You have made an excellent career move by deciding to get your Alabama Contractor’s License. Alabama is receiving a lot of positive publicity regarding its beauty and affordability, and most of all the number of people moving into the state continues to increase. It’s a great time to get licensed and reap the benefits.
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Who Needs a License?
According to the Alabama Code, anyone who constructs, supervises the construction of, repairs, or improves a residential building requires a builder’s license. If the cost of the project is less than $10,000 dollars or if the building is the owner's personal residence or real estate holding, a license is not required in this case. Obtaining your Alabama Residential Contractor License allows you to be compensated for your work.
How to Acquire Your Alabama Builders License
The following are the requirements to obtain your Alabama Residential Builders license:
The State of Alabama currently uses PSI Examination Services to administer the builders test. There are 4 ways to register for the Alabama Home Builder Exam:
Alabama Contractor’s license exams are given at the following 4 locations:
Examinations are also given at 4 regional testing centers located in:
Taking the Alabama Contractors License Exam
You have studied diligently and are ready to take the Alabama builders license exam. You can arrive with confidence knowing that you are prepared for whatever questions may appear on the test. To be successful you must:
Receiving Your Alabama Contractors License
After you have completed the test, your score will immediately be displayed on the computer screen and a printed copy of your results will be given to you. Your test results will be sent to the Alabama Home Builder Licensure Board. Once you have submitted your application, the Board will then issue your contractor license to practice as a general contractor.
Traps to Avoid
It is a common misconception that since the Alabama builders license exam is open book; it is not difficult to pass. In reality the contractors test is more difficult to pass than closed book exams due to the fact that you have books available as a resource during the contractor exam. You are permitted to bring certain reference materials into the exam.
The reference materials may be:
We recommend purchasing the following reference books and using them together with our course to give you the greatest chance of passing the builders license test the first time. The following books are allowed into the Alabama construction license exam:
If you forget the answer to a question during the builder’s license exam, having these reference books will allow you to quickly find the answer and complete the Alabama construction license exam within the time allowed.
In construction the saying, “Do it right the first time” is often heard. We believe it also applies to getting your Residential Builders License.