Residential-Light Commercial Contractors Course and Book Package | Georgia


This package contains:

  • Georgia Contractor Business and Law Exam Prep
  • Georgia Residential-Light Commercial Trades Exam Prep
  • International Energy Conservation Code 2009
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Carpentry & Building Construction 2016 Edition
  • International Residential Code, 2018 Edition
  • International Building Code, 2018 Edition
  • Georgia Accessibility Code 2010
  • Georgia State Amendments
  • Pre-printed tabs for all books
  • Includes Free Video Instructions on How to Market Your Construction Company on Social Media!


Package contents:

Note: The books listed below are recommended references that are allowed into the exam. Most of the books are available for purchase in our Book Store.

  • BCSI Guide To Good Practice For Handling, Installing Restraining and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses
  • Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
  • Modern Masonry – Brick, Block, and Stone
  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Georgia, 2nd Edition
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook
  • Technical Digest No. 9 – Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 2008
  • SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2006, Steel Deck Institute


This course was updated in 2020 to reflect changes made to the exam.


As a new business owner, it is critical that you know the basics of running a company. From forming a business entity, hiring employees, managing the job, understanding basic accounting, and knowing your state’s licensing laws, this course will prepare you for the Business and Law portion of the exam. It is based on the relevant chapters found in the Georgia NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 2nd Edition.

Licensing Laws and Rules

Residential and General Contractor Licensing Law

Licensing Board
Licensing Requirements
Licensing Application and Examination
Offenses and Penalties
Complaint and Hearing Procedures
Administrative Penalties
Continuing Education

Estimating and Bidding

Bid Documents
Estimate Planning
Determining Costs
Common Sources of Error
Submitting the Bid
Job Cost Recording
Estimating Software
Making a Profit

Business Organization

New Business Start-up
Establishing a Business Entity
Naming your Business

Financial Management

Accounting Cycle
Financial Ratios and Trend Analysis
Methods of Accounting
Contract Accounting
Cash Management
Equipment Records
Accounting for Materials
Payroll Accounting

Tax Law

Federal Taxes
Georgia State Taxes

Employee Management

Hiring Employees
Hiring Minors for Construction 

Employee Documentation 
Federal Acts 
Other Labor Laws 
Workers and Unemployment Compensation 

Project Management

Project Schedule
Cash Flow
Project Management
Project Life Cycle
Daily Reports
Budget and Cost Controls
Tracking the Budget
Quality Control
Value Engineering

Lien Law

Filing a Claim of Lien
Interim Waiver and Release Upon Payment
Waiver and Release Upon Final Payment
Affidavit of Nonpayment 

Payment Bond

Contract Management

Basic Contract Elements
Contract Provisions
Breach of Contract
Limiting Risk
Types of Contracts
Methods of Contracting
Change Orders
Dispute Resolution
Contract Documents and Project Manual
Oral vs. Written Contracts

Risk Management

Employment Insurance
Contract Surety Bonds
Federal Construction Projects
Public Construction Projects

Jobsite Safety and Environmental Factors 

Safety and Health Programs
Hazardous and Toxic Substances

Environmental Laws
Hazardous and Non-hazardous Waste
Underground Tanks
Lead Based Paint 

What to do next?


This course was updated in 2020 to reflect changes made to the exam.


This course will prepare students for the exam and is based on the relevant resources listed in the PSI Candidate Bulletin. This course will provide a breakdown of each of the exam topics, followed by hundreds of practice questions. Resource information and links to relevant material are included.


2018 Residential Code

  • Code Highlights with Georgia Amendments

2018 Building Code

  • Code Highlights with Georgia Amendments

Energy Code-2009 IECC with Georgia Amendments

  • Purpose
  • Navigation
  • Overview
  • Residential Provisions and Administration
  • General Requirements
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Insulation
  • Window Selection
  • Lighting
  • HVAC


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

Footings and Foundations

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

Concrete and Reinforcement

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


  • IBC Section 2205 Structural Steel
  • Joist Series
  • Girders
  • Joist Placement
  • Composite Steel Joists
  • Decking
  • Connections

Cold Formed Steel

  • Frame Construction
  • BC Section 2211
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Fastening
  • Steel Roof Framing


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

Structural 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

Exterior Finish

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


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

Associated Trades

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Solar
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Demolition

Safety and Lead Remediation

  • OSHA Compliance – General Interpretations
  • PPE
  • Fire Protection
  • Materials Handling
  • Tools
  • Scaffolds
  • Fall Protection
  • Excavation
  • Ladders
  • Stairs
  • Concrete, Steel, Underground
  • Asbestos
  • Lead – RRP, Regulations, Standards and Practices


Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades

Course Description

Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.

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