North Carolina Contractor License Courses, Classes & Exam Prep

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NC ACCEPTS NASCLA for Residential and Commerical Contractors!

If you have made it to this page, then you are probably well on your way to launching your very own contracting business. Congratulations! Being a contractor is a highly rewarding career. However, it does come with some challenges.

North Carolina, similar to any other state, has a set of requirements for contractors. These must be met by someone before they can legally perform work. These requirements protect both the contractor and their clients. The first step to a rewarding career as a contractor is to obtain a valid NC contractor’s license.

If you’ve been building homes for a long time and feel comfortable working in the industry already, you may be wondering how necessary a contractor license in North Carolina truly is. The answer is that it’s VERY necessary. It’s true that you may have plenty of practical experience, and that this experience goes a long way. However, you simply can’t get very far without a valid North Carolina contractor license. To perform any actual work without one is against the law, and for good reason.

 

OBTAINING A NORTH CAROLINA CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE

If just anyone was allowed to go around building houses, the quality of the properties would be very questionable. After all, skilled construction requires both experience and knowledge.  Even the most experienced contractors may not know all the state laws for their specific area. Fortunately, at Contractor Training Center, our task is to help you get to that understanding. We understand that you may not know all of the laws, regulations, and rules for your state. Our mission is to help you obtain a contractor license in NC.

If you don’t know all the laws just yet, don’t stress about it. This is why we are here. We will guide you through this tedious process. Our aim is to help you get your license as quickly and efficiently as possible. While you have to work for it, the result is incredibly rewarding. Plus, we will be guiding you through each step along the way.

The state of North Carolina provides many opportunities for people who are interested in operating their very own contracting business. Our experienced team of knowledgeable, passionate specialists helps you find those opportunities. We help local contractors get their businesses started the right way. We know the process inside out. We are equipped with the best practice exams, resources, and tools needed to prepare you.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

Everything you could need to embark on this learning journey can be found here on this page. We have a collection of high-quality resources, tools, and information. These are the minimum of what you can expect from this experience. Our services will help you in many ways, including:

  • Discuss the various types of exams that you will encounter.
  • Guide you through the different steps for certification.
  • Provide you with additional study resources and helpful tools.
  • Minimize the hassle involved with the exam-taking process and make it simple.
  • Provide you with the necessary materials and books to take the exam.
  • Provide you with Tabbing and Highlighting instructions so that answers can be found quickly.
  • Additional services were we will tab and Highlight the books for you.
  • Provide you with hundreds of practice questions.
  • Application fulfillment services that guide you through the application process.
  • Offer support with a friendly customer service team. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE IN NC

Clients in this business will often ask to see a physical copy of your contractor’s license before they buy your service. This is because it will prove your credibility to them as a professional. A license shows them you have met all of the requirements and NC regulations and rules. All states have their own set of construction laws, and North Carolina is no different. To work on a project as a general contractor that will cost more than $30,000, you must go to the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors and get a license. The same goes for fire sprinkler, heating, electrical, and plumbing contractors.

Just to be safe, we recommend obtaining your license. The benefit to this is increased opportunities for big projects. Let’s say for example that your business gains momentum and a big project comes along. If that client wants to hire you, you won’t have to reject them simply because you lack the legal license.

A contractor’s license significantly increases the earning potential for your business. Not only can you take on bigger projects. A license entails that clients are more willing to pay a higher price for your work and services.

If you decide against getting this valuable documentation, it can have consequences. The most serious is that you can get caught for performing work illegally. This gets you and your business in muddy water. It also discredits you. When clients hear you are not in good legal standing, they will disappear faster than you can blink. You can avoid this by getting your license with the help of our website.

HOW TO GET A CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE IN NC

For most of the work that you end up conducting in the state, you will find having a contractor’s license extremely helpful. This goes for anything from commercial lighting to smaller residential projects. The legal documentation can help you avoid unnecessary legal problems.

So how exactly do you get it? If you are interested in the Residential Contractor Exam then we would like to guide you a different direction. This exam is a closed book exam, it is harder to pass, and it limits you to only Residential Construction in the state of North Carolina. We teach the NASCLA exam prep in North Carolina for three reasons.

  1. First, the NASCLA certification is a National standard that is accepted in 15 states with many other states planning to adopt it in the near future. All 15 states accept this license for commercial construction and 10 of those states also accept it for Residential construction. North Carolina accepts it for both.
  2. The second reason we teach it is because it is an open book exam and most contractor exams in NC are not open book.  
  3. The third reason is that  you are exempt from having to take the NC Business Law exam  because NASCLA has a Business Law component that NC accepts.

Your only other requirements are to put in an application with the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. You also are not required to have  continuing education classes as you and your business grow and move forward. When you have the NASCLA and want to go to another state and pick up work you can do so much more quickly as you will only have to put in an application and register your business with that state and take the State Business Law exam. The technical side of your license is covered in all of the states that accept NASCLA  

 

HERE IS A LIST OF THE STATES THAT ACCEPT THE NASCLA LICENSE

  • Alabama - Commercial only
  • Arizona - Commercial only
  • Arkansas - Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required
  • Florida - Commercial and Residential
  • Georgia - Commercial and Residential
  • Louisiana - Commercial and Residential
  • Mississippi - Commercial and Residential
  • Nevada - Commercial only
  • North Carolina - Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required through 1/1/2020
  • Oregon - Commercial and Residential
  • South Carolina - Commercial and Residential
  • Tennessee - Commercial only
  • US Virgin Islands - Commercial and Residential
  • Utah - Commercial and Residential
  • Virginia - Commercial only
  • West Virginia - Commercial and Residential

 

These are the steps that you need to take to get a North Carolina contractor license:

1. MEET THE INITIAL REQUIREMENTS

The type of business that you own determines what documents you need to send in with your application. Here is a list of what you need to send in depending on your situation:
 
 
SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP
For this ownership, you just need a photocopy of your Certificate of Assumed Name. To get this, simply go to the Register of Deeds of the county where you will be running your business.
 
LIMITED AND GENERAL PARTNERSHIPS
This is similar to the previous option. You need a copy of the Certificate of Assumed Name. However, you also need to go to the NC Secretary of State to register your business. You’ll need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Limited Partnership or General Partnership Agreement.
 
LLC & DOMESTIC CORPORATIONS
For this, you’ll need the Certificate of Assumed Name from your designated county. You’ll also need to register your business with the Secretary of State. Additionally, you need a copy of your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation. You must provide these with an official seal from the Secretary of State.
 
LLC & FOREIGN CORPORATIONS
The same requirements apply here as with Domestic Corporations. However, you also need a Certificate of Authority with the official seal. In addition to this, you need to submit the following:

 

  • Financial Statement
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Tax Identification Number
  • Application Fee

 

2. SUBMIT THE APPLICATION

At this point, you need to have filled out your application. You must have obtained all of your necessary documents. If you have these ready along with the application fee itself, you can submit the application.

Make sure that you didn’t accidentally miss any of the sections of the application. Everybody makes mistakes on tedious paperwork – and that’s alright. But that’s also why it’s important to double check. If something is missing, then the application will be incomplete. This will delay your process of obtaining a contractor license.

The beginning of the month is when the application is due. This is because that is when the board typically reviews the applications that they receive. The first week of the following month is when they will actually look at it. For example, if you turn in your application within the first week of September, the board will review it in the first week of October.

Assuming that everything was correct, you will later receive a letter of eligibility. With this letter, you are able to take the exam.

This is where many contractors struggle and procrastinate and lose momentum right out of the gate. At Contractor Training Center we offer our Application Fulfillment Service to help you past this hurdle. We will set up a Dropbox with you and put the correct documents in front of you along with a checklist of the requirements. You will still need to fill them out as this is your information and we don’t know it. We will answer all of your questions as you fill in all of the required information. Once everything is ready, we will review for accuracy and suggest editing where necessary. We save people time and frustration. You have one year from application submission to complete the entire process.

 

3. DETERMINE THE TYPE OF LICENSE YOU NEED

There are several classes of licenses that you can get:

LIMITED LICENSE
This first class is the most limited. With this option, you can bid for and work on any project below $500,000. With this, your working capital must be a minimum of $17,000.
 
INTERMEDIATE LICENSE
With is one, you can bid for and work on projects that are worth up to $700,000. You must have a minimum of $75,000 as your working capital.
 
UNLIMITED LICENSE
As the name suggests, there are no limits on the projects that you can bid for and work on with this option. However, to qualify for this class, your working capital must be a minimum of $150,000.

 

4. TAKE THE EXAM

The common exam for this industry is the NC Residential and NC Commercial Exam. Note that these are closed book exams. At Contractor Training Center, we offer an open book option: the NASCLA Exam. Open book exams are significantly easier to study and prepare for and they have higher passing rates. NASCLA also covers you for both Commercial and Residential contracting.

Depending on the type of work that you plan on doing in the area, there are various categories of work and specific exams for each one. These include:

GENERAL BUILDING
This classification includes all construction building activity such as industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential. It also covers parking decks, paving, site work, driveways, gutters, sidewalks, and much more. We recommend the NASCLA instead.
  • Number of Questions: 90
  • Required Passing Percentage: 70%
  • Time Allotted: 180 minutes
 
HIGHWAY
This covers all construction highway activity, including installation of artificial athletic surfaces in exterior locations, all kinds of paving, bridge repair and construction, relocation of utility lines, fencing, airport runway paving, and more. We have the NC Highway exam prep as this exam is partially open-book. We cover the books that are allowed in the testing room.
  • Number of Questions: 90
  • Required Passing Percentage: 70%
  • Time Allotted: 240 Minutes
 
RESIDENTIAL
This covers any residential unit construction, including all site work, sidewalks, driveways, wastewater systems, water systems, conforming to the building code of residential properties, and more. We recommend the NASCLA instead
  • Number of Questions: 90
  • Required Passing Percentage: 70%
  • Time Allotted: 210 minutes
 
NASCLA
This covers all Residential and Commercial work in North Carolina and is accepted in 16+ states.
  • Number of Questions: 115
  • Required Passing Percentage: 70%
  • Time Allotted: 330 Minutes

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is on the exam?

At Contractor Training Center, preparing you for the exam is what we were trained for. However, it is important to note that each exam varies slightly depending on the specialization of your practice. As such, it is good to know what kind of work you will be doing.

GENERAL BUILDING
This exam includes:
  • Concrete
  • Site Work
  • Metals
  • Masonry
  • Carpentry
  • Roofing
  • Business and Law
  • Associated Trades
  • One Call
  • Safety
  • Estimating, Building Code Requirements, and Plan Reading
  • Licensing
  • Sedimentation and Erosion Control
  • Liens
 
HIGHWAY
This includes:
  • Piles
  • Asphalt Paving
  • Grading and Excavation
  • Safety
  • Concrete Paving
  • One Call
  • Safety
  • Concrete
  • Traffic Control
  • Concrete Reinforcement
  • Metals
  • Sedimentation and Erosion Control
  • Railroad Construction
  • Tunneling
  • Licensing
  • Marine Construction
  • Business and Law
  • Liens
RESIDENTIAL
This includes:
  • Concrete Reinforcement
  • Concrete
  • Foundations, Footings, and Site Work
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry
  • Roofing
  • Energy Conservation
  • Drywall
  • Associated Construction Trades
  • OSHA Safety
  • Plan Reading
  • Code Requirements
  • Licensing and Business Law
  • Sedimentation and Erosion Control
  • Special Construction Zones
NASCLA
This includes:
  • Planning and Estimating
  • Financial and Project Management
  • Safety
  • Site Construction
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Metals
  • Wood Foundations and Framing
  • Thermal Moisture Protection
  • Doors, Windows, and Glazing
  • Finishes
  • Specialty Equipment and Conveyance Systems

Is a commercial contractor license required in North Carolina?

Always! Fortunately, most commercial contracting work can be completed with an intermediate license. This allows you to be the general contractor for projects up to a $700,000 value. Just keep in mind the minimum working capital of $75,000.

How long is my license valid?

The validity of a license varies from state to state, just like the requirements that must be met. In North Carolina, all licenses expire on the 1st of January every year.

CONTACT CONTRACTOR TRAINING CENTER TODAY

If you are ready to become a certified contractor, contact us today! At Contractor Training Center, our expert instructors are here for you every step of the way. Our compilation of resources, tools, and materials have been perfected over the years and are just what you need to pass the test with flying colors. Each of our different courses thoroughly covers the important study categories.

We also offer helpful guidance on how to operate your future contracting business. In fact, our resources can be continuously referenced throughout your career. We have trained specialists in all aspects of this industry such as employment law, project management, estimating and bidding, environmental issues, banking options, tax information and more.

Please call us at 804-556-5518 any time you have questions or email us at support@contractortrainingcenter.com  We have helped over 30,000 contractors get their license and we look forward to helping you!

Where can I get the Contractor License books?

At our Bookstore


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