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Frequently Asked Questions


Question:  Can I take six hours of CEU online and Six in class?

Answer:  Yes!  Click on Online Code Campus  to find information on what online hours to take and Click on Info/Register to find six hour, in-class dates.

Question: How do I register for the exam?

Answer: After you take the prep course, you will send in your application (link for application is located on the "Current Students" page of the website). Along with the application you will need:

1. To be 18 years old at the time of the exam.

2. Have at least three years of experience (note a) in building construction or design in the field in which you wish to be licensed.

3. Provide documentation of your experience (note b) List your duties as they directly relate to the field of building construction or design.

4. Provide a notarized signature indicating: 1) you have read and understand this bulletin 2) the truthfulness of the information provided on the registration form 3) that you have filed all state tax returns and paid state taxes. Information provided will be used by the state to determine eligibility for licensure. 

5. Not have previously passed an examination in the same license class and/or received a license in the same class. Exceptions: 1) individuals whose license has been expired for more than two years 2) individuals as ordered to re-examine following an adjudicatory hearing. 

Note a.

i. Your work experience need not be continuous but must be a total of 36 months of fulltime (40 hours per week) experience within the past ten years. Exceptions:

  • Successful completion of a three- or four-year vocational high school or other vocational school program in the field of building construction or completion of a bachelor, master or PhD degree from an accredited college or university shall be deemed as satisfying one year of work experience.
  • Successful completion of a bachelor, master or PhD degree from an accredited college or university in architecture or science, engineering, or technology in a related field shall be deemed as satisfying two years work experience.
  • Education can account for a maximum of two years experience.

ii. Union affiliation only is not acceptable as work experience.

iii. Active military service relevant to construction may be considered as work experience.

Note b.

i. Documentation of your work experience can be either:

  • Tax forms. (See page 15, Exam Registration Form, Option A) W-2, or IRS Schedule C or 1099 forms are acceptable. Submit forms for the equivalent of three years full time experience. If education is used for experience then submit a copy of the diploma and/or degree that you acquired.
  • Letter of Attestation. (See page 15 Exam Registration Form, Option B) In lieu of tax records a letter of attestation from an individual (e.g. engineer, architect, employer, military supervisor, licensed contractor, or other) stating that you have at least three years of construction and/or design experience. 

Question: What is the exam registration fee?

Answer: The fee for the exam is $100.00 payable to Prometric. Payments may be made by money order, company check, cashiers check or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard) PERSONAL CHECKS AND CASH ARE NOT ACCEPTED. FEES ARE NONTRANSFERABLE AND NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Question: How do I schedule my exam?

Answer: 10 days after mailing in your application, you should contact Prometic to schedule your exam. You can contact them by internet at the Prometrics website , or if you choose to, you can schedule the exam by phone. (800)-813-6671 Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8am and 9pm (EST) 

Question: How long after I send in my application do I have to schedule my exam? 

Answer: Once your exam registration form has been processed by Prometric, you have 90 days to schedule your exam. After 90 days, your registration will expire and you will forfeit all fees submitted. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT REGISTER FOR YOUR EXAM UNTIL YOU ARE PREPARED TO TAKE THE EXAM! 

Question: If I already scheduled my exam, but need to reschedule for a different day how do I do that?

Answer: To avoid a rescheduling fee, you must contact Prometric at least three full business days before the day of your scheduled appointment. Before you reschedule your exam, refer to the following table to determine the last day you may reschedule without paying a $40 rescheduling fee.

If your exam is on:                   Call by 9pm(est) the previous:

Monday                                          Tuesday

Tuesday                                         Wednesday

Wednesday                                    Thursday

Thursday                                        Friday

Friday                                            Monday  


Question: What happens if I take my exam but do not pass? 

Answer: Unfortunately, if you do not pass your exam, you will need to complete another registration form, submit it with another $100.00 exam fee and schedule another exam. 

Question: What do I need to bring on the day of my exam? 

Answer: Arrival. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam appointment. This allows time for you to sign in and for staff to verify your identification and documentation. References. You are allowed to use the Massachusetts State Building Code and the reference standards identified in the content outline during your exam and must bring copies of these references with you to the test center. Identification. You must present a valid form of identification before you can test. That identification document must:

• Be government-issued (e.g., driver’s license, passport, state-issued identification card or military identification card).

• Contain both a current photo and your signature. Have a name that exactly matches the name used to register for the exam (including designations such as “Jr.” and “III”).

Question: When will I receive my exam results? 

Answer: You will have your results immediately after the exam. 

Passing score. If you receive a score of 70 percent or above, the score report will have the word “pass” printed on it. Numerical passing scores are not reported to avoid potential misuse of the scores in hiring. Your score report will include information on obtaining your license.

Retake information. Candidates who do not pass the exam will receive a score report with the word “fail” printed on it. The score report will also contain the candidate’s numerical score and a Strength and Weakness Report

IMPORTANT: You may take the exam twice in a 90-day period. Ones the 90-day period expires, you can again take the exam twice in the next 90-day period. It is recommended that you spend some time studying between attempts. We also allow students who took our class, to come back and retake the class if you failed the exam. (you must come back within a year of taking that same class with us.