How To Get Your General B Contractors LicenseGet 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.
Getting your General B “General Contractors” License may be easier than you think. The only pre-requisite–in other words, the only thing you have to have–is four years of experience doing General B type of work. (General B work is ‘rough carpentry’–I’ll past a more informative definition below, but most-likely, if you’re on this page, you know what a general b contractor does).
If you have a bachelor’s degree, then the state only requires two years of experience in the trade.
Okay, so you have the 4 years. What’s next?
In order to get the license, you have to send off an application to the state of California. On the application, you have to have someone sign off for you–usually you’ll want this person to be your employer, former employer, supervisor, or business associate. The state will receive your application and then give you a test date because you must pass two tests with the state in order to receive your license.
One test is on construction law.
The second test will focus on the trade (in your case, the General B).
Now, technically speaking, you don’t have to attend a contractor school like ours. You can simply take the tests without going to any classes, but it is highly recommended that you go to classes because otherwise you may have difficulty passing the tests.
The trade test will probably be the easier of the two because you already have experience in construction, but the law test may prove more difficult (and is usually the one that contractors struggle with) because it’s written by lawyers and includes topics such as contract law, bonds and liens. Even taxes. Yeah, it’s tough stuff.
That’s where we come in.
Our program will provide with the classes and all the materials you’ll need to be able to pass both the tests.
If you want to attend our classes in-person and go through our program that way, see our locations and times.
If you don’t live anywhere near our classes, you can always take them online. With our online program, you still get everything you need to pass those tests, sans the in-person classes. But you will be able to access pre-recorded classes online.
What about bonds?–you may ask.
Don’t you have to have a bond?
Other than attending classes and sending off that application in order to take the tests there are a few additional small steps to get your contractors license.
We have a detailed page about that on our website if you want more info on that.
Otherwise, you’re good to go.
Give us a call if you want to set an appointment and sign-up.
Or enroll for our classes online.
You can either enroll for the classes at one of our locations, or you can enroll for our online course.
Thanks for your time.
Here’s the definition of the General B Contractor from CSLB themselves (CSLB–the Contractor State License Board, AKA, your future overlords).
The General Contractor License is one of the most sought-after licenses in the United States and specifically the state of California. That’s because it is one of the most versatile licenses. Anyone licensed with this B trade license can take almost any kind of job out there by hiring a subcontractor or working the project themselves. Unlike a specialty license contractor that must stick to doing work that pertains only to its trade, the general contractor can take projects with multiple trades. This opens the door to all kinds of construction possibilities and a larger pool of opportunities than any other trade. Here is a list of the things a general contractor can do as specified by the state:
Business & Professions Code
Division 3, Chapter 9. Contractors, Article 4. Classifications
(a) Except as provided in this section, a general building contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built, for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind, requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.
This does not include anyone who merely furnishes materials or supplies under Section 7045 without fabricating them into, or consuming them in the performance of the work of the general building contractor.
(b) A general building contractor may take a prime contract or a subcontract for a framing or carpentry project. However, a general building contractor shall not take a prime contract for any project involving trades other than framing or carpentry unless the prime contract requires at least two unrelated building trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty contractor to perform the work. A general building contractor shall not take a subcontract involving trades other than framing or carpentry, unless the subcontract requires at least two unrelated trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification. The general building contractor may not count framing or carpentry in calculating the two unrelated trades necessary in order for the general building contractor to be able to take a prime contract or subcontract for a project involving other trades.
(c) No general building contractor shall contract for any project that includes the “C-16” Fire Protection classification as provided for in Section 7026.12 or the “C-57” Well Drilling classification as provided for in Section 13750.5 of the Water Code, unless the general building contractor holds the specialty license or subcontracts with the appropriately licensed specialty contractor.
Enrolling is simple. Only takes about 2 minutes.
And if you have any questions, email us or give us a call. thanks!
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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.
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.