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Commercial Building Technical Contractor

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Richmond, VA  23233
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PSI Licensure: Certification
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Las Vegas, NV 89121
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Exam Type


Exam Content

Subject Areas# of
Site Work 8
Concrete, including Reinforcement 9
Masonry 9
Metals 9
Carpentry 9
Thermal and Moisture Protection 8
Associated Trades - Finishes including Drywall,
Metal Stud Framing, Insulation and Moisture Control,
Doors, Windows, and Glazing
Safety 7
Estimating and Plan Reading 8
General Bulding Code Requirements -
Life Safety and Egress, Accessibility, Fire Protection Requirements, General Code Provisions

Total number of test questions: 80
Time Allowed (minutes): 180


Books Allowed in the Exam

1. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), GPO- OR - (OSHA) Selections by PSI, (latest amendments) Buy from Publisher
2. Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), 2012, DHCD. Web Page Link
3. International Building Code, 2012, ICC Buy at Amazon
4. ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009, International Code Council Buy at Amazon
5. Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders: Technical Digest 9, 3rd Edition, 2008, Steel Joist Institute Buy at Amazon
6. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016 (Student Edition), John Feirer, and Mark Feirer Buy at Amazon
7. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th Edition, 2014, USG Buy at Amazon
8. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 9th Edition, 2011, CRSI Buy at Amazon
9. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd Edition, ASCC Buy at Amazon
10. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts. Buy at Amazon
11. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995, Daniel Atcheson Buy at Amazon
12. Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015, Clois E. Kicklighter Buy at Amazon
13. SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2nd Edition, 2006, Steel Deck Institute PDF File Link
These references will not be available at the examination center.  Please see the PSI candidate bulletin regarding restrictions on personal copies.
Study materials are currently NOT available for this exam

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