North Carolina Residential Exam Prep Course - In Class and Via Live Webinar - Contractors Institute

North Carolina Residential Exam Prep Course - In Class and Via Live Webinar

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Residential Contractor

NC Residential Contractor Exam

Exam Prep Class:    

This NASCLA Exam is approved for North Carolina Residential ContractorsWe have done away with the NC Residential Exam because the NASCLA is actually and easier OPEN BOOK Exam vs the (mostly) closed book NC Residential Exam.

We cover all the material that you can bring into the exam.   We review all the areas of the test that you are expected to be familiar with and we highlight the areas of the books and manuals so that you can navigate them quickly and efficiently find the answers in the exam. We coach you on the logic for how to navigate the test, how to review the questions, quickly recognize the book to reference and how to hone in on the section to validate the right answers. (There is a logic to how to properly manage the test.)

Class Days and Times:

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NC Accepts the NASCLA Exam for Residential and Commercial Contractors


Contractor License Requirements:

You do not have to get permission from NC License Board to take the NASCLA.  You do need to apply to NASCLA to get approval to take that exam.

To obtain your license for your North Carolina Building Contractor License you must first submit an application and fees to the North Carolina Licensing Board For General Contractors. Once you have been approved by the board you will receive an eligibility letter. At that time you can register with the states testing vendor PSI to schedule the exam.   You can find information about the license and testing process on our NC Contractor License page.

For more information on the Building Classification and obtaining your Contractor's License in North Carolina follow the link by clicking onto North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contrators


DISCONTINUED - NC Residential Exam and Application:

You have 210 minutes to complete the exam, there are 90 questions and you are required to answer 70 correctly to pass. The Subject Areas for the exam covers:

  • Sitework, Footings and Foundations – 12 questions
  • Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement – 10 questions
  • Masonry – 7 questions
  • Carpentry – 11 questions
  • Associated Construction trades, including Energy Conservation and Drywall – 8 questions
  • Roofing – 6 questions
  • Estimating, Plan Reading, and General Residential Code Requirements – 16 questions
  • OSHA Safety – 4 questions
  • Licensing and Business Law – 10 questions
  • Special Construction Zones (wind and coastal) and Erosion and Sedimentation Control – 6 questions

To obtain a copy of the PSI Contractor's Bulletin for the Residential Contractor License Exam click onto the following link  PSI NC Residential Contractor Exam


Books and Study Material:

The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.

The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you can base your answers on later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book that is listed.

Candidates may use a silent, non-printing, non-programmable calculator in the examination center.

This examination is a partial open book exam. The study material that you are allowed to bring into the exam are:

  •  North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry.
  • Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law and Project Management - North Carolina General Contractors Edition, 7th Edition.
  • North Carolina State Residential (One- and Two- Family Dwelling) Code, 2012.
  • North Carolina State Building Code: Administrative Code and Policies, 2012, International Code Council

 The following reference materials are not allowed in the examination center, but are critical to your preparing for the examination material:

  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016 (Student Edition)
  • Roofing Construction & Estimating, 1995
  • Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, 8th edition (2015)
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 2005
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
  • North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 15A, Chapter 4 Sedimentation Control, as amended July 1, 2000
  • North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 113A, Article 4 Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973, as amended through October 2002, Sections 113A-50 to 113A-67, inclusive
  • Laws and Regulations Applicable to General Contracting in the State of North Carolina
You can Purchase the NC Residential Books Here.