The Key Requirements for a Contractor License in California

Earning your state contractor license is a great step forward for your career. By becoming a licensed contractor, you immediately increase the amount of work you are able to bid on and complete. Additionally, you put yourself in an ideal position to expand your business and increase your earning potential.

contractorBefore you earn your license, there are a few key requirements you’ll need to fulfill.

A Little Experience
In order to be eligible for this license, you, or the qualifying individual representing you, needs to be at least 18 years old with a minimum of 4 years of experience in the field of work you will be applying for. This work history can include journey level work, supervisor, and foreman work.

Something in the Tank
There is also a financial requirement tied to the contractor license application. Applicants must have at least $2,500 in operating capital. Operating capital is determined by calculating your current assets minus your current liabilities.

A Brief History
In addition, you’ll be required to submit to a background check and have your fingerprints taken. You will also be required to demonstrate minimum working capital. Once you have passed the background check and demonstrated the proper resources and experience, you’ll be able to apply to take the exam.

contractorCross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
Once you have fulfilled the pre-application requirements, you’ll be able to submit a license application to the CSLB. You will need to correctly fill and file the proper application for your particular license classification. This can be a complicated and frustrating process. Regardless, once your application has been accepted, your next step will be to take and pass the state contractor license exam.

Pass the Test
The final requirement you’ll need to fulfill to earn your license is passing the state contractor exam. The test can be quite difficult, and you will need to prepare thoroughly. You will have to find the appropriate preparation materials and spend adequate time to actually study in order to pass your test. The exam is split into two sections, the law portion and the trade portion, and both sections contain 120 multiple choice questions.

contractor hardhat and glovesBecome a Licensed Contractor
You’ll be responsible for understanding all of the laws, safety issues, and proper procedures for any kind of work you’ll be licensed to carry out. Once you have passed the test and fulfilled the state’s requirements, you will have earned your license and all the rights that it grants.

We Can Help
Contractor License Resource Group can help make that dream a reality for you. We know the key requirements you’ll need to fulfill, and we know how to get through them quickly and efficiently. That’s because we have almost 40 years of experience helping people apply, prepare for, and pass their exam. In fact, we boast a 99% success rate.
You know all of the benefits of earning your contractor license, so what are you waiting for? Contact CLRG today!


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