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West Virginia General Building Contractor License

License Requirements

Requirements to Obtaining your License

A General Building Contractors License is required in West Virginia when the project exceeds $1,000.

  • Anyone seeking to become a contractor in West Virginia is required to sit for two exams, business and law and the trade.
  • Proof of workers compensation, tax registration, and employment security coverage is required.
  • Licenses are good for one year.
Work Under this License

Work that can be Done Under this License

“General building contractor” means a person whose principal business is in connection with any structures built, being built or to be built for the support, shelter and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or movable 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 such construction. This license includes commercial and residential work.

Applications for a License

Applying to get your License

  • An application for licensure can be obtained from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal Licensing Division by calling 1-304-558-2191.
  • The licensing and application fee is $90.

Reciprocity Agreements

Reciprocity is considered on a case by case basis.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

There are no requirements for continuing education as of this time.


Exam Details

  • To schedule your exam, contact ProV at 1-866-720-7768.
  • 80 questions and an 3 hour time limit
  • 70% is required to pass the exam
  • The exam fee is $42.
  • Plan reading and estimating, sitework, steel, concrete, masonry, carpentry, roofing, doors, windows and stairs, interior finish, exterior finish, safety.

The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.

  • 2012 International Building Code
  • Concrete Finishing Level 2 Trainee Guide
  • Study Guide for Commercial Carpentry
  • Structural Steel for Contractors
Exam Review and Education

Exam Review, Training, Education

As of this time, we do not offer any review for this exam.

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