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California Law and Business

get california contractors licenseAll qualifying individuals must pass the standard Law and Business examination; in addition, with the exception of the C-61 Limited Specialty classification, qualifying individuals must pass a second test covering the specific trade or certification area for which they are applying. The Law and Business examination consists of multiple choice questions related to business management and construction law. Applicants can find information on the breakdown of the topics covered in the examination in the Study Guide for the Law and Business Examination that is sent to applicants along with the Notice to Appear for Examination.


California Law and Business 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 trade related 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 contractors license, you are required to pass the trade examination as well as the Law & Business exam.


California 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 Law and Business 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.


Law and Business Exam Content


Business Organization
Business Financial
Employment Requirements
Bonds, Insurance and Liens
Contract Requirement and Execution
Licensing Requirements
Safety Requirements
Public Works

Total Number of Test Questions: 100-120

Time Allowed: 150 minutes


Books Are NOT Allowed Into The Exam


1. California Contractors License Law and Reference Book. Matthew Bender and Company.     


2. Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4. 


3. Greenbook: Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction, Building News, Inc.          


4. Terms of Agreement - A Consumer Guide to Home Improvement Contracts, Contractors State License Board.           


5. Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, NASCLA. 


6. Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, current version, IRS.  


7. California Employer's Guide (DE 44), California Employment Development Department.


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 Law and Business Home Study Kit $149


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 study and pass your law and business contractors exam. The complete home study kit includes: law and business study manual with over 200 pages related to business management and construction law, financial, record keeping, math examples, estimating, safety, and more. Plus 500 hundred of exam practice questions with detailed explanations to all law and business exam practice 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.