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Residential Building Contractor

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Minnesota State Department of Labor and Industries
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 284-5005
Licensing Website

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Exam Content

The exam content shown here only lists the major category headings.  Please consult the exam bulletin from the link below for more detailed information about subject subcategories.

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Subject Areas
Plans and Specifications
Energy Code (Envelope Criteria)
Building Planning / Life Safety
Concrete and Masonry - Footings and Foundations
Exterior Finishes
Foam Plastic Insulation
Interior Finishes
Associated Trades
Job Site Safety

Total Number of Test Questions: 110
Time Allowed (Hours) per exam: 4.0
In Minnesota you must also pass a Business and Law Exam
unless you are already a licensed contractor who is adding
a classification to your license.

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Recommended Reference Books

1. Minnesota Statutes - Construction Codes and Licensing, Ch. 326B. Doc Link
2. Minnesota Statutes - Housing; Statutory Warranties, Ch. 327A. Doc Link
3. Minnesota Statutes - Manufactured Home Sales, Ch. 327B. Doc Link
4. Minnesota Statutes - Assumed Names, Insignia, and Marks, Ch. 333. Doc Link
5. Minnesota Statutes - Liens; Labor, Material, Ch. 514. Doc Link
6. Minnesota State Building Code, 2007 Edition. Doc Link
7. Minnesota State Building Code, 2007, Related Rules and Statutes. Doc Link
8. Minnesota Rules - Administration of State Building Code, Chapter 1300 Doc Link
9. Minnesota Rules - Provisions of the Minnesota State Building Code, Chapter 1303 Doc Link
10. Minnesota Rules - Adoption of the 2006 International Residential Code, Chapter 1309 (Revised 2012) Doc Link
11. Minnesota Rules - Adoption of the 2011 National Electrical Code, Ch. 1315. Doc Link
12. Minnesota Residential Energy Code, Minnesota Rules, Ch. 1322. Doc Link
13. Minnesota Rules - Manufactured Homes, Chapter 1350 Doc Link
14. Minnesota Administrative Rules - Plumbing Code, Ch. 4715. Doc Link
15. International Residential Code, 2006, ICC. Doc Link
16. CFR 24 Part 3280 - Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards. Doc Link
17. CFR 24 Part 3282 - Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations. Doc Link
18. CFR 24 Part 3285 - Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards. Doc Link
19. CFR 24 Part 3286 - Manufactured Home Installation Program. Doc Link
20. Minnesota Statutes - Department of Health, Ch. 144. Doc Link
All reference books will be provided at the exam site.
You may not bring your own books.

Additional Recommended Books and Codes
(not used to write questions)

1. Minnesota Occupational and Safety Rules and Regulations, MNOSHA. Doc Link
2. NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual, 2005, NRCA. Buy at Amazon
3. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd Edition, 2005, American Society of Concrete Contractors. Buy at Amazon

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