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List License Number On All Advertising

Monday, July 13, 2015 Filed Under Contractors License

Business vehicles can serve as a great way to adverise your contracting services, but be sure you are following the law for displaying the information.

Contractors must list their business name and contractor license number on each of their commercially registered vehicles.

The name and number must be in a clearly visible location on the vehicle and the business name displayed must be identical to the name you provided on the CSLB application.

The standards are higher for C-36 Plumbing, C-45 Sign and C-57 Water Well Drilling contractors who use vehicles for business. They must post their business adddress on the vehicle, in addition to the business name and contractors license number. 

All too often, CSLB representatives in the field find company vehicles with an ad or logo that doesn't include a license number and other required information. CSLB is authorized to take a disciplinary action against licensed contractors who fail to follow these laws for business advertising.

Also, remember that licensees must list the name of their business exactly as it appears on CSLB records, for any advertisement, bid or contract. Name style variations are not allowed. Contracts must be in the same form as specified in Business and Professions Code section 7159.

Contractors should use an Application to Change Business Name or Address form to update changes to a business name, address, telephone or email.

Business names must be compatible with the type of Business entity licensed (i.e., sole owner, corporation, LLC, partnership or joint venture) and the classification(s) held by the licensee and must match the name as registered with the Secretary of State Office, as appropriate.

The above, is just one of the rules and regulations covered in our Contractor's Law and Business course. We constantly follow Contractors State License Board and update our courses as new rules and regulations become official. Our practice exams are updated with the  new questions as well. You can rest assured that our Cotractors License courses are completely current, updated and focused on the Contractors Board exams. 

If You Already Have a Contractors License from Another State

Sunday, February 8, 2015 Filed Under Contractors License

You cannot use your contractor license from another state or country to perform services in California. However, if you hold a valid contractor license in Arizona, Nevada or Utah, you may be able to get a California contractor license without taking the trade portion of the exam. Contractors can apply for reciprocity to get a contractor license in those states, as well.

CSLB has formal reciprocity agreements with the contractor licensing agencies of Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Because the Board believes reciprocity among respective licensing programs is a valuable benefit, it offers reciprocity in specified classifications where the scopes of practice and licensing requirements are either identical or fundamentally indistinguishable in each state.

The following reciprocity requirements are the same for all three states:

  • The contractor must be applying for a license in a classification that appears on that state's Reciprocal Classifications List;
  • The contractor must have held an active license in good standing in one of the reciprocal states for the previous five years; and
  • The contractor must submit to CSLB a Request for Verification of License form that is completed by the licensing entity under which he or she already is licensed.

If the applicant is granted reciprocity, CSLB may waive the trade portion of the exam, but retains the right to require the exam. The applicant still will be required to take the business law portion of CSLB's exam.

If a California contractor wants to apply for reciprocity in another state, he or she must ask CSLB to complete and forward a Request for Verification of License form to the reciprocal licensing agency.

This information was reprinted from CSLB website.

Freedom Business School offers courses for Contractors Licensing in California and Arizona. If you already hold a License in one of these Sates, we can help you apply and get your license in the other State. For more information, please contact us at www.FreedomBusinessSchool.com or call toll free
1-800-559-1983. We are looking forward to helping you get your Contractors License. 

Updated Trade Courses for CA Contractors

Sunday, January 11, 2015 Filed Under Contractors License

At Freedom Business School it is our Mission to provide each student with the Best Quality, Low Cost, Up-to-date Study Materials and Personal Attention to ensure their Success in obtaining Professional License or Certification of their choice.

We are constantly striving to achieve this Mission by following changes in Laws, Regulations and State License Exams that affect our disciplines and updating our course materilas.

Following are, the latest Revisions and Updates for our Contractors Trade courses:
  • C-17: Glazing
  • C-35: Lathing and Plastering
  • C-57: Well Drilling
  • C-53: Swimming Pool
The new edition of the Glazing C-17 Trade Manual includes:
  1. A new Layout
  2. Updated graphics  
  3. Up-to-date Code References
The lectures for the course remain unchanged. Students should listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual, the C-17 Glazing Lecture that covers pages 9-32, and the Health and Safety Lecture that covers the Cal/OSHA Safety Orders that begin on page HS-1 of the Trade Manual.  

The new edition of the Lathing and Plastering C-35 Trade Manual includes:
  1. A new Layout
  2. Updated Graphics
  3. Up-to-date Code References
The lectures for the course remain unchanged. Students should listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual, the C-35 Plastering Lecture that covers pages 9-46, and the Health and Safety Lecture that covers the Cal/OSHA Safety Orders that begin on page HS-1 of the Trade Manual.  

The new edition of the Well Drilling C-57 Trade Manual includes:
  1. A new Layout
  2. Updated Graphics
  3. A new Math section
  4. Up-to-date Code References
The students should now listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual and the Health and Safety Lecture that covers the Cal/OSHA Safety Orders that begin on page HS-1 of the Trade Manual.

The new edition of the Swimming Pool C-53 Trade Manual includes:
  1. A new Layout
  2. Updated Graphics
  3. A new Math section with Math Review Lecture
  4. Up-to-date Code References
The students should now listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual and the Health and Safety Lecture that covers the Cal/OSHA Safety Orders that begin on page HS-1 of the Trade Manual. 

Freedom Business School offers courses in all CA Contractor Trade classifications. These courses provide comprehensive review and preparation for the State License exams.  
All information on the courses is available on our website at 
http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=4

Our new Online Practice Exams allow students to experience the same testing environment as at the state exam. And our Student Support associates are always available to answer questions you may have along the way. Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional info or questions. We are looking forward to helping you get your Contractors License.

A Step by Step Guide to Obtaining Your Contractor License in Virginia (Part 2)

Sunday, November 23, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

In our last Blog we went over first five steps in the process of obtaining a Contractors' License. We will continue with the rest of the steps in this Blog.

Step SixComplete the pre-license education course

All applicants for a contractor license are required to have either a member of Responsible Management or their Designated Employee (for Class A and Class B) successfully complete a pre-license education course that has been approved by the Board for Contractors. There are several dozen approved courses that are available that can be used to meet this requirement. Most are given in the classroom, but some providers offer online or correspondence courses. While the Board approves these courses, the providers are permitted to set their own fees, schedules, and locations, so you should check the list of providers and contact the ones that best meet your needs. You can download a list of approved providers from the DPOR website at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Contractors/#pre-license. 

Step SevenComplete the entire application

It is important that all items on the application be completed. Failing to complete an item will result in a delay in the processing of your application. If you have a question about an item on any application form, you can email the Board for Contractors at contractor@dpor.virginia.gov, or call the licensing staff at (804) 367-8511.  Some of the questions may require that you provide additional documentation. Please be sure to carefully read what additional information may be needed, as failure to provide everything that is required will result in a delay in processing your application. 

Step EightSend the application to the Board with the appropriate fee

You must submit the appropriate fee along with your application. Each form has the fee that must be submitted listed on the first page of that form. Applications received without a fee are returned to the applicant and no additional action is taken. If you send in the wrong fee, it may delay the processing of your application. 

Step NineBe patient while the Board processes your application

Applications are processed on a first in – first out basis, and the average processing time for most applications is approximately 30 days. If your application is complete and you have met all of the eligibility requirements, the license will be issued at the initial review and will be mailed to you. If your application is incomplete, then a letter will be sent to you indicating what was missing and what is needed to finish the review and issue your license.
Please note that if an application involves someone with a past criminal history, past adverse financial history, or past disciplinary history, it is considered a non-routine application and often involves an extra step or two in order to be processed. Most of the time this does not result in a delay in the processing of the application, but some non-routine applications must be reviewed by the Board for Contractors at one of their scheduled meetings. If your application must be reviewed by the Board, you will be notified and information will be provided to you regarding the process in place to get your application processed. 

Freedom Business School is approved by the Board for Contrators as provider of the pre-license education. We offer an online course that can be taken at home or office at your own pace. We also offer preparation courses for Class A and B contractors exams. Please, visit our website to get more information and details on these courses at http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=20

You can always count on our Student Support associates to answer any questions you may have.

A Step by Step Guide to Obtaining Your Contractor License in Virginia (Part 1)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

 
Step One - Determine the Type of License Your Company will need

A. Choose Your License Class

In our last Blog, we discussed this topic in detail. Therefore, we are not going to repeat it here. Please go to 
http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Contractors-License/What-kind-of-Contractors-License-Do-I-Need?

B. Choose Your Specialty

Now that you have determined how much work you are going to be allowed to perform with your license, you must determine what you are going to do. Contractor licenses have classifications and specialties that identify the type of work that may be performed with the license. You can find these classifications on our website at
http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Scripts/contract_lic_req_va.asp

The definition of each of the classifications and specialties can be found in the Board for Contractors Regulations. It is important to select the specialty that best describes the work your company will be performing as working outside the scope of your license is a violation of the regulations and could result in disciplinary action against the license holder. 

Step TwoName your company and register that name

All businesses have a name. Sometimes that is just the name of the sole proprietorship but often it is a fictitious or “trading as” name. You may choose any fictitious name allowed by law, but you must register that name with the appropriate authorities. If your company is a corporation, LLC or limited partnership, you must register both your company and any names used by that company with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. If you have a partnership or sole proprietorship you must register any fictitious name with the court in the jurisdiction in which your company is located. You must provide documentation of any fictitious name as part of your application to the Board for Contractors. While you may be as creative as you would like in developing a fictitious name, it must not indicate that you do work that is not allowed by your license. For example, ABCXYZ, Inc., has applied for a license to perform roofing work, it would not be allowed to be called ABCXYZ Builders, Inc., as their license would not permit them to be builders. 

Step ThreeIdentify your Responsible Management
 
All licensed contractors are required, by law, to identify officers, members, partners, owners, etc., of their business entities. The individuals that must be identified depend on the types of business entity formed for your company. Sole proprietorships, for example, must only identify the one individual who owns the business. Partnerships must identify the partners, corporations the officers, LLCs the members/managers, etc. In order to complete the application you must provide the names of these individuals, their birthdates, Social Security Numbers OR Virginia DMV Control Number, and their address. 

Step FourIdentify your Qualified Individual(s)

You must have a Qualified Individual (QI) for each of the specialties wanted on the license. The QI must be either a bona fide full-time employee (minimum 30 hours per week and not a 1099 employee) OR one of the members of Responsible Management identified in step three. Most Qis are only required to have experience in the specialty they will be linked to and the amount of experience is determined by the class of license. The QI  for a Class A license must have five years of experience in the specialty, Class B must have three years of experience, and Class C two years of experience. The type of work that may be counted towards meeting the experience requirements can be found in the definition of each specialty listed in the Board for Contractors Regulations. Qualified Individuals must have an additional license or certification OR complete a technical examination that is based on the scope of work allowed by that particular specialty. 

Step FiveIdentify your Designated Employee and complete the examination

Class A and Class B contractors must have a Designated Employee who has passed the required portions of the examination. As with the Qualified Individual, the Designated Employee must be a member of Responsible Management or a bona fide full-time employee. All Designated Employees for Class B licenses must successfully complete the General and Virginia portions of the examination. All Designated Employees for Class A licenses must successfully complete the General, Virginia, and Advanced portions of the examination. Please note that there is no Designated Employee for Class C licenses. 

Freedom Business School offers online and Home Study courses for all classes of contractor licenses We are approved by the VA Board for Contrators as provider of the pre-license education. 

All information on these courses is available at 
http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=20

There are more steps in the licensing process. We will discuss the rest of them in the Part 2 of this Blog series.

 

What kind of Contractors License Do I Need?

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

 
WHAT KIND OF CONTRACTORS LICENSE DO I NEED IN VIRGINIA?

So, by now you have probably heard that there are three different Contractors Licenses in Virginia: A, B and C. Depending on the kind of work being done, you as a contractor, fall under one of these licenses. Now, before we get into detail about what these different licenses entail, know that contractors license can only be given to a COMPANY not an INDIVIDUAL.

A few different company types are: Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Incorporation (Inc.) and Corporation (Corp.). Also, it is very important to select the right class of license for the amount of work your company performs. If your company exceeds the limit set by the class of your License, it will be in violation of the regulations. This violation could possibly lead to the disciplinary action against the license holder.

CLASS C

Class C is lowest level of Contractor's License. A Class C License is restricted to contracts / projects that are less than $10,000, with the total amount of work performed in the twelve month period remaining below $150,000.

CLASS B

Class B is the next level up for a Contractor's License.  A Class B License is restricted to contracts / projects that are less than $120,000, with the total amount of work performed in the twelve month period remaining below $750,000.

CLASS A

Class A is the highest level for a Contractor's License. A Class A License has no restrictions on the amount of the contract size and the aggregate amount of contract work per year.

Which License do you need? For more information on licensing and a step-by-step guide on obtaining a Contractors License in Virginia, please visit www.dpor.virginia.gov.  

Freedom Business School is approved by the VA Board for Contrators as provider of the pre-license education. We offer an online course that can be taken at home or office at your own pace. This course satisfies the requirement for the Class C Contractors License as well as pre-license education.

We also offer exam preparation courses for Class A and B contractors exams. All information on these courses is available at http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=20

On this page you will find course details, prices and will be able to enroll as well. Our enrollment process is completely secure and involves several simple steps: course selection, student registration, enrollment and confirmation. 

We specialize in Home Study programs. Therefore, our course materials include everything you need to prepare for the State License exam, studying at your home or office at your own pace. You can always count on our Student Support associates to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Experience Requirements for AZ Contractors License

Sunday, August 17, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

 Here are some Questions and Answers regarding Licensing experience requirements for Arizona Contractors:
    1.What kind of experience is required for a contractor's license?

    AZ Contractor's Board accepts experience as a journeyman, foreman, supervising employee or contractor. 
    • A journeyman is a person who has completed an apprenticeship program or is an experienced worker, not a trainee, and is fully qualified and able to perform the trade without supervision.
    • A foreman or supervisor is a person who has the knowledge and skill of a journeyman and directly supervises physical construction.
    • A contractor is a person who manages the daily activities of a construction business, including field supervision.
    Contracting experience will also be considered from currently licensed Arizona contractors, formerly licensed Arizona contractors and the official personnel listed in the Board records for an Arizona contractor's license. 

    All experience claims must be verifiable by a qualified and responsible person, such as a homeowner, an employer, a fellow employee, other journeymen, a contractor, a union representative, a building inspector, an architect or an engineer. 

    The person verifying your claim must have first-hand knowledge of your experience, that is, he or she must have observed the work that you have done.

    2. How much experience is required?

    Refer to form License Classification Requirements RC-L-206B to determine License Classification experience requirements.

    3. Are there Education Requirements for a License?

    No. You do not have to meet any educational requirements in order to qualify for a contractor's license.

    4. May I substitute any education, technical training or apprenticeship training for the required experience?

    You may receive credit for technical training, apprenticeship training, or education which may be substituted for a portion of the required four years of practical experience. 

    You must provide written documentation of any training or education claimed in place of experience. Acceptable documentation includes copies of apprenticeship certificates and college transcripts.


    Freedom Business School (FBS) offers a home study program that covers all relevant State Laws and Regulations as well as Business Management topics required to pass Arizona Contractor's exam. This course includes AZ Contractor's Law manual, Business Management Manual and Practice Exam Manual. It covers complete range of topics for both Business and Law portions of the exam including State-specific regulations.

    We also offer various Trade courses that will help in preparation for the Trade exam if one is required for the Classification you are applying.

    All information on the courses is available on our website at 
    http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=20

    On this page you will find course details, prices and will be able to enroll as well. The enrollment process is completely secure and involves several simple steps: course selection, student registration, enrollment and confirmation. 

    We specialize in home study programs. Therefore, your course materials will include everything you need to prepare for the state license exams, studying at your home or office at your own pace. 
    You can always count on our Support associates to help you with any questions along the way.

    Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional info or questions. We are looking forward to helping you get your Contractors License.


     

AZ Contractors Bonding Requirements

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

ARIZONA CONTRACTORS' BONDING REQUIREMENTS AND INFO

It is a contractor's responsibility to file a Bond in the amount required for their license classification and anticipated annual gross volume. The bond may be in a form of a surety bond or a cash bond.

Residential contractors are also required to provide a consumer protection bond. This may be in the form of a Surety Bond, cash deposit in the amount of $200,000 or payment into Residential Contracctors' Recovery Fund. The application instructions provide detailed information on this requirement. 

Surety Bonds can be obtained from your insurance agent or from another insurance company which is authorized by Arizona  Department of Insurance to opearate in Arizona and issue Contractors License Bonds

Bonds can also be provided in the form of cash or certificate of deposit from a bank which operates in Arizona. Contact any Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC) office to obtain an alternative to cash assignment form if you wish to use a certificate of deposit for your contractors license bond.

The surety  must be continuous. This means that there is no termination date on the bond. You may be required to pay premiums to the insurance company periodically to keep the bond in force. The bonding company has the right to cancel the bond but must send a notice to you and the Arizona Registrar of Contractors thirty days prior to the cancellation date. You will have to replace the bond or your license will be suspended. 

If your bond is in cash, the agency will retain the bond until two years after the license terminates. If no claims are made against the bond in that time, you may apply to have the bond released to you.

The amount of the contractor's license bond may be increased at any time during the fiscal year. However, a surety bond or cash deposit in lieu of bond cannot be decreased except at the time of renewal for the ensuing fiscal year.

Surety bonds or cash deposits shall not become effective until filed with the Registrar's office. If the effective date as shown upon the bond is after the date of filing with the Registrar, then the effective date shown upon the bond shall be the controlling date on which the bond becomes effective.

Contractor's license bonds are established in the following amounts as based upon the gross volume of work contemplated by the licensee within the State of Arizona for the ensuing fiscal year: 

License Type Contemplated Gross Volume (Per License) Bond Amount
Residential General Contractors
Less than $750,000 $9,000
$750,000 or more $15,000
Residential Specialty Contractors
Less than $375,000 $4,250
$375,000 or more $7,500
Commercial General Contractors (Includes General Engineering Contractors) $150,000 or less $5,000
In excess of $150,000 but not more than $500,000 $15,000
In excess of $500,000 but not more than one million $25,000
In excess of one million but not more than five million $50,000
In excess of five million but not more than ten million $75,000
Over ten million $100,000
Commercial Specialty Contractors $150,000 or less $2,500
In excess of $150,000 but not more than $500,000 $7,000
In excess of $500,000 but not more than one million $17,500
In excess of one million but not more than five million $25,000
In excess of five million but not more than ten million $37,500
Over ten million $50,000

Dual license bond amounts are calculated by combining the amount required for residential and commercial. 

Revised CA Contractors Trade Courses

Monday, May 26, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

Here is a brief explanation on new editions for next series of the Contractors License Trade courses that was announced recently. 
The newly revised contractors courses are for Landscaping, Refirgeration, Sheet Metal and Water Conditioning Trades.

The revised Landscaping, C-27 Trade course includes:  

  • A new Layout
  • Updated Graphics
The lectures for this course remain unchanged. Students should still listen to or watch the C-27: Landscaping Lecture that covers pages 3-53 of the Trade Manual, and listen to or watch the Health and Safety Lecture that  civers Cal/OSHA Safety Orders that begin on page HS-1 of the manual. 

The revisions for the Refrigeration, C-38, Trade course include:
  • A new Layout
  • Updated Graphics
  • A new section covering refrigerant recovery 
  • Up-to-date Code references
Students should still listen to or watch the Math Review Lectrure that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual, and Health and Safety Lecture that covers Cal/OSHA Safety Orders. 

The new edition of the Sheet Metal, C-43 Trade course includes:
  • A new Layout
  • Updated Graphics
  • Up-to-date Code References
Students should still listen to or watch the Math Review Lectrure that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual, and Health and Safety Lecture that covers Cal/OSHA Safety Orders. 

The new edition of the Water Conditioning, C-55 Trade course include:
  • A new Layout
  • Updated Graphics
  • New Math section
  • Expanded section on Pipe and Pipe Fittings
Same as above applies to this revised Trade course. Students should still listen to or watch the Math Review Lectrure that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual, and Health and Safety Lecture that covers Cal/OSHA Safety Orders. 

Freedom Business School (FBS) offers courses in Law/Business and Trade in all CA Contractors' classifications. These courses provide comprehensive review and preparation for the State License exams.  

All information on the courses is available on our website at 
http://www.freedombusinessschool.com/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=4
 
FBS specializes in home study programs. Therefore, our course materials include everything students need to prepare and pass the contractors' license exams, studying at home or office at their own pace. 
Our Practice Tests are always up-to-date and contain the latest questions from the State exams. That's why, our students enjoy one of the Highest Exam Pass Rates in the industry. 
Our new Online Practice Exams allow students to experience the same testing environment as at the state exam. 

And, you can always rely on our Student Support associates to answer any questions along the way. 
Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional info or questions. We are looking forward to helping you get your Contractors License.


 
 





 

New License Trade Courses

Sunday, April 6, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

Here is a brief explanation on new editions for the three Contractors License Trade courses that was announced recently.

The newly revised Contractors courses are for Welding (C-60), Insulation and Acoustical (C-2) and Boiler, Hot-Water Heating and Steam Fitting (C-4) Trades.

  • The new edition of the Welding Trade course includes: A new layout and Updated Graphics.
  • The new edition of the Insulation and Acoustical Trade course includes: A new Layout Updated Graphics and  a new Section covering Energy Star Requirements.
  • The new edition of the Boiler, Hot-Water Heating and Steam Fitting Trade course includes: A new Layout Updated graphics and Up to date Code References.
Students should still listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the above Trade Manuals, and Health and Safety Lecture that covers the Cal/OSHA Safety Orders that begin on page HS-1 of the above Trade Manuals.

Our Trade course manuals cover major topics of the Contractors License exam for your specific Classification. For example, the General Building Manual covers Concrete, Carpentry, Roofing, Masonry, Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC. The manual also contains summaries from the Uniform Building Code, National Electrical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, and Uniform Mechanical Code. The last section of any trade manual covers the Health and Safety Orders. Anywhere from 5% to 15% of the questions in the trade exams are concerned with basic math calculations. Therefore, Math Review Lecture is included with the most trade courses.

Please be sure to study all of the Practice Exams and the Updates. It is important to read and understand each question, and read every word of explanations. It is necessary to learn the principles behind each question because the State may change the wording of their questions or answers at any time.
Our Online Practice Exams work seamlessly on Mac OS X, Windows, iPad, Tablets (Android & Windows), iPhone / Smart Phones as well as Linux / Unix. You can study in Flash Card mode or Exam Simulation mode. Explanations of each answer are provided, graphics optimized for online display. Plan Questions and Associated Plans are included, as well as Exam Updates with Newest Update Questions.
We are proud of our Student Support Department where you can always get the answers to any questions or any additional information you may need. Freedom Business School has one of the highest Exam Pass rates in the industry and we are confident that you will also pass your State Exam on the first try.