New C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor

C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair ContractorThe CSLB is proposing legislation to create a New C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor.

It’s about time!!

After years of forcing B General Contractor applicants to withdraw their applications because they couldn’t meet the unrealistic proof of experience requirements, the Contractors State License Board is actually doing something to help the industry! Shocker!!

Friday October 30th, the CSLB Licensing Committee will be holding a meeting to discuss the new C1 non structural remodel repair contractor classification.

It appears they realized that their creation of a list of critical classifications has actually been harming the consuming public, those who strive to become licensed contractors and business owners, the economy, and the construction industry as a whole. They even acknowledged, in writing, that their actions have created an “underground economy.” Can you believe it?!? The almighty, all knowing, all powerful Contractors State License Board admitted they screwed up and failed to fulfill their consumer protection mandate. These are historic times my friends!

C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor Details

This new C1 classification will allow the license holder to perform work that “provided that no load bearing portion of the existing structure is altered, added or moved; this includes footings, foundations, and weight bearing members.” Basically, it should allow the C1 contractor to bid, contract, and perform work that includes at least two unrelated trades that do not include framing.

Framing has been the nail in the coffin for many B General applicants. A very large percentage of B General applicants over the last 3 yrs have little to no framing experience, and many of those that did, did not have the paper documents to prove that experience. This new C1 classification will change all of that.

Here is the proposed language for the definition of a C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor:

832.01 Non-Structural Remodel/Repair Contractor A non-structural remodeling and repair contractor remodels and repairs existing structures of three (3) stories or less, built for support, shelter and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or movable property of any kind; provided that no load bearing portion of the existing structure is altered, added or moved; this includes footings, foundations, and weight bearing members.

If you would like to read the entire committee agenda item, click here.

Looking forward, I see nothing that would stop this new C1 classification from becoming law. When it does become law, their will be a flood of new applicants who will have questions, and as always, I will be here to help them! I will also have C1 contractors exams study kits to prepare those who will be taking the exam.

Stay tuned, I’ll keep you updated on the new C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor as it unfolds.

 

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Are you required to take the contractors license examination? Or can you apply for a contractors license CSLB waiver?

cslb examination waiverBelow are the guidelines regarding the contractors license examination waiver process.

If you do not currently or have not previously served as a qualifying individual for the same classification being applied for, or within the past five years have not passed the law and/or trade examinations, you will be required to take and pass the Examination for licensure.

If you currently serve, or within the past five years have served, as a qualifying individual for the same classification being applied for on a license in good standing, or within the past five years have passed the law and trade examinations for licensure, as outlined in Business and Professions Code section 7065, No Examination will be required.

Waiver provisions for the examination are outlined in Business and Professions B&P Code section 7065.1 and 7065.2. You must meet all of the conditions of the appropriate section for the Waiver Provision to apply. In some cases, only the trade exam may be waived.

Currently, waiver provisions defined in B&P Code section 7065.1 may be granted under subsections 7065.1b and 7065.1c. While 7065.1a also provides for waiver of the exam, the Registrar exercised his authority to suspend waivers under this section.

There are many intricacies when it comes to a contractors license examination waiver. Let me help you sift through the red tape to find out if you qualify for an examination waiver.

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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.

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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 requesting w-2’s, pay stubs, copies of contracts and permits, and/or tax returns.

The dilemma is when a “self-employed” applicant is required to submit these documents, they can’t. That’s because the law does not require them to have contracts if the jobs they are doing are under the $500 labor and materials limit. Nor do these jobs require permits.

 

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The CSLB has said they will not penalize an applicant if they have been doing work over the $500 limit. But what if the applicant has only done a few, several or handful of jobs over the $500 limit but still doesn’t have enough experience to qualify for the exams? His app is denied.

What is the applicant supposed to do then? He can’t stop working. So he continues work, but now he’s documenting every job with a contract. And since he was told by the CSLB that they won’t penalize him (during the application process) for submitting experience over the $500 limit, he now starts doing projects that legally require a license.

Isn’t that counter-intuitive to what the CSLB is trying to accomplish in the first place? Stop people from illegally contracting without a license?

Wouldn’t it make more sense for the exams to the “litmus” test? If the applicant doesn’t have the field experience (according to the CSLB), but can pass their exams, why wouldn’t the applicant be qualified to be licensed?

 

underground economyIt almost suggests that the CSLB feels the exams are useless or unnecessary when it comes to validating an applicant’s experience. Creating false documents is always a possibility. What assurance does the CSLB have that the documents being submitted are valid? But… what are the chances that the applicant will pass the State exams if he’s falsified his experience and doesn’t have the necessary field experience? I would think slim to none. Unless, that is, if the exams have been so dumbed down, like the DMV driving test, that anybody could pass. We’ll file that under the category of “Things that make you go… Hmmmm.”

The CSLB does have the legal right to request additional experience proof from a minimum of 3% of all applications received, but perhaps if they narrowed down the scope of who they ask the documents from, they won’t be forcing so many more people into an underground economy, or inadvertently creating more “unlicensed contractors.”

My next post will be about creating a “Handyman License” and what benefits it would have to the construction industry as a whole.

 

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