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Alabama Building Commercial Contractors License

alabama contractors licenseThe Alabama Building Contractor (Commercial) shall include the construction of building structures, including modifications of or additions to, intended for use for shelter, protection, comfort, or convenience. Building construction shall include the excavation and foundations for buildings and work incidental thereto. Please note that this license does not cover residential construction.


Alabama Building Commercial License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseAccording to the Alabama State Code, any project that amounts to $10,000 or more where you are constructing, supervising the construction of, repairing, or improving a residential building requires a builders license. The state of Alabama requires any building contractor working on a commercial or industrial project costing $50,000 or more to get a license. Building Contractors must submit verification of 3 years experience and a financial statement with the completed application. Please note that this license does not cover residential construction. Limits are based on the applicants net worth or working capital. More info here.


Alabama Building Commercial Contractors Fees


contractors license feesPre-approval for testing is currently required from the board. This is achieved my submitting a completed application with necessary documentation. After the application is approved, the State Licensing Board will notify you of a testing date. The application must be submitted to the board at least 30 days before the next board meeting, which are normally held in January, April, July, and October. Licensing fees may differ according to each classification. The fee for the Building commercial contractors exam is $106. It will cost you $300 to file an initial application for a Prime Contractor license. In addition there is a $100 fee to be donated to construction education. The Subcontractor application will cost $150.


Alabama Building Commercial Contractor Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationThe contractors exam for Building Construction Exam has 115 questions and a time limit of 330 minutes. Business and Law exam has 50 questions and an 2-hour time limit. All applicants must score at least 70% in order to pass. The examination is open book and pre-approval from is required before taking the exam. More info here.

Building Commercial Contractor Exam Content ( NASCLA)

Planning and Estimating
Financial and Project Management
Site Construction
Wood Foundations and Framing
Thermal Moisture Protection
Doors, Windows and Glazing
Specialty Equipment and Conveyance Systems

Total Number of Test Questions: 115

Time Allowed: 330 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. Guide to Good Practice for Handing, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Truses, 2013, Wood Truss Council of America.

2. Construction Jobsite Management, 4th Edition, 2016, William R. Mincks, Hal Johnston.

3. NASCLA Contractor's Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Basic Edition, 11th Edition, NASCLA.

4. Erectors' Manual: Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products, 2nd Edition, 1999, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

5. Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 3rd Edition, 2003, Post-Tensioning Institute.

6. Construction Project Management, 2014, 4th edition, Frederick Gould, Nancy Joyce, Pearson Education, Inc.


7. ACI 318-11 or ACI 318-14 (2011 or 2014): Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, American Concrete Institute, (248) 848-3700,

8. SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2nd Edition, 2006, Steel Deck Institute.

9. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts.

10. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th Edition, 2014, USG.

11. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 9th Edition, 2011, CRSI.

12. Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008, Steel Joist Institute.

13. Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015, Clois E. Kicklighter.

14. Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 9th Edition, 2014, Cameron K. Andres and Ronald C. Smith.

15. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 - OR - (OSHA) Excerpts by PSI.

16. Carpentry & Building Construction, 2010, John Feirer, Gilbert Hutchings and Mark Feirer.

17. ANSI Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009, ANSI.

18. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995, Daniel Atcheson.

19. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd Edition, 2005, American Society of Concrete Contractors.

20. Green Building Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, 2011, Michael Montoya.

21. International Building Code, 2012, ICC.



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Alabama Building Commercial Contractors Exam Study Kit $299


complete home study kit saleOur home study materials are available in either books with CD-ROMs version or online downloadable version. Our CD-ROM software is developed using the computer-assisted testing software, which means that no internet or prior computer experience is required. Both CD-ROM and instant online download versions are identical and cover everything you need to study and pass your NASCLA contractors exam. The CD-ROM enables you to practice and retake the NASCLA exams as many times as you like and instantaneously displays correct/incorrect answers with total score for each exam session. All of our NASCLA practice exams are supported on either Windows or Mac format.

NASCLA home study material includes over 500 pages of exam related information such as, business law, project management, math examples, estimating, formulas, OSHA safety, blueprint reading, and other construction trade content. We believe that in order to be a successful contractor, one needs to understand these foundational concepts, which will not only help you pass your contractors exam, but also provide valuable information on how to stay competitive while keeping your contractors license active.

The NASCLA practice exams consists of 800 practice questions relating to specific sections and are broken into 8 exams of 100 questions each. Each practice exam covers questions on NASCLA specific topics including; planning and estimating, financial project management, OSHA safety, site construction, concrete, masonry, metals, wood, thermal and moisture protection, doors, windows, and glazing, finishes, specialty equipment and conveyance systems. The NASCLA practice exams come with detailed solutions manuals. The solutions manuals contain detailed explanations to every allowed book used for the open book exam with references to building code and specific page numbers.

The only required software you need for our download/CD-ROM software programs are the latest Adobe Flash Player, and Acrobat Reader. Make sure that you've uninstalled your previous versions, before attempting to install newer versions linked above. All orders also receive a complete contractors application review for specific state licenses, 30-day online exam support, and 24/7 online applicant support.


Alabama Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe State of Alabama Licensing Board has reciprocity with Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee. Any applicant holding a license in good standing in a comparable classification in another state recognized by the respective agency as a reciprocity state may have the trade portion of the examination waived upon written certification from that state in which the applicant is licensed. Alabama Building Contractor under 4 Stories has reciprocal agreements exist with Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. However, you must have held the same classification of license in these states for at least 3 years to qualify for reciprocity. Applicants must comply with all other Alabama licensing requirements. The business law portion of the examination shall not be waived. Application must be in this office for 30 days before receiving license through reciprocity. More info here.