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Old 02-24-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Hello all. Thanks for this great forum which has been beneficial to me on numerous occasions throughout the years.

A little about me: 20-year carpenter. I've worked for a variety of general contractors, ranging from small residential design/build firms to large union infrastructure projects.

Three of my four years, within the last ten, are completely verifiable through tax records, past employers or union reps. But there is one year where I worked completely off the books for this one GC who was and is currently licensed and active. No tax records, pay stubs, nothing. Just cash in the pocket.

Any suggestions as to how to report this work experience on my application without sending up red flags, getting anyone in trouble, etc?
It was only about a year way back in 2010-2011.

Realistically, if that GC were to just sign off on the experience, could he expect trouble for no workers comp? What if I had a different employer who knows firsthand of that experience sign off on it? Or, should I report it as "self-employed"? And if so, will CSLB care enough about one year to ask for tax records?


Maybe worth mentioning, I also have a bachelor's degree but in a completely non construction-related field.


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Old 02-24-2019, 03:48 PM   #2
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if a guy named licenseguru doesn't respond contact him.

long standing member & an ex-cslb guy....


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if a guy named licenseguru doesn't respond contact him.

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www.contractortalk.com/members/license-guru-21375/
Thanks. Yes I've read all of his work here and have been grateful for it. These things can seem complicated though and everyone's situation is different. Aside from the work, getting licensed is costly so I want to make sure it's right the first time.

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Submit the cash experience as an employee of that contractor. You don't have to worry about him getting in hot water, and the cslb doesn't care if you were paid cash.
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Your 4 yr degree would be worth 18 months credit toward the 48 month minimum.
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Submit the cash experience as an employee of that contractor. You don't have to worry about him getting in hot water, and the cslb doesn't care if you were paid cash.
Thanks very much Phil. I would rather not approach him about it though. I believe we've talked about it before and he didn't want to. But from what I understand, I can have another one of my employers sign off on the work I did for him right? He doesn't even have to know about it

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Your 4 yr degree would be worth 18 months credit toward the 48 month minimum.
Yes I've read that before. But if you go to CSLB website, they seem very specific about the fields in which a credit-worthy degree can be in - all fields somehow related to business, law or trades.
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Yes, anyone with first hand knowledge of the experience can be your certifier. It doesn't have to be the employer or person you worked for.

They'll give credit for any degree. 24 (or 36) months for a four year degree that is directly related to the trade being applied for, 18 months if it's not.
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Thanks again Phil. Would you be willing to review my application? If so, how should I send it?
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I'd be happy to take a look. Email it to me [email protected]
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I'd be happy to take a look. Email it to me [email protected]
Fantastic! Thanks again. I'll just send a draft filled out by me. No signatures or anything.
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Quick and funny update. The GC who I worked under the table for will sign off on that year no worries. He's not worried about it. I'll probably work with him on jobs in the future and he's excited to do it!



On the other hand, my "union rep", who I contacted today WILL NOT. He acted on the phone as though he were insulted. I'm guessing I overstepped some union-dogma, political trade relations boundary. I asked why. He was unable to provide a clear explanation and I could tell he was heated. That's ok. I'll get around it.



Thanks a bunch Carpenters Local 46!

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I've heard that before, where union's get their panties in a bunch when a member strays from the flock.

Keep in mind, anybody with first hand knowledge of your experience can be a certifier. Like a fellow union member.
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I've heard that before, where union's get their panties in a bunch when a member strays from the flock.

Keep in mind, anybody with first hand knowledge of your experience can be a certifier. Like a fellow union member.
Would you advise against using just one employer/contractor on on all my experience, even though it was with other companies?

It's an employer I have a long pro/personal relationship with and he knows what I've done. It's all backed up by taxes after all, except for the one cash GC but he'll confirm on the phone.
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You can use the same certifier.

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