Construction Trade Research Area

Residential Building Contractor

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Minnesota State Department of Labor and Industries
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (800) 342-5354, (651) 284-5005
Licensing Website

Exam Type


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: 50
Total Number of Pre-Test Questions: 5
Time Allowed (hours) per exam: 2.0
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.

Go to Business and Law Offering

Recommended Reference Books

1. Modern Carpentry, 11th Edition, 2008, Willis H Wagner, Howard Bud Smith. Buy at Amazon
2. International Residential Code, 2009, ICC. Doc Link
3. Minnesota Rules - Adoption of the 2006 International Residential Code, Ch. 1309. Doc Link
4. Minnesota Rules - Administration of State Building Code, Ch. 1300. Doc Link
5. Minnesota Residential Energy Code, Minnesota Rules, Ch. 1322. Doc Link
6. Minnesota State Building Code, 2007. Doc Link
7. Minnesota State Building Code, 2007, Related Rules and Statutes Doc Link
8. Minnesota Rules - Adoption of the 2011 National Electrical Code, Ch. 1315. Doc Link
9. 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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Minnesota • Residential Building Contractor
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2003 International Residential Code price Link to video description
General Builder price Link to video description
OSHA (2 disc set) price Link to video description
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