Become a California Contractor

Become a Contractor in California

Quick Overview on Becoming a Contractor in California:

  • All contractors involved in construction related trades in California are required to be licensed by the California State License Board (CSLB)
  • To become a licensed contractor, candidates will have to sit for two exams: a business & law exam and an exam on their trade.
  • In order to sit for the examinations, the board must first approve your application.
  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • Applicants are required to have 4 years experience to qualify to take the exam. Experience must be as a journeyman, foreman or supervisor, contractor, or as an owner-builder.
  • All applicants must have a working capital of at least $2,500.

Steps To Become A Licensed Contractor In California

Step OneOnce you review the above requirements for becoming a Contractor in California and you determine that you have met those requirements, you will need to get your Bond & Insurance Quote
Contractors Insurance can issue easy bond and insurance approvals. Get your quote with a fast 24-hour turnaround.

Step Two: Apply for your Examination
To Apply for your Contractor’s License Examination in California, Visit the Contractors State License Board.

Step Three: Download or order the Contractors License Law & Reference book
You can order the book here if you prefer to have the book in hand. Or, you can download a free PDF here (2020 Version).

It’s a big study guide, but there are several options to help you study with online courses and in class courses if you are not a “self-studier.”

Step Four: Issue your Bond & Insurance
Call us at 1-925-448-2578 to issue your bond and insurance.

Step FiveGet your License
Visit this page on the Contractors State License Board to issue your Contractor’s License.


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