When you get to the state of California, as a contractor you will be required to have the California Contractors License as a prerequisite to starting any construction project in the state and this is as per the laws of the state under the CSLB, California Contractors State Licensing Board. Not just building projects but as well any supervision works to be conducted in the state. It must as well be noted that this is a regulation that actually applies to the entire state of California.
If you are wondering what the board defines as a general contractor, this is a person or a business that is principally working with any structure “being built, built, or to be built for the support, shelter and enclosure of persons or animals…or to superintend the whole or part thereof.” Generally speaking there is a bit of legwork when it comes to the need to procure your CA general contractor’s license but with the steps in this guide, you can be sure to have your CA contractors’ license in no time.
What we will take a look at first in this post will be the examination requirements for you to have your licenses as a general contractor in CA. It will be mandatory for any applicant for the general contreactor’s license in CA to take and pass a written exam. This examination basically covers the areas in the business of contracting and the state laws applicable in California governing this trade. This exam is actually a multiple choice exam and has four choices for each question. Qualified candidates for these exams must have had at least four years of experience in contracting work over the past ten years. The experience must have been received serving as a journeyman, foreman or some other supervisor position. You as well stand qualified for these exams if you happen to have taken and completed an apprenticeship program that is CSLB approved.
You can make use of the available study guides with sample questions to get readied for these exams. The guides have such a breakdown on the topics covered in the exams test taking strategies and other resources that will help for further study.
Be aware as well of the existence of exam exemptions. As an applicant you may be exempted from these exams if at all you have been working in the construction trade continuously for the past five years. Besides this, an applicant may as well be granted an exemption to these exams if at all they have reciprocity based on their licensure as general contractors in some of the states such as Arizona, Nevada and Utah.