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June 3

Jobs You Can Do With a C-15 License!

What Jobs Can You Do With a C-15 license?

The C-15 license is a California contractor classification for individuals or companies that specialize in flooring services. 

There are a variety of services which can be offered if you have this license, including:

  • Floor installation and custom flooring
  • Carpet Installation
  • Linoleum and Vinyl flooring
  • Carpet cleaning, restoration, and disposal
  • Hardwood floors
  • Floor demolition
  • Resilient tile
  • Stone floor installation
  • Glue removal 
  • Eliminating previous adhesive coating in sub-floors
  • Product sales
  • Luxury Vinyl Flooring
  • Epoxy flooring
  • Resurfacing concrete
  • Floor restoration
  • Floor covering
  • Dustless sanding
  • Refinishing
  • Subfloor repair

Flooring Contractors and the CSLB

The C-15 license is one of 73 classifications available in California. Contractors in the state of California are governed by the CSLB (Contractors State License Board)

There are 4 major classification categories:

Commonly referred to as simply the "C-15 or flooring contractor license".

Expanding your floor construction business in California

Contractors in California can hold multiple licenses.

The most common pairings for the C-15 license are typically:

Jobs you can do with a C-15 license in California

Requirements for California C-15 Contractors

To get an flooring contractor license you must meet the following basic requirements:

  • 18 Years of Age
  • 4 Years of Journeyman Level Experience
  • Social Security or ITIN #
  • Not Currently on Probation or Parole
  • Signature from a licensed contractor, fellow employee, supervisor, or business associate 

What floor construction concepts do I need to know for the test?

You will definitely want to be prepared for any curve balls that could come up on the C-15 license exam.

You may be presented with questions related to carpet installation, sub-flooring and safety procedures that you may or may not be familiar with.

It will be important to review everything you can.

Below is a breakdown of what you need to know:

1. Planning and Estimating (26%)

  • Evaluating plans and specifications
  • Evaluating material characteristics
  • Performing job-related calculations
  • Evaluating job site readiness
  • Material acclimation 

2. Subfloor Evaluation and Preparation (17%)

  • Removing existing flooring
  • Evaluating and preparing subfloor for installation
  • Testing subfloor for moisture
  • Installing under layments 

3. Carpet Installation (14%)

  • Installing tack strip, cushions, and trim
  • Cutting and laying out carpet
  • Seaming and sealing carpet
  • Installing carpet
  • Installing and replacing moldings, etc. 

4. Resilient Goods and Rubber Flooring Installation (12%)

  • Cutting and/or laying out sheet goods for installation
  • Using adhesives
  • Preparing subfloor for installation
  • Rolling and sealing sheet goods
  • Installing laminate, trim, and transitions 

5. Laminate Flooring Installation (8%)

  • Cutting and laying out laminates
  • Installing laminate, trim, and transitions

6. Wood Flooring Installation (10%)

  • Performing moisture tests
  • Cutting and laying out wood
  • Installing wood flooring and trim
  • Filling and sanding wood
  • Finishing wood

7. Safety (13%)

  • Applying personal safety procedures
  • Applying job safety procedures
  • Operating tools and equipment safely
  • Safe handling and disposal of products

What's the C-15 Contractor's license exam process like?

The exam will be:

  • 115 Questions Law & Business
  • 115 Questions Flooring
  • Multiple Choice
  • Closed Book
  • 3 Hours to Complete each section
  • Taken via Computer at a CSLB Testing Facility
  • Exam Centers in: Berkeley, Fresno, Norwalk, Oxnard, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Jose

Math Skills 

There will be math on your CSLB law & business and trade exam.

On the law side, questions will be presented to you as if you are a General Building Contractor with multiple projects running simultaneously with several employees.

You can expect math questions related to:

  • Arithmetic
  • Cost Estimation 
  • Percentages and Decimals

The math you can expect on the C-15 license test will be a little bit more complex.

  • Geometry 
  • Units of Measurement

Blueprint Reading Skills

Blueprint reading is a fundamental skill for all contractors. Knowing how to interpret plans and is a key part of the job if you are working within a construction crew.

Some aspects of plan reading may also be your examination. 

For a deeper look at blueprint reading concepts you will need to know check out this free blueprint reading guide.

CSLB law & business exam

Our complete course is a guide for aspiring California flooring contractors.

A step by step break down all of the essential knowledge you need to be successful on your CSLB law & business examination.

In addition to passing your exam, those looking to get the C-15 license will be equipped with a crash course on how to run a profitable business. 

You will learn:

  • Company organization 
  • How to bid effectively
  • Understanding cost control
  • Various contract types
  • Cash management
  • Estimation fundamentals
  • CAL/OSHA
  • Business Structures
  • Worker’s Compensation and Taxes
  • Insurance Types in Construction
  • Labor Laws and Employee Rights
  • Hiring and Firing Practices
  • Contractor Bonds
  • Mechanics Liens
  • State Laws and Statutes
  • Project Management 101
  • Prevailing Wages and Public Works
  • And Much More!

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