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CSLB Closing Testing Centers

This just in… the CSLB is closing all testing centers beginning tomorrow and will remain closed until April 16th (or longer).

CSLB testing staff will be contacting applicants directly to reschedule exams.

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    B2 Contractors License

    The new B2 Contractors license bill is now in the legislature!

    This new classification removes the framing requirement and will allow more people to become licensed in California.

    Click here to read the bill.

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    CSLB License Renewal Fee Increase

    2020 brings a CSLB License Renewal Fee Increase!

    Licensing fees are going up beginning February 1, 2020.

    Timely Active License Renewals

    $450 for two years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $470 for two years.

    Timely Inactive License Renewals

    $225 for four years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $225 for four years.

    Timely Home Improvement Salesperson Registrations

    Will now be $95, up from $83.

    Delinquent Active License Renewals

    $675 for two years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $695 for two years.

    Delinquent Inactive License Renewals

    $337.50 for four years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $337.50 for four years.

    Delinquent Home Improvement Salesperson Registrations

    Will now be $142.50, up from $124.50.

    License Reactivation

    To reactivate an inactive license, it will now cost you $470, a $20 increase.

    Why the increases?

    Because the CSLB has basically shot themselves in the financial foot with their prolonged tactics regarding license applications. They’ve spent so much time and effort rejecting and denying applications that their license renewal revenue has been on a rapid decline.

    Instead of creating more ridiculous rules to keep people from obtaining licenses, maybe they should improve their processes. Start with hiring capable, experienced application technicians who know the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver. And provide them with the training necessary to accomplish their jobs in an efficient manner.

    Having retired from the State, and having worked at the CSLB, I know exactly the type of people they hire to review applications. Now I’m not saying they aren’t good people, they are, they are just people with no construction experience and are poorly trained.

    But, since that will never happen, they’ve chosen to mend their self-inflicted wound with a CSLB License Renewal Fee Increase. Government at its best!!

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    Qualifying B General Contractors Experience

    Have you been trying to figure out exactly what “Qualifying B General Contractors Experience” is?

    We’ve known for years that the minimum experience for the B classification is framing and at least two unrelated trades. Framing being the major component.

    We also know that the CSLB has made it extremely difficult within the last 2-3 years to qualify and obtain the B contractors license classification.

    Here is a portion of a CSLB letter sent to me regarding one of my clients that outlines the CSLB’s underground regulation regarding the B class. Why is it an underground reg? Because you won’t find this statement in any published rule, regulation, or law.

    “To meet the minimum experience requirement for the B General Building classification, your client must demonstrate journey level work that regularly includes a framing or a rough carpentry component on new or existing structures. Any work completed on existing structures must change the footprint of that structure. For example; room additions, or structural remodeling projects that include reframing for entryways, installation of new headers, size change-outs for retrofitting of widows and doors or load bearing wall components. This framing component, along with 2 other unrelated trades to build or remodel a structure must be performed at the journey level.”

    The points I’d like to highlight are in italics. “Any work completed on existing structures must change the footprint of that structure.” And “…load bearing wall components.” It is entirely possible to repair/replace existing load bearing wall components on existing structures without adding square footage or changing the footprint of the structure. “…structural remodeling projects that include reframing for entryways, installation of new headers, size change-outs for retrofitting of widows and doors” can also be done without adding square footage or changing the structures footprint.

    So which is it? Must change the footprint or not?!

    The following statement can be found in the 2019 version of the contractors license law book on page 9 under Chapter 1. Download the 2019 Contractors License Law book HERE.

    “Class “B” — General Building Contractor
    The principal business of a General Building contractor deals with any structure built, being built, or to be built, that requires as part of its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts; however, framing or carpentry projects may be performed without limitation. A “B” General Building contractor may take a contract for projects that involve one trade only if the contractor holds the appropriate specialty license or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty contractor to perform the work.”

    This is the only statement in the license law that suggests framing or carpentry is required for the B trade, and depending on how you read it, it doesn’t even say that!. It definitely doesn’t state that it must be “structural” framing, or framing that increases the square footage or footprint of the structure.

    I’m looking forward to the creation of the new B-2 classification because it won’t have in it the unlawful, unpublished, underground reg covering structural framing and Qualifying B General Contractors Experience that has forced so many applicants to work without a license.

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    B-2 Remodeling Contractors License

    The CSLB has provided an update on the new Remodeling Contractors License.

    At the December 12th Board meeting, I asked for an update on the new remodeling contractors license. The Board stated that the new legislation has been submitted to the legislature and the bill has a sponsor.

    It should go up for a vote sometime in 2020.  When it will be inactive, I don’t know.  Perhaps July 1, 2020, or January 1, 2021.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, this new classification, called the B-2, will have a huge, positive impact on the construction industry and to business in California.

    Sorry... couldn't pass it up!

    The B-2 will allow so many more contractors obtain their license so that they can perform work legally, earn more money, and provide better assurances to consumers with CSLB oversight. And this new license should drastically reduce the number of underground contractors.

    Because of the severe restrictions in place for obtaining the B classification, the B-2 will not include the framing component, which is the hardest part for most applicants to prove under the B.

    We don’t know yet what the minimum experience requirements will be for the new B-2, so stay tuned.  As soon as I know, I’ll pass it on to you.

    I’m pleased as punch that the new remodeling contractors license is going to happen!

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    C6 C39 RMOs Needed

    C6 Cabinet Millwork Finish Carpentry Contractors License
    C6 Cabinet Millwork Finish Carpentry Contractors License

    Do you hold the C-6 or C-39 contractors license classification and are located in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas?

    We are in need of a person or persons who holds either of these classifications to be an RMO on one or more contractors licenses.

    We have companies ready to move forward with the licensing process.

    If you’re interested in becoming an RMO, with any trade classification, please click here and fill out our contact form. We’ll connect both parties so that you can determine if everybody is a good fit.

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    CSLB Licensing Policies and Procedures

    Is there such a thing as CSLB Licensing Policies and Procedures?

    And does the licensing branch of the CSLB follow them?

    From the outside looking in, the answer is no. From when I was an application technician on the inside looking out, the answer was still no.

    I firmly believe that the CSLB does not have a written policy or procedure for their license application technicians to follow when they review applications.  It is self-evident they don’t because the correction letters sent to applicants by their technicians include wildly different requests for corrections.  Sure, every app is different, but there are many things within the app that are standard.  But even those standard items are treated differently.

    Let’s take a look at this correction letter, click here.  To begin with, it shows Jerry Brown as the Governor.  Was this letter reviewed by a supervisor or manager before it was mailed to the applicant?  No, so therefore there was no oversight or review even at the lowest level.  This indicates that each application technician is acting as an independent contractor, so to speak, and reviewing applications and requesting corrections using their own set of standards.

    CSLB Licensing Policies and Procedures

    This was the case when I left the CSLB in 2005, and it was the case when a good friend and former coworker of mine retired from the CSLB last year.  He followed his own guidelines when processing applications and refused to follow many of the directions of management because he felt they were incorrect, inaccurate, or unnecessary. He was probably the best technician they had or will have.

    I recently received an email from the CSLB licensing manager regarding how applications are processed and here is part of her response “The majority of the licensing division’s policies and procedures differ greatly from 15+ years ago.”  I assumed she was referring to when I left the CSLB, but it seems the minority of the changes to the policies and procedures that weren’t changed included how the applications are processed by the application technicians.

    What about their Mission Statement?

    Furthermore, how can the CSLB meet its mission statement if they consistently reject and deny applications without a published uniform set of application review guidelines?  The lack of a standardized procedure ultimately forces businesses into operating without a license.  In fact, the CSLB is the largest creator and has the biggest influence on the underground economy because of its lack of uniformity and transparency regarding their license application processes.

    From what I can see, they are in violation of the first four bullet points of that mission statement!

    They need to update the CSLB licensing policies and procedures again and create a publicly available, written procedural manual for every app tech to follow to ensure that every application is reviewed properly, correctly, and uniformly.

    CSLB Mission Statement:

    The Contractors State License Board protects consumers by regulating the construction industry through policies that promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the public in matters relating to construction.

    The Board accomplishes this by:

    • Ensuring that construction is performed in a safe, competent, and professional manner;
    • Licensing contractors and enforcing licensing laws;
    • Requiring licensure for any person practicing or offering to practice construction contracting;
    • Enforcing the laws, regulations, and standards governing construction contracting in a fair and uniform manner;
    • Providing resolution to disputes that arise from construction activities; and
    • Educating consumers so they can make informed choices.
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