Virginia Residential Building (RBC) Contractor License

The Residential Building (RBC) Contractor License allows you to do the following work:

  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Home improvement
  • Painting and wall-covering
  • Industrialized building
  • Roofing
  • Landscape service
  • Swimming pool

The Residential building contractors (RBC) classification does not provide for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting services and does not allow construction, repair, or improvement, of commercial, industrial, institutional, or governmental use structures outside of dwellings and townhouses as defined in the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).

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 apply for a Residential Building (RBC) Virginia Contractor License?

  1. Create or have a business entity
  2. Select one of the following classes for a qualified employee:
    • Class A - No money restrictions
    • Class B - It is restricted to contracts/projects less than $120,000, with the total amount of all contracts/projects performed in 12 months remaining below $750,000
    • Class C - It is restricted to contracts/projects less than $10,000, with the total amount of all contracts/projects performed in 12 months remaining below $150,000
    • Requirements for Class A, B, and C
      • Be at least 18 years old
      • Be a full-time employee or a manager of the business
      • Complete a board-approved basic business course
      • Receive approval for tests or have been exempt from the exam required by § 54.1-1106of the Code of Virginia
      • Class A requires a minimum of five years of experience, Class B requires a minimum of three, and Class C requires two years in the classification or specialty selected
      • Disclose the following information about the firm, all members of the responsible management, the designated employee, and the qualified individual for the firm:
        • Submit its financial information; excluding 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
        • Provide information on past debt, outstanding tax obligations, defaults on bonds pending, or past bankruptcies for the past 5 years
        • Disclose any monetary penalties, fines, suspensions, revocations, or surrender of a license in connection with disciplinary actions
        • All non-marijuana misdemeanor convictions within 3 years of the date of application
        • All felony convictions during their lifetimes
  3. Pass the Designated Employee Class A/B examination, Class C does not require this examination
  4. Complete a pre-licensure education course that the DPOR provider has approved
  5. Send your application to:
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23233
    (804) 367-851
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  6. Apply and pass the PSI© Residential Building (RBC) test
    • Apply online in PSI©:
      1. Sign in or create an account
      2. Fill out the information
      3. Schedule and pay the examination
    • If applying by mail, phone, or fax
      1. Fill out the examination registration form
      2. Schedule and send the fee
      3. Send the information to:
        210 E Tropicana - Las Vegas, NV 89121
        (855) 340-3910
        Fax (702) 932-2666
  7. After passing the exam, expect the application to be sent via mail

Virginia Residential Building (RBC) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

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Virginia Residential Building (RBC) 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 Residential Building (RBC) Contractor Trade Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing
  • Testing Company: PSI©
  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Time Allowed: 160 Minutes
  • Minimum Passing Score: 56 Questions
  • Subjects Involved (No. of Questions):
    • Layout (7)
    • Excavation (6)
    • Foundations (7)
    • Framing (9)
    • Insulation (3)
    • Ventilation (3)
    • Windows, Doors, and Skylights (3)
    • Exterior (10)
    • Decks, Walks, and Ramps (4)
    • Finishing (6)
    • Masonry (4)
    • Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs (1)
    • Prints, Plans, and Specifications (8)
    • Safety and Employee Protection (8)
    • Construction Debris, Cleanup, and Disposal (1)
  • PSI© Residential Building (RBC) Official Content Outline

Virginia Residential Building (RBC) 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 Residential Building (RBC) Contractor Book Set

This set of books includes all required references for the Residential Building (RBC) 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 RESIDENTIAL BUILDING (RBC) - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

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Virginia Residential Building (RBC) Contractor Exam Books

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Virginia Residential Building (RBC) Designated Employee Class A/B Exam Books

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