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Contractors License Requirements

Before you can apply for California contractors license, you must meet the following experience requirements:

  • 4 years of experience in the trade.*
  • Be at least 18 years old.**
  • Social Security number or ITIN

Don't have 4 years of experience?

A college degree can be substituted for up to three years of that experience.

The State will accept self-employed experience.

*You must have a combined total of 4 years full-time journeyman-level experience in the last 10 years. Journey-level experience applies to a person who has completed an apprenticeship program or is an experienced worker, not a trainee, and is fully qualified and able to perform a specific trade without supervision.

**Even though you can apply for a contractors license when you are 18 years old, it is recommended that you be at least 23 years old due to the experience requirement.

The California Contractors License Exam

The California contractors license exam consists of the law and the trade portions. The exam is a multiple-choice test with the options of A, B, C, or D. The CSLB uses computerized exams to test the knowledge of the applicants. The Law exam consists of 115 questions, and the Trade exams range between 100 and 120 questions. The exams are timed; however, there is plenty of time to answer each question thoroughly.

It normally takes 3-6 weeks from the time you submit your application to the time you will be tested.

The exams are given every weekday in Berkeley, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Oxnard, Norwalk, San Bernardino, and San Diego

Contractors License FeesContractors License Fees

Here is the list of fees that you will incur when applying for your initial contractors license.

  • Application Fee - $330
  • Initial License Fee - $200
  • Live Scan (Fingerprinting) - about $75
  • Contractor's Bond - $140/yr*

*Contractor's Bond rate of $140/yr do not apply to C-39 (Roofing) or C-53 (Swimming Pool) contractors bonds.

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In-Class Preparation

In our live class, you learn from an instructor. It is a convenient way to get prepared for the contractors license exam.

  • 2-Day Live Instruction Classes
  • Application Review
  • Law & Business Manual
  • Law & Business DVDs
  • Trade Manual
  • Trade DVDs ( where available )
  • Math Review DVD with Handout
  • Safety DVD with Handout
  • 90-Days Law & Business Online Practice Exams
  • 90-Days Trade Online Practice Exams
  • Mobile App Access
  • 100% Moneyback Guarantee
$495.00

Home Study

Our contractors license programs are available in a home study format if you prefer to study at home/office at your convenience.

  • Application Review
  • Law & Business Manual
  • Law & Business DVDs
  • Trade Manual
  • Trade DVDs ( where available )
  • Math Review DVD with Handout
  • Safety DVD with Handout
  • 90-Days Law & Business Online Practice Exams
  • 90-Days Trade Online Practice Exams
  • Mobile App Access
  • 100% Moneyback Guarantee
$295.00

Business Services

Incorporate your contracting business. We can help you form an S-Corporation, C-Corporation, or LLC.

  • We Prepare Articles of Incorporation
  • We File Articles of Incorpration
  • Includes all State Fees
  • Name Reservation
  • 2-4 Week Turn-Around Time
  • Corporate Kit
$395.00
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