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The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who must be licensed in multiple jurisdictions. Contractors who take the accredited examination can access NASCLA’s Examination Database (NED) and request that their exam transcripts be sent to any accepting jurisdiction when applying for licensure, reducing redundant licensing requirements. 

NASCLA Exam Transcripts are accepted in 15 States and the USVI for Commercial (and 11 states for Residential) Construction! We offer everything you need to prepare for the National NASCLA Commercial Building Contractor Exam.

To prepare for the NASCLA exam, you will need books and tabs as well as our exam prep course. We also offer exam-ready pre-tabbed and highlighted books, saving you from spending up to 40 valuable hours highlighting the information within the books yourself.

The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Builder Exam is an accepted technical licensing exam for commercial construction in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia & the US Virgin Islands. Applicants may supply NASCLA Commercial Builder Exam transcripts to qualify for exemption from completing the state technical licensing exam. 

In Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, the US Virgin Islands, Utah, and West Virginia, the equivalent license for the NASCLA Commercial Builder exam also covers residential construction work.

NASCLA Exam Prep Services & Materials

We offer everything you need to prepare for the National NASCLA exam, accepted in 16 states to cover commercial construction.

To prepare for the NASCLA exam, you will need books and tabs as well as our exam prep course. We also give the option to purchase pre-tabbed and highlighted books, saving you valuable hours of highlighting the information within the books yourself.

Our exam prep course content includes highlighting instructions and practice exam questions for each book.

What is on the Exam? 

# of Questions Minimum Passing Score Time Allowed
115 81 (70%) 330 minutes

 

Subject Area # of questions
General Requirements 25
Site Construction 15
Concrete 6
Masonry 4
Metals 6
Wood 5
Thermal and Moisture Protection 5
Doors, Windows, and Glazing 4
Finishes 5
Mechanical and Plumbing Systems 6
Electrical Systems 3
Procurement and Contracting Requirements    31

You can also refer to the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin here for more information on testing policies.

What You'll Need to Prepare for the Exam

Exam Prep Course

Our NASCLA Exam Prep course is available in three options: live in-person, live-streamed via webinar, and online pre-recorded. Live courses are held every Friday from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET. Our classroom is located in Richmond, Virginia, or you can join us anywhere via live interactive webinar.

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Book Bundle

Our suggested NASCLA exam prep book bundle linked here uses 20 books that are allowed into the exam with the editions of each book listed. We have found the ACI 318-11 and Construction Project Management are not needed to find information on the exam, as the pertinent information discussed within these books is also found within the other 20 reference manuals. We also offer a pre-tabbed and highlighted version of the bundle, saving you countless hours of tabbing and highlighting the books yourself.

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Tabs

Our NASCLA exam prep tabs help mark the commonly referenced sections of the books used in the exam. Don't waste time flipping through your books in the timed exam - our tabs help you to be able to quickly reference important material in your books and move on to the next question without wasting valuable time.

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Other Licensing Requirements

Effective 11/1/2016 you will need to be pre-approved by NASCLA before you may take the examination. An application must be filed with NASCLA and they must approve the application. Once an individual is approved, the individual's name is forwarded from NASCLA to PSI. PSI will then send the applicant an email confirmation with information to register to take the examination.

The eligibility will be valid for one (1) year. You may take the examination 3 times within that one (1) year period. If you do not pass within the one (1) year period, you will need to reapply with NASCLA. To apply online, visit NASCLA's website here.

All NASCLA license applicants are still required to meet other state licensing regulations in order to obtain a license in any accepting state.

These requirements include taking the State Business Law Exam and submitting a State Board Contractor License Application.

We offer exam prep courses and materials for many state business law exams here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Builder Exam is an accepted technical licensing exam for commercial construction in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia & the US Virgin Islands. Applicants may supply NASCLA Commercial Builder Exam transcripts to qualify for exemption from completing the state technical licensing exam. 

In Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, the US Virgin Islands, Utah, and West Virginia, the equivalent license for the NASCLA Commercial Builder exam also covers residential construction work.

​​​​​​The National NASCLA Commercial Builder Exam is a licensing exam - you are not licensed until you apply for licensure in your state(s) and meet all other licensing requirements.

When you pass the NASCLA exam, you have NASCLA Test Transcripts, available in the National Education Database at ned.nascla.org, that can be supplied in lieu of taking a state commercial/general contractor licensing exam in the accepting states.

In most states, this includes passing a state business law exam, submitting a license application, meeting necessary requirements for your license type, and paying any applicable fees.