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Virginia Contractor Licenses (VA)

All contractors must successfully complete an 8-hour business class approved by the Board for Contractors.

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  • Virginia requires construction work in excess of $1,000.00 be regulated at the State level. HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical and Gas Fitting is regulated, for any amount, at the State level.

  • Effective August 21, 2006, the Designated Employee or a member of Responsible Management of all contractors applying for initial licensure (for an entity that is not currently licensed) must successfully complete an 8-hour business class approved by the Board for Contractors. This applies to Class-A, Class-B, and Class-C Contractors.

  • Effective January 1, 2008, all Electrical, Plumbing, Gas Fitters and HVAC licenses require Continuing Education hours.

  • For additional licensing requirements including experience, financial and bonding requirements, exam information, reference books needed, reciprocity and Continuing Education Requirements, please select the appropriate License link below.

Virginia Contractors Class C License: Pre-Licensing Requirements

  • Virginia Class C Contractor License

    A Class C Contractor is any contractor that has single contracts from $1,000 or more but less than $10,000 or contracts totaling less than $150,000 over a one-year period.

    The following specialty trades are recognized under the Class A, B, and C licenses:

    • Alarm/security systems • Alternative energy system • Asbestos • Asphalt paving and sealcoating • Billboard, sign • Blast, explosive • Commercial improvement • Concrete • Electronic /communication service • Elevator /escalator • Environmental monitoring well • Environmental specialties • Equipment /machinery • Farm improvement • Fire alarm systems • Fire sprinkler • Fire suppression • Gas fitting • Home improvement • Landscape irrigation • Landscape service • Lead abatement • Liquefied petroleum gas • Marine facility • Masonry • Modular/ mobile/ manufactured building • Natural gas • Painting and wall covering • Radon mitigation • Recreational facility • Refrigeration • Roofing • Sewage disposal systems • Swimming pool construction • Vessel construction • Water well/ pump

    Virginia does not require Continuing Education for the Class C Contractor classification. Effective August 21, 2006, the Designated Employee or a member of Responsible Management of all contractors applying for initial licensure (for an entity that is not currently licensed) must successfully complete an eight hour business class approved by the Board for Contractors.

Virginia Contractors Class A or B License: Exam Preparation & Requirements

  • Virginia Class A or Class B Contractor Review

    This license sets the monetary limit for which you will be allowed to bid and complete projects. It covers all specialty categories in which the job would be over $120,000.00 for class A, or for jobs $10,000.00 up to $120,000.00 for class B. This license covers many specialty categories excluding Building Construction. Contact customer service at 800-992-1910 for more information.

  • Virginia Class A or Class B w/ Building Technical

    The A or B license sets the monetary limit for which you will be allowed to bid. It covers all specialty categories in which your job would be over $120,000.00 for class A, and $10,000.00 up to $120,000.00 for class B.The Building Technical exam is required for any new construction. Individual whose contracts include construction on real property owned, controlled or leased by another person of commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, residential (single-family, two-family, or multi-family) and accessory use buildings or structures.This license also allows remodeling, repair, improvement or demolition of these buildings & structures.

  • Virginia Building Technical Exam Review

    The Building Technical exam is required for any new construction. Individual whose contracts include construction on real property owned, controlled or leased by another person of commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, residential (single-family, two-family, or multi-family) and accessory use buildings or structures. This license also allows remodeling, repair, improvement or demolition of these buildings & structures.

Virginia Contractors Electrical License: Exam Preparation & Requirements

Prepare for Your Electrical Exam: Resistor Calculations, Motor Calculations, Voltage Drop, Conductor Ampacity, Solar Conductor Ampacity, Navigating the NEC.
  • Virginia Electrical

    Electrical license allows contracts including the construction, repair, maintenance, alteration, or the removal of electrical systems under the national electric code.

Virginia Contractors HVAC License: Exam Preparation & Requirements

  • Virginia HVAC

    This license allows contracts including the installation, repair, maintenance, and/or alteration of heating systems, boilers, process piping, and mechanical refrigeration systems, including tanks incidental to the system.

Virginia Contractors Plumbing License: Exam Preparation & Requirements

  • Virginia Plumbing

    This license allows contracts including the installation, maintenance, extension, alteration or removal of all piping, fixtures, appliances, appurtenances in connection with; boilers, backflow prevention devices, hot water heaters, hydronic systems, process piping, steam heating systems, venting systems related to plumbing, and others.

Virginia Specialty Trades License: Exam Preparation & Requirements

  • Virginia Gasfitter

    There are three (3) classifications available, each with a Master and Journeyman Level:

    Master/Journeyman Gas Fitter is a tradesman who does gas fitting related work. This work includes the installation, repair, improvement or removal of LP or Natural Gas piping, tanks, and appliances annexed to real property. Master/Journeyman LP Gas Fitter is a tradesman whose work includes the installation, repair, improvement, alterations or removal of piping, LP gas tanks, and appliances. This does not include hot water heaters, boilers, and central heating systems that require a HVAC or Plumbing certificate. Master/Journeyman Natural Gas Fitter is a tradesman who repairs, tests, or removes Natural Gas piping or fittings annexed to real property, excluding new installation of gas piping for hot water heaters, boilers, central heating systems, or other Natural Gas equipment that requires HVAC or Plumbing certification.

  • Virginia Masonry Contractor

    American Contractors is currently developing a Home-Study course for individuals wishing to take and pass the Virginia Masonry Contractor. Please contact us at (800) 992-1910 for more information.

  • Virginia Painting and Wall Covering Contractor

    American Contractors is currently developing a Home-Study course for individuals wishing to take and pass the Virginia Painting and Wall Covering Contractor. Please contact us at (800) 992-1910 for more information.

  • Virginia Home Improvement Contractor

    American Contractors is currently developing a Home-Study course for individuals wishing to take and pass the Virginia Home Improvement Contractor exam. Please contact us at (800) 992-1910 for more information.

  • Virginia Concrete Contractor

    Concrete Contracting (CEM) means that service which 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.

  • Virginia Highway / Heavy Contractor

    Highway/Heavy Contractors (H/H) means those individuals whose contracts include construction, repair, improvement, or demolition of the following: bridges, dams, drainage systems, foundations, parking lots, public transit systems, railroads, roads, runways, street, structural signs and lights, and tanks.

  • Virginia Electronic/Communication Service Contractor

    Electronic/Communication Service Contracting (ESC) means that service which provides for the installation, repair, improvement, or removal of electronic or communications systems annexed to real property including telephone wiring, computer cabling, sound systems, data links, data and network installation, television and cable TV wiring, antenna wiring, and fiber optics installation, all of which operate at 50 volts or less.

  • Virginia Commercial Improvement Contractor

    Commercial Improvement Contracting (CIC) means that service which provides for the repair or improvement to nonresidential property and multifamily property as defined in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

  • Virginia Landscaping Service Contractor

    Landscape Service Contracting (LSC) means that service which provides for the alteration or improvement of a land area not related to any other classification or service activity by means of excavation, clearing, grading, construction of retaining walls for landscaping purposes, or placement of landscaping timbers.

  • Virginia Refrigeration Contractor

    Refrigeration Contracting (REF) means that service which provides for installation, repair, or removal of any refrigeration equipment (excluding HVAC equipment). No electrical, plumbing, gas fitting, or HVAC functions are provided by this specialty.

  • Virginia Farm Improvement Contracting

    Farm Improvement Contracting means that service which provides for the installation, repair or improvement of a non-residential farm building or structure, or non-residential farm accessory-use structure, or additions thereto. The BLD classification also provides for this function. The FIC specialty does not provide for any Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC or gas fitting functions.

  • Virginia Alternative Energy System Contracting

    Alternative Energy System Contracting means that service which provides for the installation, repair or improvement, from the customers meter, of alternative energy generation systems, supplemental energy systems and associated equipment annexed to real property. This service does not include the installation of emergency generators powered by fossil fuels. No other classification or specialty service provides for this function. This specialty does NOT provide for Electrical, Plumbing, Gas fitting or HVAC functions.

  • Virginia Fire Alarm Systems Contractor

    FIre Alarm Systems Contracting means that service which provides for the installation, repair, or improvement of fire alarm systems which operate at 50 volts or less. The ELE classification also provides fir this function. A firm with an FAS license is responsible for meeting all the applicable tradesman licensure standards.

  • Virginia Asphalt Paving & Sealcoating Contracting

    Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating Contracting means that service which provides for the installation of asphalt paving and/or sealcoating on subdivision streets and adjacent intersections, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, running tracks, and play areas, using materials and accessories common to the industry. This includes height adjustments of existing sewer manholes, storm drains, water valves, sewer cleanouts and drain grates, and all necessary excavation and grading. The H/H classification also provides for this function.

  • Virginia Industrialized Building Contractor

    Industrial Buildling Contracting means that service that provides for the installation or removal of an industrialized building as defined in the Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations. This classification covers foundation work in accordance with the provisions of the USBC and allows the license to complete internal tie-ins of plumbing, gas, electrical, and HVAC systems. It does not allow for installing additional plumbing, gas, electrical, or HVAC work such as installing the service meter, or installing the outside compressor for the HVAC system. The BLD classification also provides for this function.

  • Virginia Landscaping Irrigation Contractor

    Landscape Irrigation Contracting means that service which provides for the installation, repair, improvement, or removal or irrigation sprinkler systems or outdoor sprinkler systems. The PLB and H/H classifications also provide for this function. This specialty may installl backflow prevention devices incendental to work in this specialty when the installer has received formal vocational training approved by the Board that included instruction in the installation of backflow prevention devices.

  • Virginia Recreational Facility Contracting

    Recreational Facility Contracting means that which service provides for the construction, repair, or improvement of any recreational facility, Excluding Paving and the construction of Buildings, Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC functions. The BLD classification also provides for this function.

  • Virginia Swimming Pool Construction Contractor

    Swimming Pool Construction Contracting means that service which provides for the service, repair, construction, improvement or removal of in-ground swimming pools. The BLD classification and the RFC specialty aslo provide for this function. No trade related Plumbing, Electrical, Backflow or HVAC work is included in the specialty.

  • Virginia Vessel Contracting

    Vessel Construction Contracting means that which service which provides for the construction, repair, improvement, or removal of nonresidential vessels, tanks or piping that hold or convey fluids other than sanitary water, storm, waste, or potable water supplies. The H/H classification also provides for this function.

  • Virginia Equipment/Machinery Contracting

    Equipment/Machinery Contracting means that service which provides for the installation or removal of equipment or machinery including but not limited to conveyors ir heavy machinery. Boilers exempted by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code but regulated by the Department of Labor and Industry are also included in this specialty. This specialty does not provide for any Electrical, Plumbing, Process Piping or HVAC functions.

Virginia Contractors Continuing Education: Pre-Licensing Course

  • Virginia 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course (ONLINE)

    This 8-hr pre-licensing course applies to Class-A, Class-B & Class-C Contractors. (Please note that individuals applying for a Class C license; A Owner/Officer/Partner of the Company must be the person to take the required 8-hour Business Course required by the Board.)

  • Virginia 8-Hour Pre-Licensing Course

    This course is required for all contractors applying for initial licensure (for an entity that is not currently licensed).

Electrical Only

HVAC Only

  • Virginia International Mechanical Code (ONLINE)

    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the International Mechanical Code requirements for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems provided in the International Mechanical Code. Topics reviewed during this class include, definitions, purpose, theory, and installation different types of HVAC systems.



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    If you are considering becoming a licensed contractor in Virginia, American Contractors Exam Services offers all of the materials and resources necessary to successfully complete the exam. In Virginia, all contractors are required to complete an 8 hour business class approved by the Board for Contractors. We offer this seminar online, as well as all of the books, CDs, practice tests, webinars and other materials essential for obtaining your contractor's license.

    Our educational resources are designed to be convenient for you. Whether you want to attend a live seminar in person or view a webinar, we make it easy for you to study and prepare for your licensed contractors exam. Those who plan to become an HVAC contractor or work in the plumbing, mechanical or electrical fields or want to become a residential or general contractor know that there is much to be learned. We offer all that you need to pass your exam the first time.

    To help ease your anxiety and stress level on the day of the actual exam, we provide CDs with sample tests so that you can practice before taking the real thing. We are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their career goals, and provide all that you need to study, train and practice in preparation for the licensed contractor exam. Once you have obtained your license we also offer continuing education so that you can remain current and up-to-date in the industry.

    Those living in Virginia and wanting to become a licensed contractor will find that the exam preparation seminars we offer make it easier, and cover those topics often asked on exams in regards to electrical, mechanical, plumbing and HVAC issues as well as general commercial and residential services. We go the distance to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared to take the exam, and pass it on the first attempt. We know that you want to acquire your license as quickly as possible, and we help you do just that.

    Construction-related books, stock code and estimating guides, sample tests for electrical code and theory, online courses in HVAC, construction Spanish - these are just a few of the many resources we offer to help ensure you are well-prepared for your licensed contractor's exam. When you are serious about becoming a licensed contractor in the state of Virginia, rely on American Contractors Exam Services to give you all that you need to succeed.
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