How to Get a Swimming Pool Contractor License


A contractor's license can be an asset for anyone interested in having a career in construction, since state laws mandate such licensure for any building projects whose material and labor costs exceed a certain threshold. The minimum project costs requiring a license will vary from state to state----for example, $500 for any construction project in California, or $5,000 for pool contractors specifically in Alabama--so licensure is the best preliminary step to take if you want to be successful in this career path.

To obtain your license, many steps are necessary to begin building the basic credentials that are compulsory in getting a contractor's license.

Things You'll Need

  • Records for all companies that you've worked for
  • Proof of formal education
  • A statement of your state-designated number of years of journey-level experience
  • Proof of the business capital you've set aside to apply to the startup costs of your future business.
  • Money to pay state fees for your license
  • Proof of a criminal background check or money to pay for one.

Preparation for Your Examination

  • Bring all of the necessary documentation with you to expedite your application process. Your documentation should include: a chronological listing of employment dates, skills acquired, names of business contacts, and the contact information for any companies you've worked for and/or supervisors; and proof of any formal education that pertains to swimming pool maintenance, or any technical training in plumbing, electrical or other related construction fields.

    Once the state board has evaluated your application, you will be notified of the date for your exam.

  • Review key concepts relative to the construction regulations of your state.

  • Check your state board's website to see if it offers a preview of what kinds of questions you can expect on the examination. Most of these sites will break down the content into percentages of questions on particular topics and identify the subcategories you can expect to find within those questions.

  • Take the sample tests, and practice the sample questions.

  • Study the information provided to you regarding testing procedures, testing policies, and tips on test-taking strategies.

Taking the Test

  • Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before your test.

  • Do not skip breakfast, since an empty stomach can make you impatient and can be a distraction.

  • Try to relax. Nerves will interfere with your test performance.

  • Plan your route and get to the testing center early. This minimizes any potential problems with traffic delays or emergencies that may prevent you from getting there on time.

  • Take the exam.

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