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Building Contractor Exam Prep Course | North Carolina

Online Video and Text Course | Exam Prep
A Commercial Building Contractor license covers Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and all types of residential building construction.  Prepare for your licensing exam on your own schedule with this course.  Mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere! 
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$149.00Add to cart

Residential Construction Course Exam Prep | North Carolina

Online Video and Text Course | Exam Prep
This license is for residential construction projects that cost $30,000 or more and you will need a license before submitting a bid.  Prepare for your licensing exam on your own schedule with this course.  Mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere! 
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NASCLA-Accredited (Commercial) General Contractor | Online Course

The Instructor walks you through the essential parts of the PSI-Approved reference books, allowing you to highlight the important points. Sample quizzes and integrated slides are included throughout. This exam preparation course is for Commercial General Contractors and is accepted in AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.
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$229.00Add to cart

Professional Development

Contractor continuing education is not required in the state of North Carolina. 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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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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$39.00Add to cart

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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$39.00Add to cart

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

North Carolina Contractor Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my North Carolina building contractor license?

First, you must obtain a license application from the Licensing Board.  You can do this by sending a check for $15 to the address below or downloading the application from the website below for a $13 charge.

Licensing Board for General Contractors
P.O. Box 17187
Raleigh NC 27619
Web site: http://www.nclbgc.org
Phone: (919) 571-4183
Fax: (919) 571-4703

Submit the General Contractors License application and supporting documents to the North Carolina Board for General Contractors.  Applications must be received 30 days prior to any regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.  The meeting dates are also listed on the website above.

What is on the Residential Contractor Exam?

Here is the Residential Building Contractor exam content.  The State test through PSI contains 90 questions taken randomly from a pool of over 1,000 questions.  You will have 210 minutes and must get 70% or higher to pass.  Our course covers ALL areas thoroughly:

  • Site Work, Footings, and Foundations (12 questions)
  • Concrete and Concrete Reinforcements (10 questions)
  • Masonry (7 questions)
  • Carpentry (11 questions)
  • Associated Constructions Trades, Including Energy Conservation and Dry Wall (8 questions)
  • Roofing (6 questions)
  • Estimating, Plan Reading and General Residential Code Requirements (16 questions)
  • Osha Safety (4 questions)
  • Licensing and Business and Law (10 questions)
  • Special Construction Zones (wind and coastal) and Erosion and Sedimentation Control (6 questions)
What is on the Building Contractor Exam?

Here is the Building Contractor exam content. The State test through PSI contains 90 questions taken randomly from a pool of over 1,000 questions.  You will have 180 minutes and must get 70% or higher to pass.Our course covers All areas thoroughly:

  • Sitework (6 questions)
  • Concrete (15 questions)’
  • Masonry (6 questions)
  • Metals (15 questions)
  • Carpentry (7 questions)
  • Roofing (6 questions)
  • Associated Trades (3 questions)
  • Business and law (7 questions)
  • Safety (4 questions)
  • Estimating, Plan reading and general Building Code Requirements (14 questions)
  • One Call (2 questions)
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control (2 questions)
  • Licensing (2 questions)
  • Liens (1 question)
Do I need a license prior to bidding on a project?

If the project costs $30,000 or more, you will need a license before submitting a bid.

What is the difference between the North Carolina Residential Contractor License and the Building Contractor License?

The Residential Contractor license is for one and two family dwellings, whereas the Building Contractor license is for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential building.

Do I need to pass a separate Business and Law Examination?

No, there is not a separate Business and Law exam.  There is just one 90 question exam covering all topics listed above.  Even if you take the NASCLA-Accredited exam, you do not have to take a separate Business and Law exam for North Carolina.

Is contractor continued education required in North Carolina?

No

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in North Carolina?

Yes! When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. This NASCLA exam preparation course is for Commercial General Contractors and is accepted in AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Does North Carolina require a General Contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Yes!

GENERAL CONTRACTORS

LIMITATIONS
LIMITED – Up to $500,000.00 on any single project
INTERMEDIATE – Up to $1,000,000.00 on any single project
UNLIMITED – Not restricted as to the value of any single project

CLASSIFICATIONS

Building
Residential
Highway
Public Utilities
Specialty
Unclassified
 – (includes all of the above classifications)

EXAMINATIONS and LICENSURE (N.C. G.S. 87-10)

A qualifying examination is not an occupational license and does not grant the holder of such examination the authority to practice general contracting. Individuals may be licensed by their personal examinations or the examination of a responsible managing employee. Partnerships and corporations are licensed by examination of a responsible managing officer or
member of the personnel of the applicant. If the qualifying party leaves, however, the licensee must replace the qualifying party within ninety (90) days or the license is canceled.

Licensees should not allow unlicensed persons, firms or corporations to use the general contractor’s license with the licensee’s permission. Although licensed general contractors may have an ownership interest in an unlicensed entity, the unlicensed contractor may not use a general contractor’s license for any reason. Violators of the general contractor laws
and regulations may be disciplined by the Licensing Board for General Contractors for allowing the use of a license by an unlicensed person or other entities. Appropriate sanctions may include suspension or revocation of license.

Do I need to renew my license?

Licenses must be renewed annually by December 31 for the following year, or the license expires. If a license is not renewed within sixty (60) days following expiration, then it becomes “invalid,” and the contractor becomes, in effect, unlicensed. Reexamination is required if a license is not renewed for four (4) years following expiration. After a lapse of four years, no renewal shall be effected and all requirements for a new license must be fulfilled, in accordance with G.S. 87-10.

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