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Understanding Your Continuing Education Requirements as a General Contractor in North Carolina

As a professional in the ever-evolving field of general contracting, staying abreast of the latest standards, regulations, and techniques is not just beneficial—it's required.

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors mandates that all licensed contractors participate in Continuing Education (CE) to maintain their license's validity. Here, we break down what you need to know to keep your license in good standing and what to do if you're behind on your CE credits.


Annual CE Requirements: The Breakdown

Each year, general contractors in North Carolina are required to complete 8 hours of CE to renew their license. This 8-hour CE requirement is divided into two parts:

  • 2-Hour Mandatory Course: Every licensee must complete a 2-hour course that's designated as mandatory for the current year. This course is essential as it covers content determined by the board to be crucial for all practicing contractors.

  • 6-Hour Electives: In addition to the mandatory course, contractors must complete 6 hours of elective courses. These can be selected based on your interest or areas where you feel your skills could be strengthened. Electives offer a chance to learn about new technologies, business practices, or any changes in building codes and legislation.

Qualifiers must complete their CE by November 30th each year, which is a critical deadline to remember. Missing this deadline can have repercussions on your license status.



What Happens If You Miss the Deadline?

If a licensee's status becomes invalid due to non-completion of the CE requirements, they must make up for the missed CE before they can renew their license. The board specifies that licensees must complete 6 elective hours of CE for each year not previously renewed and the 2 mandatory hours for the current year.

For example:

  • If you missed one year of CE, you need to complete 6 elective hours plus the 2 mandatory hours for the current year.

  • If you missed two years, it's 12 elective hours plus the 2 mandatory hours, and so on.

This requirement ensures that all general contractors are up-to-date with their knowledge and skills, regardless of any gaps in their continuing education.


If you're behind on your CE credits, don't worry. We've got you covered. Our CE school offers a variety of courses that meet the requirements set forth by the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors. We provide both mandatory and elective courses to suit your needs and help get your license back in good standing.


Get Started Today

Don't let another day pass by; take the necessary steps to renew your general contractor's license in good standing by completing your CE by 11/30! At Skyline we have everything that you need to stay compliant. Conveniently, all of our classes are offered in a self paced format so you can complete them whenever you have time!



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