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Welding Contractors are skilled tradesman that specialize in using gas and electrical energy to attach and join metals permanently.
The welding trade is often found in the construction of bridges, dams, ships and oil rigs. Welding contractors possess a unique set of skills that are always in high demand.
This article will show you everything you need to get the C-60 Welding License!
If you are placing bids for welding services where the cost of labor, time and materials exceeds $500, you will need to hold the C-60 welding license.
The CSLB defines a welding contractor as:
"A welding contractor causes metals to become permanently attached, joined and fabricated by the use of gases and electrical energy, which creates temperatures of sufficient heat to perform this work" - CSLB.GOV
Welding Contractors are an essential part of the construction process, especially for companies that engage in steel fabrication.
Some of their duties include:
To get the C-60 welding license, you will be tested on all aspects of welding and safety so it will be essential to your success to become familiar with all the areas of expertise that fall under this highly specialized trade
Welding contractors typically work with General Engineering Contractors, architects or developers.
The C-60 license is typically held by welding shops that engage in specialized services.
A General Engineering Contractor oversees that the welding subcontractor has executed their duties in adherence to code.
Learn more about the General Engineering Contractor License
The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California.
Their responsibility is to protect the consumer public and ensure that anyone charging over $500 for construction services is qualified and registered with the state of California.
The C-60 welding license is issued to contractors by the CSLB.
The CSLB administers applications, exams, and maintains a database of all active and inactive contractor license numbers which are public domain.
Welding contractors in California must meet the following requirements:
You must also have:
Journeyman level experience means that you have worked unsupervised full time for a welding contractor that holds the C-60 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 be used as Qualifying Individuals to sign off on your experience when applying for the C-60 license:
Your Qualifying Individual will also need to provide a brief but detailed description of your knowledge and skillset.
The way this description is written will be critical to whether or not your application is accepted. For example:
“Eduardo is a great welder” will not be enough.
The CSLB will want to see: "Eduardo has done flux cored arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, surfacing, plasma cutting, he knows how to read blueprints and a maintain safety equipment" 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.
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-60 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 and Forgery.
The exam will be:
The Welding License (C-60) Examination is divided into five major sections:
1. Planning and Estimating (21%)
2. Welding Preparation (21%)
3. Welding, Brazing, and Soldering (27%)
4. Cutting Processes (9%)
5. Safety (22%)
Currently, there are CSLB testing locations in the following cities
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Some things to remember:
I have helped welding companies from all over the country get licensed in California.
Many are startled by how strict the laws are here.
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 the C-60 Welding License.
If you don’t have the 4 years required journeyman level experience to get a C-60 Welding license, your journey begins here.
The Steel Industry is worth billions of dollars.
Welders are paid handsomely. Generally, someone looking to get into this trade would find union or apprenticeship program.
For a detailed explanation on this process, check out my article: Apprentice vs Journeyman.
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 steel industry is notoriously dangerous, especially if your workers are not properly trained.
For employment with a welding contractor it is typically required that you have completed some level of OSHA training. Learn more about OSHA Training.
It is critical for contractors involved in welding to be able to read construction blueprints or at least be able to recognize lines and symbols.
Construction blueprints communicate important information about how a structure has been built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for those looking to get the C-60 welding license. See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
Getting the C-60 Welding 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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