Professional Development Courses

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

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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$19.00Add to cart

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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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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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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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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2010 ADA Standards: Plumbing Elements and Facilities | Professional Development

1 Credit | 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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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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Ethics and Professional Development Course | Professional Development

2 Hours | Online Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
For a builder or contractor, the reputation of your business is everything. Learn to apply a Code of Ethics to your current policies, rules and guidelines and protect your reputation..
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$29.00Add to cart

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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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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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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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 pitfalls 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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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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Tools for Construction Math | 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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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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$39.00Add to cart

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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$39.00Add to cart

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$69.00Add to cart

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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$69.00Add to cart

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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$69.00Add to cart

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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$69.00Add to cart

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$89.00Add to cart

California Building Contractor Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain a California contractor license?

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.

Who needs to be licensed in California?

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.

How do I get my contractor license in California?

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.

Are there any Education, Exam or Experience requirements to get my California Contractors License?

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.

Is contractor continued education required in California?

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.

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in California?

No

Does California require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?

Yes

Does California have reciprocity with other states?

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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