Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor License

The Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor License allows you to do the installation, repair or improvement of:

  • Nonresidential farm building
  • Structure
  • Nonresidential farm accessory-use structure

Class A applicants are required to take and pass the General, Virginia, and Advanced parts. Class B applicants must complete the General and Virginia parts of the examination. For Class C licenses, applicants are only required to pass the trade exam.

How to Get the Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor’s License in Virginia?

  1. Have a business
  2. Choose the desired classification:
    • Class A: No monetary limitations
    • Class B: Limited to contracts/projects of less than $120,000, with the total amount of all contracts/projects performed in a twelve-month period remaining below $750,000
    • Class C: Limited to contracts/projects of less than $10,000, with the total amount of all contracts/projects performed in a twelve month period remaining below $150,000
  3. Meet the classification requirements:
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Be a full-time employee or manager of a business
    • Complete a basic business course approved by the board
    • Be approved for the examination or have been exempt from the exam required by § 54.1-1106 of the Code of Virginia
    • A Class A license requires a minimum of five years of experience, Class B requires a minimum of three years, and Class C requires two years in the chosen classification or specialty
    • Provide the following information about the firm: the members of the responsible management, the designated employee, and the qualified individual for the firm:
      • Send financial information. Aside from any property owned as tenants by the entity, the firm shall state a net worth or equity of $45,000 for Class A and for Class B, any property with a net worth or equity of $15,000 or more
      • Submit information on outstanding tax obligations, past debt, defaults on bonds pending, or past bankruptcies for the past five years
      • Report any monetary penalties, suspensions, fines, revocations, or surrender of a license in connection with disciplinary action
      • Inform all non-marijuana misdemeanor convictions within three years of the date of application
      • Inform of all felony convictions ever occurred in life
  4. Complete a pre-licensure education course from one of the DPOR-approved providers. For more information on the pre-approval process, contact the Virginia Board of Contractors:
    • By phone: 804-367-8511
    • By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. Fill out and submit a completed application, as well as an experience verification form and send them to the DPOR with the corresponding fee
  6. Expect a response from the department, which can take up to 30 days
  7. Be pre-approved and register for the PSI© exam by mail or online
    • If applying by phone, contact 855-340-3910
    • If applying by mail, send the application along with the required fee to 3210 East Tropicana Las Vegas NV-89121
    • If applying by fax, send the registration form to this number: (702) 932-2666, along with a credit card number and expiration date
  8. Take and pass both the trade examination and the Designated Employee A/B exam
  9. If approved, a contractor license will be issued by the DPOR and sent via mail to the address listed on the application

Note that to acquire this license, pre-approval is required, and the examination must be passed.

Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

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    Key concepts

    Step-by-step solutions to math problems

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Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor License Exams

Below is all the information related to the trade and Designated Employee Class A/B exams, including the official reference lists.

Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Time Allowed: 180 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 56 Questions
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Site Work (8)
    • Concrete including Reinforcement (9)
    • Masonry (9)
    • Metals (9)
    • Carpentry (9)
    • Thermal and Moisture Protection (8)
    • Associated Trades (7)
      • Finishes including Drywall
      • Metal Stud Framing
      • Insulation and Moisture Control
      • Doors, Windows, and Glazing
    • Safety (7)
    • Estimating and Plan Reading (8)
    • General Building Code Requirements (6)
      • Life Safety and Egress
      • Accessibility
      • Fire Protection Requirements
      • General Code Provisions
  • PSI© Commercial Building (CBC) Official Content Outline

Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor Designated Employee Class A/B Exam

  • Testing Method: Open book
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 98
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Time Allowed: 208 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score:
    Virginia Portion (18 out of 24)
    General Portion (35 out of 50)
    Advanced Portion (17 of 24)
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Virginia Portion (24)
      • Regulation of Contractors (7)
      • Board Rules and Regulations (5)
      • Building Codes (5)
      • Transaction Recovery Fund (5)
      • Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations (2)
    • General Portion (50)
      • Business Organization (2)
      • Estimating and Bidding (10)
      • Contract Management (10)
      • Project Management (7)
      • Risk Management (3)
      • Safety (5)
      • Labor Laws (3)
      • Financial Management (5)
      • Federal and State Taxes (4)
      • Lien Laws (1)
    • Advanced Portion (24)
      • Estimating and Bidding (1)
      • Contract Management (4)
      • Project Management (1)
      • Risk Management (2)
      • Safety (2)
      • Labor Laws (4)
      • Financial Management (5)
      • Federal and State Taxes (4)
      • Lien Laws (1)
  • PSI© Designated Employee Class A/B Official Content Outline

Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor Book Set

This set of books includes all required references for the Commercial Building (CBC) and Designated Employee Class A/B exams. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

  • VIRGINIA COMMERCIAL BUILDING (CBC) - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $1,019.74
  • VIRGINIA COMMERCIAL BUILDING (CBC) - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $1,119.74

Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Contractor Exam Books

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Virginia Commercial Building (CBC) Designated Employee Class A/B Exam Books

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