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Requirements:
*A
ny prime contractor or sub contractor working on projects where the cost of labor and materials is more than $2,500 is required to have the appropriate license.

* Only the General Contractor license has a minimum net worth requirement. The minimum net worth for a GC unlimited is $150,000 and a GC Limited Tier must have a minimum net worth of $25,000. The limited tier license is only for contracts $500,000 or less.

* The General Contractor must have at least $500,000 worth of general liability insurance. 

* Must have at least four years of proven active experience, or a four degree in engineering, architecture, or construction management.

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 test covers information in 12 subject areas. The questions are created from content in the 20 book set shown below the following chart.
Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

Exam Fee:
$106
Number of Questions:
115
Passing Score: 70% or 81 Questions
Time Limit: 5.5 Hours

Subject Area Number of Questions
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 Equip. and Conveyance Systems 2

Applicants must also pass a separate exam on Business Law and Project Management for Georgia.

Reciprocity Georgia has established reciprocity with Louisiana, and Tennessee. You must hold a commercial license with a classification of "building construction" and have obtained the license by examination in order to qualify.
The NASCLA exam serves as your trades exam in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nevada, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Permitted Work With this license you may bid on and build all types of buildings in GA. Residential and Commerical work permitted.  

Georgia COMPLETE NASCLA Combo
Georgia COMPLETE Prep Course Combo for the NASCLA exam
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Georgia COMPLETE Prep Course Combo for the NASCLA exam
Everything you need to pass both your NASCLA trades and business & law exams. Our exam prep course looks and acts just like the real NASCLA Exam. One trades test covers 13 states (GA AL AR LA MS NV NC SC TN UT VA USVI WV). The absolute best NASCLA Prep!
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Full Unlimited Commercial Contractor Exam Prep Course for the NASCLA exam
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Georgia General Contractor Reference Book Set for the NASCLA exam
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Contractor Reference Book set for the Georgia General Contractor (NASCLA) license exam. This set INCLUDES the book for the BUSINESS LAW exam in addition to standard NASCLA exam books. The Contractor Exam Prep. Course is not included.
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ACI 318-11 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, 2011
ACI 318-11 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, 2011
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ACI 318-11 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, 2011
ISBN: 9780870317446 The Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete covers the materials, design, and construction of structural concrete used in buildings and where applicable in non building structures.
Business, Law & Project Management, Georgia 2nd Edition
Business, Law & Project Management, Georgia 2nd Edition
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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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ISBN-10: 0078797845 ISBN-13: 978-0078797842 PSI Exam reference book. You can take this book into most exams. By Feirer & Feirer. 2010 edition.
Construction Jobsite Management 4th
Construction Jobsite Management, 4th Edition
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Construction Project Management 4th
Construction Project Management 4th
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Construction Project Management 4th
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Georgia Accessibility Code
Georgia Accessibility Code
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Green Building Fundamentals
Green Building Fundamentals
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Green Building Fundamentals
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Gypsum Construction Handbook 7th Edition
Gypsum Construction Handbook
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Gypsum Construction Handbook
ISBN-10: 1118749847 ISBN-13: 978-1118749845 PSI Exam reference book. GA, SC, AL can take this book into the exam.From USG. Soft cover. 7th Edition.
Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Steel Girders 3rd Ed
Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Steel Girders 3rd Ed
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Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Steel Girders 3rd Ed
ASIN: B002DGNQUA PSI Exam reference book. GA, AL, MS, SC can take this book into the exam.By the Steel Joist Institute. Technical Digest #9
ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
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ISBN-10: 1580019188 ISBN-13: 978-1580019187 ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities is a Reference for NASCLA Accredited Exam
IBC 2015 International Building Code
International Building Code 2015
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International Building Code 2015
International Building Code 2015 IBC 2015
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.
NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law & Project Mgt, Basic 11th Edition
NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law & Project Mgt, Basic 11th Edition
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NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management. This book is for the Business and Law Exam for State Builder Contractor Licenses. The exam based on this book is also required for various other State Licenses.
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
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OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1926 is a PSI Exam reference book required for most license exams
PCI Erectors' Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products
PCI Erectors' Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products
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ISBN-10: 0937040568 ISBN-13: 978-0937040560 PCI Erectors' Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products is a PSI reference for NASCLA Accredited Exam
Georgia Residential Basic Plus Package
Pipe & Excavation Contracting
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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
Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition
Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition
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Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition
ASIN: B005GR19C0 PSI Exam reference book. GA, SC & AL NASCLA can take this book into the exam.From CRSI. 9th Edition
Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition
Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition
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Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition
ISBN-10: 0132495015 ISBN-13: 978-0132495011 This classic text provides an overview of the principles, equipment, materials, and methods applied in the construction of commercial buildings. PSI reference for NASCLA Accredited exam
Roofing Construction & Estimating
Roofing Construction & Estimating
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Roofing Construction & Estimating
ISBN-10: 1572180072 ISBN-13: 978-1572180079 PSI Exam reference book. SC & GA can take this book into the exam.By Daniel Atcheson. 448 pages
SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck 2006
SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck 2006
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This book is a free download from its publisher sdi.org. PSI Exam reference book. AL, SC & GA & NASCLA can take this book into the exam.From the Steel Deck Institute. 2nd Edition, 2006
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
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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.
Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning
Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning
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Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning
ISBN-10: 1931085250 ISBN-13: 978-1931085250 PSI Exam reference book. SC, MS, AL, GA NASCLA can take this book into the exam.From the Post Tensioning Institute, Soft cover, spiral bound.
WTCA/BCSI Guide to Handling, Restraining & Bracing Wood Trusses
WTCA/BCSI Guide to Handling, Restraining & Bracing Wood Trusses
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ASIN: B00CKZCZXI Building Component Safety Information by the WTCA & TPI. 2013 Edition. 99 pages
2016 New NASCLA Updated 3 Book Set (ACI, CPM, CJM)
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2016 New NASCLA Updated 3 Book Set (ACI, CPM, CJM)
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2016 New NASCLA Updated Books (ACI 318.2011 and CPM 4th)
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2016 New NASCLA Updated Books (ACI 318.2011 and CPM 4th)
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How to Get Your Georgia General Contractors License

How to Get Your Georgia General Contractor License

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

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

  1. Pass a trades exam
  2. Fill out an application and submit an application fee to the board for approval
  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 Contractors License exam is to use a prep course. For example the GA General Contractor NASCLA license exam will have 115 questions that span 20 different books over 12 different subjects.

Those 20 books contain about 10,000 pages of information. If you can read these text books and technical code books as fast as 50 pages per hour, it will take about 200 hours just to read the words.
(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 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.

Georgia adopted the NASCLA exam as their primary exam in 2010. NASCLA is the National Association for State Contractor Licensing Agencies. This exam is often referred to as the national contractors exam. Currently it is accepted in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nevada, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.