Experience Verification of a Young Journeyman-Contractor Talk

Experience Verification of a Young Journeyman-Contractor Talk

Below is a question from a young journeyman who has to provide experience verification.

Hey License Guru I have a a few questions. My story been working with my dad since I was 15 doing gen contractor stuff like framing etc part time until I graduated HS then i did it full time. I am 23 now. I did work for his friend a while back who is also a licensed contractor. Thing is I dont have much in the way of paperwork showing i did. My dad just started paying me with pay checks a few months ago. Before that he has been giving me personal checks for the last few years. I checked my app status and it says now SPEC PROJ – EXPERIENCE VERIFICATION

Are they asking for my general experience so far or what I did for my dads friend. He was the one who did my experience verification/qualification form. For whatever reason he did not list his license number instead opting to put himself as an client Saying because I listed as self employed? He guided me through the application process but I had some reservations about it. It didnt feel right but I didnt know enough to really know.


2. If it is what I think it is what happens if my dads friend the certifer does not have any reciepts/paystubs for me working for him? I think it said letters saying I did will not suffice? What if he puts down he is a licensed contractor and includes his license if he did not included it before. Would they accept that?

3. If I get rejected what happens. How long is the waiting period for me to apply again? will they have records of all the stuff I had previously? Would they catch any contradictions between applications if on the next go round I get put as working with my dad?

4. Any other tips on what to do since Im young I’m assuming they are going to scrutinize me more than they normally would.

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My reply:

Spec proj, exp verification means they’ll want you to provide documentation to prove your experience. w-2’s, pay stubs, tax returns, material receipts, contracts, permits. And all of that would have to prove that you were at the journeyman level for those 4 yrs. It sounds like that will be hard for you to do.

Does your dad or the other contractor carry workers comp? If not, and they did/are paying you as an employee, they could be walking a fine line. I would assume the other contractor doesn’t carry w/c and that’s why he was paying you under the table.

When your app is denied, you’ll have to start from scratch. You’ll need to keep accurate records to prove your employment. When you apply again, you will have to jump thru all of these hoops again. So if your intent is to obtain your own license, it would benefit you greatly to start keeping accurate records of your experience.

They will accept a 4 or 6 yr degree in any field of study. But they may also accept any trade related diploma’s/certifications you have earned.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but being 23 and unable to prove your experience, the chances or your app being denied are about 99.9%.


I wish people could find me sooner, or before they submit their app. I know the stress of going through the application process and having to jump through the CSLB hoops. It pains me to see people pay the $300 app fee knowing that they’ll never see it again. And after months of heartache, only to have their application denied.

via California Licensing – Page 69 – Contractor Licensing – Contractor Talk.

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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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