Florida General Contractors Exam (NASCLA)

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What is NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor License Exam

The NASCLA Accredited Contractor Examination was created to improve the quality of construction examinations and enable the mobility of contractors across jurisdictions.

This is the first major step towards a national contractors license exam. Applicants take accredited examinations in addition to meeting other licensure requirements. Several states now accept this Accredited examination as meeting the trade examination requirement for Commercial Contractors.

The exam is accepted in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia.

In Florida the exam is accepted for the Following license trades exam. Certified General Contractor, Certified Building Contractor, Certified Residential Contractor.

NASCLA Complete Prep Course Combo

This package includes everything you need to pass both your trades and business and law exams. NASCLA is the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies. Passing this open book test serves as your trades exam in 16 NASCLA member states.

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NASCLA Complete Reference Book Set

NASCLA Accredited Contractor Trades Exam Reference Book Set. The Contractor Exam Prep. Course and your state specific business/law book must be purchased separately.

NASCLA Printed Book Tabs

Pre-Printed tabs for all 23 books used in the NASCLA Exam.

NASCLA General Contractors Individual Books

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Step 1

Purchase your exam prep course - NASCLA Combo.

Step 2

Register for the NASCLA exam here.

Step 3

Study for, and take your NASCLA Florida General Contractor Exam and Florida Business Law and Project Management Exam.

Below are the most Frequently asked questions on the NASCLA Commercial Trades Exam.

Be sure to take your test before you submit your application. Before Scheduling the exam you will need to have registered at NASCLA.org

You Must also take and pass the Florida Business and Finance exam.

The NASCLA Exam is available to applicants applying for licensure as a Certified General Contractor, a Certified Building Contractor, or a Certified Residential Contractor.

Experience Requirements - You must have 4 years of experience in requested field of application.

General Terms In general the term “contractor” means the person who is qualified for, and shall only be responsible for, the project contracted for and means, except as exempted in this part, the person who, for compensation, undertakes to, submits a bid to, or does himself or herself or by others construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to, demolish, subtract from, or improve any building or structure, including related improvements to real estate, for others or for resale to others; and whose job scope is substantially similar to the job scope described in one of the subsequent paragraphs of this subsection. For the purposes of regulation under this part, “demolish” applies only to demolition of steel tanks over 50 feet in height; towers over 50 feet in height; other structures over 50 feet in height, other than buildings or residences over three stories tall; and buildings or residences over three stories tall.

A “certified contractor” means any contractor who possesses a certificate of competency issued by the department and who shall be allowed to contract in any jurisdiction in the state without being required to fulfill the competency requirements of that jurisdiction. Certified contractors are designated by an occupation code which begins with the letter “C“.

A “registered contractor” means any contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. Registered contractors may contract only in such jurisdictions. Registered contractors are designated by an occupation code which begins with the letter “R“.

Applicant must meet one of the following methods of qualification:

1. Four year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to three years experience) and one year proven experience applicable to the category for which you are applying. (1) Definition of “construction-related degree”, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college in the appropriate field of engineering, architecture, or building construction.

2. One year experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.

3. One year experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses.

4. Two years experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits from accredited college-level courses.

5. Four years experience as a worker or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman

Florida Application: Click Here

$354 for Endorsement application. Make check payable to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
If applying to Qualify a Business with a Financially Responsible Officer, also submit: Fee: $200

Test Information This test covers information in the 12 subject areas below. The questions are created from content in the 23 book set shown below the following chart.
Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

Exam Information
Exam Fee $130
Number of Questions 115
Passing Score 70% or 81 Questions
Time Limit 330 Minutes

Subject Area Number of Questions
Planning and Estimating 21
Financial and Project Management
Safety 19
Site Construction
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

The NASCLA exam is also accepted in the following states Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia

The NASCLA exam is accepted as the trades exam for the following license Specifications. Based on the license you apply for you will be Permitted to do Commercial and Residential Building.
Certified General Contractor
Certified Building Contractor
Certified Residential Contractor