Pass the ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam

Learn how to become an ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) (Online and self-paced)

If your state, county, or city licensing agency requires you to pass the ICC F13 National Standards Residential Building Contractor Exam (C), complete our online ICC exam preparation course, then schedule your F13 exam through the ICC.



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Pass the ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam

Refresh your 2015 IRC Code and Concrete Manual knowledge, successfully pass your ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor Exam. Preparing for your ICC F13 exam has never been easier! You will pass the ICC F13 exam. We guarantee it!

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Refresh your 2015 IRC codebook and Concrete Manual knowledge. Successfully prepare for your ICC F13 certification exam without leaving the comfort of your home or office. Our ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) exam preparation course is your best, most affordable path to success!

Pass your ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) exam. 100% money-back guarantee. We provide the study materials (excluding codebooks) required to PASS THE ICC F13 EXAM. 

How To Use Our Online Study Center

STUDY our “Navigating the 2015 IRCA Code Primer – This eManual familiarizes you with the code’s structure and function within the first 11 chapters of the 2015 IRC, “ICC International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings.”

STUDY our “Navigating the Concrete Manual: Based on the 2015 IBC and the ACI 318-14 – This eGuide focuses specifically on how to navigate the Concrete Manual.

PRACTICE answering realistic exam questions using the methods explained in our “Navigating the 2015 IRC” and “Navigating the Concrete Manual.” Over 900 code-specific practice questions, answers, and unlimited full-length, timed final exams. 

The course includes:

  • eManual (Navigating the 2015 IRC. A Code Primer)
  • eGuide (Navigating the Concrete Manual.)
  • Printable Worksheets (Companion to 2015 IRC eManual & Concrete Manual eGuide)
  • Online Practice Questions (Practice looking up answers in your codebook, take full length simulated exams)

eManual – NAVIGATING THE 2015 IRC: A Code Primer

Navigating the 2015 IRC - A Code Navigation Manual

Our “NAVIGATING THE 2015 IRC ” eManual helps students review the (IRC) International Residential Code, Chapters 1-11. When you master the code, you master your Exam!

This eManual is the starting point for the TLC F13 Training Program. It will familiarize you with the use, layout, and content of chapters 1 through 11 of the 2015 IRC.

Manual includes:

  • The purpose and layout of the code
  • How to navigate the IRC
  • Codebook navigation exercises, speed drills
  • Using the Table of Contents
  • Breaking down questions by subject (Chapters 1-11)
    • Keyword Identification, how to Identify the subject of a question for easy reference.
    • How to search for a code article by referencing the INDEX
    • Code reference example questions with in-depth solutions.

You are allowed by ICC to use the 2015 IRC codebook when taking your ICC F13 Exam!

eGuide – CONCRETE MANUAL: Based on the 2015 IRC and ACI 318-14: A Book Review.

Our “NAVIGATING THE ICC CONCRETE MANUAL: Based on the 2015 IBC and the ACI 318-14” eGuide focuses specifically on quickly navigating the Concrete Manual.

This eGuide reviews the use, layout, chapters, and index of the Concrete Manual.

eGuide includes:

  • How to navigate the Concrete Manual
  • Using the Table of Contents
    • Guided study of the Concrete Manual
  • Using the Index
    • Keyword Identification, how to Identify the subject of a question for easy reference.

You are allowed by ICC to use the Concrete Manual when taking your ICC F13 Exam!


Access eManuals, Study Questions, and Simulated Exams From Any Device With Internet Access!

Our online practice questions provide you with a framework to practice utilizing your 2015 IRC Codebook and the Concrete Manual. The process of constantly utilizing your codebook to answer test questions builds up your speed and code knowledge. Our course provides you with the required skill set to easily pass your ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor exam.

Four modes of practice!

  • Chapter Study Mode: Covers over 900 ICC F13 exam practice questions & answers. (Organized as Question – Answer – Code Location)
  • Flashcard Mode: Online Virtual Flashcards provide randomized access to our entire question set and are an ideal setting to practice answering exam questions. (Organized as Question – Answer – Code Location)
  • Chapter Tests: Provides real-time feedback on each chapter of our study materials, enabling you to concentrate on chapters that need improvement.
  • Simulated Final Exams: Simulates the taking of your ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor exam.
    • Full length (Exact  number of questions as on F13 Exam)
    • Timed (Exact amount of time as actual ICC F13 exam)
    • Randomized (Questions are randomized, all exams are unique)
    • Properly Balanced (Balanced according to the ICC Exam schedule guaranteeing a realistic ICC F13 exam simulation)

Take as many simulated final exams as you want! (These exams help you gain the knowledge, speed, and confidence needed to pass your ICC F13 exam effortlessly.)

One-year online access: Full access membership to our online study center. Experience the convenience of learning at home or in the office, saving valuable travel time to an in-person course.


ICC F13 Exam Breakdown

An F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) holds a license to construct, remodel, or repair any structure or addition. It is commonly referred to as a Residential Contractor (C) license.

You are allowed to use a copy of the 2015 IRC and the ICC Concrete Manual when taking your F13 exam.

80 Questions – 4 Hr Time Limit – Open Book Exam – 70%+ To Pass

  • Administration: 9%
  • Building Planning: 10%
  • Plan Reading: 13%
  • Life Safety: 5%
  • Exterior Walls: 3%
  • Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures: 8%
  • Soils and Foundations: 10%
  • Concrete: 3%
  • Masonry: 8%
  • Wood: 22%
  • Glass and Glazing: 3%
  • Gypsum Board and Plaster: 3%
  • Special Construction: 1%
  • Energy Efficiency: 3%

Please click the following link to read/download the ICC Candidate Information Bulletin.

This bulletin answers most questions raised by examination candidates. Please read it carefully. You will find it a useful reference throughout your registration and examination process.

Take your ICC F13 exam with Pearson|VUE

Schedule the exam at your closest Pearson VUE testing center, Then submit your results to the appropriate licensing agency immediately upon passing the exam.

Take your ICC F13 exam at the closest Pearson|VUE test center.

ICC exams are available at Pearson | Vue testing centers across the country.
CLICK HERE – For more information or to set up an exam with Pearson | Vue. 

About the ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) exam.

This information regarding the ICC F13 exam is provided to you as a courtesy. Check with ICC at and/or Pearson VUE at to verify this information’s accuracy.

  • Contact the appropriate building department for specific licensing requirements.
  • Passing an ICC national standard exam is NOT a license to practice and does not guarantee a license in any jurisdiction.
  • To acquire a license to practice, you must apply to the specific state licensing agency or building department and meet all of their licensing requirements.

Pearson|VUE Requirements / Recommendations for scheduling the F13 Exam.

IMPORTANT: ICC has been split into different testing programs on our website. You will need to know the three-digit exam code before registering for your Contractor/Trades exam. Each testing program will require a unique username and password.

The Contractor/Trades program is also split into exams that require pre-authorization and exams that do not require pre-authorization. View the current exams that require pre-authorization or do not require pre-authorization.

To create an account, schedule an exam, view exams, or find a test center, please go to

2015 IRC for One and Two-Family Dwellings.
Required Codebook (Sold Separately) $167.35

The scope of the (IRC) International Residential Code® comprises all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories.

Codebook Navigation Aid (Sold Separately) $13.45

Tab your Codebook. Fast-Tabs help you navigate the 2015 IRC quickly and efficiently. Fast-tabs are a must-have item for IRC users and can dramatically lower the time spent searching through the codebook.

You are allowed to use our IRC Fast-Tabs when taking your F13 Exam!

Concrete Manual
Required Manual (Sold Separately) $88.20

The Concrete Manual provides all the information that inspectors and other construction professionals need to become proficient in concrete field practices and inspection.

You are allowed to use the Concrete Manual when taking your F13 Exam!

Take our Free ICC F13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam

Pass this 20 question free F13 Residential Building Contractor (C) test, learn where you stand! These free F13 Residential contractor practice questions, based on the 2015 IRC and Concrete Manual, are similar to those on the F13 Residential Contractor exam.

  • If you answer sixteen or more of these free ICC F13 practice questions correctly, you are in pretty good shape.
  • However, if you miss four or more questions, get this course, you are in danger of failing your ICC F13 exam.

Submittal documents that consist of construction documents must be submitted in __________ or more sets with each application for a permit.

Correct! Wrong!

Where foam plastic is spray applied to a sill plate without a thermal barrier, the thickness of the foam plastic must be __________ max.

Correct! Wrong!

It is the responsibility of the __________ to monitor safety and accident prevention on the job site.

Correct! Wrong!

In flood-resistant construction, the base flood elevation at the depth of peak elevation of flooding, including wave height, that has a __________ or greater chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.

Correct! Wrong!

Steel columns must be a min. of __________ diameter Schedule 40 pipe manufactured in accordance with ASTM A 53 Grade B.

Correct! Wrong!

The maximum allowable deflection for structural members in floors is __________.

Correct! Wrong!

Where there is evidence that the groundwater table can rise to within __________ of the finished floor at the building perimeter, the grade in the under-floor space must be as high as the outside finished grade.

Correct! Wrong!

Joists framing into the side of a wood girder must be supported by approved framing anchors or on ledger strips a min. of __________ .

Correct! Wrong!

What is the maximum compressive strength that ultra-high performance concrete provides?

Correct! Wrong!

Unless approved anchor straps are used, plate washers, a min. of __________ in size, must be provided between the foundation sill plate and the nut.

Correct! Wrong!

Wood studs located in exterior walls or bearing partitions drilled over __________ must be doubled with a max. of two successive doubled studs bored.

Correct! Wrong!

Natural ventilation for habitable rooms must be provided with an min. openable area of __________ of the floor area being ventilated.

Correct! Wrong!

The maximum allowable span of a built-up Douglas fir-larch girder consisting of three 2 x 10s, located at an exterior bearing wall, supporting a roof, a ceiling and one center-bearing floor in a building having a width of 28 feet is ___________.

Correct! Wrong!

Load-bearing cold-formed steel studs must be located in-line with joists, trusses and rafters and have a max. tolerance of ___________ between the centerline of the horizontal framing member and the centerline of the vertical framing member.

Correct! Wrong!

What is the first property of concrete that must be observed and researched?

Correct! Wrong!

Water-resistive barriers where applied over wood-based sheathing, must include a water-resistive vapor-permeable barrier with a performance at least equivalent to _____ layers of Grade D paper.

Correct! Wrong!

Structural members that support rafters and ceiling joists, such as ridge beams, hips and valleys, must be designed as beams, where the roof pitch is less than ___________.

Correct! Wrong!

The cement most commonly used for precast prestressed concrete work is Type:__________ .

Correct! Wrong!

Class A, B or C photovoltaic panels and modules must be installed where the edge of the roof is less than ___________ from a lot line.

Correct! Wrong!

Windows, skylights and sliding glass doors must have a min. air infiltration rate of ___________ when tested for fenestration air leakage.

Correct! Wrong!