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

Learn how to become an ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) (Online and self-paced)

If your state, county, or city licensing agency requires you to pass the ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor Exam (A), complete our online ICC exam preparation course, then schedule your F11 exam through Pearson|VUE.



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

Refresh your 2015 IBC Code and Concrete Manual knowledge, successfully pass your ICC F11 National Standard General Building Contractor Exam. Preparing for your ICC F11 exam 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 the 2015 IBC and ACI 318-14. 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 100% 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 the 2015 IBC and the ACI 318-14This eGuide 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 2015 IBC 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 how to navigate the Concrete Manual.

This eGuide reviews the use, layout, chapters, and index of the Concrete Manual: Based on the 2015 IBC and the ACI 318-14

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 F11 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 IBC Codebook and Concrete Manual. The process of constantly utilizing your codebook or the approved reference material to answer test questions builds up your speed and code knowledge. Our course provides you with the required skill set 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.

Take Your ICC F11 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 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.



Codebook Navigation Aid (Sold Separately) $14.95

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 by ICC to use our IBC Code Fast Tabs when taking your B2 Exam!

Concrete Manual
Required Manual (Sold Separately) $88.20

The Concrete Manual, Based on 2015 IBC & ACI 318-14 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, learn where you stand!

These free F11 general contractor practice questions, based on the 2015  IBC and Concrete Manual, are similar to those on the F11 General Contractor exam.


  • If you answer sixteen or more of these free ICC F11 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 F11 exam.

If an inspection is required in a building located in a flood hazard area, documentation of the elevation of the __________ floor must be submitted to the building official prior to the final inspection.

Correct! Wrong!

A room or space that is used for assembly purposes, that is less than _____ in area and that is accessory to another occupancy must be classified as a Group B occupancy or as part of that occupancy.

Correct! Wrong!

The first stage of concrete inspection does NOT include:

Correct! Wrong!

Buildings and structures that contain materials that pose a deflagration hazard or a hazard from accelerated burning are classified as

Correct! Wrong!

A min. of two means of egress must be provided, wherever the distance of travel to the mall from any location within a tenant space is greater than __________ .

Correct! Wrong!

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

Correct! Wrong!

Composite materials that have a structural base of noncombustible material with a max. surfacing of 0.125 inches thick that has a max. flame spread index of __________ when tested qualifies as a noncombustible material.

Correct! Wrong!

The minimum width of the means of egress required from any story of a building must not be _____ along the path of egress travel until arrival at the public way.

Correct! Wrong!

Concrete should be wet cured for at least __________ days to ensure watertightness of the concrete.

Correct! Wrong!

Wood shingles must be installed on slopes of not less than _____.

Correct! Wrong!

In alternating tread devices, the riser height and tread depth provided must result in an angle of ascent from the horizontal of between _____.

Correct! Wrong!

What is the minimum thickness of concrete floor slabs supported directly on the ground?

Correct! Wrong!

Openings for ventilation in attics that have a dimension larger than __________ must be provided with corrosion-resistant wire cloth screening, hardware cloth, perforated vinyl or similar material.

Correct! Wrong!

Construction documents for light-frame construction buildings must state _____.

Correct! Wrong!

What range of compressive strength can polymer-impregnated concrete achieve?

Correct! Wrong!

For interior finish purposes, materials that have a thickness less than __________ and that are applied directly to the surface of walls or ceilings are not required to be tested.

Correct! Wrong!

Provided there is a roof or deck above, exterior balconies, decks and ground floor patios of dwelling units must be equipped with sprinkler protection if the building is of __________ construction.

Correct! Wrong!

Glazing is considered a hazardous location where the bottom exposed edge of the glazing is less than _________ above the plane of the adjacent walking surface of stairways.

Correct! Wrong!

Studs in non-load-bearing walls and partitions, that are not part of a braced wall panel, must be spaced a min. of __________ on center.

Correct! Wrong!

What is the minimum glazing class for 9 square feet of glass in a door?

Correct! Wrong!