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(Limited) Building Contractor Course

(Limited) Building Contractor Course
This limited license covers construction or remodeling on commercial or residential buildings no more than three stories in height and $350,000.

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Course and Book Package: (Limited) Commercial Building Contractor Course
This package includes Business and Law Course, Limited Building Contractor Course and 6 Reference Books (Listed Below) with pre-printed tabs.

  • International Building Code 2006
  • 29 CFR Part 1926 – Code of Federal Regulations
  • Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 2006 Edition
  • Carpentry and Building Construction 2010 Edition
  • Roofing Construction & Estimating
  • NASCLA – Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management 10th Edition

Note: The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete ConstructionModern Masonry – Brick, Block and Stone and Pipe & Excavation Contracting are recommended references for the exam. While we no longer sell the books, you are able to purchase the books from other retailers such as PSI or Amazon.

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All (Limited) Building Contractors are required to pass both the Business Management and Law along with the (Limited) Building Contractors Exam. There are 80 questions on this examination. You will need to answer 70 % of the questions right in order to pass this exam. you are allowed 4 hours to complete the examination.


  • Sitework – 7 questions
  • Concrete – 10 questions
  • Masonry – 10 questions
  • Metals – 10 questions
  • Carpentry – 12 questions
  • Thermal and moisture protections – 9 questions
  • Doors and Windows – 2 questions
  • Finishes –  2 questions
  • Safety – 5 questions
  • General Code, Plan Reading and Estimating – 13 questions

How do I get my residential builder license in South Carolina?

To become licensed as a home builder in South Carolina, you are required to:

•  File a written application as required by the Commission.

•  Submit a certified check, cashiers check or money order for $100 for the application fee.

•  Submit an affidavit showing proof of at least one year actual experience under the supervision of a licensed builder.

•  Pass an examination given by PSI

•  Pay a $160 license fee (certified check or money order) and provide proper financial responsibility.

A license may be granted without examination to those builders in good standing in other states deemed by the Commission to have comparable exams.

The license must be renewed every 2 years.

Residential contractors may obtain licensing information from the following:

Residential Builders Commission
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia SC 29211

Web site:
Phone: (803) 896-4696
Fax: (803) 896-4696

What do I have to do to get my South Carolina commercial contractor license?

  • Step One – Send you Examination Registration Form to PSI along with the correct payment for the examination.
  • Step Two – After approval by PSI, you will be sent a Registration Confirmation Notice advising you of the 1 year eligibility to take the examination.
  • Step Three – Prepare for the examination by using the examination outline in the Candidate Information Bulletin and the suggested study materials that cover the outline topics.
  • Step Four – Be sure to take proper identification with you you to your scheduled examination appointment.
  • Final Step – Upon passing the examination, you may then submit your commercial license application to the SC Contractors’ Licensing Board.

Is contractor continued education required in South Carolina?

There are no continuing education credits needed at this time.

The Residential Builders License is renewable every two (2) years, before June 30, of each even year (2012, 2014, 2016, etc)

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in South 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.


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