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A contractor’s license is generally required in Virginia (VA) for any construction work in excess of $1,000. An individual license is issued to those who want to do work with plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, at the master and journeyman levels.

  • Virginia Gas Fitter (Master/ Journeyman) Exam Review

    $199.99

    Gas Fitter licensing in Virginia is at 3 levels: journeyman, master, and contractor. To become either a journeyman gas fitter or a master gas fitter, there are two examination portions that must be passed: statutory and regulatory portion and the trade portion. his license allows for individual to do that includes the installation or repair of piping, liquefied petroleum gas tanks and appliances. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – In…

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  • Virginia Plumbing Exam Review

    $199.99

    Plumbing is licensed in Virginia is at 3 levels: Journeyman, Master, and Contractor. To become either a Journeyman Plumber or a Master Plumber, there are two examination portions that must be passed: statutory and regulatory portion and the trade portion. To become a Plumbing Contractor, a Virginia Class A, B, or C license must also be obtained along with a Master Plumber license. This license allows for individuals to work on boilers, backflow prevention devices, hot water heaters, venting systems related to plumbing, and more. @HomePrep is a National Leader i…

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  • Virginia Electrical Exam Review

    $199.99

    Master Electricians can install, maintain, alter, repair any wire, cable, conduit, raceway, fixture or equipment that transmits, transforms, or uses electrical energy. This license includes supervision of an apprentice. Journeyperson Electricians can perform all of the same work as a Master Electrician while under the supervision of a Master Electrician. This license includes supervision of an apprentice. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you &…

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  • Virginia HVAC License/Exam Review (Master / Journeyman)

    $199.99

    HVAC licensing in Virginia is at 3 levels: journeyman, master, and contractor. To become either a journeyman HVAC or a master HVAC , there are two examination portions that must be passed: statutory and regulatory portion and the trade portion. This license allows for individual to do work for heating systems, boilers, process piping, and mechanical refrigeration systems. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Residential Building Exam Review

    $149.99

    The Virginia Residential Building Contractor Exam is required to be passed if you are applying for the Residential Building classification. Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well as an extensive math and plans analysis portion. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are h…

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  • Virginia Commercial Building Exam Review

    $149.99

    This license includes remodeling and construction of commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, and accessory use buildings or structures. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well as an extensive math and plans analysis portion. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Drywall Contracting Exam Review

    $149.99

    This license includes the installation, taping, and finishing of drywall, panels and assemblies of gypsum wallboard, sheathing, and cementitious board. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Commercial Improvement Exam Review

    $149.99

    This license allows for repair or improvement to non-residential property and multi-family property as defined in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well as an extensive math and plans analysis portion. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Farm Improvement Contracting Exam Review

    $149.99

    This license includes installation, repair or improvement of a nonresidential farm building or structure, or nonresidential farm accessory-use structure, or additions thereto. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Fire Alarm Systems Contracting Exam Review

    $149.99

    This license includes the installation, repair, or improvement of fire alarm systems that operate at 50 volts or less. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Framing Subcontractor Exam Review

    $149.99

    This license includes the construction, removal, repair, or improvement to any framing or rough carpentry necessary for the construction of framed structures. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Insulation and Weather Stripping Contracting Exam Review

    $149.99

    The Virginia Insulation and Weather Stripping Contracting Exam is required to be passed if you are applying for the INS classification. This license includes installation, repair, improvement, or removal of materials classified as insulating media used for the purpose of temperature/sound control of buildings. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Refrigeration Contracting Exam

    $149.99

    The Virginia Refrigeration Contracting Exam is required to be passed if you are applying for the REF classification. This license includes the installation, repair, or removal of any refrigeration equipment (excluding HVAC equipment). @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Home Improvement Exam Review

    $149.99

    The Virginia Home Improvement Exam is required to be passed if you are applying for the HIC classification. This license allows for repairs or improvements to one-family and two-family residential buildings or structures annexed to real property. Our program takes you through each one of the reference books that the exam is based on showing you exactly what to highlight. There are optional practice tests as well as an extensive math and plans analysis portion. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course …

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  • Virginia Concrete Contracting Exam Review

    $149.99

    The Virginia Concrete Contracting Exam is required to be passed if you are applying for the CEM classification. This license provides for all work in connection with the processing, proportioning, batching, mixing, conveying and placing of concrete composed of materials common to the concrete industry. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

    $92.99

    All Virginia Class A, B, and C Contractor Business License applicants are required to complete an 8-hour pre-licensing course. Our online pre-licensing education is one of the fastest and easiest ways to complete your state-required training prior to applying for your license. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Contractor Class A/B Practice Tests

    $92.99

    Virginia requires two licenses to become a contractor: Business/Law and Technical. The Class A/B license covers the business and law portion and is required by the designated employee or member of responsible management. There is an 8-hour Pre-License requirement for all new Virginia Contractors. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Electrical Continuing Education 2014 NEC (3 Hours)

    $39.99

    Virginia Electricians (Masters and Journeyman) are required to obtain 3 hours of continuing education for each renewal. You can take either the 2014 NEC or the 2017 NEC for your continuing education. The following courses are state-approved and will satisfy all of your required hours: 2014 NEC Changes, 2017 NEC Changes. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Electrical Continuing Education 2017 NEC (3 Hours)

    $39.99

    Virginia Electricians (Masters and Journeyman) are required to obtain 3 hours of continuing education for each renewal. You can take either the 2014 NEC or the 2017 NEC for your continuing education. The following courses are state-approved and will satisfy all of your required hours: 2014 NEC Changes, 2017 NEC Changes. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Plumbing 2012 Code Update Continuing Education (3 Hours)

    $39.99

    Virginia Plumbers (Masters and Journeyman) are required to obtain 3 hours of continuing education for each renewal. The following courses are state approved: 2015 IPC Changes. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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  • Virginia Plumbing 2015 Code Update Continuing Education (3 Hours)

    $39.99

    Virginia Plumbers (Masters and Journeyman) are required to obtain 3 hours of continuing education for each renewal. The following courses are state approved: 2015 IPC Changes. @HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

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Contractor License FAQs

How Do I Get A Contractors License In Virginia?

The first step to obtaining your license is to complete an 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course. This course is required for all potential contractors.

We also offer the materials needed to get your Class A, B, or C Contractor License.To be a Class A or Class B Contractor, individuals must pass an examination on the regulations of the board and on business management practices. You are also required to pass an examination specific to your type of work. The Board must pre-approve your ability to sit for the exam.

Class A Contractor Requirements:

  • Complete 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
  • Pass General, Advanced, and Law exams
  • Pass any specialty exams required for your trade
  • Submit an Application to the State
  • Show 5 years experience and a net worth of at least $45,000

Class B Contractor Requirements:

  • Complete 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
  • Pass General and Law exams
  • Pass any specialty exams required for your trade
  • Submit an Application to the State
  • Show 3 years experience and a net worth of at least $15,000

Class C Contractor Requirements:

  • Complete 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
  • Pass any specialty exams required for your trade
  • Submit an Application to the State
  • Show 2 years experience

By allowing us to be the chosen provider for exam prep courses, continuing education credits and a variety of other courses, students can be assured they are receiving state and industry approved training.

Do I Need A License?

Virginia requires tradesman licenses for electrical, plumbing, HVAC and all gas fitting. The Virginia Board for Contractors licenses work at three levels, beginning with jobs of $1,000. Applicants need to complete eight hours of pre-license education before they may receive one.

What Is A Class C License?

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.

Where Can I Find Exam Prep Books?

We offer a wide range of exam prep books for the construction fields. Visit our bookstore to begin.

How Much Does It Cost?

Licensing costs vary depending on the type of license you need. For example, some trades will cost more than others and some licenses, like the general contractors license, require additional certification. Those additional certifications add to the cost. If you have a specific question about the cost of study materials for your license, contact us. Our support team is here to help.

License Requirements

There may be additional permitting requirements established by local cities, towns, municipalities or governments below the state level beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia business registration requirements as well as the DPOR Board for Contractors licensing requirements. These vary and it remains the contractor’s responsibility to know and follow all registrations and permitting requirements pertinent to their specialty and industry.

Does A Handyman Need A License

According to Virginia state law, a general handyman does not need a license to perform basic repair and maintenance tasks for homeowners. However, if an unlicensed handyman does any work falling into the scope of a licensed contractor, he or she is subject to fines and possible prosecution. The major purpose of licensing is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Check with your licensing department for specific rules, but err on the side of caution as it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Can I Get A Contractors License Without Experience?

According to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, all applicants must be over 18 years old and have some experience in order to receive their license. At the lowest level, or Class C license, you must have at least two years experience in the specialty. For Class B, you need 3 years. For Class A you need 5 years experience.

How Long Does It Take?

According to the Virginia DPOR, applications are processed on a first in – first out basis. The average processing time for most applications is approximately 30 days. This is just an average and it can be more or less depending on a number of factors.

The license will be issued at the initial review and will be mailed to you if your application is complete and you have met all of the eligibility requirements. If your application is incomplete, then a letter will be sent to you outlining what was missing and what is needed to finish the review and issue your license.

Virginia Contacts

To apply for a contractor license, contact:

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
1-804-367-8511
Website

To apply for a tradesman license, contact:

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
1-804-367-8511
Website

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Las Vegas, NV 89121
1-800-733-9267
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