How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10)

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There are lots of California Contractor License Classifications out there to choose from. Here we will break down the first 10 and how to attain them.

A general engineering contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business
is in connection with fixed works requiring specialized engineering knowledge and skill,
including the following divisions or subjects.

Learn more about GA Engineering Contractor License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). General Engineering.

A general building contractor’s principal contracting business is in whole or partial
connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built…

Learn more about GB Building Contractor License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). General Building

A residential remodeling contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting
business is in connection with any project to make improvements to, on, or in an
existing residential wood frame structure, and the project requires the use of at least
three unrelated building trades or crafts for a single contract.

Learn more about the GB Residential Remodeling Contractor License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). General Building 2
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An insulation and acoustical contractor installs any insulating media and preformed
architectural acoustical materials for the purpose of temperature and/or sound control.

Learn more about the C2 Insulation and Acoustical Contractor License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). C2 Installation and Accoustical license

A boiler, hot-water heating and steam fitting contractor installs, services and repairs
power boiler installations, hot-water heating systems and steam fitting, including firetube and water-tube steel power boilers and hot-water heating low pressure boilers,
steam fitting and piping, fittings, valves, gauges, pumps, radiators, convectors, fuel oil
tanks, fuel oil lines, chimneys, flues, heat insulation and all other equipment, including
solar heating equipment, associated with these systems.

Learn more about the C4 Water and Steam Fitting Contractor License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). C4 - Boiler, Hot-Water Heating and Steam Fitting.
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A framing and rough carpentry contractor performs any form work, framing or rough
carpentry necessary to construct framed structures; installs or repairs individual
components of framing systems and performs any rough carpentry or associated work,
including but not limited to the construction or installation of: sub-flooring, siding,
exterior staircases and railings, overhead doors, roof decking, truss members, and
sheathing.

Learn more about the C5 Framing and Rough Carpentry License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). C5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry.
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A cabinet, millwork and finish carpentry contractor makes cabinets, cases, sashes,
doors, trims, non-bearing partitions and other items of “finish carpentry” by cutting,
surfacing, joining, gluing and fabricating wood or other products to provide a functional
surface. This contractor also places, erects, and finishes such cabinets and millwork in
structures.

Learn more about the C6 Cabinet, Millwork and Carpentry Contractor License

How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). C6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry.
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A communication and low voltage systems contractor installs, services and maintains
all types of communication and low voltage systems which are energy limited and do
not exceed 91 volts. These systems include, but are not limited to, telephone systems,
sound systems, cable television systems, closed-circuit video systems, satellite dish
antennas, instrumentation and temperature controls, and low voltage landscape lighting.
Low voltage fire alarm systems are specifically not included in this section.

Learn more about the C7 Low Voltage Systems Contractor License

colorful cable wires. How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). C7 - Low Voltage Systems
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A concrete contractor forms, pours, places, finishes and installs specified mass,
pavement, flat and other concrete work; and places and sets screeds for pavements or
flatwork. This class shall not include contractors whose sole contracting business is the
application of plaster coatings or placing and erecting of steel or bars for the reinforcing
of mass, pavement, flat and other concrete work.

Learn more about the C8 Concrete Contractor License

cement flowing at construction site. How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (1-10). Get your C8 - Concrete Contractors License.
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A drywall contractor lays out and installs gypsum wall board and gypsum wall board
assemblies, including nonstructural metal framing members, and performs the taping
and texturing operations including the application of compounds that adhere to wall
board to produce a continuous smooth or textured surface.

Learn more about the C9 Drywall Contractor License

That’s it. The first 10 contractor licenses you can get. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about how each contractor license works and which one to pursue. At the end of the day it all depends on where your experience lies, what you are interested in and which one you can make the most money doing.

How to get your contractor license?

In total, it takes 2-3 months to get your contractor license if you are diligent. Here at the Contractor License School, our job is to make sure you are prepared to pass the two tests necessary to get the California Contractor License.

For more information regarding that check out our courses below.

  • contractor diamond online course. The best way to get your license.
    Online Course (Diamond)
    $999.00
  • Contractor license package 1
    Home Study Course (Everything)
    $699.00
  • classroom
    Classroom Instruction (Materials Included)
    $1,299.00

For a more comprehensive list of the California Contractor Licenses.

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Hey, it’s me. Jack Anthony. I wrote these posts. If it helped you go ahead and leave a comment down below and checkout our courses. Other than that good luck getting your contractors license. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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