Georgia Contractor FAQ

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Q: What type of work requires a Georgia contractor license?

Building projects that are $2500 or more (other than on your own home)
require one of the following licenses:

  • Georgia Residential Basic Contractor License – for building one and two-family homes or one-family townhouses not over three stories high, including accessory buildings. You are required to have two years working as or employed by a residential contractor or experience deemed substantially similar by the licensing board. You must have two completed projects in the residential Basic category during the 2 years preceding application. Educational experience may also qualify.
  • Georgia Residential-Light Commercial Contractor License– for building one and two-family homes or one-family townhouses not over three stories high, PLUS multi-family or multi-use light commercial buildings or structures and accessory buildings.  You are required to have four years working in the construction field, with two of them working for a residential contractor.  Educational experience may also qualify
  • Georgia General Contractor License – for any type of residential or commercial construction.  This work requires specific licensing for that area.  You are required to have a four-year degree from an accredited college in an acceptable field plus one-year work experience, or four years of comparable work experience.  NOTE:  There are three types of Commercial Contractor license (Individual, Limited Tier Individual and Limited Tier-Qualifying Agent), but all three types require that you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination.

Q: How do I become a licensed Georgia contractor?

Construction is regulated at the state level. Counties and municipalities may require licensure.

There are two steps in getting licensed as one of the above building contractors:

  1. Complete the appropriate examination application and submit it to the Board office along with the supporting documents.  You must be approved by the State before you can register for Step 2, taking the State exam.  The Board office will notify the testing company of your approval at the same time they notify you.  You can download the application from this link:  www.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?
  2. Once approved for examination eligibility by the Board office, register with PSI Examination Services to take the two part exam.  One part is the Business and Law exam and the other part is for the type of license you want to obtain, per the descriptions above.

You can take the State tests at any PSI examination location, even those located out of Georgia.  The Board office will notify candidates of exam results.

Q: Does Georgia offer contractor reciprocity?

To contract legally in another state, you must meet the requirements of the other state.  To determine the requirements of another state, please contact that state board directly.

Q: Does Georgia accept the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license?

Yes.  The NASCLA Accredited Exam replaces the Trades exam for Commercial Contractors.

The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractors exam is accepted in eight States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This means that by passing one exam, you can easily become licensed to do commercial work in all eight states. Most of the states will require you to also pass the Business and Law exam for that State, but you will not be required to pass a separate Commercial Trades exam.

When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available when you apply in any of the states that accept it.  You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Q: What is on the Georgia Business & Law Exam?

Subject Area and # of Questions:

  • Licensing Requirements – 5 questions
  • Estimating and Bidding – 7 questions
  • Business Organization and Financial Management – 7 questions
  • Tax Laws – 5 questions
  • Labor Laws – 5 questions
  • Personnel and Labor – 3 questions
  • Project Management and Lien Law – 6 questions
  • Contracts – 6 questions
  • Risk Management, 4 questions
  • Environment and Safety, 5 questions

Q: What is the fee for the exam?

$60.00

Q: How long do I have to complete the exam?

120 minutes

Q: Is the exam open book?

Yes, the exam is open book, and all of the books listed on the PSI Candidate Bulletin can be brought to the exam with you for reference. If you need to purchase the books, we have a complete package available for sale that includes the exam prep course and all of the PSI references.

Q: What is on the Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Exam?

Subject Area and # of Questions:

  • Sitework, Footings, and Foundations – 8 questions
  • Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement – 8 questions
  • Masonry – 5 questions
  • Carpentry – 16 questions
  • Roofing – 8 questions
  • General Code and Construction Knowledge – 18 questions
  • Associated Trades – 10 questions
  • OSHA Safety – 7 questions

To obtain your Residential Basic Contractor License, you will also be required to pass a 50 Question Exam covering business/law topics. You will need to get 35 (70%) of the 50 questions correct. The questions will be selected at random from a pool of over 1,000 questions. The exam is timed and you will be allowed 120 minutes.

Q: What is the fee for the Georgia Residential Basic exam?

$72.00

Q: How long do I have to complete the Georgia Residential Basic exam?

200 minutes

Q: Is the exam open book?

Yes, the exam is open book, and all of the books listed on the PSI Candidate Bulletin can be brought to the exam with you for reference. If you need to purchase the books, we have a complete package available for sale that includes the exam prep course and all of the PSI references.

Q: What is on the Georgia Residential-Light Commercial Exam?

Subject Area and # of Questions:

  • Sitework, Footings, and Foundations – 8 questions
  • Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement – 8 questions
  • Metals – 5 questions
  • Masonry – 6 questions
  • Carpentry – 16 questions
  • Roofing – 10 questions
  • General Code and Construction Knowledge – 20 questions
  • Associated Trades – 10 questions
  • OSHA Safety – 7 questions

To obtain your Residential-Light Commercial License, you will also be required to pass a 50 Question Exam covering business/law topics. You will need to get 35 (70%) of the 50 questions correct. The questions will be selected at random from a pool of over 1,000 questions. The exam is timed and you will be allowed 120 minutes.

Q: What is the fee for the exam?

$72.00

Q: How long do I have to complete the exam?

230 minutes

Q: Is the exam open book?

Yes, the exam is open book, and all of the books listed on the PSI Candidate Bulletin can be brought to the exam with you for reference. If you need to purchase the books, we have a complete package available for sale that includes the exam prep course and all of the PSI references.

The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program is designed to help participating states by providing one trades licensing examination that is accepted by all participating jurisdictions.

The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program is NOT a nationally recognized license. Contractors will still have to meet additional state licensure requirements within each participating state to obtain their licenses.

The NASCLA Accredited exam benefits contractors who need licenses in multiple states. If your business will expand into any of the participating states, you will save time and money by passing the NASCLA exam.

By passing the NASCLA exam, you will avoid having to take multiple trades exams in other states. You will still need to pass a Business & Law exam in each of the States (except Arkansas).  Arkansas will accept the NASCLA Accredited exam as both the Trades and Business/Law.

Yes. Effective November 1, 2016, applicants must get pre-approval from the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) to take the NASCLA exam.

Applicants can apply for approval online at ned.nascla.org. Once approved, the individual’s name will be forwarded from NASCLA to PSI. PSI will then send the applicant an email with information about how to schedule their exam.

All of these books can be found in our book store. Click Here to take a look!

  • ICC A117.1 – 2017 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013 or 2018 Edition
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016 Edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations -29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), with latest available amendments
  • Construction Jobsite Management, 4th Edition, 2017
  • Construction Project Management, 4th Edition, 2014
  • NASCLA Contractors’ Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Basic, 12th or 13th Edition
  • Erectors’ Manual – Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Pre-Cast Concrete Products, 2nd Edition, 1999
  • Green Building Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, 2011
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th Edition, 2014
  • Technical Digest No. 9 –Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008
  • International Building Code, 2015 or 2018 Edition
  • ACI 318-14 (2014): Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning -Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 3rd Edition, 2003
  • Modern Masonry – Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011 Edition
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition, 2014
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995 Edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011
  • SDI (Steel Deck Institute) Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 3rd Edition, 2016
  • The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 4th Edition, 2018

For more information, view the PSI Candidate Bulletin.

References may be highlighted, underlined, and/or indexed (tabbed with permanent stick tabs), however they may NOT otherwise be written in or marked in any way. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin.

There are 115 questions and you must get 81 answers correct. You will have 330 minutes to complete the exam. The subjects covered in the exam are listed below, however, the questions are taken at random from a large pool of questions making sure that all contractors are taking a different exam.

Subject Areas and # of Questions:

  • General Requirements: 25 questions
  • Site Construction: 15 questions
  • Concrete: 6 questions
  • Masonry: 4 questions
  • Metals: 6 questions
  • Wood: 5 questions
  • Thermal and Moisture Protection: 5 questions
  • Doors, Windows, and Glazing: 4 questions
  • Finishes: 5 questions
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Systems: 6 questions
  • Electrical Systems: 3 questions
  • Procurement and Contracting Requirements: 31 questions

The exam is based on information found in the reference materials we have listed above as well as trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you may base your answers on later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book listed on the candidate bulletin.

The NASCLA exam is an open book exam. All of the books listed on the candidate bulletin may be brought into and used during the exam. Books will not be provided to you at the exam center. If you are in need of books, we offer all of the references listed on the Candidate Bulletin for sale in our Bookstore, or in our complete NASCLA Prep Package

Our NASCLA Exam Prep course is designed to help you maximize your study time.

The first set of lessons will walk you through study and test taking tips.

The remainder of the lessons are devoted to each book on the Candidate Bulletin. Each of these lessons help you get to know the layout of the books and key information that can be found within. Each book has a quiz dedicated solely to the material in that book.

Finally, you will find the practice test at the end of the course. This practice test consists of a pool of over 1,000 questions, to help you practice taking an exam as well as determine which areas you need to brush up on further.

That question is almost entirely up to you!

There are 16 hours of videos, which walk you through each reference allowed in the exam. There are also over 1,000 practice questions, to help you gauge your knowledge and practice using your references in an exam-like setting.

We recommend going through the entire course at least once. After that it is up to you. Some may want to go through the whole course multiple times. You might also find yourself taking note of particular topics you would like to devote more time to, and just going back later to study those areas.

We recommend for you to spend as much time with the course as is necessary to really get to know your reference materials, and be comfortable finding answers with the texts–this will ensure your success on the exam!

Q: How do I renew my Georgia contractor license?

  1. Complete 3 or 6 hours of continuing education (depending on your license type).
  2. Visit the Secretary of State Professional Licensing Portal
  3. Pay the $100 renewal fee – $200 if your renewal is late

Q: When do I have to renew my Georgia contractor license?

By June 30th every year.

Q: Does Georgia charge a fee to renew my contractor license?

Yes, $100 for on-time renewal – $200 for late renewals

Q: Is continuing education required for a Georgia contractor license?

Yes, an applicant for renewal of his or her residential license must have completed 3 hours of acceptable continuing education each year for a Georgia Residential Basic license and 6 hours of continuing education each year for a Georgia Residential Light Commercial license, with a year being July 1st through June 30th.

Q: How much continuing education do I need to complete?

No Continued Education Required for

  • General Contractor Individual
  • General Contractor Limited Tier IND
  • General Contractor Limited Tier QA
  • General Contractor Qualifying Agent

Three (3) Hours Required for

  • Residential Basic Individual
  • Residential Basic Qualifying Agent

Six (6) Hours Required for

  • Residential Light Commercial Individual
  • Residential Light Qualifying Agent

If you do not know, you can either go to this web site: http://verify.sos.ga.gov/websites/verification/ and look up your license or you can call (844) 753-7825

Q: Can Georgia contractor continuing education be completed online?

Yes, 50% of your continuing education can be completed online.

You may begin immediately! Simply click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner on your desktop or in the upper-right menu on mobile. Once you’ve entered your login and password, you will be taken to your courses. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

Each course lists the total amount of hours for the course. However, we cover materials quickly and many contractors like to re-watch materials. In other words, this question really depends on your learning style. We recommend that you go through the course as many times as you need to be comfortable with the material and any applicable reference books. The more familiar you are with the materials, the better you will do on your exam!

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

This varies depending on whether the course is continuing education or exam prep.

There are no quizzes for continuing education courses in Michigan. All other states with continuing education require quizzes to check completion progress.

In exam prep courses there will be a short quiz at the end of each lesson and there is also a longer practice test at the end of each course. These quizzes and tests will help you practice taking an exam and identify areas you may wish to study more.

Practice tests are just that: for practice. You will have the opportunity to retake the practice tests until you do pass. The practice tests are there to help you get used to the process of using your reference materials and finding the correct answers during an exam. If you don’t pass on the first try, take the time to note what sections of the material you need to review.

You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.

State Licensing Board for Residential & General Contractors
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
(844) 753-7825
Email Form
https://sos.ga.gov/

National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
23309 North 17th Drive, Building 1, Suite 110,
Phoenix, Arizona 85027
(623) 587-9354
info@nascla.org
https://www.nascla.org/

Contact PSI for information regarding the Alabama General Contractors exam
PSI Services
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
https://psiexams.com/

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