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"A sand and water blasting contractor uses the force of compressed air in conjunction with abrasive materials or water to clean or prepare surfaces for any protective, decorative and/or functional treatment"- CSLB.GOV
The C-61 Limited Specialty License is an umbrella term for all licenses that may fall under a more obscure category of construction work.
They cover specific areas of construction and construction-related tasks.
Often 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.
Sand and Water blasting is critical to the quality and life span of a paint job.
Typically sandblasting contractors engage in duties including:
Due to the nature of the trade, sandblasting contractors typically work in a residential setting directly with homeowners or clients.
They perform maintenance and routine inspections most often.
However, they may also function as a subcontractor to a company that holds the C-33 License or to a General Contractor.
The Contractor would oversee that the sandblasting phase of the project has been executed correctly.
Check out this article for an in-depth look at the General Contractor License.
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.
Sandblasting contractors may encounter lead paint on the job.
Understanding how to safely contain lead-based paint when altering structures built before 1978 is required by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Getting a certification can help you expand your business and can be completed in a one day 8 hour course.
Staying EPA compliant is not only important to the survival of your business but also the safety of your customers.
Learn how to get an EPA Certification, in 8 hours!
Knowing how to read blueprints is a valuable skill virtually all tradesman including sandblasting contractors.
Construction blueprints provide a visually representation of a project, which can be valuable for tradesman making aesthetic alterations to the interiors.
Blueprint Reading Skills are also critical to pass the General Contractor exam.
Check out this Blue Print Reading Course for a basic introduction to the concepts you will want to know about.
To get the C-61/D-38 license you must meet the following basic requirements:
You must also have:
Journeyman level experience means that you have worked unsupervised full time for a sandblasting company, or for a contractor that holds the D-38 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 sandblasting contractor 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. For example:
“Fred has a lot of experience sand and water blasting” will not be enough.
The CSLB will want to see:
"Fred has experience using sand blasting and water blasting equipment, he has prepared surfaces for multiple projects as well as performed deep cutting, shaping, and roughening. He has experience containing lead paint and architectural sandblasting" etc.
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 sandblasting contractor 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. In my experience, they primarily concerned with certain criminal charges.
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 ( LAW ONLY )
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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Currently there are CSLB testing locations in the following cities:
Generally someone looking to become a sand and water blasting contractor would want to look into an apprenticeship for find an experienced person to work with.
For a detailed explanation on this process, check out my article: Apprentice vs Journeyman!
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