Virginia Contractor License, DPOR Board of Contractors: How to Get Your Virginia Contractor License ... In Six Steps.

 VIRGINIA CONTRACTOR LICENSE DPOR Board of Contractors: HOW TO GET YOUR VA CONTRACTOR LICENSE IN 6 STEPS

 

 (The VA Contractor License process through the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Board of Contractors is modified from time to time.  Below, you’ll find the basic process as of October 10, 2016.)

 

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Step 1. Take Mandatory 8-Hour Pre-License Course

 

VA Class A Contractor License

 

VA Class B Contractor License

VA Class C Contractor License

Click link for more information and to register for Mandatory

8-Hour Pre-license Course Online.

 

 

 

Mandatory 8-Hour Pre-license Course Online

 

 

 

Step 2: Decide on which Class of VA Contractor License based on several key areas

Class of Virginia Contractor License

VA Class A Contractor License

 

VA Class B Contractor License

 

VA Class C Contractor License

 

Requirements:

 

 

 

 

Minimum Net Worth:

$45,000

$15,000

No Minimum Requirement

 

Minimum Experience:

5 years

3 years

2 years

Limitations:

 

 

 

 

Maximum Per Project:

Unlimited

$120,000

$9,999

 

Maximum Per Year:

Unlimited

under $750,000

under

$150,000

         

 

 

Step 3: Pass the Business Exam

 

All Three Sections:

Virginia, General and Advanced

Two Sections:

Virginia and General

Not Applicable

 

Click link for more information and to register for Class A/B Exam Preparation Course. Just one afternoon/evening session.

 

VA Class A/B Contractor License Exam Prep

 

VA Class A/B Contractor License Exam Prep

 

Not Applicable

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Decide on Your Contractor Specialty (What types of projects you will do.) (Must be Pre-Approved by DPOR Board of Contractors Before Actually Taking the Exam.)

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE: It is a good idea to sign up for your Contractor Specialty Exam Prep Course AFTER you've been pre-approved by DPOR Board of Contractors to sit for the exam for at least TWO REASONS:

 

1) Ensure that DPOR actually qualifies you for your chosen specialty. (Recently, with these changes taking effect March 1st, 2016, there are complaints of contractors paying money to take specialty exam prep courses with other exam prep companies, submitting their applications, but then not being approved for that specialty. We encourage you to save your time and money.  Get pre-approved first.)

 

2) It's been reported that the pre-approval process can require as much as 45-60 'BUSINESS DAYS'. By waiting to schedule your exam preparation course until later, the information will still be fresh.

Click specialty link for more information and to register for Specialty Exam Preparation Course.  Just one afternoon/evening session.

 

Highway Heavy (HH)

Residential Building (RBC)

Home Improvement (HIC)

Commercial Improvement (CIC)

Other Specialty

 

 

 

Step 5: Submit Complete Contractor License Application W/Any Supporting Documentation and Payment to DPOR

 

$385

$370

$235

 

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) Board of Contractors Documents

You may download the necessary form below, or visit the DPOR website:

 

DPOR Board of Contractors, Virginia Contractor License Application

 

Ensure that you use the latest forms.

DPOR Virginia Contractor License Application (Class A, B, C)
Board of Contractors
Virginia_Contractor_License_Application.
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.5 MB
DPOR Virginia Contractor License Experience Verification Form
Board of Contractors
Virginia_Contractor_License_Experience_V
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.5 MB
DPOR Virginia Contractor License Financial Statement Form
Board of Contractors
Virginia_Contractor_License_Financial_St
Adobe Acrobat Document 895.4 KB

Step: 6 Once Pre-Approved for Your Specialty Exam, Take an Exam Preparation Course (Listed Above), Schedule and Pass the Exam

 

Useful Information for the Virginia Contractor License VA, Class A, B, C Contractor Licenses

The Virginia Class A License, the Virginia Class B License and the Virginia Class C License for Contractors

 

This is information provided directly by the Virginia Board for Contractors (VBC), Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) regulation guide, updated December 1, 2014:

 

Definition of "Contractor" for Virginia Contractor Licensing

 

A "Contractor" means any person, that for a fixed price, commission, fee, or percentage undertakes to bid upon, or accepts, or offers to accept, orders or contracts for performing, managing, or superintending in whole or in part, the construction, removal, repair or improvement of any building or structure permanently annexed to real property owned, controlled, or leased by him or another person or any other improvements to such real property.

 

 

Monetary Limits for Virginia Contractor Licenses A, B, and C

 

"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 12-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 12-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 less than $10,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any 12-month period is less than $150,000. The Board shall require a master tradesmen license as a condition of licensure for electrical, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors.

 

 

18 VAC 50-22-40. Requirements for a Virginia Class C license.

 

A. A firm applying for a Virginia Class C license must meet the requirements of this section.

 

B. For every classification or specialty in which the firm seeks to be licensed, the firm shall name a qualified individual who meets the following requirements:


1. Is at least 18 years old;


2. Has a minimum of two years experience in the classification or specialty for which he is the qualifier;


3. Is a full-time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the responsible management of the firm; and


4.

a. Has obtained the appropriate certification for the following specialties:

Blast/Explosive contracting (Department of Fire Programs explosive use certification)
Fire sprinkler (NICET Sprinkler III certification)
Radon mitigation (EPA or DEQ) accepted radon certification


b. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification
Regulations, a master license for Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical,
Gas Fitting, Natural Gas Fitting Provider, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contracting.


c. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, certification as an Elevator Mechanic for Elevator Escalator Contracting and certification as a Water Well Systems Provider for Water Well/Pump Contracting.


d. Has completed a board-approved examination for all other classifications and specialties that do not require other certification or licensure. (OUR NOTE: UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE TRADES OR A SPECIALIZED FIELD, MOST LIKELY, THIS WILL BE THE OPTION FOR YOU ... PASSING SPECIALTY EXAM BASED UPON THE TYPE OF PROJECTS YOU WILL PERFORM.)


C. The firm shall provide information for the past five years prior to application on any outstanding, past-due debts and judgments; outstanding tax obligations; defaults on bonds; or pending or past bankruptcies. The firm, its qualified individual or individuals, and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall submit information on any past-due debts and judgments or defaults on bonds directly related to the practice of contracting as defined in Chapter 11 (§ 54.1-1100 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.


D. The firm, the qualified individual, and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall disclose at the time of application any current or previous contractor licenses held in Virginia or in other jurisdictions and any disciplinary actions taken on these licenses. This includes but is not limited to any monetary penalties, fines, suspensions, revocations,
surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action, or voluntary termination of a license in Virginia or in any other jurisdiction.


E. In accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, each applicant shall disclose the following information about the firm, all members of the responsible management, and the qualified individual or individuals for the firm:


1. All misdemeanor convictions within three years of the date of application; and
2. All felony convictions during their lifetime.


Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.


F. A member of responsible management shall have successfully completed a board approved basic business course. (OUR NOTE: THIS IS AN 8-HOUR PRE-LICENSE COURSE THAT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES OF VIRGINIA CONTRACTORS LICENSES, A, B, AND C.)


18 VAC 50-22-50. Requirements for a Virginia Class B license.


A. A firm applying for a Virginia Class B license must meet the requirements of this section.


B. A firm shall name a designated employee who meets the following requirements:


1. Is at least 18 years old;

 

2. Is a full time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter, or is a member of responsible management as defined in this chapter;

3. Has passed a board-approved examination as required by § 54.1-1108 of the Code of Virginia or has been exempted from the exam requirement in accordance with §54.1-1108.1 of the Code of Virginia; and


4. Has followed all rules established by the board or by the testing service acting on behalf of the board with regard to conduct at the examination.  Such rules shall include any written instructions communicated prior to the examination date and any oral or written instructions given at the site on the date of the exam.


C. For every classification or specialty in which the firm seeks to be licensed, the firm shall name a qualified individual who meets the following requirements:


1. Is at least 18 years old;

 

2. Has a minimum of three years experience in the classification or specialty for which he is the qualifier;


3. Is a full-time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the responsible management of the firm;


4.

a. Has obtained the appropriate certification for the following specialties:

Blast/Explosive contracting (Department of Fire Programs explosive use certification)
Fire sprinkler (NICET Sprinkler III certification)
Radon mitigation (EPA or DEQ) accepted radon certification


b. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, a master license for Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Gas Fitting, Natural Gas Fitting Provider, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contracting.


c. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, certification as an Elevator Mechanic for Elevator Escalator Contracting and certification as a Water Well Systems Provider for Water Well/Pump Contracting.


d. Has completed a board-approved examination for all other classifications and specialties that do not require other certification or licensure. (OUR NOTE: UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE TRADES OR A SPECIALIZED FIELD, MOST LIKELY, THIS WILL BE THE OPTION FOR YOU ... PASSING SPECIALTY EXAM BASED UPON THE TYPE OF PROJECTS YOU WILL PERFORM.)

 

D. Each firm shall submit information on its financial position. Excluding any property owned as tenants by the entirety, the firm shall state a net worth or equity of $15,000 or more.

 

E. Each firm shall provide information for the five years prior to application on any outstanding,past-due debts and judgments; outstanding tax obligations; defaults on bonds; or pending or past bankruptcies. The firm, its designated employee, qualified individual or individuals, and
all members of the responsible management of the firm shall submit information on any past due debts and judgments or defaults on bonds directly related to the practice of contracting as defined in Chapter 11 (§ 54.1-1100 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.


F. The firm, the designated employee, the qualified individual and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall disclose at the time of application any current or previous substantial identities of interest with any contractor licenses issued in Virginia or in other jurisdictions and any disciplinary actions taken on these licenses. This includes but is not limited to any monetary penalties, fines, suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant when any of the parties listed above have had a substantial identity of interest (as deemed in § 54.1-1110 of the Code of Virginia) with any firm that has had a license suspended, revoked, voluntarily terminated or surrendered in connection with a disciplinary action in Virginia or any other jurisdiction.


G. In accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, each applicant shall disclose the following information about the firm, designated employee, all members of the responsible management, and the qualified individual or individuals for the firm:


1. All misdemeanor convictions within three years of the date of application; and
2. All felony convictions during their lifetime.


Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.


H. The designated employee or a member of responsible management shall have successfully completed a board-approved basic business course. (OUR NOTE: THIS IS AN 8-HOUR PRE-LICENSE COURSE THAT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES OF VIRGINIA CONTRACTORS LICENSES, A, B, AND C.)


18 VAC 50-22-60. Requirements for a Virginia Class A license.


A. A firm applying for a Virginia Class A license shall meet all of the requirements of this section.


B. A firm shall name a designated employee who meets the following requirements:

 

1. Is at least 18 years old;

 

2. Is a full-time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the responsible management of the firm as defined in this chapter;


3. Has passed a board-approved examination as required by § 54.1-1106 of the Code of Virginia or has been exempted from the exam requirement in accordance with §54.1-1108.1 of the Code of Virginia; and


4. Has followed all rules established by the board or by the testing service acting on behalf of the board with regard to conduct at the examination. Such rules shall include any written instructions communicated prior to the examination date and any oral or written instructions given at the site on the day of the exam.


C. For every classification or specialty in which the firm seeks to be licensed, the firm shall name a qualified individual who meets the following requirements:


1. Is at least 18 years old;

 

2. Has a minimum of five years of experience in the classification or specialty for which he is the qualifier;


3. Is a full-time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the responsible management of the firm;


4.

a. Has obtained the appropriate certification for the following specialties:

Blast/Explosive contracting (Department of Fire Programs explosive use certification)
Fire sprinkler (NICET Sprinkler III certification)
Radon mitigation (EPA or DEQ) accepted radon certification


b. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, a master license for Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Gas Fitting, Natural Gas Fitting Provider, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contracting.


c. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, certification as an Elevator Mechanic for Elevator Escalator Contracting and certification as a Water Well Systems Provider for Water Well/Pump Contracting.


d. Has completed a board-approved examination for all other classifications and specialties that do not require other certification or licensure. (OUR NOTE: UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE TRADES OR A SPECIALIZED FIELD, MOST LIKELY, THIS WILL BE THE OPTION FOR YOU ... PASSING SPECIALTY EXAM BASED UPON THE TYPE OF PROJECTS YOU WILL PERFORM.)


D. Each firm shall submit information on its financial position. Excluding any property owned as tenants by the entirety, the firm shall state a net worth or equity of $45,000.


E. The firm shall provide information for the five years prior to application on any outstanding, past-due debts and judgments; outstanding tax obligations; defaults on bonds; or pending or past bankruptcies. The firm, its designated employee, qualified individual or individuals, and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall submit information on any past-due debts and judgments or defaults on bonds directly related to the practice of contracting as defined in Chapter 11 (§ 54.1-1100 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.


F. The firm, the designated employee, the qualified individual, and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall disclose at the time of application any current or previous substantial identities of interest with any contractor licenses issued in Virginia or in other jurisdictions and any disciplinary actions taken on these licenses. This includes but is not limited to, any monetary penalties, fines, suspensions, revocations, or surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant when any of the parties listed above have had a substantial identity of interest (as deemed in § 54.1-1110 of the Code of Virginia) with any firm that has had a license suspended, revoked, voluntarily terminated, or surrendered in connection with a disciplinary action in Virginia or in any other jurisdiction.


G. In accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, each applicant shall disclose the following information about the firm, all members of the responsible management, the designated employee and the qualified individual or individuals for the firm:


1. All misdemeanor convictions within three years of the date of application; and

2. All felony convictions during their lifetime.

 

Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.

H. The designated employee or a member of responsible management shall have successfully completed a board-approved basic business course. (OUR NOTE: THIS IS AN 8-HOUR PRE-LICENSE COURSE THAT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES OF VIRGINIA CONTRACTORS LICENSES, A, B, AND C.)

 

18 VAC 50-22-65. Temporary licenses.


A. A firm applying for a temporary license must meet all of the requirements of § 54.1-201.1 of the Code of Virginia, including the simultaneous submission of a completed application for licensure, and the provisions of this section.


B. A firm must hold a comparable license or certificate in another state and provide verification of current licensure or certification from the other state in a format acceptable to the board. The license or certificate, as applicable, must be in good standing and have comparable qualifications to the Virginia license applied for by the firm.


C. The following provisions apply to a temporary license issued by the board:


1. A temporary license shall not be renewed.

 

2. A firm shall not be issued more than one temporary license.

 

3. The issuance of the license shall void the temporary license.

 

4. If the board denies the approval of the application for a license, the temporary license shall be automatically suspended.

 

D. Any firm continuing to practice as a contractor after a temporary license has expired and who has not obtained a comparable license or certificate may be prosecuted and fined by the Commonwealth under § 54.1-111 A 1 of the Code of Virginia.

 

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board of Contractors website: www.dpor.virginia.gov

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