• Board for Contractors

    The Board for Contractors licenses businesses engaged in the construction, removal, repair, or improvement of facilities on property owned by others. Contractor licenses consist of two parts: the class of license (A, B, or C), which determines the monetary value of contracts/projects that may be performed, and the classification/specialty, which determines what type of work is allowed.

    The Board also licenses individuals and firms engaged in residential building energy analysis, which involves evaluation of energy consumption and recommendations to improve energy efficiency. 

    And the Board regulates individual tradesmen. Visit the Tradesmen Program webpage.  

    Licensing Section  (804) 367-8511    
    Education Section  (804) 367-2224 Board Office  (804) 367-2785
    Email  contractor@dpor.virginia.gov FAX  (866) 430-1033
  • Forms & Applications

    Contractors | Residential Building Energy Analysts | License Update/Maintenance Forms for Existing Licensees | For Education Providers 

     

    Contractors

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    Residential Building Energy Analysts (RBEAs)

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    License Update/Maintenance Forms for Existing Contractors & RBEA Firms

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    For Education Providers

    Introduction to Contractor Licensing 


    Applicants must read and understand the Board for Contractors Regulations (PDF).

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.
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    Application fees are not refundable.


     

    Meetings & Minutes

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    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=10&display=meetings 

     

    Education & Exams

     Pre-License Education | Remedial Education | CE Work Group | Education Providers | Examinations 

    Information About QI Exam: Written Exam Requirement for Certain Contractor "Qualified Individuals" 

    Pre-License Education

    In order to become licensed as a Contractor (Class A, Class B, or Class C), applicants must complete eight hours of pre-license education. For Class A and Class B applicants, the pre-license education must be completed by a member of responsible management or the designated employee. For Class C applicants, a member of responsible management must complete the pre-license education. Pre-license education is required for all new contractor licenses, and is a separate requirement from the Class A and Class B examinations.

    The pre-license education course is a basic business course that covers relevant regulations, statutes, and requirements that are necessary for every business owner. The course is not specific to any particular classification or specialty. A Board-approved advanced contractor class will also meet the requirements for the pre-license education course.

    In addition, applicants for licensure as a Residential Building Energy Analyst must complete a class from an approved RBEA vocational training provider.


    Remedial Education

    The Board may order licensed contractors to complete remedial education as part of a disciplinary or consent order.

    Effective January 2014, any licensee ordered to complete remedial education must attend a full-day eight-hour class in person at DPOR. Classes are free, taught by certified DPOR staff, and offered once a month at DPOR offices in the Perimeter Center, 9960 Mayland Drive, Board Room 2 (directions here). 

    To register, contact the Board office at (804) 367-2785 or contractor@dpor.virginia.gov. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, and walk-ins can only be accommodated if space is available. 

    All class participants must be a member of the Responsible Management team listed on the contractor license. You must bring a photo ID with you to registration. Credit will not be given unless you attend the entire length of the full-day class.

    NOTE: All classes are 8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with a 45-minute lunch break. Please bring your own lunch or be prepared to go off-site and return within the 45-minute time frame.

    2014 CLASS DATES

     
       
    January 31, 2014 Friday
    February 26, 2014 Wednesday
    March 29, 2014 Saturday
    April 2, 2014      Wednesday
    April 25, 2014 Friday
    May 30, 2014 Friday
    June 28, 2014 Saturday
    July 23, 2014 Wednesday
    August 30, 2014 Saturday
    September 12, 2014 Friday
    October 29, 2014 Wednesday
    November 15, 2014 Saturday
    December 5, 2014 Friday

    Continuing Education Work Group

    The Board for Contractors voted to form a Continuing Education Work Group at its March 25, 2014, meeting. The Work Group is tasked with exploring all areas of continuing education and includes representatives of trade organizations as well as board members.

    The Work Group meetings will be held at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive, Second Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23233.

    Work Group Meeting Date   Meeting Time  
    April 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. 
    June 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. 
    August 25, 2014 TBA
    October 20, 2014 TBA
    December 15, 2014 TBA

    Education Providers

    The Board for Contractors' Committee is responsible for reviewing applications from education providers seeking board approval. Listed below are the deadlines for submission of correct and complete school/course applications for consideration by the Committee and approval by the Board. The date of receipt by the Board office determines whether the application materials were received by the deadline.

    All Committee meetings start at 2:00 p.m., and are held at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive, Second Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23233.

    Application Deadline Date  Committee Meeting  Board Meeting  
    February 3, 2014 March 3, 2014 March 4, 2014
    March 28, 2014 April 28, 2014 April 29, 2014
    May 23, 2014 June 23, 2014 June 24, 2014
    July 24, 2014 August 25, 2014 August 26, 2014
    September 19, 2014         October 20, 2014 October 21, 2014
    November 14, 2014 December 15, 2014 December 16, 2014

    Examinations

    Successful completion of the examination is required before applying for licensure. 

    Exam Vendor  PSI
    (800) 733-9267
    Frequency and Dates of Exam  Daily*
    Contact PSI (800) 733-9267
    *"daily" typically means Monday-Friday 
    Deadline for Application  No application deadline.
    Exam Fees (paid directly to PSI) NOTE: $15 walk-in registration charge  $40 One portion of exam
    $72 Two portions of exam
    $85 Three portions of exam
    $85 QI specialty exam 
    Exam Locations  Charlottesville
    Falls Church
    Richmond
    Roanoke
    Tyson's Corner
    Virginia Beach
    Johnson City, TN
    Salisbury, MD
    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  

    View PSI Candidate Information Bulletins (CIBs):

     
    Other Questions?  To check on the status of your application after passing the exam, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8511 or contractor@dpor.virginia.gov.

    News & Publications

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Step-by-Step Guide to Contractor Licensure 

    1. How do I contact the Board office? 
    2. When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 
    3. I am licensed in Virginia, and applying for licensure in another state.The other state is requesting verification of my Virginia license. What do I need to do? 
    4. How do I go about filing a complaint against a contractor? 
    5. I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    6. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    7. I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license? 
    8. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    9. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    How do I contact the Board office?

    If you have a question regarding licensing issues, renewal, application status, etc., please contact the Licensing Section at (804) 367-8511. If you have a question regarding continuing education providers, how to become a provider, or other questions relating to education, please contact the Education Section at (804) 367-2224.

    Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Board for Contractors
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

    No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.

    Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    I am licensed in Virginia, and applying for licensure in another state.The other state is requesting verification of my Virginia license. What do I need to do?

    Please complete the Certification Request Form and send it with a check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Specify where you would like the certification to be mailed.

    How do I go about filing a complaint against a contractor?

    Contact the Regulatory Programs and Compliance Section.

    I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    No earlier than 60 days prior to your license expiration, send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your license number on your check. Mail this information to:
    Board for Contractors
    Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    You CANNOT continue to practice in Virginia after your license has expired.

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. The Board's regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee.

    Board regulations state that if the requirements for renewal of a license, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a reinstatement fee is required.

    Once your license expires, you no longer have a license to engage in contracting. The grace period is not a license extension, but only an additional 30 days to complete your renewal and submit payment without having to pay the reinstatement fee.

    I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license?

    Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Complete, print, sign, and submit a Name/Address Change Form to the Board office. All address changes must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    Board for Contractors

    Board Executive Director

    Eric L. Olson

    Board Administrator

    Mindy Spruill

    Adrienne Mayo

    Board Member Roster

    H Bailey Dowdy
    Second full four-year term ends June 30, 2017 
    Elevator Contractor
    Highland Springs
    Herbert "Jack" Dyer Jr.  
    Second full four-year term ends June 30, 2017
    Commercial Contractor
    Ashland
    Michael Gelardi
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Plumbing Contractor Class A
    Virginia Beach
    David Giesen
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Sub-Contractor Class A
    Virginia Beach
    Erby G. "Rudy" Middleton
    Board Vice Chair
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Electrical Contractor
    Newport News
    Doug Murrow
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Building Code Official
    Richmond
    James Oliver
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2015
    Class A Contractor
    Christiansburg
    E.C. "Chick" Pace, III
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Utilities Contractor Class A
    Roanoke
    Troy Smith, Jr.
    Board Chair
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2016
    Home Improvements Contractor Class B
    Newport News
    Goutam Chowdhuri
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2016
    Falls Church
    Deborah Lynn Tomlin
    Second full four-year term ends June 30, 2013
    Materials Supplier
    Richmond
    D. Todd Vander Pol
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Certified Water Well System Provider
    Glen Allen
    Chancey Walker
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    HVAC Contractor
    Virginia Beach
    Wyatt H. Walton, III
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2012
    Citizen Member
    Roanoke
    A. Bruce Williams
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2012
    Norfolk
     

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website.  

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served overseas, as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF).

    In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse the cost of veterans´ examinations.

    Contractor Transaction Recovery Fund

    Who Is Eligible to File a Claim? | Limitations | Source of Funding | Frequently Asked Questions | Claim Form and Instructions 

    The Virginia Contractor Transaction Recovery Act provides relief to eligible consumers who have incurred losses through the improper or dishonest conduct of a licensed residential contractor. The Recovery Fund is supported entirely by assessments paid by licensed contractors, not by any tax revenues. Filing a claim does not guarantee payment.

    Who Is Eligible To File A Claim?

    A person who has been awarded a judgment in a court of competent jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia against a licensed contractor may be eligible to file a claim. The court judgment must be obtained against an entity licensed by the Board for Contractors and must be based upon the improper or dishonest conduct of the contractor. Any language in the judgment supporting the conclusion that the court found the conduct of the licensed contractor involved improper or dishonest conduct may be used by the Board to determine eligibility for recovery from the Fund.

    • "Improper or dishonest conduct" includes only the wrongful taking or conversion of money, property, or other things of value which involves fraud, material misrepresentation, or conduct constituting gross negligence, continued incompetence, or intentional violation of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (Title 36, Chapter 6 of the Code of Virginia).
    • The term "improper or dishonest conduct" does not include mere breach of contract. NOTE: Any disciplinary action taken against a licensee by the Board for Contractors does not satisfy any statutory requirements to support a Recovery Fund claim.

    In situations where the licensed contractor has filed bankruptcy, the claimant must first file a claim with the proper bankruptcy court. If no distribution is made, the claimant may then file a Recovery Fund claim with the Board. The Board will determine whether the conduct was improper and dishonest and what amount, if any, such claimant is entitled to recover from the Fund.

    The contractor must have been licensed during the period in which the improper or dishonest conduct occurred. The contract between the consumer and the contractor must involve contracting for the consumer's residence located in Virginia.

    State law prohibits the following from filing a Recovery Fund claim:

    1. an employee, vendor, spouse or child of the contractor;
    2. another licensed contractor;
    3. a financial or lending institution; or
    4. anyone whose business involves the construction or development of real property.

    Please note, the General Assembly, not the Board for Contractors, establishes eligibility criteria for the Recovery Fund.

    Limitations

    State law limits a single Recovery Fund claim to $20,000. Multiple claims involving the same contractor are limited to $40,000 per biennium. If multiple claims involving one contractor exceed $40,000, the claim amounts must be prorated. If there is reason to believe there will be multiple claims involving one contractor, payment of claims will be delayed for a period not to exceed one year.

    The Recovery Fund does not pay interest, punitive damages, exemplary damages, or any amounts that do not constitute actual monetary loss to the claimant. However, the award may include attorney's fees and court costs.

    Source of Funding

    The Contractor Transaction Recovery Fund is not funded by any tax revenues. All administrative costs and claims are funded with assessments paid by contractors.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Is it necessary to be represented by an attorney?

    This decision is entirely up to the claimant. While some claimants choose to be represented by an attorney in their claim, it is not necessary in order to file a claim. If the claimant is represented by an attorney, the DPOR staff will contact that attorney directly with regard to the claim. Attorney fees may be recoverable from the Fund.

    What can be expected after the filing of a claim?

    Once a claim has been received by DPOR, staff will review the file to determine whether the claimant meets the eligibility requirements established by state law (Section 54.1-1120 of the Code of Virginia). If the claimant is determined eligible based on the staff review, your claim file along with a recommendation for payment will be reviewed by the full Board at a regularly scheduled meeting, where the Board will make a final decision on whether to approve the claim and for what amount.

    If questions concerning actual monetary loss or eligibility exist, your claim may be referred to an Informal Fact-Finding (IFF) Conference to gather additional information, with a Board member presiding over the administrative proceeding. The purpose and focus of any IFF Conference, scheduled at the Board's discretion, is to determine the actual loss the claimant incurred as a result of the actions of the licensed contractor and/or any eligibility issues involved. Only the actual loss, along with attorney fees and court costs, will be considered. Special damages, consequential damages, punitive damages, etc. will not be considered. The Board member may ask questions about the claim and the information provided. Following the presentation of this information, the Board member makes a recommendation as to the amount of monetary relief, if any, to approve. The recommendation and claim file is then reviewed by the full Board at a regularly scheduled meeting, where the Board makes the final decision on whether to approve the claim and for what amount.

    What is the basic time frame?

    It is difficult to state a general time frame because each claim is different. Factors affecting the process include whether all required documentation is included with the claim form and if the civil action has been completed. The Board meets approximately every six weeks to review Recovery Fund claim recommendations. Claimants should be aware that obtaining assistance from the Recovery Fund is not a swift process in most cases, and occurs only after all other civil legal remedies are exhausted.

    Claim Form and Instructions

    When the consumer takes any legal action against a contractor, the Clerk of Court should be notified that the Board for Contractors must also receive a copy of the notice served on the licensee. An affidavit stating the acts of improper or dishonest conduct of the licensee should be included with the notice given to the Board.

    After the consumer obtains a judgment from a court, the consumer must attempt to collect from the licensee by conducting debtor interrogatories. This legal action determines whether the licensee has any assets which can be sold or applied to satisfy the court judgment. If any assets are revealed by the interrogatories, the consumer must provide evidence that all legally available actions have been taken to sell the assets, and disclose amounts realized from such actions.

    A Contractor Recovery Fund Claim Form must be filed with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) within 12 months after the judgment is final. Please attach a certified copy of the judgment order, copies of all pleadings filed by either party (if any), a copy of the contract, a notarized affidavit stating the acts of improper or dishonest conduct by the licensee which form the basis of this claim, and evidence that debtor interrogatories were conducted (which should include the front and back of the summons for interrogatories).

    Recovery Fund Office 

    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233-1463

    (8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday – Friday)
    Phone: (804) 367-1559
    E-mail: RecoveryFund@dpor.virginia.gov 

    Available Online Services

    The transactions listed below are only for Contractor Business license types:

    • Contractor Temporary (2703)
    • Class A, B or C Contractors (2705)
    • Residential Building Energy Analyst Firm (2707)
    • Education Providers

    The Tradesmen Program page lists online services offered for Individual license types.

    (Please check back periodically as we add transactions in the future.)  


    Apply for a new license

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) 
    • Residential Business Energy Analyst (2707) 


    Add a specialty

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) only 


    Address change

    • Contractor Temporary (2703) 
    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) 
    • Education Providers 


    Change Designated Employee (DE)

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) only 


    Change Qualified Individual (QI)

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) only 


    Change Responsible Management (RM)

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) only 


    Downgrade an existing license:

    • From Class A to Class B Contractor (2705) 
    • From Class B to Class C Contractor (2705) 


    Renew a license

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) only 


    Reinstate an expired license

    • Class A, B or C Contractor (2705) only 

     


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