Virginia Home Improvement Contracting (HIC) Exam Prep in Class or Live Webinar - Contractors Institute

Virginia Home Improvement Contracting (HIC) Exam Prep in Class or Live Webinar

  • $ 349.00

Virginia Home Improvement Contracting Exam

This is an Instructor-led Exam Prep class which is held on Thursdays.  We cover all of the books that you are allowed to bring into the Home Improvement Contracting HIC exam.  We have live classes at our office in Richmond, VA or you can join via Webinar.  

Exam Prep Class:

The Home Improvement Contractor Exam Prep class will prepare you to take the HIC exam.  Home Improvement Contracting (HIC) means that service which provides for repairs or improvements to dwellings and townhouses as defined in the USBC or structures annexed to those dwellings or townhouses as defined in the USBC. The RBC classification also provides for this function. The HIC specialty does not provide for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting functions. It does not include new construction functions beyond the existing building structure other than decks, patios, driveways and utility out buildings that do not require a permit per the USBC.

HIC 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)


Class Days and Times:


These times are for In-Class or Live Webinar students:

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

HIC License Requirements:

You must apply to DPOR before taking any technical exams in the state of Virginia. You can find all of the DPOR application forms here.   Virginia is a dual-license state.  You must have a Business / Law and technical license.  Business Law is Class A, B or C depending on the size of your projects.  If you are a first time Virginia contractor, you will need to take the 8-Hour PreLicense Course

Exam and Application:

The PSI Exam Consist of the following areas of content:





Painting and Wall Covering




Rough Carpentry and Framing




Finish Carpentry








Windows and Doors



PSI Info on the exam: Please click here to get the new Virginia Home Improvement Contracting Candidate Information Bulletin


The open-book exam contains information from and allows into the exam the following books:

  1. IRC 2012 - International Residential Code
  2. Carpentry & Building Construction
  3. Modern Masonry, 8th Edition
  4. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th Edition
  5. 29 CFR Part 1926 Related Standards
  6. The Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction 3rd Edition
  7. Craftsman's Manual and Textbook 8th Edition - Painting and Decorating
  8. Standard Practice for Installation of Rigid Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Siding and Sofit 
  9. Insulation Handbook 2000
  10. Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code Part 1

Please click on the link to purchase the text books: Virginia Home Improvement Book Bundle

Please click on the link to purchase the tabs: Virginia HIC Tabs

Additional Courses:

Every new Virginia Contractor needs to take the Virginia PreLicense Course

Technical Exams RBC Exam Prep Class and CBC Exam Prep Class ,  Highway Heavy Exam Prep Class , 15-State NASCLA Exam Prep Class

First Time Virginia Contractor?  You will need to take the Virginia Pre-License Course.

Our Virginia Page has more information about the exam, PSI and taking the test. 

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