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A general contractors license (residential or building construction) is required in North Carolina (NC) for projects that exceed $30,000. Any electrical, plumbing, and HVAC projects will also require a license. Applications can be obtained from the following boards: General Contractors by calling 1-919-571-4183; Electricians by calling 1-919-733-9042; plumbing, HVAC, and fuel piping by calling 1-919-875-3612. All examinations other than Electrical can be scheduled through PSI by calling 1-800-733-9267. For electrical examinations, contact Promissor at 1-800-204…

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  • North Carolina Electrical Contractor License

    $164.99

    The program includes over 500 separate practice test questions including some for each year of the code book (2011, 2014, 2017, or 2020):

    • General
    • Wiring and Protection
    • Wiring Methods and Materials
    • Equipment for General Use
    • Special Occupancies
    • Special Equipment
    • Special Conditions
    • Communications System

    Highlights and Calculations covering:

    • Ohm’s Law
    • NEC Highlights
    • Box Fill
    • Ranges
    • Load Calculations
    • Transformer Vo…
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  • North Carolina Business and Law Exam Practice Tests

    $109.99

    This exam is required to be passed to obtain a Contractor License and pre-approval is required from the state before sitting for the examination. We offer review for the North Carolina Business and Law exam through online practice tests. Our practice tests include over 245 questions and are designed to be the best and most efficient way to prepare you for your business and law examination. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in…

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  • North Carolina Building Contractor License

    $186.99

    The North Carolina Building Contractor License Course includes the following:

    • Highlighting Guides
    • Practice Exams
    • Math and Calculations
    • Study Tips
    • Licensing Information
    • Instructor Support

     

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  • North Carolina Residential Builder License

    $219.99

    We offer review for the exam in an online format. The online full exam review includes hundreds of questions and covers key concepts that you will be tested on.

    • Study Tips
    • Highlighting Guide
    • Instructor Support
    • Practice Exams
    • Math and Calculations
    • Licensing Information
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  • North Carolina Electrical 2020 NEC Continuing Education Part 1 (4 Hours)

    $72.99

    Every electrical contractor shall be required to maintain continuing education hours throughout the license period (July 1st – June 30th). Individuals who have either a limited, intermediate, unlimited, or single family dwelling classifications shall maintain eight hours of approved continuing education.

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  • North Carolina Heating Group 3, Class 1, Contractor License – Books Only Package

    $1,320.87

    As of this time we do not offer any courses for this exam. We do offer all the required books for this exam here in one complete package. Individual books can be found in our bookstore. Please be sure to check back in the future for possible course material, as we are always adding to our course catalog.

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  • North Carolina Electrical 2017 NEC Continuing Education Part 1 (4 Hours)

    $72.99

    Every electrical contractor shall be required to maintain continuing education hours throughout the license period (July 1st – June 30th). Individuals who have either a limited, intermediate, unlimited, or single family dwelling classifications shall maintain eight hours of approved continuing education.

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  • North Carolina Electrical 2020 NEC Continuing Education Part 2 (4 Hours)

    $72.99

    Every electrical contractor shall be required to maintain continuing education hours throughout the license period (July 1st – June 30th). Individuals who have either a limited, intermediate, unlimited, or single family dwelling classifications shall maintain eight hours of approved continuing education.

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  • North Carolina Business Law Electrical 13th ed

    $81.99

    The NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management is organized into 3 sections to assist in your licensing needs.

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  • North Carolina Concrete (S) Contractor License

    $219.99

    Anyone seeking to be licensed as a concrete contractor in North Carolina shall file an application for an examination on a form provided by the Board, at least 30 days before any regular or special meeting of the Board. Applicants must submit a completed application to get pre-approval from the State Licensing Board to take the exam. The program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. After your highlighting is completed with each book, you have the option take an online practice test to…

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  • North Carolina Electrical 2020 NEC Continuing Education Part 3 (4 Hours)

    $72.99

    Every electrical contractor shall be required to maintain continuing education hours throughout the license period (July 1st – June 30th). Individuals who have either a limited, intermediate, unlimited, or single family dwelling classifications shall maintain eight hours of approved continuing education.

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  • North Carolina Heating Group1, Class 1, Contractor License – Books Only Package

    $1,212.87

    As of this time we do not offer any courses for this exam. We do offer all the required books for this exam here in one complete package. Individual books can be found in our bookstore. Please be sure to check back in the future for possible course material, as we are always adding to our course catalog.

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  • North Carolina Electrical 2017 NEC Continuing Education Part 2 (4 Hours)

    $72.99

    Every electrical contractor shall be required to maintain continuing education hours throughout the license period (July 1st – June 30th). Individuals who have either a limited, intermediate, unlimited, or single family dwelling classifications shall maintain eight hours of approved continuing education.

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  • North Carolina Fuel Piping License – Books Only Package

    $538.94

    As of this time we do not offer any courses for this exam. We do offer all the required books for this exam here in one complete package. Individual books can be found in our bookstore. Please be sure to check back in the future for possible course material, as we are always adding to our course catalog.

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  • North Carolina Masonry Contractor License

    $164.99

    Anyone seeking to be licensed as a concrete contractor in North Carolina shall file an application for an examination on a form provided by the Board, at least 30 days before any regular or special meeting of the Board. Applicants must submit a completed application to get pre-approval from the State Licensing Board to take the exam. The program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. After your highlighting is completed with each book, you have the option take an online practice test to…

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  • North Carolina Heating Group 3, Class 11, Contractor License – Books Only Package

    $834.92

    As of this time we do not offer any courses for this exam. We do offer all the required books for this exam here in one complete package. Individual books can be found in our bookstore. Please be sure to check back in the future for possible course material, as we are always adding to our course catalog.

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  • North Carolina Heating Group 1, Class 11, Contractor License – Books Only Package

    $635.93

    As of this time we do not offer any courses for this exam. We do offer all the required books for this exam here in one complete package. Individual books can be found in our bookstore. Please be sure to check back in the future for possible course material, as we are always adding to our course catalog.

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  • Radon Mitigation Technology

    $475.99

    This course is offered in partnership with CERTI.  Entry Level course to become certified in Radon Mitigation in the United States.

    • The instruction is audio based, with online course manual, resources, new ANSI-AARST Standards, and quizzes to reinforce the material.
    • It also includes a field exercise program tailored to your experience level.
    • @ HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yo…
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  • Radon and Radon Decay Product Measurement Course

    $325.99

    This course is offered in partnership with CERTI.  Entry Level course which includes training required for becoming certified in radon measurement.

    • This popular online course was recently updated (May 2021) to include video of a classroom session, and the new ANSI-AARST Standards.
    • Includes many extras including business resources and online quiz questions designed to help you prepare for the national certification exam.
    • Students also have access to the audio version of the course.
    • This course is also a p…
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  • North Carolina Heating Group 2 License – Books Only Package

    $806.90

    As of this time we do not offer any courses for this exam. We do offer all the required books for this exam here in one complete package. Individual books can be found in our bookstore. Please be sure to check back in the future for possible course material, as we are always adding to our course catalog.

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  • North Carolina Electrical 2017 NEC Continuing Education Part 3 (4 Hours)

    $72.99

    Every electrical contractor shall be required to maintain continuing education hours throughout the license period (July 1st – June 30th). Individuals who have either a limited, intermediate, unlimited, or single family dwelling classifications shall maintain eight hours of approved continuing education.

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We help contractors and trades people who are serious about investing in themselves, advancing their careers, and increasing working capital. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality North Carolina contractors license courses at the lowest possible price.

Whether you are a general contractor, home builder, electrician, plumber, roofer or specialize in another trade, we have the online courses and books you need to get your license and maintain continuing education.

This site offers 1000 courses and 115 State Board Accreditations, and we’ve served 110,000 students in 25 industries since 2014.

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Contractor License FAQs

How Do I Get A Contractors License In North Carolina?

Per the process conducted through the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contactors, you must first send in your application. When you receive your eligibility letter, you must then pass your exams. 

A general contractors license (residential or building construction) is required in North Carolina (NC) for projects that exceed $30,000.  Any electrical, plumbing, and HVAC projects will also require a license.

General contractor licenses issued by the NCLBGC have a classification and a limitation. The license classification is the specific type of work that can be performed with the license.

The limitation references the maximum dollar amount of the projects for which the license is valid. 

Limitations are as follows:

Limited License: Valid for individual projects up to $500,000 each. 

Intermediate License: Valid for individual projects up to $1,000,000 each.

Unlimited License: Valid for individual projects of any size. 

 Applications can be obtained from the following boards:

  • General Contractors by calling 1-919-571-4183
  • Electricians by calling 1-919-733-9042
  • Plumbing, HVAC, and fuel piping by calling 1-919-875-3612.

All examinations other than Electrical can be scheduled through PSI by calling 1-800-733-9267. For electrical examinations, contact Promissor at 1-800-204-6231.

Need study materials to pass your exam? All @HomePrep exam prep courses and continuing education credits ensure you receive state and industry approved training.

Where Can I Find Exam Prep Books?

We offer a wide range of exam prep books for the construction fields. Visit our bookstore to begin.

How Much Does It Cost?

Licensing costs vary depending on the limitation of license you need:

Limited: $75

Intermediate: $100 

Unlimited: $125

License Requirements

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contactors requires applicants to:

  • be at least 18 years old,
  • possess good moral character, as determined by the Board
  • provide evidence of financial responsibility, as determined by the Board
  • submit the appropriate application fee
  • Pass a North Carolina Classification Exam(s)

Does A Handyman Need A License

According to North Carolina state law, a general handyman does not need a license to perform basic repair and maintenance tasks for homeowners. Licenses are only required if the projects being worked on are worth more than $30,000. Additionally, you will not need a license if you are a subcontractor working under the supervision of a general contractor.

Can I Get A Contractors License Without Experience?

Although experience is not a requirement of the NCLBGC application, you are expected to include experience on the application.

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North Carolina Contacts

To apply for a general contractors license, contact:
North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Post Office Box 17187
Raleigh, NC 27619
1-919-571-4183
Website

To schedule all exams other than electrical, contact:
PSI
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
1-800-733-9267
Website

To apply for a plumbing, heating, or fire sprinkler license, contact:
North Carolina Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
1109 Dresser Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
1-919-875-3612
Website

To schedule your electrical exam, contact:
Pearson Vue
3 Bala Plaza West Suite 300
Bala Cynwood, PA 19004
1-877-224-0225
Website

To apply for an electrical license, contact:
North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
Post Office Box 18727
Raleigh, NC 27619
1-919-733-9042
Website