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"A scaffolding contractor erects metal or wood scaffolding including temporary sidewalk sheltered construction work barricades" - CSLB.GOV
Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is used by construction crews to reach areas that may normally be difficult to access.
Contractors holding the scaffold license provide a critical to the safety of crews working on high rise buildings as well as residential and commercial structures.
Due to the nature of the trade, scaffolding contractors typically work directly with General Contractors on larger construction job sites.
For example, a Painting Contractor may subcontract someone holding the scaffold license to erect and dismantle scaffolding equipment.
As a result, a prime contractor ensures that the scaffolding subcontractor's duties are executed adhering to OSHA safety standards.
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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.
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Contractors offering scaffolding services should be able to read basic designs and symbols on construction blueprints.
If the services offered are part of a larger project, being able to execute their duties within the larger scope of the job is essential.
Construction blueprints communicate important information about how a structure has been built. They also communicate what materials were used for its construction.
Reading blueprints is an invaluable skill for all tradesman but can be especially important for someone looking to get a scaffold license. See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
To get the C-61/D-39 scaffold 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 a scaffolding company, or for a contractor that holds the D-39 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 scaffold 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.
“Ed has a lot of experience in scaffolding” is not descriptive enough.
The CSLB will want to see something like:
"Ed has knowledge of various types of scaffolds, construction hazards, scaffold erection and disassembly. He is aware of the roles and responsibilities of his team" etc.
Most importantly, the description written by your qualifying individual has to include the core skills required for the scaffold 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. They 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 state fees are:
1. $330 State Application Fee ( one time fee per application sent to the state board )
2. $200 License Activation Fee ( paid every two years )
You will also need to pay for live scan fingerprinting.
Upon passing the exam, the state board requires you to have a Contractor Bond number.
A construction bond is a security deposit issued by a surety company. Bonds are designed to protect the consumer public against contractor default.
They act as protection mechanisms for clients from unethical or illegal actions performed by contractors.
Bonds also ensure that subcontractors get paid for their work.
Furthermore, they ensure or that a contractor performs his duties as stated in a contract.
Construction bonds protect employees, suppliers, sub-contractors or clients against a contractor's failure to abide by an agreement.
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Having a criminal record in no way stops you from getting the garage door 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 criminal charges associated with: Fraud, Embezzlement or 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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Currently there are CSLB testing locations in the following cities:
Some things to remember:
I have helped all types of construction professionals from various backgrounds and experience levels get licenses, and most are startled by how different the subject matter on the state exam is from their years of first-hand experience.
Be as prepared as you possibly can.
Studying just 10 mintues a day consistently can dramatically increase your chances of passing the test on your first try.
Focus on and study ONLY the information that you need to pass Contractor License LAW exam.
If you don’t have the 4 years required journeyman level experience to obtain a scaffold license, not to worry. Your journey begins here.
OSHA offers the OTC 301 scaffolding Safety Standards Training Course which you can find here.
Normally someone looking to pursue this specific trade would find a scaffolding company or professional to learn under.
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Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction. That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average.
In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
The scaffolding industry is notoriously dangerous, especially if your workers are not properly trained.
For employment with a scaffolding contractor its typically required that you have completed some level of OSHA training.
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Getting the Scaffolding contractor license can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own company or become an RMO for an existing firm!
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
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