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Tennessee Continuing Education Requirements

For all contractors in the state of Tennessee and any other state in the US, understanding both licensure and continuing education requirements is important. Failure to do so will keep you outside compliance, resulting in possible fines and even the potential loss of your license altogether.

At Contractors School, we're happy to assist contractors throughout Tennessee with all their continuing education needs, including a simple understanding of what's required of them in this area. Here's a basic rundown with everything you need to know about these general requirements.

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Maurice St. L.
Maurice St. L.
I worked with Hayley extensively at The Contractor's School. She was extremely helpful in helping me set up my General Contracting Business and getting everything ready to take advantage of my license. Every time I have worked with The Contractor's school, I have experienced amazing service, a high degree of professionalism and excellent follow through. I highly recommend the Contractor's School to anyone interested in becoming a Sub-Contractor or General Contractor. They take any guess work out of the equation. Great job guys!!!
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Precision Landscaping P.
Jennifer C was so helpful in assisting me to get my husband contractors license. She took the time to listen and answer all of my questions. She helped us throughout the entire process of submitting the application. She was so patient, professional and definitely showed that she cares. Jennifer you made all the different thanks so much!!! I totally recommend this contractor school to everyone.
Maybe G.
Maybe G.
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Dakota R.
Dakota R.
Annette was amazing! Helped me with every little detail along the way and was always on the horn with anything that came up and helped the process feel as stress-free as possible. 10 out a 10.
Carl B.
Carl B.
I have worked with Contractors School since Feb 2021, I would say that any question or concern that I have had has been taken care of in a very professional manner. Hayley Evans has helped set up 2 professional license's for our group and has always been available to help with any questions. Mckaye Turville has also been a huge help in getting all of our insurances in place. I would recommend this organization as well as these very professional co-workers to help anyone set up a company. They are very knowledgeable in the standards and navigation of Utah DOPL and Department of Commerce here in Utah. again Thank you to Contractors School..
J B
J B
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Doug L.
Doug L.
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David S.
David S.
Would highly recommend Contractors School. The process was easy and smooth. They also helped guide me to the next steps of helping me get insurance and payroll set up through their sister company Integrated Solutions. Thanks for all your help.
Jon T.
Jon T.
Annette was so helpful in assisting me to get my contractors license. I wish I would have done this earlier, she made the process so easy. I would recommend Contractors School to anyone wanting to get their license.
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Types of Tennessee Contractors

The state of Tennessee classifies residential contractors in these primary ways, though there are certain possible specialty or combination designations as well:

  • BC-A (Residential): These are residential building contractors whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair or improvement of up to four family unit residences no taller than three stories in height.
  • BC-A/r (Limited Residential): In lieu of the residential building trade exam, contractors can take an approved course from a state community college and obtain the BC-A/r classification. Such contractors are authorized to bid on any contract for construction, remodel, repair or improvement of a single family dwelling, with a monetary limit assigned of no greater than $125,000. This license is somewhat restricted.
  • BC-B (Commercial): This license allows a contractor to bid on structures that are occupied by the general public, including residential construction with more than four units or greater than three stories in height.
  • BC-b(sm) (Small Commercial): This contractor is similar to the Commercial license, but with a total cost limit of $1,500,000.
  • BC-C (Industrial): Contractors under this classification can bid on contractors for buildings and structures used in industrial productions and services.

Residential Continuing Education Requirements

Tennessee bases its continuing education requirements for contractors on the issue month. Of the contractor types, only BC-A Residential, BC-A/r, Spec Homebuilders, or BC-A,b(sm) contractors are required to complete continuing education. Starting in 2022, any of these licenses that were issued after January 1, 2009 must complete eight hours of RCE (the term used by the state for these hours). These must be completed 30 days prior to their expiration date.

For this RCE, the Qualifying Agent (QA) designated on the contractor’s license is the only one who may obtain the hours. The QA is the person who passed the residential trade exam – if more than one person passed this exam only one of them is required to obtain proper RCE.

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Requirements for Commercial Contractors

Those with BC-B, BC-b and BC-C classifications, on the other hand, do not require continuing education hours for license renewal. The exception here: If someone with a BC-B or BC-b classification also has a residential classification such as BC-A as part of their license (this may be present in the BC-A,b(sm) combination). In this case, this contractor will have to follow the same rules as all other Residential Contractors, which we went over above.

For more on the continuing education hours and programs that are required in the state of Tennessee for various residential and commercial contractors, or for assistance with any part of obtaining your continuing education, contact the pros at Contractors School today.

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