Residential Builder | South Carolina


Exam Prep | Online Video & Test Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Anyone engaged in Residential construction-related contracting in South Carolina must be licensed.  This course will prepare students for the Skill Exam portion of the exam as outlined in the PSI Candidate Bulletin.

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South Carolina
Residential Builder Exam Prep


This course will prepare students for the South Carolina Residential Builder exam and is based on the relevant resources listed in the PSI Candidate Bulletin. This examination is limited to construction, remodeling, repair or improvement of one-, two-, or multifamily residences not exceeding three stories in height and/or 16 units in any single apartment building. This course will provide a breakdown of each of the exam topics, followed by hundreds of practice questions.

Note: The building codes of South Carolina adopt the International Residential Building Code with amendments. PSI will allow applicants to use either the  2018 IRC or the 2018 SC IRC. This course is based on the 2018 IRC.

Effective Studying for the Exam

Using the Code Books

  • Introduction
  • Format and Use
  • Permits

Code Tables, Illustrations, and Footnotes

  • Tables
  • Footnotes
  • Illustrations

2018 Residential Code

  • Code Highlights

Structural Framing

Wood Foundations and Framing

  • Lumber and Manufactured Materials
  • Framing Types
  • Flooring
  • Light Frame Construction
  • Bridging
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof/Attic Framing
  • Trusses
  • Fire Blocking

Windows, Doors and Skylights

  • Egress
  • Window Types and Glazing
  • Safety Glazing
  • Exterior Doors
  • Egress/Stairways/Ramps

Interior Finish

  • Interior trim
  • Drywall

Exterior Finish

  • Siding
  • Underlayment and House Wrap
  • Masonry Veneer
  • Vinyl, Aluminum and Steel Siding
  • Fiber Cement
  • EIFS

Concrete and Reinforcement

  • Portland Cement
  • Placing Cement
  • Compressive Strength
  • IBC Requirements
  • Forms/Slabs
  • Finishing
  • Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Post Tensioning
  • Concrete Problems

Estimating and Plan Reading

  • Elements of a Building Plan
  • Plan Practice Problems
  • Art of Estimating


  • Bricks
  • Veneer
  • Block
  • Mortar
  • Chimney/Fireplaces


  • Roof Styles
  • Pitch
  • Loads/Bracing
  • Truss Design Data Sheets
  • Shingles and Repair


  • Soil at the Site
  • Groundwater
  • Soil Classification
  • IBC Section 1806
  • Soils Tests
  • Surveying and Site Prep
  • Grading, Trenching and Equipment

Foundations and Foundations

  • Shallow Foundations
  • Footings
  • Deep Foundations
  • Concrete
  • Modifications to ACI
  • Foundation Walls
  • Anchoring
  • Dampproofing/Drainage
  • Precast Concrete Panels
  • IRC Chapter 4

Residential Electric

  • Services/Feeders/Branch Circuits
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Raceways and Boxes
  • Lighting and Specialty Applications

Residential HVAC

  • Hangars and Supports
  • Furnaces and Heaters
  • Chimneys, Flues, and Vents
  • Combustion Air
  • Ducts, Ventilation and Exhaust
  • Fuel Gas and Oil
  • Piping

Residential Plumbing

  • General Plumbing and Regulations
  • Piping/Valves/Controls
  • Fixtures and Equipment
  • Water Supply
  • Drain/Waste and Vents/Sewers
  • Specialty Applications



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