West Virginia Contractor Licenses

Construction contractors have to be licensed in West Virginia.

Contractor License Lookup in West Virginia

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in West Virginia? To find out if a contractor is licensed, go to http://www.wvlabor.com/newwebsite/Pages/contractor_searchNEW.cfm or call (304) 558-7890 or (877) 558-5134. To find out if an electrician is licensed in West Virginia, call (304) 558-2191.


To get an application packet for a construction contractor’s license, contact:

West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board
Building 6, Room B-749
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-7890
http://www.labor.state.wv.us

You can get the Contractor’s License Affidavit online at http://www.wvlabor.com/newwebsite/Pages/Licensing_forms.html. Send in the Affidavit and the $90 fee to the Licensing Board.

You’ll need to have unemployment and workers’ compensation coverage in your home state or West Virginia. You also have to post a wage bond unless you work only in residential contract work or have been doing construction work in West Virginia for at least five years before you apply for a license. The bond must equal the total of your gross payroll for four weeks at full capacity or production plus 15% for benefits.

It’s possible to get the West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board to accept your license in another state depending on the qualifications you passed to be licensed there. If so, you won’t have to take any exam but you will have to pay West Virginia’s licensing fees.


Construction Contractor’s Licenses

The Licensing Board uses these contractor classifications:

Electrical HVAC
Piping Multifamily
General building Plumbing
General engineering Residential building

The Board specialty classifications are:

Remodeling and repair Manufactured home installation

Contractor license fees: A license is good for one year and costs $100. But that doesn’t include fees for the exams the Board requires for a license.

You have to pass a business and law exam and a trade exam to get a license. The exams are given by Thomson Prometric. You can contact them at:

Thomson Prometric
Oakwood Center
888 Oakwood Road, Ste. 230
Charlston, WV 25314
Phone: (866) 854-8570
http://www.prometric.com/westvirginia

Contractor exam fee: All exams are 42.40.

You will also need an individual electrician’s license to do electrical work in West Virginia. To get an application, contact:

State Fire Marshal
Electrician’s License Section
1207 Quarrier Street, 2nd Floor
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-2191
Fax: (304) 558-2537
http://www.wvfiremarshal.org
E-mail: [email protected]

The Section issues master, journeyman, and specialty electrician’s licenses. You have to pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master exam you need five years in residential, commercial, and industrial electrical work. To qualify for the journeyman exam you need to complete one of the following:

  • four years of work experience under a master electrician
  • an approved apprenticeship and training program
  • 1,080 hours of approved vocational education

To qualify for a specialty exam you need at least two years of experience in the specialty. You can apply one year of approved education to the work requirement.

The exam is open book on the National Electrical Code and lasts four hours. Here’s a summary that shows the number of questions on each exam:

License Questions on exam
Master 50 multiple choice, 10 calculations (calculator and Ugly’s book permissible)
Journeyman 50 multiple choice, 5 calculations (calculator and Ugly’s book permissible)
HVAC Approximately 50 multiple choice
Electric sign Approximately 50 multiple choice
Single family residence Approximately 50 multiple choice
Low voltage Approximately 50 multiple choice
Fiber optics Approximately 50 multiple choice

An exam will cost you $25. A license costs $50 and it’s good for one year. All licenses expire on June 30.

The Section doesn’t have any reciprocity agreements with other states for these licenses.

You can get the references listed below from:

Contractors Book Service
P.O. Box 8513
South Charleston, WV 25303
(800) 408-5754 or (304) 757-9630
Fax (304) 757-9635
E-mail: conbooksue[email protected]

Builder’s Book Depot 

1033 E. Jefferson, Ste. 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434 or (602) 252-4050
http://www.buildersbookdepot.com

Professional Booksellers
2200 21st Avenue
South Nashville, TN 3721
(800) 572-8878
www.protechsource.com
Recommended Reading for the Contractor’s Trade Exam


Business and Law Exam

West Virginia Contractor’s Reference Manual, Experior Assessments, 1360 Energy Park Drive, MN, 55108

General Building Contractor’s Exam

BOCA National Building Code, Building Officials and Code Administrators Int. Inc., 405 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL, 60478-4900

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Carpentry and Building Construction, Feirer, Hutchings & Feirer, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, American Concrete Institute

Modern Masonry, C. E. Kicklighter, The Goodheart-Willcox
Company, Inc.

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, Edward Allen, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gypsum Construction Handbook, United States Gypsum Company

General Engineering Exam

Code of Federal Regulations – Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods, R.L. Peurifoy, McGraw-Hill Publishing, Inc.

Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Water Environment Federation

Hydraulic Dredging: Principles – Equipment – Procedures – Methods, John Huston, C.E.

Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077-1083

Cement Mason’s Guide, William C. Panarese, Portland Cement Association

Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, P. O. Box 6996, Alpharetta, GA 30239-6996

C-94-98- Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete, American Society for Testing & Materials

B31.8- Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Handbook of Rigging, W.E. Rossnagel, McGraw-Hill Publishing, Inc.

AWWA Standard for Installation of Ductile Iron Water Mains, AWWA C-600-93, American Water Works Association

Concrete Pipe Installation Manual, American Concrete Pipe Association

MS-5- Introduction to Asphalt,Asphalt Institute, P. O. Box 14052, Lexington, KY 40512-4052

ES-11 Asphalt Surface Treatments- Specifications, Asphalt Institute

ES-12 Asphalt Surface Treatments- Construction Techniques, Asphalt Institute

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

Manual of Steel Construction, American Institute of Steel Construction

HVAC Contractor’s Exam

International Mechanical Code, BOCA International

Code of Federal Regulations – Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Contractor’s Reference Manual, West Virginia Edition, 1999, Experior

NFPA 54- National Fuel Gas Code, National Fire Protection Association

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 1997, A.R.I., Prentice Hall

Manual J- Load Calculation for Residential Winter and Summer Air Conditioning, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Pipefitter’s Handbook, Forest R. Lindsey, Industrial Press, Inc.

Trane Ductulator, Trane Company, 8929 Western Way, Ste. 1, Jacksonville, FL

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Prentice Hall, Order Processing Center, P.O. Box 11071, Des Mones, IA

Trane Air Conditioning Manual, Trane Company, 8929 Western Way, Ste. 1, Jacksonville, FL

Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning , Goodheart-Wilcox Company, 18604 W. Creek Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477

ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, 1791 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA

Multifamily Building Contractor’s Exam

BOCA National Building Code, Building Officials and Code Administrators Int. Inc., 405 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL, 60478-4900

Code of Federal Regulations- Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Commentary & Recommendations for Handling, Installing & Bracing Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, HIB-91, Truss Plate Institute, 583 D’Onofrio Drive, Ste. 200, Madison, WI 53719

Carpentry and Building Construction, Feirer, Hutchings & Feirer, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, American Concrete Institute

Modern Masonry, Kicklighter, Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc.

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, Edward Allen, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gypsum Construction Handbook, United States Gypsum Company

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

Roofers Handbook, William Johnson, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

Piping Contractor’s Exam

International Mechanical Code, BOCA International, 800-214-4231

Pipefitter’s Handbook, Forest R. Lindsey, Industrial Press, Inc.

Code of Federal Regulations – Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Pipe Welding Procedures, 1973, H. Rampall, Industrial Press, Inc.

NFPA 54- National Fuel Gas Code, National Fire Protection Association

System Design Manual- Part III: Piping Design, Carrier, Carrier Air Conditioning Company

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

Plumbing Contractor’s Exam

International Plumbing Code, International Code Council Inc., Contact ICBO 800-284-4406 or BOCA 800-214-4231

Plumbing Technology, Design and Installation, Lee Smith, Del Mar/International Thomson Publishing, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

Plumbing, L.V. Ripka, American Technical Publishers, 1155 West 175th Street, Homewood, IL

Residential Building Contractor’s Exam

BOCA National Building Code, Building Officials and Code Administrators Int. Inc., 405 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL, 60478-4900

Code of Federal Regulations- Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA),  Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Commentary & Recommendations for Handling, Installing, & Bracing Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, HIB-91, Truss Plate Institute

Carpentry and Building Construction, Feirer, Hutchings & Feirer, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, American Concrete Institute

Gypsum Construction Handbook, United States Gypsum Company

Modern Masonry, C. E. Kicklighter, The Goodheart-Willcox
Company, Inc.

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

Manufactured Home Installation Contractor’s Exam

NCSBCS/ANSI Manufactured Home Installations, A225.1, National Conference on States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc.

Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Remodeling and Repair Contractor’s Exam

BOCA National Building Code, Building Officials and Code Administrators Int. Inc., 405 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL, 60478-4900

Carpentry and Building Construction, Feirer, Hutchings & Feirer, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

Code of Federal Regulations – Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, American Concrete Institute

ASTM D-4756- Standard Practice For Installation of PVC Siding and Soffit, American Society for Testing & Materials

Electrical Contractor’s Exam

National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

Alternating Current Fundamentals, Delmar Publishing/Thomson Learning, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

Industrial Motor Control, Delmar Publishing/Thomson Learning, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

American Electricians Handbook, 1996, 13th edition, Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

 


Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on any contract let by the West Virginia Division of Highways, you must get a Certificate of Qualification. To apply for this certificate, contact:

West Virginia Department of Transportation
Division of Highways — Construction Division
Building 5 Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-2874
Fax (304) 558-2815
http://www.transportation.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx 
For the application call Mr. Jerry Fowler directly at:
(304) 558-3304
E-mail: [email protected]

You’ll be asked to fill out a Contractor’s Prequalification Statement. It will ask you for:

  • a financial statement
  • what construction equipment you own
  • what your work experience is
  • what work you’ve completed
  • what classes of work you want to be certified in

West Virginia issues certificates in these fields:

General construction Pile driving, drilling
Signing Tunneling
Portland cement concrete paving Buildings
Sawing, sealing, curing, joint repair Guardrail and fence
Bituminous paving Grooving
Demolition Seeding, sodding & mulching
Base courses, treated & untreated soil cement Curb gutter, sidewalk, inlets, manholes, &
   stabilization    concrete medians
Cleaning & painting bridges Landscaping
Grading Miscellaneous projects ( estimate cost less
Pavement markings    than $200,000)
Bridge construction Traffic signals, electrical installations
Waterlines & sewers    & lighting
Drainage structures & culverts

The Department will use this information to figure out how much you can be prequalified for. They’ll round the amount to the nearest thousand dollars.

Once you get a Certificate of Qualification, it’s good for no more than 16 months. The actual time will depend on your fiscal period and the date of the financial statement you submit on your Prequalification Statement.


Out-of-State Corporations

If your company isn’t incorporated under the laws of West Virginia, you have to get Certificate of Authority from the Secretary of State to do business in West Virginia. Contact the Secretary of State at:

Office of Secretary of State
Building 1, Room W-139
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-8000
Fax (304) 558-0900
http://www.wvsos.com/main.htm
E-mail: [email protected]

You can get the form online at http://www.wvsos.com/business/services/formindex.htm.

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