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Contractor’s Licensing Schools

Contractor’s Licensing Schools

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 …

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CSLB self-employed project list

CSLB self-employed project list

UPDATE January 28, 2019 The cslb is requiring that ALL self employed B-General Building applicants provide the project list forms AND PERMITS!!!! If you provide a project list form and there is NO PERMIT accompanying it, the cslb will NOT give you credit for that experience! Seems just about the time they are moving forward, …

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Bad Contractors Licensing Information

Bad Contractors Licensing Information

Beware of bad contractors licensing information! Isn’t everything on the internet true??   But seriously, you have to beware of bad contractors licensing information on the www. I came across this webpage: https://generalcontractorlicenseguide.com/california-contractors-license/ and as I read through it, I kept finding bad, incorrect, erroneous information.  I started to make a list but when I …

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General Building Experience

General Building Experience

General Building Experience Are you having trouble with your general building experience outline (or any trade outline)? Has the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) rejected your B general building application because your outline was not formatted properly? An improperly formatted general building experience outline is a very common issue, and probably the number one reason …

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CSLB Employees of the Month

CSLB Employees of the Month

Today we are highlighting the outstanding efforts put forward by two CSLB employees who go above and beyond the call of stupidity. Employee #1 rejected an application because some of the experience provided went past the ten year limit. IF, the experience provided needed to include the time that went past the ten year limit, …

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Do I have to submit an experience outline?

Do I have to submit an experience outline?

I received an email today from a reader who was looking for an answer to this question: Do I have to submit an experience outline with my application if I held the same classification over five years ago? The email stated: Dear Mr. Cocciante: Your Blog is a wonderful resource and I am happy I …

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CSLB Home Improvement Salesperson Registration

CSLB Home Improvement Salesperson Registration

The CSLB home improvement salesperson registration law will change on January 1, 2016. Of all the laws and rules and regulations the CSLB could be working to change, they decided to do something about HIS registrations. What about the myriad of underground regulations the CSLB has created regarding the licensure of targeted classifications? Press releases …

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5 Benefits of Becoming a Master Electrician

5 Benefits of Becoming a Master Electrician

I found a great article on ElectricianTalk.com that discusses the benefits of becoming a Master Electrician. It provides some great advice and helpful information. 5 Benefits of Becoming a Master Electrician Once you’ve worked as a journeyman electrician for a few years and gotten some skills under your belt, you may start to consider taking …

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CSLB Ineptitude

CSLB Ineptitude

The CSLB is showing their ineptitude yet again! Here are the comments to a current application under their review: 12/26/2014 – application received 12/30/2014 – app to case mgmt for flag review 12/31/2014 – printed acknldgmnt lttr to applcnt 01/15/2015 – instructions returned frm case mgmt 01/15/2015 – aiu requested app to be posted 01/16/2015 …

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CSLB Application Processing in Action

CSLB Application Processing in Action

Here is an example of the CSLB application processing in action. 04/21/2014 – APPLICATION RECEIVED04/25/2014 – PRINTED ACKNLDGMNT LTTR TO APPLCNT05/12/2014 – APP TO CASE MGMT FOR FLAG REVIEW05/30/2014 – INSTRUCTIONS RETURNED FRM CASE MGMT05/30/2014 – AIU REQUESTED APP TO BE POSTED06/03/2014 – APPLICATION REJECTED FOR CORRECTION06/03/2014 – REJECT – CONFIRM LEGAL NAME06/03/2014 – CRITICAL …

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Email from a License Guru Blog Reader

Email from a License Guru Blog Reader

Below is an email from a License Guru Blog reader describing her CSLB experience review nightmare. “I have been following the license guru blog for about 7 months now which is just 3 months short of the full year my husband has been getting the run around from the investigator assigned to his file.  On …

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Having trouble with the CSLB?

Having trouble with the CSLB?

Are you having trouble with the CSLB? Join the fight by contacting your State Assembly Member’s office or your State Senator’s office. I have been suggesting to applicants that they get their State Representative involved for some time now and within the last few weeks I have heard from several people who have done just …

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CSLB Application Denials and the Appeals Process

CSLB Application Denials and the Appeals Process

Let’s take a minute to discuss CSLB Application Denials and the Appeals Process. It’s a boring subject I know, but it’s good information to have if you find yourself stuck in the AIU vortex. If your application is denied by the Application Investigation Unit, Section 485 kicks in. § 485. Procedure upon denial Upon denial …

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Is the CSLB creating a new Underground Economy?

Is the CSLB creating a new Underground Economy?

With the recent changes to the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) application processes, they may be inadvertently creating a new underground economy. Earlier this year they began asking nearly all applicants, if not all, for the A-General Engineering, B-General Building, C-10 Electrician, and C-36 Plumber classifications for additional proof of their experience. They have been …

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