Maryland Contractor Exam Prep

Home Improvement Contractor Online Study Course | Maryland

Online Course | Instructor: J. MacDowell
This course will prepare you for the Home Improvement Contractor and Salesperson licensing exam. This license includes subcontractor and salesperson licensing. It is not necessary to get all three.
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Home Improvement Contractor Course and Book Package | Maryland

Online Course | Instructor: J. MacDowell
This package includes the following:

  • Maryland Home Improvement Contractor Course
  • Book: NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business and Project Management for Home Improvement Contractors – Maryland 6th Edition
  • Pre-printed, PSI-approved tabs for the book
  • Free Priority Shipping

IMPORTANT: Effective December 1, 2016 – This book changed to it’s newest edition. PSI Will not accept the OLD 5th edition of this book AFTER December 1, 2016.  There will be NO GRACE PERIOD in which both publications may be used in the PSI testing center.
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NASCLA Maryland Contractors Guide to Business and Project Management for Home Improvement Contractors 6th Edition

This book by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) is recommended by the state of Maryland and is helpful in studying for the Exam.

 

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Add Approved Preprinted Tabs
 

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Professional Development Courses

No Contractor continuing education is required by the state of Maryland at this time. The courses below will expand your understanding of industry related topics from effective financial management to marketing, an essential part of running a successful business. Please choose a course below to enhance your professional knowledge.

Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Protecting against water damage is a major concern in many building projects.  Keep your clients dry and your profits high with practical moisture and weather solutions.
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$19.00Add to cart

Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High Velocity Winds | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Gable end failure really blows. Your buildings will be able to take the worst that mother nature can dish out with these framing and anchoring techniques.
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$19.00Add to cart

29 CFR 1926 Stairways and Ladders | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Josh Francis
This course applies to all stairways and ladders used in construciton, alteration, repair and demolition workplaces and when they are requird to be provided as covered under 29 CFR Part 1926.
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$19.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Accessible Routes | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Accessibility issues can lead to unhappy clients, failed inspections or even discipline from the state. Ramp up your knowledge of current ADA standards here.
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$19.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Poor circulation is as bad for your building as it is for your heart. Stay out of a jam by knowing the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse and public transportation facilities.
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$19.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities | Professional Development

1 Credit | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
A crappy building inspection could flush all of your hard work down the drain. Learn the importance of adequate plumbing elements including drinking fountains, toilet facilities, bathtubs and showers, as well as applicable hardware.
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$19.00Add to cart

Tax Fraud and Abuse | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Failing to understand tax law can ruin a successful building company. This course will help you understand ethical and responsible tax reporting and payment procedures.
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$19.00Add to cart

Ethics and Professional Development Course | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
For a builder or contractor, the reputation of your business is everything. Learn to apply a Code of Ethics to your current policies, rules and guidelines and protect your reputation..
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$29.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Recreational Facilities | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Make sure everyone can enjoy your next recreational building project. From amusement parks to play areas, we’ll teach you the applicable ADA requirements here.
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$29.00Add to cart

Building on Budget by Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Jeff Rice
Making your clients happy is always the goal.   Learn to design efficiently with less complexity, material, and labor resulting in savings for the homeowner.
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$29.00Add to cart

Successful Renovations and Additions | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Approach your renovation or addition project with confidence by learning to bring attention to the critical issues, ask the right questions, and identify and integrate strategies that involve existing conditions, design and structural concerns.
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$29.00Add to cart

Successful Site Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Designing your building site is key to the success of any building project.  Learn to navigate through the challenges and pitfalls of site development without compromising building design.
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$29.00Add to cart

Successful Building Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Building design is a crucial to a successful construction project.  Learn proven methods for analyzing design decisions for all aspects of construction, appearance and maintenance.
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$29.00Add to cart

29 CFR 1926 Confined Spaces | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Josh Francis
This course focuses on construction requirements set forth in the 29 CFR 1926 that are in place to protect employees engaged in construction activities at a worksite with one or more confined spaces such as boilers, elevators, manholes, tanks, incinerators, silos, etc.
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$39.00Add to cart

Tools for Construction Math | Professional Development

3 Credit Hours | Online Video Course | Instructor:  Josh Francis
This online course provides an interactive, hands-on approach to understanding the basic math formulas and problems encountered in the course of daily construction activities.
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2012 Energy, Residential and Building Code Updates | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Stay in the know as we cover the most recent updates to the International Residential Code, International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code.
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$39.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Exterior Building Blocks | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
The exterior elements of a structure upgrade a building projects first impression. Recognize how exterior exponents can and should comply with ADA requirements.
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$39.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Interior Elements | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
It’s what’s inside that counts. Here we cover the requirements of proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements according to current ADA standards.
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$39.00Add to cart

Envelope Failure: A Better Weatherization Design Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Weather whatever the weather throws at your next building project, as we identify how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy.
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$39.00Add to cart

Harnessing Resources: New Construction Opportunities Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
The building industry is always evolving. Utilizing new construction options and techniques will allow you to build more efficiently and create a better quality of life for your clients.
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$39.00Add to cart

Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Worker safety is the top priority of any successful contractor. A safe workplace allows your team to work more confidently and efficiently, saving you time and money!
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Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Construction site accidents cost builders and contractors both time and money, as well as, damaging your reputation with clients and employees. We’ll teach you to identify hazards before they impact your business.
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$39.00Add to cart

Technological Innovation: Building "Green" Into the Budget Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Your knowledge of “Green” building will impress potential clients and help improve the impact of construction projects on the environment. All while cutting project expenses, saving you the green you need!
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$39.00Add to cart

Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
A good foundation will drastically increase the quality and longevity of any construction project. Take a step by step look at the unique challenges of foundation preparation and design.
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Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building Course | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Improving weatherization and energy efficiency can save clients thousands over the life of the building. Have your clients thanking you every time they get their energy bill with the tips you learn here
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$49.00Add to cart

Basic Project Management Course | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Managing a building project is truly a balancing act. Here you will find tips for controlling costs and saving time without sacrificing the quality of your work.
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Advanced Project Management Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
In this course we take an in depth look at the responsibilities of a project manager. Study proven methods experienced contractors and builders use to effectively manage all aspects of a building project.
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$69.00Add to cart

Lead Paint Awareness | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Keep your clients and workers safe from lead paint exposure with this online HD video course.
This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification.
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$69.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Real World Application Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Accessibility issues are one of the most common reasons a new building will fail inspections. Learn the current ADA standards and how to implement them with real world problems and solutions.
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$69.00Add to cart

Construction Safety Standards Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Creating a safe building site can only be accomplished when everyone understands their role. In this course, expert project managers explain the responsibilities of both the employer and the employees.
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$69.00Add to cart

Weatherization and Renewable Energy Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
The market for contractors with knowledge about renewable energy building is constantly growing. Give yourself the edge, as we explore practical solutions that will add to a buildings efficiency.
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$69.00Add to cart

Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Get it in writing! Understanding how to utilize contract law for risk and liability management will protect your business from unscrupulous people.
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$69.00Add to cart

Estimating and Bidding for Success | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Calculating a more accurate estimate and bid allows a contractor to get the out of every job they take on. Improve your bottom line as we cover all aspects of the bidding process.
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$79.00Add to cart

Manage Your Way to Big Profits | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Want to make more money? Of course you do. Maximize the earning potential of each and every building project you manage with this course.
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$79.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Key Features and Elements | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Rodger Peck
Understand how the ADA applies to construction projects this course include onsite, real world examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.
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$79.00Add to cart

Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Here you will learn modern techniques for accurate record keeping and accounting principles. Allowing you to sustainably grow your business and manage your funds.
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$79.00Add to cart

Marketing for Contractors | Professional Development

8 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Effective marketing to new clients is a struggle for many business owners. Explore the real techniques successful contractors use to increase business year round.
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$89.00Add to cart

Maryland Contractor Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my contractor license in Maryland?

Home improvement construction, HVAC and plumbing require state licensing, other construction work requires registration by each jurisdiction.

Step 1) All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply for a license.

Our course gives you everything you need to know to pass the exam, as well as links to all the necessary information and forms needed to apply for your license.  The exam is open book and is taken through PSI Examination Services.

Step 2) Apply for a License from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation–Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Maryland Home Improvement Commission
500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
410-230-6309
1-888-218-5925
Email: mhic@dllr.state.md.us
Website: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/mhic/

Maryland Contractors License Requirements

Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Maryland Home Improvement Commission with copies of conviction records.

Contractors:

Applicants for a Maryland contractor’s license must provide proof of at least two years of experience in home improvement work, construction and/or related education.

Applicants must provide proof of financial solvency based on the scope and size of their business in relation to total assets, liabilities, credit rating and net worth (A credit report application form can be found at this address: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/mhic/mhicaff.shtml#forms ).

If a contractor represents a corporation, articles of incorporation and a certificate of good standing from the Department of Assessments and Taxation must be submitted.

A contractor using a trade name must first check with the Commission to make sure the name is available for use with the Commission and then register the name with the Department of Assessments and Taxation .

A certificate of trade name registration must be submitted with the license application.

Proof of current $50,000 liability insurance must be filed with the application for licensure.

Liability Insurance

Contractors must show proof of current $50,000 liability insurance at time of application for original and renewal license. This insurance must be in effect at all times. As of October 1, 2002 , contractors must give the Commission notice of cancellation of liability insurance at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation.

License Period

For licenses issued prior to July 1, 1999, each licensee was issued a personal renewal date from which the license must be renewed every two years. For licenses issued after July 1, 1999, the license period is two years from the date of issuance of the original license.

Temporary licenses are no longer issued. The provision for temporary licenses was removed from the law in 1999.

All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply for a license.

Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Commission with copies of conviction records.

The Home Improvement license does not cover new home construction. All builders who build homes in Maryland must be registered with the Home Builder Registration Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.

Home Builder Registration Unit
Consumer Protection Division
(410) 576-6573 / Toll Free: (877) 259-4525
Fax: (410) 576-6566
E-mail: homebuilder@oag.state.md.us
What are the different license categories for Maryland?
  • Contractor
  • Subcontractor
  • A subcontractor may only work for a licensed contractor.
  • A subcontractor may not enter into contracts with homeowners.
  • Salespersons

A person may only be licensed to represent two licensed contractors in the selling of home improvements.

Is Liability Insurance a requirement for getting licensed in Maryland?

Contractors must show proof of current $50,000 liability insurance at time of application for original and renewal license. This insurance must be in effect at all times. As of October 1, 2002 , contractors must give the Commission notice of cancellation of liability insurance at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation.

I had a misdemeanor, will written proof need to be sent to the state when applying for my Maryland license?

Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Maryland Home Improvement Commission with copies of conviction records.

What is the license period for Maryland?

For licenses issued prior to July 1, 1999, each licensee was issued a personal renewal date from which the license must be renewed every two years. For licenses issued after July 1, 1999, the license period is two years from the date of issuance of the original license.

Temporary licenses are no longer issued. The provision for temporary licenses was removed from the law in 1999.

All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply for a license.

Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the Commission with copies of conviction records.

The Home Improvement license does not cover new home construction. All builders who build homes in Maryland must be registered with the Home Builder Registration Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.

Home Builder Registration Unit
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 576-6573 / Toll Free: (877) 259-4525

Fax: (410) 576-6566

E-mail: homebuilder@oag.state.md.us

How long does it take to complete the Maryland exam prep courses?
  • The Maryland Home Improvement Exam Prep course takes approximately 8-hours, but we move rapidly through the materials. For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.

Once you register, you have up to 6 months before your course is deactivated. If you need longer, just give us a call and we can arrange an extension.

Is contractor continued education required in Maryland?

No

Does Maryland require a General Contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Licenses are required for commercial work and new home construction, but passing a test is not required. These licenses are issued by the Clerks of the Circuit Court. Contact the State License Bureau at http://www.marylandtaxes.com or call 410-260-6240

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Maryland?

No

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