Updated: Oct 19, 2021
In short, the following are requirements for obtaining your Class A Contractor License in Virginia:
Create business entity if you have not already done so.
Complete the 8 Hour class
Study for and pass the State Business Exam to qualify for the A on your license. AVAC offers an Exam Prep session for this exam. The exam is given by PSI at a PSI location.
Name a Qualified Individual and complete the Experience Verification Form
Complete the Financial Statement or Surety Bond form. Include all required documents to verify the numbers you put on the Financial Statement form. Net Worth for Class A must be at least $45,000.
Complete the License Application form and mail it with the application fee and all required forms to the DPOR.
Wait for a letter from the DPOR approving your Qualified Individual to take the specialty exam
The Qualified Individual will study for and pass the specialty exam. The exam is given by PSI at a PSI location.
Receive your license
For a more detailed summary of the requirements, we look at the Code of Virginia:
18VAC50-22-60. Requirements for a Class A License.
A. A firm applying for a Class A license shall meet all of the requirements of this section.
B. A firm shall name a designated employee who meets the following requirements:
1. Is at least 18 years old;
2. Is a full-time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the responsible management of the firm as defined in this chapter;
3. Has passed a board-approved examination as required by § 54.1-1106 of the Code of Virginia or has been exempted from the exam requirement in accordance with § 54.1-1108.1 of the Code of Virginia; and
4. Has followed all rules established by the board or by the testing service acting on behalf of the board with regard to conduct at the examination. Such rules shall include any written instructions
communicated prior to the examination date and any oral or written instructions given at the site on the day of the exam.
C. For every classification or specialty in which the firm seeks to be licensed, the firm shall name a qualified individual who meets the following requirements:
1. Is at least 18 years old;
2. Has a minimum of five years of experience in the classification or specialty for which he is the qualifier;
3. Is a full-time employee of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the firm as defined in this chapter or is a member of the responsible management of the firm;
4. a. Has obtained the appropriate certification for the following specialties:
(1) Blast/explosive contracting (DHCD explosive use certification);
(2) Fire sprinkler (NICET Sprinkler III certification); and
(3) Radon mitigation (EPA or DEQ accepted radon certification).
b. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, a master license for Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical, Gas Fitting, Natural Gas Fitting Provider, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contracting.
c. Has completed, for the drug lab remediation specialty, a remediation course approved by the board and a board-approved examination.
d. Has obtained, pursuant to the Individual Licensing and Certification Regulations, certification as an Elevator Mechanic for Elevator Escalator Contracting and certification as a Water Well Systems Provider for Water Well/Pump Contracting.
e. Has been approved by the Board for Contractors for the miscellaneous specialty (MSC).
f. Has completed a board-approved examination for all other classifications and specialties that do not require other certification or licensure.
D. Each firm shall submit information on its financial position. Excluding any property owned as tenants by the entirety, the firm shall state a net worth or equity of $45,000.
E. The firm shall provide information for the five years prior to application on any outstanding, past-due debts and judgments; outstanding tax obligations; defaults on bonds; or pending or past bankruptcies. The firm, its designated employee, and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall submit information on any past-due debts and judgments or defaults on bonds directly related to the practice of contracting as defined in Chapter 11 (§ 54.1-1100 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.
F. The firm, the designated employee, and all members of the responsible management of the firm shall disclose at the time of application any current or previous substantial identities of interest with any contractor licenses issued in Virginia or in other jurisdictions and any disciplinary actions taken on these licenses. This includes any monetary penalties, fines, suspensions, revocations, or surrender of a license in connection with a disciplinary action. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant when any of the parties listed in this subsection have had a substantial identity of interest (as deemed in § 54.1-1110 of the Code of Virginia) with any firm that has had a license suspended, revoked, voluntarily terminated, or surrendered in connection with a disciplinary action in Virginia or in any other jurisdiction.
G. In accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, all applicants shall disclose the following information about the firm, all members of the responsible management, the designated employee, and the qualified individual or individuals for the firm:
1. All misdemeanor convictions within three years of the date of application; and
2. All felony convictions during their lifetimes.
Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subsection. The record of a conviction received from a court shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of a conviction or finding of guilt. The board, in its discretion, may deny licensure to any applicant in accordance with § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.
H. The designated employee or a member of responsible management shall have successfully completed a board-approved basic business course.