Qualifying B General Contractors Experience

Have you been trying to figure out exactly what “Qualifying B General Contractors Experience” is?

We’ve known for years that the minimum experience for the B classification is framing and at least two unrelated trades. Framing being the major component.

We also know that the CSLB has made it extremely difficult within the last 2-3 years to qualify and obtain the B contractors license classification.

Here is a portion of a CSLB letter sent to me regarding one of my clients that outlines the CSLB’s underground regulation regarding the B class. Why is it an underground reg? Because you won’t find this statement in any published rule, regulation, or law.

“To meet the minimum experience requirement for the B General Building classification, your client must demonstrate journey level work that regularly includes a framing or a rough carpentry component on new or existing structures. Any work completed on existing structures must change the footprint of that structure. For example; room additions, or structural remodeling projects that include reframing for entryways, installation of new headers, size change-outs for retrofitting of widows and doors or load bearing wall components. This framing component, along with 2 other unrelated trades to build or remodel a structure must be performed at the journey level.”

The points I’d like to highlight are in italics. “Any work completed on existing structures must change the footprint of that structure.” And “…load bearing wall components.” It is entirely possible to repair/replace existing load bearing wall components on existing structures without adding square footage or changing the footprint of the structure. “…structural remodeling projects that include reframing for entryways, installation of new headers, size change-outs for retrofitting of widows and doors” can also be done without adding square footage or changing the structures footprint.

So which is it? Must change the footprint or not?!

The following statement can be found in the 2019 version of the contractors license law book on page 9 under Chapter 1. Download the 2019 Contractors License Law book HERE.

“Class “B” — General Building Contractor
The principal business of a General Building contractor deals with any structure built, being built, or to be built, that requires as part of its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts; however, framing or carpentry projects may be performed without limitation. A “B” General Building contractor may take a contract for projects that involve one trade only if the contractor holds the appropriate specialty license or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty contractor to perform the work.”

This is the only statement in the license law that suggests framing or carpentry is required for the B trade, and depending on how you read it, it doesn’t even say that!. It definitely doesn’t state that it must be “structural” framing, or framing that increases the square footage or footprint of the structure.

I’m looking forward to the creation of the new B-2 classification because it won’t have in it the unlawful, unpublished, underground reg covering structural framing and Qualifying B General Contractors Experience that has forced so many applicants to work without a license.

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CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter Part 2

In this edition of the CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter part 2 I’ll discuss advertising rules for contractors.

What caught my eye were two things.

Polar Solar CSLB newsletter1) The image they used in the article was taken in front of the CSLB headquarters building. I looked up the business name and found one company called Polar Solar Inc. located in Tarzana, Ca.

I thought, why would a SoCal contractor be at the CSLB HQ building. So I blew up the image and could see they used a fictitious phone number and a license number of 123456. I’m assuming they did this just as an example of the font size required by law. But I think they should have used an actual contractors vehicle ad to give a real world example. Perhaps they chose not to because they felt they were giving free advertising to an actual contractor. Either way, I think a real world example would have been more appropriate.


I was recently asked by an applicant if he could advertise his business name (John Doe Construction) as JD Construction. This brings me to the second topic

2) The article states: “Also, remember that licensees must list the name of their business exactly as it appears in CSLB records for any advertisement, bid, or contract. Name style variations are not allowed. Contracts must be in the same form and type as specified in B&P Code section 7159.” I did not add the bold text, that’s exactly how it was printed in the newsletter.

I remember looking up advertising rules for the applicant mentioned above and I thought… “exactly as it appears”?? I don’t recall reading that in the law. So I did an extensive search of my contractors license law pdf using the search terms “exactly as it appears”, “business name”,  “advertising”, and “name style” and could find nothing that states the licensees business name had to be “exactly as it appears.”

B&P Code section 7059.1 Misleading or incompatible use of name styles, does not use any language that refers to “exactly as it appears.”

The above statement references B&P Code section 7159, that section also does not use the language “exactly as it appears” anywhere in the section.

So maybe the hour + I spent doing research wasn’t enough, maybe I somehow missed something, or maybe the CSLB is once again attempting to enforce something that doesn’t exist in the law as written. If it is in the law somewhere, and you find it, please share the law, regulation, or code section with me.

If you are a new follower to my blog or a long time reader, I may come across as overly critical of the Contractors State License Board. I don’t want to mislead you… I am! I am because the CSLB is overly critical of profiled applicants, of it’s employee’s, and of the industry overall. Somebody has to call it like it is.

If you want to read the entire CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter, click here.

I’ve uploaded the Contractors License Law pdf here if you’d like to read it as well.

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