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South Carolina Contractor License Education, Exam Preparation, and Resources

In South Carolina (SC), the pursuit of a successful career as a general contractor necessitates obtaining the appropriate state license for various types of construction work. Specifically, a general contractor’s license is mandatory for engaging in commercial projects exceeding $5,000 in value. Moreover, both residential general work surpassing $5,000 and residential specialty work exceeding $200 require state licensure. As part of the licensure process, candidates are required to successfully pass two examinations: the business and law exam, as well as the trade-specific exam. To obtain the application for commercial licensure, individuals can contact 1-803-896-4686, while those interested in residential licensure can reach out to 1-803-896-4696. Scheduling examinations can be facilitated through PSI by contacting 1-800-733-9267. 

Navigating the South Carolina contractor licensing process can be complex, but our team is here to provide the guidance and resources you need. We offer comprehensive education and exam preparation materials to help you excel in both the business and law exam as well as the trade-specific exam. With our support, you can approach the licensure process with confidence, knowing that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed.

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  • South Carolina Business and Law Exam Prep (Residential/ Commercial)

    $219.99

    All Residential Contractors except Fire Alarm and Burglar Alarm Contractors are required by the state to pass this exam in addition to their trade exam in order to obtain a license. We offer review for the South 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 Yourself.

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  • NASCLA General Commercial Building Contractor – Exam Prep

    $219.99

    This exam prep course takes the learner through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing exactly what to highlight. After highlighting is completed in each book, you have the option to take an online practice test to reinforce concepts presented. Also, there is an extensive math and plans analysis portion. The program is fully narrated. Pre-approval from NASCLA is required to take the exam, and this preapproval can be obtained by submitting a completed application.

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    NASCLA General Building – Complete Online Exam Prep Package

    $2,201.79

    Purchase all your required materials for the NASCLA exam along with our Online exam prep course in one bundle.

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  • South Carolina Residential Builder Exam Prep

    $219.99

    The South Carolina Residential Builder Exam Review includes narrated highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test taking tips and strategies. Topics include bidding and estimating, contract management, scheduling and project management, construction classification and more.@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 Yourself.

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  • South Carolina Residential Builder Course Package

    $439.98

    The South Carolina Residential Builder Exam Review Course Package:

    • South Carolina Residential Builder Exam Review
    • South Carolina Business and Law Residential Exam Review
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  • South Carolina Air Conditioning Exam Prep (Commercial)

    $219.99

    The South Carolina Air Conditioning Exam Prep topics includes Piping, Tubing, Valves, Pumps, Hangers and Supports, Mechanical Sound, Vibration, and Seismic Control, Water Treatment for Mechanical Systems, Heating and Cooling Principles, Refrigerants, Load Calculations, Heating and Cooling Equipment, Air Compressors, HVACR Control Fundamentals, Air Conditioning Systems and Heat Pumps, Furnaces, Specialized Heaters, Chimneys, Flues, Vents, and Vent Connectors, Combustion Air, Safety and more. Additionally, the South Carolina Air Conditioning Exam Prep includes narrated highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test-taking tips and strategies. 

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  • South Carolina Electrical Exam Prep (Commercial)

    $219.99

    Please note that the Commercial Business and Law Exam must be passed in addition to the trade exam. A minimum of two years of residential and/or commercial experience within the last 5 years is required to qualify. This course includes highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test taking tips/strategies. Each time you take a practice test, the questions are randomly generated from our database. @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 Yourself.

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  • South Carolina HVAC Exam Prep (Residential)

    $219.99

    Please note that the Residential Business and Law Exam must be passed in addition to the trade exam. Pre-approval is required before sitting for the exam and A minimum of one year of experience is required to qualify. The course includes sample figures, questions, math and calculations, as well as a highlighting guide for the approved references. @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 Yourself.??

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  • South Carolina Limited Building Contractor Exam Prep

    $219.99

    The South Carolina Limited Building Contractor Exam Review includes narrated highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test taking tips and strategies. Topics include bidding and estimating, contract management, scheduling and project management, construction classification and more.@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 Yourself.

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  • South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep

    $219.99

    The South Carolina Plumbing Exam Review includes narrated highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test-taking tips and strategies. Topics include plumbing fixtures and terminology, plumbing fundamentals, traps, cleanouts, interceptors, drainage requirements, vent requirements, water distribution, plan and analysis and more. @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 Yourself.

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  • South Carolina Limited Building Contractor Course Package

    $439.98

    The South Carolina Limited Building Contractor Exam Review Course Package:

    • South Carolina Business and Law Residential Exam Review
    • South Carolina Limited Building Contractor Exam Review
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  • South Carolina Electrical Exam Prep (Residential)

    $219.99

    Please note that the Commercial Business and Law Exam must be passed in addition to the trade exam. A minimum of two years of residential and/or commercial experience within the last 5 years is required to qualify. This course includes highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test taking tips/strategies. Each time you take a practice test, the questions are randomly generated from our database. @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 Yourself.

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  • South Carolina Refrigeration Contractor – IMC Practice Tests

    $98.99

    This license allows the installation, replacement, alteration, and repair of refrigeration equipment and systems used for processing, storage, and display of food products and other perishable commodities and commercial, industrial, and manufacturing processes requiring refrigeration, excluding comfort air conditioning. @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 Yourself.

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  • South Carolina Packaged Equipment Exam Prep

    $219.99

    Please note that the Commercial Business and Law Exam must be passed in addition to the trade exam. A minimum of two years of residential and/or commercial experience within the last 5 years is required to qualify. The course includes sample figures, questions, math and calculations, as well as a highlighting guide for the approved references. @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 Yourself.

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  • State Licensed Contractor Application Processing

    South Carolina Application Processing

    $249.99

    @HomePrep Application Processing is here to ensure your application to become a state licensed contractor gets filled out correctly and promptly. We provide a professional service ensuring your privacy and comfort throughout the entire process. Following your purchase of the South Carolina Application Processing our AP Coordinator will contact you to discuss the next steps. If you have any questions please call us at 800-952-0910. We look forward to working with you.

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  • South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Commercial)

    $219.99

    The South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Commercial) course covers general plumbing knowledge and regulations, international codes, installation procedures, testing systems, job safety and more. Highlighting guides, practice quizzes, math and calculations, study tips, licensing information, and instructor support are also included.

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    South Carolina Air Conditioning Exam Prep (Commercial) Complete Package

    $1,220.90

    The South Carolina Air Conditioning Exam Prep (Commercial) Complete Package includes:

    • South Carolina Mechanical Code 2021 Edition
    • South Carolina Fuel Gas Code 2021 Edition
    • Code of Federal Regulations – 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
    • Manual N – Commercial Load Calculation for Small Commercial Buildings
    • Manual D – Residential Duct Systems
    • Manual J – Residential Load Calcs
    • ACCA Ductulator
    • Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
    • South Carolina Air Conditioning Commercial Tab Pack
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  • South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Residential)

    $219.99

    The South Carolina Residential Plumber Exam Prep course covers general plumbing knowledge and regulations, international codes, installation procedures, testing systems, job safety and more. Highlighting guides, practice quizzes, math and calculations, study tips, licensing information, and instructor support are also included.

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  • NASCLA General Building – Complete Live Seminar And Book Package

    $2,627.39

    This seminar is offered in partnership with National Contractors Seminars.  Purchase all your required books and tabs for the NASCLA exam as well as attend our live seminar, taught by industry expert Andrew Hager, with decades in the field, all in one bundle.

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  • How To Read Blueprints For Residential And Commercial Construction

    South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Commercial) Complete Package

    $656.95

    The South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Commercial) Complete Package includes the following: 

    • South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Commercial)
    • 2021 International Plumbing Code 
    • South Carolina Fuel Gas Code 2021 Edition
    • Mathematics For Plumbers and Pipefitters, 8th Edition 
    • South Carolina 811 Excavator Manual (external PDF) 
    • South Carolina Commercial Plumber Tab Pack
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  • How To Read Blueprints For Residential And Commercial Construction

    South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Residential) Complete Package

    $596.95

    The South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Residential) Complete Package includes the following: 

    • South Carolina Plumbing Exam Prep (Residential)
    • South Carolina Plumbing Code 2021 Edition
    • 29 CFR OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations & Standards
    • South Carolina Residential Code 2021 Edition
    • South Carolina Plumbing (Residential) Tab Pack
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    NASCLA General Building – Complete Book Only Package

    $2,084.89

    Purchase all your required books and tabs for the NASCLA exam in one bundle.

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  • South Carolina Heating Contractor – Books Only Package

    $1,051.90

    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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Why Choose @HomePrep for Your Contractor Licensing?

We help general contractors and a wide variety of trades professionals who are looking to invest in themselves, advancing their careers, and drive their career forward. Our goal is to deliver to you the highest quality South Carolina contractors license courses at the lowest possible price.

Whether you are a general contractor, home builder, electrician, plumber, HVAC technician or another specialized trade professional, @HomePrep has the online courses and quality books you need to get your professional 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. We strive to provide the most inclusive and beneficial content to help our students advance in their field.

Below are some of the benefits & features of selecting our site for your training needs.

Benefits:

  • Price match policy
  • Reciprocity for continued education across states
  • Live and very responsive customer support team via phone and email
  • Courses written and vetted by industry professionals
  • Industry-related bookstore
  • No-pass, No Pay policy for Exam Prep in most states
  • One stop shop for application services, courses and books
  • Live seminar options available
  • Certain courses offered in Spanish
  • Veteran Discount
  • Loyalty Discount

Features:

  • 365 days of course access
  • Start and stop courses as needed
  • 80% exam pass rate when course sections and quizzes are taken and scored well on
  • Courses are state and industry compliant
  • All Continuing education is state approved
  • Courses are narrated
  • Application processes services
  • American company
  • In business since 2002
  • Over 75 years of combined educational experience
  • Partnership and reseller options available
  • Industry-related products

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“As a busy contractor with multiple state licenses and needs, it is nice to find a valuable source that can help fulfill my obligations from testing prep to CEU requirements.” – Ken R.

“I have finally experienced customer satisfaction in the highest form. You guys are so much more than a voice or words on the other side of the phone or screen. You are all real people who really care!” – Soo C.

“Their training was first class. The website is easy to navigate and they provided me all the tools I needed to complete this very stressful task. All in all, they helped make this a positive experience.” – Alfred R.

Contractor License FAQs

How Do I Get A Contractors License In South Carolina?

The first step to obtain your contractor license in South Carolina is to determine the type of license you need. You must then pass two exams and go through the process established by the SC Contractors Licensing Board.  

Candidates are required to pass two examinations: business & law, and the trade.  Applications for commercial licensure can be obtained by calling 1-803-896-4686 and for residential licensure by calling 1-803-896-4696.  Examinations can be scheduled through PSI by calling 1-800-733-9267. Please select the license/examination that you are interested in.

By allowing @Home Prep to be the chosen provider for your South Carolina exam prep courses, continuing education credits and other courses, students know their training is approved at both state and industry level. 

Once you have passed the exam you will need to submit the following to the SC Licensing Board:

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?

South Carolina Residential Contractor licenses renew on July 1 of each even-numbered year.  

The licensing fee for the Residential Contractor license is $80 for 12 months or less. 

It is  $160 for 12 months or more. The licensing fee is due after passing the exam. The licensing fee for both General Contractor licenses is $350.

License Requirements

After obtaining your Contractor’s Licensing Board license, be aware that cities and/or counties in which you plan to work may require additional licensing and/or permitting. Each city/county has its own rules, regulations, and fees. If you are uncertain if a location is in the city or county, you can contact the local city/county to confirm which permit and/or license is needed.

Does A Handyman Need A License?

Per South Carolina state law, a general handyman does not need a license to perform basic repair and maintenance tasks for homeowners. However, one does need to register with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. This allows you to work in carpentry, drywalling, floor covering, masonry, concrete, wallpaper, painting, sidings, insulation, and roofing.

Can I Get A Contractors License Without Experience?

According to South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation,  all applicants must pass a technical exam (when required), a business management/law exam and be able to document 2 years of experience within the last 5 years for the classification(s) of work in which you are applying.

Do I Need A License?

South Carolina requires a general or mechanical contractors license for residential general work over $5,000. Residential specialty work over $200 also requires a state license.

How Long Does The Process Take?

As with most states, the average processing time for South Carolina General Contractors License applications is approximately 3-4 weeks. This is just an average and it can be more or less depending on a number of factors. Submitting completed paperwork is one way to ensure a faster turnaround time.

Reciprocal Agreements

South Carolina has General Contractor’s Exam waivers with Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. South Carolina also has Residential Contractor’s reciprocal agreements with Alabama, North Carolina and Utah. However, all contractors are still required to take the SC Code of Laws Take Home Exam.

South Carolina Contacts

To apply for a contractor license, contact:
South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board
Post Office Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211
1-803-896-4686 
Website

To apply for a residential license, contact:
South Carolina Residential Builders Commission
Post Office Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211
1-803-896-4696
Website

To schedule your exam, contact:
PSI
3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
1-800-733-9267
Website