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North Carolina Commercial Builder Contractor

Our North Carolina Contractor Builder Combo includes the reference book set and everything you need to become a licensed contractors in the great state of North Carolina. Efficient and Effective study is the key to passing this exam as it's NOT a full open book test. The NASCLA exam is an easier option and can be used in multiple states.

The North Carolina Builder Contractor license classification covers all types of construction activity (commercial & residential).

This classification covers all building construction activity including: commercial, industrial, institutional, and all residential building construction. It includes parking decks; all site work, grading and paving of parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, and gutters; storm drainage, retaining or screen walls, and hardware and accessory structures; and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities including natural and artificial surface athletic fields, running tracks, bleachers and seating. It also covers work done under the specialty classifications of S(Concrete Construction), S(Insulation), S(Interior Construction), S(Marine Construction), S(Masonry Construction), S(Roofing), S(Metal Erection), S(Swimming Pools), and S(Asbestos).

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North Carolina Builder Exam Requirements & Application


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

North Carolina Builder Exam Test Information

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

North Carolina Builder License Reciprocity

Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina

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