North Carolina Residential Contractor License Training

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Residential Construction Course

If a residential construction project costs $30.000 or more you will need a license before submitting a bid.






What can I expect to see on the exam?

This course covers everything you need to know to pass the Residential Building Contractor licensing exam.  Below are the subjects on the exam with the number of questions from each subject.  Keep in mind that PSI Examination Services takes the questions at random from a pool of over 1,000 questions so that no two test takers get the exact same test.

There are 90 questions on this examination and you are allowed 180 minutes.  You must get a 70% to pass.

  • 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)


Can I take books into the exam with me?

You are allowed to take these reference books into the exam with you.  You are not allowed to write in the books prior or during the exam.  Tabs placed in the books must be preprinted and permanent tabs.

  • North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
  • Contractor’s Guide  to Business, Law and Project Management
  • North Carolina State Residential Code 2012
  • North Carolina State Building Code 2012


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.


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.


Is contractor continued education required in North Carolina?



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


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.