Contractor License Complete Course Package | California Exam Prep 2018

Exam Prep | Online Narrated Course | Instructors:  J. MacDowell & Paul Acker Prepare for the California Building Contractor License exam on your own schedule with this online course that covers both the Law & Business Management and General Building (B) parts of the exam and is based on the 2016 California Building Codes. Mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere!   Includes Free Video Instructions on How to Market Your Construction Company on Social Media!

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$179.00
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General Building (B) | California Exam Prep 2018

Exam Prep | Online Narrated Course | Instructor:  Paul Acker
This course will prepare students for the General Building (B) portion of the exam using the 2016 California Building Codes and is based on the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Examination Study Guide and cited resources.  It is mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere! 

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$99.00
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Law and Business Management | California Exam Prep 2018

Exam Prep | Online Narrated Course | Instructor:  J MacDowell
Regardless of your license classification, you will be required to pass the Law and Business Management exam.  Prepare for the exam with this course which is mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere! 

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$99.00
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Professional Development Courses

*California does not require continuing education be completed for license renewal.

Silica Safety | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online HD Video Course | Instructor:  Scott Corbat and Josh Francis
OSHA estimates that more than 840,000 construction workers are exposed to silica levels exceeding the Permissible Exposure Limit each year.  Learn the OSHA regulations and safety codes for silica safety.

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$19.00
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29 CFR 1926 Stairways and Ladders | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Josh Francis
This course applies to all stairways and ladders used in construciton, alteration, repair and demolition workplaces and when they are requird to be provided as covered under 29 CFR Part 1926.

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$19.00
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2010 ADA Standards: Accessible Routes | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Accessibility issues can lead to unhappy clients, failed inspections or even discipline from the state. Ramp up your knowledge of current ADA standards here.

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$19.00
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2010 ADA Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
A crappy building inspection could flush all of your hard work down the drain. Learn the importance of adequate plumbing elements including drinking fountains, toilet facilities, bathtubs and showers, as well as applicable hardware.

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$19.00
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2010 ADA Standards: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Poor circulation is as bad for your building as it is for your heart. Stay out of a jam by knowing the importance of circulation pathways and ADA requirements for lodging, dining, courthouse and public transportation facilities.

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$19.00
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Gable End Anchoring and Framing for High Velocity Winds | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Gable end failure really blows. Your buildings will be able to take the worst that mother nature can dish out with these framing and anchoring techniques.

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$19.00
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Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Protecting against water damage is a major concern in many building projects.  Keep your clients dry and your profits high with practical moisture and weather solutions.

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$19.00
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Tax Fraud and Abuse | Professional Development

1 Hour | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Failing to understand tax law can ruin a successful building company. This course will help you understand ethical and responsible tax reporting and payment procedures.

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Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades | Professional Development

1.5 Hours | Online HD Video Class | Instructor: Josh Francis
Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and construction trades.  Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.

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$29.00
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Ethics and Morality in the Professional Setting | Professional Development

2 Hour | Online Video Class | Instructor:  Joshua Francis  Two hour online course identifying the fundamental theories of ethics and their respective weaknesses.  You will learn how to create a Code of Conduct that embodies the ethics that accurately reflect your company core values and principles.

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Powered Industrial Trucks and Aerial Lifts | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online HD Video Course | Instructor:  Nelson Gelinas This course covers the basic use of fork lifts and requirements for proper operation, hazards, inspections and maintenance.  It also highlights certification, fall protection, safety hazards, and best practices for using aerial lifts or platforms.

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$29.00
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2010 ADA Standards: Recreational Facilities | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Make sure everyone can enjoy your next recreational building project. From amusement parks to play areas, we’ll teach you the applicable ADA requirements here.

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Successful Use of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings | Professional Development

2 Credit Hours | Online  Narrated Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of using a pre-engineered metal building and why PEMB's are economical.  This course will cover foundations, building envelope and systems, industrial equipment and code considerations.

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$29.00
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Successful Site Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Designing your building site is key to the success of any building project.  Learn to navigate through the challenges and pit falls of site development without compromising building design.

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Successful Building Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Building design is a crucial to a successful construction project.  Learn proven methods for analyzing design decisions for all aspects of construction, appearance and maintenance.

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$39.00
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Successful Renovations and Additions | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Approach your renovation or addition project with confidence by learning to bring attention to the critical issues, ask the right questions, and identify and integrate strategies that involve existing conditions, design and structural concerns.

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$39.00
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2010 ADA Standards: Exterior Building Blocks | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
The exterior elements of a structure upgrade a building projects first impression. Recognize how exterior exponents can and should comply with ADA requirements.

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2010 ADA Standards: Interior Elements | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
It’s what’s inside that counts. Here we cover the requirements of proper plumbing, communication, special rooms and built-in elements according to current ADA standards.

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$39.00
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2012 Energy, Residential and Building Code Updates | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Stay in the know as we cover the most recent updates to the International Residential Code, International Building Code and the International Energy Conservation Code.

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$39.00
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Harnessing Resources: New Construction Opportunities Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
The building industry is always evolving. Utilizing new construction options and techniques will allow you to build more efficiently and create a better quality of life for your clients.

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$39.00
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Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety I Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Worker safety is the top priority of any successful contractor. A safe workplace allows your team to work more confidently and efficiently, saving you time and money!

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Hazardous Work Zones: Implementing Occupational Safety II | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Construction site accidents cost builders and contractors both time and money, as well as, damaging your reputation with clients and employees. We’ll teach you to identify hazards before they impact your business.

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$39.00
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Preventing Foundation Failure: Soils, Concrete, Reinforcement and Layout | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
A good foundation will drastically increase the quality and longevity of any construction project. Take a step by step look at the unique challenges of foundation preparation and design.

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$39.00
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Technological Innovation: Building "Green" Into the Budget Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Your knowledge of “Green” building will impress potential clients and help improve the impact of construction projects on the environment. All while cutting project expenses, saving you the green you need!

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$39.00
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Envelope Failure: A Better Weatherization Design Course | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Weather whatever the weather throws at your next building project, as we identify how a properly constructed building envelope will keep out weather related moisture and stop uncontrolled movement of energy.

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$39.00
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29 CFR 1926 Confined Spaces | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Josh Francis
This course focuses on construction requirements set forth in the 29 CFR 1926 that are in place to protect employees engaged in construction activities at a worksite with one or more confined spaces such as boilers, elevators, manholes, tanks, incinerators, silos, etc.

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Building on Budget by Design | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Jeff Rice
Making your clients happy is always the goal.   Learn to design efficiently with less complexity, material, and labor resulting in savings for the homeowner.

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$39.00
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Construction Documents For Successful Projects | Professional Development

3 Hours | Online Fully Narrated Course | Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe
Learn to integrate design concepts with current codes and how to identify code related issues while turning your customers goals and aspirations into a safe and cost-effective project.

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Getting Decked: And Choosing How That Happens | Professional Development

3 Credits | Online Narrated Class | Instructor: Paul Spite
Capitalize on our love of outdoor spaces with this course that explores options available to build decks, balconies, and structures that are usually supported at some point above grade It also covers the strengths and weaknesses of the many different materials and surfacing options. 

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Construction Math Simplified | Professional Development

3 Credit Hours | Online Video Course | Instructor:  Josh Francis
This online course provides an interactive, hands-on approach to understanding the basic math formulas and problems encountered in the course of daily construction activities.

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Weatherization and Energy Efficient Building Course | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Improving weatherization and energy efficiency can save clients thousands over the life of the building. Have your clients thanking you every time they get their energy bill with the tips you learn here.

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Drones in Construction | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Greg MacMaster
Drones are more accessible than ever and Georgia Contractors are raving about their benefits.  But before you take flight, learn the rules and regulations that must be followed to operate commercial drones.

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Basic Project Management Course | Professional Development

4 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Managing a building project is truly a balancing act. Here you will find tips for controlling costs and saving time without sacrificing the quality of your work.

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Advanced Project Management Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
In this course we take an in depth look at the responsibilities of a project manager. Study proven methods experienced contractors and builders use to effectively manage all aspects of a building project.

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$69.00
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2010 ADA Standards: Real World Application Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  Roger Peck
Accessibility issues are one of the most common reasons a new building will fail inspections. Learn the current ADA standards and how to implement them with real world problems and solutions.

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$69.00
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Construction Safety Standards Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Creating a safe building site can only be accomplished when everyone understands their role. In this course, expert project managers explain the responsibilities of both the employer and the employees.

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Lead Paint Awareness | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Keep your clients and workers safe from lead paint exposure with this online HD video course.
This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification.

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$69.00
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Contracts, Liabilities and Risk Management Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Get it in writing! Understanding how to utilize contract law for risk and liability management will protect your business from unscrupulous people.

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$69.00
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Weatherization and Renewable Energy Course | Professional Development

6 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell The market for contractors with knowledge about renewable energy building is constantly growing. Give yourself the edge, as we explore practical solutions that will add to a buildings efficiency.

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2010 ADA Standards: Key Features and Elements | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Rodger Peck
Understand how the ADA applies to construction projects this course include onsite, real world examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.

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$79.00
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Estimating and Bidding for Success | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Calculating a more accurate estimate and bid allows a contractor to get the out of every job they take on. Improve your bottom line as we cover all aspects of the bidding process.

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$79.00
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Financial Responsibilities: Effective Business Strategies | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Here you will learn modern techniques for accurate record keeping and accounting principles. Allowing you to sustainably grow your business and manage your funds.

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$79.00
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Manage Your Way to Big Profits | Professional Development

7 Hours | Online Course | Instructor: Paul Acker
Want to make more money? Of course you do. Maximize the earning potential of each and every building project you manage with this course.

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$79.00
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Marketing for Contractors | Professional Development

8 Hours | Online Course | Scott Corbat
Effective marketing to new clients is a struggle for many business owners. Explore the real techniques successful contractors use to increase business year round.

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$89.00
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California Building Contractor Frequently Asked Questions

To obtain a license in California, you must have at least 4 years of experience to qualify to take the examination. However, you may receive credit for your technical training, apprenticeship training or education instead of a portion of the required 4 years of practical experience.

California Law requires all businesses or individuals who construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost (labor and materials) of one or more contracts on the project is $500 or more. You do not have to reside in California to get and keep a contractor’s license. Contractors, including subcontractors, specialty contractors, and person engaged in the business of home improvement must be licensed before submitting bids.

There are serious penalties for unlicensed contracting without a license. First time offenses are usually a misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine, along with a potential administrative fine of $200 to $15,000. The penalties go up with subsequent violations.

Obtain an Application for Original Contractor’s License from any office of the Contractors State License Board, by telephone from the CSLB’s 24-hour automated public information line, (800) 321-CSLB (2752), or via the CSLB Web site:   www.cslb.ca.gov.  Submit the application,  application processing fee ($250) and all experience and certifications in support of experience to:

Contractors State License Board
P.O. Box 2600
Sacramento, CA  95826

Do not submit any bonds or the initial license fee with your application.  Upon successful completion of your examination, you will be instructed to submit required documents (Contractors Bond and proof of Workers Compensation Insurance) and initial license fee.

The CSLB issues licenses to contract in particular trades or fields of the construction profession.  Each separate trade is recognized as a “classification”.  You may add as many classifications to your license as you can qualify for.  For the purpose of classification, the contracting business includes any or all of the following branches:  (Links to all the classification can be found on the California State website)

Class”A” – General Engineering  Contractor
Class “B” – General Building Contractor
Class “C” – Specialty Contractor

Must have more than $2,500 worth of operating capital.  Operating capital is defined as your current assets minus your current liabilities.

Yes – Given by the CSLB

After your application is processed and found acceptable, you will be sent a Notice to Appear for Examination which will include the date, time and location of the exam. Examination sites are located throughout the state. All qualifying individuals must pass the standard Law and Business examination in addition to a second test covering the specific trade or certification area for which they are applying. Both exams consist of multiple choice questions.

Contractors who work with asbestos or other hazardous substances are subject to a number of certification, registration, reporting, and safety requirements and require additional training, exams and applications to become certified.

You must have at least 4 years of experience to qualify to take the examination. Credit for experience is given only for experience at a journey level or as a foreman, supervising employee, contractor, or owner-builder (one who has the knowledge and skills of a journeyman and who performs work on his or her own property).

There are no education requirements to qualify for a contractor’s license. However, you may receive credit for your technical training, apprenticeship training or education instead of a portion of the required 4 years of practical experience. At lease one year must be practical experience. Check state web site for details.

There are no requirements for Continuing Education at this time. A Contractor’s License is initially issued for a two year period and expires two years from the last day of the month in which it was issued.

No

Yes

Out of state individuals can apply for a California License if they meet the qualifications. California has formal reciprocity agreements with the contractor licensing agencies of Arizona, Nevada and Utah in specified classifications where the scopes of practice and licensing requirements are either identical or fundamentally indistinguishable in each state with California. California may recognize the experience qualifications for certain trades and the Registrar may waive the written trade examination for a contractor licensed in another state. Applicants must still qualify by taking and passing the Law and Business Examination and must apply for and be issued a license by the California Contractors State License Board.

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