Pass the ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) Exam

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Pass the ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) Exam

Refresh your 2015 IBC Code & Concrete Manual knowledge. Successfully pass your ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor Exam. Mastering the code has never been easier! You will pass the ICC F11 exam. We guarantee it!

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Refresh your 2015 IBC (International Building Code) knowledge and familiarize yourself with the Concrete Manual, Based on either the 2015 IBC and ACI 318-14 or the 2021 IBC and ACI 318-19. Successfully prepare for your ICC F11 certification exam without leaving the comfort of your home or office. Our ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) exam preparation course is your best, most affordable path to success!

Pass your ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor exam. Our money-back guarantee backs this course. We provide the study materials (excluding codebooks) required to PASS THE ICC F11 EXAM. 

How To Use Our Online Study Center

STUDY our “Navigating the 2015 IBCA Code Primer – This eManual will familiarize you with the code’s structure within the 35 chapters of the 2015 IBC. ICC International Building Code.

STUDY our “Navigating the Concrete Manual: Based on either the 2015 IBC and ACI 318-14 or the 2021 IBC and the ACI 318-19These eGuides focuses specifically on how to navigate the Concrete Manual.

PRACTICE answering realistic exam questions using the methods explained in our “Navigating the 2015 IBC” and “Navigating the Concrete Manual.” Over 1,100 code-specific practice questions and answers and unlimited full-length, timed final exams. 

The course includes:

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

eManual – NAVIGATING THE 2015 IBC: A Code Primer

Our “NAVIGATING THE 2015 IBC” eManual helps students review the (IBC) International Building Code.
When you master the code, you master your Exam!

This eManual is the starting point for the TLC Certification Training Program. It will familiarize you with the use, layout, and content of chapters 1 through 35 of the 2015 IBC.

eManual includes:

  • The purpose and layout of the code
  • How to navigate the IBC
  • Codebook navigation exercises, speed drills
  • Using the Table of Contents
  • Breaking down questions by subject (Chapters 1-35)
    • 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 IBC codebook when taking your ICC F11 Exam!

eGuide – Concrete Manual: Based on the 2021 IBC and ACI 318-19: A Book Review.

Our “NAVIGATING THE ICC CONCRETE MANUAL: Based on either 2015 IBC and the ACI 318-14 or the 2021 IBC and the ACI 318-19.” The eGuide focuses specifically on how to navigate the Concrete Manual.

This eGuide familiarizes you with 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 2015 or 2021 Concrete Manual when taking your ICC F11 Exam!


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

Our online practice questions provide a framework to practice utilizing your 2015 IBC Codebook and Concrete Manual. Constantly utilizing your codebook or the approved reference material to answer test questions builds up your speed and code knowledge. Our course provides the required skills to pass your ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor exam.

Four modes of study!

  • Chapter Study Mode: Covers over 1,100 ICC F11 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 F11 National Standard General Building Contractor exam.
    • Full length (Exact  number of questions as F11 Exam)
    • Timed (Exact amount of time as actual ICC F11 exam)
    • Randomized (Questions are randomized, all exams are unique)
    • Properly Balanced (Balanced according to the ICC Exam schedule guaranteeing a realistic ICC F11 exam simulation)

Take as many simulated final exams as you want! (These exams help you to gain the knowledge, speed, and confidence needed to pass your ICC F11 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 F11 Exam Breakdown

An F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) holds a license to construct, demolish, remodel, or repair any structure or addition.

You are allowed to use a copy of the 2015 IBC and the Concrete Manual when taking your F11 exam.


  • Administration General Regulations: (15%)

    • Administration
    • Code Definitions and Terms
    • Plan Reading
  • Building Planning and Life Safety: (25%)

    • Use and Occupancy and Types of Construction
    • Fire and Smoke Alarms and Fire Protection
    • Occupancy Needs and Interior Environment
    • Exiting and Means of Egress
    • Accessibility
  • Structural Systems: (45%)

    • Site Work
    • Footings and Foundations
    • Concrete
    • Floors
    • Wall Framing and Stairs
    • Roof Ceiling Construction Roof Assembly
    • Masonry
  • Building Envelope: (15%)

    • Interior Finishes
    • Glass and Glazing
    • Exterior Finishes and Roof Coverings

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.

Schedule Your ICC F11 Exam With Pearson|VUE

Take 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 F11 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 F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) exam.

This information regarding the ICC F11 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 F11 exam.

IMPORTANT: ICC has been split into different testing programs on the Pearson|VUE 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 IBC Softcover
Required Codebook (Sold Separately) $170.05

The scope of the (IBC®) International Building Code® includes all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories.

You are allowed to use the 2014 IBC when taking your F11 Exam!



Codebook Navigation Aid (Sold Separately) $13.45

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

You are allowed to use IBC Fast-Tabs when taking your F11 Exam!

2021 Concrete Manual: Based on 2021 IBC & ACI 318-19
Required Manual (Sold Separately) $88.20

Concrete Manual; Based on 2015 IBC & ACI 318-14 (out of print) you are allowed to use the 2021 Concrete Manual

The Concrete Manual, Based on 2021 IBC & ACI 318-19 provides all the information that inspectors and other construction professionals need to become proficient in concrete field practices and inspection.

Take our Free ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) Exam

Pass this 20-question free F11 General Building Contractor (A) test, and learn where you stand! These free F11 practice questions, based on the 2015 IBC & Concrete Manual, are similar to those on the F11 General Contractor exam.


The ICC F11 exam is a 90-question test randomly selected from a database of thousands of potential questions. Memorizing answers is not the path to passing your exam!

If you understand how to break down exam questions and locate exam answers in your codebook, you should be able to answer 100% of these practice questions correctly.

We teach you how to quickly navigate your codebook & pass your exam. “Master The Code, Master The Exam!“

Use the 2015 IBC Codebook to solve the 2015 ICC F11 practice exam questions.

The work for which a permit is issued must be begun and finished within __________ of the permit being issued.
Under which category are urban and suburban areas, with numerous closely spaced obstructions having the size of single-family dwellings or larger sited?
In Seismic Design Categories D0, D1 and D2, slabs on ground cast monolithically with turned-down footings must have a min. of one No. 4 bar at the __________ of the footing.
Exterior footings must be placed a min. of __________ below the undisturbed ground surface.
The height of backfill against a wood foundation wall must not exceed __________ if they are not designed and installed in accordance with AWC PW.
What is the maximum allowable span where 2 x 10 floor joists of No. 2 Douglas fir-larch spaced at 16 inches on center, supporting a dead load of 20 psf are used?
Exterior walls parallel to a braced wall line must be offset a max. of __________ from the designated braced wall line location.
A single top plate is permitted in a wood stud bearing wall where the rafters or joists are centered over the studs with a max. tolerance of __________.
Screws used to attach gypsum board and gypsum panel products to wood framing must penetrate the wood a min. of __________ .
A fire-resistance rating of __________ is required for fire-resistance rating projections of dwellings with fire sprinklers that have a min. fire separation distance of 2 feet.
A temporary certificate of occupancy is valid for ___________ .
Where a safe room is constructed as a storm shelter in order to provide safe refuge from storms and high winds, the room must be constructed in accordance with __________ in addition to other applicable requirements in this code.
To determine the max. allowable span of floor joists that support sleeping areas and attics that are accessed by means of a fixed stairway, the design live load must not exceed __________ per square foot.
Unless approved anchor straps are used, plate washers, a min. of __________ in size, must be provided between the foundation sill plate and the nut.
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 __________.
Anchored stone and masonry veneer installed over a backing of wood or cold-formed steel must be limited to the first story above grade plane and must not exceed __________ in thickness.
Asphalt shingles must be installed as required by the manufacturer, where the roof slope exceeds ___________ .
Masonry fireplaces must have a combustion air passageway of __________ .
Windows, skylights and sliding glass doors shall have an air infiltration rate of not greater than __________ , when tested in accordance with NFRC 400 or AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 by an accredited, independent laboratory and listed and labeled by the manufacturer.
A hearth extension a min. of 3/8-inch-thick brick, is permitted where the bottom of the firebox opening in a masonry fireplace is raised a min. of __________ above the top of the hearth extension.
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