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Who should certify your CSLB experience

Who should certify your CSLB experience

So who should certify your CSLB experience and who shouldn’t? And how should your trade experience be outlined on the license application. Other questions are: How many certifiers do I need? Can my dad, mom, uncle, or brother be my certifier? These are common questions that I’m asked all the time. And although it seems …

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Critical Classification Application Under Review

Critical Classification Application Under Review

I’m often asked, pretty much daily, what should an applicant do when they are dealing with a critical classification application under review. If you are applying for the C10 Electrical, B General Building, A General Engineering, C20 HVAC, etc. and your application is under review, this email Q&A and I had with a C10 applicant …

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What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board

What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board

What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board By Garret Murai, April 13, 2015 I questioned whether to even write this post. Because, of course, YOU would never find yourself hightailing it out of town  with the California Contractor’s State License Board (“CSLB”) sniffing down your tail pipes. Then again, mistaken identities …

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Contractors State License Board Profiling

Contractors State License Board Profiling

Is the Contractors State License Board profiling out of State applicants? UPDATE: Turns out the application was for a “critical classification” so the CSLB was true to form in asking for additional documentation. The applicant was able to prove his experience and his exam date has been scheduled! It seems they are. Case in point: …

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CSLB Explains B General Experience

CSLB Explains B General Experience

Finally, something in writing from the CSLB that explains the B General Experience requirements. And there is nothing in the law that backs this up! What you see here was sent to a client of mine from Indiana. The highlighting was done by the Contractors State License Board application technician. The bottom two lines clearly …

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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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Contractors State License Board Exams Part 2

Contractors State License Board Exams Part 2

Continuing the conversation with Betsy Figueira regarding Contractors State License Board Exams Part 2. Phil, I have submitted an IT request to correct the website statement regarding exam waivers – Within the last five years, you have passed both the Law and Business Examination and the trade examination in the same classification for which you …

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CSLB AIU Vortex

CSLB AIU Vortex

The CSLB AIU Vortex continues to spin. And it’s not a pretty sight! I received an email from one of my readers today and wanted to share it with you. Our conversation went as follows. My fiancé has been undergoing the investigation process with the AIU and it’s looking as though they are going to …

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How to Get a California Contractors License Part 5

How to Get a California Contractors License Part 5

IN THIS SERIES OF POSTS, I’LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET A CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS LICENSE. HERE IS PART 5. Now lets discuss different titles or positions and business entities: 21) What is the difference between an RMO and RME? RMO or Responsible Managing Officer is the qualifier for the license and may or may not hold any …

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How to Get a California Contractors License Part 4

How to Get a California Contractors License Part 4

IN THIS SERIES OF POSTS, I’LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET A CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS LICENSE. ON TO PART 4. 16) DOES THE CSLB RECOGNIZE LICENSES FROM OTHER STATES? Yes. The CSLB has reciprocity agreements with Utah, Nevada and Arizona. It is possible to get a CA license if you hold a license in one of these states by …

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How to get a California Contractors License Part 2

How to get a California Contractors License Part 2

In this series of posts, I’ll tell you how to get a California Contractors License. This is part 2. 6) HOW DO I PROVE MY WORK EXPERIENCE? You ask someone in the building trades who has direct knowledge of your work to sign a “work cert” (Certification of Work Experience). You do not need a work cert …

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How to get a California Contractors License Part 1

How to get a California Contractors License Part 1

In this series of posts, I’ll tell you how to get a California contractors license. Let’s begin with the Licensing Process: 1) Who must be licensed: All businesses or individuals who construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility or other structure in CA must be licensed by the CSLB if the total cost including labor …

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CSLB Application Processing

CSLB Application Processing

Has the CSLB Application Processing system completely run afoul? I apologize if I spend too much time discussing this topic, but it really fries my shorts when State agencies abuse their power. I received an email from an applicant who applied to add a classification to his existing license. You will see in the image below that …

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CSLB Work Experience Seminar Part 2

CSLB Work Experience Seminar Part 2

CSLB work experience seminar part 2 includes pictures from the meeting and the video taken by the CSLB. I’m in the front row wearing the blue shirt. I asked at one point if every critical classification applicant would be required to provide additional verification documents. Rick Villucci didn’t exactly answer the question. But I got …

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CSLB Application Seminar

CSLB Application Seminar

Yesterday, 12/4/13, I attended a CSLB application seminar where they discussed application procedures. Many license schools and services were invited to attend, or participate online, a seminar that covered application procedures for all classifications including the eight on the critical classifications list. Some of the information was basic, and since the room was mostly full …

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How to fill out the CSLB Work Experience Form

How to fill out the CSLB Work Experience Form

How to fill out the CSLB Work Experience Form. The first step toward receiving a California Contractors License. 2013 has been full of changes when it comes to the CSLB License Application. It used to be the experience outline could make or break your application. Now, it’s only a minor player for eight of the 43 license …

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CSLB Application Investigation Unit

CSLB Application Investigation Unit

What you can expect when you are dealing with the CSLB Application Investigation Unit I received a call today from one of my readers. He told me that his application was sent to the Application Investigation Unit or AIU. He received the AIU letter just days before his test date. Fortunately, he made the correct …

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Contractor Talk Post

Contractor Talk Post

Wow…. here’s a post/question/comment/complaint I received in the ContractorTalk Forum. I’m am so floored by how the CSLB is treating applicants, I’m beside myself. Read on… Phil – I think you’re right about flagging Asian last names. As I explained to you in my private message, I’m being asked for all kinds of documentation for …

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