SC Residential Contractors License

SC Residential Contractors License

The Residential Contractors license (also referred to as Residential Builders license) includes construction, repair, and improvements of any residential structure that is less than 3 floors tall and has no more than 16 units in a single building.


Certificates of Registration

(A) All residential builders must be licensed, and all residential specialty contractors must be registered, by the commission for a period established by the commission in regulation. Licensees and registrants must pay an annual fee established by the department and based upon the department’s costs in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.


(B) An applicant for a license or certificate shall file with the commission a written application on a form as may be prescribed by the commission. The application must be accompanied by the payment of all applicable fees required by the commission. A prerequisite for taking the examination for a residential builder’s license is a minimum of one year of actual experience under the supervision of a licensed residential builder, or other appropriately licensed professional who is engaged in residential building construction involving the trades or crafts for which the license is desired, or other education or experience or a combination of these as may be approved by the commission.


The commission, in examining an applicant, may consider the following qualifications of the applicant:

(1) experience;
(2) ability;
(3) character;
(4) financial condition;
(5) equipment;
(6) workers’ compensation insurance;  and
(7) other pertinent information the commission may require.


(C) The commission shall issue a residential builder’s license if, as a result of examination, the commission finds that the applicant is qualified to engage in residential building in South Carolina, and the applicant submits an executed bond in the form and with a surety approved by the commission in the sum of not less than fifteen thousand dollars or proof of financial responsibility acceptable to the commission.

Download the Residential Contractor Candidate Information Bulletin, and find out more about exam fees and create an account with PSI.

Course Length: 8 hours

SC Residential Contractors License Exam Content Outline

There are 110 questions on the SC Residential Builder Exam. You will need to score a 70% (answer 77 questions correctly), in to pass. You are allowed 6 hours (360 minutes), to complete the exam. This SC Residential Builder exam is limited to construction, remodeling, repair or improvement of one-, two-, or multifamily residences not more than three stories high, and/or 16 units in any single apartment building.

  1. General Building Construction (74 items)
  2. Residential Electrical (12 Items)
  3. Residential HVAC (12 Items)
  4. Residential Plumbing (12 Items)

Reference Books [Click Here to Purchase Books]

  • Please refer to the Contractor Book Warehouse (linked above) for all needed reference books.

Upcoming SC Residential Contractors License exam prep classes in South Carolina

This one day exam prep seminar will prepare you for the Residential Contractor’s License. We will send a highlighting guide for you to highlight your books before coming to class. Please bring to class:  a few extra highlighters, a red ink pen, a notepad, post-it tabs for marking pages, and a simple calculator. For more (more…)

  • September 22, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • October 20, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • November 10, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • December 7, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm