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Alabama Building Contractors License

alabama contractors licenseThe Alabama Building Contractor under 4 Stories allows Commercial projects ONLY. This license shall include the construction of building structures, including modifications that do not exceed 3 stories in height, and any roof structure or component of such structure that does not exceed 50 feet in height, which are intended for use for shelter, protection, comfort, or convenience. This classification shall include excavation and foundations for buildings and work incidental to for buildings less than 3 stories in height. BCU4 shall include interior nonstructural alterations and repairs to existing buildings 3 stories in height. In addition to the above BCU4 shall include the construction of building structures, including modifications of buildings exceeding 3 stories in height and projects only under the direction and supervision of a General Contractor or Construction Manager licensed under Building Construction. If projects will be 4 stories or more, this license will NOT apply.


Alabama Building 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. Alabama Building Contractor under 4 Stories must submit verification of 3 years experience and a financial statement with the completed application. Financial Limits are based on the applicants net worth or working capital, whichever the lesser. There is no mandated bond or insurance requirements at this time. More info here.


Alabama Building 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 Under Four Stories contractors exam is $96. 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 Contractor Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationThe contractors exam for Building Construction Exam has 115 questions and a time limit of 300 minutes. Please note that the Alabama Business and Law exam is also required to be passed to obtain your contractor’s license. 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 Under Four Stories Contractor Exam Content

Sitework, Footings and Foundation
Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement
General Code and Construction Knowledge
Associated Trades
OSHA Safety

Total Number of Test Questions: 90

Time Allowed: 230 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


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

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

3. Guide to Good Practice for Handing, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Truses, 2006 (Revised 2013), Wood Truss Council of America.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. International Energy Conservation Code, 2006, ICC.

11. International Building Code, 2006, ICC.

12. International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2006, ICC.

13. ACI 530-11 or 13: Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structure, ACI.

14. ACI 318-11 or 14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, ACI.


NOTE: If you are not currently a licensed contractor then you are required to take and pass BOTH the standard LAW exam and TRADE specific exam.

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Alabama Building Commercial Contractors Exam Study Kit $249


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 contractors exam. The complete home study kit includes: both Business and Law & Building study manuals with over 300 pages of trade, math examples, estimating, formulas, safety, blueprint reading, and other study content. Plus, over a thousand of practice exam questions with detailed explanations to all Business and Law and Building exam questions. All orders also receive a complete contractors application review, 30-day online exam support, and 24/7 online applicant support.


Alabama Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityAlabama Building Contractor under 4 Stories has reciprocal agreements 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. More info here.