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North Carolina Metal Erection


  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Metal Erection Contractor exam.

  • A license is required for projects that are $30,000 or more.

  • There is no minimum experience requirement. Applicants must submit 3 names as references.

    All licenses covered by the commercial licensing board are divided into 3 financial categories:


  • Limited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $17,000. This level allows bids up to $500,000 per single project.

  • Intermediate: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $75,000. This level allows bids up to $1,000,000 per single project.

  • Unlimited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $150,000. This level has no restrictions as to the value of any single project.

    Applicants for the Intermediate and Unlimited license must submit audited financial statements with classified balance sheets prepared by a CPA or independent accountant engaged in the public practice of accounting.


    Surety bonds are required for applicants with insufficient working capital. The board may request that a surety bond and payment bond be obtained for jobs above a certain monetary level.


The Metal Erection classification covers the field fabrication, erection, repair, and alteration of architectural and structural shapes, plates, tubing, pipes and bars not limited to steel or aluminum, that are or may be used as structural members for buildings, equipment, and structures, covers the layout, assembly, and erection by welding, bolting, or riveting such metal products as, but not limited to curtain walls, tanks of all types, hoppers, structural members for buildings, towers, stairs, conveyor frames, cranes and crane runways, canopies, carports, guard rails, signs, steel scaffolding as a permanent structure, rigging, flagpoles, fences, steel and aluminum siding, bleachers, fire escapes, and the seating for stadiums, arenas, and auditoriums.

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Required Books 

All of the books listed under, Reference Materials, on this page are used to create the exam. However, only the following books are allowed into the exam room during the test.

They are: NC OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry; Specification for Structural Joints Using A325 or A490 Bolts, 2004

These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

*There are additional downloadable documents for the North Carolina Metal Erection exam*

Laws and Regulations Applicable to General Contracting in the State of North Carolina.

Specification for Structural Joints Using Using ASTM A325 or A490 Bolts.

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Additional Services

  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Metal Erection Contractor exam.
  • A license is required for projects that are $30,000 or more.
  • There is no minimum experience requirement. Applicants must submit 3 names as references.

    All licenses covered by the commercial licensing board are divided into 3 financial categories:

  • Limited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $17,000. This level allows bids up to $500,000 per single project.
  • Intermediate: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $75,000. This level allows bids up to $1,000,000 per single project.
  • Unlimited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $150,000. This level has no restrictions as to the value of any single project.

    Applicants for the Intermediate and Unlimited license must submit audited financial statements with classified balance sheets prepared by a CPA or independent accountant engaged in the public practice of accounting.

    Surety bonds are required for applicants with insufficient working capital. The board may request that a surety bond and payment bond be obtained for jobs above a certain monetary level.

The Metal Erection classification covers the field fabrication, erection, repair, and alteration of architectural and structural shapes, plates, tubing, pipes and bars not limited to steel or aluminum, that are or may be used as structural members for buildings, equipment, and structures, covers the layout, assembly, and erection by welding, bolting, or riveting such metal products as, but not limited to curtain walls, tanks of all types, hoppers, structural members for buildings, towers, stairs, conveyor frames, cranes and crane runways, canopies, carports, guard rails, signs, steel scaffolding as a permanent structure, rigging, flagpoles, fences, steel and aluminum siding, bleachers, fire escapes, and the seating for stadiums, arenas, and auditoriums.

To apply, contact State of North Carolina Licensing Board 1-919-571-4183.

The licensing fees are: Limited $75, Intermediate $100, and Unlimited $125.

Applications are cleared for approval to take the exam as soon as they are received. However, once exams are passed, applications are submitted to the board for review.

Applications must be submitted the 1st week of the month prior to the next board meeting (ex. 1st week of June for July approval).

The board meets once per month in every month except December. Therefore, processing time would be 1 to 2 months depending on the date submitted to the board.

All general contractors licenses expire December 31 each calendar year and normally are not issued during the month of December.

North Carolina does not have a reciprocity agreement for this license.

As of this time, there is no continuing education for this license.

  • The fee for the exam is $60 and a score of at least 70% is required to pass the exams.
  • The exam is open book, multiple-choice, and timed.
  • There are 65 questions on the exam with a 2.5 hour time limit. Not all reference books are allowed into the exam.

    Topics covered on the exam are liens, laws and regulations, safety – OSHA subpart R, safety – general, metal roofing and siding, metal fencing, reinforcing steel, bolting, steel decks, welding, and steel joists and girders.

  • Once you are approved you will receive an eligibility letter to schedule your testing. The eligibility letter is valid for 120 days from the date on the letter and allows the candidate to take 1 exam within that time frame.
  • To schedule your exam you must contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.
  • Failing candidates may not retake an exam until at least 30 days after the failed exam.
American Contractors does not offer a seminar to prepare for the North Carolina Metal Erection contractor license exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.