FAQ's
Is the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program considered a “National License”?

No, the NASCLA Accredited Examination eliminates the trade examination ONLY for the participating state agencies. Once you have passed an examination withing the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program, contractors will still have to meet additional state licensure requirements within each participating state to obtain their license.

What is the difference between the NASCLA Accredited Examination and an examination based on one jurisdiction?

The NASCLA Accredited Examination was developed utilizing contractors from multiple jurisdictions across the United States and based on a national job occupational analysis. To review the NASCLA Test Specifications for the Commercial General Building Contractor Examination, click here. For more information on the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program, click here.

What State Licensing Agencies currently accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination?

Please click below on the classification to view a complete list of participating state licensing agencies:
NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors
NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program

What is the difference between state agencies administering the an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program and state agencies accepting an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program?

The state agencies administering an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program are offering the examination as their agency’s state specific trade examination. Some administering state agencies also offer their own state specific trade portion or the NASCLA Accredited Examination as an either/or option for their candidates to take. Accepting state agencies will accept the examination as an examination waiver in lieu of their state specific trade portion. All administering state agencies are also considered accepting state agencies.

There is a difference in administration procedures for the examinations wtihin the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program. The NASCLA  Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors can either be taken as a stand alone national examination vs. under an administering state agency.

The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program must be taken under an administering state agency, it is not offered as a stand alone examination.

You can also take the NASCLA Accredited Examination directly through PSI Services, LLC. If you take it directly through PSI Services, LLC instead of through the administering state agency, you will have to purchase individual transcripts from the National Examination Database (NED) to send to the state agency.

If I have passed an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program, what do I do next?

Register an account in the NASCLA National Examination Database (NED) at https://ned.nascla.org. This account will allow you to purchase and electronically send your transcript information to the participating state agencies. If you have taken and passed the examination under an administering state agency, that agency will not need a transcript from the database as they are already already by the testing company. 

How do I send my examination transcript to an accepting state licensing agency?

Login to your existing account in the NASCLA National Examination Database (NED) at https://ned.nascla.org or create a new account.  Once you are logged into your account, you will be able to click on “Transcript for Purchase” to purchase and send your test results electronically to the state agency with whom you are applying for licensure. Both you and the state agency will receive an emailed confirmation your transcript transaction is completed.

What is the fee to electronically send a transcript to an accepting state agency?

There is a $24.99 fee each time you need to send your transcript to a state licensing agency.

How long is my transcript accessible to the state agency in the National Examination Database (NED)?

Transcripts are only valid in the system for a two (2) year period for the state agency to access the information. If it has been longer than two (2) years since a transcript has been purchased and you have NOT been licensed within that state, you will need to repurchase the transcript to go with your application for licensure with that state agency through the database.

What is the fee to sit for the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors?

The cost for the examination is $106 plus the $25 application fee.  Please click here to review the candidate information bulletin from PSI.

What is the fee to sit for an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program?

The cost for these examinations examinations will be determined by the administering state agencies. Please review their candidate information bulletins for this information.

How fast does NASCLA process my NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors application?

NASCLA will review all applications within seven (7) business days.

How long do I have to schedule my NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors once I have been approved?

Eligibility is for one (1) year from the application approval date.

If I need to retest, how soon can I apply and is there a limited number of times I can retake the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors?

There is no restriction on how soon you can reschedule to sit for the exam if within the maximum three (3) times within the one (1) year eligibility period.  If you have failed the examination three (3) times, you must wait one (1) year after your initial application was approved to reapply to take the examination.

Still have questions? Contact the NASCLA office with your specific questions by phone toll free at (866) 948-3363 or by email at info@nascla.org.

NASCLA
23309 North 17th Drive, Building 1, Suite 110, Phoenix, Arizona 85027
Phone: (623) 587-9354 • Email: info@nascla.org