West Virginia General Building Contractor License

The General Building Contractor License allows you to do the following work:

  • Build structures for the support, shelter, and enclosure of:
    • Persons
    • Animals
    • Chattels
    • Movable properties
  • Supervise commercial and private property projects

How to Get the General Building Contractor’s License in West Virginia?

  1. Contact the West Virginia Division of Labor Contractor Licensing Board and provide the scope of work to verify the classifications and tests required to obtain the General Building Contractor License; send the request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Schedule and take both the trade and business and law exams with PSI©, apply online or contact them at (855) 539-0708
  3. Register with the West Virginia Secretary of State; candidates can contact a Business Specialist at (866) 767-8683 or (304) 55​8-8000​ to determine if the entity must be enrolled; applicants may also register the business online at WV One Stop Business Portal, in-person at the office located on 13 Kanawha Blvd., W., Suite 201, Charleston, WV 25302, or by visiting one of their Business Hubs
  4. Present evidence of Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Compensation for all employees in case of being an entity
  5. Send a completed application form and affidavit; a wage bond is a guarantee issued to the Division of Labor to protect employee wages and fringe benefits; if the entity performs commercial construction work with employees, contact the Wage & Hour staff at (304) 558-7890 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify the wage bond status
    • Note that the State of West Virginia requires a wage bond for a contractor who did not actively engage in construction work in the State for at least one year preceding the completion date of the application/affidavit form
  6. Pay the contractor license fee by check, money order, or credit card at the Charleston City Service Center Office
  7. Expect an answer from the Division regarding the license once the process is complete

West Virginia General Building Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

West Virginia General Building Contractor License Exams

Below is all the information related to the trade and Business and Law exams, including the official reference lists.

West Virginia General Building Contractor Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based or remote proctored
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Time Allowed: 180 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 56 Questions (70%)
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Plan Reading and Estimating (8)
    • Sitework and Foundations (8)
    • Concrete (12)
    • Masonry (8)
    • Structural Steel (6)
    • Carpentry (14)
    • Associated Trades (including interior and exterior finishes, and windows and doors) (12)
    • Roofing (6)
    • Safety - OSHA (6)
  • PSI© General Building Official Content Outline

West Virginia General Building Contractor Business and Law Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based or remote proctored
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Time Allowed: 180 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 35 Questions (70%)
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Business Organization (2)
    • Contracts (4)
    • Estimating and Bidding (4)
    • Financial Management (5)
    • Labor Law (3)
    • Licensing (7)
    • Lien Law (4)
    • Project Management (8)
    • Risk Management (4)
    • Safety - OSHA (5)
    • Tax Laws (4)
  • PSI© Business and Law Official Content Outline

West Virginia General Building Contractor Book Set

This set of books includes all required references for the General Building and Business and Law exams. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

  • GENERAL BUILDING WV - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $700.81
  • GENERAL BUILDING WV - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $760.81

West Virginia General Building Contractor Exam Books

Books Allowed in Testing

West Virginia General Building Business and Law Exam Books

Books Allowed in Testing

Candidates are advised to read the OSHA Regulations that are part of the NASCLA Business and Law Manual. These regulations support exam content on OSHA Safety (7% of the questions originate from this book).