Virginia Contractor Frequently Asked Questions
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 VirginiaDepartment of Professional and Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, Virginia 23233-1485(804) 367-8511www.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
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.
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.
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.
PSI Exams administers the exam for Virginia. To contact PSI:PSI Examination Services3210 E TropicanaLas Vegas, NV 89121(800) 733-9267 • Fax (702) 932-2666www.psiexams.com
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.
Original contractor’s licenses expire two years from the month in which is was issued.
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 [email protected] or 804-367-8511.
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.
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.
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