How to Get a Handyman License

  • March 3, 2017

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Getting a handyman license is a must and an advantage. It’s your ticket to the cinema. It’s starting pistol that’ll signal your start. It’s the switch that’ll turn your handyman mode on.

So, how can you get one? Follow these steps and finish in less than three days!

  1. Check the requirements. Licensing requirements differ from state to state. So the most suitable thing to do is to check with the state agency assigned for this like The State Board of Contractors. They’ll inform you of the requirements you need to get a license. You may look for your state’s contact info through the National Contractor License Service. Check out: In case the previous tip isn’t applicable to your area or situation, then look for a professional handyman association instead. They can be an alternative source in describing the license you need for your state.
  2. Check whether you’ll need a single or several handyman license/s. This you can do with the help of your State Board of Contractors again. Remember that the type of services will also affect the type of license you must have.
  3. Train, train, train! Get yourself ready by undergoing sufficient handyman training. You’ll be licensed ONLY when you properly and clearly demonstrate your qualifications. Usually, there are local trade schools or community colleges that offer handyman classes on the schedule. Perhaps your local handyman association offers a hands-on training, so you might as well check with them instead of going to another institution for your training.
  4. Sign up for the exam. More often than not, states will require you to pass an exam before you can get a hold of your precious handyman contractor’s license. So, sign up and get the testing date and location. Don’t pick a near schedule. Allow yourself to study and be prepared for the exam.
  5. Since you’ve signed up already, the next step is to study for the exam. Aside from seminars being conducted by handyman associations (professional ones, of course), study code books for your state and other handyman books are also made available to you by your State Board of Contractors or the National Contractor License Service.
  6. Once you’ve passed the examination, fill out a license application. Your test scores are usually valid for only a year, so I suggest you apply right after you received your successful test results.
  7. Comply with the other requirements given by your State Board of Contractors. Check every single thing you need. Here’s a checklist for you:
  • Resumé
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Fee

AND THAT’S IT! If you wish to go the extra mile by planning to perform plumbing or electrical work, you’ll need specialized and not to mention formal training to avoid hurting yourself. Electrical work, for instance, requires specialized education and training at a community college or a technical school since electrical repairs are dangerous to lives and properties.

About the Author Adam Davis

I’m the founder of HealthyHandyman, a website dedicated to teaching thousands of people about tools and DIY. I love fishing, playing the guitar, and spending time with my beloved wife. You'll often find me in my workshop working on some new project!