One of the most common questions we get is whether or not a College Degree can substitute experience toward a Contractor license in California.
This complete guide will breakdown everything you need to know about whether or not a college degree is transferable toward construction experience.
The basic contractor license requirements in California are:
The Contractors State License Board will require that you have journeyman/supervisory level experience in a construction trade.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
You may also use substantiated accredited college or University course work in the following subjects:
A maximum of three (3) years upon submission of any of the following:
You may also submit official transcripts for for experience credit in the following areas:
Ultimately how much experience credit you get toward your license is 100% the decision of the CSLB. Make sure that you have all your official transcripts prior to submitting your application.
No matter how much experience you are given for your degree or classes, you must have at least 1 year of Journeyman level experience.
The Contractor License Law Exam covers a variety of Law and Business related topics including:
For a Complete Home Study Course that includes Online Practice Exams, check out our:
If you are just getting started in the construction industry and are looking to take classes in hopes of getting your Contractor License.
Enrolling in an apprenticeship program can be the single best decision you make in terms of securing your financial future.
There are several benefits to learning a trade and becoming an apprentice:
For an approved list of California Apprenticeship Programs, check out this guide!
There are several online resources where you can develop critical construction trade skills.
These courses are also excellent for those with extensive experience who are preparing for the Contractor License exam, who are looking to refresh their knowledge
If you are looking to get your General Contractor License, you can check out the video below.
If you are looking to get a different license classification you can check out this page
It is always important to understand that Construction is a skilled trade and to truly master this art form you must dedicate years to honing your knowledge.
While a degree may get you a test date, there is a great responsibility that construction professionals will always have to the public.
It is important to make sure you actually know what you are doing and invest in your knowledge and skill set!
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