General Contractor Exam Prep

This 42 hour course is designed for individuals seeking to become licensed as a Residential General Contractor in NC.  The course will help prepare students to take the NC Licensing Exam for General Contractors.  Course topics include information on the application process, as well as licensing requirements, building and administrative codes, insurance requirements, employment laws, safety, and blueprint reading.  Previous construction experience is beneficial.  This is not a course on construction skills/techniques. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Course registration fee is $133
Book cost is approximately $475
Total cost is approximately $608

Payment for class is due at the time of registration.

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
CAR-3118-112 General Contractor Exam Prep 2/6/24 - 5/7/24 T 6 p.m. -  9 p.m. Greensboro CEC 152C Register Now

Individuals must meet specific requirements to become a General Contractor. Please see if you meet these requirements PRIOR to registering for this class. The requirements can be found by following these steps:

  • Visit
  • Follow the “Laws/Regulations” link
  • Download the current list of requirements
  • Locate page 22
  • Read section .0204, “Eligibility”

You may register online:  Register

Or In person.  When registering in person, complete the Continuing Education Registration Form and bring it with your payment (check, cash, credit card, or money order), to one of the GTCC Campuses: 

Registration Locations

  • Jamestown, 140 Jamestown Court, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Greensboro, 3505 E. Wendover Ave., Continuing Education Center, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • High Point, 901 S. Main St., H1, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Students MUST purchase books PRIOR to the first day of class. Required books are:

ISBN 9781948558297 NASCLA Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law, & Project Management, North Carolina General, 9th Ed.   Approximately $104.00 at GTCC Greensboro campus store 

ISBN 9780826904942 Print Reading for Residential Construction (with CD & 8 plans), Pt. 1, 6th Ed.  Approximately  $96.00 at GTCC Greensboro campus store

ISBN 9781609838249 NC Residential Code 2018.  Approximately $180.00 at GTCC Greensboro campus store

ISBN 9781609838386 NC State Building Code Administrative Code & Policies 2018.  Approximately $50.00 at GTCC Greensboro campus store

ISBN 9789970031504 2023 NC Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry.  Approximately $45.00 at GTCC Greensboro campus store

Students who successfully complete the General Contractor Exam Prep. class will receive an Award of Completion. 

Requirements for successful completion:

  • Attendance: Must be in class 75% of class hours.
  • Coursework: Achieve 80% on coursework.

If you enter after the second day of class, you will not receive credit for taking the class.  Additionally, time absent will be counted against you; students can only miss 10 hours of class total and pass the class. 

The college will make a 100% refund of registration fees if you officially withdraw from class before the first meeting.  Also if the class is canceled or full, GTCC will make a full refund. 
The college will refund 75% of the registration fee (of tuition only) if you officially withdraw from the class on the first day of class or before the class reaches the census date.  The census date varies from class to class.  Non-attendance is not a basis for a refund.