How To Get Your General Contractor’s License in Vermont

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Vermont, known as the Green Mountain State, is a beautiful place to explore during all seasons. If you’re vying for a general contracting role in the construction industry, look no further than the State of Vermont.

It’s a fabulous place to live and work. At OnePointe Solutions, we’ve worked with countless general contractors, across the country, get them the desired furniture for their projects. From simple items like epoxy resin, phenolic resin, or stainless steel for countertop replacements for schools and businesses to mass developments like lab casework for a full lab buildout, and custom workbenches for a tech facility.

No matter the project, we can help. 

For a general contractor’s (GC) license in Vermont, you will need to provide proof of liability insurance, obtain bond and workers’ compensation insurance, and apply for a trade or specialty license. To learn more about general contracting requirements in Vermont, continue reading this guide.

Job Description: General Contractor

General contractors, also known as construction managers, manage an overall construction project. Before managing a project, general contractors must collaborate with construction estimators to compile a bid. Bids will include an itemized list of project necessities, including materials, tools, equipment, labor, and more. 

The bidding process teaches construction managers how to navigate possible issues during construction, such as additional financing. Once a bid is accepted, construction managers coordinate schedules, purchase and rent materials, and hire subcontractors for the job site. 

As one of the leading go-to subcontractors for GCs, OnePointe Solutions has worked alongside certified general contractors from every state! For the sake of this article, let’s say a bid was created and accepted for a vet clinic.

In this case, we would design and manufacture stainless steel cabinets or custom veterinary casework for the clinic. They are easy to clean, highly sanitary, and can come in several sizes and styles to make them perfect for the clinic.

For countertops, we would provide stainless steel, epoxy resin, phenolic resin, and even plastic laminate. Each is an ideal option for the individual rooms where veterinarians will see patients, due to their long-lasting abilities through proper care, custom sizing, and range of colors (excluding stainless steel) and finishes.

Last but not least we would provide chairs for the clinic for personnel, to give them the ability to sit or stand while working. As said before, for no matter the project, we can help.

Moving on to GC work preferences, some will work on-site, but others hire on-site managers for daily tasks. Regardless, all general contractors monitor safety and efficiency on a construction site.

General contractors manage the following: 

  • Crew safety
  • Equipment and site safety
  • Permits and street closures
  • Anticipating weather conditions and scheduling accordingly
  • Enforcing quality and safety standards

Special Skills & Qualifications

Each state has unique licensing requirements, but special skills are beneficial in any industry. Although special skills are often innate, you can acquire more through experience.

Ideal skills and qualifications for general contractors may include: 

  • Ability to read building plans and blueprints
  • Building/construction skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Budget and purchasing experience
  • Comfortable working with new people
  • Able to learn quickly and in stressful situations
  • Concern for the wellbeing of others and a touch of perfectionism

Qualifications to Become a General Contractor in Vermont

If you’re hoping to become a general contractor in Vermont, you will need to get a license for your specialty or trade for most areas of construction. You must determine your trade, acquire proper experience or take the required exam, and pay any necessary fees. 

Vermont is unique because it doesn’t issue a state-level general contractor’s license. However, the state does separate its licenses by trade.

Electricians and plumbers will be issued at the state level and special types of construction, such as asbestos and lead abatement, require a unique certification. Check with your local county and city for licensing requirements pertaining to your particular trade or specialty.

Now, let’s discuss further qualifications for general contracting in the State of Vermont.


Currently, there is not a formal education requirement to be considered for general contracting in the State of Vermont. However, you must be at least 18 years old and obtain your high school degree or equivalent to be considered. 


If you’re able to acquire entry-level experience, you’ll gain further insight into the construction industry. For instance, shadow a general contractor to learn how to confront countless obstacles on a job site and prepare yourself for the application process.

By getting exposure to different areas in the construction field, you’ll soon discover that entry-level experience is key to the learning process.


In Vermont, general contractor’s licenses are not provided at the state level. To determine if you need a license for your trade or specialty, check with your local county and city.

Certain counties and cities in Vermont require plumbing and electrical licenses. For more information on each license, visit the Division of Fire Safety online.


Before you apply for a specialty or trade license in Vermont, here are some important registration requirements to note: 

Vermont does not recognize NASCLA commercial contractors’ licenses, but electrical licenses have reciprocity with Maine and New Hampshire. Asbestos and lead abatement certifications can be petitioned in Vermont to avoid repeat training.

Finally, a plumber’s license in another state may exempt you from the required contractor’s exam in the State of Vermont. 

For electrical and plumbing licenses in Vermont, you are required to gain experience in the field by becoming an apprentice, specialist, or otherwise. For more information about apprenticeship program requirements, sponsorships, and fees, visit the Vermont Department of Labor Career Resource Center


Specialty licenses in the State of Vermont require certain exams. You will need to pay your fees and schedule any required exams in advance.

For more information about exams for your trade license, including scheduling, fees, and locations, visit the Vermont Contractor/Trade Examination Information Bulletin via the International Code Council of Vermont.

Vermont General Contractor Licensing Fee Overview

Depending on your apprenticeship program and the type of specialty license you need, fees will vary. Here is a breakdown of licensing and application fees per apprenticeship and license type: 

Vermont Electricians’ Apprenticeship

Visit the Vermont Department of Labor Career Resource Center for apprenticeship program requirements, sponsorships, and fees.

Journeyman Electrician

Here are the fees for a journeyman electrician’s license:

  • $115 for a 3-year license
  • $10 certificate fee
  • $65 examination fee

Master Electrician

For a master electrician’s license:

  • $150 for a 3-year license
  • $10 certificate fee
  • Open book exam

Specialist Electrician

For a specialist electrician’s license:

  • $115 for a 3-year license
  • $10 certificate fee

Vermont Plumbers’ Apprenticeship

For a plumber’s license, fees may vary depending on sponsorships. Additionally, many apprenticeship programs in the State of Vermont require a high school diploma or a GED as an educational requirement.

Journeyman Plumber

Here are the fees for a journeyman plumber’s license:

  • $90 for a 2-year license
  • $10 certification fee
  • $64 examination fee

Master Plumber

For a master plumber’s license:

  • $120 for a 2-year license
  • $10 certification fee
  • $65 examination fee

Specialist Plumber

For a specialist plumber’s license:

  • $50 exam fee for a 2-year license – for all Water Heater, Heating System, and Water Treatment specialist plumbers
  • $10 certificate fee for all specialist plumbers
  • $130 examination fee for Water Heater and Heating System specialist plumbers
  • $65 examination fee for Water Treatment specialist plumbers

Average Vermont General Contractor Salary & Benefits

If you’re looking to become a licensed general contractor in the State of Vermont, you can expect to make $111,175, but the average salary range falls between $96,142 and $127,031.

The Path to Become a General Contractor in Vermont

Do you wish to become a general contractor in the State of Vermont? Let’s review the path to becoming a general contractor in the state:

1. Choose License Type

To obtain your license in the State of Vermont, there are various trades, specialties, and classifications you can research. However, you will need to gather the proper documentation, pay the required fees, and schedule your exam to get one step closer to receiving your license.

Keep in mind that you still need to take and pass an exam at an apprentice, journeyman, master, or specialty level.

2. Complete the Required Forms 

There are specific application forms, codes, and regulations to know for all specialties in the State of Vermont. For electrical, plumbing, boiler and pressure vessel inspector, and lift and elevator licensing information, visit the Vermont Division of Fire Safety online. 

The division can also be contacted at:

1311 US Route 302 – Suite 600

Barre, VT 05641


[email protected]

3. Take the Vermont Contractors Exam

Depending on your specialty license, you will likely need to take and pass an exam. Fees and scheduling will need to be arranged in advance. 

For a plumbing license, find additional information on forms and programs at the Plumbers Examination Board website. 

Elevator inspector licenses do not require a specific exam in the State of Vermont, but you will need to obtain a certification and take a possible exam if you’re going to do any lifting work. 

The National Board of Boiler and Pleasure Vessel Inspectors require certification and exam. 

4. Register Your Business (If Applicable)

If you are operating any type of contracting business in Vermont, you must be sure to abide by local laws surrounding registration and permits. Businesses in Vermont must register for one or more tax identification numbers, including income tax withholding, sales and use tax (seller’s permit), and unemployment insurance tax. For further information about general business and occupational licenses, visit Vermont’s Official State website.

If you’re interested in starting a general contracting business, check out our guide below:

5. Obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance 

Any business with employees must obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage through a commercial carrier, on a self-insured basis, or through the state. For more information, visit the Vermont Department of Labor website. 

Additionally, if you have a smaller business, consider getting a surety bond to reduce any possible risks. Surety bonds are handled at the local level, so that particular insurance process depends on location. Bond costs vary greatly, so be sure to research several bonding companies to determine your level of coverage. Bond costs depend on the license type, monetary limit, experience, and present/future financial responsibility. 

6. Look-Up & Verify Licenses

You can look up contractors or businesses in the state to verify any contractor’s license. Explore the Vermont Secretary of State website to look up and verify certain licenses.

Need Help with Your Project?

If you’re a general contractor in Vermont or another state in the U.S., we can help you with upcoming projects and bids you may have.  Our experience has spanned the nation and crossed many industry lines.

If you need stainless steel tabletops, stainless steel cabinets, chemical epoxy tops, or lab chairs for an upcoming job, give us a call at (866) 222-7494 to speak with a project consultant or fill out our online contact form today.

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