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General Contractor (Building Classification) Exam Prep
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Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Builders, General Contractors, City, County and State Personnel
This course prepares participants for the North Carolina General Contractor’s License Exam (administered by the North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors) for the general building classification. It is a review of laws, codes, and procedures covered on the exam for this classification, including but not limited to commercial, industrial, institutional, and all residential building construction. The general building classification also covers parking decks and lots, driveways, sidewalks, curbs, and all site work ancillary to these types of construction; as well as specialty work, including concrete, masonry, metal, insulation, roofing, interiors, and pools. The course includes blueprint reading, cost estimation, quantity take-off, OSHA, NC Building Code, and construction management.
Course Objectives
  1. ....have a general understanding of the North Carolina State Building Code and will be able to demonstrate their competency with the code by locating code provision and providing an interpretation as to the application of the code in the building industry.
  2. .... be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of standard construction industry practices, the application and use of construction materials and the appropriate use thereof.
  3. .... have a working knowledge of the building process including the business considerations that are a part of the construction industry.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Law and Regulations
  2. Code Book Chapters 1 - 2
  3. Code Book Chapters 3 - 4
  4. Business law and basic accounting
  5. Calculations/Math
  6. Blueprint basics/Estimating
  7. Code Book Chapters 5 - 7
  8. Code Book Chapters 8 - 9
  9. OSHA and Safety Issues
  10. Code Book 10 - 12
  11. Code Book 13 - 14
  12. Chapters 15 - 18 Take-Home Exam
  13. Final Review
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Upon successful completion of this class and in conjunction with other requirements as set forth by the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, students will be able to sit for the General Contractors License Examination for commercial, industrial, institutional and all types of residential building construction.
  2. Upon successfully passing the State exam and by complying with the rules as stated in North Carolina Administrative Code Title 21; Chapter 12 of the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, a license will be issued.
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
"North Carolina State Building Code” (2012 Edition or latest available edition)
“Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management” (North Carolina 7th Edition or latest available edition)
Non-alphanumeric calculator without printing capability, and highlighters
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Pass practice exam with a grade of 70% or higher
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors Accredited School
North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors Approved Curriculum
North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors Certified Instructor
Intended Audience
Builders, General Contractors, City, County and State Personnel
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Commercial General Contractors, Home Builders, Home Owners, Real Estate Professionals, City, County and State Personnel
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Planning Department
  • Public Utilities
  • Real Estate
  • Home Inspector
  • General Contractor
Related Courses
  • OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety - OSH-3013B1
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry - OSH-3013A3
  • OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety - OSH-3013A1
  • Basic Building Construction - FIP-4729T4
  • Building Construction - FIP-3022A4
  • Law and Administration - COD-3101A3
  • Blueprint Reading - FIT-3001J1
  • Blue Print Reading and Schematics - CTP-M1
  • Blueprint and Schematic Reading - CTP-3001RB1
  • Residential Blueprint Reading - BPR-3011B4
  • Blueprint Reading - BPR-3011A4
  • Blueprint Reading - BPR-3011A3
  • Blueprint Reading - BPR-3011A2
  • Blueprint Reading - BPR-3011A1
Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department