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Louisiana Contractor Prep FAQ

Louisiana Contractors Exam Prep FAQs

How do I get my Louisiana Residential Contractor License?

  1. Submit an application to the State Licensing Board for Contractors along with the supporting documents. Here is a link to obtain the application:
  2. Upon receipt of the application, the State Licensing Board for Contractors will send you an examination scheduling notice with the date of your exam. You will be required to pass a Business and Law exam and the Trade exam for the license you are seeking. - Prepare for the exam with online exam prep - 98% Pass Rate!

Do I have to take the State of Louisiana exams at the Baton Rouge State Licensing Board?

LSLBC will offer computer-based trade exams outside of Baton Rouge in partnership with Bossier Parish Community College, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, LSU-Alexandria, Sowela Tech in Lake Charles and Delgado in New Orleans, the trade examinations will be “local” for all contractors.

Are State of Louisiana exams open book?

This is a closed book exam. A calculator will be provided for your use during the examination. The following is an outline of the subject areas (in descending order of weight) that will be covered in the exam:

  • Rough Carpentry 26%
  • Interior and Exterior Finish 20%
  • Concrete and Rebar 19%
  • Associated Trades 10%
  • Excavation and Site Work 9%
  • Roofing 6%
  • Masonry 5%
  • Plans and Specifications 5%

The examination is made up of 80 multiple-choice questions which are equally weighted. You will have four hours to complete this examination.

How long does it take to complete the Builders License Training Institute Louisiana exam prep courses?

The course takes approximately 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, just give us a call and we can arrange an extension.

Is Continued Education required in order to keep my Louisiana license?

Yes, you are required to complete six hours per year by your original licensing date to renew your Louisiana Contractor License. This increased in January 2012 from four hours to six hours each year.

What happens if I don’t renew my license by my renewal date?

A delinquent penalty of $50 for late renewal of Commercial and Residential contractor licenses may be assessed 15 days following the expiration date. Failure to renew your license within six months after your renewal date will result in forfeiture of your renewal rights and you will have to start all over.

How do I show the State of Louisiana that I’ve completed my annual Continued Education?

Simply mail a copy of your Certificate of completion from our course to:

State Licensing Board for Contractors
252 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone #: (225)765-2301

You do not need to send the Continued Education Form because we have all of the necessary information printed on your certificate.

Does the NASCLA-Accredited Exam replace the Trades exam for Commercial Contractors?

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.

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