Effective October 3, 2011

Effective October 3, 2011, all Construction Supervisor License (CSL) exams will be based on provisions of the Massachusetts Building Code, Eighth Edition. Additionally, the Unrestricted Exam will be increased to seventy-five (75) questions. The revised reference list for exams administered on or after October 3 rd is as follows.

 

Unrestricted Examination - 75 Questions

· International Building Code, 2009, with Massachusetts Amendments

· International Residential Code, 2009, International Code, with Massachusetts Amendments

· International Energy Conservation Code, 2009, with Massachusetts Amendments

· Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 26 (OSHA), Most Current July Revision Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA, 15250-7954

· Architectural Access Board Rules and Regulations (521 CMR). 2006 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, State Bookstore, State House, Room 116 Boston, MA, 02133

 

The Unrestricted Examination has been expanded to a 75 question. The allotted time for candidates to take the examination will remain at the 3-hour limit. Although the number of questions has increased from 60 to 75, a candidate has 2.4 minutes per question to determine an appropriate answer. Typical testing industry standards indicate that 1.5 minutes per question for an open-book examination is sufficient time to discern an answer. As the highest license category offered, the Unrestricted Examination has intentionally been made more challenging for exam candidates.

 

Restricted Examination - 60 Questions

· International Residential Code, 2009, International Code, with Massachusetts Amendments

· International Energy Conservation Code, 2009, with Massachusetts Amendments

· C ode of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 26 (OSHA), Most Current July Revision Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA, 15250-7954

 

The Demolition, Insulation Contractor, Solid Fuel Burning, Masonry, Window and Siding, and Roof Covering Construction Supervisor License exams will transition on to the Eighth Edition of the code on this date as well.

 

Prometric , the exam administrator has strict rules as to the types of materials that may be brought into the examination room. With the exception of the Massachusetts amendment package, only copy righted materials are allowed. Although soft-cover code books are allowed, we encourage candidates to purchase loose-leaf versions of the International Codes so that amended pages can be inserted into the document in appropriate places. Proctors at the exam site will be checking to make sure only copy righted materials and identifiable Massachusetts amendments are brought into an exam site. Candidates who attempt to bring other materials may not be allowed to examine and may lose the exam registration fee. Be sure to check the latest Candidates Bulletin of Information for the latest exam requirements.

 

A revised Candidates Bulletin of Information is posted on the Department of Public Safety website with new information relating to all exams. Please refer to the new bulletin for all new exam requirements.

 

Also, please be aware that the exam application now asks a candidate to provide a contact e-mail address. Renewal forms will also ask for an e-mail address. In the not too distant future, the Department will begin communicating with licensees by e-mail on topical issues including renewal notice information and continuing education requirements. Consequently, the Department requests for an accurate e-mail address for all new and renewal license applications.

 

All referenced international codes may be purchased from the International Code Council @

 

International Code Council

4051 West Flossmoor Road,

Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795

www.iccsafe.org

 

and, the Massachusetts amendments are available @

 

The State Bookstore

Massachusetts State House

Room 116,

Boston, MA 02133

www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/spridx.htm