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Tennessee Small Commercial Contractor (BC-b)

This license allows the holder to construct, erect, alter, repair, or demolish any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public the total cost of which does not exceed $500,000.


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Required Books 

The references listed below are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are required for our seminar and are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

Add All Required Books to Cart ($1,235.50)

Additional Services

  • The first step in the licensing process is to pass the exams. You will then submit an application to the state licensing board with documentation of your experience, financial information and your passing test scores.
  • The Business and Law exam is required for licensure in every Contractor classification
  • The monetary limit (limit per contract) is based on 10 times the lesser of the net worth or working capital or experience. (Working capital is current assets minus current liabilities and net worth is total assets minus total liabilities). A reviewed financial statement is required for monetary requests of $3,000,000 or less.
  • A CPA audited financial statement is required for monetary requests exceeding $3,000,000. To obtain an unlimited license, applicants must have over $300,000 in both net worth and working capital.
  • All contractors with 1 or more employees are required to carry Worker’s Compensation insurance. Every applicant will be required to provide a certificate of insurance proving an adequate amount of liability insurance. The requirements are as follows:
    Monetary Limit Minimum Insurance
    Up to $500,000 -----$100,000
    $501,000 to $1,500,000 -----$500,000
    $1,501,000 to Unlimited -----$1,000,000

A small commercial contractor is authorized to bid on and contract for the construction, erection, alteration, repair or demolition of any building structure for use by the general public, including residential construction with more than for (4) units or greater than three (3) stories in height where the monetary value of the project is $1,500,000.00 or less.

Applications are available from the Licensing Board at:

Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors
500 James Robertson Pkwy, 1st Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1150

  • Phone 615-741-8307
  • We offer application processing for Tennessee contractors applications for $299.00. The state application fee is $250.  For additional information and state and federal requirements please call 1-800-992-1910

  • Important Contacts

    To apply for a license, contact:

    Tennessee Board for
    Licensing Contractors
    500 James Robertson Pkwy, 1st Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243-1150
    PSI Licensure : Certification
    3210 E. Tropicana
    Las Vegas, NV 89121
    (800) 733-9267
    (702) 932-2666 Fax

    Tennessee has a limited reciprocity agreement for several licenses with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina for the trade exam. Candidates will still be required to pass the Tennessee Business and Law Management exam.

    As of this time Tennessee doesn’t require continuing education for this license.

    • The fee for the exam is $57.
    • The Tennessee Small Commercial exam has 70 questions and a time limit of 3 hours & 20 minutes.

    A score of 73% is required. (52 correct)

    • If the exam is failed 3 times, the applicant will have to interview with the board before retesting.

      Topics covered on the exam are site-work, footings, foundations, concrete, concrete reinforcement, masonry, carpentry, metals, roofing, associated trades, general code, plan reading, estimating, and OSHA safety.

    • To schedule your exam contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.

    American Contractors offers a 1 ½ day seminar to prepare you for the Tennessee Small Commercial Contractor license exam. In addition, we do currently offer a seminar to prepare you for the required Business and Law Management exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.