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:

RME or RMO Contractors21) 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 ownership in the company. An RME or Responsible Managing Employee is the qualifier for the license and may not hold any ownership in the company.

22) Can an RMO be a qualifier on more than one License?

Yes. An RMO can be the qualifier on up to 3 corporate licenses as long as he or she holds at least 20% ownership in each company. The CSLB has passed a new law giving them more enforcement power over qualifiers who qualify more than one license. Those qualifiers need to have an active role in all projects done under the licenses for which they qualify. If enforcement action is taken against a qualifier on any one license, it will have a negative effect on every other license that he or she qualifies.

23) Can an RME be a qualifier on more than one License?

No. An RME can only qualify one license at a time. He or she may have a Sole Owner license but it must be inactive while the person is acting as an RME. By law, an RME must work a minimum of 32 hours a week.

24) Can an individual have more than one license?

Yes. An individual can have as many as 10 Sole Ownership licenses.

25) Can a Sole Owner also be an RMO or Qualifier on another License?

Yes. An individual can be an RMO on another license as long as he or she holds at least 20% ownership or more of the company. As I stated in #22, if you are going to qualify three licenses at the same time, be careful not to spread yourself too thin as you will be required to have an active participation in all projects done under all licenses you qualify.

The finale, Part 6, coming soon!

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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 the feeling that the answer is yes. If you are applying for a critical classification, you WILL be asked to provide that additional experience.

CSLB experience seminar

CSLB Work Experience Seminar Part 1

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Long Term Forecast of the CSLB

What is the long term forecast of the CSLB?

I’ve been hearing from many people that their license application is in a backlog that was self-created by the CSLB.

With the implementation of their back room decision to require critical classification applicants to provide every scrap of paper they can find to prove their experience, the CSLB now has a backlog of up to two months before they can review what they’ve required the applicant to provide.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-government. I’m for government that works. Unfortunately, government is only as good as the people in charge. In the case of the CSLB, the people in charge seem increasingly less qualified to do the job.

long term forecast of the cslb

They now have eight classifications on the “critical” list. That means, every applicant who applies for one of these eight classifications will have to provide additional experience verification. When the CSLB receives all of this paperwork, somebody has to review it. What is the CSLB process? Assign one person to review the mounds of paper flowing into their office! Now how does that make sense?

Having spent 5 wonderful years working at the CSLB, I can tell you that they promote the less qualified, and chase out the more qualified. Why is this? You could be a fair to midland employee, but if you’re a Yes man or woman, they’ll put you in charge. If you’re in the “in” crowd, they’ll put you in charge. If you’re good buddies with someone in charge, they’ll put you in charge.

Another issue that is brought up by this new application process is money. The CSLB is self-funded. How long can a self-funded agency last if they deny a vast majority of applicants from getting licensed? Sure, they’ll make $300 on every app submitted. But, they’ll lose all the money they’d receive on renewal fees, adding classification fees, etc. If the CSLB was a private business, it wouldn’t be long before they were out of business.

What is the long term forecast for the CSLB? Who knows, but from where we all stand now, it doesn’t look very good.

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Contractors License Experience Outline

I wanted to take a few moments to discuss the importance of creating a properly formatted California Contractors License experience outline.

For every trade, there are a few keywords the CSLB application technician is looking for. For the B classification, they want to see framing and at least two unrelated trades listed.

What I see too often is administrative duties being listed on the app. The CSLB won’t accept that as valid experience because they assume that if you are going into business, you should already know how to take care of the business, or administrative side of things.

  • Don’t list: Preparing contracts
  • Do list: Duties specific to your trade
  • Don’t list: Reviewing plans
  • Do list: What you do daily on the job site
  • Don’t list: Decision making
  • Do list: Key elements of your trade classification
  • Don’t list: Specific projects. Make it an overall outline of your trade duties
contractors license experience outline

These are the basics. If you need help preparing your CSLB contractors license experience outline or application, send me an email, a text, or call and I’d be happy to help you.

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