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The following information will help you prepare for the Illinois Roofing licensure examinations. Part I contains general information about testing procedures. Part II describes the content of each examination and recommends study materials. Part III provides sample questions to help you prepare for these examinations. All questions are supported by one or more of the references identified in this bulletin.

Part I General Information

PURPOSE OF THE EXAMINATIONS: These examinations are required for professional licensure of Roofing Contractors by the Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing Act. Refer to the Act for a legal description of the profession and to determine which license you need to obtain. Copies of the Act are available from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) or on its website at http://www.idfpr.com.

TEST VALIDITY & TEST LENGTH: These examinations have been developed under the jurisdiction of IDFPR and reflect specifications, standards and practices that are supported by roofing industry professionals. All questions on these examinations have been subjected to strict psychometric controls and reviewed by a panel of roofing professionals. The time limit for the Illinois Residential Roofing Examination (limited license) is 90 minutes; the time limit for the Illinois Residential, Commercial and Industrial Roofing Examination (unlimited license) is 2½ hours. The Commercial and Industrial Roofing examination form is available only for candidates who already hold the Residential (limited) license and wish to qualify for the unlimited license; the time limit for this exam is 90 minutes.

CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY: As mandated by Illinois statute, qualifications include verifiable experience in specified areas of employment and education as well as good moral character. If you wish to receive eligibility information, contact IDFPR for details.

APPLICATION FOR CANDIDACY: Obtain the proper application packet(s) from IDFPR or on their website. Complete the packet as instructed. You will be notified of your candidacy status (Accepted or Denied). If accepted, you will be notified of the date, time and site of the examination approximately 10 days prior to the date of the test.

STUDY MATERIALS & REFERENCES: Study materials for these examinations can be purchased directly from the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), from bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, or from other online sources such as Amazon.com. All questions on these examinations are supported by one or more of the reference books listed below.

MISSING AN EXAMINATION: There are no “make-up” examinations. You may re-register for the next examination date. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE EXAM: Each candidate should bring two (2) sharpened Number 2 black lead pencils. Candidates also may bring a non-programmable, non-printing, solar or battery-powered portable or pocket calculator. No power source will be available for calculators at the test site. No other types of calculators, computers, electronics, markers or writing tools will be permitted at any time during the examinations.

SUCCESS/ LICENSURE: Candidates who score 70 or higher will receive a PASSING notice and an application for licensure.

FAILURE/ RE-EXAMINATION Candidates who score below 70 will receive a FAILURE notice and an application for re-examination. As long as your employment, educational experience and application remain valid, there is no limit to the number of times you can take these tests. Requalification may be necessary in some cases. Candidates are encouraged to retake the examination; many candidates who initially fail, pass on subsequent attempts.

Part II Test Content and Recommended Study Materials

The Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing Act specifies two classifications of roofing contractor: Residential (LIMITED) and Residential, Commercial and Industrial (UNLIMITED). The Commercial and Industrial examination form is available only for candidates who already hold the Residential (Limited) license and wish to qualify for the Unlimited license.

Content areas for the Residential test are outlined below.

1. Safety and Employee Protection: 25 Questions

2. Roofing Preparations & Materials: 12 Questions

3. Steep-Slope Roofing Systems: 20 Questions

4. Low-Slope Roofing Systems: 8 Questions

5. Rules, Regulations & Business Practices: 15 Questions

Total Test Length: 80 Questions

Topics:Asphalt Shingle, Tile, Slate and Wood Roofing, Architectural Metal, Reroofing, and Moisture Control,Metal Roofing Systems, Rigid Board Roof Insulation, Spray Polyurethane Foam, Waterproofing and Dampproofing, Design Guidelines, Reroofing, Moisture Control and Repair

Testing locations: “Chicago Area” and Springfield, IL. Next date for both locations: March 20, 2024

Test Fee: Varies for type of the exam taken.


Most study materials for these examinations can be purchased from the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) bookstore at www.nrca.net. The remaining reference is available from bookstores such or their websites. All questions on these tests are supported by these references.

National Roofing Contractors Association Phone: 847-299-9070

1. The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing (2010)

2. The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roofing Systems (2011)

3. The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roofing Systems (2012)

4. The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-Slope Roof Systems (2009)

5. The NRCA Waterproofing Manual (2005).

6. Repair Manual for Low-Slope Membrane Roof Systems (1997)

7. The NRCA Safety Manual, Second Edition (2009)

8. Pocket Guide to Safety (1997)

Other Materials:

Roofing Construction and Estimating, Daniel Atcheson(1995), Craftsman Book Company



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