NASCLA General Contractors Exam

State Requirements and Application

Test Information

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What is NASCLA

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. 

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

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.

NASCLA General Contractors Exam Prep Course

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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 21 books used in the NASCLA Exam.

Nascla General Contractors Individual Books

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

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

Experience Requirements

The NASCLA EXAM is accepted in 15 states. Each states will have specific Requirements for obtaining a license in their perspective state. To View the state requirements for the state in which you be licensed Select a Specific state to view the requirements.

Website: NASCLA.ORG

Fees: $106

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

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

Allows for the Construction of Commercial Properties. Check with state to see approval for additional classification of Residential Builder. Some states may allow Residential Building holding a Commercial license.