Professional Development Courses

The courses below will expand your understanding of industry related topics from effective financial management to marketing, an essential part of running a successful business. Please choose a course below to enhance your professional knowledge.  These courses ARE NOT approved for Code Official continuing education. Please click here for Virginia-Approved Code Official Continuing Education.  No Contractor Continued Education is required in Virginia.

Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Protecting against water damage is a major concern in many building projects.  Keep your clients dry and your profits high with practical moisture and weather solutions.
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$19.00Add to cart

Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High Velocity Winds | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Gable end failure really blows. Your buildings will be able to take the worst that mother nature can dish out with these framing and anchoring techniques.
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29 CFR 1926 Stairways and Ladders | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Josh Francis
This course applies to all stairways and ladders used in construciton, alteration, repair and demolition workplaces and when they are requird to be provided as covered under 29 CFR Part 1926.
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2010 ADA Standards: Accessible Routes | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Accessibility issues can lead to unhappy clients, failed inspections or even discipline from the state. Ramp up your knowledge of current ADA standards here.
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2010 ADA Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Poor circulation is as bad for your building as it is for your heart. Stay out of a jam by knowing the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse and public transportation facilities.
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2010 ADA Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities | Professional Development

1 Credit | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
A crappy building inspection could flush all of your hard work down the drain. Learn the importance of adequate plumbing elements including drinking fountains, toilet facilities, bathtubs and showers, as well as applicable hardware.
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Tax Fraud and Abuse | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Failing to understand tax law can ruin a successful building company. This course will help you understand ethical and responsible tax reporting and payment procedures.
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Ethics and Professional Development Course | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
For a builder or contractor, the reputation of your business is everything. Learn to apply a Code of Ethics to your current policies, rules and guidelines and protect your reputation..
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$29.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Recreational Facilities | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Make sure everyone can enjoy your next recreational building project. From amusement parks to play areas, we’ll teach you the applicable ADA requirements here.
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Building on Budget by Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Jeff Rice
Making your clients happy is always the goal.   Learn to design efficiently with less complexity, material, and labor resulting in savings for the homeowner.
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Successful Renovations and Additions | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Approach your renovation or addition project with confidence by learning to bring attention to the critical issues, ask the right questions, and identify and integrate strategies that involve existing conditions, design and structural concerns.
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Successful Site Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Designing your building site is key to the success of any building project.  Learn to navigate through the challenges and pitfalls of site development without compromising building design.
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Successful Building Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Building design is a crucial to a successful construction project.  Learn proven methods for analyzing design decisions for all aspects of construction, appearance and maintenance.
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29 CFR 1926 Confined Spaces | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Josh Francis
This course focuses on construction requirements set forth in the 29 CFR 1926 that are in place to protect employees engaged in construction activities at a worksite with one or more confined spaces such as boilers, elevators, manholes, tanks, incinerators, silos, etc.
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Tools for Construction Math | Professional Development

3 Credit Hours | Online Video Course | Instructor:  Josh Francis
This online course provides an interactive, hands-on approach to understanding the basic math formulas and problems encountered in the course of daily construction activities.
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2012 Energy, Residential and Building Code Updates | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Stay in the know as we cover the most recent updates to the International Residential Code, International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code.
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$39.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Exterior Building Blocks | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
The exterior elements of a structure upgrade a building projects first impression. Recognize how exterior exponents can and should comply with ADA requirements.
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2010 ADA Standards: Interior Elements | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
It’s what’s inside that counts. Here we cover the requirements of proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements according to current ADA standards.
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$39.00Add to cart

Envelope Failure: A Better Weatherization Design Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Weather whatever the weather throws at your next building project, as we identify how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy.
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Harnessing Resources: New Construction Opportunities Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
The building industry is always evolving. Utilizing new construction options and techniques will allow you to build more efficiently and create a better quality of life for your clients.
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Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Worker safety is the top priority of any successful contractor. A safe workplace allows your team to work more confidently and efficiently, saving you time and money!
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Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Construction site accidents cost builders and contractors both time and money, as well as, damaging your reputation with clients and employees. We’ll teach you to identify hazards before they impact your business.
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Technological Innovation: Building "Green" Into the Budget Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Your knowledge of “Green” building will impress potential clients and help improve the impact of construction projects on the environment. All while cutting project expenses, saving you the green you need!
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Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
A good foundation will drastically increase the quality and longevity of any construction project. Take a step by step look at the unique challenges of foundation preparation and design.
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Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building Course | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Improving weatherization and energy efficiency can save clients thousands over the life of the building. Have your clients thanking you every time they get their energy bill with the tips you learn here
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Basic Project Management Course | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Managing a building project is truly a balancing act. Here you will find tips for controlling costs and saving time without sacrificing the quality of your work.
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Advanced Project Management Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
In this course we take an in depth look at the responsibilities of a project manager. Study proven methods experienced contractors and builders use to effectively manage all aspects of a building project.
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$69.00Add to cart

Lead Paint Awareness | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Keep your clients and workers safe from lead paint exposure with this online HD video course.
This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification.
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$69.00Add to cart

2010 ADA Standards: Real World Application Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Accessibility issues are one of the most common reasons a new building will fail inspections. Learn the current ADA standards and how to implement them with real world problems and solutions.
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$69.00Add to cart

Construction Safety Standards Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Creating a safe building site can only be accomplished when everyone understands their role. In this course, expert project managers explain the responsibilities of both the employer and the employees.
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Weatherization and Renewable Energy Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
The market for contractors with knowledge about renewable energy building is constantly growing. Give yourself the edge, as we explore practical solutions that will add to a buildings efficiency.
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Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Get it in writing! Understanding how to utilize contract law for risk and liability management will protect your business from unscrupulous people.
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Estimating and Bidding for Success | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Calculating a more accurate estimate and bid allows a contractor to get the out of every job they take on. Improve your bottom line as we cover all aspects of the bidding process.
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Manage Your Way to Big Profits | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Want to make more money? Of course you do. Maximize the earning potential of each and every building project you manage with this course.
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2010 ADA Standards: Key Features and Elements | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Rodger Peck
Understand how the ADA applies to construction projects this course include onsite, real world examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.
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Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Here you will learn modern techniques for accurate record keeping and accounting principles. Allowing you to sustainably grow your business and manage your funds.
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Marketing for Contractors | Professional Development

8 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Effective marketing to new clients is a struggle for many business owners. Explore the real techniques successful contractors use to increase business year round.
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$89.00Add to cart

Virginia Contractor Frequently Asked Questions

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 contractor 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.

Cut and paste this link into your internet browser for a step-by-step printable guide produced by the Virginia DPOR:  http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/Contractors/Contractors%20step%20guide.pdf

 

What are the different license categories in Virginia?

License Classification

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.

Click here to print a copy of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code 2009 or 2012.

What other requirements does Virginia have for licensing? 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.

 

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.

The Class B licensure examination is a two-part exam comprised of a Virginia Section (to test the candidate’s knowledge of Virginia’s laws and regulations governing contractors) and a General Section (to test the candidate’s general administrative and business knowledge).

The Class A licensure examination is a three-part exam consisting of the Virginia and General Sections (contained in the Class B exam), as well as, an Advanced Section which tests the candidate’s general administrative and business knowledge necessary to engage in Class A contracting.

Additionally, Designated Employees in firms applying for a Class A or B Building License Classification must pass a Building Technical Examination administered by PSI Examination services.

Who do I contact to take my exams?

PSI Exams administers the exam for Virginia. To contact PSI:

PSI Examination Services
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267 • Fax (702) 932-2666
www.psiexams.com
How long does it take to complete your course?

Each Virginia Licensing Exam course takes approximately 8 hours, but we move rapidly through the materials.  For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.

Once you register, you have up to 6 months before your course is deactivated.  If you need longer, just give us a call and we can arrange an extension.

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 contractor@dpor.virginia.gov or 804-367-8511.

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.

Is contractor continued education required in Virginia?

No

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Virginia?

YES!

When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Does Virginia require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Yes

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