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Who is eligible to take the ABL exam?
Business licensing officials who have completed the three-year Business Licensing Officials Training Institute.

What is the difference between the ABL and the MBL designation?
The MBL requires obtaining the ABL designation first, then accumulating 50 experience points.

Do I have to accumulate points to get my ABL?
No, but since the MBL is based on experience points, it is a good idea to start recording your experience points while working toward your ABL. The proof of experience sheets must be signed by the sponsoring organization from which the points are earned.

Do I need to be recertified?
No, the ABL designation does not expire.

When does the exam take place?
The exam takes place each year in June and August.

What should I study for the exam?
The exam is based entirely on the information contained in the SC Business License HandbookAnswer the study questions at the end of each section to study for the exam.

If I do not pass the exam, may I retake it?
Yes. An applicant may retake the exam an unlimited amount of times. The exam fee ($125 for BLOA members and $175 for nonmembers) must be paid each time the applicant sits for the exam.

How do I apply for my ABL designation?

Contact Elizabeth Copeland at 803.933.1257 for an ABL application.