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North Carolina

Contractor Licensing, Education & Exam Prep

A Residential General Contractor in North Carolina may choose to obtain either a Residential or Building Contractor license. Each license type has 3 levels of project size: Limited, Intermediate, and Unlimited. The information below will help you decide which license type is best suited for you. Once you have determined the license type and level, it's time to pass the exams (assuming you meet the other requirements). Preparing for either exam and knowing what to study plays a huge part in passing, especially on the first attempt.

We take all of the legwork out of studying and applying for the exam. We've scoured the exam bulletin, studied every book on the reference list, and then teamed up with experts in the industry to write the most comprehensive online exam prep courses you've ever seen. We go beyond a slideshow and a book, offering narrated courses, custom pre-printed tabs for each of the books used during the exam, highlighting guides to show you what to study, and live support when you need it.

  • $279
    Residential Contractor
    Exam Prep
  • $659 $599
    Residential Contractor
Individual taking the course and exam prep for North Carolina online with RocketCert
Scope of work

What type of work can be done with this license?

Licensed Residential Contractor in North Carolina
  • Residential General Contractor

    A Residential General Contractor in North Carolina may bid or contract all building construction activity pertaining to the construction of residential units, including all site work, driveways, sidewalks, and water and wastewater systems. The limits of each sub-type are as follows:

    Limited - $750,000 per individual project
    Intermediate - $1,500,000 per individual project
    Unlimited - Valid for projects of any size

  • Building General Contractor

    Are you needing to work on commercial projects as well? Click the link below to learn more about the Building Contractors License.

Requirements & steps

What are the requirements to getting a license?

North Carolina Journeyman Plumber RequirementsFinancial Requirements

Residential and Building General Contractors must obtain the following amounts of either working capital, net worth, or surety bonds:

  • Limited - Requires $17,000 Working Capital, or $80,000 Net Worth, or a $350,000 Surety Bond.
  • Intermediate - Requires $75,000 Working Capital demonstrated by an AUDITED Financial statement or a $1,000,000 Surety Bond.
  • Unlimited - Requires $150,000 Working Capital demonstrated by an AUDITED Financial statement or a $2,000,000 Surety Bond.

How do I obtain a license?

To apply for your license, contact the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors at 919-571-4183 or visit nclbgc.org.

NC Residential Contractors are required to complete 8 hours of continuing education in order to renew their license.

With RocketCert, our education is written by a combination of professional educators and industry professionals. Our exam prep is guaranteed to help you pass the exam, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading customer service. Also, if you find a better original price on any online course that we offer, we will beat it by 10%.

RocketCert customer studying to pass their State exam through the RocketCert website or on the mobile app.
Submit Application

In order to sit for the exam, you must submit the application for licensure to the state. It must include verified education and work experience as required by the state. Once approved, the state will contact you with an exam date and time.


After studying with RocketCert, you will be on your way to passing the required State exam(s) (see below). Pre-approval is required. Testing centers are setup throughout the State in larger cities.


After completing all the steps above, it will be time to apply through the NC CLiC to obtain your North Carolina Residential Contractor License. Have questions or concerns with this process (or just a lack of time)? Our licensing specialists can help you with the process.


Which exam do I need to take?

To schedule your exam, visit psiexams.com or call 800-733-9267.
Exam details North Carolina Residential Contractor Exam

  • Total Questions: 90
  • Passing Score: 63 Correct
  • Time: 210 minutes

Topics include: Site Work; Concrete; Masonry; Carpentry; Roofing; Associated Trades; Business and Law; Safety; Estimating, Plan Reading and General Residential Code Requirements; One Call; Erosion and Sedimentation Control; Licensing; Liens; Sports Fields

Pre-Licensing, Exam Prep, & Books

How do I pass the exam?

The North Carolina Residential Contractor exam is partially open book. The Following References are for the state-specific exam. These references are permitted to be tabbed and highlighted! Unfortunately, our online course is NOT permitted to be accessed during the State exam.

The exam prep includes math, plan reading, highlighting guides covering the topics your exam is based on, practice questions for each references, and unlimited attempts on our "test simulation".

Online Exam Prep Includes:

  • Math & Plans Lessons - Here, we teach you math concepts and how to solve calculations on test day.
  • Highlighting Guides - Introduce the critical information in your book(s). This will familiarize you with each book’s content and its layout.
  • Quizzes - These practice quizzes are based on each individual book/reference. They reinforce key concepts.
  • Test Simulation / Practice Exam - Comprehensive exams randomly generated from our database of questions. Test simulations are restricted by time, and hints are disabled. Test simulations are as close to the real exam as you can get.
  • Guide to Tabbing - This section includes tabbing books and other test taking strategies to keep calm and focused during the exam.

North Carolina Residential Contractor Online Exam Prep

Included in the bundle

Lifetime Online Access to:

  • NC Residential Contractor Online Exam Prep

Our Online Exam Prep features:

Ideal for students who already own all references



North Carolina Residential Contractor Bundle

Includes the following courses:

  • NC Residential Contractor Online Exam Prep

Plus the following:

  • All the books to use during the exam
  • Permanent/Pre-Printed Tabs
  • Free Shipping!
  • Instructor Support
  • No Pass No Pay Policy
  • Lifetime Access from nearly any device

$659 $599

The Following References are Permitted to be Used During the Residential Contractor Exam (Included in the Bundle):

North Carolina OSHA - Construction Industry

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North Carolina NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, General Contractors, 9th Edition

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North Carolina State Building Code: Residential Code 2018

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North Carolina State Building Code: Administrative Code and Policies 2018

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The Following References are NOT Allowed to be Used During the Residential Contractor Exam:

Carpentry and Building Construction, Student Edition, 2016

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Roofing Construction & Estimating, Revised

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Modern Masonry

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Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Revised

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Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 4th Edition

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Building Component Safety Information Book, BCSI Wood Trusses

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NC Administrative Code, Title 15A, Chapter 4 Sedimentation Control
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North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 113A, Article 4
Free / Online
Pre-printed or blank tabs are also available.

3-4 Book Tab Bundle

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Permanent Blank Tabs - 375 Pack

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About Us

Why should I choose RocketCert?

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