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New Exam Requirement for VA Contractors

Sunday, December 16, 2012 Filed Under Contractors License

Effective December 1, many Qualified Individuals must complete written Trade exam.

New Board for Contractors regulations - effective December 1, 2012, amend the eligibility criteria for Qualified Individuals associated with Licensed Contractors.

As always, every licensed contractor must identify a Qualified Individual (QI) for each specialty on its license. Since 1990s, many specialties (such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC) already require a QI to hold an individual tradesman license or other approved certification, or to pass an exam.

Effective December 1, additional requirements for Qualified Individuals - specifically, a board approved written exam will apply to those specialties, not already covered.

The reason for the change is to ensure only properly qualified contractors obtain licensure. The previous QI criteria only involved providing references, which does not give enough verification of competency. The new regulations will help make sure, the Qualified Individual for all contractors, no matter the specialty, demonstrates minimum competency.

Following are the examinations for the Qualified Individuals, currently offered by PSI:
  • VA Refrigeration Contracting
  • VA Painting and Wallcovering Contracting
  • VA Masonry Contracting
  • VA Landscaping Service Contracting
  • VA Home Improvement Contracting
  • VA Highway Heavy Contracting
  • VA Electronic/Communication Service contracting
  • VA Concrete Contracting
  • VA Commercial Improvement Contracting
  • VA Building Technical Contracting 
Individual examination content outlines are available from PSI for each exam. Content outlines indicate the examination time limit, minimum score required to pass, subject areas, number of items in each area, and reference materials used to prepare the questions for each exam.

Freedom Business School currently offers exam preparation courses for Building Technical Contracting - BLD and Home Improvement Contracting - HI. Other specialty contracting courses may be available in the near future.
All information on these courses is available at

On this page you will find course details, prices and will be able to enroll as well. Our enrollment process is completely secure and involves several simple steps: course selection, student registration, enrollment and confirmation.

We specialize in Home Study programs. Therefore, our course materials include everything you need to prepare for the State License exam, studying at your home or office at your own pace. You can always count on our Student Support associates to answer any questions you may have along the way.