Georgia Residential Basic Contractor License

The Residential Basic Contractor License allows you to contract for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor related to:

  • Detached one-family or two-family residences homes, one-family townhouses up to three stories high, and their accompanying buildings or structures

How to Get the Residential Basic Contractor’s License in Georgia?

  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Comply with the experience and training requirements:
    • Two years of proven experience working as a Residential Contractor OR in the employment of a Residential Contractor, predominantly in the Residential-Basic category
    • Show completion of two projects that fall within the Residential-Basic category (the two projects must have been completed within two years of applying)
  3. Choose between an individual or qualifying agent license
  4. Submit a notarized application form
  5. Provide proof of work experience. List the current employer and the current experience (qualified agents must include within their work experience the business organization information, including the start date and the position title)
  6. Demonstrate financial responsibility and insurance requirements:
    • Residential Basic Individual & Qualifying Agent:
      • Liability Insurance: Obtain general liability insurance for no less than $300,000 by any incident and present a signed, current certificate of insurance on an Accord Form with the application
      • Proof of Worker's Compensation if having three or more employees and submit evidence to the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors
    • Residential Basic Qualifying Agent only:
      • Net Worth: If unable to provide it, send a Bank Credit Reference Form, along with a Sample Surety Bond, and Line of Credit sample letter
      • Workers Compensation: If the applicant has three or more employees, worker's compensation is required. If so, submit proof to the Board
  7. Send the application by examination along with the required documents and fees to the Residential and General Contractors Board and expect an exam approval letter in the mail
  8. Fill out and send the Exam Registration Form toPSI© once the exam approval letter is received
  9. Take and pass the corresponding exams:
    • Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Exam
    • Georgia Business & Law Exam
  10. Await the Secretary of State Licensing Division to issue the license and send it by mail to the address listed on the application

Georgia Residential Basic Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

Georgia Residential Basic Contractor License Exams

Below is all the information related to the trade and business exams, including the official reference lists.

Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; open book
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice
  • Time Allowed: 200 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 56 Questions (70%)
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Sitework, Footings and Foundation (8)
    • Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement (8)
    • Masonry (5)
    • Carpentry (16)
    • Roofing (8)
    • General Code and Construction Knowledge (18)
    • Associated Trades (10)
    • OSHA Safety (7)
  • PSI© Residential Basic Official Content Outline

Georgia Business & Law Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; open book
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice
  • Time Allowed: 120 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 35 Questions (70%)
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Licensing Requirements (5)
    • Estimating and Bidding (7)
    • Business Organization and Financial Management (7)
    • Tax Laws (5)
    • Labor Laws (5)
    • Project Management and Lien Law (6)
    • Contracts (6)
    • Risk Management (4)
    • Environmental and Safety (5)
  • PSI© Business & Law Exam Official Content Outline

Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Book Set

This set of books includes all required references for the Residential Basic and business exams. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

  • GEORGIA RESIDENTIAL BASIC - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $875.41
  • GEORGIA RESIDENTIAL BASIC - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $975.41

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Georgia Residential Basic General Business & Law Exam Books

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