General Contractors Exams and Licenses
The CSLB, Contractors State Licensing Board of California calls on all contractors to have a California Contractors License before they get to embark on any construction project in the state. Not just building projects but as well any supervision works to be conducted in the state. Moreover, you need to be aware of the fact that this is actually a fact that applies to the whole state of California.
According to the board, a general contractor is defined as any person or business principally working with any structure “built, being built or to be built, for he support, shelter, and enclosure of persons or animals…or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.” Generally speaking there is a bit of legwork when it comes to the need to procure your CA general contractor’s license but with the steps in this guide, you can be sure to have your CA contractors’ license in no time.
First and foremost we will take a look at what is required for the general contractors’ licensing exams for any applicant for a general contractors’ license. It will be mandatory for any applicant for the general contreactor’s license in CA to take and pass a written exam. These exams basically cover such areas in the business of contracting and as well the laws of the state that apply in so far as the regulation of the profession goes. The exam is a multiple choice exam that has four choices for each question. To qualify for this exam, as a candidate must have had four full years of experience in contracting works over the past ten years. In so far as positions go, you need to have acquired such experience serving as a journeyman, a foreman or serving in some other form of supervisor’s position. One other way for qualifying for these exams is by taking and completing an apprenticeship program that is approved by the CSLB.
To help you prepare for these examinations, make use of the available study guides that have some sample questions. In these guides, you will find such a sure breakdown on some of the topics that will be tested in the exams, the test taking strategies, sample questions and as well some resources that will prove quite useful in so far as your need to do further study goes for the exams awaiting you.
Be aware as well of the existence of exam exemptions. As an applicant you may be exempted from these exams if at all you have been working in the construction trade continuously for the past five years. You may as well qualify for an exemption to the exemption if at all you are a general contractor with such reciprocity based on your licensure in some of the states such as Nevada, Utah and Arizona.