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ContractorWith over 20 years of experience preparing candidates for the contractor exams for the trade and Business, Law and Management, Contractor School Online (CSO) is your primary resource to help you pass your State Contractor License Exam! We offer online practice tests, study materials, books, CD-ROMs, crash courses and more depending on the state and trade.

To become a certified contractor you must pass a Business and Law exam in many states and, depending on the classification you need, you may need to pass a trade exam as well. If you are unsure what your classification requires, please use our Information Request Form.

Contractor School Online (CSO) will assist you with their professional consultants and provide study materials, also practice tests for the Business, Law, and Management and your trade if available. If purchases are made elsewhere make sure the correct author, title and year are appropriate for the trade.

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Construction Work Regulated

Plumbing, HVAC, electrical, boiler and fire protection sprinkler contractors are required to be licensed at the state level.

Reciprocal - Kentucky State has a reciprocal agreement with the State of Ohio, for HVAC. Electrical trade has a reciprocal agreement with the State of Virginia

State may change fees and other information on the licenses below.

Electrical Contractor - In order to contract with the public to perform electrical work, only licensed electrical contractors may pull electrical permits. To qualify for the license you need:

  • Two years verifiable experience as an electrical contractor in Kentucky.
  • Proof of $500,000 General liability insurance
  • Proof of Worker's Compensation insurance
  • Completed application form
  • $200 application fee
  • Passport sized photo
  • Pass the required International Code Council exam

Master Electrician - Each electrical contractor must employ at least one master electrician. Master electricians are responsible for all electrical work performed under their supervision. To qualify for the license you need:

  • Six years verifiable experience as an electrician in Kentucky
  • Completed application form
  • $100 application fee
  • Passport sized photo
  • Pass the required International Code Council exam

Electrician - All electrical work must be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed electrician or master electrician. In order to work Unsupervised, an electrical worker must be licensed as at least an electrician. To qualify for the license you need:

  • Four years verifiable experience as an electrician in Kentucky
  • Completed application form
  • $50 application fee
  • Passport sized photo
  • Pass the required International Code Council exam

In order to contract with the public and pull permits, your business must be licensed as an electrical contractor. Each electrical contractor must employ at least one master electrician. Therefore, if you are running a one-person electrical business, you must obtain both an electrical contractor and a master electrician license.

You will need to pass the International Code Council exam.

Electrician's fees: It will cost $200 to apply for the contractor license, $100 for the master license and $50 for the electrician license. (Fees may change)

Plumber's Licenses - To operate a plumbing business in Kentucky you need a master plumber license. To install plumbing you need a journeyman license. A journeyman plumber applicant must document two years of experience as an apprentice plumber working under the supervision of a licensed plumber. A master plumber applicant must have possessed a valid journeyman license for two years before taking the exam.

Plumber's license fees: You need to be a U.S. citizen or have applied for your first papers to get a license. You also have to pass an exam. The master exam, which lasts three hours, is based on written questions and chart analysis. It will cost you $150 to apply and $250 for the license. You need to have a journeyman's license to take the master exam.

The journeyman exam has written questions, chart work, and a practical section. The chart work will ask you to complete a drawing of a layout. The written and chart sections of the exam together last two and one-half hours. The practical section lasts two and one-half hours. The journeyman exam will cost you $50.

The exams use the Kentucky State Plumbing Law, Regulation and Code book.

HVAC Contractor's Licenses - You need a license to do HVAC work in Kentucky. The Division issues master, journeyman, limited journeyman duct and limited journeyman installer licenses. To obtain a master license, you must pass an exam (including a business and law portion) and have two years mechanical experience. You must also provide show proof of insurance showing general liability insurance coverage from a Kentucky authorized company in the minimum amount of $800,000 general aggregate ($500,000 for general liability and $300,000 for property damage). The journeyman and limited journeyman license applicants must have two years’ experience, pass an exam and work under the supervision of a master contractor. The Division also registers apprentices. Upon registration, apprentices can start receiving credit for experience gained under the supervision of a master contractor.

You will need to pass the International Code Council exam.

HVAC license fees: It will cost you $250 to apply for a master's license and $50 for the exam. It will cost you $50 to apply for the journeyman's license and $40 for the exam.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on transportation and highway work in Kentucky you need to get a certificate of eligibility. To get an application, contact:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Contract Procurement
Frankfort, KY 40622
(502) 564-3500
Fax: (502) 564-8961
http://www.transportation.ky.gov/default2.html

Some of the details you'll be asked for are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You'll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Principal types of work:

Grade and drain
Signs
Portland cement concrete paving
Lighting
Bituminous concrete paving
Landscaping
Bridge projects
Not more than 70 ft. clear span
Not more than 100 ft. clear span
100 ft. clear span and over navigable streams
Demolition of major bridges

 

Incidental types of work:

Clearing and grubbing

 

Culverts

Ditching and shouldering

Bridge repair

Bridge approaches

Bridge deck repair

Guardrails

Bridge painting

Fencing

Steel erection

Seeding and sodding

Tying steel reinforcement

Dense graded aggregate base construction

Furnish and drive piling

Cement concrete base construction

Dredging

Soil cement base construction

Hydraulic embankment construction

Plant mix bank gravel base construction

Storm drainage and storm sewer

Curb and gutter

Slurry seal

Sidewalk

Buildings and related construction

Entrance pavement

Demolition

Paved ditch

The certificate of eligibility is good until 120 days after the end of your company's fiscal year.

Out-of-State Corporations

An out-of-state corporation needs a Certificate of Authority from the Kentucky Secretary of State to do business in the state. There is a $40 filing fee. For information, contact:

Corporate Division
Secretary of State
Room 15 Capitol Building
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2848
http://sos.ky.gov/

The certificate of Authority application is available online at http://sos.ky.gov/business/filings/forms/.

Asbestos - Department of Environmental Protection, Asbestos Abatement Branch 14 Reilly Road, Frankfort KY 40601, Phone Number (502) 564-2150

Landscaping - Examiners and Registration of Landscape Architects, 160 Democrat Drive, Frankfort KY 40601, Phone Number (502) 564-3263

 Below is a list of available license classifications in Kentucky that we can help you to obtain.

Plumbing

Journeymann
Master

HVAC:

Limited Journeyman Duct Mechanic
Limited Journeyman Installer Mechanic
Journeyman Mechanic
Master Contractor

Boiler

Electrical(regulated at the local level)

Fire Protection Systems:

Sprinkler
Chemical Suppression
Rangehood Suppression Systems

Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Contractors

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