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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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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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CSLB Application Processing Part 2

CSLB Application Processing Part 2

Here we are again, CSLB application processing part 2, where I received a screen shot of an application timeline. This poor guy is being bounced around like a golf ball in a blender. You can see in the image below that the application was submitted on 4/30/13. After being sent to the case management unit …

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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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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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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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CSLB Qualifying Experience – Final Part

CSLB Qualifying Experience – Final Part

Conclusion to: CSLB Qualifying Experience – Final Part, I will be discussing the CSLB Qualifying Experience outline and process. Final Part Below are a set of powerpoint slides that were shown at the recent Contractors State License Board Licensing Committee Meeting held at the CSLB office in Sacramento on October 21, 2013. Along the way, …

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Experience Verification of a Young Journeyman-Contractor Talk

Experience Verification of a Young Journeyman-Contractor Talk

Below is a question from a young journeyman who has to provide experience verification. Hey License Guru I have a a few questions. My story been working with my dad since I was 15 doing gen contractor stuff like framing etc part time until I graduated HS then i did it full time. I am …

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CSLB Qualifying Experience Part 2

CSLB Qualifying Experience Part 2

To continue in this series of posts, I will be discussing the CSLB Qualifying Experience outline and process. Part 2 Below are a set of powerpoint slides that were shown at the recent Contractors State License Board Licensing Committee Meeting held at the CSLB office in Sacramento on October 21, 2013. Along the way, I’ll add …

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CSLB Qualifying Experience

CSLB Qualifying Experience

In the next series of posts, I will be discussing the CSLB Qualifying Experience outline and process. Below are a set of powerpoint slides that were shown at the recent Contractors State License Board Licensing Committee Meeting held at the CSLB office in Sacramento on October 21, 2013. Along the way, I’ll add my advice …

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CSLB Application Processing Procedures & Stats

CSLB Application Processing Procedures & Stats

CSLB Application Processing Procedures were discussed at a recent meeting. Below is part of a powerpoint presentation given at the 10/21/13 Licensing Committee Meeting where they discuss their “new” cslb application processing procedures. It seems to me that the more they try to explain away their decision to profile certain applicants and trades, the more …

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Veterans Application Assistance Program

Veterans Application Assistance Program

Veterans Application Assistance Program I don’t think too many people are aware of this CSLB program for US Military Veterans. It hasn’t been publicized very much, but it is nice to see that they are giving those of us who are veterans a break. If you’re a vet applying for a license, I would highly …

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New “Handyman License” issued by the Contractors State License Board!

New “Handyman License” issued by the Contractors State License Board!

That is what I would like to see on the CSLB’s web page. New Handyman License Issued! Think about it, the current law permits “unlicensed contractors” the ability to perform jobs that are $500 or less for labor and materials. By law, they have to advertise as “unlicensed contractors.” But, by law, they don’t have …

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A Moment to Discuss Owner Builder Contractor Experience

A Moment to Discuss Owner Builder Contractor Experience

The issue with using owner builder contractor experience is that the CSLB never gives you the full amount of experience time that you are submitting. Why is that? Because they assume that you used subcontractors for some of the work performed on your property. Also, if it took you 6 months to do the framing that …

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CSLB

CSLB

As I’ve discussed before, the Contractors State License Board CSLB has begun a very progressive approach to verifying trade experience. It’s come to my attention that the licensing exam unit at the CSLB has been instructed to begin calling employers and certifiers to verify experience. The exam unit was told this last Friday, 4/5/13. What …

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