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The C-61/D-34 License classification refers to anyone that is performing installation work associated with but not limited to products:
The C-61 Limited Specialty License is an umbrella term for 29 different licenses that may fall under a more obscure category of construction work.
They cover specific areas of construction and construction-related tasks.
If your skill set or business is limited to one particular portion of trade work, you could obtain a C-61 limited specialty license to contract over $500 for your services legally.
Pre-fabricated equipment is a term used by the CSLB to refer to a wide range of things.
Generally, the equipment is constructed in a factory and then installed by a company holding the D-34 License.
Some of these duties include:
In a construction setting, a General Contractor may hire a third party company that holds the D-34 license.
This individual or company may possess specialized skills or equipment required to install a particular equipment.
As a result, a general contractor ensures that this phase of the project is executed correctly.
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The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California. Their sole responsibility is to protect the consumer public.
They ensure that anyone charging over $500 for construction services is qualified and registered with the state.
The C-61 / D-34 license is issued to contractors by the CSLB.
To get the C-61/D-34 license you must prove a minimum of 4 years journeyman level experience and pass a law exam.
To qualify for an exam date you must meet the the following requirements:
You must also have:
Journeyman level experience means that you have worked unsupervised full time for an installation company, or for a contractor that holds the D-34 License.
The CSLB will want to see four full-time years over the last ten years. The years do not need to be consecutive, but they do need to be four years in total.
The following people may act as a Qualifying Individual when applying for the D-34 license:
In addition, your Qualifying Individual will need to provide a brief but detailed description of your knowledge and skillset.
The way this description is written is critical to whether or not your application gets accepted.
"Fred has a lot of experience installation modular office equipment” is not quite descriptive enough.
Your description will need to look more like:
"Fred can read plans, execute safe installation of various types of modular office equipment including filing cabinets, desks, lamps, and furniture" etc.
Make sure the description includes the core skills required for the D-34 license.
You must be prepared to submit documentation supporting the experience you claim to have. The Contractors State License Board gives you a few ways that you can prove your experience which include:
The CSLB receives thousands of applications per month so there is a good chance they won’t document your experience but if you are one of the applicants that get reviewed you will need to be ready to submit something.
The CSLB does not accept pictures of projects.
The time it takes to get your application processed and assigned a test date fluctuates throughout the year.
Typically you can expect:
I have seen some situations where applicants got their test date sooner and some where they got their test date much later.
The most common reasons your application would get held up are:
The Current CSLB fees are:
Having a criminal record in no way stops you from getting a C-61/D-34 License. I have personally helped guys with all types of criminal records obtain multiple licenses.
The key is to be honest on the application, even if the felony or misdemeanor happened years ago and even if it was expunged.
BE 100% HONEST ON THE APPLICATION, because they will see everything anyway when you do fingerprinting. The CSLB handles criminal records on a case by case basis.
Remember, their responsibility is to protect the public. Typically the CSLB is most concerned with Fraud, Embezzlement and Forgery.
Contractor licenses are broken down into four categories:
1) A-General Engineering
2) B-General Building
3) C-Specialty classes
4) C-61 / D-Limited Specialty classes
Each category of license except the D-Limited Specialty license class requires that you pass a TRADE exam.
C-61 Classification licenses do not have trade portions.
You must only pass a LAW exam.
The exam is:
The Law Examination is divided into eight major sections:
1. Business Organization (10%)
2. Business Finances (15%)
3. Employment Requirements (12%)
4. Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%)
5. Contract Requirements and Execution (23%)
6. Licensing Requirements (8%)
7. Safety (15%)
8. Public Works (7%)
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The CSLB has test locations in the following cities:
If you do not have the experience required to get the C-61/D-34 license, not to worry! Your journey begins here.
Generally someone looking to become a contractor would want to look into an apprenticeship for find an experienced person to work with.
For pre-fabricated equipment, you may want to research a specific area that services a high value industry.
For a detailed explanation on this process, check out my article: Apprentice vs Journeyman!
Contractors that are installing modular offices, theatre stages and other pre-fabricated equipment should know the basics of blueprint reading.
If installation or repair is part of a larger project, being able to execute their duties within the larger scope of the job is essential.
Reading blueprints is an invaluable skill for all tradesman but can be especially important for pole installation contractors.
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When installing equipment in a building built before 1978, you must be trained on how to contain lead. The Environmental Protection Agency has strict rules on this topic.
Lead paint can travel miles through the air, rest on soil, and even enter air ducts causing potentially fatal damage to those that come in contact with it.
As a contractor, you must be source of information for your clients and community.
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Getting the D-34 License can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start bidding on projects or become an RMO for a an existing company!
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
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