Contractor’s Licensing Schools

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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 how to take an exam.  They aren’t an accredited learning institution, and their customers don’t go to them to learn their specific trades. So, the word school is a misnomer.

Pros and Cons

Starting with the pros list, only because it’s shorter.

They offer an in-class system where people can go spend 8 hours studying the materials that were shipped to their home or office.  That’s the one pro, if you can even call it that.  Some people think they need to sit in front of an “instructor” to absorb the information contained within the written manuals.

Now the cons.

The biggest con is that their study materials are sub-standard.  I only know this because many of their customers come to me after they’ve failed their exams using the schools study materials.

Next, their customers are just a number to them.  They don’t provide personal attention to every student.  It’s all about how many people can they get signed up.

They don’t personally and professionally prepare their customers applications.  They let the customer complete the app, which results in a large percentage of rejected applications by the cslb.

To my knowledge, they don’t employ anyone who has worked at the CSLB in any capacity.  Obviously, this is not a requirement to run a business, but if you don’t know how things work on the inside, how can you properly inform your clients?

Often, provide incorrect information and/or provide bad advice.  I hear from people all the time who were told something by a school that is incorrect.  Or they suggest a path for the applicant to take that will surely end in a rejection of their application.  And put them in a position where they can’t undo what has been done regarding their app or their experience.

Many of the schools offer guarantees, and I’m using that word lightly.  Some of their guarantees require the applicant to fail the exams several times, and each time the applicant is required to go back to the classroom or study additional practice questions.  It’s not until they’ve jumped through any number of hoops that the customer is even considered for a refund of the fees they’ve paid.  Which could be $1000 or more!

What about their instructors?

Their “instructors” are not always coming from the trades or the construction industry.  Often, they are coming from an educational background, teachers, etc.  If they have 30 people in their classroom, and of those 30, 15 trades are represented, what are the chances that the person standing in the front of the room is well versed in those 15 trade classifications? Slim to none.  You may be applying for a C-11 Elevator contractor’s license.  Do you think that guy in the front of the room knows anything about elevators except that they go up and down?  Extremely doubtful!

So, there are the pros and cons of contractor’s licensing schools.  As you can see, there are far more cons then there are pros.  When looking for CSLB exam study materials or a system that will get you ready for your exams, look for someone who has experience in construction, has worked for the CSLB, and offers the highest quality exam preparation study materials!  Look for The License Guru!!

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Contractors License Schools

I thought I’d take a moment to discuss Contractors license schools.

Any internet search of the phrase “contractors license schools” will bring up dozens of businesses that offer to help you pass your State contractors license exams. What you’ll find at some of the so-called schools is that they offer a “2-day crash course.” At this 2 day crash course you will review the materials they shipped to you when you signed up. This means you will have been studying at home for a period of time, then you’ll take two days off of work (unpaid most likely) and review the same materials you’ve been studying at home.

Now, maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t see the advantage of spending two days, off the job unpaid, in a “classroom” reviewing what I’ve been studying at home?

A few years back, a friend of mine interviewed for a job at one of the bigger “contractors license schools” and was offered a position. He had a teaching credential and was a substitute teacher here locally. What’s interesting is that he had ZERO construction experience. He ended up not taking the job. But it makes me wonder, who do they have “teaching” these 2-day crash courses? If, by chance, the instructor does have construction experience, does he have experience in all of the 43 trade classifications? Highly unlikely. So, that means that the instructor may not have any experience in your trade. So what benefit is it to you to sit in this room for 2 days? I can’t see a single scenario that makes it beneficial to anyone.

Another thing about the contractors license schools that most aren’t aware of is that they only offer books and classes on the Law & Business exam. This has always bewildered me. Why only offer assistance for one part of the process?

Yesterday I was at the Contractors State License Board dropping off some documents for a licensee where I noticed a 3-ring binder on the seat of the car next to me. It was from one of these contractors license schools. Showing from under the binder was a scratch paper with numbers and next to the numbers were the letters A, B, C, D… as if this applicant had memorized the answers to his practice tests. Now I have always said… Do not memorize the answers to your practice tests, but looking at this piece of paper I couldn’t help wonder… is that what this “school” is telling their customers? I hope not, because if they are they are doing their customers a great dis-service.

I recently received an email solicitation from one of the schools. See the image below. They offered the 2-day class, Law/Bus and trade prep materials with DVD’s, an offer to “process” your paperwork (I don’t know what that means), Individual help and attention, and a 100% money back guaranty. Not to mention the “with this price of $345 you will get” heading.

All of that sounds wonderful, but is it the best value for your money? Let’s break it down.

  • 2-day class – we discussed this above
  • prep materials with DVD’s – I offer a complete kit with law/bus & trade with dvd’s and cd’s and online practice exams for less money
  • “process” your paperwork – does this mean they’ll complete your app or review it or submit it to the CSLB? Can’t tell. If you purchased my kit, I’d review your application and submit it to the CSLB at no additional charge, and for less money
  • Individual help and attention – that should be their everyday business practice, not something special. I treat all of my clients like they are the only client I have. And, if you’re sitting in their classroom with a bunch of other guys, what kind or individual help and attention are you getting?
  • 100% money back guaranty – I looked all over their site and could not find the details of the guaranty. If it’s anything like guarantee’s from other schools, you’ll have to jump thru about 12 hoops before you see your money again.
  • What you get for $345 – you get tax and shipping too! So the total price for the offer is actually 367.28!

My complete kit, with dvd’s and cd’s, and free app review, and individual attention cost less than that! Plus, they don’t have a former CSLB application technician on staff! My experience and background alone is priceless… and that is included in everything I provide.

Bottom line… don’t believe the fancy email, phone call, or post card solicitation you receive. There are better choices to make.

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