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Nevada Building Contractor License Information and Courses

All businesses or individuals who construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation, or other structure in Nevada must be licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board.  Contractors, including subcontractors and specialty contractors, must be licensed before submitting bids.

With the professional industry constantly changing in Nevada, it is more important than ever to ensure you keep your knowledge of current standards up to date!

Our courses cover contemporary subjects like Weatherization and Renewable Energy to Tax Fraud and Abuse. With easy to use online courses, let us help you enrich your professional resume by completing any of the courses below.

NASCLA-Accredited (Commercial) General Contractor Online Course

The Instructor walks you through the essential parts of the PSI-Approved reference books, allowing you to highlight the important points. Sample quizzes and integrated slides are included throughout. This exam preparation course is for Commercial General Contractors and is accepted in 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.

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Price: $229.00

New! 3-Hour Successful Site Design

This three hour, fully narrated online course will help you to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pit falls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.

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Price: $29.00

New! 7-hour Manage Your Way To Big Profits

Online

Seven hour, online course will is an introduction to professional project management. The course will help prepare the student to understand the scope of responsibilities of a construction project manager.

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Price: $69.00

New! 6-Hour Online Lead Paint Awareness

Online Video

Six hour, online video course will teach you how to perform or supervise lead-safe work practices safely and effectively.
This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification.

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Price: $69.00

1-Hour Online Advanced Module: Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out

Printable Text Online

One hour online course identifies moisture and weather related problems, and will identify practical solutions based on the Florida Building Code requirements.

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Price: $19.00

1-Hour Online Advanced Module: Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High Velocity Winds

Fully Narrated

One hour online course is based on the Florida Building Code changes that surround the most common causes of gable end failure during high velocity hurricane events.

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Price: $19.00

1 hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Accessible Routes (video)

One hour online video course covering Chapter Four of the 2010 ADA Standards. You will be able to recognize adequate accessible routes for people with disabilities and identify requirements for doorways, ramps and platforms.

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Price: $19.00

1 hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements

One hour online video course covering Chapter Eight of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse and public transportation facilities.

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Price: $19.00

1 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities

One hour online video course covering Chapter Six of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know the importance of adequate plumbing elements including drinking fountains, toilet facilities, bathtubs and showers, as well as applicable hardware.

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Price: $19.00

1 Hour Tax Fraud and Abuse

One hour online video course will provide an overview of ethical and responsible tax reporting and payment that will help you establish and maintain hard earned business relationships.

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Price: $19.00

2 Hour Ethics and Professional Development

Two hour online video course identifying the fundamental theories of ethics and their respective weaknesses.  You will learn how to effectively apply a Code of Ethics to current policies, rules and guidelines governing a business.

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Price: $29.00

2 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Recreational Facilities

Two hour online video course covering Chapter Ten of the 2010 ADA Standards. You will be able to identify ADA requirements for amusement parks, fitness equipment, golf facilities, play areas and swimming/boating facilities.

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Price: $29.00

3 Hour 2012 Energy, Residential and Building Code Updates (video)

This three hour course provides an overview of the most recent editions of the 2012 International Residential Code, International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Exterior Building Blocks

Three hour online video course covering Chapters Three, Four and Five of the 2010 ADA Standards. Recognize how exterior exponents can and should comply with ADA requirements, including maneuvering space and accessible routes.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Interior Elements

Three hour online video course covering Chapters Six, Seven, Eight and Nine of the 2010 ADA Standards. Know requirements of proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Envelope Failure: A Better Weatherization Design

Three hour online video course identifying how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy due to loss of conditioned air.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Harnessing Resources: New Construction Opportunities

Three hour online video course exploring new and innovative design considerations for resource and energy efficiency in new construction.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I

Three hour online video course identifying construction related hazards and methods to reduce and eliminate them.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II

This three hour online video course is designed to assist those in the industry to  identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards at a more in depth level.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Technological Innovation: Building “Green” Into the Budget

This three hour online video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner.

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Price: $39.00

3 Hour Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout

Three hour course explaining steps involved in foundation preparation and  design. Outlined through videos, text, diagrams and slides.

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Price: $39.00

4 Hour Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building

This four hour online course will help professionals identify important considerations in weatherization and energy efficiency and then apply those principles to a specific project.

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Price: $49.00

4 Hour Basic Project Management

Four hour fully narrated course focusing on the primary responsibilities of a project manager:  managing project costs and time, while completing the project to the expected degree of quality.

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Price: $49.00

6 Hour Advanced Project Management

Six hour fully narrated course takes an in depth at the primary responsibilities of a project manager.  This course will teach a manager how to implement proven methods in order to manage most effectively.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Real World Application

This six hour video course covers the second chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  Scoping Requirements and real world examples of problems and solutions are included in the course.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Construction Safety Standards

Six hour online video course reviewing sefety codes required for construction, and responsibilities of both the employer and employee in observing established safety practices.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Weatherization and Renewable Energy

This six hour course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical  solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope and add to the buildings efficiency.

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Price: $69.00

6 Hour Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management

This six hour video course explains the principles of contract law  and the important elements of a home building and remodeling contract.

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Price: $69.00

7 Hour Estimating and Bidding for Success (Narrated)

This 7 Hour course is excellent for both junior estimators entering the field or architects, engineers and contractors becoming more familiar with how bids are prepared.

AIA Approved and fulfills Builders License Continuing Education in several states.  View Course Syllabus for more details.

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Price: $99.00

7 Hour Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: Key Features and Elements

This seven hour video course covers the fourth through tenth chapters
of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

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Price: $79.00

7 Hour Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies (video)

This course provides new and growing business owners with a solid foundation in effective financial management.  Learn how to keep accurate records, understand basic accounting principles and manage bookkeeping and data through the use of computers.

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Price: $79.00

8 Hour Marketing for Contractors (video)

Marketing is an essential part of running a successful business. This video course shares dozens of ideas to help you increase your business year round.

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Price: $89.00

What are the contractor licensing classifications in Nevada?

Nevada has three license classifications:

  • Class A – General Engineering Contractor.  The principal business is in connection with fixed works requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skill.
  • Class B – General Building Contractor.  The principal business is in connection with the construction or remodeling of buildings or structures for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or movable property of any kind, requiring in their construction the use of more than two unrelated building trades or crafts.
  • Class C – Specialty Contractor.  There are 36 separate primary “C” license classifications for contractors whose construction work requires special skill and whose principal contracting business involves the use of specialized building trades or crafts.  A description of each classification can be found on the Nevada State Contractors Board Web site.

How do I get my contractor license in Nevada?

You must complete the following steps:

Obtain an Application for a Contractor’s License from any office of the Nevada State Contractors
Board or via the website at www.nscb.nv.gov.  Submit the following with the completed application:

1.   A minimum of four notarized Reference Certificates for each trade qualifier.
2.  The Resume of Experience form
3.  Financial Statement and background disclosures
4.  Application processing fee of $300

Submit to:  Southern Nevada
2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200
Henderson, NV  89074

Or:  Northern Nevada
9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Reno, NV  89521

After approval of your application, you will be required to:

1.  Submit a biennial license fee of $600 for each application
2.  Submit the required license bond in the amount indicated on your approval letter
3.  Submit proof of compliance with Industrial Insurance (Workers’ Compensation Insurance) or an exemption affidavit if you are not required to obtain it.
4.  Prior to issuance of a license, each applicant must either register with the Residential Recovery Fund and pay the assessed Residential Recovery Fund Fee or complete a certificate of exemption.
5.  Pass the written Business and Law (Construction Management Survey exam) and trade examinations.

Also, contact your county or local municipality for additional requirements

Are there any Education, Exam or Experience requirements to get my Nevada Contractors License?

No.  You do not have to meet any education requirements in order to qualify for a contractor’s license.

Yes.  All qualifying individuals for a contractor’s license are required to pass the written Business and Law examination.  In addition, qualifying individuals must pass a trade exam covering the specific trade for which they are applying (Not all classifications require a trade exam).  After your experience has been verified, an Examination Eligibility Letter will be mailed to you.  A link for the Candidate Information Bulletin, which includes information about the exams is available on the Boards website.  The Nevada State Contractors Board has contracted with PSI Licensure to administer the exams.

Yes.  You must have a least four years of experience to qualify.  Credit for experience is given only for experience at a journeyman level or as a foreman, supervising employee or contractor.  The Reference certificates are on pages 22-25 of the application.  The Resume of Experience form where you describe in detail the work performed, type of construction projects, trades, crafts, tasks, and duties performed can be found on page 26 of the application.  Training received in a program offered at an accredited college or university or an equivalent program accepted by the board may be used to satisfy not more than 3 years of experience.  You must provide written documentation of any training or education claimed in place of experience.

Is contractor continued education required in Nevada?

No Continued Education is required at this time.

A contractor’s license is initially issued for a two-year period.  It will expire two years from the last day of the month in which it was issued.  Licenses are renewed every two years.

Check with county and local municipalities for additional regulations.

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Nevada?

YES

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.

Does Nevada require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Yes

Check with county and local municipalities for additional regulations

Reciprocity with other states?

No.  However, Nevada has reciprocal agreements with the states of Arizona, California, and Utah which pertain to the trade examination only.  All other information and application requirements must be completed.  The following requirements must be met:

1.  The licensee/qualifier must have been actively licensed and in good standing in the participating state for five of the last seven years.
2.  The licensee/qualifier must have taken and passed an equivalent trade examination in that state.
3.  The licensee/qualifier must show proof of licensure in that state by providing the completed out-of-state verification form included in the application package.
4.  The licensee/qualifier will be required to successfully pass the management examination for the State of Nevada.

 

Information is continually added and updated. Please check back.

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