Your Need-to-Know About the NASCLA Exam

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Is your NASCLA examination coming up in the near future? Do you feel prepared?

It’s normal to feel nervous, but in the time before your impending examination, it is best to make sure that you use this time well to prepare yourself as best you can. This will give you your best chance at passing the exam the first time around.

Here, we will give you some of your need-to-know tips to help you know where to start when it comes to preparing for the NASCLA examination and what to expect.

What is the NASCLA?

The NASCLA is short for the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies. This is the leading association for contractors and is composed of states agencies that have come together and enacted laws that regulate contractors and the business that they conduct.

With this, it makes it easier for contractors to obtain the requirements to practice contracting work in participating states and provides a basis for education for contractors all over the country. If you have decided that you want to pursue contracting work, then taking and passing the NSCLA is your next step!

This examination has been designed to aid contractors that need to be licensed within multiple jurisdictions. The contractors that choose to take this accredited examination will be able to access NASCLA’s Examination Database, or NED for short, and request for their results to be sent over to any other jurisdictions that accept the examination. This helps to reduce redundant licensing requirements.

Passing the NASCLA is Not a National License

Before you sign up for the exam and spend a lot of time preparing to pass it, it is important to first understand why you are taking the exam. If you think that you are going to sign up for the NACLA, pass it, and then be able to start taking on home improvement projects, then you might need to think again – depending on where you live.

Your NASCLA Accredited Examination will only eliminate your need to complete a trade examinations if you live in a participating state. Otherwise, you will still need to complete any additional license requirements imposed by the state you wish to conduct contracting work in.

So, now you’re probably wondering which states accept the NASCLA accredited examination.

You can find an up-to-date list of all the state agencies currently participating here.

Just because your state may allow you to jump straight into contracting work after passing the NASCLA exam doesn’t mean you necessarily should. It is best to prepare yourself and make arrangements to fulfill all of the requirements for licensing in your state before beginning work.

Preparing for the NASCLA

The NASCLA is a rigorous exam and requires you to understand the material you are being tested on in order to be successful. To help you be fully prepared for the exam, we recommend taking an exam prep class.

Exam prep classes are designed to prepare people in your situation to pass the National NASCLA Accredited Exam, which many states will accept for your General Contractors License. By taking such a course, you can review old material to make sure that you are up to par with what will be covered on the exam, and maybe even learn some new material too – just in time for exam day!

Those who prepare for the NASCLA exam with an exam prep course tend to be much more successful on the exam and have a higher rate of passing. This is because they know what to expect when testing day rolls around, and they’ve recently covered all of the information before the exam.

NASCLA License Requirements

As of November 11, 2016, individuals are required to be pre-approved by NASCLA prior to taking the exam. You can file an exam request through NASLA. They will then need to approve the application before your name will be forwarded to PSI.

From there, PSI will send you an email confirmation with the information you need to register for the exam. You will have one year to register for the exam, and you may take the exam 3 times within that period. If you don’t pass in the allotted time, you will need to begin the process anew with a new application to NASCLA. You can apply to take the exam here.

Feel Ready?

If you’re still uncomfortable with tackling the NASCLA exam, the Contractors Institute can help! We offer courses, books, and numerous resources to help you study and pass contractors’ examinations. Contact us today to find out more.


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