Frequently Asked Questions
General Licensing Questions
Who needs a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License?
A general contractor in Massachusetts is known as a Construction Supervisor. Construction of all one and two family dwellings and all buildings containing less than 35,000 cubic feet of enclosed space must be constructed under the supervision of a person licensed as a Construction Supervisor by the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards.
Do I need an Unrestricted or a Restricted license?
Unrestricted — You must be licensed as an Unrestricted Construction Supervisor if you are directly supervising persons engaged in construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, removal or demolition involving any activity regulated by the code for:
- Buildings containing less than 35,000 cubic feet of enclosed space: and
- One- and two-family dwellings or any accessory building regardless of size
NOTE: Buildings over 35,000 cubic feet require the control of an engineer or architect.
Restricted — (One- and Two-Family Dwellings Only). This license limits you to direct supervision of persons engaged in construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, removal or demolition involving any activity regulated by the code for:
- Any one-and two-family dwellings regardless of size, or
- Any accessory building regardless of size.
Please note that many municipalities in Massachusetts, separate from the State requirements just noted, often require some type of contractor’s licensing on larger buildings. Please check with local municipalities directly for local contractor licensing requirements in addition to the State requirements.
Are there any exemptions from the Construction Supervisor License requirement?
The State Building Code provides exemptions for the following construction related activities:
- Construction of swimming pools
- Erection of signs
- Erection of tents
- Any building which is subject to construction control
Some local municipalities still require the above types of contractors to be licensed. Please check with your local building department for verification.
What work experience do I need in order to obtain a CSL?
Your work experience does not have to be continuous, but over the past 10 years you most have a total of 36 months or full-time (40 hours per week).
- Successful completion of a three-or four-year vocational high school or other vocational school program in the field of building construction or completion of a bachelor, master or PhD degree from an accredited college or university shall be deemed as satisfying one year of work experience.
- Successful completion of a bachelor, master or PhD degree from an accredited college or university in architecture or science, engineering, or technology in a related field shall be deemed as satisfying two years work experience.
- Education can account for a maximum of two years experience.
- Union affiliation only is not acceptable as work experience.
- Active military service relevant to construction may be considered as work experience
How do I verify my construction or design experience?
Work experience may be verified in one of two ways:
- Tax forms: W-2, or IRS Schedule C or 1099 forms are acceptable. Submit forms for the equivalent of three years full time experience. If education is used for experience then submit a copy of the diploma and/or degree that you acquired.
- Letter of Attestation: In lieu of tax records a letter of attestation from an individual (e.g. engineer, architect, employer, military supervisor, licensed contractor, or other) stating that you have at least three years of construction and/or design experience.
What are the steps to getting a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License?
- Determine which type of license need.
- Verify 3 years of experience in building construction or design.
- Submit the candidate exam registration form and exam fee to Prometric.
- Wait 10 days and then call (800) 813-6671 to schedule your exam.
- Mail the score report from your exam and applicable license fees to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards.
What are the Massachusetts CSL exam fees?
The fee for each exam is $100. You must pay $100 for each Specialty License Category you are applying for.
How do I register for a CSL exam?
- Complete the candidate registration form at the end of the Candidate Bulletin
- Mail in registration form and applicable exam fees
- Wait 10 days to allow for processing of your registration
- Call (800) 813-6671 to schedule your exam
Note that there are exam centers across the U.S. and you will be able to choose the location closest to you when scheduling your exam.
Is the CSL exam open book?
Yes, all Massachusetts CSL exams are open book. However, you will need to bring your own reference materials–they will not be provided to you at the exam center.
For a complete list of allowed references, view the candidate bulletin.
About the Exam
Unrestricted Construction Supervisor
75 question open book exam with a three hour time limit.
Restricted Construction Supervisor
60 question open book exam with a three hour time limit.
Renew Your Contractor License
General Renewal Questions
When do I need to renew my Massachusetts Construction Supervisor license?
Licenses must be renewed every two years.
What are the fees for renewing my CSL?
If you would like to renew a license that has been expired for less than 2 years, the fee is $200 each.
What are steps for renewing my license?
- Complete the required continuing education hours
- Complete a renewal application
- Pay the appropriate renewal fees
Continuing Education Requirements
What continuing education is required to renew my Massachusetts CSL?
- Unrestricted construction supervisor: 12 hours
- Restricted construction supervisor: 10 hours
- Specialty construction supervisor (masonry, roofing, insulation, etc.): 6 hours
When should I complete my continuing education hours?
You should complete your courses every two years, at least 60 days before your license expires.
How will the state know I have completed my continuing education hours?
We will report your continuing education to Massachusetts on the business day following your course completion.
Can I take the same continuing education class twice and still receive credit for it?
You can purchase and repeat the same class as long as it is in a different licensing cycle. Credit cannot be earned if the same course is taken twice during the same licensing cycle.
Are your online courses approved by the State of Massachusetts?
Absolutely! Course Approval numbers are listed with each course. Our approvals can also be seen on mass.gov.
ICC Certification Renewal
How do I renew my ICC Certification?
- Complete the required CEUs
- Login to your myICC account
- Input your completed CEUs
- Pay the appropriate fees
When is my ICC Certification due for renewal?
You must renew your certification every three years. Certificates must be renewed on or before the expiration date to remain current. Prior to the expiration date, a courtesy renewal notice will be sent to the contact information in your myICC account. If for any reason you do not receive this notice, you may obtain renewal information specific to your certification from www.iccsafe.org/ renewals.
How much continuing education do I need to renew my ICC Certificate?
Your continuing education requirement depends on how many active certifications you have.
- 1 certification – 1.5 CEUs required
- 2-5 certifications – 3.0 CEUs required
- 6-10 certifications – 4.5 CEUs required
- 11+ certifications – 6.0 CEUs required
- Master Code Professional, CBO, CFM – 6.0 CEUs required.
You must complete half of your continuing education through the ICC or a Preferred Provider – Builders License Training Institute is a Preferred Provider of Education.
What are the fees to renew my ICC Certificate?
- 1 certification – $90 for members – $115 for nonmembers
- 2-5 certifications – $100 for members – $125 for nonmembers
- 6-10 certifications – $120 for members – $135 for nonmembers
- 11+ – $130 for members – $155 for nonmembers
- Reinstatement Fee – $115 for members – $160 for nonmembers
What are the ICC certifications?
B1 Residential Building Inspector
E1 Residential Electrical Inspector
P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector
M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector
R5 Residential Combination Inspector
B2 Commercial Building Inspector
E2 Commercial Electrical Inspector
P2 Commercial Plumbing Inspector
M2 Commercial Mechanical Inspector
C5 Commercial Combination Inspector
B3 Building Plans Examiner
E3 Electrical Plans Examiner
P3 Plumbing Plans Examiner
M3 Mechanical Plans Examiner
R3 Residential Plans Examiner
RF Residential Fire Sprinkler Inspector/PE
C3 Combination Plans Examiner
Energy Inspection/Plans Examiner
77 Commercial Energy Inspector
78 Commercial Energy Plans Examiner
79 Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
CE Commercial Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
with ASHRAE 90.1
GC IgCC Inspector/Plans Examiner w/ ASHRAE 189
G1 Green Building—Residential Examiner
66 Fire Inspector I
67 Fire Inspector II
F3 Fire Plans Examiner
FM Certified Fire Marshal (CFM) [6.0 CEUs]
CA Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector
CN Commercial Fire Alarm Plan Examiner I
CR Commercial Fire Alarm Plans Examiner II
CF Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector
CP Commercial Fire Sprinkler Plans Examiner
49 Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector
48 Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector Associate
NOTE: ACI Field Technician Grade 1 must be current for 48 or 49
92 Prestressed Concrete Special Inspector
S1 Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector
S2 Structural Welding Special Inspector
86 Spray-applied Fireproofing Special Inspector
84 Structural Masonry Special Inspector
EC Soils Special Inspector
MI Master of Special Inspection
14 Permit Technician
21 Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner
75 Zoning Inspector
64 Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector
C1 Coastal and Floodplain Construction Inspector
DR Disaster Response Inspector
FG Fuel Gas Inspector
B5 Building Inspector
E5 Electrical Inspector
P5 Plumbing Inspector
M5 Mechanical Inspector
C8 Combination Inspector (Bldg, Elect, Plbg, Mech)
State-Specific & Specialty
FR Florida Roofing Inspector
I1 California Commercial Building Inspector
I2 California Commercial Electrical Inspector
I3 California Commercial Plumbing Inspector
I4 California Commercial Mechanical Inspector
I5 California Commercial Combination Inspector
I6 California Building Plans Examiner
I8 Combination Inspector—California Codes
J1 California Residential Building Inspector
J2 California Residential Electrical Inspector
J3 California Residential Plumbing Inspector
J4 California Residential Mechanical Inspector
J5 California Residential Combination Inspector
CT CALGreen Inspector/Plans Examiner
76 ICC/AACE Code Enforcement Administrator
73 ICC/AACE Code Enforcement Officer
Code Official & Code Specialist
CB Certified Building Official (CBO) [6.0 CEUs]
B8 Building Code Specialist
CSP Certified Sustainability Professional
ECS IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist
E8 Electrical Code Specialist
P8 Plumbing Code Specialist
M8 Mechanical Code Specialist
H8 Housing and Zoning Code Specialist
FA Fire Code Specialist
G8 Energy Code Specialist
34 Plumbing Inspector UPC
44 Mechanical Inspector UMC
50 Combination Inspector—Uniform Codes
56 Combination Dwelling Inspector—Uniform Codes
57 Light Commercial Combination Inspector – Uniform
CX CAL Green Plans Examiner
CG CAL Green Inspector
F1 Fire Prevention Inspector I—NFPC
F2 Fire Prevention Inspector II—NFPC
L1 Louisiana Residential Plumbing Inspector
L2 Louisiana Commercial Plumbing Inspector
L3 Louisiana Plumbing Plans Examiner
N7 Building Fire Protection Inspector
N8 Building Fire Protection Plans Examiner
97 Elevator Inspector
85 Structural Steel & Welding Special Inspector
88 Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector—Legacy
89 Prestressed Concrete Special Inspector—Legacy
EA Commercial Energy Inspector w/ASHRAE 90.1
EB Commercial Energy PE w/ASHRAE 90.1
G2 IgCC Commercial Inspector
G3 IgCC Commercial Inspector w/ASHRAE 189.1
G4 IgCC Plans Examiner
G5 IgCC Plans Examiner w/ASHRAE 189.1
B6 Certified Building Code Official (CBCO)
E6 Certified Electrical Code Official (CECO)
P6 Certified Plumbing Code Official (CPCO)
M6 Certified Mechanical Code Official (CMCO)
H6 Certified Housing Code Official (CHCO)
F6 Certified Fire Code Official (CFCO)
N2 New Jersey Commercial Plumbing Inspector
N3 New Jersey Plumbing Plans Examiner
MR Minnesota Residential Plumbing Inspector
MC Minnesota Commercial Plumbing Inspector
About the Courses
Once I order the course, how long before I can start?
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!
Once I start an online course, will I be able to start and stop at anytime?
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.
How long do your continuing education courses take to complete?
Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.
How long do your exam prep courses take to complete?
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!
How long do I have the courses?
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).
Are there tests in the courses?
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.
If I fail a practice test, do I have to take it again?
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.
Once I complete a course, can I still go back and review the lessons and quizzes?
You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.
State & Testing Contact Info
Construction Supervisor Licensing
Office of Public Safety and Inspections
1000 Washington St, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
*If looking for a status update on a license renewal, please put your full OPSI license number, including prefix, in the subject line.
Where can I find help studying for my exam?
We have a tutoring program designed to help you get one-on-one time with a licensed instructor. With this program you will get answers to questions you are still struggling with and advice on how to study for and pass your exams. Visit our Career Plus Services page to get more information.
Where can I find help with getting licensed in my state?
We have a licensing application consultant who can help you navigate the ins and outs of state licensing regulations. Visit our Career Plus Services page to get more information.