Utah Contractor Licenses

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.

 

Contractor License Lookup in Utah

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in Utah? To find out if a contractor, electrician or plumber is licensed, click https://secure.utah.gov/llv/llv.

To get a license application, contact:

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South, 4th floor
P. O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-6741
(801) 530-6628
Fax: (801) 530-6511
http://www.commerce.state.ut.us

Construction Contractor’s Licenses

The Division issues these primary contractor classifications:

General engineering Excavation, grading
General building Steel erection
Residential, small commercial Landscaping
Factory built house set-up Sheet metal
General engineering trades instructor HVAC
General building trades instructor Refrigeration
Electrical trades instructor Fire suppression systems
Plumbing trades instructor Swimming pool, spa
Mechanical trades instructor Sewer and water pipeline
General electrical* Asphalt paving
General plumbing* Pipeline, conduit
Carpentry General fencing, guardrail
Glass, glazing General masonry
Metal, vinyl siding Sign installation
General painting Mechanical insulation
Insulation Wrecking, demolition
General concrete Petroleum systems
General drywall, stucco, plastering Pier, foundations
General roofing Wood flooring
Metal firebox, fuel burning stove installer Recreational equipment and surfaces

*Must obtain separate license. See below.

The Division issues these secondary contractor classifications:

Residential, small commercial nonstructural Drywall
   remodeling and repair Single ply, specialty coating
Residential electrical Build-up roofing
Boiler installation Shingle, shake roofing
Irrigation sprinkling Tile roofing
Industrial piping Metal roofing
Water conditioning equipment Stone masonry
Solar energy systems Terrazzo
Residential sewer connection, septic tank Marble, tile, ceramic
Residential plumbing Cultured marble
Cabinet, millwork installation Steel reinforcing
Rain gutter installation Metal building erection
Concrete form setting, shoring Structural stud erection
Gunite, pressure grouting Refrigerated air conditioning
Cementations coating systems, resurfacing, sealing Warm air heating
Plastering, stucco Residential fencing
Ceiling grid systems, ceiling tile, panel systems Nonelectric outdoor advertising sign
Lightweight metal, non-bearing wall partitions Laminate floor
Sports and athletic courts, running track, playground

To qualify for any license, you must:

  • provide proof of at least $100,000 for each incident and $300,000 total liability insurance
  • provide proof of workers’ compensation insurance
  • provide registration with Utah State Tax Commission
  • provide proof of registration with Utah Department of Employment Security
  • provide proof of registration with the Internal Revenue Service
  • provide proof of registration with Utah Division of Corporations
  • provide proof of DBA registration with Utah Division of Corporations
  • submit CPA complied, reviewed, or audited financial statement
  • submit three credit reports for all key company personnel

Some licenses also require you to pay $195 to the Residence Lien Recovery Fund.

Construction Contractor’s Exams

You must also pass a business and law exam and a trade exam. To qualify for the exams for most trades, you must have at least two years of full-time related work experience in any trade you want to get a license for. But for these six trades, you need four years of full-time related work experience:

General roofing General masonry
Steel erection Refrigeration
Heating, ventilating, air conditioning Fire suppression systems

If you want to take the exam for any of these trades, you need four years of full-time related work experience with two years as a supervisor or manager:

General engineering General building
Residential, small commercial building

The exams are given by PSI Exams. For information on an exam, contact:

PSI Examination Services
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
http://www.psiexams.com

The business and law exam is open book with multiple choice questions on state and federal laws and business financial and accounting procedures. Here’s information on the subjects on the exam and the approximate percentage of questions on each subject on the exam:

Subject Approximate percent of exam
Licensing 18
Estimating, bidding 10
Tax laws 9
Labor laws 10
Financial management 10
Project management 8
Contract management 10
Risk management 7
Safety 6
Business planning, organization 6
Lien law 6

The reference book for this exam is the Utah Contractor’s Reference Manual. You can buy this book from Experior. Business and Law practice exam are also available for purchase.

All trade exam are open book using code books and OSHA construction standards. Questions are on:

  • how to bid and manage construction
  • how to read and interpret codes and regulations
  • trade materials

You can get a content outline for most of the trades from Experior. They also sell practice general building and residential exams.

Construction contractor’s license fees: It will cost you $200 nonrefundable to file an application for a primary classification license. The supplemental classification application fee is $100. The business and law exam will cost you $79. Each trade exam costs $79. The license is free and it’s good for two years, expiring July 31 of the odd-numbered years.

If you have a valid license in any of the following states, you can apply for a Utah license by endorsement:

Alabama Louisiana Tennessee
Arizona Michigan Virginia
Arkansas Mississippi West Virginia
California Nevada
Florida North Carolina
Georgia South Carolina

 


Electrician’s Licenses

To do electrical work in Utah you must be licensed. To get an application contact:

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South
P. O. Box 45805
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0805
(801) 530-6628
Fax: (801) 530-6511
http://www.commerce.state.ut.us

The Division issues apprentice, master, master residential, journeyman, and journeyman residential licenses. You must pass an exam to get a license.

To qualify for the master exam you must have one of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a Division-approved electrical engineering program and one year of full-time Division-approved work experience
  • an associate’s degree from a Division-approved applied science program and two years of full-time Division-approved work experience
  • eight years of full-time Division-approved work experience

To qualify for the residential master exam you must have two years of full-time Division-approved work experience as a licensed residential journeyman electrician.

To qualify for the journeyman exam you must have four years of full-time apprentice training or six years of full-time Division-approved work experience. To qualify for the residential journeyman exam you must have two years of full-time apprentice training and two years of full-time Division-approved work experience or four years of full-time Division-approved work experience.

Electrical Exams

The electrical exams are given by Prometric. For information on the exams contact:

PSI Examination Services
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
http://www.psiexams.com

Each electrical exam has three written parts. Part I is open book with questions on electrical theory and calculations. Part II is closed book with questions on basic electrical theory, calculations, and general knowledge. Part III is a practical exam with multiple choice questions on using conduits, switching, motors and controls, transformers, troubleshooting, and general knowledge.

Here’s information on the subjects on Part I with the approximate percentage of questions on each subject:

Percent of exam
Master Journeyman
Master residential Journeyman residential
Subject
Grounding and bonding 16 10 10 10
Services, feeders, branch circuits 10 10 14 10
Overcurrent protection 6 10 6 10
Raceways and enclosures 10 10 14 10
Conductors and cables 8 15 8 15
Motors and controls 12 6 10 6
Utilization equipment 8 5 8 5
Special occupancies 6 6 6 6
Special equipment 6 6 6 6
General knowledge 6 10 6 10
Low voltage circuits 6 6 6 6
State laws, rules and safety 6 6 6 6

Here’s information on the subjects on Part II with the approximate percentage of questions on each subject:

Percent of exam
Master Journeyman
Master residential Journeyman residential
Subject
Voltage 20 20 20 20
Current 20 20 20 20
Resistance 20 20 20 20
Power 20 20 20 20
Voltage drop 20 20 20 20

Here’s the same information for Part III of the electrical exams:

Percent of exam
Master Journeyman
Master residential Journeyman residential
Subject
Conduit 20 20 20 20
Switching 20 20 20 20
Motors and controls 20 20 20 20
Transformers and power conditioning 20 20 20 20
Troubleshooting 20 20 20 20

If you have a master or journeyman license from any of the states listed below, you can use it to qualify for a Utah licensing exam. Here are the states the Division recognizes:

Alaska Minnesota South Dakota
Colorado Montana Washington
Idaho Oklahoma Wyoming
Nebraska

If you have a master or journeyman license from any other state, you must prove you got the license through a procedure at least equal to what the Division uses to license electricians in Utah. Then you can use it to qualify for a Utah licensing exam.

Electrician’s license fees: It costs $110 nonrefundable to file an application for a license. The exam will cost you $110. Your first license is free and it’s good for two years, expiring July 31 of the even-numbered years.

Recommended Reading for the Electrical Exams


NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P. O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

Alternating Current Fundamentals, Duff and Herman, Delmar Publishers, P. O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

American Electricians Handbook, 1996, 13th edition, Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

Industrial Motor Control, Delmar Publishing/Thomson Learning

Ugly’s Electrical References, George V. Hart, Burleson Distributing Corp.

Ferm’s Fast Finder, International Association of Electrical Inspectors

Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act, Utah Department of Commerce

You can get these books from:

Builders’ Book Depot
1033 East Jefferson, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434
http://www.buildersbookdepot.com/


Plumber’s Licenses

To do plumbing work in Utah you must be licensed. To get an application, contact:

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
160 East 300 South
P. O. Box 45805
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0805
(801) 530-6628
Fax: (801) 530-6511
http://www.commerce.state.ut.us

The Division issues journeyman and residential journeyman licenses. You must pass an exam for either license. To qualify for the journeyman exam you need four years of full-time apprentice training or eight years of full-time Division-approved work experience. Here are the types of work and approximate hours the Division wants you to have:

Work Approximate hours
Using hand tools, equipment, pipe machinery 150
Installing piping for waste, soil, sewer vent, and leader lines 2,200
Installing hot, cold water for domestic use 1,600
Installing, setting plumbing appliances, fixtures 1,600
Maintenance, repair plumbing 800
General process & industrial pipe work 800
Installing sheet lead and solder work 550
Gas and service piping 500
Welding 100
Service, maintenance of gas controls, equipment 200

To qualify for the residential journeyman exam you must have three years of full-time apprentice training or six years of full-time Division-approved work experience. Here are the types of work and approximate hours the Division wants you to have:

Work Approximate hours
Using hand tools, equipment, pipe machinery 100
Installing piping for waste, soil, sewer vent, and leader lines 1,800
Installing hot, cold water for domestic use 1,400
Installing, setting plumbing appliances, fixtures 1,200
Installing sheet lead and solder work 550
Gas and service piping 500

Plumbing Exams

The exams are given by Prometric. For information on the exams contact:

PSI Examination Services
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
http://www.psiexams.com

Each plumbing exam has two parts, a written exam and a practical exam. The written exam has 120 questions and is open-book. You’ll have four hours to complete the exam.

The Journeyman Plumber exam consists of the following:

Subject Approximate percent of exam
General knowledge 15
General regulation 19
Plumbing fixtures 5
Water supply systems 8
Drainage, waste and vents 15
Indirect waste 3
Roof drain piping 3
Specialty piping 4
Isometric analysis 8
Septic tank systems 3
Fuel gas 17

The Residential Journeyman Plumber exam details:

Subject Approximate percent of exam
General knowledge 18
General regulation 17
Plumbing fixtures 7
Water supply systems 8
Drainage, waste and vents 15
Roof drain piping 2
Specialty plumbing 5
Isometric analysis 8
Septic tank systems 3
Fuel gas 17

For the journeyman license practical exam you’ll have to complete a copper brazing project, a plastic assembly project, and a copper assembly project. For the residential journeyman license practical exam you’ll have to complete a copper solder project and a plastic assembly project.

If you have a journeyman license from another state you can use it to get a Utah license by endorsement. You must prove you got the license through a procedure at least equal to what the Division uses to license plumbers in Utah.

Plumber’s license fees: It will cost you $110 nonrefundable to file an application for a license. The exam will cost you $110. Your first license is free and it’s good for two years, expiring July 31 of the even-numbered years.

Recommended Reading for the Plumbing Exams


The following book is allowed in the testing center:

Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, Utah Division of Administrative Rules

Recommended reading not allowed in the testing center:

International Mechanical Code, International Code Council

Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, Utah Division of Administrative Rules

Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, D’Archangelo, D’Archangelo, and Guest, Delmar ITP, P. O. Box 15015, Albany, NY 12212

OHSH Excerpts for Contractors, Experior Assessments

Modern Plumbing, Goodheard-Wilcox Company, Inc.

You can get these books from:

Builders’ Book Depot
1033 East Jefferson, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434
http://www.buildersbookdepot.com/


Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on Utah Department of Transportation projects you have to be prequalified by the Department. To get an application for prequalification contact:

Utah Department of Transportation
Prequalification Board
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119-5998
(801) 965-4103
Fax: (801) 965-4403
http://www.sr.ex.state.ut.us/

Some of the details the Department will ask you about 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 major types of work the Department uses:

General (all types of work) Surfacing – plantmix asphalt
Light grading Surfacing – Portland cement concrete
Heavy grading Surfacing – miscellaneous
Surfacing – crushed gravel or stone Bridges, culverts
Surfacing – roadmix asphalt Miscellaneous

The prequalification application is available online. Click here to view it.

You need a Utah contractor’s license to bid on Department of Transportation projects. Prequalification is good for 18 months.


Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations must get a Certificate of Authority to do business in Utah from the Utah Secretary of State. To apply for this certificate contact:

Utah Secretary of State
160 East 300 South, 1st floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 530-4849
Fax: (801) 530-6438
http://www.utah.gov/business/

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