Pass the ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam

Learn how to become an ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) (Online and self-paced)

If your state, county, or city licensing agency requires you to pass the ICC G13 National Standards Residential Building Contractor Exam (C), complete our online ICC exam preparation course, then schedule your G13 exam through Pearson|VUE.



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Pass the ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam

Refresh your 2018 IRC Code and Concrete Manual knowledge, successfully pass your ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor Exam. Preparing for your ICC G13 exam has never been easier! You will pass the ICC G13 exam. We guarantee it!

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Refresh your 2018 IRC codebook and Concrete Manual knowledge. Successfully prepare for your ICC G13 certification exam without leaving the comfort of your home or office. Our ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) exam preparation course is your best, most affordable path to success!

Pass your ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) exam. Our 100% money-back guarantee backs this course. We provide the study materials (excluding codebooks) required to PASS THE ICC G13 EXAM. 

How To Use Our Online Study Center

STUDY our “Navigating the 2018 IRCA Code Primer – This eManual familiarizes you with the code’s structure and function within the first 11 chapters of the 2018 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 2018 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 2018 IRC. A Code Primer)
  • eGuide (Navigating the Concrete Manual.)
  • Printable Worksheets (Companion to 2018 IRC eManual & Concrete Manual eGuide)
  • Online Practice Questions (Practice looking up answers in your codebook, take full length simulated exams)

eManual – NAVIGATING THE 2018 IRC: A Code Primer

Our “NAVIGATING THE 2018 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 G13 Training Program. It will familiarize you with the use, layout, and content of chapters 1 through 11 of the 2018 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 2018 IRC codebook when taking your ICC G13 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 IRC 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 ICCG 13 Exam!


Our online practice questions provide you with a framework to practice utilizing your 2018 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 G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor exam.

Four modes of practice!

  • Chapter Study Mode: Covers over 900 ICC G13 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 G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor exam.
    • Full length (Exact  number of questions as on G13 Exam)
    • Timed (Exact amount of time as actual ICC G13 exam)
    • Randomized (Questions are randomized, all exams are unique)
    • Properly Balanced (Balanced according to the ICC Exam schedule guaranteeing a realistic ICC G13 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 G13 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 G13 Exam Breakdown

A G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) holds a license for construction on one and two-family dwellings, U Occupancy buildings, and attached single-unit dwellings (IRC townhouses).

You are allowed to use a copy of the 2018 IRC and the Concrete Manual when taking your G13 exam.


  • Permits and General Regulations 18%
    • Regulations and Job Planning
    • Code Definitions and Terms
  • Building Planning and Life Safety 24%
    • Use & Occupancy & Types of Construction
    • Fire & Smoke Alarms & Fire Protect Sys
    • Occupancy Needs & Interior Environment
    • Exiting & Means of Egress
    • Accessibility
  • Structural Systems 46%
    • Footings and Foundations
    • Concrete
    • Floors
    • Wall Framing and Stairs
    • Roof Ceiling Construction Roof Assembly
    • Masonry
  • Building Envelope 12%
    • 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 G13 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 G13 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 G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) exam.

This information regarding the ICC G13 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 their licensing requirements.

Pearson|VUE requirements/recommendations for scheduling the G13 exam.

IMPORTANT: ICC has been split into different testing programs on 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:

2018 IRC Softcover
Required Codebook (Sold Separately) $144.85

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) $14.35

Tab your Codebook. Fast-Tabs help you navigate the 2018 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 IRC Fast-Tabs when taking your B1 Exam!

Concrete Manual
Required Manual (Sold Separately) $91.00

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


Take our Free ICC G13 National Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam

Pass this 20 question free G13 Residential Building Contractor (C) test, learn where you stand!

These free G13 Residential contractor practice questions, based on the IRC and Concrete Manual, are similar to those on the G13 Residential Contractor exam.

  • If you answer sixteen or more of these free ICC G13 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 G13 exam.

Every permit issued becomes invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within __________ days.

Correct! Wrong!

Electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment operating at less than ___________ and not capable of supplying more than 50 watts of energy, does not require a permit.

Correct! Wrong!

Of the following aggregates, which is considered to be reactive?

Correct! Wrong!

Each roof plane with a photovoltaic array must have a pathway not less than ___________ wide.

Correct! Wrong!

__________ is masonry in which the tensile resistance of the masonry is taken into consideration and the effects of stresses in reinforcement are neglected.

Correct! Wrong!

Concrete will have a higher strength if made with well graded aggregates with a maximum size of __________ than other mixes with the same water-cement ratio.

Correct! Wrong!

Where the building official issues a permit, the construction documents must be approved in writing or by a stamp that states __________.

Correct! Wrong!

A three story dwelling is in a area that has a ultimate design wind speed < or = to 110 mph. The top floor of the structure uses the LIB method of bracing to resist the lateral wind forces. The Southern exterior braced wall line on this top floor has a braced wall line spacing of 30 feet. What is the minimum total length in feet of braced wall panels required along this braced wall line?

Correct! Wrong!

What is the agreed-upon length of time that cement in a mixer can be exposed to moisture?

Correct! Wrong!

T rating is the time period that the penetration firestop system, including the penetrating item, limits the maximum temperature rise to __________ above its initial temperature through the penetration on the non-fire side.

Correct! Wrong!

In factory-built or masonry fireplaces, the exterior air outlet must be located in the back or side of the firebox chamber or must be located outside of the firebox, at the level of the hearth, a max. of ___________ from the firebox opening.

Correct! Wrong!

A standard terrazzo topping should be at least ________ inch(s) thick, after grinding.

Correct! Wrong!

Mechanical system piping that is capable of carrying fluids above 105°F or less than 55°F must be insulated to which R-value? ___________.

Correct! Wrong!

The area of a Group E building, a max. of 1-story above grade plane, and of a Type II construction, must not be limited if the building is surrounded and adjoined by public ways or yards a min. of ___________ width.

Correct! Wrong!

The minimum net area of ventilation openings in under-floor spaces, where a Class 1 vapor retarder material is used, must be 1 square foot for each ___________ of under-floor space area.

Correct! Wrong!

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

Correct! Wrong!

In buildings with combustible ceiling or roof construction, an attic access opening must be provided to attic areas that exceed 30 square feet and have a vertical height of 30 inches or greater. Rough-framed opening can not be less than __________ inches by __________ inches.

Correct! Wrong!

Water-resistant gypsum board must not be installed over a __________ vapor retarder in a shower or tub compartment.

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!

What is the minimum headroom clearance of stairways?

Correct! Wrong!