Nevada NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor License

How do I get a NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor license in Nevada?

When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Do I need prior approval to sit for the NASCLA exam?

Yes. This program requires pre-approval before sitting for the exam. An application must be filed with and approved by NASCLA. Once the application is approved, NASCLA will forward the information to PSI who will send a confirmation for exam registration. To apply to take the exam visit: or contact them by phone at (623) 587-9354.

How long can I wait to take the exam after getting approval?

Candidates will have one (1) year from the application approval date to take the exam.

Do I need to pass a separate Business and Law or Trades Examination?

Yes, there are separate Business and Law (Construction Management Survey) and Trade exams.  Even if you take the NASCLA-Accredited exam, you DO have to take a separate Business and Law (Construction Management Survey) and Trade Exam for Nevada.

Where can I find a NASCLA Exam Prep course?

Certified Training Institute offers an online narrated course that has been approved by the State of Nevada to get your NASCLA license. This course can be completed online at your convenience and on any device that is connected to the internet. We also have a dedicated staff to answer your questions and help with tech support. Visit our website at



NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor Exam Prep Course



Roofing with Drones

In August 2016 the FAA updated the regulations on the non-recreational use of UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) or drones. It has now become easier for roofing contractors to utilize drone technology while staying within the laws.

The new drone regulations are quite beneficial to the roofing industry. Let’s look at how the use of drones can save money and benefit your roofing business.

  • Inspecting- You will be able to take imagery of the entire roof and show the homeowner it's condition first-hand. Whether it is a thermal imaging inspection to check for leaks and wetness, or photos that show missing shingles or broken pipes. Drones are especially valuable for inspections of extremely steep roofs. Using a drone for roof inspections reduces the risk of death or injury from a fall.  Once the drone inspection occurs, you have the ability to use collected information to review with the home-owner any problems and explain how you can fix them.
  • Measuring- Drones equipped with the proper mapping software can also save you time and money by gathering measurements in a timely and safe manner. You will also gain a broader view of the workspace.
  • Professionalism- Drones could help you to look more professional in the client’s eyes. You will stand out from the competitor. Using a drone to gather your information quickly will be impressive to a potential client. Not to mention the pictures and videos you'll be able to show them.
  • Marketing- Using before and after photos/videos will be a powerful tool for your website and marketing outlets. Potential clients will be able to see the high-quality work you are able to do. There’s a reason that drones have played a big part in real estate marketing. There’s no denying the flare drones bring.
  • Recruitment- The ability to advertise to potential new hires that there is no need to frequently climb onto steep roofs could turn you into a more attractive company to work for. This safety advantage will help you attract and keep valuable employees.
  • Savings- Finally, and maybe the best part of using drones in your roofing business, saving money. You will no longer need to dispatch trucks with ladders and a crew of workers to do an inspection. So, think of all that money you will save on gas and labor. Measuring a job will take less time, and allow your employees conduct more inspections and estimates per day.

You will want to make sure you are aware and up-to-date on all the UAS laws in your area. Make sure to practice and become familiar with your drone before taking it out.


Individuals piloting drones for commercial purposes must pass the FAA Remote Pilot in Command  Exam in order to obtain a certificate.
Certified Training Institute offers online video exam prep to ensure you pass the exam on your first try!


US Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Hughey Receives Builders License Scholarship

Congratulations US Marine Corps Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Nicholas R. Hughey!

Nicholas R. Hughey from Portage, Michigan is Builders License Training Institutes May 2018 scholarship recipient. Nick, a United States Marine Corps Veteran served four years and received many awards and decorations, including a Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Deployment Ribbon and a Letter of Appreciation - Okinawa Beach Cleanup 2013.

Nick grew up in Michigan's upper peninsula. After his time in the military, Nick spent a summer working in the building trades but decided to return to school in pursuit of a business degree. He immediately missed the trades and realized his true calling. He wants to become an M&A Contractor and pursue his dream of owning a business in Southwest Michigan.

Builders License Training Institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining a Builder or Contractor license nationwide. We provide scholarship opportunities for Veterans and Students interested in Prelicensure Courses or Exam Prep.

If you or someone you know would make a good candidate for our scholarship program please download the appropriate link from our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to get started!

Congratulations Nick, we're proud to offer you this opportunity to build a better tomorrow!


Rhode Island’s “Stretch Code”: Creating Energy Efficient Buildings

Rhode Island’s “Stretch Code”: Creating Energy Efficient Buildings

Providence, RI is getting on board with the worlds quest to go green. Recently, the state opted to offer builders, engineers, architects, and homeowners incentives to build or remodel with energy efficiency.

The Office of Energy Resources is offering up to $500,000 to incentivize large-scale renovations or new construction for public sector buildings using the stretch code. The incentive will be open to eligible municipal or public-school buildings, and one or more projects will be selected through a Request for Proposals process.

Creating this opportunity encourages the use of advanced energy efficiency practices in the construction industry, which helps keep costs down. The incentives are now available for use not only for state construction and renovation projects but also for private sector projects as well.


Contractors in Rhode Island must complete 5-hours of continuing education every two years by the anniversary of initial licensure. Builders License Training Institute offers online video courses approved by the state and available 24/7.


How-To Guide To Becoming A California Contractor

What are the requirements for becoming a California licensed contractor?

California Law requires all businesses or individuals who construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost (labor and materials) of one or more contracts on the project is $500 or more. You do not have to reside in California to obtain or keep a contractor’s license. Contractors, including subcontractors, specialty contractors, and persons engaged in the business of home improvement must be licensed before submitting bids.

You must have at least 4 years of experience to qualify to take the examination. However, you may receive credit for your technical training, apprenticeship training or education instead of a portion of the required 4 years of practical experience.

There are serious penalties for unlicensed contracting without a license. First-time offenses are usually a misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine, along with a potential administrative fine of $200 to $15,000. The penalties go up with subsequent violations.

How do I get my contractor license in California?

  1. You must obtain an application for an Original Contractors License from the Contractors State License Board.The CSLB issues licenses to contract in particular trades or fields of the construction profession.  Each separate trade is recognized as a “classification”.  You may add as many classifications to your license as you can qualify for.  For the purpose of classification, the contracting business includes any or all of the following branches:  (Links to all the classification can be found on the California State website)

    Class”A” – General Engineering  Contractor
    Class “B” – General Building Contractor
    Class “C” – Specialty Contractor

  2. You must have more than $2,500 worth of operating capital.  Operating capital is defined as your current assets minus your current liabilities.
  3. After your application is processed and found acceptable, you will be sent a Notice to Appear for Examination which will include the date, time and location of the exam. Examination sites are located throughout the state. All qualifying individuals must pass the standard Law and Business examination in addition to a second test covering the specific trade or certification area for which they are applying. Both exams consist of multiple choice questions.Contractors who work with asbestos or other hazardous substances are subject to a number of certification, registration, reporting, and safety requirements and require additional training, exams and applications to become certified.

    You must have at least 4 years of experience to qualify to take the examination. Credit for experience is given only for experience at a journey level or as a foreman, supervising employee, contractor, or owner-builder (one who has the knowledge and skills of a journeyman and who performs work on his or her own property).

    There are no education requirements to qualify for a contractor’s license. However, you may receive credit for your technical training, apprenticeship training or education instead of a portion of the required 4 years of practical experience. At least one year must be practical experience. Check state web site for details.

Are Exam Prep Courses available to help me prepare?

California Exam Prep Courses are available online to help you prepare for this exam. Builders License Training Institute is one exam prep course provider. You will be able to prepare for the California Building Contractor License Exam on your own schedule with their mobile-friendly Contractor License Complete Course Package that covers both the Law & Business Management and General Building (B) portions of the exam and is based on the 2016 California Building Codes.

California Contractor License Complete
Exam Prep Course



USMC Veteran Joshua E. Watrous April 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Joshua Watrous!

Joshua E. Watrous from Bellaire, Michigan is Builders License Training Institutes April 2018 scholarship recipient. Joshua a United States Marine Corp Veteran served five years and received many awards and decorations, including a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M-Device, Rifle Expert and a host of others.

Waltrous is a second generation builder who has been working side-by-side with his father since he was a small child. Getting his Michigan Builders License and growing the family business is all he's ever wanted to do. Congratulations Josh! We're thankful for your service and wish you great success in continuing on in your father's footsteps. It is our honor to award you with this month's scholarship.

Builders License Training Institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining a Builder or Contractor license nationwide. We provide scholarship opportunities for Veterans and Students interested in Prelicensure Courses or Exam Prep.

If you or someone you know would make a good candidate for our scholarship program please download the appropriate link from our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to get started!

Congratulations Josh, we're proud to offer you this opportunity to build a better tomorrow!


Who Needs an Arkansas Contractor License?

If you're considering becoming a contractor in the state of Arkansas you'll want to keep a few things in mind.  You are required to have a commercial license if you are performing $50,000 of work, including, but not limited to, labor and material, on a commercial project. The information provided below will answer your questions and help you on your way to becoming licensed. 

How do I get my contractor license in Arkansas?

You will be required to contact the Contractor Licensing Board for the proper applications and paperwork.  All qualifying parties must pass the Business and Law exam. Applicants are allowed to take the NASCLA Business Law and Project Management Book into the test.  (The Builders License Training Institutes Exam Prep course will walk you through this book.)

Contractor applications and licensing may be obtained from:

Contractors Licensing Board
4100 Richards Road North
Little Rock AR 72117
Phone: 501-372-4661 Fax: 501-372-2247

Are there any education, exam or experience requirements to get my Arkansas Contractor License?

Along with passing the associated exams, you must show that you have 4 years of verifiable experience in the Building industry. This experience can be commercial or residential.

Residential builder:

You need four years of experience and have two verifiable references to qualify. The license will authorize you to do both residential building and residential remodeling work.

Residential remodeler:

You will need proof of two years of experience and two verifiable references to qualify. A contractor holding a commercial license from the Board with either the Building or Light Building classifications is considered to be qualified to perform residential building. However, a Residential Building class must be requested in writing prior to performing the work.

Both commercial and residential classifications require that you pass an exam.   The exam is given by the testing company Prometric.

Arkansas Exam Prep Courses

Builders License Training Institutes Arkansas contractor license online study courses and professional development courses are easy to use and understand.  We combine HD Videos, engaging slides and practice questions as close to the real test as it gets. We walk you through the reference books pointing out what is important. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Pass the Exam on Your First Try! 

How long does it take to complete the exam prep courses?

  • This course takes at least 8-hours, but we move rapidly through the materials.  For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.
  • The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor Course should take at least 24-30 hours.

Once you register, you have up to 6 months before your course is deactivated.  If you need longer, please give us a call so we can arrange an extension.

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Arkansas?

Yes, when you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.



Business and Law
Exam Prep Course 


NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor
Exam Prep Course



Buried Treasure and Dinosaur Bones…Can You Dig It?

Most contractors don't begin a project thinking about the possibility of finding century-old artifacts or unearthing fossilized dinosaur remains. But, there have been instances where our early ancestors and nature have left a surprise or two just waiting to be unearthed.

Here's just a small sample of the unique and interesting items found during remodeling and construction jobs.

  • While constructing the former World Trade Center (NYC), workers unearthed a 1773 era cargo ship buried 20 feet underground  Daily Mail.
  • Unidentified bones found under a parking lot shocked the world when the DNA results came back.
    The bones belonged to King Richard III of Leicester, England
  • A contractor in Cleveland found cash totaling almost $500,000 while remodeling a customers bathroom. A previous owner stashed his fortune in the walls in the 1930s.
  • A Triceratops Skeleton was found during a construction project in Thornton Colorado. CBS Denver
  • A Phoenix couple remodeling the bathroom in a "fixer upper" found a safe code in the back of a medicine cabinet but did not know where the safe was located. When removing a kitchen island they found the hidden safe, used the code to open it and discovered $51,080.00 and a bottle of bourbon from 1960.  Redbook
  • 16th Century Queen Catherine De Medici’s Hair Pin was found in a public toilet. Listverse

If you are among those lucky enough to discover such treasures, be aware that "Finders Keepers" may not always apply. Each State or local municipality may have it's own rules and regulations.

In the U.S., builders are obligated to report archaeological finds if the project requires a federal, state, or occasionally local permit, license or funding that triggered compliance with historic preservation laws, according to Cris Kimbrough, Ph.D., PMP, and archaeologist and Managing Director at CBRE Telecom Advisory Services.

There are few rules governing artifacts that are encountered on private land because U.S. law is very much focused on the protection of private property. As a consequence, artifacts located in areas where no historic preservation rules are in place are at risk. This does not apply to human remains, however. Human remains always have to be reported to the local authorities and treated appropriately. Equipment World


If you find a dinosaur in your backyard, It's all yours! You can do with it what you please, donate it to your local museum or sell it and put your kids through college!

Montana’s Hell Creek formation is one of the premiere dinosaur-hunting grounds in the United States, and though much of the dino-laden land is secured as federal or state property, not all of it is. And that, says the New York Times, is the key: “unlike many countries that carefully control dinosaur fossils found on public and private lands, the United States restricts the collecting of fossils only on public lands. Fossils found on private land… belong to the landowner.”

While it's highly unlikely, should you be fortunate enough to find buried treasure on your next job, you would be wise to check with your State and local government regarding historic and archaeological finds.

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Successful Renovations and Additions – A Continuing Education Course for Wisconsin Contractors

The following is a snippet from the highly popular 3 hour course Successful Renovations and Additions.

The following is just a small portion of what you'll learn from the 3-hour course on Successful Renovations and Additions.

Let’s face it, architects, engineers, and builders are not trained in renovation work. The issues surrounding a building renovation are unique and knowing how to respond just can’t be found in books; a person simply has to experience it. Based on thirty years of contending with the specific challenges of building renovations, this course will relay the ins-and-outs of remodeling.

The topics covered in this lesson will address the simple as well as the more complex. This course will highlight the right questions, demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to the critical issues. Through the many following examples, this lesson will offer instruction on how to approach a renovation or addition project with justified confidence. 


Renovations are distinct from additions in that they require the designer to work exclusively with the existing building. The owner has decided to retain an existing building even though he is discontent with the current conditions. This all makes sense from the owner’s perspective. But it presents some very unique challenges to the design/build team. The following is a discussion of some of the peculiar issues surrounding renovations.


Existing conditions. Secure existing available drawings. If at all possible, acquire a copy of any existing construction documents that might still be around. Check with the owner, prior owners, the building department or even hunt around in the attic or basement of the building. These drawings can hold critical details about the location of buried systems and the methods used in construction. 

Existing building survey and measurement. If the existing construction documents are not available, conduct a survey of the existing building. This is, of course, time-consuming and somewhat risky. The owner has not provided critical information but still requires you to execute as if you have those drawings. As a result, this will need to be mentioned in the agreement with the owner. The contract will need to both provide compensation for the added time to measure the existing building, and it will need to afford some protection from claims made as a result of not having sufficient information.

A survey should include a thorough measurement of the building on all floors including the inside and outside of the building. This provides a way to check dimensions. I encourage an ample supply of photos or even video. This will allow for confirmation of conditions once you are off-site. I also recommend that the measurements be used to create a base-sheet of the existing building on every floor. It is unlikely that a designer will be able to effectively design a renovation or addition without a drawing indicating the existing conditions.

Remember, whenever entering an existing building, take measures to protect your safety!

  • Visit the site in pairs.
  • Have proper identification on hand to protect yourself from accusations.
  • If there are people on site, consider notifying the building owner immediately and confirm that the building measurement can proceed.
  • Make sure to be as professional as possible while visiting an existing building.
  • Avoid any situation where someone might bring an accusation of wrongdoing and end up having no one to confirm your side of the story.

Also, consider carrying a spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol in your vehicle. After making a site visit to a multi-family residential building, spray your shoes and ankles to exterminate any bedbugs. These creatures have become so prevalent in multi-family housing (including hotels) that they will almost certainly be encountered on a site visit. Also, the alcohol content needs to be 90% or greater to be effective, so this will likely need to be ordered online.

When measuring an existing building, be as accurate as is reasonable, but work to establish a mutually agreed upon level of precision with the owner. Existing conditions can make it difficult to make precise measurements. Errors can become cumulative, and the result is that the overall length of a building or space might be quite different from the actual dimension. Any drawings that are produced as a result of these measurements should give instruction to the builder to verify the dimensions in the field.  

Need a license or Continuing Education? Check out the information below and get started today. 

Classes to Obtain a Dwelling Contractor Certification

The first step in obtaining a Dwelling Contractor Certification is completing a 12-hour Wisconsin approved course. Builders License Training Institute offers this course online for only $95 or as a hard copy book for $135. Individuals who choose to complete the course online will have instant 24/7 online access from any internet capable device. Individuals who choose the hard copy version must wait until the course arrives in the mail to begin. Once the course is completed, they are required to send the book back to Builders License Training Institute for grading. After finishing the 12-hour course contractors must complete two applications - Dwelling Contractor & Dwelling Contractor Qualifier. 

Dwelling Contractor Continuing Education

Dwelling Contractors must renew their license every two years by the anniversary of licensure. In order to renew, contractors must complete 12-hours of approved continuing education. Builders License Training Institute also offers this course online or as a hard copy book to be completed and mailed in for grading.

Commercial Building Inspector Continuing Education

Building Inspectors must complete 24 hours of continuing education annually by June 30th. Builders License Training Institute offers 12-hours Wisconsin approved online building inspector continuing education.

Why Choose Builders License Training Institute for your Wisconsin initial certification & continuing education needs?

Builders License Training Institute courses are available in HD video, full narration, or printable text, meaning your classes can be catered to your unique learning style. Online classes are available 24/7 from any internet capable device with the benefit of our team of licensing experts to walk you through any issues you may have.


New Classroom Courses Available For Massachusetts Construction Supervisors

Recent changes in Massachusetts licensing regulations have affected Construction Supervisor license renewal. 

As of 2018, the state has reduced the amount of online continuing education to a maximum of 6 hours.  Therefore, Builders License Training Institute is offering online anytime courses as well as classroom and combined packages in the following locations. Licensees will have the ability to take the required 6-hour course in a classroom setting and then complete their requirements online anytime from home. Classroom space is limited so be sure to register early!


April 13, 2018
Fairfield Inn and Suites


April 27, 2018
Berkshire Mall
6-Hour Classroom



May 11, 2018
Courtyard Boston/Taunton
6-Hour Classroom

June 8, 2018
Medford VFW (Post 1012
6-Hour Classroom

June 15, 2018
Residence Inn Springfield/Chicopee



Includes your choice of any classroom course, PLUS a 4 or 6-hour online course.
10-Hour Package $239
12-Hour Package $249

Note: All classroom courses run from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm.  Includes three 10-minute breaks and a 60-minute lunch. (Lunch is not provided.)
The 4 and 6-hour online courses are available anytime 24/7.