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CAR 7131 Commercial Contractor Exam Review

(CPCC Harper Campus)

A North Carolina General Contractors License, Building (Commercial) Classification, covers all building construction activity including:  commercial, industrial, institutional, and all residential building construction. It includes parking decks; all site work, grading and paving of parking lots, driveways sidewalks, and gutters; storm drainage, retaining or screen walls, and hardware and accessory structures; and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities including natural and artificial surface athletic fields, running tracks, bleachers and seating. It also covers work done under the Specialty Classifications of S(Concrete Construction), S(Insulation), S(Interior Construction), S(Marine Construction), S(Masonry Construction), S(Roofing), S(Metal Erection), S(Swimming Pools), S(Asbestos), and S(Wind Turbine).


The Building (Commercial) Classification exam consists of 90 multiple choice questions. Examinees have 3 hours 20 minutes (200 minutes) in which to complete this exam. You must answer 63 questions correctly in order to obtain a passing score of 70%. The current pass rate state-wide is about 30%, however, The Construction Institute’s students’ pass rate is in the high 90th percentile on the first attempt. 

You will need the 2018 NC Building Code: Building Code, NASCLA Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law & Project Management (9th edition), ACI 318-14, ACI 530-11, OSHA handbook of construction industry regulations and Sports Fields Design, Construction, and Maintenance (3rd edition).  The licensing exam is created using 20 different books referencing the construction industry.  Only 8 are allowed in the testing center.  However, with our method of instruction and study guide, we recommend you only purchase 6 of these books.   This is saves you money and we are glad to provide that service for you.  Click "NC General Contractor: Building (Commercial) Book Bundle" below to purchase the necessary reference books for your class. Your 2023 Study Guide with preprinted tabs for the reference books listed above can be purchased using the "CPCC Textbook - Builders (Commercial) Classification-CAR7131" button below and will be delivered to you in class.

Questions? – Contact your Building (Commercial) instructor, Scott Query at 704.534.0808 or Scott will personally answer your questions.

Contact CPCC at 704.330.4223 or go to and search by course number to see class schedules and to register.

NC General Contractor:
Building (Commercial) Book Bundle
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