North Carolina Building Contractor License

"Building Contractor" 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 Concrete Construction, Insulation, Interior Construction, Marine Construction, Masonry Construction, Roofing, Metal Erection, Swimming Pools, and Asbestos.

How to Get the NC Building Contractor’s License?

  1. Complete the Application for License to Practice General Contracting (Building) in the State of North Carolina and submit it to the board.
  2. The Board’s staff will review applications for completeness and compliance with licensing requirements. This process can typically take up to 2 or 3 weeks.
  3. If corrections or more information is required, the Board’s staff will email you.
  4. When you meet all requirements you will be mailed an exam eligibility letter (this letter would state that you can take the exam).
  5. You must schedule and take the exam (required books and related classes are listed below).
  6. After passing the exam(s), the testing company will notify the board.
  7. Once the Board gives final approval, the license is granted and assigned a license number.

Building Contractor Course

Building Contractor Exam

Building Contractor Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based; Semi-Open Book
  • Testing Company: PSI
  • Hours Allotted: 3.2h
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice
  • Number of questions: 90
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Site Work
    • Concrete
    • Masonry
    • Metals
    • Carpentry
    • Roofing
    • Associated Trades
    • Business and Law
    • Safety
    • Estimating, Plan Reading and General Buildin Code Requirements
    • One Call
    • Erosion and Sedimentation Control
    • Licensing
    • Liens
    • Sports Fields

Building Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all required references for the Building Contractor exam. Please keep in mind that although not all the books are allowed in the exam you will be tested on all the references. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

  • NORTH CAROLINA BUILDING - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $1,451.93
  • NORTH CAROLINA BUILDING - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $1,551.93

Building Contractor Trade Books

Books Allowed in Testing

Books Not Allowed in Testing