North Carolina Residential Exam Prep Course - Online Pre-Recorded
NC Residential Contractor Exam
Exam Prep Class:
This pre-recorded class will prepare you to take the North Carolina Residential Exam. Upon the completion of your registration you will receive an email with a link that will enable you to access the Residential Contractor Exam Preparation Training presentations. You will have immediate access to all of the online material and may review the presentations as often as you like. We cover all the material in the texts you are able to bring into the exam, as well as the material that you need to prepare for the exam but cannot be brought into the exam. We review all the areas of the test that you are expected to be familiar with and we highlight the areas of the books and manuals so that you can navigate them quickly and efficiently find the answers in the exam. We coach you on the logic for how to navigate the test, how to review the questions, quickly recognize the book to reference and how to hone in on the section to validate the right answers. (There is a logic to how to properly manage the test.)
Contractor License Requirements:
To obtain your license for your North Carolina Building Contractor License you must first submit an application and fees to the North Carolina Licensing Board For General Contractors. Once you have been approved by the board you will receive an eligibility letter. At that time you can register with the states testing vendor PSI to schedule the exam. You can find information about the license and testing process on our NC Contractor License page.
For more information on the Building Classification and obtaining your Contractor's License in North Carolina follow the link by clicking onto North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contrators
Exam and Application:
You have 210 minutes to complete the exam, there are 90 questions and you are required to answer 70 correctly to pass. The Subject Areas for the exam covers:
- Sitework, Footings and Foundations – 12 questions
- Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement – 10 questions
- Masonry – 7 questions
- Carpentry – 11 questions
- Associated Construction trades, including Energy Conservation and Drywall – 8 questions
- Roofing – 6 questions
- Estimating, Plan Reading, and General Residential Code Requirements – 16 questions
- OSHA Safety – 4 questions
- Licensing and Business Law – 10 questions
- Special Construction Zones (wind and coastal) and Erosion and Sedimentation Control – 6 questions
To obtain a copy of the PSI Contractor's Bulletin for the Residential Contractor License Exam click onto the following link PSI NC Residential Contractor Exam
Books and Study Material:
The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.
The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you can base your answers on later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book that is listed.
Candidates may use a silent, non-printing, non-programmable calculator in the examination center.
This examination is a partial open book exam. The study material that you are allowed to bring into the exam are:
- North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry.
- Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law and Project Management - North Carolina General Contractors Edition, 7th Edition.
- North Carolina State Residential (One- and Two- Family Dwelling) Code, 2012.
- North Carolina State Building Code: Administrative Code and Policies, 2012, International Code Council
The following reference materials are not allowed in the examination center, but are critical to your preparing for the examination material:
- Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016 (Student Edition)
- Roofing Construction & Estimating, 1995
- Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, 8th edition (2015)
- Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
- The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 2005
- BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
- North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 15A, Chapter 4 Sedimentation Control, as amended July 1, 2000
- North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 113A, Article 4 Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973, as amended through October 2002, Sections 113A-50 to 113A-67, inclusive
- Laws and Regulations Applicable to General Contracting in the State of North Carolina