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Virginia Residential Building Contractor (RBC) Exam Prep Courses & Reference Materials

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Virginia Residential Building Contractor (RBC) Exam Prep Services & Materials

We offer everything you need to prepare for the Virginia Residential Building Contractor exam.

To prepare for the exam, you will need books and tabs as well as our exam prep course. We also give the option to purchase pre-tabbed and highlighted books, saving you valuable hours of highlighting the information within the books yourself.

Virginia Residential Building Contractors may perform work on contracts that include construction, remodeling, repair, improvement, removal, or demolition on real property owned, controlled, or leased by another person of dwellings and townhouses, as defined in the USBC, including accessory buildings or structures on such property.

The RBC classification does not provide for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting services and does not allow construction, repair, or improvement, to commercial, industrial, institutional, or governmental use structures outside of dwellings and townhouses as defined in the USBC.

The residential building classification includes but is not limited to the functions carried out by the following specialties for contracts of dwellings and townhouses, as defined by the USBC, and related accessory use buildings or structures:

Concrete contracting, Masonry contracting, Home improvement contracting, Painting and wall covering contracting, Industrialized building contracting, Roofing Contracting, Landscape service contracting, and Swimming pool contracting

What is on the Exam?

# of Questions Minimum Passing Score Time Allowed
80 56 (70%) 160 minutes


Subject Area # of questions
Layout 7
Excavation 6
Foundations 7
Framing 9
Insulation 3
Ventilation 3
Windows, Doors, and Skylights  3
Exterior 10
Decks, Walks, and Ramps 4
Finishing 6
Masonry 4
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs 1
Prints, Plans, and Specifications 8
Safety and Employee Protection 8
Construction Debris, Cleanup, and Disposal 1

You can also refer to the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin here for more information on testing policies.

What You'll Need to Prepare for the Exam

Exam Prep Course

Our Virginia Residential Building Contractor (RBC) 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 - 12:00 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 Residential Building Contractor (RBC) 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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Other Licensing Requirements

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.