Utah website, or R156-55a-302b. Qualifications for Licensure – Experience Requirements.
License in Utah: Is Work Experience Required?
Yes, it is. Within the past 10 years, a minimum of two years with full-time experience will be required. If a contractor is seeking licensure for small commercial building, residential, or general, one of the two years of the full-time experience will need to be in managerial or supervisory position.
For futher information, check the Utah website regarding R156-55a-302b. Qualifications for Licensure – Experience Requirements.
Contractor Continuing Education: Does Utah Require This?
Contractors: Each contractor will need six hours for each licensing cycle, and three of them will need to be “core” courses, as well as three will need to be either core or professional. The licensing cycle will end November 30th for the odd years
Plumbers: Plumbers will need twelve hours of continuing education for a licensing period. They will also need eight hours for core education. The remaining four can be used if core or professional related. The licensure cycle will end on November 30th of each even year.
Electricians: Electricians need 16 hours of continued education for each license period. They will also need twelve hours for core education. The remaining four hours can either be core or professional related. The licensure cycle will end on November 30th for each even year.
Each renewal won’t be permitted until the Continued Education has been completed, as well as uploaded in the registry by the Utah state. Go to the following for more information: http://www.utah.gov/ce-public.
You will need to choose CE courses in which are approved by Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Each Builder License Training Institute course will need to be approved. The student completion result will be reported daily to Utah State. It will take approximately 24-48 hours for results to appear on the DOPL web site.
We will submit the completed results to DOPL, as well as provide you with the Certificate of Completion to keep with your records. We will keep your records on file at no extra charge.
BUSINESS AND LAW EXAMINATION
You must pass this examination in addition to passing your trade-specific examination.
# of Questions Minimum Passing Score Time Allowed
60 70% 2 Hours
Subject Area %
Business Organizations 4
Estimating and Bidding 6
Contract Management 6
Project Management 5
Labor Laws 6
Lien Laws 3
Financial Management 6
Risk Management 5
Tax Laws 5