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Pursuing a career in the construction field? Study at home for your Virginia Plumber License/Exam (Master – Journeyman) with our fully online, easy to take, and self-paced course.

Virginia Plumber License/Exam (Master – Journeyman)
Steps to Success

1. Obtain pre-approval from the State to exam.
2. Purchase Exam Prep and Books.
3. Schedule and pass your State Exams.
4. Submit your application, licensing fee, and proof of insurance to the State.

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Course Fee: $199.99

About This License

This type of contractor allows contracts including the installation, maintenance, extension, alteration or removal of all piping, fixtures, appliances, appurtenances in connection with; boilers, backflow prevention devices, hot water heaters, hydronic systems, process piping, steam heating systems, venting systems related to plumbing, and others.

Pursuing a career in the construction field? Study at home for your Virginia Gas Fitter (Master – Journeyman)with our fully online, easy to take, and self-paced course.

Virginia Gas Fitter (Master – Journeyman)
Steps to Success

1. Obtain pre-approval from the State to exam.
2. Purchase Exam Prep and Books.
3. Schedule and pass your State Exams.
4. Submit your application, licensing fee, and proof of insurance to the State.

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Course Fee: $69.99

About This License

"Liquefied petroleum gas fitter" means any individual who engages in, or offers to engage in, work for the general public for compensation in work that includes the installation, repair, improvement, alterations or removal of piping, liquefied petroleum gas tanks and appliances (excluding hot water heaters, boilers and central heating systems which require a heating, ventilation and air conditioning or plumbing certification) annexed to real property.

"Natural gas fitter provider" means any individual who engages in or offers to engage in work for the general public for compensation in the incidental repair, testing, or removal of natural gas piping or fitting annexed to real property, excluding new installation of gas piping for hot water heaters, boilers, central heating systems, or other natural gas equipment which requires heating, ventilation and air conditioning or plumbing certification.

A contractor's license is generally required in Virginia (VA) for any construction work in excess of $1,000. An individual license is issued to those who want to do work with plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, at the master and journeyman levels.

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Pre-Licensing Education

The first step to obtaining your license is to complete an 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course. This course is required for all potential contractors.

Contractor License/Exam Review

To be a Class A or Class B Contractor, individuals must also pass an examination on the regulations of the board and on business management practices. You are also required to pass an examination specific to your type of work. Pre-approval to sit for the exam by the Board is required.

Tradesman License/Exam

In order to become a Master or Journeyman, you must first pass the appropriate trade exam. Pre-approval to sit for the exam by the Board is required.

Continuing Education

The following tradesmen CEU courses are now available online and are full state approved.

Applications for licensure can be obtained from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation State Board for Contractors by calling (804) 367-8511. Examinations can be scheduled through PSI by calling (800) 733-9267.

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This site offers 1000 courses and 115 State Board Accreditations, and we’ve served 110,000 students in 25 industries since 2014. We strive to provide the most inclusive and beneficial content to help our students advance in their field.

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FAQs

How do I get a contractors license in Virginia?

The first step to obtaining your license is to complete an 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course. This course is required for all potential contractors.

We also offer the materials needed to get your Class A, B, or C Contractor License.To be a Class A or Class B Contractor, individuals must pass an examination on the regulations of the board and on business management practices. You are also required to pass an examination specific to your type of work. The Board must pre-approve your ability to sit for the exam.

Class A Contractor Requirements:

  • Complete 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
  • Pass General, Advanced, and Law exams
  • Pass any specialty exams required for your trade
  • Submit an Application to the State
  • Show 5 years experience and a net worth of at least $45,000

Class B Contractor Requirements:

  • Complete 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
  • Pass General and Law exams
  • Pass any specialty exams required for your trade
  • Submit an Application to the State
  • Show 3 years experience and a net worth of at least $15,000

Class C Contractor Requirements:

  • Complete 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course
  • Pass any specialty exams required for your trade
  • Submit an Application to the State
  • Show 2 years experience

By allowing us to be the chosen provider for exam prep courses, continuing education credits and a variety of other courses, students can be assured they are receiving state and industry approved training.

Do I need a contractors license in VA?

Virginia requires tradesman licenses for electrical, plumbing, HVAC and all gas fitting. The Virginia Board for Contractors licenses work at three levels, beginning with jobs of $1,000. Applicants need to complete eight hours of pre-license education before they may receive one.

What is a Class C contractor license?

Class C contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is over $1,000 but no more than $10,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is no more than $150,000.

Where can I find Exam Prep Books?

We offer a wide range of exam prep books for the construction fields. Visit our bookstore to begin.

How much does it cost?

The costs for obtaining a license vary according to the type of license you need. Some trades are more expensive than others as are some licenses. For example, the general contractors license requires additional certification, which add to the overall cost. If you have a specific question about the cost of study materials for your license, contact us to talk with our experienced support team.

Can I get a contractors license with no experience?

According to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, all applicants must be over 18 years old and have some experience in order to receive their license. At the lowest level, or Class C license, you must have at least two years experience in the specialty. For Class B, you need 3 years. For Class A you need 5 years experience.

Does a handyman need a license?

According to Virginia state law, a general handyman does not need a license to perform basic repair and maintenance tasks for homeowners. However, if an unlicensed handyman does any work falling into the scope of a licensed contractor, he or she is subject to fines and possible prosecution. The major purpose of licensing is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Check with your licensing department for specific rules, but err on the side of caution as it’s better to be safe than sorry.

License Requirements

There may be additional permitting requirements established by local cities, towns, municipalities or governments below the state level beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia business registration requirements as well as the DPOR Board for Contractors licensing requirements. These vary and it remains the contractor’s responsibility to know and follow all registrations and permitting requirements pertinent to their specialty and industry.

How long does it take to receive my license?

According to the Virginia DPOR, applications are processed on a first in – first out basis. The average processing time for most applications is approximately 30 days. This is just an average and it can be more or less depending on a number of factors.

The license will be issued at the initial review and will be mailed to you if your application is complete and you have met all of the eligibility requirements. If your application is incomplete, then a letter will be sent to you outlining what was missing and what is needed to finish the review and issue your license.


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