How To Choose The Best Contractor License For You (11-20)

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I get it. It can be hard to choose the perfect contractor classification you want to be licensed in. It’s like trying to decide what froyo flavor to get. Except there are 50 different flavors. Let’s break down how to choose the best contractor license for you.

An electrical contractor places, installs, erects or connects any electrical wires, fixtures,
appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, solar photovoltaic cells or any part thereof,
which generate, transmit, transform or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any

Learn more about the C10 Eletrical Contractor License

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An elevator contractor fabricates, erects, installs and repairs elevators, including sheave
beams, motors, sheaves, cable and wire rope, guides, cab, counter weights, doors
(including sidewalk elevator doors), automatic and manual controls, signal systems, and
all other devices and equipment associated with the safe and efficient installation and
operation of electrical, hydraulic and manually operated elevators.

Learn more about the C11 Elevator Contractor License

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An earthwork and paving contractor digs, moves, and places material forming the
surface of the earth, other than water, in such a manner that a cut, fill, excavation, grade,
trench, backfill, or tunnel (if incidental thereto) can be executed, including the use of
explosives for these purposes. This classification includes the mixing, fabricating and
placing of paving and any other surfacing materials.

Learn more about the C12 Earthwork and Paving Contractor License

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A fencing contractor constructs, erects, alters, or repairs all types of fences, corrals,
runs, railings, cribs, game court enclosures, guard rails and barriers, playground game
equipment, backstops, posts, flagpoles, and gates, excluding masonry walls.

Learn more about the C13 Fencing Contractor License

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A flooring and floor covering contractor prepares any surface for the installation of
flooring and floor coverings, and installs carpet, resilient sheet goods, resilient tile, wood
floors and flooring (including the finishing and repairing thereof), and any other materials
established as flooring and floor covering material, except ceramic tile.

Learn more about the C15 Flooring and Floor Covering Contractor License

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A fire protection contractor lays out, fabricates and installs all types of fire protection
systems; including all the equipment associated with these systems, excluding electrical
alarm systems.

Learn more about the C16 Fire Protection Contractor License

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A glazing contractor selects, cuts, assembles and/or installs all makes and kinds of
glass, glass work, mirrored glass, and glass substitute materials for glazing; executes the
fabrication and glazing of frames, panels, sashes and doors; and/or installs these items
in any structure.

Learn more about the C17 Glazing Contractor License

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A warm-air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning contractor fabricates, installs,
maintains, services and repairs warm-air heating systems and water heating heat
pumps, complete with warm-air appliances; ventilating systems complete with blowers
and plenum chambers; air-conditioning systems complete with air-conditioning unit;
and the ducts, registers, flues, humidity and thermostatic controls and air filters in
connection with any of these systems. This classification shall include warm-air heating,
ventilating and air-conditioning systems which utilize solar energy.

Learn more about the C20 Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor License

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A building moving/demolition contractor raises, lowers, cribs, underpins, demolishes and
moves or removes structures, including their foundations. This classification does not
include the alterations, additions, repairs or rehabilitation of the permanently retained
portions of such structures.

Learn more about the Building Moving/Demolition Contractor License

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An asbestos abatement contractor performs abatement, including containment,
encapsulation, or removal, and disposal of asbestos-containing construction materials, as
defined in Section 6501.8 of the Labor Code, in and on buildings and structures. All work
performed and all documentation prepared by an asbestos abatement contractor shall be
done in accordance with regulations and requirements of the Department of Industrial
Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). The C-22 Asbestos
Abatement contractor classification operates as a stand-alone specialty contractor
classification for asbestos abatement work, regardless of any other classification(s)
that may be held by the licensed contractor, and functions within the scope of the
contractor’s DOSH registration.

Learn more about the C22 Asbestos Abatement Contractor License

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There you go. Those are the next 10 classifications you can get in California. Hopefully, you learned a little more and decided which contractor license was best for you. 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.

For a more comprehensive list of the California Contractor License Classifications.

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