Apply for the Exam - Commercial General Building Contractors

You do NOT need to be a NASCLA Member to apply to take the NASCLA Accredited Examination.

Steps to Apply for the NASCLA Exam:
  1. Complete the application by following this link:
  2. Watch the Examination Security Video and submit the agreement at the bottom of this page.
  3. NASCLA processes applications within 7 business days.
  4. After you have been approved, you will receive an email from with a link to schedule the exam at one of PSI's locations.
  5. You will have 1 year from your approval date to sit for the exam with a maximum of 3 attempts to pass.
  6. Download PSI's Candidate Information Bulletin here for a list of reference materials you can use to study with.
  7. Once you pass the test, your electronic transcript will automatically be uploaded to the National Examination Database ( within 48 hours. You can then create an account to submit your pass score to the state you are applying to be licensed in. You will receive a physical copy of your pass score at PSI's testing facility immediately after the exam.

More Information

The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who wish to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions by offering a streamlined test taking option for the trade portion of the contractor examination. The NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors was designed to assist candidates applying within individual state agencies for the general commercial building contractor classification or similar to.

Candidates who take and pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination can access NASCLA’s National Examination Database (NED) located on to electronically send their transcripts to jurisdictions that accept the examination in lieu of their state specific trade portion, thereby reducing redundant licensing requirements. Candidates are expected to follow individual state agency applications to become licensed, in addition to taking a business and law examination, etc. If you are unsure if this examination will meet your specific license requirements in a participating state agency, please contact the state agency directly to confirm. A complete list of participating state agencies can be found on NASCLA’s website by visiting clicking here.

Before a candidate can register for the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, the applicant must be approved by the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA). An application fee of $25 along with the completed application must be submitted electronically to NASCLA at NASCLA will process the application within 7 business days. Once the candidate is approved, the testing provider, PSI Services, LLC, will send an email to the candidate with a link to pay and schedule the examination. 

If the candidate does not meet the exam candidate qualifications, he/she will receive an email indicating any application deficiencies. An application is not considered complete and will not be processed until all items have been submitted, including all required fees.

Candidates will have 1 year from the application approval date to take the exam. There is a maximum limit of 3 times an eligible candidate can sit for the exam within the 1 year period. If the candidate has not passed the exam within these 3 attempts, he/she can reapply to take the exam once their 1 year of eligibility from the application approval date has expired.

Cheating Policy
Candidates who cheat or attempt to cheat on the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, or who otherwise breach the Agency’s security policies and procedures, will have their examination scores invalidated, will forfeit all fees, be barred from reapplying to take the examination for a period of 12 months, may be subject to legal action and will be further subject to all examination and fee requirements in place at the time or re-application. If a candidate cheats or attempts to cheat on the Examination which is administered by an entity other than the Agency, the candidate will also need to follow the re-take policy set in place by that entity, with the stricter of the two policies being applicable. Candidates who attempt to steal Examination information could face a range of administrative, civil and criminal charges.

NASCLA Security Agreement

Before a candidate can proceed to register for the NASCLA Accredited Examination, he/she must verify they have watched the video below in its entirety.

For a copy of the NASCLA Examination Security Video Transcript, click here.

In order for NASCLA to verify your identity, please fill out the fields below. This information must match your pre-approval application to sit for the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors.

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