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South Carolina Limited Contractor

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  • All the books for the South Carolina Limited Builder Exam & Business Law
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    State Requirements & Application

    * License will be required for the practice of contracting in South Carolina.

    * You must complete the test before applying for the South Carolina license.

    * Application fees must be submitted with your application as well as a financial statement, passing test scores, and experience affidavit.

    * The South Carolina Business and Law exam is required.

    The following financial statement requirements apply to initial applications:

    Groups 1 and 2 - Owner Prepared financial statement with an affidavit of accuracy, Document #172; or a Surety Bond Form for General Contractors / Surety Bond Form for Mechanical Contractors

    Groups 3 and 4 - Financial statement compiled by a licensed CPA or a licensed PA in accordance with GAAP, including all disclosures required by GAAP or a Surety Bond Form for General Contractors / Surety Bond Form for Mechanical Contractors

    Group 5 - Financial statement audited by a licensed certified public accountant or a licensed public accountant in accordance with GAAP, including all disclosures required by GAAP; or a Surety Bond Form for General Contractors / Surety Bond Form for Mechanical Contractors

    GENERAL CONTRACTORS

    Group Number $ Limit Per
    Job
    Net Worth
    Requirement
    Surety Bond
    Requirement
    Group # 1

    $50,000

    $10,000

    $20,000

    Group # 2

    $200,000

    $40,000

    $80,000

    Group # 3

    $500,000

    $100,000

    $200,000

    Group # 4

    $1,500,000

    $175,000

    $350,000

    Group # 5

    $Unlimited

    $250,000

    $500,000

    Surety Bonds: Beginning with this renewal cycle, the South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board can now accept a surety bond in lieu of a financial statement for both renewals and initial applications. Basically, an applicant can provide a surety bond in the amount of two (2) times the net worth requirement for the Group Level applied for. For example a General Contractor Group 5 would require a surety bond in the amount of $500,000.


    Experience Requirements
    To be eligible to obtain the license you must pass a technical exam and the business and law exam. You must also be able to document 2 years of experience within the last 5 years in the classification of work for which you are applying.

    Board Contact Information:

    South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
    Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building
    110 Centerview Dr.
    Columbia, SC 29210

    Phone: 803.896.4300

    Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Website: South Carolina Licensing Board

    Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

    Fees: The application fee for a new SC contractor's license is $350. To obtain a contractor's license application and other forms for South Carolina go to Get Application

    Test Information

    Test Information: This test covers information in 10 subject areas. The questions are created from content in the 10 book set shown below the following chart.
    Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

    Exam Information
    Exam Fee $75
    Number of Questions 80
    Passing Score 70% or 56 Questions
    Time Limit 240 Minutes

    Subject Area Number of Questions
    Site work 7
    Concrete 10
    Masonry 10
    Metals 10
    Carpentry 12
    Thermal and Moisture Protection 9
    Doors and Windows 2
    Finishes 2
    Safety 5
    General Code, Plan Reading and Estimating 13

    Reciprocity

    South Carolina has established reciprocity with Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Utah and Tennessee for their commercial builders.

    The NASCLA exam serves as your trades exam in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Permitted Work

    With this license you may bid on and build all types of buildings in South Carolina that are under four stories and less than $500,000.