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In this article, we are going to take a look at what you can do with the C-61/D-12 Synthetic Products Contractor license.

The C-61/D-12 for Synthetic Products is one of 73 contractor license 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 "D-12 License", this classification falls under the C-61 Contractor license category.

These are basically licenses that are more obscure in nature. So there is no trade examination.

What can I do with a C-61/D-12 License?

This particular classification covers a wide range of services. However, the most common service offered by contractors holding this license would be installation of artificial turf and bathtub/sink refinishing.

Other common services are:

  • Epoxy services 
  • Bath epoxy coatings
  • Fiberglass and bathtub and sink refinishing
  • Caulking, coatings, and sealants
  • Synthetic refinishing
  • Pool and Spa resurfacing shower pans
  • Re-glazing and Surface Restoration
  • Deck coatings
  • Custom countertops
  • Turf and grass installers, lawn sprinklers, artificial grass, landscape irrigation
  • Plastic fabrication
  • Laminates

Related Licenses for D-12 Synthetic Products Contractors

Some contractors want to expand their services and get additional licensing. The most common pairing for the D-12 license would be:

The reality is that there are many other classifications that are paired with the Synthetic Products license

An individual or company could start out with one or more of these classifications and gradually add on others as time goes on. 

In some cases, a client may request that you hold a particular classification per some kind of insurance requirement. 

what can you do with the C-61 contractors license for synthetic products in California

California Contractor License Requirements

To get a C-61/D-12 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 

In addition you must also pass a California Law & Business Examination

California Contractors License Test

California contractors looking to get their C-61/D-12 license will be tested on the following areas:

1. Business Organization (10%) 

  • Company organization 
  • Project organization

2. Business Finances (15%) 

  • Cash management 
  • Budget and planning
  • Taxes Financial reporting

3. Employment Requirements (12%) 

  • Employment regulations 
  • Evaluation and record-keeping
  • Payroll

4. Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%) 

  • Bonds 
  • Workers’ compensation insurance 
  • Liens and other remedies
  • Other insurance

5. Contract Requirements and Execution (23%) 

  • Bidding 
  • Cost control
  • Contracts
  • Payments

6. Licensing Requirements (8%) 

  • Business license 
  • Contractor’s license
  • Activity regulation

7. Safety (15%) 

  • Training and reporting requirements 
  • General safety
  • Hazardous/unknown materials

8. Public Works (7%) 

  • Prevailing wage requirements 
  • Bonding requirements
  • Insurance requirements

What's the exam process like?

The exam will be:

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

What kind of math skills do I need?

When it comes to the California contractor license test. You will want to make sure that your math skills are up to par. 

It is important to remember that this is a law examination in which questions will be presented to you as if you are a General Building Contractor with multiple projects running simultaneously.

You can expect math questions related to:

  • Arithmetic
  • Cost Estimation 
  • Calculating Square Footage
  • Units of Measurement
  • Percentages and Decimals

Preparing for Your CSLB license exam

Our complete course will break down all of the essential knowledge you must know to be successful on your CSLB law & business examination.

In addition to passing your exam, you will also be equipped with valuable knowledge that will give you a crash course in how to run a contracting business effectively and profitably.

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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