How To Get Your C-6 Finish Carpentry License

Get your license, make more money.

It’s actually really simple.

All you have to have is 4 years of experience.

If you have that, talk to us.

And we’ll help you through the rest.

Our business was founded by a man who is a licensed C-6 Finish Carpenter. As such, this license is closer to our hearts than all the others. Finish Carpentry is such a specialty trade, in the best of ways. Finish carpenters, unlike many of the other tradesmen, get to create beautiful things.

Our business-owners cabinetry business focused on three things: refinishes, refaces, or rebuilds. Of course, he often branched out to crown moulding, stairway railing, and other types of trimming and hardwood floors.

We’re glad you’re looking into getting this license. There’s nothing much better than a beautiful kitchen or bathroom; or the beautiful accents that crown molding lends to a home.

We want to help you get the license; and, more than that, we want to make it as easy as possible.

It can seem daunting, but we’ll break it down for you.


The only requirement is four years of experience in the trade. If you’ve been doing finish carpentry for four years (anytime during the last ten years) whether you were working for a company or even doing the work on your own, you’re qualified to get the license.

If you have a bachelors degree, you’re only required to have two years of experience. If you have an AA, you’re only required three years.

What’s Next?

You have the experience.

The next step is to take and pass two tests with the state of California. A law test–which covers construction and business law. As well as a trade test–which will test your knowledge of the C-6 trade.

Now, if you have the necessary four years experience, the trade test will come pretty easily to you.

The law test is usually the one that trips up contractors.


The trade test was assembled by contractors (people who speak and think like you).

Whereas the law test was assembled by lawyers (lawyers think a little differently and use different terminology).

How We Can Help

Not to worry. The entire point of our existence is preparing you for BOTH tests. Before I break down exactly how our program works, first let’s make sure you’re on the right page and this is the license for you. Below is the exact definition of what a C-6 licensed contractor does according to the state of California.

C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry
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. (832.06 CCR)

Our Program

For you, we have several options.

You can enroll in one of our schools. We have six locations in the southern California area. If you aren’t near one of our locations, or if you’re not interested in the weekly commute, we have a great option.

Online School

Online school is our most popular form of schooling. It’s been gaining popularity in recent years as many realize that it’s much nicer to study from home rather than driving ALL THE WAY out to a classroom. It saves time and you get all the same material.

Our final option is individual products.

Maybe you don’t want to pay for the full-scale online experience. You’re already knowledgable on the law and don’t need the full program. You can browse our products for reduced prices of different packages of material. We’ll ship the materials to your home.

Simple As That

It really is simple.

If you have the experience, you must take the two tests.

Then you’ll receive your license.

How Does The State Know You Have The Experience?


In order to take the tests, you must submit an application to the state. On the application, you must have someone sign off on it saying that they know you have the experience. This person doesn’t have to be a licensed contractor; it can simply be someone you’ve worked with. If you enroll in our program, you’ll receive more information regarding this step of the process.

Or you can simply give us a call and ask any questions you have.

We’re happy to assist anyone and answer any question.

After The Tests

After you pass the tests you are required to purchase a bond in the amount of $15,000 — which is very inexpensive. About $100 a year. You also have to get fingerprinted (background checked) which costs about $70 from a notary.

Then, you’ll be a licensed contractor.

It really is that simple.

It all starts with enrolling in a school to get the instruction necessary to be able to pass the tests. We hope you choose us, because we have the lowest prices, to easiest-to-understand material, we’ve been around for quite some time now; we have great reviews, and our passion is your success.

You can enroll through our website.

You can call us with any questions.

You can even set a meeting with us if you’d like and you live near one of our six locations.

Thanks for you time.

Best of luck pursuing your finish carpentry license. It’s a great one. You get to make beautiful things and make great money at the same time. Who can complain about that?

Enrolling is simple. Only takes about 2 minutes.

Maybe less. Give it a try.
And if you have any questions, email us or give us a call. thanks!

Get Enrolled

It only takes a few minutes to fill out your information and pay through Paypal–the interent’s most secure checkout process.

The contracting school in Temecula really changed my life.  Today I own my own business.  I would highly recommend this school for anyone trying to get their contractor license in the state of California!!

Douglas Palmer

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Four Steps To Get Your Contractors License:

Get Instruction

Technically, you can apply for and try to take the state tests without receiving any test prep or instruction, but this often results in failure. It’s best to get some instruction, be it from us or another school, before applying to take the exams.

Apply For The Tests

In order to get a test examination date, you have to send in your application. The only requirement on your part is that you have 4 years of experience in the trade you are applying for (ex: if you’re applying for a c-36 plumbing license, you have to have had four years of experience, in the last 10 years, of plumbing. You can’t have four years of experience in landscaping and apply to get your plumbing license. You’ll want to apply for the license in which you have the experience). Once you send in this application, the state will get back to you anywhere within two to six weeks (give or take a few days or weeks; it all depends on them). When you get your application back (if it has been approved), your test date will be about two weeks out at a location of the state’s choosing–they try to give a location closest to your home.

Often, contractors will send off their application and then begin our classes, since you will usually have a few weeks of waiting time before you receive your test date. However, it might be best to go through our program first, then send off your application, to make sure you’ve had enough time to study.

Take The Tests

Take your tests!

You’ll have to pass the Law and Trade tests. They are 125 questions each and you will be given three and a half hours to complete each of them. Not too bad.

There will also be an open-book abestos test, but that one’s easy. It’s open book! And considerably shorter than the other tests.

Addtional Items

After passing your tests, you’ll have to get fingerprinted (otherwise known as “live-scanned”). This can be done at your nearest notary for around $70.

You’ll want to get your DBA (business name). This is around $45.

FINALLY, to hold the license, you have to have what’s called a “surety bond,” in the amount of 15,000. This will cost you around $100 a year. Not too bad either.

Then, you will be a licensed contractor with a business name and everything.

Start getting those jobs and making that money.