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!!