In California there are 4 Classifications for Contractor Licensing:
The C-61 Contractor License is an umbrella term for 29 different trade classifications that do not fall under the General B, General A, or the C- Specialty Classifications.
The current classifications offered by the CSLB are:
These construction trades are considered more obscure and specialized, but in order to protect the consumer public the Contractor State License Board has given them designated license numbers.
Anyone charging over $500 for these services must hold a C-61 Contractors License.
To get any Contractor License in California you must first meet some basic requirements:
In addition, you will need:
A journeyman is someone who has worked un-supervised on a job site performing all of the duties associated with a particular trade or area of expertise.
A journeyman can also mean someone who has completed an apprenticeship or a certain level of certification.
Generally for the C-61 Contractor license classifications, a signature and a brief description of your daily duties will be enough.
The CSLB just wants to know that you can perform your trade safely and competently.
If you have a certification or vocational degree, you can include that in the Certification of work experience you will be required to fill out.
A qualifying individual can be any of the following:
Basically, someone other than yourself that can vouch for your experience.
This person will sign your application, provide their information and a brief summary of the daily duties they have witnessed you perform.
There are no trade exams for the C-61 Contractor license so you will only need to pass a LAW test. The exam is:
The concepts that will be on the CSLB law and business exam will be:
1. Business Organization (10%)
2. Business Finances (15%)
3. Employment Requirements (12%)
4. Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%)
5. Contract Requirements and Execution (23%)
6. Licensing Requirements (8%)
7. Safety (15%)
8. Public Works (7%)
Check out this article to learn more about the CSLB LAW and Business Exam.
Once you pass the CSLB law and business exam. The state board will request two things:
A Contractor Bond is a requirement for all active license numbers in the state of California.
For a complete look at the bonding process, you can check out this article called: Construction Bonds Explained.
Some great additional skills to brush up on before applying for a C-61 contractors license are:
Getting the C-61 Contractor License can be a great career move for someone looking to scale their business and move to the next level.
There are many reasons why someone would move forward with getting a contractor license.
As long as you have the right information you can avoid the delays and hassles that many people face.
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