Part 1 Meeting Basic Requirements
- Decide on your license class. In many areas, you must apply for a contractor’s license of a certain class.
- Choose a specialty, if desired.
- Name and register your company.
- Pass the contractor’s examination.
- Purchase insurance and a bond, if required.
- Pass a background check.
How long does it take to get a contractors license in California?
At least four years of journey level experience obtained within the previous 10 years is required to qualify for the exam. Credit is given for experience as a journeyman, foreman, supervising employee or contractor or a combination of experience and education.
How do I get a contractors license in California?
Step #2: Apply for original exam by completing the following steps
- Complete an Application for Original Contractor’s License.
- Complete the Certification of Work Experience Form 13A-11.
- Complete a Project List Form 13A-6A, if applicable.
- Submit the above with a $330 non-refundable processing fee* to the address below:
How long does it take to become a general contractor in California?
Passing the California Exam for Becoming a General Contractor. Contractors can qualify with related work experience or education, but there are no requirement for continuing education. The state’s contractor’s exam has 100 questions that must be answered within 2.5 hours.
Do I need a general contractor?
We have often found that many people hire a residential general contractor when they don’t really need one, and on the flip side of that, there are people who don’t hire them when they should. If the job requires several different pros to complete, hire a GC. If the job requires a few permits, hire a GC.
How long does it take to become a general contractor?
It can take three or more years to complete an apprenticeship in a trade, and a few years after that to gain enough experience in that trade to start one’s own business. Completing a degree in construction management can take two to four years or more depending on the type of degree.
How much work can you do without a contractor license in California?
California law requires it to be in all forms of advertising. If the contractor doesn’t have a state license, the ad must state that fact. In California, unlicensed people can’t work on jobs valued at $500 or more (combined labor and materials).
What is a Class B General Contractor license California?
A licensed contractor may add any classification for which it is qualified. In contrast, a Class B general building contractor’s principal business is in connection with any structure built, or to be built, requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts.
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