REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTRACTOR LICENSE EXAM
An applicant to become a licensed contractor in
California must be 18 years of age of older.
He or she must possess the experience and skills necessary to
manage the daily activities of a construction business.
To qualify for the state exam, the applicant must have had at least
four full years of experience as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, or
contractor in the classification for which he or she is applying.
You may receive credit for technical training,
apprenticeship training, or education instead of a portion of the required
four years of practical experience. At
least one year must be practical experience.
You must provide written documentation of any training or education
claimed in place of experience.
All businesses or individuals, who construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost (labor and materials) of one or more contracts on the project is $300 or more. Licenses may be issued to individuals, partnerships, corporations, or joint ventures.
SUMMARY OF CONTRACTOR LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
18 years of age or old
Pass the State Contractors Exam
$2500 or more of working capital
Bonded $7500 - Swimming Pool $12,000
Education and/or Work Experience within the Last 10 years
a. 4 years of building trade
b. 2 years of building trade
experience plus a 4-year degree in
Accounting, Business, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, or Specific Trade.
In order to obtain a California contractor's license, a qualified individual must take two examinations. All applicants must pass the standard Law and Business examination. In addition, a qualified individual must pass a second text covering the specific trade or certification area for which they are applying.
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