Contractors License in Alabama

Alabama General Contractors and Home Builder License / NASCLA Exam

Alabama - Commercial Only: General Contractor Exam Alabama Home Builders Exam | Building Contractor Under Four Stories  (Alabama Residential Board uses Prov Now - We do not offer Alabama Residential) | National NASCLA

Which Licenses for Contractors are Available in Alabama?

Alabama holds two different types of licenses:

  1. General Contractors

  2. Home Builders (As of Jan 2017 Prov Now Handles Alabama Home Builders License - We do not have any class for Alabama Residential.

    Home Builders are further divided into two categories:

Unlimited Home Builder. New Residential Buildings plus Repair:

 “One who constructs a residence or structure for sale or who, for a fixed price, commission, fee, or wage, undertakes or offers to undertake the construction or superintending of the construction, or who manages, supervises, assists, or provides consultation to the homeowner regarding the construction or superintending of the construction, of any residence or structure which is not over three floors in height and which does not have more than four units in an apartment complex, or the repair, improvement, or reimprovement thereof, to be used by another as a residence when the cost of the undertaking exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). Nothing herein shall prevent any person from performing these acts on his or her own residence or on his or her other real estate holdings. Anyone who engages or offers to engage in such undertaking in this state shall be deemed to have engaged in the business of residential home building.” – this is from Ala Code 34-14A

Limited Home Builder – Improvement and Repair of Current Buildings:

 “A residential home builder who holds a current and valid residential home builders license with limitation may only engage in the business of residential home building, as referred to in Ala. Code § 34-14A-2(10), when the scope of the construction is limited to the repair, improvement, or reimprovement, as such term is defined herein, of a residence or structure.” – This is om Ala Admin – Code R. 465-x-3- .04 (2)

How to Obtain a Alabama Contractor License

Step One: Obtain a license application form. You can access it with the following:

General Contractors – Licensing Board for General Contractors

Home Builders – Home Builders Licensure Board (for Residential Contractors)

Step Two: Finish the application and return it to the State of Alabama.

Step Three: After the state of Alabama approves your application, PSI will send you the Candidate Information Bulletin via mail, which will contain an examination registration form, as well as instructions for choosing an examination date. Residential builders will need to take and pass the Home Builders Licensure Examination. Commercial Builders, or General Contractors must pass a Business and Law exam, along with the NASCLA Accredited exam.

The Time frame to Complete the Alabama Home Builders and Commercial Contractors License Course.

  • Expect 8 hours for The Home Builders License course.  

NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractors Licensure: Does Alabama Accept It?

Yes. Alabama will require any commercial contractor to pass the NASCLA Accredited exam for General Contractors.

After you finish and pass the NASCLA Accredited Exam for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be within the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then be able to access the information within the states that accept the NASCLA Accredited Exam. The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. You will, in addition, need to take a state specific business/law/project management exam, along with the NASCLA examination.

Does Alabama require Continued Education?
Continued Education: Does Alabama Require It?

There are currently no requirements or continuing education. However, licenses do expire December 31steach year. It’s a requirement to renew annually.

Alabama Reciprocity: Is it Offered With Other States?

Yes, Alabama does offer reciprocity with Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but you must be licensed for 3 years in a row and with the same classification that you are seeking in Alabama. This is called verification of license, which will be with the Prime Application, under the form section of the site – you will send it to one of the boards. Alabama does require a recent copy of your license that you have in that state. Only send to the states listed above.

NASCLA-ACCREDITED EXAMINATION – COMMERCIAL GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTOR If you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, your name will be entered into the NASCLA National Examination Database and you may use this information in other states that accept that NASCLA Accredited Examination. The NASCLA-Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who need to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions. Contractors who take the accredited examination can access NASCLA’s examination database (NED) and request that their results be sent to other jurisdictions that accept the examination, thereby reducing redundant licensing requirements. Please visit NASCLA’s website at for a listing of the states that provide this examination.

  • # Of Questions: 115
  • Minimum Passing Score: 81
  • Time Allowed: 330 Minutes
Subject Area # of Items
Planning and Estimating 21
Financial and Project Management 21
Safety 19
Site Construction 15
Concrete 8
Masonry 3
Metals 5
Wood Foundations and Framing 5
Thermal Moisture Protection 4
Doors, Windows, and Glazing 5
Finishes 7
Specialty Equipment and Conveyance Systems 2

Contractor testing: psi (   

Where can I get the books for the Alabama Contractor Exam?

You can get the Alabama Books in our Bookstore 
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