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In this article, we are going to take a look at what you can do with the C-61/D-3 Awnings Contractor license.

The C-61/D-3 for Awnings 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:

  • A-General Engineering
  • B-General Building
  • C-Specialty
  • C-61 Limited Specialty

Commonly referred to as simply the "Awnings License", this classification falls under the C-61 Limited Specialty 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-3 License?

Most contractors that hold this license are offering awnings/patio covering installation related services.

This may include:

  • Cover systems installation
  • Carports
  • Canvas awnings
  • Patio designs
  • Craft covers
  • Retractable awnings
  • Seashell awnings
  • Aluminum awnings
  • Aquamatic cover systems
  • Automatic pool covers
  • Free standing patios

Related Licenses for California Awnings Contractors

The most common classifications that contractors hold in addition to the C-61/D-3 license are:


Many people 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 a california awnings contractor license

California Contractor License Requirements for Awnings and Patio Installers

To get a C-61/D-3 License for Awnings and Patio Covers 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 awnings contractors looking to get their C-61/D-3 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 you have strong math skills.

This is a law examination and questions will be presented as if you are a General Building Contractor with multiple employees and 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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