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Virginia Commercial Improvement Contractor

Commercial Improvement Contracting (CIC) means that service which provides for the repair or improvement to nonresidential property and multifamily property as defined in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.


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Required Books 

The references listed below are allowed to be used during the exam and are used in our preparation seminar and homestudy courses. These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted.

They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

Add All Required Books to Cart ($894.35)

Additional Services

NOTICE: Effective March 1, 2016, all Contractor Specialty examinations will require pre-approval from DPOR prior to taking the examination. For more information please contact the Board for Contractors Licensing Section directly at (804) 367-8511.

As of 8/21/06, the Designated Employee or a member of Responsible Management of all contractors applying for initial licensure (for an entity that is not currently licensed) must successfully complete an 8-hour business class approved by the Board for Contractors.

This applies to Class-A, Class-B & Class-C Contractors. (Please note that individuals applying for a Class C license; A Owner/Officer/Partner of the Company must be the person to take the required 8-hour Business Course required by the Board.)

 Effective December 1, 2012, contractors will be required to take technical exams for the specialties they put on their license. This applies to Class A, B and C licenses. Contact the Virginia Board for Contractors for more information.

Commercial Improvement Contracting (Abbr: CIC) means that service which provides for repair or improvement to structures not defined as dwellings and townhouses in the USBC. The CBC classification also provides for this function. The CIC classification does not provide for the construction of new buildings, accessory buildings, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas work. CIC includes the following specialties and they are not required to be listed separately on your contractor license.  Masonry Contracting (BRK) , Painting and Wallcovering Contracting (PTC), Roofing Contracting (ROC)

To apply for a license, contact:

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233

Important Contacts

To apply for a license, contact:

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233
Virginia exams are given by:

PSI Licensure: Certification
ATTN: Exam Registration
Daniel Building
3805 Cutshaw Ave., Suite 310
Richmond, VA 23230
(800) 733-9267
For Tradesman Testing Approval, completed applications should be sent to:
Board for Contractors
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233

For more information, visit the website:
Virginia currently does not have reciprocity with any state for this classification.

Virginia currently does NOT require Continuing Education for this classification.

The exam is 50 questions, open book, Multiple Choice, 120 Minutes and a 70% is required to pass.

Exam topics include: Windows and Doors, Rough Carpentry and Metal Framing, General Code Requirements, Drywall, Concrete, Masonry, and Safety.

Exam Fees:(paid directly to PSI)

$40.00 One Portion

$72.00 Two Portions

$85.00 Three Portions

$85.00 QI SPecialty Exam

American Contractors is currently offering a one-day seminar for individuals wishing to take and pass the Virginia Commercial Improvement Contractor exam. Please contact us at (800) 992-1910 for more information.