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Georgia Residential-Basic Contractors License

get georgia contractors licenseA Residential Basic Contractor is a person who performs contractor work or activity relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over 3 stories in height. Also included are their accessory buildings and structures. There are no individual project size limitations.


Georgia Residential-Basic License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseApplicants must have 2 years of proven experience working as or be employed by a residential contractor, predominantly in the residential-basic category. Other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the licensing board may be accepted. Individual must have had significant responsibility for the successful performance and completion of at least 2 projects falling within the Residential Basic category in the 2-years preceding the application. Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and must complete and sign authorization for background check, including criminal history. BANK REFERENCE- Account must be in the name used when applying for the license. For example: If you want your license name to be JOHN SMITH CONSTRUCTION, then your bank account title must be in the name JOHN SMITH CONSTRUCTION. If the account has not been open for at least 24 months, you must have a line of credit for $25,000.00. If you have more than 3 employees you must have Workers Compensation Insurance. $300,000.00 In GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE is also REQUIRED. More info here.


Georgia Residential-Basic Fees


contractors license feesA nonrefundable fee of $200.00 must be submitted with application. The fees for the exams vary according to each trade. This amount sometimes includes both the non-refundable application processing fee and covers one or two-year fee. Usually all applicants must have certain amount of working capital. In addition, applicants must also file a bond with the registrar. More info here.


Georgia Residential-Basic Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationPre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination. The fee for the exam is $72. The Georgia Residential Basic Contractor Exam has 80 questions and a time limit of 180 minutes. A 70% is required to pass. Business and Law exam has 50 questions and 120 minutes limit. All eligibility's are valid for 1-year from the date that the application is received by the Board. If you do not pass the examination within the 1-year period, you must reapply with the Board. You must pass both the Business and Law and the Trade examinations within the 1-year period. If you fail one examination, and pass the other examination, you will only need to retake the failed examination. If you fail the examination twice within the 1-year eligibility period your application becomes void. You will need to reapply to the Board, for both examinations, regardless if you had passed one during the 1-year period. You may reapply after the original 1-year eligibility period expires. More info here.

Residential-Basic Exam Content


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

Total Number of Test Questions: 80

Time Allowed: 200 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


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


2. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), with latest available amendments, U.S. Government Printing Office.


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


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


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


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


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


8. International Energy Conservation Code, 2009, ICC.


9. Georgia State Amendments to the State Minimum Standard Codes, Georgia Department of Community Affairs.


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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Georgia Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe State of Georgia has reciprocity with Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. However, you must have held the same classification of license in these states for at least three years to qualify for reciprocity. More info here.