North Carolina Roofing
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  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Roofing exam.
  • A license is required for projects that are $30,000 or more.
  • There is no minimum experience requirement. Applicants must submit 3 names as references.

    All licenses covered by the commercial licensing board are divided into 3 financial categories:

  • Limited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $17,000. This level allows bids up to $500,000 per single project.
  • Intermediate: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $75,000. This level allows bids up to $1,000,000 per single project.
  • Unlimited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $150,000. This level has no restrictions as to the value of any single project.

    Applicants for the Intermediate and Unlimited license must submit audited financial statements with classified balance sheets prepared by a CPA or independent accountant engaged in the public practice of accounting.

    Surety bonds are required for applicants with insufficient working capital. The board may request that a surety bond and payment bond be obtained for jobs above a certain monetary level.

Scope of Work:

The Roofing classification covers the installation and repair of roofs and decks on residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional structures requiring materials that form a watertight and weather-resistant surface. For the purposes of this definition “material” includes cedar, cement, asbestos, clay tile, composition shingles, all types of metal coverings, wood shakes, single ply and built-up roofing, protective and reflective roof and deck coatings, sheet metal valleys, flashings, gravel stops, gutters and downspouts, and bituminous waterproofing among other things.


To apply, contact State of North Carolina Licensing Board 1-919-571-4183.

The licensing fees are: Limited $75, Intermediate $100, and Unlimited $125.

Applications are cleared for approval to take the exam as soon as they are received. However, once exams are passed, applications are submitted to the board for review.

Applications must be submitted the 1st week of the month prior to the next board meeting (ex. 1st week of June for July approval).

The board meets once per month in every month except December. Therefore, processing time would be 1 to 2 months depending on the date submitted to the board.

All general contractors licenses expire December 31 each calendar year and normally are not issued during the month of December.


North Carolina has reciprocity with South Carolina for the Roofing license.


As of this time, there is no continuing education for this license.

  • The fee for the exam is $60 and a score of at least 70% is required to pass the exam.
  • The exam is open book, multiple-choice, and timed.
  • There are 60 questions on the exam with a 2 hour time limit. Not all reference books are allowed into the exam.

    Topics covered on the exam are safety, liens, general building code requirements, roofing – steep, licensing, roofing – repairs, sheet metal and flashing, roofing – elastomeric, business and law, and roofing – built-up bituminous.

  • Once you are approved you will receive an eligibility letter to schedule your testing. The eligibility letter is valid for 120 days from the date on the letter and allows the candidate to take 1 exam within that time frame.
  • To schedule your exam you must contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.
  • Failing candidates may not retake an exam until at least 30 days after the failed exam.

All of the books listed under "Reference Materials" on this page were used to create the exam. However, only the following books are allowed in the exam room during the test. They are: NC OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry; North Carolina Building Code, 2018; Business and Project Management for Contractors, North Carolina edition; NC Administration and Enforcement Code, 2018; NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep Slope Roof Systems 2017, NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems 2016, NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roofing Systems 2019.  These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

*There are additional downloadable documents for the North Carolina Roofing exam*

Laws and Regulations Applicable to General Contracting in the State of North Carolina.

Training: American Contractors does not currently offer an exam prep course for Roofing Contractors. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.
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