NASCLA-Accredited (Commercial) General Contractor | Online Course

The Instructor walks you through the essential parts of the PSI-Approved reference books, allowing you to highlight the important points. Sample quizzes and integrated slides are included throughout. This exam preparation course is for Commercial General Contractors and is accepted in AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.
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*Important News Effective November 1, 2016, commercial general building contractors applying for NASCLA accreditation will need to be pre-approved by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) before scheduling to take the NASCLA-Accredited exam.  Applicants will no longer be able to schedule the exam without pre-approval. Applicants can apply electronically ONLINE at ned.nascla.org.
Once an individual is approved, the individual’s name will be forwarded from NASCLA to PSI. PSI will then send the applicant an email confirmation with information to register to take the examination.

NASCLA Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NASCLA – Accredited Commercial Contractors Exam?

The NASCLA-Accredited Commercial Contractors exam is accepted in these States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. This means that by passing one exam, you can easily become licensed to do commercial work in all 13 states and the Virgin Islands. 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.

Why take the NASCLA-Accredited Exam?

The NASCLA-Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who need to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions. If you think your commercial business, at any point, will overflow into any of the eight states listed above, you will save time and money by passing the NASCLA-Accredited exam, rather than passing a Commercial Trades exam in each of the 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.

What subject areas will be covered by the NASCLA-Accredited Exam?

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 Area and # of Questions

  • Estimating, Bidding & Pre-construction – 23 questions
  • Project Management – 28 questions
  • Project Construction- 32 questions
  • Project Closeout – 9 questions
  • Business & Financial Management – 23 questions

The NASCLA-Accredited Examination has replaced the Commercial Contracting licensing exam in Alabama.  There is not an Alabama Trades exam for commercial contractors.  The NASCLA-Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who need to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions.

This exam is based on information taken from a variety of books that we have listed in our book packages, as well as random questions based on trade knowledge and general industry practices. You are allowed to take the books into the exam with you, so we recommend that you purchase them from our Bookstore and highlight the areas of importance. You may also see a variety of construction math problems included on the exam, so we highly recommend that you view the construction math tutorial that comes with this course.

Reference material may be highlighted, underlined, indexed and tabbed with permanent tabs only. They must be otherwise unmarked (not written in) and may not contain additional paper. These references are not available at the testing center, but you can take them into the exam with you.

Contractors who take the accredited examination can access NASCLA’s Examination Database (NED) and request that their results be sent to other jurisdictions that accept the examination, thereby reducing redundant licensing requirements.

Is the NASCLA exam an open book exam?

The NASCLA exam is an open book exam. There are 20 references that are allowed into the exam. For a complete, up-to-date listing, please visit PSI Exams, or click here.

Which Code book should I use to study for the NASCLA exam?

Beginning May 11, 2017, the exam will be based on the IBC 2009, 2012 or 2015.
After July 10, 2017, the exam will be based on the IBC 2012 and 2015 only.

How long does it take to complete the NASCLA Accredited Exam Course?

This is an extensive course that takes you through most of the 20 reference books that are allowed into the exam with you.  You should allow 24-30 hours to thoroughly review the course and complete all sample test questions.

Participating state agencies that administer or accept the NASCLA examination:

State Contractor Licensing Agencies Administering the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors

Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
2525 Fairlane Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36116
Phone: (334) 272-5030
Fax: (334) 395-5336
As of September 2009

Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Phone: (478) 207-2440
Fax: (866) 888-9718
As of November 2010

Mississippi State Board of Contractors

215 Woodline Drive, Suite B
Jackson, Mississippi 39232
Phone: (800) 880-6161
Fax: (601) 354-6715
As of May 2010

South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board
Post Office Box 11329
Columbia, South Carolina 29211
Phone: (803) 896-4686
Fax: (803) 896-4814
As of May 2010

Virgin Islands Department of Licensing & Consumer Affairs
3000 Golden Rock Shopping Center, Suite 9
Christiansted, Virgin Islands 00800
Phone: (340) 713-3522
Fax: (340) 718-6982
As of February 2013


State Contractor Licensing Agencies Accepting the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors

Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
2525 Fairlane Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36116
Phone: (334) 272-5030
Fax: (334) 395-5336
As of September 2009

Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board
4100 Richards Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117
Phone: (501) 372-4661
Fax: (501) 372-2247
Accepting the Accredited Examination in lieu of the Arkansas Business and Law Examination

Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Phone: (478) 207-2440
Fax: (866) 888-9718
As of November 2010

Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
2525 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Phone: (225) 765-2301
Fax: (225) 765-2431
As of September 2, 2016, accepted for both the Commercial Building Construction and the Residential Building Contractor Classifications 

Mississippi State Board of Contractors

215 Woodline Drive, Suite B
Jackson, Mississippi 39232
Phone: (800) 880-6161
Fax: (601) 354-6715
As of May 2010

Nevada State Contractors Board
2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200
Henderson, Nevada 89074
Phone: (702) 486-1100
Fax: (702) 486-1190
As of December 2013

North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

Post Office Box 17187
Raleigh, North Carolina 27619
Phone: (919) 571-4183
Fax: (919) 571-4703

Oregon Construction Contractors Board
201 High Street SE, Suite 600
Post Office Box 14140
Salem, Oregon 97309
Phone: (503) 378-4621
Fax: (503) 373-2007
As of July 1, 2016

South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board
Post Office Box 11329
Columbia, South Carolina 29211
Phone: (803) 896-4686
Fax: (803) 896-4814

South Carolina Residential Builders Commission
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Phone: (803) 896-8307
Fax: (803) 896-4814
Please note, this Commission has reciprocity with the South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board.

Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37273
Phone: (615) 741-8307
Fax: (615) 532-2868

Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing, Construction Trades Bureau
Post Office Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (866) 275-3675
Fax: (801) 530-6511
As of April 2015 (Comparable to the Utah B100 Exam)

Virgin Island Department of Licensing & Consumer Affairs
3000 Golden Rock Shopping Center, Suite 9
Christiansted, Virgin Islands 00820
Phone: (340) 713-3522
Fax: (340) 718-6982
As of February 2013

Virginia Board for Contractors, Department of Professional and Occupational Licensing
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233
Phone: (804) 367-9183
Fax: (804) 527-4401
As of January 1, 2016 (Comparable to the Commercial Building Classification)

West Virginia Contractors Licensing Board, Division of Labor
State Capitol Complex
Building 6, Room B-749
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
Phone: (304) 558-7890
Fax: (304) 558-5174
As of September 1, 2013
Please note, the Board will not accept examination scores or transcripts prior to September 1, 2013.