Basic Steps of the Contractors Licensing Process

So, you’ve decided to earn your California state contractors license. You’ve made a wise choice! Regardless, you still might have a few questions about the contractors licensing process. Read on to discover some of the basic steps involved in the licensing process.

All About Experience

Construction engineerThe first step you’ll need to take in the licensing process is to demonstrate past experience. The qualifying individual named on the contractor license must have at least four years of experience within the past 10 years. The acquired experience must be in the area of work you are applying for. This experience can be at the journey level, or even as a supervisor or foreman. Once you have the necessary experience, you can submit your application to take your state contractor license exam.

Is There an App(lication) for That?

The next step you’ll take on the path toward completing your contractors licensing is filling out and filing your application with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). While it seems that simply filling out and filing an application should be fairly easy, with the CSLB it’s really not. In fact, nearly half of all applications filed with the State Board are rejected, due to errors and mistakes found within the forms.

First, you’ve got to find the right form. Then, you need to fill it out with zero mistakes. Next, you will have to submit to a background check and have your fingerprints taken. After you have cleared the background check, placed your prints on file, and properly submitted the correct application, you will then need to prepare for the examination.

Hit the Books

Perhaps the most important, yet often overlooked, step when working toward earning your contractors licensing is studying. You will have to find the proper materials to study, then you have to find the time to actually get into your books. Between your work, home life, and social life, you may not have a lot of free time.

Contractor examThe contractor license exam can be fairly difficult if you don’t prepare. There is a business and law section, as well as a trade section. Each portion of the test consists of 120 multiple choice questions. That’s a lot of information to absorb. Whether you’ve been in the industry for four years or even 40 years, you will need to study if you wish to pass your exam.

Take the Test

The last step in finishing the contractors licensing process is taking the test and earning your license. Once you have passed both sections of your exam, you will earn your California state contractor license. You will then be able to bid on construction, remodeling, and repair jobs with a valuation of over $500. Best of all, you can finally start your own construction business and build your future.

Call CLRG Now

For nearly 40 years, Contractor License Resource Group has been helping students apply, prepare for, and earn their contractors license. We can successfully guide you through every step of the process. In fact, our students boast a 99% pass rate. Call us today to get started!


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