Mississippi Contractor FAQ

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

A residential contracting license is required for:

  • New residential construction over $50,000
  • Residential remodeling over $10,000
  • Residential roofing over $10,000

A commercial contracting license* is required for:

  • Commercial construction over $50,000
  • Any work done on public fire protection systems over $5,000
  • Any work done on private fire protection systems over $10,000

*This applies to both contractors and subcontractors

Q: Does MSBOC reciprocate with other licensing agencies?

MSBOC has reciprocity agreements with various other states. However, reciprocity only applies to testing and you must still apply for an MSBOC license. In order to have your Trades exam waived, you must have been licensed for at least one year in a reciprocal state. You will still be required to take the Mississippi Business & Law exam.

Q: Do I have to carry general liability insurance in order to get a license?

Yes, all licensees must show proof of general liability insurance coverage in order to receive or renew a license.

Q: Can I do commercial work if I have a Residential license?

Residential license holders are allowed to work on commercial projects provided the job does not exceed 7500 square feet.

Q: What are the steps to getting a contractor license in Mississippi?

  1. Complete and submit an application for licensure.
  2. Wait to receive testing information from MSBOC.
  3. Schedule and take any applicable licensing exams.
  4. MSBOC will process your application after they have received your passing exam scores from PSI.
  5. Once the board approves your application, you will receive your license. (This generally takes about 10 days).

Q: What fees are associated with Mississippi contractor licensing?

Commercial:

  • $400
  • $100 for each additional classification
  • $50 for each exam waiver (if applicable)

Residential:

  • $50 (includes one classification)
  • $100 for each additional classification
  • $50 for each exam waiver (if applicable)

Q: Do I need to take an exam to get licensed as a contractor in Mississippi?

Yes, applicants are required to take a Mississippi Business and Law Management exam, in addition to a Trades exam (if one is required).

Q: How do I know if I need to complete the Trades exam?

Trades exams may be waived in the event that you have been licensed for at least 1 year in one of the states Mississippi as a reciprocal agreement with. These states correspond to the states that NASCLA exams are accepted in: AL, AR, AZ, GA LA, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, VA, WV and the Virgin Islands. A $50 fee will apply to each exam you apply for a waiver on.

Q: Who in my company should complete the exam?

Any officer or managing employee can take the exam. You can have more than one qualifier and different qualifiers for different classifications. A qualifying party may serve no more than three (3) separate entities as the qualifying party without first appearing before the board and being granted special permission.

Q: What are the fees for Mississippi contractor exams?

Commercial:

  • Business & Law: $120.00
  • NASCLA: $120.00

Residential:

  • Business & Law: $120.00
  • Residential Builder: $120.00

Q: Are the exams 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: When do I need to renew my Mississippi contractor license?

Licenses are valid for one year, and it is the contractor’s responsibility to renew the license each year.

Q: Do I need to complete continuing education to renew my Mississippi Residential Builder license?

Yes, all licenses issued on or after July 1, 2015 are required to fulfill a continuing education requirement annually. Each qualifying party for a residential license must complete 2 credit hours of continuing education taught by a board approved provider or instructor in order to renew their license.

Q: Are your courses approved by MSBOC?

Yes, our courses are approved for continuing education credit in Mississippi. You may view our approvals on the MSBOC website.

Q: How do I renew my Mississippi contractor license?

You will receive a renewal application from MSBOC in the mail about 60 days before your certification expiration date.

Q: My license has expired, what do I do?

Licenses renewals may be processed up to 180 days after the expiration date printed on the license. If more than 180 days has passed, you must apply for a new license.

Q: What fees are associated with renewing my Mississippi Contractor license?

Commercial Contractors:

  • On time: $400
  • If late: $450
  • Status change: $25

Residential Builders:

  • On time: $100
  • If late: $110
  • Status change: $25

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.

Mississippi State Board of Contractors
2679 Crane Ridge Drive, Ste. C
Jackson MS 39216
(601) 354-6161 or (800) 880-6161
info@msboc.us
http://www.msboc.us/

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 NASCLA Contractors Exam
PSI Services
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
https://psiexams.com/

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