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ARKANSAS

State Building Codes  - The current edition of the codes, took effect on August 1, 2008. The Fire Prevention Code is a three volume set. Volume I is known as the “Fire Code”, Volume II is known as the “Building Code”, and Volume III is known as the “Residential Code”. The Codes are based on the Fire, Building, and Residential Codes, with some Arkansas changes.

To bid and work on construction projects in Arkansas that cost $20,000 or more, you must obtain a contractor's license. The state may change amount.

Business and Law

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of business organization and operation, contractual agreements, license law, risk management, employer laws and regulations, financial management, tax law, lien law, and OSHA regulations.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions - Two-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Business Organization and Management 6

Licensing 8

Estimating and Bidding 8

Contracts 12

Project Management 12

Risk Management 6

Safety - OSHA 6

Labor Laws 16

Financial Management 10

Tax Laws 10

Lien Laws 6

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. You may use older editions of references at your own discretion. However, older editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using an older reference than that listed below.

 

The following references are allowed in the test center.

1. Business, Law and Management Manual

2. IRS Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide

 

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the construction, repair, alteration, remodeling, addition to, subtraction from, improvement, and demolition of any building or structure including related improvements to real estate excluding electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and liquefied petroleum gas work related.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

100 Questions - 4 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading and Estimating 15

Building Codes 4

Sitework 6

Concrete 10

Concrete Formwork 6

Concrete Reinforcing 5

Masonry 7

Steel 8

Carpentry 8

Wood and Metal Framing 10

Roofing 6

Gypsum 5

Safety 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

3. Building Code Structural Concrete and Commentary

4. Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Prescriptive Method for One-and-Two-Family Dwellings

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. OSHA

2. Carpenters and Builders Math, Plans, and Specifications

3. Carpentry and Building Construction

4. Principles Commercial Construction

5. Building Estimator’s Book

 

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the construction of commercial buildings, single- and multiple-unit residential dwellings, and accessory-use structures, all of which shall not exceed three stories in height and does not include any electrical, mechanical, plumbing, or liquefied petroleum gas work.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

100 Questions - 4 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Preconstruction Preparation and Planning 7

Sitework 10

Concrete and Masonry Fundamentals 16

Formwork, Footings and Foundations 17

Exterior Framing and Finishing 25

Interior Framing and Finishing 15

Workplace Safety 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. OSHA

2. Carpentry

3. Masonry

4. Principles of Commercial Construction

5. Concrete Construction

 

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of construction, remodeling, repair, and improvement of single or multiple residential dwelling units as defined by the building code.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

100 Questions - 4 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading and Estimating 13

Sitework 7

Foundations 6

Concrete 12

Concrete Reinforcement 7

Masonry 7

Carpentry 14

Framing 10

Roofing 8

Gypsum 6

Safety - OSHA 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

3. Requirements for Structural Concrete

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. OSHA

2. Carpenters and Builders Math, Plans, and Specifications

3. Carpentry and Building Construction

 

CARPENTRY

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of light and heavy carpentry, rough framing, trusses, sheathing, metal framing, paneling, trim, cabinetry, doors, windows, stairs, and incidental hardware.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions - 2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading 10

Wood Framing 18

Metal Framing 12

Stairs 8

Doors and Windows 12

Cabinetry 8

Interior Finish 10

Exterior Finish 10

Safety 12

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

2. Carpentry and Building Construction.

 

CONCRETE

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of concrete work, including formwork, placement of steel reinforcement, batching, mixing, delivery, placing, finishing, and curing.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2 hour time limit

70% or 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Planning and Estimating 10

Earthwork 6

Foundations and Formwork 30

Reinforcing Steel 14

Concrete 30

Safety-OSHA 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Formwork for Concrete

3. Quality Concrete Construction

 

DRYWALL

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of installation of gypsum drywall products to wood and metal studs, wood and steel joists, and metal runners, including the preparation of the surface over which the drywall product is to be applied, and the placement of metal studs, runners, and all necessary trim.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading and Estimating 14

Framing 16

Substrate 14

Application 16

Finishing 14

Texturing 10

Safety – OSHA 16

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

3. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Gypsum Construction

3. Specifications and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products

 

DRYWALL and PLASTER

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of installation of drywall and plaster products to wood and metal studs, wood and steel joists, and metal runners, including the preparation of the surface over which the products are to be applied, and the placement of metal studs, runners, and all necessary trim.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading and Estimating 16

Framing 14

Lathing 14

Gypsum Board Application 14

Plaster/Cement 12

Finishing/Texturing 14

Safety – OSHA 16

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Specification for Installation of Interior Lathing and Furring

3. Gypsum Construction

4. Modern Carpentry

5. Specifications, Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel

 

GLAZING

License Information

Scope- Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the selection, cutting, assemblage, installation of all makes, kinds of glass, glasswork, including mirrors, tubs and shower enclosures.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – Three-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING 10

GLASS 32

PLASTICS 6

TUB/SHOWER ENCLOSURES 4

CURTAIN WALLS 14

MIRRORS 4

SEALANTS 24

SAFETY, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 6

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

 

1. Federal Regulations

2. OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1.    Glazing Manual

2.    Sealant Manual

3.    Carpentry

 

MASONRY

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the selection, cutting, and laying of brick, stone, and masonry products. This includes structural glass brick or block, insulated concrete units, and the placement of reinforcing steel, including concrete forming and placing incorporated into the masonry work.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading and Estimating 10

Concrete Block 14

Brick 14

Stone 6

Glass Block 6

Mortar and Grout 20

Insulated Concrete Units 6

Reinforcing Steel 6

Concrete 8

Safety - OSHA 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Masonry

 

SIGN INSTALLATION  (Non-Electric)

License Information

Scope- Testing a candidate’s knowledge of installation, repair, and modification of non-electric signs.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING AND ESTIMATING 10

SITEWORK 8

CONCRETE 12

CONCRETE REINFORCEMENT 8

MASONRY 8

WOOD 8

STRUCTURAL STEEL 12

WELDING 8

STRUCTURES 16

SAFETY-OSHA 10

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Building Code

2. Federal Regulations AND/OR OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Concrete Construction

2. Fundamentals of Building

 

Painting and Decorating

License Information

Scope-Tests a candidate’s knowledge of painting and the application of both paper and fabric coverings for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities, and all other superstructures, including surface preparation and related repairs to already installed surfaces.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

60 Questions – Three-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING 3

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT 8

SAFETY-OSHA 10

SURFACE PREPARATION 22

SANDBLASTING 10

PRESSURE WASHING 3

COATING MATERIALS 8

COATING APPLICATION 15

WALLCOVERING 7

WATERPROOFING 7

DAMPPROOFING 7

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations and or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Painting and Decorating Manual

2. Construction Waterproofing

3. Safe and Efficient Sandblasting

4. Building Estimator’s Book

 

EXTERIOR SURFACE COATING   

License Information

Scope- Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the application of a mixture of sand or other aggregates, or Portland Cement and water, and similar exterior finishing systems.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING AND ESTIMATING 16

FRAMING 12

LATHING AND SUBSTRATE 14

CEMENT 14

PLASTER 24

SAFETY - OSHA 20

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Building Code

2. Federal Regulations AND/OR OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Specification for Installation of Load Bearing

2. Standard Specification for Installation of Steel Framing Members to Receive Screw-Attached Gypsum Panel

3. Specification for Installation of Interior Lathing and Furring

4. Specification for Application of Interior Gypsum Plaster

5. Specification for Installation of Lathing and Furring to Receive Interior and Exterior Portland Cement-Based Plaster

6. Gypsum Construction

7. Carpentry

8. Portland Cement Plaster/Stucco Manual

 

ROOFING

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation, repair, and replacement of roof coverings, including roof deck insulation, roof coating, painting, covering, use of sheet metal products incidental to roofing work or other related material, and installation of nonstructural decking and siding.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Estimating and Plan Reading 12

Substrate 12

Steep Slope 22

Low Slope Membrane 28

Metal 8

Coatings and Sprayed Foam 8

Safety - OSHA 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing

5. Membrane Roof Systems

6. Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems

7. Steep-Slope Roof Systems

 

LIMITED ROOFING

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation, repair, and replacement of steep roof coverings, including the fabrication and installation of sheet metal incidental to steep coverings, and installation of shingles, shakes, roll roofing materials, tile, slate, and other prefabricated shingle products.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Estimating and Plan Reading 12

Substrate 14

Steep Slope 48

Low Slope 8

Repairs 8

Safety – OSHA 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA.

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Architectural Metal Flashing

3. Membrane Roof Systems

4. Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems

5. Steep-Slope Roof Systems

 

STRUCTURAL STEEL ERECTION

License Information

Scope- Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the erection of structural steel shapes and plates, including such minor field fabrication as may be necessary, of any profile, perimeter, or cross-section that are or may be used as structural members for buildings and structures, including related metal decking, siding, joists, riveting, welding, and rigging.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – Three-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

STRUCTURAL STEEL 20

WELDING 12

STRUCTURAL STEEL – BOLTING 8

METAL-DECKING 12

METAL-SIDING 6

METAL-JOISTS 10

RIGGING 12

SAFETY 10

ESTIMATING-PLAN READING 10

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations and or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges

2. Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders Welding

3. Fundamentals of Building Construction

4. Rigging: For Construction and Industrial

5. Manual of Steel Construction

 

TILE

License Information

Scope-Tests candidate’s knowledge of setting all makes of tile and marble.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING AND ESTIMATING 12

SUBSTRATE 18

ADHESIVES 12

CERAMIC TILE 26

MARBLE 10

GROUT 12

SAFETY-OSHA 10

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations and or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Installation of Ceramic Tile

2. Ceramic Tile Installation

3. Setting Tile

TILE and TERRAZZO

License Information

Scope-Tests candidate’s knowledge setting tile, marble and terrazzo

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING AND ESTIMATING 8

SUBSTRATE-TERRAZZO 8

SUBSTRATE-TILE AND MARBLE 10

TERRAZZO 16

CERAMIC TILE 30

MARBLE 10

GROUT 8

SAFETY-OSHA 10

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations and or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

Installation of Ceramic Tile

Terrazzo Specification and Design

Ceramic Tile Installation

Setting Tile

 

BUILDING MAINTENANCE

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the performance of maintenance and repair of existing buildings and structures, including the application or installation of drywall, plaster, wood, and paint. Exam does not include mechanical, plumbing, electrical, or roofing components.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Concrete 10

Stucco 10

Doors and Windows 10

Framing 12

Drywall 12

Painting 16

Interior Finish 20

Safety-OSHA 10

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Carpentry and Building

3. Gypsum Construction

4. Painting and Decorating Manual

5. Portland Cement Plaster/Stucco Manual

 

REMODELING

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of residential building remodeling, including foundations, framing, trusses, sheathing, paneling, trim, cabinetry, doors, windows, stairs, but does not includeelectrical, plumbing installation or repair.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

80 Questions – 3-1/2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plans/Specifications/Estimating 6

Sitework 6

Demolition 6

Concrete 10

Masonry 10

Carpentry 25

Interior Finish 15

Exterior Finish 15

Safety - OSHA 7

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Carpentry and Building

3. Carpentry

 

PAVING

License Information

Scope- Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the construction of roads, airport runways and aprons, parking lots, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, property line walls, patios and driveways, storm drainage facilities, and the performance of related excavating and grading.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

60 Questions – Three-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

SURVEY AND LAYOUT 8

EXCAVATING 4

DRAINAGE SYSTEMS 8

SUBGRADE 4

COMPACTION AND STABILIZATION 4

GRADING AND BASE 6

FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT 14

RIGID PAVEMENT 20

PAVING SPECIALITIES 16

ESTIMATING AND PLAN READING 8

SAFETY 8

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Introduction to Asphalt (MS-5), Reprinted

2. Asphalt in Pavement Maintenance (MS-16)

3. Basic Asphalt Manual (MS-19)

4. Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods

5. Concrete Mixtures

6. Moving the Earth

 

UNLIMITED SWIMMING POOL

License Information

Scope- Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the construction, service, all repairs of residential, commercial swimming pools and includes excavation and grading, construction, appurtenances, and installation of all equipment and does not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines, grounding, bonding of metal surfaces, and the making of any electrical connections.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

ESTIMATING AND PLAN READING 20

EXCAVATING 10

CONCRETE FORMING 10

REINFORCING STEEL 10

GUNITE/SHOTCRETE 10

FINISHES 10

CARE AND OPERATION 20

SAFETY - OSHA 10

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Guide to Shotcrete

2. Concrete Mixtures

3. Basic Pool and Spa Technology

4. Placing Reinforcing Bars

5. Pool/Spa Operators

 

RESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOL

License Information

Scope-Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the construction, service, repairs of residential swimming pools, excavation, grading, construction, appurtenances, and installation of all equipment anddoes not include direct connections to a sanitary sewer system or to potable water lines, grounding, bonding of metal surfaces, and making of any electrical connections.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

ESTIMATING AND PLAN READING 20

EXCAVATION 10

CONCRETE FORMING 10

REINFORCING STEEL 10

GUNITE/SHOTCRETE 10

FINISHES 10

CARE AND OPERATION 20

SAFETY-OSHA 10

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations Or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Guide to Shotcrete

2. Concrete Mixtures

3. Placing Reinforcing Bars

4. Pool/Spa Operators

5. Basic Pool and Spa Technology

 

DEMOLITION

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of demolition and removal of structures and buildings.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2 hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Estimating 4

Sitework 16

Blasting 16

Rigging 22

Code 14

Safety-OSHA 28

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. Building Code

2. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Rigging for Construction and Industrial Operations

3. ISEE Blasters’ Handbook

 

ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION

License Information

Scope- Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the fabrication, installation, repair, alteration, and extension of aluminum structures, including screen rooms with solid or screen roofs, metal siding, soffits, gutters, and awnings.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

PLAN READING AND ESTIMATING 8

ALUMINUM ENCLOSURES 16

CARPENTRY 18

SIDING 16

WINDOWS AND DOORS 12

SOFFITS, FASCIA AND TRIM 12

GUTTERS 10

SAFETY-OSHA 8

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Standard Practice for Installation of Rigid Poly (Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Siding and Soffit

2. Aluminum and High Winds

3. Carpentry and Building Construction

 

EXCAVATING

License Information

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the excavation and removal of materials, such as rock, gravel, and sand to construct or excavate for buildings, canals, lakes, and levees, including the clearing of land of surface debris and vegetation, the grubbing of roots, the removal of debris, and leveling of related surfaces.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – Three-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

Exam Topic %

Plan Reading and Estimating 16

Surveying 12

Dewatering 10

Land Clearing 12

Excavating 18

Grading 20

Safety - OSHA 12

 

References

NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam. With the exception of the Code books, you may use newer editions of references as they become available at your own discretion.However, newer editions may or may not contain applicable information to the content on the exam. You assume the risk of using a more current reference than that listed below. In regards to Code books, only the edition of the Code book listed below will be allowed into the test site.

 

The following references are allowed in the testing center.

1. 29 CFR 1926 OSHA

 

The following references were used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center.

1. Federal Regulations

2. Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods

3. Excavation and Grading

 

UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION

License Information

Scope-Tests a candidate’s knowledge of installation, maintenance, repair, alteration and extension of underground utilities.

 

Examination Outline

Open Book

50 Questions – 2-1/2-hour time limit

70% to 75% Correct Required to Pass

 

SUBJECT AREA PERCENTAGE

SURVEY AND LAYOUT 10

SITE WORK 14

CONCRETE PIPE INSTALLATION 18

SEWER INSTALLATION 14

WATER INSTALLATION 14

MANHOLES AND VAULTS 10

SAFETY - OSHA 20

 

References

The following references are allowed in the testing center:

1. Federal Regulations or OSHA Excerpts

 

The following references have been used to create exam questions but are not allowed in the testing center:

1. Standard for Installation of Ductile Iron Water Mains and their Appurtenances

2. Standard for Welded Steel Tanks for Water Storage

3. Standard for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Pipe, 4 in. through 12 in., for Water Distribution

4. Installation of Ductile Iron Pipe

5. Concrete Pipe Installation

6. Excavation and Grading

7. Pipe and Excavation Contracting

To bid and work on construction projects in Arkansas that cost $20,000 or more, you must obtain a contractor's license. The state may change amount.

Arkansas licenses both Commercial and Residential Contractors. To apply for the license to work construction projects. The application will ask you for:

  • a financial statement
  • a statement of your experience
  • professional references

Commercial Contractor's Classifications

You'll also be asked which classifications of work you want to do in the state. Here's an outline of the commercial classifications Arkansas uses:

Heavy Construction

Marine

Mining surface and underground

Tunnels and shafts

Oil field construction

Dams, dikes, levees, canals

Oil refineries

Highway, Railroad and Airport Construction

grading, drainage

railroad construction

base, paving

miscellaneous and specialty items

bridges, culverts

cofferdams

erosion control

gunite

concrete

tower & stack construction

steel, alloy metal fabrication, welding

foundation drilling & construction, pile driving, stabilization

 

Municipal and Utility Construction

underground piping, cabling, trenching

grading, drainage

water, sewer plants & water disposal

base and paving

HRA miscellaneous & specialty

water wells

Building Contracting

acoustical treatments

awnings, canopies, gutters

base & paving

blinds, draperies

bulk storage facilities

carpentry framing millwright, cabinets

car washes

caulking, waterproofing, special coatings

ceiling, wall systems

chimneys, fireplaces

concrete

control towers

conveyors, cranes, material handling systems

drywall

elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, chairlifts

erosion control

excavation

fencing

floors and floor coverings

foundation, pile driving, stabilization

glass windows, doors, glazing, storefronts

golf courses

grading & drainage

greenhouses

HRA miscellaneous & specialty

indoor, outdoor advertisements

institutional & recreational equipment

insulation

interior work

landscaping, irrigation, streams, rock

lathe, plaster, stucco, dryvit, EIFS

masonry

mausoleums

medical shielded enclosures

metal buildings

metal studs, walls

microwave systems, satellite dishes, towers

overhead doors

paint spray booths

painting

passenger boarding bridges

poultry houses

remodeling, renovations, restoration, alterations

retaining walls

roofs & roof decks

sandblasting & hydroblasting

sheet metal, ducts

siding, soffit, facia

skylights & solar systems

steel, alloy, metal fabrication, welding

substations

swimming pools, spas

tennis courts

tile, terrazzo, marble

tower & stack construction

underground storage tanks

wall coverings

water & sewer plants, sewer disposals

 

LIGHT BUILDING

This classification includes all specialty classes listed under the Building classification, but are limited to projects that do not exceed $250,000 and do not exceed two stories in height.

Mechanical Contracting (Master Plumber and Class A or B HVACR Licenses required for this classification):

boiler construction and repairs

pollution & dust control systems

sprinklers, fire protection

process piping, valve repair

HVAC

sheet metal, duct

plumbing

control systems & instrumentation

pneumatic tube systems

Electrical Contracting (Master Electrician License Required for This Classification):

cable TV

electrical signs

electrical temperature control systems

electrical transmission lines

electrical work for buildings and structures

fire detection systems

communication lines & ducts

underground conduit installation

control systems & instrumentation

signal & burglar alarm systems

substations

communication, computer & sound systems, cabling

You can pick any of these trades as a specialty except heavy construction, highway, railroad and airport construction, municipal and utility construction, light building and building contracting. The State considers these as general contracting classifications of work. To qualify for any trade you need five years of experience in it. You also have to give the State a list of equipment you have available to use in the trade.

The State requires you to have minimum business related net worth for any classification. For heavy, highway, railroad, airport, municipal & utility and building contracting its $50,000, for light building, mechanical and electrical it's $20,000. The specialty trades are $5,000. The State also requires contractors to post a bond for $10,000.

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. Contractor's Commercial license is good for one year. The residential application and license is good forone year.

Arkansas Reciprocity

States are Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. You must complete a Request for Verification of License and Affidavit form.  The Reciprocity is for Exam Waiver Only.

 

Plumber's License

You must have a license to do plumbing work in Arkansas unless you work only on your own residence or agricultural buildings. The agriculture buildings must be outside city limits and they must not be connected to a public water line, sewer, or gas line. 

 

Important Information

Arkansas issues master, journeyman, restricted, plumber and/or gas inspector and apprentice licenses. You'll have to take an exam to get a master or journeyman license. To take the master exam you need to have five years of plumbing experience or be a professional engineer in plumbing engineering. For the journeyman plumber exam you need four years of plumbing experience. If you've had a journeyman license for a year, you can take the master exam.

 

Plumber's License  - All licenses are good for a year, but they all expire on December 31 each year.  There are no reciprocal agreements with any other states.

 

Electrician's Licenses

You'll need a state license to do electrical work in Arkansas.

These licenses are issued by the State, Master Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Electrician, Residential Master Electrical, Residential Journeyman Electrician, and Air-Conditioning Electrician.

An applicant for a state electrician's license must pass an exam, in addition to meeting experience or education requirements. Requirements for each classification are listed below.

Master Electrician

1. A degree in electrical engineering plus two years construction

2. Experience six years experience (both residential and commercial) including two years as a licensed journeyman

3. A combination of board-approved related training and experience

 

Journeyman Electrician

1. Four years or 8,000 hours electrical work experience

2. A four-year combination of board-approved related training and experience

3. A "Notice of Apprenticeship Committee Action - Released for Test" form from the applicant's training program

4. Maintenance experience in electrical work may be considered by the State

 

Industrial Maintenance Electrician

Four years experience under supervision of an engineer, master electrician, journeyman electrician or industrial maintenance electrician in the maintenance of electrical conductors or equipment. A combination of State-approved related training and experience.

 

Residential Master Electrician

Three years experience in wiring of one or two family dwellings including one year experience as a licensed residential journeyman. A combination of State-approved related training and experience.

Residential Journeyman

Two years experience in wiring of one or two family dwellings. A combination of State-approved related training and experience.

 

Air Conditioning Electrician:

Two years experience in wiring HVACR equipment.  A combination of board-approved related training and experience.

 

The exam for industrial maintenance license is given by the State . All other exams are given by the State Testing Center.


Exam content:

Content area

Number of questions

Master Electrician, open-book, 3 hours

General knowledge and calculations

5

Grounding and bonding

10

Services, feeders, branch circuits, overcurrent protection

10

Raceways and enclosures

6

Conductors

6

Motors and controls

6

Utilization and general use equipment

7

Special occupancies and equipment

5

Low voltage circuits, including alarms and communications

2

Safety

3

Journeyman Electrician, open-book, 3 hours

General knowledge and calculations

9

Grounding and bonding

6

Services, feeders, branch circuits, overcurrent protection

8

Raceways and enclosures

8

Conductors

7

Motors and controls

7

Utilization and general use equipment

6

Special occupancies and equipment

4

Low voltage circuits, including alarms and communications

2

Safety

3

Residential Master Electrician, open-book, 3 hours

General theory

9

NEC - Chapter 1

3

NEC - Chapter 2

15

NEC - Chapter 3

12

NEC - Chapter 4

9

NEC - Chapter 5

3

NEC - Chapter 6

3

NEC - Chapter 7

3

Safety

3

Residential Journeyman, open-book, 2 hours

General theory

5

NEC - Chapter 1

4

NEC - Chapter 2

18

NEC - Chapter 3

4

NEC - Chapter 4

2

NEC - Chapter 5

2

NEC - Chapter 6

2

Safety

3

Electrical Heating & A/C Installation, open-book, 3 hours

General theory

9 - 11

NEC - Chapter 1

0 - 2

NEC - Chapter 2

9 - 11

NEC - Chapter 3

9 - 11

NEC - Chapter 4

18 - 22

NEC - Chapter 9

1 - 3

Service

0 - 2

Voltage Drop

0 - 2

Motors - branch circuits

0 - 2

Motors - feeders

0 - 2

Motors - protection

0 - 2

Efficiency, power factor and neutral loads

0 - 2

Box fill

0 - 2

If you're already licensed in another state, Arkansas may accept your license. You'll need to give them proof of your valid license and pay the fees they charge for the Arkansas license. Check with the State on this.

Asbestos Abatement License and Certificates

To do asbestos removal in Arkansas you need to be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology. To work in abatement of asbestos materials you need to get a certificate from the Department. To apply for the license and/or certificate, contact:

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality 
Air Division
Asbestos/Lead Section
P.O. Box 8913
Little Rock, AR 72219-8913
(501) 682-0752

The Department issues four types of certificates and three types of licenses.

Certificates:

  • air monitor
  • contractor/supervisor
  • worker
  • project designer
  • inspector
  • management planner

Licenses:

  • asbestos contractor
  • consultant
  • training provider

You need at least one year of experience to apply for a contractor's license. You'll have to pass a written exam with 100 multiple choice questions for a contractor's license, and one with 50 multiple choice questions for a worker's license. The Department also requires a training course -- 40 hours for contractor/supervisors, 32 hours for workers, 24 hours for inspectors, 24 hours for management planners, 24 hours for project designers, 12 hours for air monitors (air monitors must first complete the 40 hour contractor/supervisor training). You also need at least $500,000 of liability coverage. You need to renew license by December 31 each year.

Boiler Licenses

If you sell, repair or install boilers, pressure vessels, or pressure piping in Arkansas, you must have an Installation License. To get one, contact:

Boiler Inspection Division
Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham, Room 310
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 682-5066

The Division issues the following licenses:

  • low pressure boiler operator
  • high pressure boiler operator
  • boiler repair
  • sell & installation

Boiler license fees: There's no exam for this license. The sell and repair licenses each cost $75. Licenses are good for a calendar year, and you have to renew before December 31st each year.

Alarm Systems Installation License

To install alarms systems you need to be licensed by the state. To get an application for a license, contact

Arkansas State Police
Special Services Section
#1 State Police Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 618-8600

The state issues two types of licenses based on how many employees you have in your company. For more than five employees, the license is called a Class E license. For five or less, it's called a Class F license. For either license, you need to pass an exam on Arkansas rules and regulations on alarm systems.

Arkansas requires all licensees to have a public liability insurance policy for at least $10,000. If your alarm system business issues Underwriters' Laboratories certificates, you'll need a $300,000 public liability insurance policy. Alarm Systems Installation license is good for one year.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

You must be prequalified by the Arkansas State Highway Commission to bid on projects as a prime contractor. If you're licensed in Arkansas, you can send a copy of your Arkansas Contractor's License instead of the Prequalification Questionnaire. There are a few extra requirements with this option, so contact the Commission for details before you use it.

To get a Prequalification Questionnaire, contact:

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Programs and Contacts Division
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 569-2261

The Prequalification Questionnaire will ask you for:

  • your financial statement (prepared by a CPA)
  • a detailed list of your equipment
  • your experience record

The prequalification is good for one year, with a four-month grace period. Essentially, you must be licensed by the Arkansas State before you can bid with the Department of Transportation. You can bid on a federal-aid highway project without it, but if you're awarded the project, you'll need the license to actually get the job.

Out-of-State Corporations

Any incorporated business must be registered with the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Secretary of State
State Capitol Room 058
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-3409



License Types

General Contractor:

  • Heavy Construction
  • Marine (Wharves, Docks, Harbor Improvements, Terminals)
  • Tunnel Shaft
  • Energy and Power Plants
  • Dams, Dikes, Levees, Canals
  • Mining, Surface and Underground
  • Oil Field Construction
  • Oil Refineries

Highway, Railroad, Airport Construction:

  • Grading, Drainage
  • Base, Paving
  • Bridges, Culverts
  • Railroad Construction, Related Items
  • Miscellaneous and Specialty Items

Municipal & Utility Construction:

  • Underground Piping & Cable
  • Water & Sewer Plants, Sewer Disposal
  • Grading, Drainage, Streets & Roads
  • Base & Paving

Building Construction:

  • Acoustical Treatments
  • Carpentry, Framing, Millwork
  • Drywall
  • Floor Covering
  • Foundations
  • Glass, Window, Door Construction
  • Institutional & Recreational Equipment
  • Lathe, Plaster, Stucco
  • Masonry
  • Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal
  • Painting, Interior Decorating
  • Roof Decks
  • Site & Subdivision Development
  • Special Coatings, Waterproofing
  • Tile, Terrazzo, Marble
  • Insulation
  • Elevators, Escalators, Dumbwaiters
  • Erection, Fabrication of Structural Steel
  • Concrete
  • Sheet Metal
  • Roofing
  • Conveyors
  • Sandblasting
  • Golf Courses
  • Swimming Pools
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Excavation
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing
  • Demolition
  • Millwright

Mechanical Contracting:

  • Plumbing
  • Process Piping
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
  • Sprinklers, Fire Protection
  • Pollution Control
  • Temperature Controls (Pneumatic)
  • Boiler Construction & Repair

Electrical Contracting:

  • Electrical Transmission Lines
  • Electrical Work for Building & Structures
  • Underground Electrical Conduit Installation
  • Sound & Intercom Systems, Fire detection Systems, Signal & Burglar Alarm
  • Systems
  • Electrical Signs
  • Telephone Lines, Ducts
  • Cable T.V.
  • Substations
  • Electrical Temperature Control
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