Massachusetts Construction Supervisor's License (CSL) Exam Prep

Massachusetts Construction Supervisor's License (CSL) Exam Prep

Hours: 24.5 hours
Fee: Visit the Contractor Success Website for dates and pricing
Instruction: Lecture

Program Description

Yes, you CAN pass the Massachusetts Construction Supervisor's  License (CSL) test--guaranteed! 

STCC has teamed up with Construction Supervisor Training to give you the knowledge that you need to pass the test, and if you don't pass the first time, you can take the course again for free! If you work in construction/contracting and would like to pass the state licensing, this course will help you NAIL IT!

Program Details

Classes begin four times a year in January, April, July or September. Each class meets one day a week for seven weeks for a total of 24½ hours. Visit the Contractor Success Website for start dates.

Qualifications to take the State Exam

  1. You must have THREE YEARS OF FULL-TIME construction or design experience to qualify to take the state exam. You do not need to have worked for a licensed contractor, self-employment is ok.
  2. You must be able to read and comprehend English. The Massachusetts State Building Code is printed in English only; therefore, the state exam is given in English only.

Although three years of full-time experience is required to take the state exam, many people have taken this course that do not take the state exam. If your profession or business requires you to deal with contracts, contractors, building inspectors, property managers, etc., you will find this course very helpful.

COVID-19 Vaccination

All students taking courses with an in-person component and/or students who intend to be on campus for any reason are required to provide written proof of full vaccination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You don’t. In Massachusetts, there’s no such thing as a General Contractor’s License

An Unrestricted Construction Supervisor’s License (CSL).

With the Unrestricted CSL you can pull building permits to do the following work:

  • Build buildings containing less than 35,000 sq. feet of enclosed space.
  • One and two family dwellings.
  • Buildings used for farm purposes.
  • Retaining walls less than 10 feet in height.

You’ll work under the direction of a Registered Professional Architect or Engineer. This is called construction control.

Yes. Even though the code does not require it, the contract will. The common perception in the business community and with the general public is, if you’re a contractor, you must have a “contractor’s” license. The closest thing Massachusetts has to offer is the CSL.

The state exam is not about your knowledge of construction but your knowledge of building codes. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and try to fill both sides with all you know about code. This book has 805 pages.

Most people think construction work is hard. You probably enjoy it, so it’s all relative. Is this course a lot of work? Yes. You will only get out of this course what you are willing to put into it.

We recommend 3-4 hours per week of reading. The only way you’re going to grasp what are code-regulated issues is to read the code book. There is no easy way around this.

Test-review, test-review, test-review...Each week you will have a reading assignment, in class you will take a test on that reading, and the following week we will review the test. This teaching methodology will give you experience in using the code book plus valuable test taking skills. Test will be taken in small groups to facilitate learning. This is called cooperative learning (a.k.a. cheating!)


This program will be held on the STCC campus but all registration for this program is through the Contractor Success website. You can call Construction Supervisor Training at 978-821-2093.