How To Get Your C-10 California Contractors License

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Here’s the thing. Getting your C-10 California Contractors License is much easier than you think.

Let me break it down into three simple steps.

Step 1. Requirements for C-10 California Contractors License

Good things take hard work. And getting your Contractors’ License is a good thing.

But that makes it worth doing.

So there are a few things you must know going in.

  1. Must be over 18 years old.
  2. Have 4 years of working experience.
  3. Have a valid SSN or ITIN.

That’s it. Realistically you have more than 4 years of experience and are over 18 so the hard work is nearly finished.

All you must do now is make a choice.

To take the risk, start the business and get your license. Or stay the same.

“If you’re not growing you’re dying.”

William Burroughs

The benefit is there are people in your corner.

Like us. The Contractor License School. And the California State which is desperate for good contractors.

So why not get the license?

How To Get Your C-10 California Contractors License. Requirements to get your California Contractors License.

Step 2. Study

Once you make the decision to become better and attain your license you must go back to school. Everyones favorite thing right.

There are two tests you must pass in order to become licensed.

  1. Law. Including liens, bonds, contract law, taxes, etc. This test was written by lawyers in order to ensure you understand the law as they pertain to construction and business. (Don’t worry, we’ve worked with experts to ensure our course breaks it down in a simple digestible way)
  2. Trade. This test is (technically) easier than the first. Because you already have at least 4 years of experience. Although there is still more to learn in many ways you’ve already started studying for the test just by working the trade.

Our job at the Contractor License School is more than just preparing you for these two tests. If we did that awesome. But we want to ensure you because successful with the C-10 California Contractors License.

That is why we offer many different courses to make sure you choose one that works best for you and will allow you to get the most out of the learning. Whether in person or online or at home. (And much more such as advertising and Incorporation services.)

Step 3. Pass the C-10 California Contractors License Test

By now you have already gone through the course and are ready to take your test.

At this point, you will send off your Application to the CSLB. This application verifies your experience and provides the necessary person/business information. (application provided upon enrollment + assistance)

My advice is even if you are not 100% prepared for the test still send out your application.

Why? Because the CSLB will take 4-8 weeks to get back to you with options to choose a test date/location. During that time you can keep studying to make sure you are prepared.

The entire license process takes 2-3 months if you work diligently.

The hardest part is just getting started.

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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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