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North Carolina

North Carolina has two different types of licenses: Building Contractor and Residential Contractor

 

Both licenses can do residential work, but only the Building Contractor license allows for commercial construction. If going for the Building Contractor license, it is highly recommended to take the NASCLA exam instead of the state Building Contractor exam.

 

In North Carolina, a license is required for any job over $30,000.


North Carolina Building Contractor (NASCLA)

The North Carolina Building Contractor license allows the builder to bid on, build, or modify any type or size of commercial or residential property.

There are two required exams: the NASCLA commercial trades exam and the North Carolina Business Law exam. Once you pass the NASCLA exam, your passing score can also be used in other states to get commercial GC licenses. For a current list of states that accept NASCLA: Click Here

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North Carolina Residential Contractor

The North Carolina Residential Contractor license allows for residential construction from the ground up, as well as remodeling existing residential properties.

There is only one required exam: the North Carolina Residential Contractor exam.

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North Carolina Building Contractor

The North Carolina Building Contractor license allows the builder to bid on, build, or modify any type or size of commercial or residential property.

There is only one required exam: the North Carolina Building Contractor exam.

Note: It is recommended to take the NASCLA exam instead of the North Carolina Building Contractor exam.

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North Carolina Business & Law

This exam is required only if taking the NASCLA exam for the Building Contractor license. The North Carolina Business & Law exam is a short 90 minute exam covering information in only 2 books.

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