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All You Need to Know on General Contractors Licensing and Exams

The state of California through its board regulating the trade of general builders, the California State Licensing Board, CSLB, demands on all of its general builders to have a California State Contractors License prior to starting any construction project therein. You need to bear in mind the fact that this actually as well applies to the supervision of any project. Moreover, you need to be aware of the fact that this is actually a fact that applies to the whole state of California.

According to the board, a general contractor is defined as any person or business principally working with any structure “built, being built or to be built, for he support, shelter, and enclosure of persons or animals…or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.” There are some steps that will have to be taken for you to get your CA contractors’ license but this guide will see you get the license in no time.

What we will take a look at first in this post will be the examination requirements for you to have your licenses as a general contractor in CA. It will be mandatory for any applicant for the general contreactor’s license in CA to take and pass a written exam. This examination basically covers the areas in the business of contracting and the state laws applicable in California governing this trade. The exam is a multiple choice exam that has four choices for each question. Qualified candidates for these exams must have had at least four years of experience in contracting work over the past ten years. The experience must have been received serving as a journeyman, foreman or some other supervisor position. One other way for qualifying for these exams is by taking and completing an apprenticeship program that is approved by the CSLB.

You can make use of the available study guides with sample questions to get readied for these exams. In these guides, you will find such a sure breakdown on some of the topics that will be tested in the exams, the test taking strategies, sample questions and as well some resources that will prove quite useful in so far as your need to do further study goes for the exams awaiting you.

One other feature to know of these exams is the fact that there are actually some available exemptions to them. You stand a chance at exam exemption if at all you happen to have been active in the construction industry and trade for the past five years, actively so. Still an applicant with reciprocity based on their licensure as general contractors in states such as Utah, Nevada and Arizona may stand to enjoy these exemptions to exams.

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