Residential Contractor License Dual Course Package | New Mexico Exam Prep


Exam Prep | Online Narrated Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Prepare for the New Mexico Residential Contractor License exam on your own schedule with this online course that covers both the Law & Business Management and Residential trades parts of the exam. Mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere!  Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades

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Package Contents



This course will prepare students for the Business and Law portion of the exam and is based on the relevant chapters found in the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 12th Edition.

New Mexico Licensing Law

Contractor Licensing Law

Licensing and Qualifying Party Requirements
Construction Industries Comission
Licensing Requirements, Fees, and Expiration
Divison, Qualifying Party, Examinations, Certificate
Revocation and Suspension
Adminstrative Penalty
Payment of Penalty
Complaints, Investigations, Informal Resolution
Suspension Period
Application for License Following revocation
Inspectors, Designated Inspection Agencies
Building Permits, Contents, Display

Bidding and Estimating

Bid Documents
Estimate Framework
Process of Estimating
Determining Costs
Common Sources of Error
Submitting the Bid
Job Cost Recording
Technology Tools for Estimating
Making a Profit

Lien Law

Lien Defined
Lien Preference
Filing timeline
Recording of lien
Limitation of action to enforce
Notice of non-responsibility
Contractor Liens of subcontractors
Rank of Liens
Joinder of Actions

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

Employer Identification number
Federal Business Taxes
Income Taxes
Federal Employment taxes
1099 information reporting
Tax calendar

Employee Management

Hiring Employees
Hiring Minors for Construction
Employee Documentation
Fair Labor Standards Act
Immigration and Nationality Act.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Other Labor Laws
Workers and Unemployment Compensation
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Act of 1985 (COBRA)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

Project Management

Project Schedule
Scheduling and Cash Flow
Project Management
Project Life Cycle
Tracking the Progress of the Project
Budget and Cost Controls
Tracking the Budget
Quality Control
Value Engineering

Contract Management

Required Contract Elements
Contract Provisions
Breach of Contract
Provisions to Limit Risk
Types of Contracts
Contracting Methods
Change Orders
Resolving Claims
Contract Documents and Project Manual
Oral vs. Written Contracts

Business Organization

New Business Start-up
Establishing a Business Entity

Risk Management

Employment Insurance
Contract Surety Bonds
Federal Construction Projects

Jobsite Safety and Environmental Factors 

Safe hiring and training
Substance Abuse Policy
Safety Equipment and Conditions
Emergency Action Plan
Hazardous and Toxic Substances
Underground Utility Safety
Employee Rights
Underground Storage Tanks
Heating Oil Tanks
Lead Based Paint

What to do next?




This course will prepare students for the New Mexico GB-2 Residential Building portion of the exam and is based on the New Mexico Residential Building Code (2015) and other PSI Exam Bulletin cited resources. 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. 


  • Restrictions
  • Surveys
  • Permits and Inspections
  • Floodplains and Groundwater
  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Soils
  • Site Prep
  • Equipment
  • Site Safety

Footings and Foundations

  • Layout
  • Code Requirements
  • Reinforcement
  • ACI Requirements
  • Lateral Displacment
  • Drainage
  • Forms and Panels
  • Waterproofing

Concrete and Reinforcement

  • Cement
  • Compressive Strength
  • Pouring, Consolidation
  • Finishing
  • Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Post Tensioning
  • Concrete Problems


  • Mortar
  • Clay Masonry Units
  • Concrete Masonry Units
  • Reinforcement
  • Grouting
  • Masonry Veneer
  • Piers and Columns
  • Fireplace/Chimney Construction

Structural Framing and Rough Carpentry

  • Lumber and Manufactured Materials
  • Fireblocking
  • Framing Types
  • Flooring
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof Systems
  • Trusses
  • Fastening

Windows and Doors

  • Egress
  • Ventilation
  • Installation
  • Skylights

Finish Carpentry

  • Trim
  • Doors
  • Cabinetry
  • Stairs
  • Flooring
  • Tools

Exteriors walls

  • 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
  • Insulation
  • Swimming Pools
  • Gutters
  • Smoke and CO2 Detectors
  • Demolition
  • Finishing


  • Drywall 
  • Finishing Drywall
  • Problems and Remedies
  • Fireblocking and Draftstopping
  • Estimating

Using the Code Book

  • Introduction to the IRC Code Book
  • What’s in the Code Book
  • Using the Code book
  • Permit Process
  • IRC
  • Applying the Logic of the Code Book
  • Importance of Tables and Footnotes

Code Tables, Illustrations, and Footnotes

  • Tables
  • Foundation Footnotes
  • Girders and Headers
  • Roof Construction Tables
  • Illustrations
  • Purpose of the Code 
  • Purpose of the Code Official 
  • OSHA Tables
  • OSHA Footnotes
  • Energy Code Tables
  • Energy Code Footnotes


OSHA Safety

  • PPE
  • Fall Protection
  • Ladders and Stairs
  • Scaffolds
  • Excavation
  • Electricity
  • Materials Handling
  • Tool Safety
  • Concrete and Masonry Construction
  • Asbestos
  • Lead

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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