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Old 12-09-2008, 06:21 PM   #201
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I took and passed my B tests today. License Guru Phil was a great help with my app as well as his partner Joanie with my study materials.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:23 PM   #202
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I applied for the california c-10 license, my application was accepted and my test is actually next week. My father was a partner in a business so the my experince was working with him growing up and then full time when i graduated for about 5 years. I then received a job as a facilities manager tfor the past 3.5 years , still very involved in the trade (which I listed on my application, and I do have all documentation for). My dad's partner the one with the license is retiring so I am going to get a license so that we can open our own company (my father is not good at tests). Now, that you have my story here is my dilema, with my experience working for my dads company i dont have payroll records. I know that only a small percentage are actually submitted for formal review but my application was tagged as young journeyman (even though i'm 25) which I understand guarantees a formal review. I am now getting a little nervous that I will not be able to show acceptable documentatiion. All of my information is true but with really no way to prove it will they assume I am being untruthful??
Thats a hard one to answer. Since you posted this question, what have you heard from the cslb?
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:26 PM   #203
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hey licenseguru, i've had bosses who are licensed contractors and can bearly screw in a light bulb. I just don't know how they get their license? I know that they don't have an RMO to turn to either.

Also, how much money does it cost to take the exams in ca?
All they need to do is show the experience on the app, if its accepted and can pass the test there off and running. Unfortunately there is no test for stupid. I processed many an app at the board where I'd throw up my hands and send them to the exam. If they can pass the test, that's all the state requires. Sorry. I guess I've contributed in a small way to putting stupid licensed contractors on the street.

$400. That's it. Plus the cost of the bond.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:29 PM   #204
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O.K. I am an RME for a corporation with a B1 and a C20 License. I would like to disassociate myself from the company because I want to start my own business. I've been putting this off now for a few years because it seems overwhelmng to me. It's time. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Piece of cake. Submit the Disassociation form then submit your App for new a license (waiver). Pay the $400 and submit a new bond. No test, dont have to show experience. The current license will have 90 days to replace you. After 90 days the license is suspended.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:32 PM   #205
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Fyi.... I'm closing my business, Contractor University, but I'll still be here to offer assistance to anyone who needs help with their CA license. I will also offer a fr*ee review of your application if you need it. You can also send me an email by clicking on my name. Sometimes I dont get the thread notification, so if I dont reply here within a week or so please send me an email.

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Sorry to hear about your business Phil. I guess I got in just in time. You've been an enormous help and we all appreciate your time to answer our questions.
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Thanks for all your help Phil. I wish you the best in your next endeavor.
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:18 PM   #208
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Thanks for all your help Phil. I wish you the best in your next endeavor.
I'm still here, still offering advice and application processing and review. Just closing the current biz and continuing in a more scaled down version.

Had a "biz partner" problem.
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Hi,

I have moved over from England recently and I'm just about to submit my application for C54. I have filled out a work experience form which covers everything in the tile industry. How many of these forms do I need to submit...would one be enough if it shows all my skills.

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Old 12-16-2008, 01:56 PM   #210
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I have moved over from England recently and I'm just about to submit my application for C54. I have filled out a work experience form which covers everything in the tile industry. How many of these forms do I need to submit...would one be enough if it shows all my skills.
Yes, one form is sufficient as long as it covers at least a 4 year period in the last 10 years.
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Thank you for the prompt reply. Yes it does cover more than 4 years. Is there ever a problem with the application with people from overseas?

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Old 12-17-2008, 01:14 AM   #212
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No, it is not a problem. But that's not to say that they may ask for more verification. What type of verification I don't know. I'm just saying they may ask you to go an extra step to prove your experience.
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Thats a hard one to answer. Since you posted this question, what have you heard from the cslb?
I passed both tests my first time in late october. I still havent heard anything from the cslb. I keep checking online and nothing has been posted. I didnt send my fingerprints until early december so maybe that is what they are waiting for? Also, I noticed that it no longer says young journeyman when I log in to check my status.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:18 PM   #214
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Congratulations! Did you submit your bond and proof of workers comp or the exemption form?

If you have no criminal background, your prints would/should go thru the system in just a few days. If you do, then it will be much longer!
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Congratulations! Did you submit your bond and proof of workers comp or the exemption form?

If you have no criminal background, your prints would/should go thru the system in just a few days. If you do, then it will be much longer!
I called today and asked them what was going on. I had recieved a letter when I passed my exam saying not to send in my bond info etc. until i received a letter from them saying that my experience has been verified. Apparently she had said that something must have slipped through the cracks and i never received that letter and i should have. So I now have less than thirty days (which i dont think will be a problem) to send everything else to the issuance unit and they will give me my license number and certificate. I did ask, and my prints and everything are already cleared. So I guess as long as i get the required information to them in time I should get my license fairly quickly?
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I called today and asked them what was going on. I had recieved a letter when I passed my exam saying not to send in my bond info etc. until i received a letter from them saying that my experience has been verified. Apparently she had said that something must have slipped through the cracks and i never received that letter and i should have. So I now have less than thirty days (which i dont think will be a problem) to send everything else to the issuance unit and they will give me my license number and certificate. I did ask, and my prints and everything are already cleared. So I guess as long as i get the required information to them in time I should get my license fairly quickly?

As soon as your license number is made available, the insurance companies and BBB we be calling you non-stop. You won't hear anything from the state till a few days later. They solicitors will know before you will.
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As soon as your license number is made available, the insurance companies and BBB we be calling you non-stop. You won't hear anything from the state till a few days later. They solicitors will know before you will.
Same thing happened to me when I got my application approved and was awaiting a test date assignment.
The contractor license schools descended like vultures a few days before the CSLB notified me that I had been approved. One of them even had a sales pitch that made them sound as if they were calling from the CSLB to provide test study materials for a fee.
Very shifty bunch, those schools.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:58 PM   #218
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Yes, once you have everything to the issuance unit you're all set. The number should come soon after that.

What is with the BBB? They must live on the cslb's site. Many times I worked my back side off to get a number issued for a client only to call them with the good news and be told by the client that the BBB called already. Twice I called the BBB office in the clients area and chewed them out. They coulda cared less.

Having had a "school" myself, I understand their tactics. As soon as your app hits the state's web site they begin sending out their post cards/flyers/brochures. I never used that marketing technique, mostly because of cost and a tightwad partner, but it is effective marketing. Maybe that's why I'm disolving my corp. I didn't compete in the direct mail wars.

I know of the school you're talking about with the slick pitch pretending to be part of the cslb. Cant remember exactly which school it is now, but while I was at the board we got a hold of their marketing material and tried to put a stop to it.... never happened. CSLB drops the ball again!
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Hey License Guru... Do you know of anyone who has used this school/course?
They're name is "Contractor's license.com". You can see them at:

http://www.contractorslicense.com/

If anyone has used them, please let me know. I need to retake my Ca trade exam. Thank you!

Also, I just called these guys. They say the same thing as everyone else, "guaranteed. we have people who sit in on the exams and remember the questions..." but everyone I speak to whose taken these types of courses says that the questions aren't on their study material. The name of this school is: eLicense School dba Dynasty School

Has you, License Guru, or anyone else ever heard of it?

Then there is "peerless institute." What do you think of them?

This one seems good "Academy License Center Contractor School" but... again, without the referals from anyone out there, it's difficult to say.

Also, whatever school/home study course you know as being good, please let me know!


Thank you very much License Guru!!

Go to Ebay and search for "contractors license exam" plenty of guides to choose from.
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Go to Ebay and search for "contractors license exam" plenty of guides to choose from.
I did the ebay search. the top auction states "answers verbetim" That's impossible! The state changes the questions for each and every exam. There is no way that the answers provided in that auction are "verbetim."

There are plenty of Quickpass products but I would not recommend that system. I sold quickpass for several years and I know that the material has not been updated in well over a year. Some classifications were not updated at all.

The materials sold by cloc or acontractorslicense are the best on the market. I too sold this product and am in the process of obtaining a new contract with the same publisher. Academy License Center Contractor School also sells this product but I'm not sure as to why they only offer study materials for 4 classifications.

Just to give my two cents again on the "schools" that state 98% pass rate. That is really just a smoke screen, a marketing tool to get people to buy their product. The "school" has no control over the student, the way the student studys, the retention ability of the student, the questions on the exam. Far too many variables, that is why I will never state a pass rate. The consumer has to be aware of overblown marketing statements.

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