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Contractor’s Licensing Schools

Contractors License Schools - CSLB Exam Prep Study Materials

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of contractor’s licensing schools.

I’m not referring to any one specific contractor’s licensing school, just the overall contractor’s license school method.  And before we get into the pros and cons, let’s define the word “school.”  They really aren’t schools because they aren’t teaching anything, they are showing people how to take an exam.  They aren’t an accredited learning institution, and their customers don’t go to them to learn their specific trades. So, the word school is a misnomer.

Pros and Cons

Starting with the pros list, only because it’s shorter.

They offer an in-class system where people can go spend 8 hours studying the materials that were shipped to their home or office.  That’s the one pro, if you can even call it that.  Some people think they need to sit in front of an “instructor” to absorb the information contained within the written manuals.

Now the cons.

The biggest con is that their study materials are sub-standard.  I only know this because many of their customers come to me after they’ve failed their exams using the schools study materials.

Next, their customers are just a number to them.  They don’t provide personal attention to every student.  It’s all about how many people can they get signed up.

They don’t personally and professionally prepare their customers applications.  They let the customer complete the app, which results in a large percentage of rejected applications by the cslb.

To my knowledge, they don’t employ anyone who has worked at the CSLB in any capacity.  Obviously, this is not a requirement to run a business, but if you don’t know how things work on the inside, how can you properly inform your clients?

Often, provide incorrect information and/or provide bad advice.  I hear from people all the time who were told something by a school that is incorrect.  Or they suggest a path for the applicant to take that will surely end in a rejection of their application.  And put them in a position where they can’t undo what has been done regarding their app or their experience.

Many of the schools offer guarantees, and I’m using that word lightly.  Some of their guarantees require the applicant to fail the exams several times, and each time the applicant is required to go back to the classroom or study additional practice questions.  It’s not until they’ve jumped through any number of hoops that the customer is even considered for a refund of the fees they’ve paid.  Which could be $1000 or more!

What about their instructors?

Their “instructors” are not always coming from the trades or the construction industry.  Often, they are coming from an educational background, teachers, etc.  If they have 30 people in their classroom, and of those 30, 15 trades are represented, what are the chances that the person standing in the front of the room is well versed in those 15 trade classifications? Slim to none.  You may be applying for a C-11 Elevator contractor’s license.  Do you think that guy in the front of the room knows anything about elevators except that they go up and down?  Extremely doubtful!

So, there are the pros and cons of contractor’s licensing schools.  As you can see, there are far more cons then there are pros.  When looking for CSLB exam study materials or a system that will get you ready for your exams, look for someone who has experience in construction, has worked for the CSLB, and offers the highest quality exam preparation study materials!  Look for The License Guru!!

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How long does it take to get a contractors license in California?

How long does it take to get a contractors license in California

As my father used to say… how long is a piece of string?

The processing times at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) vary greatly.  It depends on the type of application, document, or form you’re submitting.

Different applications are processed by different units within the CSLB, and they each have their own backlogs.

When I joined the CSLB many, many years ago, the backlog was six months for an exam application to be processed.  Today it averages around three weeks, but that’s just for the application to be reviewed by a license application technician.  What are some other factors that could effect your application?

  1. Is the application formatted correctly?
  2. Are you applying for a B-Gen or A-Eng license?
  3. Is your experience that of an employee of a licensed contractor or self-employed?
  4. Are you submitting owner/builder experience?

Let’s say that your application hits all the CSLB marks for excellence and they approve your application and schedule you for the exams. Great! You’ll only have to wait about another three weeks for that test date to arrive.

While you are waiting for that test date, you’ll receive an envelope from the CSLB that contains forms you will take to a Live Scan office to get your fingerprints processed.  Check, one more thing off the list!  But wait… the FBI and DOJ that process those prints have their own backlogs and they can take anywhere between two and six weeks to return their reports to the CSLB.

Backing up a bit, what if your application doesn’t get a passing grade and the exams aren’t scheduled right away?  Well, then you’re looking at additional weeks of back and forth with the technician, waiting on a correction letter to be delivered in the mail, mailing your corrections back and then waiting on the technician to process those corrections.  If those corrections aren’t accepted, rinse and repeat.

There are tricks to speed the process up a bit, depending on your specific situation.  I’d be happy to help you find out.  Send me an email and we can discuss it. So, how long does it take to get a contractors license in California?  How much time do you have?

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CSLB Contractors Exam Study Materials

Have you been scheduled for your California contractors license test and you need CSLB exam study materials?

The License Guru offers the most up-to-date, highest quality exam study materials available in the industry…and at the Lowest Price!

Are there areas of your trade that you’re not that familiar with? Our kits will help you in those areas that you may feel the weakest in. Every trade kit is created for your specific trade classification.

Each kit is fully customizable.

  • The basic kit includes a written study manual.
  • From there you can add audio lectures on CD’s. These discs are a verbal reading of the written study manual and are great if you spend a lot of time in your vehicle.
  • You can also add lectures on DVD’s. These video tutorials include a specialist or contractor in your trade and they will take you step-by-step through the written manual.
  • Practice Exams – We offer an excellent online practice test program that allows you to take the practice tests in several formats including: timed, untimed, answers provided, or not provided. Or you could choose practice tests on paper!

If you need to purchase study materials or just want to view the different options, click on the images below. Prices start as low as $165.

CSLB Single Trade Exam Study Materials
Our single Trade or Law & Business kit
CSLB Exam Study Materials
Our Complete kit including one Trade and Law & Business
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Who can perform Solar C46 work?

Here’s the answer in a nutshell.  There are seven CSLB license classifications that can legally install photovoltaic solar energy systems.  They can include:

  • “A” – General Engineering contractors are authorized to install solar energy systems.
  • “B” – General Building contractors are authorized to install solar energy systems within the definition of B&P Code section 7057, since a solar energy system constitutes the use of two unrelated building trades or crafts.
  • C-4 – Boiler, Hot-Water Heating and Steam Fitting contractors are authorized to perform projects that include solar heating equipment associated with systems authorized by this classification.
  • C-10 – Electrical contractors are authorized to perform any solar projects that generate, transmit, transform, or utilize electrical energy in any form for any purpose.
  • C-36 – Plumbing contractors are authorized to perform any project using solar equipment to heat water or fluids to a suitable temperature.
  • C-46 – Solar contractors install, modify, maintain, and repair thermal and photovoltaic solar energy systems. A licensee in this classification shall not undertake or perform building or construction trades, crafts or skills, except when required to install a thermal or photovoltaic solar energy system.
  • C-53 – Swimming Pool contractors are authorized to install solar heating in swimming pool projects.

If you’re looking to install solar systems, or you’re looking for a contractor to install a solar system on your home or building, make sure you have the correct CSLB license classification for the job.

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RMOs Needed

I’m looking for RMOs who are interested in becoming qualifiers on other licenses.

If you’re interested, please click here and fill out my form. It’s free to join.

If you have any questions about how the process works, I’d be happy to answer them.

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Announcing RMO Services, LLC!

My new business has officially launched! RMO Services, LLC is finally here!

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This new venture, under the License Guru brand, was created to give people a better, easier, and more affordable option to finding a Responsible Managing Officer or RMO.

Because of the strict, and some would say, prohibitive requirements of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), it has become extremely difficult for many qualified applicants to become licensed and earn a living. That’s why I created RMO Services, LLC to bridge that gap and give people an affordable option that won’t break the bank at a time when money could be at its tightest… start up!

Is an RMO referral service a new idea? No, but what I’m offering is far superior and at much less cost than other services. Not to mention that this is being offered by The License Guru, with 20+ years of experience in construction and contractors licensing.

RMO Services Membership

I offer different levels of membership that can include:

  • Up to Three RMO referrals
  • An RMO Agreement Template
  • Full CSLB License Application Services

I also offer complete Incorporation and LLC filing services with the California Secretary of State.

  • Same Day Service
  • Free Business Name Search
  • First Annual Statement of Information Filing
  • Even more:

There’s more:

  • Purchase easy, affordable, downloadable construction documents, including a fillable Mechanic’s Lien form or CSLB Home Improvement Contract.

But that’s not all!

I also offer complete contractors insurance products to help your business get started and on its way to being a success.

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  • LLC Worker/Surety Bonds
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  • Disciplinary Bonds
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  • Commercial Auto Insurance
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Questions, comments, want info on how you can be a member? Use the contact form below, check out RMO Services, LLC online, or email info@rmoservices.llc. It will be my pleasure to serve you!

Tell your friends, coworkers, buddies, business contacts, networking friends, the mailman, and the UPS driver!! Spread the word!!

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Updated Guru Website

The License Guru website has been updated with a new way to purchase study materials, application services, and consulting.

With this integrated shopping cart software, all purchases can be made directly from the website. No more redirects to Paypal… unless you want to use Paypal, that’s still an option.

Taking this step was a long time coming, I just needed to get off my backside and get it done.

Anyway… this move should improve my customers experience and I’m looking forward to getting some feedback as my customers experience and complete satisfaction is my main goal.

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Stay Tuned!!

In the coming months I’ll be starting a new business that will address a specific desire/issue/need that so many of you want and must have.

And, of course, you can expect the same level of excellent service I provide you with now at a cost that is much more affordable than others in this industry.

I’m excited and can’t wait to get started on this new venture. So…..

Stay Tuned
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