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Requirements:
*
Must be 21 years of age or older.

* Must be of good character and otherwise qualified as to competency, ability, integrity and financial responsibility. To prove financial responsibility you may submit a bank credit reference for showing 24 months history; a $25,000 surety bond; a $25,000 line of credit or letter of credit; or affirmation of a minimum net worth of $25,000. Must provide a bank credit reference for or credit report within 45 days.

* Must show two years of proven experience in employment of residential contractor and successful completion of at least two projects in the two years prior to application submission.

* Must provide copy of an insurance certificate showing proof of workers compensation insurance as required by Georgia law and liability insurance with a minimum amount of $300,000.

* Residential Basic and Residential Light Commercial contractors do not have any minimum net worth requirements.

Board Contact Information:

Professional Licensing Board Division
237 Coliseum Dr.
Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: 478.207.2440
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Website:
http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/?section=licensing

Frequently Asked Questions: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/46/faq

Fees: T
he application fee for a new prime contractor license is $300. The renewal fee is $200. The application fee for a subcontractor is $150. To obtain a license application and other forms for Georgia go to http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=49

Veteran Preference: Veterans who served during war time or who have permanent disability may qualify for up to 10 Veteran Preference points
. Contact the board to see if you qualify.

Specialty Contractors: Certain specialty contractors do not need a license. This document lists specialties which do not require a license. http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/46/exempt_specialty_contractors

Test Information: 
This open book test covers information over 8 subject areas. The questions are created from content in the 8 book set shown below. Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for this exam. There is also a GA Business Law exam which will cover information from the other book in the set below.
Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.
Exam Fee:
$72
Number of Questions:
80
Passing Score: 70% or 56 Questions
Time Limit: 200 Minutes

Subject Area Number of Questions
Sitework, Footings and Foundation 8
Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement 8
Masonry 5
Carpentry 16
Roofing 8
General Code and Construction Knowledge 18
Associated Trades 10
OSHA Safety 7

Applicants must also pass a separate exam on Business Law and Project Management for Georgia. There is a separate $60 fee for the Business Law exam.

Reciprocity:
Georgia does not offer reciprocity exemption for residential or residential light commercial licenses.

Permitted Work With this license you may work on jobs relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height.

Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Combo
Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Combo
Price: $1,134.00
Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Combo
Georgia Residential Contractor Builder Exam Prep Combo Includes a Complete Text Book Reference Set, Permanent Tabs for the book set, Printed Covered Spiral Bound Study Guide, Audio CD's, and access to our Unlimited Exam Prep on contractorcourses.com.
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Georgia Basic Residential Contractor Exam Prep Course (Includes Trades AND Business Law)
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Includes Online Printable Study Guide with How to Read Blueprints Manual, Audio CDs for the Trades and Business Exams, and Unlimited Practice Exam's for the Trades and Business exams. The best training for the Georgia Residential Contractor Examiniation.
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Georgia Basic Residential Contractor Reference Book Set
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Georgia Basic Residential Contractor Reference Book Set
Georgia Basic Residential Builder Contractor License Exam Reference Book Set. The Contractor Exam Prep Course is not included.
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Printed Book Tabs for Georgia Basic Residential Contractor
Printed Book Tabs for Georgia Basic Residential Contractor
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Pre-Printed tabs for all 9 books used in the Georgia Basic Residential Contractor Exam. Each tab set includes blank tabs for additional customization.
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Business, Law & Project Management, Georgia 2nd Edition
Business, Law & Project Management, Georgia 2nd Edition
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Business, Law & Project Management, Georgia 2nd Edition
NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management, Georgia Edition. This book is for the Georgia Business and Law Exam for State Builder Contractor Licenses. The exam based on this book is also required for various other State Licenses.
Carpentry and Building Construction
Carpentry & Building Construction
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Carpentry & Building Construction
ISBN-10: 0078797845 ISBN-13: 978-0078797842 PSI Exam reference book. You can take this book into most exams. By Feirer & Feirer. 2010 edition.
Georgia Accessibility Code
Georgia Accessibility Code
Price: $24.95
Georgia Accessibility Code
GA Accessibility Code
International Energy Conservation Code 2009
Price: $44.95
International Energy Conservation Code 2009
PSI Exam reference book. This book is used in the GA Residential Light Commercial exam.From the International Code Council. Soft cover.
International Residential Code 2006
International Residential Code 2006
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International Residential Code 2006
PSI Exam reference book. SC & GA can take this book into the exam.From the International Code Council. 3-ring, loose leaf binder.
Modern Masonry 8th edition
Modern Masonry
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Modern Masonry
ISBN-10: 1631260952 ISBN-13: 978-1631260957 PSI Exam reference book. By Clois E. Clicklighter. 8th Edition.
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
Price: $39.95
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1926 is a PSI Exam reference book required for most license exams
Georgia Residential Basic Plus Package
Pipe & Excavation Contracting
Price: $34.95
Pipe & Excavation Contracting
ISBN-10: 1572182660 ISBN-13: 978-1572182660 PSI Exam reference book. SC, GA, MS, AL, NV can take this book into the exam.By Dave Roberts. New Revised Edition
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
Price: $65.95
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
ISBN-10: 0870311670 ISBN-13: 978-0870311673 PSI Exam reference book. MS, AL, SC & GA & NASLCA can take this book into the exam.From the American Concrete Institute. Soft cover.
WTCA/BCSI Guide to Handling, Restraining & Bracing Wood Trusses
WTCA/BCSI Guide to Handling, Restraining & Bracing Wood Trusses
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WTCA/BCSI Guide to Handling, Restraining & Bracing Wood Trusses
ASIN: B00CKZCZXI Building Component Safety Information by the WTCA & TPI. 2013 Edition. 99 pages

How to Get Your Georgia Residential Basic Contractors License

The GA Residential Light Commercial Contractor License is granted by the Georgia Professional Licensing Board.

The basic steps for obtaining a Georgia General Contractors license are:

  1. Fill out an application and submit an application fee to the board for approval
  2. Pass a trades exam
  3. Pass a business law exam

The applications can be downloaded directly from the Georgia Professional Licensing Board's website. Click Here

The tests you'll be required to pass are administered by PSI exams. The details of each test are in the Candidate Information Bulletin PDF which you can find by Clicking Here.

The best and easiest way to pass the Georgia Residential Contractors License exam is to use a prep course. For example the GA Residential Light Commercial Contractor license exam will have 80 questions that span 9 different books over 8 different subjects.

Those 9 books contain 1,000's of pages of information. If you can read these text books and technical code books as fast as 50 pages per hour, it will take weeks just to read all the words. You don't really want to spend your hard earned free time with your nose in a book do you?

(Want to see how fast you can read, take the reading speed test here)

A good prep course like the ones you'll find at My Contractors License will not only reduce your study time down to about 20-30 hours, but it will teach you what you need to concentrate on, what you can skip, and special techniques for taking the exam and passing the test on your first attempt. These Georgia Basic Residential Contractor exam prep materials will help you pass.

The GA Residential Basic license is for work relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height. You can find this and information about other frequently asked questions at the GA Secretary of State website here.