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West Virginia General Building Contractors License

pass your west virginia contractors examA General Building Contractor is a person who's principal business is in connection with any structures built or being built, to be used for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, or moveable property of any kind, requiring in the construction the use of more than two contractor classifications, or a person who supervises the whole or any part of construction. The "General Building Contractor" classification applies to work on both commercial & residential properties.


West Virginia General Building License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseA contractors license is required in West Virginia (WV) for virtually any aspect of construction where the project is valued over $1,000. Any electrical performed for compensation must be by a licensed electrician. To become a licensed contractor, candidates are required to pass two examinations: business and law and the trade. More info here.


West Virginia General Building Fees


contractors license feesContractor license fees: A license is good for one year and costs between $90 and $100. This amount sometimes includes both the non-refundable application processing fee and covers one or two-year fee. Usually all applicants must have certain amount of working capital. In addition, applicants must also file a bond with the registrar.


West Virginia General Building Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationYou have to pass a business and law exam and a trade exam to get a license. For law and business exam there are 50 questions and an 2 hour time limit. A 70% is required to pass the exam. The exam fee is $42. Topics on the exam include business organization, licensing, estimating and bidding, contracts, project management, risk management, safety, labor law, financial management, tax law, and lien law. For general building contractors exam, there are 80 questions and an 3 hour time limit. A 70% is required to pass the exam. The exam fee is $42. Exam content include: plan reading and estimating, sitework, steel, concrete, masonry, carpentry, roofing, doors, windows and stairs, interior finish, exterior finish, safety. More info here.

General Building Exam Content


Plan Reading and Estimating
Site Work
Structural Steel
Doors, Windows and Stairs
Interior Finishes
Exterior Finishes

Total Number of Test Questions: 80

Time Allowed: 180 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. International Building Code, 2012, ICC.


2. Study Guide for Commercial Carpentry, 2015, ProV, Inc.


3. Concrete Finishing, Level 2 Trainee Guide, 1999, NCCER.


4. Structural Steel for Contractors, 2012, ProV, Inc.


NOTE: If you are not currently a licensed contractor then you are required to take and pass BOTH the standard LAW exam and TRADE specific exam.

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West Virginia Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityMost states offer Reciprocal Contractors License Classifications with other states. The contractor must be applying for a license in a classification that appears on that state's Reciprocal Classifications list. The State of West Virginia has reciprocity agreements with North Carolina and Ohio,for Master Electrical only. More info here.