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8 Hour Pre-Licensing & Exam Prep from the team with the most experience.

Virginia

Class A, B, or C Licensing, Education & Exam Prep

To complete a project over $1,000 in Virginia, you will have to obtain a contractor's license. We offer the required 8 hour pre-licensing course, exam prep, books for the exam, and additional services to help you obtain your license. All of our training is offered in a online self-paced format. The required 8 hour pre-licensing course is expertly written & fully narrated. Once completed, the 8 hour course is good for life. Our exam prep is designed to help you pass your test the first time, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. All of our courses are available from almost any device, any time. We hope that you will make RocketCert your home to help you obtain your Virginia Contractor's License.

  • $99 $89
    8 Hour
    Pre-Licensing
  • $129
    Class A/B
    Exam Prep
  • $331 $249
    Class A/B
    Licensing Bundle
Individual taking the required 8 hour pre-licensing course and exam prep for Virginia online with RocketCert
Scope of work

What type of work can be done with this license?

Licensed Contractor in Virginia
  • Class A, B, or C License

    A Class A contractor performs on projects $120,000 or more, or more than $750,000 over 12 months. Class B is for projects over $10,000 (but less than $120,000) or more than $150,000 over 12 months. Class C is for projects over $1,000 (less than $10,000).

  • Contractor Specialty & Trades

    Virginia offers multiple types of contractor licenses, each with an additional exam. We offer courses for all types of Virginia contractors. For example:

Requirements & steps

What are the requirements to getting a license?

CONTRACTOR CLASS A RequirementsCONTRACTOR CLASS A

  • 5 years experience
  • Complete 8-hour pre-licensing course
  • Pass all three required exams (Virginia, General, & Advanced)
  • Pass specialty trade exam
  • Submit application and required documentation of experience and financial net worth ($45,000)
CONTRACTOR CLASS B requirementsCONTRACTOR CLASS B

  • 3 years experience
  • Complete 8-hour pre-licensing course
  • Pass the two required exams (Virginia, General)
  • Pass specialty trade exam
  • Submit application and required documentation of experience and financial net worth ($15,000)
CONTRACTOR CLASS C RequirementsCONTRACTOR CLASS C

  • 2 years’ experience
  • Complete 8-hour pre-licensing course
  • Pass specialty trade exam
  • Submit application and required documentation of experience

How do I obtain a license?

To apply for your license, contact the Virginia DPOR at 804-367-8511 or visit Contractor's Board Website. As of this time, there is no continuing education for contractor's licenses (though there is for the trades). Also, Virginia does not have any reciprocity agreements.

With RocketCert, our education is written but a combination of professional educators and industry professionals. Our exam prep is guaranteed to help you pass the exam, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading customer service. Also, if you find a better price, we will beat it by 20%.


RocketCert customer studying to pass their State exam through the RocketCert website or on the mobile app.
8 HOUR PRE-LICENSING COURSE

This course is required to be completed by anyone obtaining a contractor's license in Virginia. Once completed, credit is given for life and never expires. It can be taken any amount of time before you take your exam. We offer this online for $99 $89.

PURCHASE EXAM PREP, BOOKS, & STUDY!

Preparing to pass the State exam is a critical part of the licensing process. Failing the exam can result in substantial delays before you are able to work under your license. We offer industry leading exam prep and all of the required books, at an unbeatable price.

PASS THE STATE EXAM

After studying with RocketCert, you will be on your way to passing the required State exam(s) (see below). Contact PSI at 800-733-9267 to begin this process. Testing centers are setup throughout the State in larger cities.

APPLY FOR YOUR LICENSE

After completing all the steps above, it will be time to apply through DBOR to obtain your Virginia Contractors License. Have questions or concerns with this process (or just a lack of time)? Our licensing specialists can help you with the process.

Exam

Which exam do I need to take?

To schedule your exam, visit psiexams.com or call 800-733-9267.

Exam details Virginia Portion

Class A & B

  • Total Questions: 24
  • Passing Score: 18 correct
  • Time: 48 minutes
  • OPEN BOOK

Topics include: Regulation of Contractors; Board Rules and Regulations; Building Codes; Transaction Recovery Fund; Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations

More details General Portion

Class A & B

  • Total Questions: 50
  • Passing Score: 35 correct
  • Time: 100 minutes
  • OPEN BOOK

Topics include: Business Organization; Estimating & Bidding; Contracts; Project Management; Risk; Safety; Labor Laws; Financial Management; Federal and State Taxes; Lien Laws

More info Advanced Portion

Class A Only

  • Total Questions: 24
  • Passing Score: 17 correct
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • OPEN BOOK

Topics include: Estimating and Bidding; Contract Management; Project Management; Risk Management; Safety; Labor Laws; Financial Management; Federal and State Taxes; Lien Laws

More info Trade Licenses

Virginia offers multiple types of contractor licenses, each with an additional exam. We offer courses for all types of Virginia contractors. For example:

Pre-Licensing, Exam Prep, & Books

How do I pass the exam?

The Virginia exams are open book. The references below are permitted to be tabbed, highlighted, and used during your test! Unfortunately, our online course is NOT permitted to be accessed during the State exam.

The pre-licensing course is state approved and will provide a foundation of success for your business. The exam prep includes math and accounting, highlighting guides covering the topics your exam is based on, practice questions for each references, and unlimited attempts on our "test simulation".


Virginia 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

Required to obtain your Virginia Class A, B, or C contractors license. Course covers key business, safety, and project topics for you to be successful in your career.

Additional Features:

  • State Approved
  • Fully narrated
  • Instant certificate of completion
  • Daily reporting to the state
  • Lifetime Access from nearly any device




$99 $89

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Virginia Class A/B Licensing Bundle

Includes the following courses:

  • Class A/B Exam Prep
  • 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

Plus the following:

  • Virginia NASCLA Contractors Guide
  • Permanent/Pre-Printed Tabs
  • Free Shipping!
  • Instructor Support
  • No Pass No Pay Policy
  • Lifetime Access from nearly any device

$331 $249

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Virginia Class A/B Exam Prep

Included in the bundle

Exam prep includes:

  • Highlighting Guides - We show you exactly what to study
  • Practice Exams - You'll know exactly what to expect when you sit for the real thing
  • Professional test-taking tips to help keep you calm and focused on exam day

Plus the following:

$129

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Here are a few of our most popular bundles that include the 8 hour course and Class A/B Exam Prep

Virginia Commercial Building A/B Bundle

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$1,443$1,289

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Virginia Class A/B Commercial Improvement Bundle

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$1,308$1,119

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Virginia Class A/B Residential Builder Bundle

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$892$759

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Virginia Class A/B Home Improvement Bundle

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$1,420$1,219

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The NASCLA guide is permitted to be used to pass the Class A/B contractor exam (included in A/B bundles)

Virginia NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business Law and Project Management, 9th edition

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$79$74

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About Us

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We are here for you. Have a question? Need support? Our team is available 7 days a week for technical support. We pride ourselves in taking care of you.

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Our training is available 24/7 and you can start and stop as needed. With our mobile ready courses, you can take from nearly any device at any location.

License Types and Descriptions

What are all of the contractor specialty exams?

There are many different types of Virginia Contractors Licenses that the Virginia Board of Contractors offers. See below for different license classifications.

  • Alternative Energy System

    AESC means installing, repairing, and improving energy systems and associated equipment. This trade does not include the electrical, plumbing, gas fitting, or HVAC work.

  • Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating

    PAV work includes installing asphalt paving and sealcoating on streets, driveways, parking lots, courts, tracks, and playgrounds. Work covered also includes manholes, storm drains, water valves, sewer cleanouts and drain grates, and all necessary excavation and grading. The H/H classification also provides for this type of work.

  • Billboard/Sign

    BSC work includes installing, repairing, improving, and dismantling of any billboard or structural sign permanently installed on real property. No trade related plumbing, electrical, or HVAC work is included. H/H and CBC are the only other classifications that can perform this work.

  • Commercial Building Technical

    CIC work includes repairing or improving structures not defined as dwellings and townhouses in the USBC. The CBC classification also covers this type of work. The CIC classification does not cover the construction of new buildings, accessory buildings, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas work. CIC includes the work covered under the following specialties: BRK, PTC, and ROC.

  • Concrete

    CEM work includes for all work in connection with the processing, proportioning, batching, mixing, conveying and placing of concrete composed of materials common to the concrete industry. This includes finishing, coloring, curing, repairing, testing, sawing, grinding, grouting, placing of film barriers, sealing and waterproofing. Construction and assembling of forms, molds, slipforms, pans, centering, and the use of rebar is also included. The CBC, RBC, and H/H classifications also cover this type of work.

  • Drywall

    DRY work includes installing, taping, and finishing of drywall, panels and assemblies of gypsum board, sheathing, cement board and the installation of sheet metal studs for the framing ceilings and nonstructural walls. The RBC, CBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also provide for this type of work.

  • Electronic/Communication Service

    ESC work includes installing, repairing, improving, and removing electronic/communications systems. These systems (all operate at 50 volts or less) include telephone wiring, computer cabling, sound systems, data links, network installation, television and cable TV wiring, antenna wiring, and fiber optics. The ELE classification also covers this type of work.

  • Environmental Monitoring Well

    EMW work includes the construction of a ground well to monitor toxic and hazardous chemicals.

  • Environmental Specialities

    ENV work includes installing, repairing, removing, and improving pollution control and remediation devices. No other specialty is permitted to do this work. This specialty does not cover electrical, plumbing, gas fitting, or HVAC work.

  • Equipment and Machinery

    EMC work includes installing and/or removing equipment and machinery. This specialty covers work on conveyors and other heavy machinery. It does not cover electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work.

  • Farm Improvement

    FIC work includes installing, repairing, and improving nonresidential farm structures, nonresidential farm accessory-use structures, and additions. The CBC classification also provides for this function. The FIC specialty does not cover electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting work.

  • Finish Carpentry

    FIN work includes installing, repairing, and finishing of cabinets, sash casing, door casing, wooden flooring, baseboards, countertops, and other millwork. The RBC, CBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also permit for this type of work.

  • Fire Alarm Systems

    FAS work includes installing, repairing, and improving of fire alarm systems that operate at 50 volts or less. The ELE classification also covers this this type of work.

  • Fire Suppression

    FSP work includes installing, repairing, improving, and removing of fire suppression systems. This includes halon and other gas systems; dry chemical systems; and carbon dioxide systems. No other classification provides for this function. The FSP specialty does not permit the installation, repair, or maintenance of water sprinkler systems.

  • Flooring and Floor Covering

    FLR work includes installing, repairing, improving, and removing of materials that are common in the flooring industry. Work includes the installation or replacement of subflooring and leveling products. This specialty does not include the installation, repair, or removal of floor joists or other structural components of a flooring system. The RBC, CBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also permit this work.

  • Framing

    FRM work includes constructing, removing, repairing, and improving any framing or rough carpentry necessary for the construction of framed buildings and structures. The RBC and CBC classifications also provide for this type of work.

  • Glass and Glazing

    GLZ work includes installing, assembling, repairing, improving, and removing of all makes and kinds of glass and glass substitutes for glazing. The RBC, CBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also provide for this type of work.

  • Highway Heavy

    H/H work includes constructing, repairing, improving, and demolishing to the following: bridges; dams; drainage systems; foundations, parking lots; public transit systems; railroads; roads; runways; streets; structural signs & lights; and tanks. The work permitted includes: building demolition, clearing; concrete work; excavating; grading; non-water well drilling; paving; pile driving; road marking; and steel erection. H/H includes the following specialties: PAV, BSC, CEM, ISC, MCC, VCC.

  • Home Improvement

    HIC work includes repairs and improvements to dwellings and townhouses. The HIC specialty does not permit work for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting. It does not include new construction functions beyond the existing building structure other than decks, patios, driveways and utility out buildings that do not require a permit per the USBC. HIC includes the following specialties: BRK, PTC, ROC. Note that the RBC classification covers all HIC work and more.

  • Industrialized Building

    IBC work includes installing and removing industrialized buildings. This classification covers foundation work and permits complete internal tie-ins of plumbing, gas, electrical, and HVAC systems. IBC does not cover installing additional plumbing, gas, electrical, or HVAC work such as installing the service meter, or installing the outside compressor for the HVAC system. The CBC and RBC classifications also provide for this type of work.

  • Insulation and Weather Stripping

    INS work includes installing, repairing, improving, and removing insulation used for temperature or sound control of residential and commercial buildings. It does not include the insulation of mechanical equipment and ancillary lines and piping. The RBC, CBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also permit this type of work.

  • Landscape Irrigation

    ISC work includes installing, repairing, improving, and removing of irrigation sprinkler systems. This specialty license holder is permitted to install backflow prevention devices after receiving approved formal vocational training in the installation of backflow prevention devices. The PLB and H/H classifications also permit this type of work.

  • Landscape Service

    LSC work includes alterations and improvements to a land area by excavation, clearing, grading, construction of landscape retaining walls, and landscaping timbers. The CBC, RBC, and H/H classifications also permit this type of work.

  • Marine Facility

    MCC work includes the construction, repair, improvement, or removal of any structure that has the purpose of providing access to, impeding, or altering a body of water. The MCC specialty does not cover the construction of accessory structures, electrical, HVAC, or plumbing work. The CBC and H/H classifications also permit this type of work.

  • Masonry

    BRK work includes the installation of brick, concrete block, stone, marble, slate, mortarless type masonry. Masonry work includes the installing grout, caulking, tuck pointing, sand blasting, mortar washing, parging and cleaning and welding of reinforcement steel related to masonry construction. The CBC and RBC, HIC, and CIC classifications also permit this type of work.

  • Painting and Wallcovering

    PTC work includes the applying materials common to the painting and decorating industry for protective or decorative purposes, the installation of surface coverings such as vinyls, wall papers, and cloth fabrics. This includes surface cleaning, preparation, caulking, sanding for both interior and exterior surfaces. The CBC, RBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also permit this work.

  • Recreational Facility

    RFC work includes the construction, repair, and improvement of any recreational facility, excluding paving and the construction of buildings, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. The CBC classification also covers this work.

  • Refrigeration

    REF work includes the installation, repair, or removal of any refrigeration equipment. No electrical, plumbing, gas fitting, or HVAC work is covered. This specialty is intended for contractors who repair or install coolers, refrigerated casework, ice-making machines, drinking fountains, cold room equipment, and similar equipment. The HVAC classification also covers this type of work.

  • Residential Building

    RBC includes the construction, remodeling, repair, improvement, removal, or demolition on real property owned, controlled, or leased by another person of dwellings and townhouses, including accessory buildings or structures on such property. The RBC classification does not include electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting work. The residential building specialties includes the work permitted under the following classification: Concrete contracting (CE), Home improvement contracting (HIC), Industrialized building contracting (IBC), Landscape service contracting (LSC), Masonry contracting (BRK), Painting and wallcovering contracting (PTC), Roofing contracting (ROC), Swimming pool contracting (POL).

  • Roofing

    ROC work covers the installation, repair, removal or improvement of materials common to the industry that form a watertight, weather resistant roof or deck surface. This includes installing roof system components, dampproofing, waterproofing, roof insulation panels, and other roof insulation systems. The CBC, RBC, HIC and CIC specialties also cover this type of work.

  • Steel Erection

    STL work includes the fabricating and erecting structural steel shapes and plates that are used as structural members. This specialty also includes the fabrication, placement and tying of steel reinforcing bars, and post-tensioning to reinforce concrete buildings and structures. The RBC, CBC, and H/H classifications also cover this type of work.

  • Swimming Pool Construction

    POL work includes the construction, repair, improvement and removal of in-ground swimming pools. No trade related plumbing, electrical, backflow or HVAC work is permitted. The CBC and RBC classifications and the RFC specialty also provide for this function.

  • Tile, Marble, Ceramic, and Terrazzo

    TMC work includes the preparation, fabrication, construction, and installation of artificial marble, burned clay tile, ceramic, terrazzo, encaustic, falence, quarry, semi-vitreous, cementitious board, and other tile, excluding hollow or structural partition tile. The RBC, CBC, HIC, and CIC specialties also permit this type of work.

  • Underground Utility

    UUC work includes the construction, repair, improvement, or removal of main sanitary sewer collection systems, main water distribution systems, storm sewer collection systems, and the continuation of utility lines from the main systems to a point of termination up to and including the meter location for residential/small commercial properties, multi-occupancy properties at manhole, wye lateral extend to an invert elevation as engineered to accommodate future building sewers, water distribution systems, and storm sewer collection systems. The H/H classification also permits this type of work.

  • Vessel Construction

    VCC work includes the construction, repair, improvement, or removal of nonresidential vessels, tanks, or piping that hold or convey fluids other than sanitary, storm, waste, or potable water supplies. The H/H classification also permits this type of work.

Approval Info

  • Provider Name: RocketCert, LLC
  • Provider Number: 2730000449
  • Course Number(s): 2731003593 | 2731003594
  • Approval Letter(s)