Residential Building Exam Prep | New Mexico


Exam Prep | Online Narrated Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Anyone engaged in Residential construction-related contracting in New Mexico must be licensed.  Residential includes work on one and two family dwelling units, residences and apartment buildings not in excess of four family units.  Prepare for the Trades exam with this course.

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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

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