VA Contractors License Requirements, DPOR Board of Contractors: How to Get Your Virginia Contractor License ... In Six Steps. Class A License. Class B License. Class C License.

 VA CONTRACTORS LICENSE REQUIREMENTS, DPOR CONTRACTORS: HOW TO GET YOUR VIRGINIA CONTRACTOR LICENSE

IN 6 STEPS

 

 

The Virginia 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.

DPOR, Board of Contractor

Licensing Section: (804) 367-8511      
Education Section: (804) 367-2224    

Board Office: (804) 367-2785
Email: contractor@dpor.virginia.gov    

FAX: (866) 430-1033

 

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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 Virginia Contractor License based on several key areas

Class of Virginia Contractor License

Virginia Class A Contractor License

 

Virginia Class B Contractor License

 

Virginia 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

State Test Administrator for the Business Exam: PSIExams.com

License Class

Virginia Class A Contractor License

Virginia Class B Contractor License

Virginia Class C Contractor License

Exam Portions

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

Virginia Class A/B Contractor License Exam Prep

Virginia Class A/B Contractor License Exam Prep

Not Applicable

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Decide on Your VA DPOR Contractor License 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 Board of Contractors 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 providers, 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
License Class

 Virginia Class A Contractor License

 Virginia Class B Contractor License

Virginia Class C Contractor License
Fee $385 $370

$235

 

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) Documents

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

 

DPOR VA Contractor License Application

 

Ensure that you use the latest forms.

DPOR Virginia Contractor License Application (Class A, B, C
VA Contractor License Application - July 2017. Please visit the DPOR Board of Contractors website to ensure that you always use the latest forms.
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DPOR Virginia Contractor License Experience Verification Form
Va Contractor License Experience Verification Form - July 2017. Please visit the DPOR Board of Contractors website to ensure that you always use the latest forms.
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DPOR Virginia Contractor License Financial Statement Form
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Step: 6 Once Pre-Approved for Your Specialty Exam, Take an Exam Preparation Course (Listed Above), Schedule and Pass the Exam

State Test Administrator for the Business Exam: PSIExams.com

 

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

 VA Contractor License Information

 

 

Pre-License Course for Virginia Contractor License

 

 

The PreLicense Training course goes by several names.  It is also called the 8-Hour Prelicensing Course, the Mandatory 8-Hour Course and other variations.  Some mistakenly refer to it as the Virginia Class C Contractor license training course.  This is a mandatory course for all classes of Virginia licenses for contracting, VA Class A license, VA Class B license and the VA Class C license. This is a mandatory foundation course that helps Virginia contractor licensees understand much about running a successful construction business in Virginia.  It also details your relationship, as a licensed Virginia contractor, with the government, local and state.

 

 

Classes of and Requirements for a Contracting License in the state of Virginia

 

 

The differences in the classes of contractor licenses in Virginia ultimately comes down to two basic things: money and experience.  Below, we’ve shared the differences between the VA contractors license, VA Class A, VA Class B and VA Class C.

 

 

Class A Contractor License.  This is the largest class of Virginia contracting license.  There is no monetary limit on the size of individual projects nor on the annual revenue. Requirements for Class A contractor license in Virginia is a net worth of at least $45,000.  Also, the qualified individual, the person in the company who actually knows the hands-on, field work, must have a minimum of 5 (five) years of verifiable experience..  The qualified individual can simply be an employee or a member of management.

 

 

Class B Contractor License. This is the mid-range Virginia contracting license. With the VA Class B license, there is the opportunity for larger projects and more revenue than the VA Class C license, but falls short of the potential of the VA Class A license.  Projects just under $120,000 can be contracted.  The maximum annual revenue with this class of Virginia license is just under $750,000.  Requirements for Class B contractor license in Virginia is a net worth of at least $15,000.  Also, the qualified individual, the person in the company who actually knows the hands-on, field work, must have a minimum of 3 (three) years of verifiable experience.  The qualified individual can simply be an employee or a member of management.

 

 

Class C Contractor License. This is sometimes thought of as the ‘starter’ license.  This is the smallest of the three contracting licenses in Virginia.  Projects just under $10,000 can be contracted.  The maximum annual revenue with this class of license is just under $150,000.  For the Class C license in Virginia, there is no minimum net worth requirement.  However, the qualified individual, the person in the company who actually knows the hands-on, field work, must have a minimum of 2 (two) years of verifiable experience. .  The qualified individual can simply be an employee or a member of management.

 

 

The Contractor License Business Exam – For Class A Contractors License and Class B Contractors License (Taken by the Designated Employee)

 

 

To apply for and obtain a license for contracting in Virginia as a Class A or a Class B contractor, your designated employee must pass an examination or test, often called the ‘Virginia business exam’. 

 

In total, there are three portions of the exam:  the Virginia Portion, the General Portion, and the Advanced Portion.  A Class B license applicant needs only to pass two portions, the Virginia and the General Portions.  A Class A license applicant must pass all three portions.   A Class C license applicant is not required to take any portion of this contractors business examination.  The Designated Employee can be a full-time employee or a member of responsible management.

 

 

VA Contractors License Specialties

 

 

The class of contractor license in Virginia (i.e.-Virginia Class A license) is independent of the specialties the licensee is approved to perform. There are over 40 VA contractor licensing specialties (i.e.-Painting and Wallcovering) that licensees can be approved to perform.  Some specialties are very specific and limited, whereas others are ‘umbrella’ construction specialties that encompass a number of smaller specialties.  Some of the ‘umbrella’ Virginia contractor specialties are the VA Home Improvement Contracting (HIC), VA Residential Building Contracting (RBC), VA Commercial Improvement Contracting (CIC), VA Commercial Building Contracting (CBC) and the VA Highway Heavy (H/H).  Typically, it is best to apply for the largest specialty you are qualified for, as this can open the door for increased opportunities in the future without the need to take additional specialty exams.

 

 

The VA Contractor Licensing Specialty Exam (Taken by the Qualified Individual)

 

 

The focus of this exam is to test your Qualified Individual’s knowledge of the type(s) of projects you will be approved to perform as a licensed Virginia contractor.   The length of the exams, the reference materials allowed, and the subject matter vary greatly, depending on the specialty. 

 

 

As of March 1, 2016, the Qualified Individual must be pre-approved to sit for all specialty/technical exams.  The approval process can sometimes take months, so we encourage you to schedule any specialty exam course with us ONLY AFTER you’ve received your approval to sit for the Virginia contractor technical exam.

 

 

Dispelling a False VA Contractor Licensing Myth

 

 

It is not a requirement that a contractor first start with a Class C license in Virginia and then move up or upgrade.  If a contractor meets the qualifications for a Class A contractors license or a Class B contractors license, they can apply directly for them.

 

 

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