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Old 09-11-2014, 01:54 PM   #1641
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Re: California Licensing


Hello License Guru,

I am going to apply for a contractor license. I don't understand English very well. I want to use a translator for the exam. But I hear that the questions will be hard than without a translator. Is this true?
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:32 PM   #1642
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If english is your second language, you can have an interpreter with you to read the questions.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #1643
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I know I can have a interpreter.

I hear people say that they give me harder questions if I have a interpreter.
Is that true?
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:01 PM   #1644
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Sorry... no. The questions for every exam are selected randomly by computer.
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Hi, been snooping a while, thanks for your feedback Phil you have helped me out. I have my experience as being from out of state. It is in the process of being reviewed. My tech says the hours they will credit me is based on a hourly rate calculation. One year of my experienced i earned on average $16/hr while another year it was $67/hr working at different employers. Do you know what the rate of pay is they calculate it off of? Do they take 4 years as a whole and divide your earnings by the hours? Or is it each year is its own calculation?

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Question about getting a DVBE company started.

My wife and I are both vets, she is the only one disabled. To qualify for DVBE status she needs to own 100% of the company I believe. So to start a corporation she needs to be the RMO @ 100%(hold all titles cept prez) and I the rme qualifier(prez) @ 0% correct?

Or should I just get my license myself and then start a new company with her owning it?

Also, do they still have expedited veterans processing? If so does it really help all the much time wise?

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Old 10-20-2014, 10:20 AM   #1647
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Hello,

I'm not sure if DVBE is different than just vet owned or woman owned as it relates to the percentage of ownership required.

But, it may only be 51% that she needs to own. And I do believe that she would have to be listed as President.

If she does need to hold 100%, you can be listed on the license as RMO with 0% ownership. This would require that you purchase a Bond of Qualifying Individual. Now... if you are currently listed as a qualifier on any other active license, you would need to list 20% owner in this new license in order to remain on any other active license as the qualifier.

Yes, they still offer the veteran preferred processing. Any advantage you can get from the cslb I would take. Click here for more info. http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Contractors/Applicants/Military/
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Well I sure am glad I asked the question, because I read somewhere that she needed to own 100%, but you are correct, it is 51%.

For dvbe purposes, she just needs to own 51% and manage daily business operations. Which she will.

So that means when I fill out the app I should put myself as an rmo at 49%?

Also, I plan on getting an A and B, can I take both tests and apply for both at the same time? Or should I do one before the other?

Thank you very much!
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You can only apply for one classification at a time, if, you have to test for those classifications.

Do you have a license now?
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You can only apply for one classification at a time, if, you have to test for those classifications.

Do you have a license now?
no, so I guess I'll do B first then deal with A later. thanks.
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Depends on the type of work you want to contract for.

Beware, the cslb will make you prove your B experience with documentation. i.e. pay stubs, w-2's, tax returns, permits and contracts. The same for the A. And they won't accept the same experience time frame for different classifications.
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So because I have an AGC carpenter journeyman cert should I send that and only say I have one year of B foreman experience? And save 4 years of my experience for getting an A? I work for a contractor that has an A+B.
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The law requires that you have at least 4 yrs of trade experience at the journeyman level. How long have you had the AGC cert?
How long have you worked for the A/B contractor?
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Hello License Guru,

There may have been similar questions in the past but this is a long thread to go through so I'm sorry if you've already answered this.

I've worked for an electrical contractor for over 10 years now and he's looking to retire. He wants to have me take over the business since it's still a successful company and he doesn't just want to shut it down or turn it over to someone he doesn't know or trust.

The license is a corporate license and he wants me to take it over but pretty much all of my experience is in administrative, very few job visits and I don't think I've even lifted a screwdriver in a working environment in the last 5 years. I guess what I'm asking is his plan possible or is this a case of getting someone on the payroll as a RME/RMO? I believe it's the latter, he wants the former. Any insight you can provide would be helpful.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:27 PM   #1655
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Hello Wyzard and welcome to CT!

If you don't have at least 4 yrs of journeyman level experience in the C10 trade that was obtained within the last 10 yrs, you will have to go the RMO/E route.

Are you listed on the license currently? If so, for how long?
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No, I am not. This is something he's only recently decided to do and I actually was caught off guard so I'm scrambling to figure it all out. He wants to make me an officer and then start the process and so I'm doing the research.
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Ok. If he/you want, you can become the Pres/CEO of the corp (with the sect of state), then submit an officer change form with the cslb. He could remain the RMO/Qualifier.

He could then remain on the license as the qualifier until you find someone to replace him.
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking of suggesting to him.

Thanks a bunch.
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Hi License Guru,

I am currently looking to send in my app for C-46 solar and just had a couple questions for you.

1. I can provide documentation for my work experience for the past two years but cannot provide documentation for the full 4 years because I was paid under the table for the first two. Since this is not one of the 8 "critical" licenses how likely is it that they will as me for a backup documentation?

2. Also, in an attempt to not be fired from my current employer, I would like to have a fellow employee/ supervisor sign as my certifier. would this throw up any red flags.

I appreciate any help you can provide me!
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Hi Roary22. Welcome to CT.

How likely is it they'll ask for docs? 20%? That's a tough question to ask because there are no public stats that tell us how many apps they're doing the secondary review on.

You can submit a letter with your app requesting/instructing the cslb not to contact your employer. By doing so, the cslb will most likely ask for pay stubs, tax returns, etc.

If your app is processed like a normal app, the initial tech reviewing the app will determine if any corrections are needed, if not, they will send the app to exams and will not contact your employer. In general, they don't contact the employer unless they are doing their secondary review or it's a critical classification.

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