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Manufactured Housing Contractors engage in:
"A general manufactured housing contractor installs, alters, repairs, or prepares for moving any type of manufactured home. A manufactured home does not include any recreational vehicle, commercial coach, or factory-built housing. A general manufactured housing contractor may provide utility services on a single-family individual site placement. Utility services mean the connection of gas, water, sewer, and electrical utilities to the home." -CSLB.GOV
The C-47 license is the classification is a requirement for anyone looking to charge over $500 for construction services associated with mobile homes.
Contractors that hold the C-47 license are sometimes referred to as:
Mobile home contractors engage in activities very similar to General Contractors.
The only difference is that they specialize in modular homes. Their job site duties generally include:
To obtain the C-47 license, you will be tested on all aspects of:
Manufactured housing contractors that hold the C-47 license can work in a variety of settings.
They be subcontracted by a General Contractor who has placed a bid on a project that includes a the construction of several mobile homes.
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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 plumbing services is qualified and registered with the state of California.
The C-47 license is issued to manufactured housing contractors.
The Contractors State License Board also:
To get a C-47 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 an construction company or someone that holds the C-47 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-47 license:
Your Qualifying Individual will also need to provide a brief but detailed description of your knowledge and skillset.
The way this description is written will be critical to whether or not your application is accepted. For example:
“Ed built our mobile home” is not descriptive enough
The CSLB will want to see something like:
"Ed has installed and repaired manufactured housing, built foundations, prepared for transport, done drywall, flooring, carpentry and electrical hook ups" etc.
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-47 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: Fraud, Embezzlement and Forgery.
The exam will be:
The General manufactured Housing (C-47 License) Examination is divided into six major sections:
1. Planning and Estimation (22%)
2. Site Preparation (13%)
3. Manufactured Home Installation (24%)
4. Accessory Installation (11%)
5. Repairs (15%)
6. Safety (15%)
There are currently CSLB test locations in the following cities:
Some things to remember:
If you don’t have the 4 years required journeyman level construction experience required to get a C-47 license, your journey begins here.
Generally, someone looking to get into the trades would begin by finding a union or apprenticeship program.
For a detailed explanation on this process, check out my article: Apprentice vs Journeyman
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