How To Get Your Contractor’s License
You’ve made the decision to earn your general contractors license. That means you already know some of the benefits of having one — you can legally take on bids and jobs worth more than $500, become your own boss, increase your earnings, and start your career.
At the same time, you may also know how difficult the application, examination, and licensing process can be. However, just because a process is hard, it shouldn’t stop you from reaching your goals. Read on to find out how you can get your license.
Have the Right Experience
The first step toward becoming a licensed contractor is gaining experience. In order to apply for the contractors license, you must be at least 18 years old. You must also have some firsthand experience working on the job. You need at least four years of experience in the area of work you’re applying for. Your experience can be as a supervisor, foreman, or journey level worker.
Fill and File
The next step toward earning your license is filling and filing a CSLB application. You are required to properly fill out the specific application required for your license, without any errors. In order to complete your license application, you must also pass a background check and submit your fingerprints. Almost half of all applications submitted to the CSLB are actually rejected and returned, due to forms that are completed improperly.
There are three basic classifications of contractors license. Class A is for general engineering contracting, Class B is for general building contracting, and Class C is for specialty contracting. Class C contains over 40 different specialty classifications, including drywall, electrical, plumbing, solar, and many more.
Prepare for the Exam
Once you have successfully applied to take your contractors license exam, you must then begin preparing for it. You will be required to pass both a written law exam and a trade exam specific to your line of work. Each portion of the test is comprised of 120 multiple choice questions. As you prepare for your exam, you will need to find the proper materials to study.
Finding these materials is just the beginning. The exam can be fairly difficult, so you will need to study thoroughly in order to pass and receive your license. Aside from handling work and the hustle and bustle of daily life, you’ll also need to find the time to do this studying.
The Right Tools for the Job
Based on your own years of experience, you know how important it is to have the right tools for the job. At Contractor License Resource Group, we have been successfully guiding students through the contractors license process for nearly 40 years.
To begin, we can help you fill and file your application. We are also happy to provide you with up-to-date and state- of-the-art prep materials, including seminars, workshops, classroom instruction, DVDs, and computer practice tests to ensure you prepare on your time and in your way.
Why wait? Contact us today to learn more about earning your contractors license.