South Carolina General Contractor Unlimited (NASCLA)

South Carolina General Contractor Unlimited (NASCLA)

State Requirements and Application

Test Information


Permitted Work

South Carolina General Contractors License Study Course

South Carolina NASCLA exam Complete Combo

This package includes everything you need to pass both your NASCLA trades and business and law exams. NASCLA is the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies. You will train on a system that looks and acts just like the N.A.S.C.L.A. exam.

South Carolina Unlimited Commercial Trades Exam Prep Course (NASCLA)

The most comprehensive study course available! Pass your exam on the first try. You'll have instant online access, audio discs, study guides, and unlimited practice exams. See full description below.

South Carolina Unlimited Reference Book Set for the NASCLA Exam

The South Carolina Trades Exam Reference Book Set for your SC Unlimited Commercial Contractor License. This set INCLUDES the book for the BUSINESS & LAW exam in addition to standard NASCLA exam books. The Contractor Exam Prep. Course is not include

Printed NASCLA Book Tabs

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

South Carolina Nascla Individual Books

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State Requirements & Application

* License will be required for the practice of contracting in South Carolina.

* Register at

* Application fees must be submitted with your application as well as a financial statement, passing test scores, and experience affidavit.

* The South Carolina Business and Law exam is required.

The following financial statement requirements apply to initial applications:

Group 4 - Submit a “compiled” financial statement prepared by a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Licensed Public Accountant (LPA). The financial statement must include a signed cover letter from the CPA or LPA stating it was “compiled”. It must be prepared in accordance with SSARS including all disclosures required by GAAP.

Limit Group 4 - $1,500,000 Net Worth Requirement - $175,000

Group 5 - Submit an “audited” financial statement prepared by a CPA including all disclosures required by GAAP (no exceptions will be made). The financial statement must include a signed cover letter from the CPA. It must be prepared in accordance with SSARS including all disclosures required by GAAP.

Limit Group 5 - Unlimited, Net Worth Requirement - $250,000

Experience Requirements: To be eligible to obtain the license there is no work experience requirements. You must pass a technical exam and the business and law exam.

Surety Bonds: Beginning with this renewal cycle, the South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board can now accept a surety bond in lieu of a financial statement for both renewals and initial applications. Basically, an applicant can provide a surety bond in the amount of two (2) times the net worth requirement for the Group Level applied for. For example a General Contractor Group 5 would require a surety bond in the amount of $500,000.

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building

110 Centerview Dr.

Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: 803.896.4300

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

Website: South Carolina Contractors License Board

To obtain a South Carolina contractor license application and other forms for South Carolina go to Application Form


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
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



South Carolina has established reciprocity with Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Utah and Tennessee for their commercial builders.

The NASCLA exam serves as your trades exam in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia.


Permitted Work

With this license you may bid on and build all types of buildings in South Carolina including residential structures.