What is the NASCLA National General Contractor’s License Exam?

NASCLA is the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies. They are a group who among other things, are working to standardize the General Contractor Exam nationwide.  So far the following states have agree to accept the NASCLA exam as their trades exam.

 

The questions are pulled from 21 different books:

  1. BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
  2. Construction Jobsite Management, 4th edition, 2014
  3. NASCLA Contractors’ Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Basic 11th Edition
  4. Erectors’  Manual (PCI) -Standards  and  Guidelines  for  the Erection of Pre Cast Concrete   Products,   1999,   2nd Edition
  5. Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning -Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003, 3rd Edition
  6. SDI (Steel Deck Institute) Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2006, 2nd Edition
  7. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011
  8. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th edition, 2014
  9. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  10. Technical Digest No. 9 Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008
  11. Modern Masonry -Brick, Block, Stone, 8th edition (2015)
  12. Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 2014, 9th Edition
  13. Code of Federal Regulations – 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  14. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 edition
  15. ANSI Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009, American National Standards Institute
  16. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995
  17. The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 2005, 3rd Edition
  18. Green Building Fundamentals, Michael Montoya, 2011, 2nd edition
  19. International Building Code, 2015 Edition
  20. ACI 318-11 or 318-14 Building code requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary
  21. Construction Project Management, Gould, 2014, 4th edition

Fortunately this is an open book exam and you have 5.5 hours to complete it. You may think that just because it’s an open book test, that it’s easy. Unfortunately that’s not the case. This is a very tricky exam, and some of the questions are worded in ways that make them difficult to look up.

You need a road map of sorts to plan your way through this exam. My Contractor’s License has created what many contractors call “The best NASCLA exam prep course” in the industry.

It includes

  • Online workshops
  • Audio discs
  • Printed quick start study guides
  • Practice quizzes
  • Books
  • Book tabs
  • S. based support
  • Unlimited Randomized Practice Exams

If you’d like to sign up for a free question of the day, just send an email to Info@MyContractorsLicense.com and ask for the Question of the Day emails.

NASCLA has created an exam that currently consists of 115 questions covering the following topics:

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Planning and Estimating

21

Financial and Project Management

21

Safety

19

Site Construction

15

Concrete

8

Masonry

3

Metals

5

Wood Foundations and Framing

5

Thermal Moisture Protection

4

Doors, Windows, and Glazing

5

Finishes

7

Specialty Equipment and Conveyance Systems

2

The questions are pulled from 21 different books:

  1. BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
  2. Construction Jobsite Management, 4th edition, 2014
  3. NASCLA Contractors’ Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Basic 11th Edition
  4. Erectors’  Manual (PCI) -Standards  and  Guidelines  for  the Erection of Pre Cast Concrete   Products,   1999,   2nd Edition
  5. Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning -Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003, 3rd Edition
  6. SDI (Steel Deck Institute) Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2006, 2nd Edition
  7. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011
  8. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th edition, 2014
  9. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  10. Technical Digest No. 9 Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008
  11. Modern Masonry -Brick, Block, Stone, 8th edition (2015)
  12. Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 2014, 9th Edition
  13. Code of Federal Regulations – 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  14. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 edition
  15. ANSI Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009, American National Standards Institute
  16. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995
  17. The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 2005, 3rd Edition
  18. Green Building Fundamentals, Michael Montoya, 2011, 2nd edition
    1. International Building Code, 2015 Edition
  19. ACI 318-11 or 318-14 Building code requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary
  20. Construction Project Management, Gould, 2014, 4th edition

Fortunately this is an open book exam and you have 5.5 hours to complete it. You may think that just because it’s an open book test, that it’s easy. Unfortunately that’s not the case. This is a very tricky exam, and some of the questions are worded in ways that make them difficult to look up.

You need a road map of sorts to plan your way through this exam. My Contractor’s License has created what many contractors call “The best NASCLA exam prep course” in the industry.

It includes

  • Online workshops
  • Audio discs
  • Printed quick start study guides
  • Practice quizzes
  • Books
  • Book tabs
  • S. based support
  • Unlimited Randomized Practice Exams

If you’d like to sign up for a free question of the day, just send an email to Info@MyContractorsLicense.com and ask for the Question of the Day emails.