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The C-32 License for Parking and Highway Improvement Contractors is a specialized classification that services:
Owners and Operators of Commercial Real Estate and public property must remain in state compliance with their signage and parking lot striping.
There is a huge opportunity and steady revenue for contractors that can serve this highly specialized area.
In this article you learn everything you need to know about C-32 license requirements and how to become a Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor.
"A parking and highway improvement contractor applies and installs protective coatings, vehicle stops, guard rails and mechanical devices, directional lines, buttons, markers, signs, and arrows on the horizontal surface of any game court, parking facility, airport, highway or roadway constructed of concrete, asphalt or similar material. This classification includes the surface preparatory work necessary for the application of protective coatings but does not include the re-paving of these surfaces."-CSLB.GOV
The C-32 License is the classification is a requirement in the state of California for all persons looking to offer road marking services or bid on Highway Improvement projects where the cost of labor and materials exceeds $500.
Parking and Highway improvement contractors engage in a wide variety of services that typically include:
Parking and Highway Improvement contractors typically work directly with government agencies or commercial real estate owners.
However they may also function as subcontractors to a General B or General A contractor.
A General Contractor may seek a company that holds the C-32 License to adhere to state requirements.
A General would oversee the job site and ensure that the parking and highway improvement subcontractor subcontractor has executed their job in compliance with state regulations.
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The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California.
Their responsibility is to protect the consumer public and ensure that anyone charging over $500 for construction services is qualified and registered with the state of California.
The C-32 license is issued to contractors by the CSLB.
The CSLB administers applications, exams, and maintains a database of all active and inactive contractor license numbers which are public domain.
To get a C-32 license in California, you must meet the following basic requirements:
You must also have:
Journeyman level experience means that you have worked unsupervised full time for a parking and highway improvement contractor that holds the C-32 license.
The CSLB will want to see four full-time years over the last ten years. The years do not need to be consecutive, but they do need to be four years in total.
The following people may be used as Qualifying Individuals to sign off on your experience when applying for the C-32 license:
Your Qualifying Individual will also need to provide a brief but detailed description of your glazing knowledge and skillset.
The way this description is written will be critical to whether or not your application is accepted. For example:
“Steve has done parking lot striping” will not be enough for the CSLBThe CSLB will want to see something more descriptive like:
"Ed has prepared areas for seal coating, applied coal tar base seals, installed raised pavement markers, and installed game courts".
You must be prepared to submit documentation supporting the experience you claim to have. The Contractors State License Board gives you a few ways that you can prove your experience.
The CSLB receives thousands of applications per month so there is a good chance they won’t document your experience but if you are one of the applicants that get reviewed you will need to be ready to submit something.
The CSLB does not accept pictures of projects.
The time it takes to get your application processed and assigned a test date fluctuates throughout the year.
Typically you can expect:
I have seen some situations where applicants got their test date sooner and some where they got their test date much later.
The most common reasons your application would get held up are:
The Current CSLB fees are:
Having a criminal record in no way stops you from getting a C-32 License. I have personally helped guys with all types of criminal records obtain multiple licenses.
The key is to be honest on the application, even if the felony or misdemeanor happened years ago and even if it was expunged.
BE 100% HONEST ON THE APPLICATION, because they will see everything anyway when you do fingerprinting. The CSLB handles criminal records on a case by case basis.
Remember, their responsibility is to protect the public. In my experience, they primarily concerned with criminal charges associated with:
In the state of California, you are required to divulge any criminal charges when applying for any state license even if they have been expunged.
You will need to be prepared to submit anything the CSLB asks for regarding your criminal history.
The C-32 license exam will be:
The Parking and Highway Improvement (C-32 license) Examination is divided into five key sections:
1. Planning and Estimation (30%)
2. Surface Coatings (16%)
3. Striping and Pavement Markers (15%)
4. Special Applications (7%)
5. Incidental Pavement Repair (7%)
6. Safety (25%)
Currently, there are CSLB testing locations in the following cities:
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Some things to remember:
Getting the parking and highway improvement contractor license can be a smooth process, but many are startled by how strict the laws are in California.
Be as prepared as you possibly can. Studying just 10 mintues a day consistently can dramatically increase your chances of passing the test on your first try.
Focus on and study ONLY the information that you need to pass the C-32 parking and highway improvement license test.
If you don’t have the 4 years required journeyman level experience to get a C-32 license, your journey begins here.
Highway improvement is a multi-billion dollar industry. Generally, someone looking to get into this trade would find union or apprenticeship program.
For a detailed explanation on this process, check out my article: Apprentice vs Journeyman.
Highway improvement contractors should be able to read construction blueprints or at least be able to recognize lines and symbols.
Construction blueprints communicate important information about how a the surroundings of a structure and indicate information needed for cost calculations.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for all tradesman but can also be very important for those looking to get the C-32 license. See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
Understanding how to safely contain lead-based paint when altering signage built before 1978 is required by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The most contractors are ones that position themselves as the experts and are the most knowledgable and helpful to their clients.
Becoming EPA Certified can help you expand your business and can be completed in a one day 8 hour course.
Staying EPA compliant is not only important to the survival of your business but also the safety of your customers. For a complete guide on how to get the EPA Certification, check out this article.
Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.
That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average. In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
Highway Improvement can dangerous, especially if your workers are not properly trained.
For employment with a C-32 Licensed contractor it is typically required that you have completed some level of OSHA training. Learn more about OSHA Training!
Getting the C-32 License can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own company or become an RMO for an existing firm!
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
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