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Exam General Information

The Division of Building Safety administers the exams for Electrical, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), Plumbing, Public Works, and Manufactured Housing. You must first submit an application and receive an approval prior to scheduling an exam. For information on how to submit an application or for a copy of the application, please see https://dbs.idaho.gov/forms/ and select the trade for which you would like to apply.

Exams are given in Meridian, Pocatello, and Coeur d'Alene. For information relating to the exam you are approved to take, please refer to the exam bulletins listed below. You will find information customized to the exam that you are approved to take. Payment is expected at the time that you schedule. If paying with a credit/debit card, Access Idaho does charge a 3% fee.

The Division of Building Safety complies with the provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require special accommodations, please see the instructions and application form located under the trade license you are approved to take. The application for special accommodations can be submitted during the exam application process or prior to the scheduling of your exam.


Once you have been approved for an exam, you will have ninety (90) days to schedule and take the exam. You will need to contact the Division of Building Safety at least two (2) days prior to the date you would like to test. Exams are given for electrical journeyman (including specialties), masters, and contractors (including specialties).

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Once you have been approved for an exam, you will have one (1) year to schedule and take the exam. You will need to contact the Division of Building Safety at least two (2) days prior to the date you would like to test. Exams are given for the HVAC journeyman (including specialties) and contractors (including specialties).

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Once you have been approved for an exam, you will have one (1) year to schedule and take the exam. You will need to contact the Division of Building Safety at least two (2) days prior to the date you would like to test. Exams are given for Plumbing journeyman (including specialties) and contractor (including specialties).

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The Class Unlimited, AAA, AA, A, B, CC, or C study information is the Idaho Public Works Statutes and Rules and the Division of Building Safety Contractor's Business and Law Reference Manual. If you are applying for a Class Unlimited, AAA, AA, A, B, CC, or C license you must complete the License Examination Information form and submit it with your application. Once your application has been approved, you will be notified by the Division of Building Safety via email to schedule your exam. The Class D study information is always included with the mailed out applications. It consists of the Idaho Public Works Statutes and Rules. If you're applying for the Class D license, you must complete the Class D examination included with the application and submit it with the application. Applications for all license classifications can be found at https://dbs.idaho.gov/forms/public_works/.

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Once you have been approved for an exam, you will have six (6) months to schedule and take the exam. You will need to contact the Division of Building Safety at least two (2) days prior to the date you would like to test. Exams are given for Retailer, Resale Broker, and Installer. Once you have been approved, you will receive a letter that gives you a breakdown of the exam you are approved to take.

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