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How long does it take to get a contractors license in California?

How long does it take to get a contractors license in California?

As my father used to say… how long is a piece of string? The processing times at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) vary greatly.  It depends on the type of application, document, or form you’re submitting. Different applications are processed by different units within the CSLB, and they each have their own backlogs. When …

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CSLB Certification Requirement

CSLB Certification Requirement

Here we go again on the make stuff up as we go merry go-round! What the law states is different than what they do. The CSLB certification requirement of work experience rules have a new twist. Here’s the latest… I have a client who has obtained experience all over the world. He’s extremely qualified and …

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CSLB Changing the Rules

CSLB Changing the Rules

The CSLB is changing the rules again! I spoke to an applicant today who’s application was voided by the CSLB. After months of back and forth with the Contractors State License Board where they continued to ask for more and more documentation, they voided his application without offering the “options” letter. The “options” letter is …

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Owner Builder Experience

Owner Builder Experience

In October of 2010 I wrote an article discussing owner builder experience. In that article I stated that owner builder experience was a red flag, so to speak. Well that was then, this is now. With the current processing systems in place at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), ALL experience, including owner builder experience …

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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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Starting a Construction Business

Starting a Construction Business

Starting a construction business isn’t easy by any means. There is a lot of planning and steps to take. I’m going to attempt to break it down to the basics. First, what business entity to choose. If you choose a corporation or LLC you’ll want to file your articles of incorporation with the Secretary of …

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CSLB Application Processing in Action

CSLB Application Processing in Action

Here is an example of the CSLB application processing in action. 04/21/2014 – APPLICATION RECEIVED04/25/2014 – PRINTED ACKNLDGMNT LTTR TO APPLCNT05/12/2014 – APP TO CASE MGMT FOR FLAG REVIEW05/30/2014 – INSTRUCTIONS RETURNED FRM CASE MGMT05/30/2014 – AIU REQUESTED APP TO BE POSTED06/03/2014 – APPLICATION REJECTED FOR CORRECTION06/03/2014 – REJECT – CONFIRM LEGAL NAME06/03/2014 – CRITICAL …

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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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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 Applications must be notarized

CSLB Applications must be notarized

I was told today that CSLB applications must be notarized if you are applying from out-of-state. Or at least the work experience form must be notarized. The reason given: it’s the only way they can verify signatures of out-of-state applicants and/or certifiers. This would suggest that they verify ALL signatures, wouldn’t it? And how would they …

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Get it in Writing

Get it in Writing

Get it in Writing How many of you have been called by the CSLB or were able to speak to a “classification deputy” or application technician and were told (over the phone) that you needed to provide certain information or documentation? Get it in Writing If you were told to provide information or documentation (over …

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CSLB Waiver Application

CSLB Waiver Application

Q. Under what law or regulation does the CSLB have the authority to state the last line of the third bullet point? A. None! Under what circumstances am I not required to take the examination? You are not required to take the examination if the qualifying individual meets one of the following requirements: You are …

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CSLB Application Denials and the Appeals Process

CSLB Application Denials and the Appeals Process

Let’s take a minute to discuss CSLB Application Denials and the Appeals Process. It’s a boring subject I know, but it’s good information to have if you find yourself stuck in the AIU vortex. If your application is denied by the Application Investigation Unit, Section 485 kicks in. § 485. Procedure upon denial Upon denial …

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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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Contractors License Schools

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 …

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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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