West Virginia Excavation Contractor
  • The first step in the licensing process is to pass all required exams. Once the exams are passed, then you submit an application to the State Licensing Board.
  • Business and Law exam is required in addition to the trade exam.
  • There are no State mandated minimum experience requirements for the Excavation license.
  • There are no State mandated financial requirements except for the Wage Bond.
  • The Licensing application fee is $90.00.
  • All types of contractors are required to carry Workers Compensation Insurance and Unemployment Insurance. Applicants who have NOT been actively and actually engaged in construction work in West Virginia for the past 5 consecutive years must obtain a Wage Bond covering all employee salaries for four weeks at full production.

    Exceptions to the Wage Bond requirement are contractors that are only performing Residential work and those who have been actively engaged in construction work in West Virginia for the past 5 consecutive years.

Scope of Work:

Excavating Contractor means a contractor whose primary business is the installation, alteration, and repair of earthen material by digging, trenching, grading, or compacting the material for a cut, fill, grade, or trench and work incidental to the undertaking, including the installation, alteration, and repairing of crib walls, gabion walls, and other devices not to exceed six (6) feet in height for the purpose of controlling the movement of earthen materials.


To apply for licensure contact, West Virginia Division of Labor Contractor Licensing Board at (304) 558-7890.

West Virginia Division of Labor

Contractor Licensing Board

State Capital Complex, Bldg. 9, Rm. 749

Charleston, WV 25305  

To apply for an Examination, contact:

200 Association Drive, Suite 190
Charleston, WV 25311

West Virginia has no reciprocity agreements for this license.


West Virginia does not have any continuing education requirements for this license at this time.

  • Business Law must also be passed in order to obtain this license.
  • Prov administers the exam and a 70% is required to pass.
  • It is an open book timed test with 50 questions and a 3-hour time limit.
  • The exam fee is $51.95 per exam.
  • To schedule an exam please contact PROV at 866-720-7768

    Exam topics include: General Knowledge, Survey and Layout, Excavation, Clearing and Grubbing, Dewatering, Grading, Equipment, Estimating and Plan Reading and Safety.


The references listed in the Right-Hand column are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

Training: American Contractors currently does not offer a seminar to prepare for the Excavation Contractors exam. We do offer a seminar to prepare for the Business Law exam. Please contact us for more information at 800.992.1910

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