Continuing Education Requirements for General Contractors

On July 1, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 55 into law which requires eight hours of continuing education for qualifiers who qualify a general contractor’s license in the classifications of Building, Residential and Unclassified as a condition to license renewal beginning with the 2021 license renewal.

The Licensing Board is currently finalizing the guidelines for implementing the continuing education program. It is anticipated the continuing education program will be administered as follows:

  • Eight hours of continuing education annually consisting of a two-hour mandatory course which will be produced by the Board and six hours of Board approved elective credit for classes offered by Board approved providers and instructors.
  • The continuing education year will begin January 1 and end on November 30 each year.
  • In the first-year, courses will require a qualifier to physically attend classes. The classes may be instructed by a Board-approved live instructor or one who has been video-taped or teaches a live multi-location web-streamed class. All courses must be administered by a Board-approved provider.
  • In subsequent years, the Board will provide options to allow for qualifiers to complete the continuing education requirement in an on-line format.
  • The application for providers, instructors and course curriculum to be approved for continuing education courses for the coming year is expected to be released no later than January 2020.
  • Continuing education courses are expected to be offered for credit beginning in the Spring of 2020.
  • Anyone interested in becoming an approved provider and or instructor for continuing education should email the Board at and submit contact information

GBA is planning to provide courses in Greensboro once curriculum has been developed and approved.  We will continue to monitor and provide updates from the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors.

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