North Carolina General Contractor (Nascla)

North Carolina General Contractors (NASCLA)

State Requirements and Application

Test Information

Reciprocity

Permitted Work

North Carolina 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 14 NASCLA member states.

North Carolina General Contractors Exam Prep Course

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North Carolina 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.

North Carolina Nascla Printed Book Tabs

Pre-Printed tabs for all 21 books used in the NASCLA Exam.

North Carolina General Contractors Nascla Individual Books

Already own some of the required books? Visit our books store and select the individual books needed to complete your Nascla Reference Book Set. 

State Requirements & Application

Requirements: 
Be sure to take your test before you submit your application. If you received prior approval for the NC Builder license from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, but then decide to take the NASCLA exam you will need to submit the following to the board:

1. A copy of your exam results
2. Proof that you've ordered a transcript of your scores from PSI (Click here to see how to order a transcript)
3. A cover letter stating that you want to be approved based on your NASCLA test.

Financial Requirements 
Limited
 – 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.

Intermediate
 – 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.

Unlimited
 – 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.

They will accept the NASCLA exam, and there will be a 30 day waiting period once they receive these documents.

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 NASCLA Accredited examination as meeting the trade examination requirement for Commercial Contractors.  These states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia.

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: http://www.nclbgc.org

Fees:
 
The application fee for an unlimited license is $125

To obtain a North Carolina contractor's license application go to http://www.nclbgc.org/books/AppInstWeb.pdf

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Test Information

Test Information This test covers information in the 12 subject areas below. The questions are created from content in the 21 book set shown below the following chart.
Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

Exam Information
Exam Fee $106
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
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

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Reciprocity

North Carolina has established reciprocity with South Carolina and Tennessee. 

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

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Permitted Work

The North Carolina Building Contractor license classification covers all types of construction activity including commercial, industrial, institutional and residential work, private or public.It covers all parking decks, site work, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, water and waste water systems, and work done under specialty classifications.

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