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How To Get Your C54 Tile Contractors License in California

Discover the exact path to securing your ceramic and mosaic tile contractor's license in California. Gain invaluable insights and practical tile advice.


Hey there, design enthusiasts and future tile professionals! If you're passionate about transforming spaces into artistic wonders through ceramic and mosaic tiles, you're about to embark on an exciting journey. This guide is your compass to attaining the coveted C54 Contractors License - not just a document, but your passport to showcasing skills, adhering to industry standards, and unlocking doors to a diverse clientele and lucrative projects.

So, if you're ready to turn your creative flair into a fulfilling career and unleash the full potential of tile contracting, stay tuned for insights, tips, and the guidance you need. Together, let's leave a mark in the realm of ceramic and mosaic tile contracting!

What is a C54 Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor?

In California, a C54 Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor is a licensed professional specializing in the installation and repair of ceramic and mosaic tiles. The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) issues licenses, with the C54 classification tailored for ceramic and mosaic tile work.

C54 license holders are qualified for various tasks, from surface preparation to adhesive application, tile cutting, and grouting. This license is crucial for those contracting in the installation, repair, or removal of ceramic and mosaic tiles.

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What if I install natural stone countertops, is this the right license?

Absolutely. A C54 Ceramic and Mosaic Tile contractor's license covers the installation of granite, marble, quartz, and other natural stone countertops. If uncertain, contact the CSLB directly for guidance based on your trade duties.

What are the Eligibility Requirements to Obtain the C54 Contractors License?

Before anyone can become a ceramic and mosaic tile contractor, they must first meet the qualifications and experience requirements set forth by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB). The CSLB has outlined the following prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years or older. This demonstrates the CSLB's commitment to entrusting the tile contracting industry to those who have reached a level of maturity and responsibility.
  • 4 years of journey level experience. You must demonstrate four years of journey-level experience within the past decade.
  • SSN or ITIN.
Tile contractor installing mosaic tile after obtaining a C54 contractors license in California.

Unveiling the Licensing Process

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 C54 Ceramic and Mosaic Tile 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.

How long does it take to get a C54 contractor's license?

The time it takes to obtain a C54 tile contractor's license depends on various factors, including CSLB's processing times, exam preparation, and the speed at which you complete the final licensing steps. On average, the process can be completed within two to three months.

Here's a breakdown of timeframes for each key step:

  • Application Processing: Typically takes 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Exam Preparation: This phase often overlaps with the application processing.
  • Law & Business Exam: This exam has a duration of 3.5 hours.
  • C54 Trade Exam: This exam also has a duration of 3.5-hours.
  • Final Steps: must be completed within 90 days of passing all required exams.


Obtaining a C54 tile contractor's license in California is pivotal for a successful construction career. This guide emphasizes the importance of commitment, knowledge, and compliance. With a license, not only do you gain legal authorization but contribute to safety and quality standards. Stay informed and pursue continuous education for lasting success in your tile contracting journey. Best of luck! Contact Contractors Intelligence School at 1-800-425-7570 to kickstart your path to becoming a licensed tile contractor!

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