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How To Get Your C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry License in California

Embark on an extraordinary journey into the world of carpentry, where acquiring the C-6 license isn't just about skills—it's an emotional passport to a realm where every swing of the hammer and every crafted detail evokes a profound sense of accomplishment and pride. Envision yourself not merely as a carpenter but as a true artisan, creating masterpieces that leave an enduring legacy. With the C-6 license, you're not just entering the construction industry; you're stepping into a world where each project is a canvas, and your skills are the brushstrokes of ingenuity and passion.

What Can a C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor Do With Their License?

In California, a C-6 Cabinet, Millwork, and Finish Carpentry contractor’s license permits professionals to undertake work related to the fabrication and installation of various products, including cabinets, countertops, doors, windows, stairs, and other finish carpentry elements. Here are the specific tasks and responsibilities commonly performed by a C-6 contractor:

Licensed Finish Carpenter Installing Cabinets
  1. Cabinet Installation: Fabricating and installing cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces.
  2. Millwork: Crafting and installing decorative and functional woodwork, such as trim, moldings, paneling, and custom wood features.
  3. Finish Carpentry: Completing the final touches of construction projects, including the installation of doors, windows, baseboards, crown molding, and other decorative elements.
Trim work that can be performed with a C-6 contractors license
  1. Custom Woodworking: Creating and installing custom wood pieces, such as built-in furniture or unique carpentry features.
  2. Project Planning and Design: Collaborating with clients and other professionals to plan and design the layout and details of carpentry projects.
  3. Repair and Restoration: Repairing or restoring existing woodwork and cabinetry.

It's crucial to note that contractors must adhere to state and local building codes and regulations. Additionally, if a C-6 contractor is involved in general contracting work, they may need to subcontract or collaborate with other licensed contractors for tasks outside the scope of their specialty.

Who Issues the Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractors License in California?

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is responsible for reviewing applications and granting C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry contractor licenses to qualified individuals who have successfully passed the required examinations.

What are the Requirements to Obtain a C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractors License?

To obtain a C-6 Cabinet, Millwork, and Finish Carpentry contractor's license in California, you need to meet specific requirements set by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). These requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years or older. This demonstrates the CSLB’s commitment to entrusting the industry to those who have reached a level of maturity and responsibility.
  • 4 years of journey level experience. When considering this requirement, you must demonstrate four years of journey-level experience within the past 10 years. This experience is typically acquired by working for a licensed contractor, but it can also be a combination of completed apprenticeship programs, education, and other fieldwork.
  • SSN or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).

What You Need to Start a Finish Carpentry Business in California

When applying for the C-6 Cabinet, Millwork, and Finish Carpentry contractor's license, a business entity is required. The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) offers licenses for various business entities, including:

  • Sole Ownership
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Joint Venture.

Corporations and LLCs are required to register with the California Secretary of State. Most new businesses in California opt for sole ownership, involving applying for a business license at the local city or county office. Even corporations and LLCs, despite their state-level registration, need to acquire a business license from their local municipalities.

The Costs to Get a C-6 License in California

The cost of obtaining a contractor’s license typically includes:

  • Business entity registration (if applicable). This fee varies by county or city.
  • CSLB fees. The Application for Original Contractors License is $450 and the Initial License Fee is $200 for Sole Ownership companies, and $350 for non-sole-ownership companies.
  • School fees. Enrolling in an exam preparation program, Contractors Intelligence charges between $295 and $495 for their most popular courses.
  • Bonding. The average cost of a contractors bond is $250 per year. LLCs are required to carry additional bonding, called the LLC/worker bond, estimated at $2,000 per year.
  • Insurance. General liability insurance and workers compensation insurance may be required, and the cost varies. CSLB may issue a finish carpentry license without these insurances, provided the company qualifies for exemptions.
  • Livescan fingerprinting. When getting your livescan fingerprints done, you will pay an estimated $75. This fee typically comprises of the Department of Justice (DOJ) fee, FBI fee, and the livescan location rolling fee.

Steps to Apply for the C-6 Contractors License in CA

Step 1: Complete the state application process

Meticulously fill out the state application, ensuring accuracy to prevent unnecessary delays. Sign and date it before submitting to the CSLB with the required fee.

Step 2: Prepare for the exams by enrolling into a school.

While waiting for the CSLB to review your application, use this time wisely to prepare yourself for the state examinations. Enroll in a course with Contractors Intelligence School to strategize exam preparation. The program will guide you in passing your required examinations.

Step 3: Schedule and pass all the required state examinations.

After your application is accepted by the CSLB, schedule and pass the Law & Business exam and the C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry trade exam with PSI.

Step 4: Complete any final steps outlined by the CSLB.

After passing exams, follow CSLB instructions within 90 days. Submit necessary documents, fees, bonding, insurance, livescan fingerprinting, workers' compensation insurance, and complete an open book asbestos examination.

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