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NASCLA A NASCLA Accredited Examination - Commercial General Building Contractor (2021-05-10)

The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program was designed to assist contractors who wish to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions by offering a streamlined test taking option for the trade portion of the contractor examination. The NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors was designed to assist candidates applying within individual state agencies for the general commercial building contractor classification or similar to. Candidates who take and pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination can access NASCLA’s National Examination Database (NED) located on https://ned.nascla.org to electronically send their transcripts to jurisdictions that accept the examination in lieu of their state specific trade portion, thereby reducing redundant licensing requirements. Candidates are expected to follow individual state agency applications to become licensed, in addition to taking a business and law examination, etc. If you are unsure if this examination will meet your specific license requirements in a participating state agency, please contact the state agency directly to confirm. A complete list of participating state agencies can be found on NASCLA’s website by visiting: www.nascla.org/page/ParticipatingStateAg Licensees under this classification may perform ancillary work, including grading, associated with the building or structure which the licensee has been engaged to construct. However, if a project includes work performed under a Mechanical Contractor sub-classification or any of these license subclassifications, the licensee must have a license in the appropriate license classification or subclassification to perform the work: Swimming Pools, Bridges, Boring and Tunneling, Water and Sewer Lines, Pipe Lines, Railroad Lines, Specialty Roofing, Marine, Water and Sewer Plants, and Asphalt Paving.

For questions regarding the examination, please contact NASCLA via email to info@nascla.org or by phone at (623)587-9354. There are 115 questions in this examination. You will need toanswer 81 questions correctly in order to pass. You are allowed 330 minutes to complete this examination.

1. General Requirements (25 items)
2. Site Construction (15 items)
3. Concrete (6 items)
4. Masonry (4 items)
5. Metals (6 items)
6. Wood (5 items)
7. Thermal and Moisture Protection (5 items)
8. Doors, Windows, and Glazing (4 items)
9. Finishes (5 items)
10. Mechanical and Plumbing Systems (6 items)
11. Electrical Systems (3 items)
12. Procurement and Contracting Requirements (31 items)



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    Pipe and Excavation Contracting 2011

    Publication Year: 2011

    $43.00

    This popular manual has been updated and improved to bring it more current with modern earth moving and trenching equipment, refined excavation techniques, stricter safety rules, and improved materials. Here you’ll find how to enter and succeed in the underground utility business. Includes hands-on instructions for operating the equipment and doing the trenching, pipe laying and connecting work and answers to what causes so many skilled equipment operators and pipe layers to fail when they try to start their own business.

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    Gypsum Construction Handbook 7th Edtion

    Publication Year: 2014

    $68.00

    The tried-and-true Gypsum Construction Handbook is a systematic guide to selecting and using gypsum drywall, veneer plaster, tile backers, ceilings, and conventional plaster building materials. A widely respected training text for aspiring architects and engineers, the book provides detailed product information and efficient installation methodology. The Seventh Edition features updates in gypsum products, including ultralight panels, glass-mat panels, paperfaced plastic bead, and ultralightweight joint compound, and modern specialty acoustical and ceiling product guidelines. This comprehensive reference also incorporates the latest in sustainable products.

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    Placing Reinforcing Bars, 10th Edition

    $90.00

    This unique and popular publication presents the best accepted current practices in placing reinforcing bars in structures and pavement. It is written for apprentices, journeymen ironworkers, and inspectors. A definitive resource for preparing provisions in project specifications. Eighteen heavily illustrated chapters cover topics including types of materials, handling of bars at the jobsite, general principles for bar placing, splicing, and tying, bar placement in footings, walls, columns, floors, roofs, pavement and transportation structures. Also includes a chapter on epoxy and other coated reinforcement.

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    Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016 Student Edition

    Publication Year: 2016

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    Roofing Construction & Estimating

    Publication Year: 1995

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    Installation, repair and estimating for nearly every type of roof covering available today in residential and commercial structures: asphalt shingles, roll roofing, wood shingles and shakes, clay tile, slate, metal, built-up, and elastomeric. Covers sheathing and underlayment techniques, as well as secrets for installing leak proof valleys. Many estimating tips help you minimize waste, as well as insure a profit on every job. Troubleshooting techniques help you identify the true source of most leaks. Over 300 large, clear illustrations help you find the answer to just about all your roofing questions.

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    Training Certification of Field Personnel For Unbonded Post Tensioning

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    $95.00

    This instructional manual has been prepared by the Post-Tensioning Institute's Committee for Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning soley as a recommended general guide and assistance to the placement, installation and inspection of unbonded single strand post-tensioning systems, the operation of stressing equipment, and accessories.

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    Erectors' Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Pre Cast Concrete Products, 1999

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    Publication Year: 1999

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    This manual is intended to provide standards and corresponding guidelines for the erection of plant-produced precast and prestressed concrete products, and to establish a level of quality that will be recognized and respected by the construction industry. Softcover 96 pages

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    Construction Jobsite Management 2017

    Publication Year: 2017

    $230.75

    The newly updated Fourth Edition of CONSTRUCTION JOBSITE MANAGEMENT examines all facets of construction project management from the contractor’s point of view. The responsibilities of project managers, construction superintendents, and construction engineers are covered in depth, from configuring a project team through closing out a project. The text maintains a strong focus on jobsite personnel activities, outlining proven procedures and offering helpful techniques to manage projects effectively from start to finish. Clear, concise language and accurate, relevant detail make this book an essential introduction to the "real world" of construction jobsite management.

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    Technical Digest No. 9 - Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders

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    Publication Year: March 2006

    $40.00

    This updated Technical Digest contains a thorough coverage of the proper handling and erection procedures to be employed in the field to make certain that SJI joist products are not damaged, that they perform as specified, and above all, to ensure the safety of the erectors. The digest includes descriptions of the standard products: K-Series joists, LH/DLH-Series joists, Joist Girders and now CJ-Series joists, how joist products are prepared, tagged, loaded and shipped from the joist manufacturer’s plant, how they are to be unloaded and stored at the job site, how the joist products are to be erected including bridging, and field inspection. Other topics covered in the digest are penalized erection and common field issues. This edition contains information related to the newest standard joist product, the CJ-Series joists that were introduced in 2007. It also includes updated information on Bridging in Chapter 8 as well as some additional topics added to the list of Miscellaneous Topics - Common Field Issues in Chapter 9. General contractors, steel erectors, inspectors, and building officials would most benefit from this Technical Digest. Engineers and Architects would also benefit from the information contained in the digest if part of their responsibilities is to oversee joist and Joist Girder projects under construction.

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    Construction Project Management 4th edition

    This up-to-the-minute text addresses all facets of successful construction project management in today’s complex environments. Construction Project Management introduces all key players in the process, walks through each project phase, and presents tools for effectively managing both people and projects. Co-authored by an academic and an industry professional, it fuses theory and practical reality, and interweaves roles of owner, designer, and construction professional throughout. It first introduces the modern industry and profession, presenting emerging trends, roles, contractual arrangements, and opportunities. Next, it focuses on the project itself, from concept to occupancy, and address the construction professional’s growing role during design and early construction. Students also master modern tools for estimating, scheduling, control, and feedback. The text provides many charts and images, as well as real-world sidebars authored by industry-leading professionals. This edition presents new technologies, techniques, statistics, trends, and career information throughout, including new approaches to collaboration, project delivery, and continuous improvement.

     

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    Publication Year: 2014

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    The “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete” (“Code”) provides minimum requirements for the materials, design, and detailing of structural concrete buildings and, where applicable, nonbuilding structures. This Code addresses structural systems, members, and connections, including cast-in-place, precast, plain, nonprestressed, prestressed, and composite construction. Among the subjects covered are: design and construction for strength, serviceability, and durability; load combinations, load factors, and strength reduction factors; structural analysis methods; deflection limits; mechanical and adhesive anchoring to concrete; development and splicing of reinforcement; construction document information; field inspection and testing; and methods to evaluate the strength of existing structures.

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    Publication Year: 2017
    3RD Edition

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    The NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management is organized into 3 sections.

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    Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction 10th Edition

    $165.00

    A practical, well-rounded approach to modern construction principles and practices

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    Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction 4th Edition

    Publication Year: 2018
    4th Edition

    $106.80

    This document is published jointly by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC). It has been reviewed in accordance with the Educational Committee Manual document review procedures of the ACI Educational Activities Committee. ACI and ASCC reports are intended for guidance in planning, designing, executing, and inspecting construction. This document is intended for the use of individuals who are competent to evaluate the significance and limitations of its content and recommendations and who will accept responsibility for the application of the material it contains.

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    Code of Federal Regulations, 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA) 2021

    $26.78

    All Federal Construction Regulations (29 CFR 1926) are included in this “perfect bound” book in an easy-to-read, two-color layout.

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    29 CFR 1903 regulations covering inspections, citations, and penalties
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    International Building Code 2018

    Publication Year: 2018

    $127.00

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    International Building Code Turbo Tabs 2018

    Publication Year: 2018

    $15.63

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    Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone 9th Edition

    Publication Year: 2020

    $118.00

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