CSLB Qualifying Experience – Part 3

CSLB Qualifying Experience – Part 3

To continue in this series of posts, I will be discussing the CSLB Qualifying Experience outline and process. Part 3

Below are a set of powerpoint slides that were shown at the recent Contractors State License Board Licensing Committee Meeting held at the CSLB office in Sacramento on October 21, 2013.

Along the way, I’ll add my advice and opinion where necessary. Click on the images to enlarge.

CSLB Qualifying Experience Part 3

Slides # 17-18

These two slides show what forms of experience verification they will accept. It’s my opinion that this information should be made public on the CSLB website. I haven’t found it yet, but if I do, I’ll be sure to post a link in this blog.

CSLB Qualifying Experience Part 3 Slides #19-20

#19 is a continuation of the CSLB qualifying experience verification documents they will accept.

#20 is the lead slide to examples of experience they’ve received. The text “The names have been changed to protect the guilty” is an odd statement. What do they mean by that? Is that supposed to be an attempt at humor? If it is, it’s lost on me.

CSLB Qualifying Experience Part 3 Slides #21-22

“Copy and Paste” There is no rule stated on the application that the experience listed must be different is more than one experience form is completed. If their example was hand written on two forms, verbatim, they couldn’t call it “copy and paste.” So is their issue the fact that the app was filled out in Adobe, copied and pasted to second work experience form? Again, there is nothing in the app directions or Business and Professions Code that states that is a “red flag.”

Of course, if they contact the employer, and he/she gives a different job description, you’re app is in trouble. But “copy and paste” is not a violation.

CSLB Qualifying Experience Part 3 Slides #23-24

Having a fellow employee certify your work shouldn’t be a “red flag.” It is an option on the application. What this slide should have said was…. This applicant is applying for the A-General Engineering classification, therefore, it falls under the new “critical classification” rules we just made up.

Granted, the experience in this example isn’t up to my standards. It does read as though the applicant was more of a geologist, as his employer stated. But the basics of the experience outline is acceptable… in my opinion.

 Ok, there is Part 3 in this series, CSLB Qualifying Experience. Come back to see the final installment.


I am a Navy vet and former laborer for a B-Gen Bldg contractor, I built mobile homes for many years, I worked at the Contractors State License Board for 5 yrs, and have been operating a contractors license service company since 2005.

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