jobs you can do with a c-47 license in California

What Can I Do With a C-47 Contractor License?

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What Jobs Can You Bid with a C-47 License?

The C-47 license is for individuals or companies that specialize in manufactured housing and modular homes.

There are a variety of jobs you can bid on if you have this license, including:

  • Mobile home services
  • Construction, design, and installation
  • Mobile home repair & remodel
  • Manufactured home transport
  • Insulated Roofs
  • Leveling, setup, foundation, and skirting
  • Carpeting
  • Mobile home sales
  • Cleaning and re-sealing metal roof repair
  • Re-seal flashing
  • Checking sewage lines
  • Restoration of manufactured homes
  • Window/Doors
  • Site Preparation
  • Roof coatings, single roofs, and repairs
  • Decks & steps composite
  • Wood railings
  • Painting Interior & Exterior
  • Stain Decks
  • Awnings Carport & Patio
  • Offset Posts
  • Privacy Shades, panels, and custom sheds
  • Installation of awning supports

Mobile home Contractors and the CSLB

The C-47 license is one of 74 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:

Common Pairings for the C-47 License

Contractors in California can hold multiple classifications.

The most common pairings for the C-47 license are typically:

C-47 contractor requirements

To become licensed with the CSLB 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 construction concepts do I need to know for the exam?

You will definitely want to be prepared for any curveballs that could come up on the California C-47 license exam.

You may be presented with questions related to residential remodeling which could be unfamiliar.

Take the time to review every possible question and concept.

Below is a breakdown of what you need to know:

Planning and Estimating (20%)

  • Project scope planning
  • Lot evaluation
  • Cost and material calculation

2. Site Preparation (17%)

  • Lot development
  • Preparing for transport

3. Manufactured Home Installation (26%)

  • Support and foundation systems
  • Maneuvering and joining sections
  • Connecting and sealing procedures

4. Accessory Installation (9%)

  • Installing home accessories
  • Building accessory structures

5. Repairs (9%)

  • Troubleshooting and repairing

6. Safety (19%)

  • Employee safety
  • Job site and equipment safety
  • Job site hazards

What's the C-47 license exam process like?

The exam will be:

  • 115 Questions Law & Business
  • 115 Questions General manufactured housing
  • 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-47 license exam may vary. Be prepared for questions that may include:

  • Basic 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.

Interpreting building plans is critical.

Some aspects of plan reading may also be your examination. 

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

CSLB law & business exam

Our complete course gives you everything you need to pass the C-47 California mobile home contractor license exam.

In addition to getting brushed up on the construction trade, those looking to get the C-47 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
  • 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!