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California General Building Contractors License

get california contractors licenseA general building contractor’s principal contracting business is in whole or partial connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built, for the support, shelter and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or moveable property of any kind requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to superintend the whole or any part thereof. This does not include anyone who merely furnishes materials or supplies under Section 7045 without fabricating them into, or consuming them in the performance of the work of the general building contractor.


California General Building License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseIn the State of California certain requirements must be met in order for an applicant to receive their contractors license. You must meet the following experience requirements: you must have documented at least 4 years of performing/supervising of general building work experience. This experience must be at the journeyman, foreman or supervisor, contractor, or at the owner-builder level (Personal experience now accepted by the state). The state has changed some of the requirements and now allows for college degrees or trade school to be counted for up to 3 years of the required trade experience. A college degree can be substituted for up to three years of that experience. In order to obtain your general building contractors license, you are required to pass the General Building examination as well as the Law & Business exam.


California General Building Contractors Fees


contractors license feesThe state of California has an initial application fee that is $330 for new and also for those that are reapplying contractors. There is an additional fee for the two-year license card, which is $200. After your application is approved by the Contractors State License Board, you will be notified of a testing date. Other requirements require that contractors must have at least $2,500 in working capital (this may be cash or equipment verifiable at the time of application submission). In addition, all applicants are required to file a bond with the Registrar in the amount of $10,000.


California General Building Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationThe contractors exam can be currently scheduled and taken in: Berkeley, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Oxnard, Norwalk, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Our study material includes hundreds of practice questions and covers all of the required topics found on the actual contractors exam. Both law and trade portions of the exam must be taken for those that are getting licensed for the first time. The actual contractors exam has 100-120 questions and a time limit of 2 -1/2 hours. Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination and around 70% is required to pass.


General Building Exam Content


Planning and Estimating
Framing and Structural Components
Core Trades
Finish Trades

Total Number of Test Questions: 100-120

Time Allowed: 150 minutes


Books Are NOT Allowed Into The Exam


1. 2016 California Building Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.    


2. 2016 California Electrical Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. BNI Publications, Inc.


3. 2016 California Energy Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.          


4. 2016 California Mechanical Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).


5. 2016 California Plumbing Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).


6. 2016 California Residential Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.  


7. State of California General Industry & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA) and State of California Construction Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA). 2015. California Code of Regulations, Title 8. Mancomm.


8. California Disabled Accessibility Guidebook (CalDAG). International Code Council.


9. Fundamentals of Building Construction Materials and Methods. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


10. Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials, and Methods. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


NOTE: If you are not currently a licensed contractor then you are required to take and pass BOTH the standard LAW exam and TRADE specific exam.

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California General Building Home Study Kit $249


complete home study kit saleOur home study materials are available in either books with CD-ROMs version or online downloadable version. Our CD-ROM software is developed using the computer-assisted testing software, which means that no internet or prior computer experience is required. Both CD-ROM and instant online download versions are identical and cover everything you need to general building and pass your contractors exam. The complete home study kit includes: both law/business & building study manuals with over 300 pages of trade, math examples, estimating, formulas, safety, blueprint reading, and other study content. Plus, over a thousand of practice exam questions with detailed explanations to all law/business and general building exam questions. All orders also receive a complete contractors application review, 30-day online exam support, and 24/7 online applicant support.


California Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe following states have reciprocity with the State of California: Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The contractor must be applying for a license in a classification that appears on that state's reciprocal classifications list. The contractor must have held an active license in good standing in one of the reciprocal states for the previous five years. The contractor must also submit to CSLB the Request for Verification of License form that is completed by the licensing entity under which he or she is already licensed. The contractor must complete the Application for Original Contractors License.