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CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter

CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter

The CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter was sent out today. Here are my highlights… or lowlights. In the Chair’s opening statement he said: “You can expect CSLB to continue its vigorous regulation of California’s construction industry, and to aggressively pursue unlicensed contractors and unscrupulous businesses through sting operations, construction site sweeps, and other strategies. We want …

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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 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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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 Scrutiny Continues

CSLB Application Scrutiny Continues

The CSLB application scrutiny continues to be a hot topic with many people I’ve heard from recently. This week alone, I’ve heard from five people whose applications are being hit hard by the licensing and enforcement units. These applicants have submitted 100’s of documents to prove their experience only to receive a withdrawal request letter …

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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 – Part 3

CSLB Qualifying Experience – Part 3

To continue in this series of posts, I will be discussing the CSLB Qualifying Experience outline and process. Part 3 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 …

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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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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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Contractors License Experience Outline

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 …

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