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Virginia Portion (State Rules and Regulations) (2020-01-23)
This Candidate Information Bulletin provides you with information about the examination and application process for becoming licensed as a Class A and Class B Contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To be licensed, the Designated Employee must pass an examination to confirm that you have attained at least a minimum level of knowledge regarding the principles, practices, statutes and regulations. The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (Department) has contracted with PSI to conduct its examination program. PSI provides examinations through a network of computer and paper-and-pencil examination centers in Virginia. PSI works closely with the Department and its Examination Review Committee to be certain that examinations meet local, national, and international requirements in basic principles and examination development standards.
After passing the necessary examinations, you may apply to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation for a license. Once the Department has verified that you have met all of the requirements, the Department will issue the appropriate license. Questions concerning the licensing requirements should be addressed to the Board for Contractors licensing staff at (804) 367-8511.
The following is the combination of examinations offered for the Designated Employee by PSI in order to be licensed as a Contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia (these examinations are not required for a Class C license). For more information on the Class C license, please see the VA Contractor Specialty Exams for Class A, B, and C Candidate Information Bulletin.
Closed Book These books are for pre-test study only and are not available for use during the test.
Part 1 focuses on business planning and start up. This section will help you formulate a business plan, choose a business structure, understand licensing and insurance requirements and gain basic management and marketing skills.
Part 2 is centered on fundamentals that you will need to operate a successful construction business. This section will cover estimating, contract management, scheduling, project management, safety and environmental responsibilities, and building good relationships with employees, subcontractors, and customers.
Part 3 gives you valuable information for running the administrative function of your business. Financial management, tax basics, and lien laws are covered. Effective management of these areas of business is vital and can cause you serious problems if you do not give them the proper attention.