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Virginia Contractors License Exam Books

In the State of Virginia, any contractor doing a job worth more than $1,000 is required to be licensed. Obtaining your license involves completing a Virginia contractors license exam prep process pertaining to your chosen specialty. A commercial building contractor (CBC), for example, must not only be licensed for this detailed specialty, but separate certifications are required for additional specialties, such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC or gas fitting.

Luckily, we provide a comprehensive selection of Virginia contractor and trade practice exams for those preparing to take any needed contractor licensing examinations. You'll find Virginia contractor licensing practice books for a wide range of topics, including asphalt contractor, concrete contractor, masonry contractor, home improvement contractor, highway/heavy contractors and more. You can buy your VA contractors license exam prep books on an individual basis or in a pre-compiled set of books for certain specialties.

Full Virginia NASCLA Book Set

The full box set includes the following books:

  • Construction Jobsite Management
  • ACI 318-14
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling and Installing Wood Trusses
  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Mgmt, 12th
  • Erector's Manual
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning
  • SDI Steel Deck Manual of Construction 3rd Edition
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars
  • Handling and Erection for Steel Joists and Steel Girders
  • Modern Masonry
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction
  • Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 1926 OSHA
  • Carpentry and Building Construction
  • ANSI Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities 2017
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating
  • Contractors Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
  • Green Building Fundamentals
  • International Building Code 2018

Order your reference book set for the NASCLA exam by 3PM EST and get same day shipping!

About the NASCLA Virginia (VA) Accredited Books

NASCLA is Accepted By 16 States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia & the Virgin Islands.

These are the books you will need to take the NASCLA exam. Our Virginia NASCLA book set contains all of the material that is covered on the exam.

Virginia NASCLA Certification FAQs

Is the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program considered a "National License"?

No, the NASCLA Accredited Examination eliminates the trade examination ONLY for the participating state agencies. Once you have passed an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program, contractors still need to meet additional state licensure requirements within each participating state to obtain their license.

What is the difference between the NASCLA Accredited Examination and an examination based on one jurisdiction?

The NASCLA Accredited Examination was developed utilizing contractors from multiple jurisdictions across the United States and based on a national job occupational analysis.

What is the difference between state agencies administering an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program and state agencies accepting an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program?

The state agencies administering an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program are offering the examination as their agency's state specific trade examination. Some administering state agencies also offer their own state specific trade portion or the NASCLA Accredited Examination as an either/or option for their candidates to take. Accepting state agencies will accept the examination as an examination waiver in lieu of their state specific trade portion. All administering state agencies are also considered accepting state agencies.

There is a difference in administration procedures for the examinations within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program. The NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors can either be taken as a stand alone national examination vs. under an administering state agency.

If I have passed an examination within the NASCLA Accredited Examination Program, what do I do next?

Register an account in the NASCLA National Examination Database (NED) at This account will allow you to purchase and electronically send your transcript information to the participating state agencies. If you have taken and passed the examination under an administering state agency, that agency will not need a transcript from the database as they are already already by the testing company.

How do I send my examination transcript to an accepting state licensing agency?

Login to your existing account in the NASCLA National Examination Database (NED) at or create a new account. Once you are logged into your account, you will be able to click on "Transcript for Purchase" to purchase and send your test results electronically to the state agency with whom you are applying for licensure. Both you and the state agency will receive an emailed confirmation your transcript transaction is completed.

What is the fee to electronically send a transcript to an accepting state agency?

There is a $24.99 fee each time you need to send your transcript to a state licensing agency.

How long is my transcript accessible to the state agency in the National Examination Database (NED)?

Transcripts are only valid in the system for a two (2) year period for the state agency to access the information. If it has been longer than two (2) years since a transcript has been purchased and you have NOT been licensed within that state, you will need to repurchase the transcript to go with your application for licensure with that state agency through the database.

What is the fee to sit for the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors?

The cost for the examination is $106 plus the $25 application fee. Please click here to review the candidate information bulletin from PSI.

How fast does NASCLA process my NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors application?

NASCLA will review all applications within seven (7) business days.

How long do I have to schedule my NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors once I have been approved?

Eligibility is for one (1) year from the application approval date.

If I need to retest, how soon can I apply and is there a limited number of times I can retake the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors?

There is no restriction on how soon you can reschedule to sit for the exam if within the maximum three (3) times within the one (1) year eligibility period. If you have failed the examination three (3) times, you must wait one (1) year after your initial application was approved to reapply to take the examination.


NASCLA stands for the National Association of State Contractors License Agencies. It is the national governing body for states who uphold licensing standards for general building contractors. They work to uphold the best practices and uniformity for state agencies that regulate the construction industry. They provide a wide range of resources for general contractors including:

  • Member Reference Library which includes consumer publications, NASCLA legislation and more.
  • Tracking capabilities for bills & state legislation NASCLA has partnered with
  • Access to top regulatory cases affecting the construction industry and regulatory agencies
  • Access to community forums for attorneys and contractors
  • Ability to communicate and engage with national counterparts
  • Access to an active member directory with contact information for any NASCLA Member.
  • Toolkit for contractors that provide a variety of best practices from other states
  • Contractor's disciplinary database to pre-screen contractor applicants
  • Community forums for executive directors, attorneys, public information officers, enforcement/investigators, IT, and contractors
  • Overall substantial savings to the state in time and development of regulations