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VA Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Specialty Exam Prep – online course, or Expedite in Tysons


Please note the HIC exam (50q) is harder to pass than any other 38 Specialties – we have TWO sets the PSI questions for the test to pass.

Our monthly course (9 hours minimum) is held as TWO schedules:

Method of class Days Class Hours Price Notes
A. Expedite Class  classroom course at Tysons (2-days) 1:00-5:30 pm $455    Classroom – Recorded class w/ live Q&A.    > Seating w/ social distance
      B. Online Zoom virtual  Jan. 18, 20 & 25 6-9 pm $455   Virtual Zoom – Your location anywhere.
    > We will keep contacting you for Zoom access.


 ◊ We will contact you for your Zoom test & access.      ◊ Expect to visit us 1-2 more evenings (Monday & Thursday, after class completed) to review Questions before your PSI exam.

Course Fee: $455 (including above two (2) main textbooks for passing the PSI test. No additional charge until you pass the test based on our Guarantee policy for 2 more months after the course completion date – need your PSI exam result copy to re-join the class).

 Note: this HIC exam should be very tough (actually toughest) exam for those clients who are looking for Class-C licensing.  One of the main reason is that of no prior PSI exam experience (which is very tricky), another one will be the scope of tests are so broad (even exam experienced clients).

Our 3 month (total) guarantee policy will be very helpful for passing the HIC exam, in the 2nd (or 3rd) time.



To be LICENSED as VA HIC (Home Improvement), you need pass the HIC Part – administered by PSI – to confirm that you have attained at least a minimum level of knowledge regarding the principles, practices, statutes and regulations on Home Improvement.

Pre-approval required for the Specialty exam – please refer to TABLE in bottom for the overall process, and below rule;
 Effective 2016, all Specialty test will require pre-approval from DPOR prior to taking the examination. For more information please contact the Board for Contractors Licensing Section directly at (804) 367-8511.  You will get the copy of 3 page ‘Experience Verification‘ form to submit VA DPOR, while in our class.

It has been reported that pre-approval can require anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.

There are pre-qualification requirement by VA DPOR (Licensing Board) for your past experience; Class-A (5 years), Class-B (3 years) field trade experience.   For this HIC prequalification, you may include your Home Improvement, renovation, non-structural works in the Experience Verification form.

Any Responsible Management (Owner, Partners, Associates) or, field employee can take the test (after receiving VA DPOR approval letter/email).  If one of your employees take the test, the DPOR may require your employee’s W-2 for License Application.

The content of this “HIC Specialty exam” contains the function of your field knowledge and familiarity of specifications/regulations.





Course Fee: $455 (including two (2) main textbooks for passing the PSI test. No additional charge until you pass the test based on our Guarantee policy for 2 more months after the course completion date – need your PSI exam result copy to re-join the class).

> Class-C Package Fee: $519 (both Home Improvement exam prep (above) and mandatory 8-hour Prelicensing class)

  The class is held in English but the Class Instructor speaks Spanish also.

Requirements for Obtaining your License

 You must pass the HIC (Home Improvement) Exam to apply for the HIC classification.

 · The Virginia Home Improvement examination is required for anyone who wants to perform framing work on remodeling.

 · In addition, an 8 Hour Pre-Licensing Course is required to be completed to become licensed as a contractor.

 · Passing this exam is required for Virginia Class A, B, or C license.

 This contractor license includes repairs or improvements to one – family, two – family residential buildings or structures annexed to real property. This license also allows remodeling, repair, and improvement.

Reciprocity Agreements/ Continuing Education. As of this time, there is no reciprocal licensing. There are no continuing education requirements as of this time.

Exam Details

· The Home Improvement exam has 50 questions and a time limit of 120 minutes.

 · You must score 70% or higher to pass the exam.

 · Fees for the exams are $85 and this application fee is separate from your Class-A application.

 · Topics on the Examination include concrete; masonry; Painting and Wall; Drywall; Rough Carpentry and Framing; Siding; Finish Carpentry; Roofing; Insulation; Safety; Windows and Doors.

Books and References for the Exam (incl. in your tuition – deduct book costs if you have already)

The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be  highlighted. All these materials are included in your tuition. 

 · Carpentry and Building Construction (2016 Ed.)  

 · OSHA (Safety) Code of Federal Regulations Part 1926

 We have One  more reference material for you;

  •  Class Binder (w/ many existing PSI questions)

 > Our tuition includes ALL above material.  The book costs can be deducted from tuition  if you already them.

 > Our guarantee policy extends to two more sessions (or 6 nights) without charge until your pass the test.

 > You will get the ‘Carpentry and Building’ book by mail after your on-line, or over phone payment.

Thank you for your registration.







1. Course Warranty
Total 3 month guarantee period applied – Let’s say, you took our January class – then your registration is valid till March.
Two types of Guarantee policy – a) Keep coming to review the PSI questions in Tysons.  b) Rejoin the course (after your PSI exam result submitted).

2. Refund Policy 
Upon your returning of unopened package in mail, the following percentage of the total package price is refundable:
Note: The cancellation schedule may not be applicable if your package has been opened or used. 

Cancel Dates Refundable Way of Refund
 14 days before the class day 75% Mailing the check in 3 weeks from your cancellation.
7 days before the class day 50% Mailing the check in 3 weeks from your cancellation.
  1 day before the class day 25% Mailing the check in 3 weeks from your cancellation.
Day of the class to start 0% Mailing the check in 3 weeks from your cancellation.





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