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Old 11-04-2014, 12:37 AM   #1661
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Hi License Guru,

I am planning on applying for a General B license again but I have already submitted my application before about 2013 of May. At that time, I received a letter from the CSLB to prove 2 years of trade experience through contracts and permits. The problem is I never was the one who pulled the permits or entered in a written contract so I didn't do anything on my part. After 90 days I received a letter stating that my application is now void. Most of the work I did was performed as a self employed independent contractor. I would like to now properly submit my application for the general B but not sure how to approach it at this point. If I submit my application again, will they pull out my old file and require me to provide the same stuff? Or am I going to be treated like a new applicant? Please help.

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Old 11-04-2014, 11:23 AM   #1662
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Hello transitlevel,

Yes, they will review your previous application. They will ask you again for all the supporting documentation. If you worked for cash, don't have contracts or permits in your name, it will be hard to prove your experience.
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Thanks for the reply License Guru. It just bewilders me that some of these documents that the CSLB is requiring to verify experience doesn't make any sense to me. From my understanding you can only pull permits if you have a license for client jobs and you cannot enter into a contract without a license either since most jobs material alone is greater than the $500 threshold. I would think another general B contractor who signs and sponsors you to verify work experience would be sufficient but it doesn't seem to be that way.

I really do need the license still and want to do things right. My scenario seems tough. I was checking your site and it looks like you offer application services / consultation and I would really like your help.
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:39 PM   #1664
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Either the cslb knows exactly what they're doing by asking for documents that aren't needed or required for those working under $500, or they are absolutely clueless as to what really goes on in the industry they regulate. I'd bet... a whole lot of both.

If you have projects that were over the unlicensed limit, you can submit them. The board has said publicly that they will not take action against an applicant if they did work over the limit.

At this point, there isn't much I can do for you but give you some advice. You'll have to throw every scrap of paper you can generate at the cslb and then they'll make their determination.
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Hello Licensing Guru, You post so many thorough responses, I admire your tenacity. Mine on the other hand is beginning to wear thin. As part of our little investment business, we will be doing General Contractor work, in particular building single family homes, in California. We're kind of our own client building for ourselves in any event we need a license.

Applied on July 21 2014 for a General Contractor license. Several back and forths occurred with the helpful technician - the Qual Ind Pg 1 and the LLC Personnel Pg 2 also needed to be on Sec. of State records.

I needed to be RMN, Manager, not Member and also listed in LLC Personnel records. The helpful tech did not know this herself but took advice. That was completed 9/24/14. Nothing since - not posted.

Applying using owner builder experience, and gave reference and included Building Permit copy. extensive remodel including structural hillside, 80 degree slope, lots of things. (We also have a GC business in New York State but actually didn't reference that)

There are two deputies reviewing ALL of Caifornia s applications

INCREDIBLY frustrated - that is an understatement, by the time this is taking. I mean this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and in FIVE MONTHS an applicaiton cannot even be posted on a computer system?

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Old 11-14-2014, 04:42 PM   #1666
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Hello chrissull. Welcome to CT!

Is your application in the licensing unit or has it been passed on to Enforcement? You said "not posted" so I'm thinking you're still in the licensing unit.

Other than that one o/b project, what other experience did you submit?
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Hi there License Guru,
Thanks for the speedy response. Still in that first stage, not posted yet. Enforcement, wow what a choice of name on their part! Not posted since July 2014 - I mean this is just quite something. Is it reasonable or normal I ask myself no I think I ve answered myself, it is not reasonable. Do you think it is normal? (or reasonable?) I'd be grateful for your view, seriously.
Just OB, but that doesn't seem to be the (current) hold up. Shall I pull together all our papers from New York State - no license required in new York State, just insurance GL - yippee. Single family home 1 acre, modular, lots of engineering, site plan complex, 3000 sq feet, septic many things.
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Was the experience you submitted with the original application detailing one owner/builder project? Or is/was there other experience?

What is normal with the CSLB? LOL Chaos! That's their norm.
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Hi License Guru!

I am new to the forums and just wanted to say thanks for all of the free advice! However, after reading most of the complaints, I am a little nervous about sending in my application for my C-46 license. If I email it to you, would you mind taking a look at it? I want to try and avoid the delays as much as possible.
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I do offer a free app review to CT members. Send it to [email protected]
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Great! I just sent it over. Thanks A lot!
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I am new member so let me first apologize in advance for any posting mistakes ..

I am applying for a B class license and I have 14 years experience as a self-employed handyman. Is there a proper way to have the work certification completed?
Could somebody post or e-mail me a sample of how is supposed to be done?I just want to make sure that it is done the right way before submitting the application...

Thanks in advance for all the help in this matter!!!
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Hello kata10k. Welcome to CT.

The cslb has made the experience outline an almost moot point because you're going to have to prove your experience with documentation.

But... your outline needs to include framing and at least two unrelated trades. Do not include administrative experience. Keep it specific to what you do on the jobsite.
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Quick question. I have worked in the same trade (C-2) since 93' got my union journeyman card in 98' and have been a superintendent and project manager/ estimator since 2000. I have no apprenticeship transcript as it's been a long time since I completed my apprenticeship not sure if it's obtainable from the union and am curious if the rest qualifies?

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Yes.

No requirement to prove apprenticeship.

Must show min. 4 years Journey level & above experience.
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Hello chrissull. Welcome to CT!

Is your application in the licensing unit or has it been passed on to Enforcement? You said "not posted" so I'm thinking you're still in the licensing unit.

Other than that one o/b project, what other experience did you submit?
Thanks License Guru
Your comments are helpful Based on your comments last post, I compiled a full document of my General Contractor experience in New York State from 2009 - 2014, with copies of permit, plans, modular house quantities, letters to me from my engineer and my architect, insurance cert for GL, some pictures, and a full description of experience helping start company, acquire land, design house, submit permit app, find trades, interview subs, employ subs, redline site planning documents for engineer, hire labor. Supporting documents were provided for this. I ALSO added to certified owner builder with evidence inc building permits of two other jobs on my home (which is essentially a new house and a business project rather than OB) - a moment frame on 80 degree slope and a second floor on the hillside, structural, high fire zone.

I faxed and mailed this to the application unit rep that is dealing.

What do you think, hopefully this will speed up the review by the deputy who has the file right now, and will be sufficient to get moving along for general B license(?)
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It should definitely speed things up. I can't tell you if it's enough because the cslb keeps moving the target.

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