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Requirements for Obtaining Your VA Contractor License:
Eligibility for a contractor's license is based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, abilities, financial position, and other entry requirements.

Class A Contractor Class B Contractor
Class C Contractor
1. Must be at least 18 years old Must be at least 18 years old Must be at least 18 years old
2. Complete the 8 hour Pre-License course Complete the 8 hour Pre-License course Complete the 8 hour Pre-License course
3. Must be full time employee or a member of responsible management of the firm Must be full time employee or a member of responsible management of the firm Must be full time employee or a member of responsible management of the firm
4. Pass the VA Business Law exam Parts 1, 2, and 3 Pass the VA Business Law exam Parts 1 and 2
5. Pass any specialty trades exams for your specific trade Pass any specialty trades exams for your specific trade Pass any specialty trades exams for your specific trade
6. Five years experience Three years experience Two years experience
7. Net Worth of at least $45,000 Net Worth of at least $15,000

Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining Your VA Contractor's License

Eligibility for a contractor's license is based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, abilities, financial position, and other entry requirements.

Board Contact Information:

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Dr. Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233-1485

Phone: 804.367.8511 or 804.367.8500
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:15am - 5:00pm
Website:
http://www.dpor.virginia.gov

Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here for the Step by Step Guide to Obtaining Your License

Click here for your Virginia Contractor License Application


Fees: T
he application fee for a new prime Virginia contractor's license is $385 for a Class A, $370 for a Class B, and $235 for a Class C. 

Test Information: This Virginia contractor exam covers information in 12 subject areas. The Virginia contractor exam questions are created from content in the 20 book set shown below the following chart.
Candidate Information Bulletin: For the CBC bulletin, go to http://www.psionline.com/PROGRAMS/vasp/Commercial%20Building.pdf

Exam Fee:
$85
Number of Questions:
80
Passing Score: 70% or 81 Questions
Time Limit: 180 Minutes

Subject Area Number of Questions
Site Work 8
Concrete including Reinforcement 9
Masonry 9
Metals 9
Carpentry 9
Thermal and Moisture Protection 8

Associated Trades

Finishes including Drywall
Metal Stud Framing
Insulation and Moisture Control
Doors, Windows, and Glazing

7
Safety 7
Estimating and Plan Reading 8
General Building Code Requirements
Life Safety and Egress
Accessibility
Fire Protection Requirements
General Code Provisions
6

Applicants must also pass a separate Virginia contractor exam on Business Law and Project Management for Virginia.

Reciprocity: Virginia has established reciprocity with Louisiana. You must hold a commercial license with a classification of "building construction" and have obtained the license by examination in order to qualify.
The NASCLA exam serves as your trades exam in 
Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia

Permitted Work With this license you may bid on and build all types of commercial buildings in VA. Residential work is not permitted with this license.

Virginia CBC Complete Combo
Virginia CBC Complete Combo
Price: $1,454.00
Virginia CBC Complete Combo
CBC Complete Combo includes everything you need to pass your Virginia Commercial Builder Contractor Trades and your NASCLA Virginia Business and Law exams. Includes:reference book set, printed and bound study guide, QA audio for books, unlimited exam prep
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Virginia CBC Commercial Builder
Virginia Commercial Builder (CBC)
Price: $549.00
Virginia Commercial Builder (CBC)
The new 2016 Virginia Commercial Builder License. (CBC) Includes Home Study guide with How to Read Blueprints manual, Exam Prep., Audio CDs for both the Trades and Business Exams, and Practice Exam CDs for the Trades and Business exams.
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Virginia CBC Reference Book Set
Virginia CBC Book Set
Price: $825.00
Virginia CBC Book Set
Virginia CBC Commercial Builder Contractor License Exam Reference Book Set. These are the books that the State of Virginia used to create their CBC Contractor Builder License Exam.
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Printed Book Tabs for Virginia CBC
Printed Book Tabs for Virginia CBC Reference Book set
Price: $80.00
Printed Book Tabs for Virginia CBC Reference Book set
Pre-Printed tabs for all 13 books used in the Virginia (CBC) Commercial Builder Contractor License Exam. Each tab set includes blank tabs for additional customization.
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Carpentry and Building Construction
Carpentry & Building Construction
Price: $102.98
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Carpentry & Building Construction
ISBN-10: 0078797845 ISBN-13: 978-0078797842 PSI Exam reference book. You can take this book into most exams. By Feirer & Feirer. 2010 edition.
The Gypsum Construction Handbook 7th Edition, 2014
Gypsum Construction Handbook
Price: $39.95
Gypsum Construction Handbook
ISBN-10: 1118749847 ISBN-13: 978-1118749845 PSI Exam reference book. GA, SC, AL can take this book into the exam.From USG. Soft cover. 7th Edition.
ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
Price: $45.95
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ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
ISBN-10: 1580019188 ISBN-13: 978-1580019187 ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities is a Reference for NASCLA Accredited Exam
International Building Code 2012
International Building Code 2012
Price: $134.95
International Building Code 2012
ISBN-10: 1609830407 ISBN-13: 978-1609830403 International Building Code 2012 IBC 2012
Modern Masonry 8th edition
Modern Masonry
Price: $92.95
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Modern Masonry
ISBN-10: 1631260952 ISBN-13: 978-1631260957 PSI Exam reference book. By Clois E. Clicklighter. 8th Edition.
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
Price: $39.95
OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Regulations Book
OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1926 is a PSI Exam reference book required for most license exams
Georgia Residential Basic Plus Package
Pipe & Excavation Contracting
Price: $34.95
Pipe & Excavation Contracting
ISBN-10: 1572182660 ISBN-13: 978-1572182660 PSI Exam reference book. SC, GA, MS, AL, NV can take this book into the exam.By Dave Roberts. New Revised Edition
Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition
Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition
Price: $74.95
Placing Reinforcing Bars, 9th Edition
ASIN: B005GR19C0 PSI Exam reference book. GA, SC & AL NASCLA can take this book into the exam.From CRSI. 9th Edition
Roofing Construction & Estimating
Roofing Construction & Estimating
Price: $38.95
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Roofing Construction & Estimating
ISBN-10: 1572180072 ISBN-13: 978-1572180079 PSI Exam reference book. SC & GA can take this book into the exam.By Daniel Atcheson. 448 pages
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
Price: $65.95
The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
ISBN-10: 0870311670 ISBN-13: 978-0870311673 PSI Exam reference book. MS, AL, SC & GA & NASLCA can take this book into the exam.From the American Concrete Institute. Soft cover.
Virginia Nascla Business Law & Project Management for General Contractors
Price: $66.95
Virginia Nascla Business Law & Project Management for General Contractors
NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management, Virginia Edition. This book is for the Virginia Business and Law Exam for State Contractor Licenses.
2012 Virginia Construction Code
2012 Virginia Construction Code
Price: $25.00
2012 Virginia Construction Code
2012 Virginia Construction Code