North Carolina Builder (Commercial)

North Carolina General Contractors

North Carolina Builders License

North Carolina Builder Complete Combo

Our North Carolina Contractor Builder Combo includes the North Carolina Contractor Reference set and everything you need to become a licensed contractors in the great state of North Carolina. We will walk you through each of the Contractor Reference Text

North Carolina Builder Exam Prep Course

Our North Carolina State Contractor Exam prep includes an online Study guide with How to Read Blueprints manual, Exam Prep., Audio CDs and Unlimited Practice Exams on a system that looks and acts like the North Carolina State Builder Contractor Exam.

North Carolina Builder Reference Book Set Complete

North Carolina Commercial Builder License Exam Reference Book Set. Prep. Course is not included and must be ordered separately. Books pictured may differ from package

North Carolina Builder Printed Book Tabs

Pre-Printed tabs for all 15 books used in the North Carolina Building Contractor Exam. Each tab set includes blank tabs for additional customization.

North Carolina Builder Individual Books

Already have some of the required Books for the Exam? Visit our Book Store and Select only the books you need to complete the Reference Book Set.

State Requirements & Application

*Licensure will be required for the practice of contracting in North Carolina for any job over $30,000

*Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

*The North Carolina contractor license has three basic types


– Financial limit per project is $500,000 and in order to qualify the applicant must show that their assets exceed liabilities by $17,000 by providing audited financial statements. Limited license applicants may meet the statutory requirement by using net worth in lieu of working capital. The minimum networth is $80,000.


– Financial Limit per project is $1,000,000 and in order to qualify the applicant must show that assets exceed liabilities by $75,000 by providing audited financial statements.


– There is no limit on project size, and in order to qualify the applicant must show that assets exceed liabilities by $150,000 by providing audited financial statements

Experience Requirements

All applicants are required to submit three (3) Letters of Reference. Letters of Reference should demonstrate to the Board that the applicant is possessed of good character and is qualified as to competency, ability and integrity. References should provide an evaluation of the applicant as to the reference’s general experience with the applicant.
References must be no older than 12 months from the date of receipt of the application by the Licensing Board. Reference letters must be written on business letterhead from the provider or the reference provider’s signature must be notarized. Reference should not be from family members or inter‑related companies (for example parent/subsidiaries and their employees).
Form letters cannot be accepted.

Applications without the required number of references will be considered incomplete and will be returned

Board Contact Information:

North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
5400 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612

Phone: 919.571.4183
Fax: 919.571.4703
Website: North Carolina Contractors Board


The application fee for an unlimited license is $125

To obtain a North Carolina contractor's license application go to North Carolina Application


Test Information

Test Information This test covers information in the 14 subject areas below. The questions are created from content in the 15 book set shown below the following chart.
Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

Exam Information
Exam Fee $70
Number of Questions 90
Passing Score 70%
Time Limit 200 Minutes
Subject Area Number of Questions
Site work 6
Concrete 13
Masonry 6
Metals 12
Carpentry 7
Roofing 6
Associated Trades 3
Business Law 7
Safety 4
Estimating, Plan Reading and General Building Code Requirements 14
One Call 2
Erosion and Sedimentation Control 2
Licensing 2
Liens 1
Sports Fields 5