• 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 


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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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    Laws & Regulations

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    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 | 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 sign up for a class, complete the appropriate Registration Form (see chart below) or 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.

    2015 CLASS DATES 

    Registration Form for 2015 Classes  
    Friday, January 9, 2015
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    Friday, March  27, 2015
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    Friday, May 15, 2015
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Friday, July 10, 2015
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Friday, September 25, 2015
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015
    Friday, November 6, 2015
    Monday, December 7, 2015

    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 2, 2015 March 2, 2015 March 3, 2015
    March 13, 2015 April 13, 2015 April 14, 2015
    May 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 June 2, 2015
    June 20, 2015 July 20, 2015 July 21, 2015
    September 18, 2015        October 19, 2015 October 20, 2015
    October 9, 2015 November 9, 2015 November 10, 2015
    November 14, 2015 December 14, 2015 December 15, 2015

    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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    Board News

    • Worker Misclassification Prevention | Misclassification occurs when an employer improperly counts a worker as an independent contractor who should, in fact, be an employee. Employee misclassification undermines those businesses that follow the law by allowing unscrupulous employers to undercut bids because they avoid payroll costs. Virginia is committed to leveling the playing field for employers that play by the rules.   
    • Read the latest issue of Blueprints, the board's newsletter. Visit the newsletters page and choose the "Contractors Blueprints" tab for archived issues.  

    Press Releases

    Consumer Education Materials

    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 Administrators

    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. | BOARD CHAIRMAN  
    Second full four-year term ends June 30, 2017
    Commercial Contractor
    Ashland
    Jeffrey W. Hux 
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2018
    Plumbing Contractor
    Norfolk
    David Giesen
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Sub-Contractor  
    Virginia Beach
    Erby G. "Rudy" Middleton 
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2014
    Electrical Contractor
    Newport News
    Michael D. Redifer 
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    Building Code Official
    Newport News
    James Oliver | BOARD VICE CHAIR
    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  
    Roanoke
    Troy Smith, Jr.
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016
    Home Improvement Contractor 
    Newport News
    Goutam Chowdhuri
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016
    Single-Family Residential Contractor
    Falls Church
    Jason Curtis "Jake" Trenary 
    Unexpired term ends June 30, 2017
    Materials Supplier
    Winchester
    John David O'Dell
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2018 
    Certified Water Well System Provider
    Mechanicsville
    J. Shawn Mitchell
    First full four-year term ends June 30, 2018
    HVAC Contractor
    Broadlands
    Gene E. Magruder 
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    Citizen Member
    Newport News
    Vance T. Ayres
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2016 
    Citizen Member
    King George
     

    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 outside the U.S., 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). A temporary, non-renewable six-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements may also be an option. 

    For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118).In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.

    Contractor Transaction Recovery Fund

    The Contractor Transaction Recovery Act provides relief to eligible consumers who have incurred losses through the improper and dishonest conduct of a licensed contractor. Filing a claim does not guarantee payment.


    Looking for information about the Real Estate Recovery Fund? Visit the Real Estate Board page.

    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) 
    • Class A Contractor Expedited Application (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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