Rogue CSLB Application Technicians

Rogue CSLB Application Technicians

Beware of rogue CSLB application technicians!

First.. Happy Memorial Day weekend.  Remember it’s not about BBQ’s, it’s about remembering those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom.

Some application technicians at the CSLB have been falsely rejecting applications for corrections to their experience outlines.

The problem is… there is nothing wrong with the experience outlines they’re reviewing. The bigger problem is that many, if not most, CSLB techs have zero construction experience.  I was contacted by someone this week whose application was rejected for experience.  I reviewed his outline and it met the CSLB requirements for the classification he was applying for. I gave him some advice on how he could spruce it up a bit so that maybe the tech would realize that he actually is qualified.  After having talked to the applicant, I could tell that was definitely qualified.

But what are we to do?  If properly formatted applications and experience outlines are being submitted only to be rejected by someone who has absolutely no experience in construction… how can we play the game?  I’m a pretty black and white kind of guy. I’m a Navy vet who grew up knowing what the rules are. Rules that we all had to follow. But when we’re dealing with people who seem to make up the rules as they go…. there’s no way we can play the game!

The CSLB often forgets that their salaries are paid by application, license, renewal fees, etc., and without those applicants, licensees, they wouldn’t have a job.  And they often forget that they’re dealing with people’s livelihoods.  Taking care of contractors is certainly not in their mission statement. Their purpose is to protect consumers, but come’on… they could at least hire people who know the difference between a sill plate and a hot mop.

I know I’m asking a lot.  The State hiring of Program Technicians will never include requiring them to have construction experience… as I did.  So I guess we’ll just have to take the bad with the worthless and deal with each knucklehead that crosses our path.

Have a great weekend!!


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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