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The DPOR Announced October 1st – Those seeking Remedial Education will be required to attend a class in person in Richmond, VA. Please contact the Virginia Board Of Contractors email@example.com . Those who have purchased our remedial courses will have until April 1, 2014 to complete them.
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Contractor Basic Business 8-Hour Course
All Contractors must complete an Approved 8-Hour Basic Business Course. This course fulfills the Basic Business requirement by the Commonwealth and prepare you for Part 1, 2 and 3 of the licensing exams.
Requirement: The Virginia Business and Project Management Book is required for this course.
Building (BLD) Technical License Online Course
This course will prepare you for the Building Technical (BLD) exam to obtain your builders license for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Home Improvement Contracting Exam Prep Course
This course will prepare you for the Virginia Home Improvement Contracting Examination. It provides an overview of building trade skills. The information provided would be advantageous for anyone seeking to start a building project or enter into the building industry.
Course and Book Packages
VA Technical Dual Course Package
VA Technical Dual Course Package W/Books
($354 Value) Includes:
VA Home Improvement Dual Course Package
( A $178.00 Value)
Package #3 COMPLETE
This is everything you need to pass all four building contractor licensing exams. ($524.00 Value) Includes:
Contractor License Classifications:
Class A - Contractors with single projects equaling $120,000 or more and total annual projects greater than $750,000 must complete 8-Hour Basic Business Course and pass all 4 parts of exam (including Part 4 Building Technical).
Class B – Contractors with single projects equaling $10,000 to $120,000 and total annual projects between $150,000 and $750,000 must complete the 8-Hour Basic Business Course and pass Parts 1, 2 and 3 of Exams along with a technical exam for your specialty (or Part 4 Building Technical).
Class C – Projects $10,000 or less must complete 8-Hour Basic Business Course and a technical exam for your specialty (or Part 4 Building Technical).
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How long does it take to complete the course?
- The average classroom course takes at least one 8-hour day, but we move rapidly through the materials. For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.
- The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor Course should take at least 24-30 hours.
Once you register, you have up to one year before your course is deactivated. If you need longer, just give us a call and we will give you an extension for a few more weeks at no charge.
How do I get my contractor license in Virginia?
According to the Virginia Code, contractor licenses are issued to businesses and not individuals, even if the business is a sole proprietorship with one employee. All contractors of any kind must complete an 8-hour Contractor Basic Business course. Courses may be taken online or in a classroom as long as they are approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Steps to obtain your Virginia Contractors license:
1. Successfully complete the 8-hour Virginia Contractor Basic Business course available through an approved provider.
2. Successfully PASS the required parts of the contractors exam that measures your knowledge of the profession.
3. Obtain a Contractor’s License application from the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation:Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400 Richmond, Virginia 23233-1485 (804) 367-8511 www.dpor.virginia.gov
4. Submit the Contractor’s License application and supporting documents to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. You will need to include a check or money order made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia for the following amounts:
Class A – $385
Class B – $370
Class C – $235
NOTE – You may also pay by credit card using the credit card form included with the application.
CLICK HERE FOR A STEP BY STEP PRINTABLE GUIDE PRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL REGULATION: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/Contractors/Contractors%20step%20guide.pdf
How do I know what test to take?
All business entities must declare a Designated Employee who (1) is a full-time employee or one of the Responsible Managers (see Part I of the Board for Contractors Rules and Regulations); (2) is at least 18 years of age; and (3) has successfully completed the examination requirements.
The Designated Employee examination tests the candidate’s general business knowledge, their knowledge of the laws and regulations governing contractors and, if the applicant is seeking the Building (BLD) specialty classification on their license, their knowledge of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.
Who do I contact to take my exams?
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267 • Fax (702) 932-2666
How long is my license good for?
Original contractor’s licenses expire two years from the month in which is was issued.
Are Virginia Contractor licenses reciprocal with any other States?
As of January 1, 2012, the Commercial Building Contractor license is reciprocal with Louisiana, however, residency is required. For detailed information about this agreement, please contact the Board for Contractors at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-367-8511.
Contractor licenses consist of two parts, the class of the license, which determines what, if any restrictions are placed on the size of contracts/projects that may be performed and the classification/specialty, which determines what type of work the licensed contractor is allowed to perform.
The Board for Contractors issues licenses in one of three classes: Class A, Class B and Class C. In most cases, the type of license you should apply for is based on the value or contract price of the projects your business will be bidding on or engaged in (see the Note below for specific exceptions). Please read the following definitions before deciding which contractor license is suitable for your business.
Class A contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $120,000 or more, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is $750,000 or more.
Class B contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $10,000 or more, but less than $120,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is $150,000 or more, but less than $750,000.
Class C contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is over $1,000 but no more than $10,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is no more than $150,000.
Note: Landscape Irrigation and Water Well contractors must be licensed as a Class A, Class B or Class C contractor regardless of the dollar amount of the project or contract.
Does the Commonwealth of Virginia grant temporary licenses?
The Board for Contractors issues Temporary licenses to out-of-state contractor entities only. Temporary licenses are for those out-of-state entities that need a license while it waits to get all permanent license requirements in place. Temporary licenses are valid for 45 days and cannot be renewed, reinstated, reissued or reapplied for. The cost of a Temporary license is $50.00. In order to obtain a Temporary license, the out-of-state applicant must submit its application for Temporary licensure simultaneously with its application for permanent licensure, provide a letter of good standing from the “other state,” and pay both application fees.
What is required in order to be a Qualified Individual for a company?
All business entities must have a Qualified Individual for each of the classifications and specialties listed on their application. The Qualified Individual is the person that has the appropriate amount of experience in the classification or specialty being applied for on the application. A person may be the Qualified Individual for more than one classification or specialty. This individual must be either a full-time employee or a member of Responsible Management of the business applying for the license and must have a minimum amount of work experience within the scope of practice of their specialty. Qualified Individuals for Class A applicants must have a minimum of five years experience, three years experience for Class B and two years of experience for Class C.