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South Carolina Commercial Building Unlimited Contractors License

get south carolina contractors licenseThe South Carolina General Contractor Limited license covers complete commercial or residential projects, modular, industrial, institutional, as well as all other types of building construction. Remodeling and new construction are allowed as well as the ancillary work and grading for the structure. It includes all work allowed under the sub-classifications of Wood Frame Structures-Class 2, Interior Renovation, Masonry, Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings, General Roofing, and Structural Shapes. It does NOT include Swimming Pools, Bridges, Boring and Tunneling, Water and Sewer Lines, Pipe Lines, Railroad Lines, Specialty Roofing, Marine, Water and Sewer Plants, and Asphalt Paving. This license is divided into three types: Limited, Intermediate, and Unlimited. The Limited License has a financial limit per project of up to $500,000.


South Carolina Commercial Building Unlimited License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseThe first step in the licensing process is to pass the exams. A completed application should then be submitted to the state licensing board with documentation of your experience, financial information and your passing test scores. Within the past five years, contractor must show two years of actual work experience as a full-time employee in the desired classification. Only commercial experience is accepted. All licenses that fall under the category of General Contractor are divided in five financial categories based on net worth: Group 1 – Allows for jobs of $17,500 or less, applicants must submit a self-prepared financial statement showing a net worth of at least $3,500. Group 2 – Allows for jobs of $30,000 or less, applicants must submit a self-prepared financial statement showing a net worth of at least $6,000. Group 3 – Allows for jobs of $50,000 or less, applicants must submit a financial statement that has been compiled and reviewed by a CPA showing a net worth of at least $10,000. Group 4 – Allows for jobs of $125,000 or less, applicants must submit a financial statement that has been compiled and reviewed by a CPA showing a net worth of at least $25,000. Group 5 – There are no financial limits on the size of job allowed, applicants must submit an audited financial statement that has been prepared by a CPA showing a net worth of at least $100,000. You must furnish proof of financial responsibility on your application. More info here.


South Carolina Commercial Building License Fees


contractors license feesAll applicants will have to pay $135 to file the application and $106 to take the exam. After you pass the exam, you'll need to pay a $110 license fee and submit a surety bond for $15,000. The license expires July each year regardless of date issued. If you have a license from another state whose requirements are comparable to South Carolina's, the Commission may grant you a license without taking the exam.


South Carolina Commercial Building Unlimited Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationAll applicants will have to pass two exams; their trade and a business and law exam. Law and Business has 50 questions and a time limit of 2 hours. A score of 70% is needed to pass. General contractor Unlimited exam has 115 questions and a time limit of 330 minutes. More info here.

Commercial Building Unlimited 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 (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 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.

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South Carolina Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe State of South Carolina Licensing Board has reciprocity with Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Texas. If you have a Building license in North Carolina you may be able to get your South Carolina license without taking the exam. More info here.