Several years ago the CSLB realized that they had to accept all experience, not just what was obtained as an employee. You are allowed to show experience as "self employed." They know you were most likely doing jobs over the $500 limit but would rather you be licensed than not.LG,
When I applied back in '02 I was told that I could submit paperwork to show my experience even if it was for jobs over $500. Ever heard of that?:confused1:
If you are an RME on any license, you can NOT be a qualifier on any other license. You can, however, be an RMO on no more than 3 licenses as long as you hold at least 20% ownership in all 3 companies.Thanks for the offer.
What's the best way to apply if I want to be an RME/RMO of my own INC., but also have the availability to be an RME for someone else, possibly a partner?
I anticipated getting the license in my personal name, then become an employee of my Inc.
I appreciate any insight you can offer. :thumbsup:
As an application technician at the CSLB I processed 1000's of applications. Never did I, or any other tech that I know of, call the certifier to verify experience.do you guys really check for the required experience? do you really call their past employer?
Ouch.... I typed a big long explanation then got booted from the system. I promise to retype it all later, ok Fab??LG,
What are some "reg flags" that will deny or delay an application being processed.
I know that is a broad question, maybe go with the most common.
After I pass the test, then what? Am i on my own or does the CSLB have a road map for the steps to take afterwards, i.e. get GL insurance, find a bonding company, etc..
Ok Fab... here you go!Ouch.... I typed a big long explanation then got booted from the system. I promise to retype it all later, ok Fab??
Ok Fab... here you go!
There are many red flags! When it comes to experience the app tech is looking for certain keywords. Example: the B GenBldg experience should contain Framing experience and two unrelated trades. Framing should be listed first, followed by everything else…. Electrical; rough-in & finish. 110/220v residential/commercial, plumbing… concrete… etc.
Other flags include the little stuff. Not including a middle name or indicating NMN if appropriate. Checking No when the right answer should have been Yes. I.e. the question that asks … will you be responsible for the services…etc. You’d be surprised how many people answer No! LOL I guess they think they can get licensed even if they say NO… I’m not going to be responsible for anything. These are some of the reasons why I left the CSLB, to start a company offering license services. ** not self promoting, just stating why I’m no longer at the CSLB **
No "road map" but you will receive a paper after you pass telling you what is required before the license can be issued. Such as: the Initial License Fee or ILF. You may have paid this $150 when you submitted your app. If you paid $400 then the ILF is included in that. You will need to provide proof of Workers Comp or an exemption form if you have no employees. But if you’re a C-39 you will need W/C whether you have employees or not.
Bonding… the bond of course needs to be in place before issuance. The CSLB wont give references but there are many bonding companies that you can turn to….. there is one that I’m especially fond of. Do a google search for Contractors License Bond and you’ll get plenty to choose from.
The state doesn’t require you carry GL, but of course from a business stand point why would you not!
Hope this info helps. Got any other questions…. Fire away!
thanks for the fast response!If you are an RME on any license, you can NOT be a qualifier on any other license. You can, however, be an RMO on no more than 3 licenses as long as you hold at least 20% ownership in all 3 companies.
You can be an "employee" of your company, but as far as the CSLB is concerned, you must show ownership.
My absolute pleasure to be able to assist you. :thumbsup:WOW thanks.. Thats exactly what I was looking for. I know there are things I will need, I just have never seen a clear cut list of what's needed. It's always been presented as a side note of necessities, like "by the way, you will need a bond"
Also, very interesting about GL insurance... I always assumed it was a requirement.
Ok Pat, lets break it down a bit further....thanks for the fast response!
So If I start a company, incorporate, and all that jazz with my wife as the owner, and me as the VP and 50% owner, then I can take the license test as an individual, but use that license as an employee of our company, for the company to contract with?
I am just trying to limit my personal liability as much as possible, while maintaining the flexibility to have a second company that could be a specialty trade/consulting company with a "B" license on the wall too.
I would have 50% ownership in the second company as well.
Thanks again. Pat
My thought process is to continue to have my consulting company that helps owner/builders get things done (Project Mgt.) as a parent company.... Are you suggesting that you would set up a corp then create a separate entity that that corp would contract with? I guess I'm a bit confused as to what you are wanting to accomplish. If that is the scenerio... why would you do that? Just curious.
OK, here's my story.
I applied in 2002, my application was one of the 3% that get reviewed.
I didn't have a licensed contractor sign my application which I know is a big help. My signer was a property manager friend of mine. So, I sent in anything I could to show my experience. But in the end I was denied due to lack of experience. Now I'm ready to apply again. I've been self employed since 2002 and have put in the required 1800 hours per year, every year. Kicker is, 80% of my jobs are over the $500. I will get reviewed this time because I was denied before. What do I submit to show my experience????:confused1:
Thanks for taking the time to help us all out.