Obtaining your contractor license in California is a little bit harder than it is in most other states. Aggravating though it may be, if you can meet the following California contractor license requirements you will not only be able to make it here, you will be able to make it anywhere. Here is what you need to know.
California Contractor License Requirements
1. Who Qualifies?
If you are looking to become a licensed contractor in the state of California you will have to meet the following qualifications. You must…
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid social security number
- Exhibit the skill and experience necessary to perform up to state standards and expectations
2. What Experience Do I Need?
California is known for being one of the most regulated states in America and all of those regulations can make it more than a little difficult to make it here. If you can make it here though, you can make it anywhere and all you need is the proper experience. In order to qualify for your contractor license you will need to have had at least four years of journey-level experience over the past 10 years. You will also have to have that experience verified by someone who has firsthand knowledge of your working history. If you want to speed through your first four years of journey-level experience you may want to opt for a four-year degree from an accredited college and an apprenticeship which will prepare you not only for those California contractor license requirements, but for your future business endeavors.
3. Do I Need to Pass a Test?
In some cases you will be required to pass a written examination and a trade examination in order to meet certain California contractor license requirements. To sign up for an exam you will need to contact the California State Licensing Board (CSLB) and find your nearest examination center. Some contractors may be exempt from taking the examination (if you are in good standing and looking to renew your license) but it is worth checking with the CSLB before you begin the licensing process. You don’t want any unexpected roadblocks to pop up after all of the work you put in.
The aforementioned requirements are just a general guideline of the California contractor license requirements you may be required to meet during your quest to become a licensed contractor. For further information we strongly recommend that you look at the guides provided by the CSLB.