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Mississippi Residential Builder License (General Contractor)

License Requirements

Requirements to Obtaining your License

A Residential Builder's license is required for projects that exceed $50,000 or more.

  • Pass 2 exams Business and Law; Residential Builder.
Work Under this License

Work that can be Done Under this License

A residential contractor’s services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one, two, three, or four family unit residences that do not exceed three stories in height.

Applications for a License

Applying to get your License

An application for licensure can be obtained from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors by calling 1-800-880-6161. The licensing and application fee is $50.00.

Reciprocity Agreements

Currently an agreement with South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

There is none at this time.


Exam Details

  • The testing company is PSI (1-800-733-9267)
  • 80 questions and an 3-hour time limit
  • 70% is required to pass the exam
  • The exam fee is $120 for 1 portion or $240 for two portions of testing.
  • Topics on the exam include sitework, footings, and foundation; concrete and concrete reinforcement; masonry; carpentry; roofing; associated trades and drywall; general code, plan reading and estimating; OSHA safety; and licensing.

Books and References for the Exam

The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.

  • 2012 International Residential Code
  • OSHA Code of Federal Regulations Part 1926
  • Carpentry and Building Construction
  • Guide to Good Practice for Wood Trusses
  • Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating
  • Modern Masonry
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting

The following reference is also needed for the residential builder exam. It is available to print online free of charge.

• Rules and Regulation Residential Contractors

Exam Review and Education

Exam Review, Training, Education

We offer an online review for the Mississippi Builder Exam. The online class is $199. During the class, students will highlight each one of the references that they are recommended for the exam. Math and plans analysis is also taught. For more information on either attending a seminar, or to order, contact our office at 1-800-952-0910.

Online Class Price: $199

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