North Carolina Building Contractor License


The North Carolina Building Contractor License Course includes the following:

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



Course Overview

Description, benefits & features

This course is made up of a detailed presentation that takes you through all the information you will need to pass the exam on your first try.

A “General Contractor” license is required in North Carolina when the project exceeds $30,000. 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 reinforce concepts presented. @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.

How Do I Get My License?

  1. Purchase the Exam Prep Course — and then study!
  2. Pass the exam.
  3. Submit your application, licensing fee and proof of insurance.

Requirements To Get A License

To obtain a license you must complete the Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina which is available on the Boards website at  The application must fully comply with all requirements established by the Board’s statutes and rules.

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)
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Books and References for the Exam

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

Applying for Licensure

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.

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Exam Details

Computerized-based examinations for the Licensing Board for General Contractors are administered by PSI Examination Services. PSI publishes a Candidate Information Bulletin:

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