Nevada Painting Contractor (C-4a)

Pre Approval is required to sit for the exam. Applicants must submit an application to the licensing board to gain approval.

Business Management Survey exam is required.

A surety Bond is required. The minimum bond amount is $1000 and the maximum is $500,000.

Applicants must have at least 4 years experience within the last 10 years in the designation applying for.

The license belongs to the business, not the qualifying party

Scope of Work:

This license allows the application of all paints, varnishes, protective coatings, shellacs, stains and other pigment by brush, spray or roller.


Applications for all types of contractor licenses may be obtained from:

Nevada State Contractors Board
9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Reno, NV 89511

The fee to apply is $300. If your license is approved the license fee is $600 for a 2-year license.

A license is issued for 2-years and must be renewed biennially.

Contractors engaged in any type of residential work must participate in the Residential Recovery Fund. The fee is based on the monetary limit placed on the license.


The state of Nevada has a reciprocity agreement with California, Arizona, and Utah.

Applicants must have at least 7 years of experience and meet all licensing requirements.

Nevada currently does not require Continuing Education for this license.


The testing company is PSI. The Nevada Painting Contractor Exam is a multiple choice, closed-book, timed test. There are 30 questions and a 1-hour time limit. A minimum of 21 questions (70%) must be correct to pass the exam.

You will receive your score immediately following the exam.

The exam fee is $95 for one exam or $140 for one trade plus the Management Survey Exam. I

f the test is failed three times the applicant must begin the application process over and reapply directly to the Nevada State Contractors’ Board.

References: The references located in the right-hand column are NOT permitted to be taken into the exam. Applicatnts should be familiar with the content of these materials
Training: We currently do not offer a seminar for the Nevada Painting Contractor (C-4A) license, however we do carry all the required reference materials. 

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Schedule Info:
Instruction for this course, if available, is given on a private and/or home-study basis. Please contact us for more information.

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Reference Materials
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