South Carolina Contractor License Courses, Classes & Exam Prep

  • South Carolina Limited In Class & Live Webinar
  • South Carolina Limited Online Class
  • South Carolina Limited Practice Test & Tabs
  • South Carolina Residential In Class & Live Webinar
  • South Carolina Residential Online Class
  • South Carolina Residential Practice Test & Tabs
  • South Carolina Unlimited In Class & Live Webinar
  • South Carolina Unlimited Online Class
  • South Carolina Unlimited Practice Test & Tabs

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OBTAINING A CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

If you’re in the process of launching your very own contracting business, you’ve come to the right place. At Contractor Training Center, we prepare you for this exciting process. Our goal is to ensure that you have all the tools necessary to attain your contractor's license and to assist your company with the training needed to help your business grow.

Every credible contractor needs a contractor license in SC before they can perform work on someone’s property. Just like any state, there are requirements that you must meet before you’re legally able to perform work. The most important one is having a valid South Carolina contractor license.

At Contractor Training Center, our experienced and knowledgeable team of trained professionals will teach you everything you need to know about this process. We support you so that you’ll have your license as quickly and efficiently as possible. We help prepare you with the necessary exam prep tools including resources, books, and assistance from us!

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

Did you know that for any residential building project costing over $200, the contractor needs to have a license to be able to legally conduct work in South Carolina?  For commercial projects, costs exceeding $5,000 require a license as well. This makes it difficult for contractors to offer their services without restriction. 

Obtaining a South Carolina contractor license can be a difficult, tedious process. However, we make this process as stress-free for you as possible. We walk you through every step of getting your SC contractor’s license. We do this keeping in mind the different types of exams available and necessary resources to pass the exam you select.

Get in touch with us today to get started!

 

THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A CONTRACTORS LICENSE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

One of the main reasons the state of South Carolina requires a contractor’s license is it keeps scam artists away from tricking people. When unlicensed individuals conduct work, it compromises the quality of the work. Worse yet, it can threaten the safety of homeowners. Before you can get out there and work, you will need a license for many reasons.

Here are two main benefits of having a contractor’s license:

  1. A license gives you credibility. Clients are more likely to hire a licensed contractor as opposed to an unlicensed handyman.
  2. A license gives you a higher earning potential. This is what it’s all about right? You want to provide quality services while making a good profit. Having a license will open doors and attract more leads to your business.

These two reasons alone benefit business owners greatly. Moreover, there are larger projects that require a contractor’s license in the state of South Carolina. If you can earn a higher income, why not take it? Having a license opens doors all around you.

 

HOW TO GET A CONTRACTOR’S LICENSE IN SOUTH CAROLINA?

The general requirements to get a South Carolina contractors license are in detail on this page. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you. We’ll get you one step closer to fulfilling your goal of being a licensed contractor. As long as you meet the requirements, you’ll be able to perform work in the beautiful state of South Carolina. There are two different contracting boards in South Carolina that are run through the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. There is the Contractor’s Licensing Board that handle Commercial licenses, and the Residential Building Commission that handles Residential Builder Licenses. The rules are similar with a few exceptions.

 

RESIDENTIAL LICENSE

Here are the steps you’ll need to take to become a licensed builder for residential projects in the state of South Carolina:

 

  • 1. FILE A WRITTEN APPLICATION

  • First things first! The Commission requires a written application. You must send this to them prior to being eligible to take the exams. 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.


  • 2. SUBMIT A CERTIFIED CHECK

  • You can send a money order or cashier’s check along with your written application. The application fee is $100.


  • 3. SUBMIT AN AFFIDAVIT

  • This affidavit needs to show proof of at least one year of experience working under the supervision of a licensed contractor.


  • 4. PASS THE EXAM

  • This is the most important part of the process and where we will help you the most. Before obtaining your South Carolina contractor’s license, you need to pass two examinations given by PSI. First,  you must pass the SC Business Law exam to make sure that you understand the laws of operating a business in the state of South Carolina. Then you must pass the technical exam for Residential Builder to show that you have the skills and knowledge to perform the work of a licensed contractor. We have the prep class, the approved set of books and the tabs needed to pass this OPEN BOOK exam. Tabbing and Highlighting the books is allowed and part of our curriculum. We will also teach you techniques to ensure that you can find the answers quickly and efficiently.  Check out the examination outline in the Candidate Information Bulletin. This will give you a general idea of what you need to study to be well prepared for the examination.

     

  • 5. PAY THE LICENSE FEE

  • Yes, there is another fee that you will need to pay. These fees are pro-rated so you paya $160 license fee if the license is issued between July 1st and June 30th on an even numbered year. This is because license renewals are done every other year on even numbered years. They accept certified checks or money orders.

    For more information on obtaining your residential contractor’s license, get in touch with the SC Residential Builders Commission by clicking here.

     

    COMMERCIAL LICENSE

    Now, here are the steps you’ll need to take if you need to obtain a commercial license:


  • 1. SEND THE REGISTRATION FORM

  • You will begin this process by mailing the exam registration form and payment to PSI. Payment can be sent in a cashiers check or money order. Once you get approval from PSI, you’ll receive a registration confirmation notice. This makes you eligible to take the Business Law exam.


  • 2. PREPARE FOR THE EXAMINATION

  • We have the prep class, the approved set of books and the tabs needed to pass this OPEN BOOK exam.Tabbing and Highlighting the books is allowed and part of our curriculum. We will also teach you techniques to ensure that you can find the answers quickly and efficiently Check out the examination outline in the Candidate Information Bulletin. This will give you a general idea of what you need to study to be well prepared for the examination.

     

  • 3. ARRIVE AT YOUR APPOINTMENT

  • When ready, you’ll arrive at your scheduled exam appointment. Be sure to take proper identification with you to be accessed permission into the test.

     

  • 4. SUBMIT YOUR LICENSE APPLICATION

  • Congratulations, you passed! You will now need to send your commercial license application to the SC Contractors Licensing Board.

     

    This is where many contractors struggle and procrastinate and lose momentum. 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 process and get your license.

    Visit the following address for more information regarding a General Contractors license:

    Website: llr.state.sc.us/POL/Contractors/

     

    WHICH EXAM SHOULD I TAKE?

    The South Carolina contractor license exam that you need to take depends on the license that you need. Do you need a residential license or a commercial one? What type of work do you plan on completing?

    Before you can obtain your contractor’s license, you must pass the South Carolina Business, Law, and Project Management exam. This is in addition to the technical exam for the designated area you’re applying for. These exams differ depending on if you’re a residential or a commercial contractor.

    BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND LAW FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS EXAMINATION

    CONTENT OUTLINE 

    This examination includes 50 questions. You’ll need to answer 34 questions correctly to pass the test with 68%. This passing score may change. You will be given 120 minutes to complete this exam.

    1. Licensing Laws and Rules (2 questions) 
    2. Estimating and Bidding (8 questions) 
    3. Agreements and Contracts (7 questions) 
    4. Project Management (7 questions) 
    5. Business Management (2 questions) 
    6. Financial Management (4 questions) 
    7. Safety Reporting and Recordkeeping (1 questions) 
    8. Insurance and Bonding (5 questions) 
    9. Labor Laws and Employment Regulations (3 questions) 
    10. Tax Laws (5 questions) 
    11. Liens (3 questions) 
    12. Environmental Laws and Regulations (3 questions)

     

    RESIDENTIAL BUILDER EXAMINATION

    CONTENT OUTLINE 

    This exam consists of 80 questions. You’ll need to answer 55 correctly to pass with a score of 68.75%. It’s possible that this passing score may change. The test-taker has 240 minutes to complete this exam. This test is limited to construction, remodeling, repair of one, two, or multi-family residences (under 3-stories high), and 16 units in any single apartment building.

    1. Concrete (4 questions) 
    2. Concrete-Reinforcement (4 questions) 
    3. Site work and Foundations (7 questions) 
    4. Carpentry (14 questions) 
    5. Masonry (8 questions) 
    6. Roofing (5 questions) 
    7. Drywall and Associated Trades (19 questions) 
    8. Estimating-Plan Reading (19 questions)

    At Contractors Training Center, we review all the areas of your business. We will help you decide what license suits you best. We will then equip you with all the study guides, live webinars, and practice questions needed to successfully pass the test. With us, you can get one step closer to obtaining your license. We have an extremely high first-time pass rate and if you do not pass, we will give you the class for free until you do. We expect to get everyone through the exams.

     

    PREPARING FOR THE CONTRACTOR’S EXAM

    With Contractors Training Center, it has never been easier to meet the general contracting requirements in the state of South Carolina. We help you from start to finish to ensure successful completion of the exam prep course.

    We want you to pass the exam on your first try. That’s why we equip you with all the resources you’ll need to pass the South Carolina contractors exam with flying colors. Here are the courses that we offer:

    • SC Limited in Class & Live Webinar - $349
    • SC Limited Online pre-recorded Class - $249
    • SC Residential—Includes In-Class & Live Webinar - $349
    • SC Residential Online pre-recorded Class - $249
    • SC Unlimited—Includes In Class & Live Webinar - $349
    • SC Unlimited—Convenient Online pre-recorded Class - $249

     

    You will need the Prep-class and the books and the tabs to pass these OPEN BOOK exams.  The advantage of a live class or a webinar is the opportunity to ask questions and hear the questions from other students. Most people get more out of this interactive environment. When you chose a live class or a webinar, we also give you the pre-recorded class. This way, if you were fuzzy on anything the instructor said, then you have something to refer back to. We give you the material for 60 days and will extend this upon request at no charge. You can go through the material as many times as you like. It comes with the tabbing and highlighting instructions and also tons of practice questions. We will teach you techniques that help you find answers quickly and efficiently and also how to get to all of the easier questions first and bank extra time for the harder questions. We get people through these exams.

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Will a contractor license from South Carolina be accepted when moving to another state? 

    Yes, there is the possibility that a license will be granted without needing another exam in a new state. This is for builders who are in good standing within their previous state(s). It will depend on whether the Commissions deem the exams to be similar.

    How long does it take to complete the course? 

    You can complete any course within a day. Our class days will not exceed 8 hours.

    How long is my license valid?

    Contractors need to renew their license every two years.

    Is contractor continued education required in South Carolina?

    No, it is not required.

    Is NASCLA-accredited commercial contractor license accepted in South Carolina?

    Yes! When you pass the NASCLA Accredited for Commercial General Building Contractors Examination your name will be in the National Examination Database for NASCLA. This information will be available in the following states that accept NASCLA Accredited Exams:

    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • Georgia
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Nevada
    • North Carolina
    • Oregon
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • US Virgin Islands
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia

     

    Where can I get the books?

    You can find the books by clicking the following links:

    South Carolina Limited Contractor Books

    South Carolina Residential Contractor Books

    SC Unlimited (NASCLA Commercial) Contractor

    Who is required to hold a license from the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors?

    Any individual who plans on completing residential projects exceeding $200 or commercial projects exceeding $5,000.

    How can I obtain a state license?

    You can obtain a contractor license in SC by passing two different exams: The technical examination relating to your designated area and the Business, Law, and Project Management exam.

    Can a business have more than one qualifying agent?

    Yes, they can. However, keep in mind that all agents are responsible for handling day to day operations.

    Can an individual qualify for more than one company?

    Yes, if the individual shows evidence that they are financially responsible to the division.

    If a company loses its qualifying agent, can it continue to operate?

    If a company loses its agent, it will have 120 days from the termination to find a new one. Upon hiring a new qualifying agent, the contractor will have to apply for licensure under the new agent.

    What are the required fees for a license?

    The application fee is $100, and the license fee once you pass the exam is $160.

    What is a “denial letter,” and what does it mean?

    A denial letter states that the applicant did not meet the requirements to obtain their license. It will also include the reason(s) for denial.

    What is a “deficiency letter”?

    This type of letter is a written notice stating that the applicant’s application is missing information. The letter provides instructions on how to solve these deficiencies.

    What is the exam process?

    There are a few steps that you must complete before you can take the exam. You need to send in your application and money order/cashier’s check. This gains you approval to take this exam. Then, you may have to submit an affidavit showing you have at least 1-year experience working under a licensed contractor. Finally, you’ll need to take and pass the exam to obtain your license.

    CONTACT CONTRACTOR TRAINING CENTER TODAY

    Contractors Training Center is ready to get you started on this exciting process. Getting your general contractor's license in South Carolina has never been easier when you let us help. We guarantee to save you much of the trouble, stress and hassle you’ll experience throughout this process.

    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!

     

     


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