Water Well Construction Commission
Protecting the general health, safety, and welfare of Arkansans by regulating water well construction and pump installation
How Can I Legally Drill Wells or Install Pumps in Arkansas?
Any individual drilling a water well or installing a water well pump in Arkansas must possess both an Arkansas Water Well Contractor’s License and an Arkansas Certificate of Registration in Water Well Drilling or Pump Installation. An individual planning to both drill wells and install pumps must obtain both Certificates of Registration.
To apply for an Arkansas Water Well Construction Contractor license, fill out an application and provide the required documents identified in the application to the AWWCC.
To apply for an Arkansas Water Well Driller's Certificate of Registration, provide a completed application and required documents identified in the application to the AWWCC.
To apply for an Arkansas Pump Installer's Certificate of Registration, provide a completed application and required documents identified in the application to the AWWCC.
Individuals applying for Certificates of Registration must have Experience.
You can meet the experience requirement necessary for working as a certified Arkansas Water Well Driller or certified Arkansas Pump Installer by either of these means:
- Serving at least 2 years as an apprentice under an Arkansas registered driller or pump installer supervisor who is a full-time employee of an Arkansas licensed contractor.
- Holding or having held a license for 2 or more years in another state that has a similar program to Arkansas’s program in the same area for which you are seeking registration. (You must also be in good standing with that state.)
Approval by Commission to sit for Certificate of Registration Test.
At its regular meetings, the Commission reviews and approves individuals to sit for the Commission’s Certificate of Registration Test. If you submit your completed application and fees to the Commission at least two weeks before the next Commission meeting, your application will be considered at the next Commission meeting. If you are unable to submit your completed application and fees to the Commission two weeks before the next Commission meeting, your application will be reviewed at the following meeting.
Individuals applying for Certificates of Registration must pass a Test.
The Commission conducts testing at its office approximately three weeks after Commission meetings. After you have successfully passed your test and paid your fees, you will be issued your registration.
Arkansas- licensed Geologists and Arkansas- licensed Engineers providing completed applications and fees are not required to take the Commission’s test. Also, any individual whose previous registration has lapsed will not need to take the test so long as the registration has not been expired for more than a year.
This information is provided in our Rules and Regulations, pages 1-9.