Arkansas Contractor FAQ

Contractor applications and licensing may be obtained from:

Contractors Licensing Board
4100 Richards Road North
Little Rock AR 72117
Web site:
Phone: 501-372-4661 Fax: 501-372-2247

All qualifying parties must pass the Business and Law exam.    Applicants are also allowed to take the NASCLA Business Law and Project Management Book into the test.  Our course walks you through this book.

Along with passing the associated exams, you must show that you have 4 years of verifiable experience in the Building industry. This experience can be commercial or residential.

Residential builder:

You need four years of experience and have two verifiable references to qualify. The license will authorize you to do both residential building and residential remodeling work.

Residential remodeler:

You will need proof of two years experience and two verifiable references to qualify. A contractor holding a commercial license from the Board with either the Building or Light Building classifications is considered to be qualified to perform residential building. However, a Residential Building class must be requested in writing prior to performing the work.

Both commercial and residential classifications require that you pass an exam.

The exam is given by: Prometric

  • This course takes at least 8-hours, but we move rapidly through the materials.  For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.
  • The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor Course should take at least 24-30 hours.

Once you register, you have up to 6 months before your course is deactivated.  If you need longer, please give us a call so we can arrange an extension.



When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

  • Information Last Updated: 09/2020
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