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How To Get Your C39 Roofing Contractors License in California

Learn how you can get your roofing contractor license in California. Our guide helps you succeed in the roofing industry. Read more now!

How do I get my roofers license in California?

To become a licensed California C39 Roofing contractor, you need to follow a structured process. This process involves applying for the license and successfully passing two state exams: the Law & Business exam and the C39 Trade exam. The state application is often considered the most challenging part of the licensing journey, and it must be submitted to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) along with the required fees. You have the option to handle the application on your own or seek assistance from Contractors Intelligence School to simplify the process.

The licensing process can be summarized in the following steps:

Step 1: Qualification Check

First, ensure that you meet the state's requirements to be eligible to take the exams.

Step 2: Enroll in a Course

Enroll in a course with Contractors Intelligence School, a popular choice for exam preparation.

Step 3: Establish Your Business

Establish your roofing business entity and complete the state application thoroughly.

Step 4: Exam Preparation

Prepare for the state exams by reviewing the official study guide or utilizing study materials provided by Contractors Intelligence School.

Step 5: Exam Scheduling and Passing

Schedule and successfully pass both the Law & Business exam and the C39 Trade exam.

Step 6: Final Steps

Fulfill any additional requirements or steps outlined by the CSLB to complete the licensing process.

California C39 Roofing License Requirements.

Like all contractor licenses in California, you must meet the requirements established by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). These requirements are as follows:

  • Be at least 18 years or older. This demonstrates the CSLB’s commitment to entrusting the roofing 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 fieldwork.
  • SSN or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).

Costs Associated with Obtaining a Roofing License in California?

Obtaining a roofing contractor's license in California may involve several expenses, including:

Looking at roofing plans to identify project costs
  • Business entity registration (if applicable). This fee can vary from one county or city to another. It is best to obtain the dollar amount from the agency where you are registering your business.
  • 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. If you enroll into an exam preparation program, Contractors Intelligence charges between $295 and $495 for their most popular courses. Your results may vary with other schools.
  • Bonding. Prior to obtaining a roofing contractor's license, you must secure a contractor's bond. Typically, this bond costs approximately $250 per year. However, the specific amount may be significantly higher due to the elevated risks associated with roofing contractors. If you're applying for a contractor's license as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you'll also need to carry additional bonding, known as the LLC/worker bond, which is estimated to cost around $2,000 per year. These bonding costs are unique to your business and should be assessed by a licensed insurance company.
  • Insurance. Your business may require two types of insurance: general liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance. The costs for these insurances are unique to your business and should be evaluated by a licensed insurance company.
  • 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.
Working after receiving a Roofing Contractors License in California

Can a General Contractor Perform Roofing Work in California?

A 'B' General Building contractor, licensed for general construction work, can include roofing projects as part of their services. However, if a roofing project is a separate contract, not bundled with other construction work, a specialized C-39 Roofing contractor must be hired. For roofing work integrated into a larger project involving multiple trades, the general contractor can handle the roofing without subcontracting.

Roofing Regulations in California?

When it comes to roofing work in California, there are key regulations and requirements:

  1. Licensing: You must hold a valid C-39 Roofing Contractor license issued by the CSLB.
  2. Insurance: Contractors may need liability insurance.
  3. Permits: Roofing projects often require permits, and it's your responsibility to secure them.
  4. Safety Regulations: Safety is crucial, so make sure to follow safety regulations to protect your workers and the public.
  5. Compliance: Always comply with relevant building codes and regulations to ensure the quality and safety of your work.

Remember, your contractor's license is the gateway to a world of opportunities, expertise, and success. It's your key to taking on larger projects, more significant responsibilities, and the opportunity to be your own boss. If you're ready to pursue your roofing license and embark on a journey that will elevate both your business and the lives of those you serve to new heights, don't hesitate—contact Contractors Intelligence School at 1-800-425-7570

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