Virginia

Virginia Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsVirginia contractors should visit the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation website to learn about licensing requirements. You can find their website by visiting www.dpor.virginia.gov. You will find information about types of contractor classes, and the opportunity to be listed on their website. The DPOR offers information for contractors, consumers and applicants including the ability for consumers to verify whether or not a contractor is licensed to perform work in the state of Virginia.

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Construction and General Contractors

Joining a variety of organizations and associations will give you more networking opportunities. You will also ease the minds of your customers. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry offers safety classes, workshops and the opportunity to improve your skills. You will find NARI to be a valuable resource tool for increasing your business. There are three NARI chapters located in Virginia. You can easily find them on the Internet by going to www.nari.org. Their online store gives you access to marketing materials, helpful videos and educational materials.

You can also join The Associated General Contractors of America organization. This will give you valuable information about the latest industry news. You will also find helpful training information on their website at www.agc.org. The Virginia chapter of AGC is located in Glen Allen. You can reach them by phone at (804) 364-5504. They offer recognition programs for its members who establish outstanding service. AGC also offers student chapters that help young people break into the industry.

Lawn and Garden

The state of Virginia requires lawn and garden contractors to abide by specific requirements governed by the DPOR. You will find the application on their website. There are forms for lawn and garden contractors that verify the contractor's education and experience. Generally, the state requires at least three years of verifiable experience. However, it is important to read all the information presented on the website. Some requirements depend on the amount of money that will be charged for the job. DPOR also has a testing requirement for lawn and garden contractors. You must submit your application and be approved for testing.

The Landscape Contractors Association is a national organization where you can become certified. You can find their website at www.lcamddcva.org. They offer a national certification program where your proficiency in landscaping knowledge will be tested. The LCA offers four different certification programs. Softscape and hardscape installation, turf and ornamental maintenance programs. The softscape program instructs students on the proper techniques for installing plant materials. The hardscape installation program offers its students the knowledge for properly installing hardscapes.

The turf maintenance program includes instruction on the professional techniques used to care for a variety of turfs. The ornamental maintenance program teaches its students all about ornamental plants and their professional care. There are a variety of benefits for landscape contractors to become certified. Certification offers contractors national recognition, promotes professionalism within the landscaping industry and the opportunity to advertise certification skills on business marketing materials. The association is located in Rockville, Maryland.

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Designers and Decorators

The state of Virginia requires home and commercial designers and decorators to be licensed. You can find the requirements, rules and qualifications on their website at www.dpor.virginia.gov. Virginia requires contractors to be licensed to protect the general public from potential abuse within the industry. Certification and licensing will help you market your business to homeowners or businesses.

Roofing Contractors

Virginia's Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation handles the licensing of roofing contractors performing work within the state. You can find their website at www.dpor.virginia.gov to learn more about the licensing requirements. There is a license look-up tool that helps homeowners find licensed roofing contractors. The website also offers press releases, studies and board newsletters that keep their members informed.

There is also helpful information about starting a new contracting business. Roofing contractors who perform work in the state of Virginia should carefully read the licensing requirements. The website also gives you access to the Board's meeting minutes, schedule and agendas. Consumers can file a complaint about a contractor on the website. Consider attending a few board meetings to learn more about the organization. Homeowners frequently visit the website to find a roofing contractor that is experienced and qualified to perform roofing work on their home.

Roofing contractors located in the state of Virginia can join the National Roofing Contractors Association. You can visit their website at www.nrca.net. They offer a variety of benefits such as marketing materials, networking opportunities and educational programs. Membership will also keep you informed about the latest happenings within the industry. The NRCA offers its roofing contractors education through the NRCA University. Roofing contractors can improve their skills, grow their business and learn about the latest roofing products and materials. They can also learn more about marketing and sales, and how it affects company growth and profit margins.

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