NASCLA Accredited License Exam

Pass your NASCLA Commercial General Contractors License Exam

NASCLA Commercial General Contractors License

NASCLAThe NASCLA Accredited Examination is used by state contractor licensing agencies to test commercial general building contractor candidates who are applying for a contractors license. The examination has been designed to reduce redundant licensing requirements and assist contractors who need to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions. All candidates who pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors will be entered into the NASCLA National Examination Database (NED).


NASCLA Commercial General Contractor License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors license The only multi-state exam for contractors with Lifetime Accreditation. Pre-approval is required and eligibility is valid for 1 (year). During that period, you may take 3 attempts to pass the exam. The NASCLA exam is the only contractor exam you have to pass to become qualified in multiple states. PSI administers the exam, and there are many testing locations nationwide. More info here.


NASCLA Commercial General Contractors Fees


contractors license fees PSI examination fee is $106. A Customer Service Representative will contact you when your payment has been received and processed. Please allow a minimum of 10 days for processing. All exam scheduling questions should be directed to PSI. To apply for a pre-approval online, please visit: You may also schedule over the telephone at (800) 733-9267.


NASCLA Commercial General Contractor Exam Details


contractor exam detailed information The NASCLA exam is 5 1/2 hours long and all applicants must score at least 81 out of 115 exam questions with 70% in order to pass. NASCLA exam is an open book exam. The reference materials listed below are used to prepare the questions for this examination. The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. References may be tabbed/indexed with permanent tabs only. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin.

NASCLA Commercial General Exam Content


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 (OSHA), Revised as of 2011 - OR - (OSHA) Excerpts as of 2011 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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NASCLA 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.


NASCLA Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe following states accept the NASCLA Accredited Exam results in lieu of their state’s licensing exam: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. Some states administer the exam. Others just accept it via reciprocating agreements. Be sure to check with your license board for details. Passing the State Specific Business Law exam is still required, as well as meeting each states experience requirements. More info here.