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Virginia Contractor Licenses

Virginia contractors are regulated by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Select any of the licenses below to view its requirements, exams, books, and classes.

Designated Employee Class A/B

An examination that must be completed and passed by applicants who apply for either Class A or Class B

Accessibility Services – LULA (ASL)

Wheelchair lifts, incline chairlifts, dumbwaiters with a capacity limit of 300 pounds, private residence elevators, and limited use-limited application (LULA) elevators

Alternative Energy System (AES)

Installation, repair, or improvement, from the meter, of alternative energy generation systems

Asbestos (ASB)

Install, remove, or encapsulate asbestos materials

Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating (PAV)

Asphalt paving and or seal coating

Backflow Prevention Device Worker

Cross-connection control devices

Billboard/Sign (BSC)

Any billboard or structural sign

Blast/Explosive (BEC)

Any real property or any structure annexed

Certified Accessibility Mechanic

Wheelchair lifts, incline chairlifts, dumbwaiters with a capacity limit of 300 pounds, and private residence elevators

Commercial Building (CBC)

Nonresidential farm building or structure or nonresidential farm accessory-use structure

Commercial Improvement (CIC)

Repair or improvement of structures

Concrete (CEM)

Placing of concrete composed materials finishing, coloring, curing, repairing, testing, sawing, grinding, grouting, placing of film barriers, sealing and waterproofing, forms, molds, slipforms, pans, centering, and the use of rebar is also included

Drywall (DRY)

Gypsum wallboard systems

Electronic/Communication Service (ESC)

Electronic or communications systems at 50 volts or less. Following systems are electronic, sound, and communications systems annexed to real property, including telephone wiring, computer cabling, data links, data and network installation, television and cable TV wiring, antenna wiring, and fiber optics

Elevator/Escalator (EEC)

Elevators or escalators installation, repair, improve, or remove

Elevator Mechanic

Elevators and escalators

Environmental Monitoring Well (EMW)

Construction of a well to monitor hazardous substances in the ground

Environmental Specialties (ENV)

Pollution control and remediation devices

Equipment/Machinery (EMC)

Install, or repair equipment, or machinery

Farm Improvement (FIC)

Nonresidential farm building or structure

Finish Carpentry (FIN)

Cabinets, sash casing, door casing, wooden flooring baseboards, countertops, millwork

Fire Alarm Systems (FAS)

Fire alarm systems 50 volts or less

Fire Sprinkler (SPR)

Incidental work on all sprinkler systems

Fire Suppression (FSP)

Fire suppression systems and other gas systems

Flooring and Floor Covering (FLR)

Improvement in the flooring industry

Framing Subcontractor (FRM)

Framing or rough carpentry

Glass and Glazing (GLZ)

Glass, panels, sashes, and doors management

Highway/Heavy (H/H)

Bridges, railroads, dams, roads, drainage systems, runways, foundations, streets, parking lots, structural signs and lights, public transit systems, tanks, building demolition, nonwater good drilling, clearing, paving, concrete work, pile driving, excavating, road marking, grading, steel erection, electric power systems, pumping stations, public utilities, and water gas and sewer connections

Home Improvement (HIC)

Improvement of dwellings and townhouses

Industrialized Building (IBC)

Services that provide installation or removal of an industrialized building; therefore, allow the licensee to complete internal tie-ins of plumbing, gas, electrical, and HVAC systems

Insulation and Weather Stripping (INS)

Materials classified as insulating media installation, improvement, or removal

Journeyman Alternative Onsite Sewage System Installer

Work under the direct supervision of a master licensee in the installation and repair of alternative onsite sewage systems

Journeyman Alternative Onsite Sewage System Operator

Maintain and operate alternative onsite sewage systems under the supervision of a master licensee

Journeyman Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator

Assist in evaluating soil sites as suitable for alternative onsite sewage systems

Journeyman Conventional Onsite Sewage System Installer

Install conventional onsite sewage systems under the supervision of a master licensee

Journeyman Conventional Onsite Sewage System Operator

Work under a master licensee operating conventional onsite sewage systems

Journeyman Conventional Onsite Soil Evaluator

Work under the supervision of a master licensee to assist in evaluating soil sites suitable for conventional onsite sewage systems

Journeyman Electrician

Supervise electronic or communications systems at 50 volts or less

Journeyman HVAC

Plan and supervise the maintenance and improvement of HVAC systems

Journeyman Gasfitter

Gas meters, regulators, gas lines, and gas appliances

Journeyman LP Gasfitter

LP gas tanks and appliances

Journeyman Natural Gasfitter

Natural gas piping and fittings

Journeyman Plumber

Supervise the installation of plumbing systems

Journeyman Water Well Systems Provider

Drilling and maintaining water wells, water well systems, and ground source heat pump exchangers

Landscape Irrigation (ISC)

Irrigation sprinkler systems or outdoor sprinkler systems installation, repair, improvement, or removal

Landscape Service (LSC)

Alteration or improvement of a land area not related to any other classification or service activity

Lead Abatement (LAC)

Removal or encapsulation of lead-containing materials

Lead Inspector

Conduct and lead inspections and clearance testing

Lead Risk Assessor

Lead inspections, risk assessments, and abatement clearance testing

Lead Supervisor

Supervise lead abatements

Limited Use/Limited Application Elevator Endorsement

Limited-Use/Limited-Application elevator systems

Manufactured Home (MHC)

Employ a Manufactured Housing Installer.

Marine Facility (MCC)

Impede or alter a body of surface water

Masonry (BRK)

Structures made of bricks, sand, stone, cement blocks, etc

Master Alternative Onsite Sewage System Installer

Construct, repair, and install conventional and alternative onsite sewage systems

Master Alternative Onsite Sewage System Operator

Operate and maintain alternative onsite sewage systems

Master Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator

Evaluate soil properties as the locations for alternative onsite sewage systems

Master Conventional Onsite Sewage System Installer

Install, construct, and repair conventional onsite sewage systems

Master Conventional Onsite Sewage System Operator

Maintain and operate conventional onsite sewage systems.

Master Conventional Onsite Soil Evaluator

Evaluate soil properties locations for conventional onsite sewage systems

Master Electrician

Supervise electrical wiring equipment following standard rules and regulations

Master HVAC

Supervise HVAC systems

Master Gasfitter

Plan and supervise work of LP or Natural Gas piping, tanks, and appliances

Master LP Gasfitter

Gas lines, gas meters, regulators, and appliances

Master Natural Gasfitter

Repairs, tests, or removes Natural Gas piping or fittings

Master Plumber

Plan and supervise plumbing systems

Master Water Well Systems Provider

Water wells, water well systems, and ground source heat pump exchangers

Miscellaneous (MSC)

Service may fall under another classification or specialty service but is more limited than the functions provided by the other classification or specialty. This specialty may not be used for work that would fall under the ELE, HVA, PLB, GFC, LPG, NGF, EEC, WWP, ASC, LAC, or ASB classification or specialty.

Painting and Wallcovering (PTC)

Painting and decorating both interior and exterior surfaces

Radon Mitigation (RMC)

Additions, repairs, or improvements to buildings or structures to prevent the effects of radon gas

Recreational Facility (RFC)

Any recreational facility

Refrigeration (REF)

Refrigeration equipment, coolers, refrigerated casework, ice-making machines, drinking fountains, cold room equipment, and hermetic refrigeration equipment

Residential Building (RBC)

Residential properties, concrete contracting, masonry contracting, home improvement contracting, painting and wallcovering contracting, industrialized building contracting, roofing contracting, landscape service contracting, swimming pool contracting

Residential Building Energy Analysts

Evaluate, measure, or quantify its energy consumption and efficiency, including lighting, HVAC, electronics, appliances, water heaters, insulation, and water conservation, as well as recommendations to reduce compensation conducted or made by a licensed residential building energy analyst.

Roofing (ROC)

Watertight, weather-resistant surface for roofs and decks

Steel Erection (STL)

Steel buildings, bridges, and other structures

Swimming Pool Construction (POL)

In-ground swimming pools

Tile, Marble, Ceramic, and Terrazzo (TMC)

Artificial marble, burned clay tile, ceramic, terrazzo, encaustic, faience, quarry, semi-vitreous, cementitious board, and other tiles

Underground Utility and Excavating (UUC)

Main sanitary sewer collection systems

Vessel Construction (VCC)

Non-residential vessels, tanks, or piping that hold or convey fluids other than sanitary, storm, waste, or potable water supplies

Water Well/Pump Contracting (WWP)

Well pump and tank including pipe and wire

Waste Management Facility Operator Class I

Manage a transfer station, material recovery facility, experimental facility, or a composting facility

Waste Management Facility Operator Class II

Operator of a sanitary, industrial, construction, or a debris landfill

Waste Management Facility Operator Class III

Works with an infectious waste incinerator or autoclave

Waste Management Facility Operator Class IV

Operator of municipal waste combustor

Water Well System Providers

Drilling water well systems and pumps, ground source heat exchangers to the point of connection to the ground source heat pump

Waterworks Class 1 Operator

Water treatment plant serving 50,000 or more persons, or having a water treatment plant capacity of 5.0 MGD or more and employing conventional filtration or chemical coagulation in combination with membrane filtration

Waterworks Class 2 Operator

Water treatment plant serving 5,000 or more persons but fewer than 50,000 persons, or having a water treatment plant capacity of 5.0 MGD or more, whichever range applies, and employing rapid rate conventional filtration or chemical coagulation in combination with membrane filtration

Waterworks Class 3 Operator

Disinfection other than with hypochlorination, caustic soda feed, iron and manganese removal, ion exchange, slow sand filtration, aeration, rechlorination other than with hypochlorination, activated carbon contactors, membrane, or other filtration technologies without chemical coagulation, and fluoridation with a saturator or acid feed

Waterworks Class 4 Operator

Disinfection other than with hypochlorination, caustic soda feed, iron and manganese removal, ion exchange, slow sand filtration, aeration, rechlorination other than with hypochlorination, activated carbon contactors, membrane, or other filtration technologies without chemical coagulation, and fluoridation with a saturator

Waterworks Class 5 Operator

Waterworks are serving 400 or more persons. Hypochlorination for disinfection, corrosion control with calcite or magnesium oxide contactors or solution feed except with caustic soda; or sequestration by solution feed

Waterworks Class 6 Operator

Hypochlorination for disinfection; corrosion control with calcite or magnesium oxide contactors or solution feed except with caustic soda; or sequestration by solution feed