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New B-2 Residential Remodeling & Home Improvement Classification

Posted on 07/04/2021

 The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has created B-2 Classification for Residential Remodelers who do not have the Structural Framing experience required for General Building Contractor (B) license. A CSLB video describing the B-2 Classification was released on Facebook and Youtube:

(20+) Contractors State License Board - Posts | Facebook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrv6h_ggVq8

The CSLB is currently accepting applications for the B-2 Classification as of June 1st 2021. The first exam date for the B-2 will be August 1st, 2021.

The B-2 is similar to the B Classification in that a single contract must include three unrelated building trades or crafts. However, the B-2 ...Read More

A closer look at the Licensed Contractors in California

Posted on 09/15/2019

After a slow, but steady decline over the past ten years, the total number of state-licensed contractors in California rose slightly in 2018. Also, the number of license applications rose during the year. At the end of 2018, there were 285,184 contractor licenses in California, an increase of just over one percent from the start of the year. About 80.5 percent of those were "active," and about 19.5 percent were "inactive" (those who are not currently contracting or submiting bids for work). More than 55 percent of those holding an active license are "B" General contractors. The C-10 Electrical contractor classification ...Read More

New 2018 Residential Building Inspector Certificate Course

Posted on 12/30/2018

We are pleased to announce the release of our new 2018 B1 Building Inspector Exam Preparation course. This course is designed to help students pass the 2018 Residential Building Inspector Certification Exam administered nationwide by the International Code Council (ICC).

Here are some key points about the 2018 B1 Certification:

California has adopted the 2018 International Residential Code as the 2019 California Residential Code Most building departments in California are looking for building inspectors with the 2018 B1 Residential Inspector Certification. (Referred to as J1 in California).
Anyone 18 and older qualifies to take the B1 Certification exam
No prior work ...Read More

Building Inspector Certification Exam Q & A

Posted on 11/04/2018

Q: Is any prior experience or education required before the candidate can take Certification Exam?

A: No. Most Certification exams are open to all individuals with no prior experience or education. Building Inspector Certification is used as one of several measures of an individual qualifications when screening job applicants for a position. Inspectors should possess the right mix of technical knowledge, education and related experience. Because evaluation of these three qualifications is a subjective decision, it is most appropriately performed at the local level by the hiring agency. For this reason, the Code Council (ICC) does not specify education or experience requirements for certification applicants for most categories. 

Q: ...Read More

What's new with CA Contractors License courses

Posted on 08/01/2018

We are happy to announce important changes to our California Contractors License Online Practice Exam system. As of May all students will experience New and Improved Online Exam System. In addition to a new study mode, the new system features an entirely new engine to keep up with online changes and is optimized for use with mobile devices. Following are the features of the new online system: 

1. Optimized for mobile phones / devices.

Yes, it will work with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Android, etc.

2. An updated framework/engine to take advantage of new web technologies.

What does this mean? As web technology improves, websites ...Read More

New Contractors Law and Business Course

Posted on 12/17/2017

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Our Law and Business Course has been completely updated and revised!

The new course features:

  • Updated look and Format
  • All laws and regulations updated for the current Law Exam
  • Expanded from 4 to 6 chapters
  • New Chapter on Private and Public Works contracts
  • New chapter on Operations Management, including a step-by-step walkthrough of the Estimating and Bidding process
  • Simplified language and explanations throughout the course

The new course Manual includes:

Updated Contractors Trade Courses

Posted on 10/22/2017

  We are happy to announce newly revised editions for the following Trade Courses:

  • C-31: Construction Zone Traffic Control
  • C-23: Ornamental Metal
  • C-21: Building Moving and Demolition

The new edition of the C-31 Trade Manual includes:

  • Updated Layout
  • Updated Graphics
  • Up-to-date Code and Standards references

Students should still listen or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual.

The new edition of the C-23 Trade Manual includes:

Updated CA Contractors License Courses

Posted on 10/22/2017

 Revised Manual and Tests for C-34 Trade Course

We are happy to announce a newly revised edition of the Pipeline Contractor C-34 Trade course Manual and Practice Exams.

The new manual includes:

  • A new  Layout 
  • Updated graphics
  • New sections covering Pipe, Welding, Concrete, Trenchless Technology, and Manhole construction
  • Expanded and updated sections on Plumbing Code requirements, Caltrans Standard Specifications, and Excavation

The lectures for this course remain unchanged. Students should still listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3 - 8 of the course ...Read More

What is ICC Certification?

Posted on 10/08/2017

The International Code Council, or ICC, is an organization that develops codes and standards for the building and construction industries. The I-Codes developed by ICC are a set of comprehensive building safety and fire prevention codes designed to set minimum standards for safe construction of homes, schools and commercial buildings. ICC also offers a certification program for contractors and various types of construction and safety industry professionals, including plumbing and electrical inspectors, plans examiners, and other building safety professionals.


Building and construction ...Read More

No License Number on Ads, Contracts is a persistent problem

Posted on 10/08/2017

Whether you're advertising your contracting business through online listings, on TV, radio, or print, you must include your license number as part of the ad. There are still a significant number of Licensed Contractors who fail to disclose their license number when promoting themselves through advertising. Disciplinary action can be taken if this law – intended to assure the public that you operate a CSLB-licensed business – is ignored.

The mandatory license number inclusion applies to all forms of advertising – even if it's a decal on the side of a business truck, or on a contract itself. Contractors ...Read More

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