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North Carolina Contractor License Exam Prep


Our North Carolina contractor license online study courses are easy to use and understand.  We combine HD Videos, engaging slides and practice questions as close to the real test as it gets. We walk you through the reference books pointing out what is important. You have immediate access to the course and can come and go as you please from any computer or mobile device.  We keep our prices low because we care about you and your future.

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Online Courses:

Residential Contractor License Course

This license is for residential construction projects that cost $30.000 or more.  You will need a license before submitting a bid.  Our course prepares you to pass the 90 question State exam for this license.

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Price: $149.00

Building Contractor License Course

This License covers commercial, industrial, institutional and all types of residential building construction. Our course prepares you to pass the 90 question State exam for this license.

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Price: $149.00

NASCLA-Accredited HD-Video (Commercial) General Contractor 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 course comes in full HD Video. This exam preparation course is for Commercial General Contractors and is accepted in eight states.This course counts for Business and Law also. No separate Business and Law course or exam is required for licensing.

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Price: $229.00


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:
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 web site 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 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 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?


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. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept this NASCLA Accredited Examination: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisianna, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


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

An intermediate license permits you to act as the general contractor for any project valued up to $700,000. You must also have $75,000 of working capital to apply for this license.

Information is continually added and updated.  Please check back.

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