Virginia Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Exam Prep Courses & Reference Materials

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Virginia Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License Exam Prep Services & Materials

We offer everything you need to prepare for the Virginia HIC license exam at PSI! To prepare for the Virginia HIC License Exam, you will need our exam prep coursereference manuals, and tabs. Our exam prep course is offered both as an online pre-recorded course you can complete at your own time and pace as well as live classroom/webinar courses with live instructors!


Virginia Home Improvement (HIC) Contractors may perform 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 outbuildings that do not require a permit per the USBC.

What's on the Exam?

Virginia HIC Exam Content & Details

# of QuestionsMinimum Passing ScoreTime Allowed
5035 (70%)120 minutes
Subject Area# of Questions
Painting and Wall Covering4
Rough Carpentry and Framing5
Finish Carpentry5
Windows and Doors4

Exam Preparation

Preparing For The Virginia Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Exam

Exam Prep Course

Our Virginia Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Exam Prep course is available in three options: live in-person, live-streamed via webinar, and online pre-recorded. Live courses are held every Thursday from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET. Our classroom is located in Richmond, Virginia, or you can join us anywhere via live interactive webinar.

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Book Bundle

The Virginia Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Exam is an open-book exam. You may bring the approved references listed here into the exam with you. We also offer pre-tabbed and highlighted books as well to save you the time of tabbing and highlighting the book yourself.

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Our exam prep tabs help mark the commonly referenced sections of the books used in the exam. Don't waste time flipping through your books in the timed exam - our tabs help you to be able to quickly reference important material in your books and move on to the next question without wasting valuable time.

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License Requirements

Other Requirements For Virginia HIC License Applicants

All Virginia Contractor Applicants are still required to meet other state licensing regulations in order to obtain a license. All applicants must complete the Mandatory 8-Hour Pre-License Course and submit a license application to DPOR. Class A and Class B Applicants must also take and pass a business law exam before submitting a license application to DPOR.

We offer exam prep services and materials for the Virginia Contractors Class A/B Exam as well as License Application Fulfillment Services.

Haven't taken the mandatory 8-Hour Pre-License Course? Get started today on our partner site, Virginia Exam Training!

You can learn more about the Virginia Business Law exam here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the licensing process

Can I build homes with a Virginia HIC License?

No, you cannot build new residential structures as a Virginia Home Improvement Contractor. Only licensed Residential Building (RBC) Contractors can build new homes from the ground up. Virginia HIC Contractors can only perform improvements and additions to existing structures.

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