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New Contractors License Trade Courses

Sunday, April 06, 2014 Filed Under Contractors License

We are happy to announce new editions for the three Contractors License Trade courses. 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 Anew 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.

CA Contractors License Exam Prep

Sunday, October 27, 2013 Filed Under Contractors License

Freedom Business School has been helping contractors get licensed since 1991. We are proud to have thousands of satisfied clients running successful Construction businesses. Currently, we offer license courses in the States of CA, AZ, VA and TX.
Our unique approach allows students to experience first-hand instruction - lectures recorded in Video and Audio formats as a part of our Contractors' Exam Preparation courses. This approach provides students with flexibility of studying at home / office at their own pace without missing any of the classroom advantages, and saving BIG Time in the process. 
Our Video and Audio lectures feature licensed contractors, estimators, lawyers, business-management consultants who guide you through the course manuals.
Our DVDs and CDs include:
  • General Knowledge (background information on the trade)
  • Review Questions (instructors walk students through questions)
  • Health & Safety (OSHA, and general safety requirments for the state exam)
  • Math Review (a review of mathematical formulas needed for the state exam and industry)
Practice Tests and Updates
All FBS courses include Practice tests and updates. They are presented in the same multiple choice format as the State exams. Our answer sheets include full explanations and references. FBS is dedicated to keeping our content and questions current by constantly updating our lectures, manuals and tests. Each set of tests comes with an Update which represents most recently developed questions that correspond with the changes in Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Exams, Building Codes and Contracting Laws and regulations.

Online Practice Exams

Our new contractors' course options include online practice exams. Recently developed, they work seamlessly on Mac OSX, Windows, iPad, and Tablets. New feature of Online Practice exams is Flash Card Study Mode. Flash Cards allow students to easily view the  question, keep track of their progress, and even choose to study only questions they've answered incorrectly. We recommend completing all Flash Card exams before taking the exam simulations. Explanations for each answer are provided and are very important in the learning process. Another improvement is that all Exam updates are now online as well. Update questions are particularly important and need to be focused on. They reflect the most recent changes and additions to the actual CA State License exams.      Exam Simulation Mode allows students to take a stricter timed test, formatted closely to the State Contractors Exam. In this mode, students will not be able to view the answer or explanation. Upon completing the exam, students will be provided with their score and a detailed break down of questions answered incorrectly along with the correct answer choice. Please note, that our Contractors' course options: Video, Audio and combined Instruction remain the same and are available with or without the online exam option. 

Our courses are designed to give you a thorough and complete overview of the material in the most effective way and are focused on the Contractors' License State Exam. Our Student Support is available for as long as students need, to answer any questions or provide additional information.
Freedom Business School has one of the highest Exam Pass rates in the industry and we are confident that you will also pass your contractors Exam on the first try.

 

CA Contractors License Online Practice Exams

Sunday, June 30, 2013 Filed Under Contractors License

As a part of our continued effort to keep up with most recent trends in learning, we are pleased to announce the New Online Practice Exams for our California Contractors License courses. These online exams work seamlessly on Mac OSX, Windows, iPad, and Tablets. The new page in the course manuals will go through instructions for Online exam access, that are simpler than Computer Assisted Software and very easy to follow. The online registration process is  also very easy. Students only need an Activation Code. The School Contact information is displayed to students when they login. New feature of our Online Practice exams is Flash Card Study Mode. Students can easily choose the exam they want to study. Flash Cards allow students to easily view the  question, keep track of their progress, and even choose to study only questions they've answered incorrectly. We recommend completing all Flash Card exams before taking the exam simulations. Explanations for each answer are provided and are very important in the learning process. Another improvement is that all Exam updates are now online as well. Update questions are particularly important and need to be focused on. They reflect the most recent changes and additions to the actual CA State License exams. Exam Simulation Mode: this study mode allows students to take a stricter timed test, formatted closely to the State Contractors Exam. In this mode, students will not be able to view the answer or explanation. Upon completing the exam, students will be provided with their score and a detailed break down of questions answered incorrectly along with the correct answer choice. Please note, that our Contractors' course options: Video, Audio and combined Instruction remain the same and are available with or without the online exam option. And, our students continue to enjoy some of the highest exam pass rates in the industry. Freedom Business School strives to provide each student with the best quality, low cost, up-to-date study materials and personal attention to assure their successful course completion and obtaining professional license or certification of their choice. 

Remember Building Permits to Avoid License Penalties

Monday, May 13, 2013 Filed Under Contractors License

Failure to pull Building Permit for your construction projects can result in disciplinary action by CSLB, including suspension and revocation of your contractors license. Pulling permits is especially important for C-20 HVAC contractors whose work must also meet Home Energy Rating System (HERS) tests and verification requirements to comply with state Building Energy Efficiency standards.  

CSLB has reminded HVAC contractors about permitting requirements through direct mail letters and news article reminders. Yet, CSLB investigators still are finding that many HVAC installations are being performed without permits or the accompanying inspections or testing to ensure that entire heating/cooling system is safe and working to capacity.

Because of this, CSLB is now working with California Energy Commission (CEC) to ensure compliance through enhanced enforcement efforts to assure contractors are following state contracting laws and for public protection.
HVAC contractors may be targeted during the undercover stings or other enforcement operations. Always ask your local building department about any unique building permit requirements in your area.
This blog has been reprinted in part from the California Licensed Contractor (CLC) newsletter.

Freedom Business School offers exam preparation courses in all California Contractors License classifications. We specialize in Home Study programs. Our course materials include everything student needs to prepare and pass the Contractors License exams studying at home or office at their own pace. Students can always rely on our Support Staff for help with any questions along the way.

CSLB cracks down on Unlicensed Activity during California Blitz Operation

Sunday, March 24, 2013 Filed Under Contractors License

SACRAMENTO - Nearly 80 people face criminal charges after being caught in simultaneous statewide undercover sting operations conducted this week by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). Among those arrested during CSLB's spring CA Blitz were a registered sex offender, a suspect with the prior conviction for statutory rape, an individual with active arrest warrant for corporal punishment of a minor child, one on federal probation for bribery, and several caught using contractor license numbers not belonging to them.

Investigators from CSLB's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) conducted stings on March 13 and 14, in Orange (Orange County), Lawndale (Los Angeles County), San Bernardino (San Bernardino County), Chico (Butt County),  Oakdale (Stanislaus County) and Bakersfield (Kern County). SWIFT investigators posed as a homeowners seeking bids for home improvements such as painting, electrical, landscaping, flooring, drywall, swimming pool maintenance, concrete, masonry and tree removal work.

A total of 78 individuals were arrested and now face misdemeanor charges for contracting without a license. The penalty for a conviction is up to 6 months in jail and/or fine of up to $5,000. At least one is a repeat offender and could face a mandatory 90-day jail sentence if convicted a second time.

Fifty-seven of the individuals also may be charged with illegal advertising. State law requires contractors to place their license number in all print, broadcast and online advertisements. Those without a license can advertise to perform jobs valued at less than $500, but the ad must state that they are not a licensed contractor. The penalty is a fine of $700 up to $1,000.

Twenty-four others may be charged with requesting an excessive downpayment. In California, a home improvement project downpayment cannot exceed 10% of the contract total or $1,000, whichever is less. This misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to 6 months in jail and/or fine of up to $5,000.

Seventeen of the phony contractors also were issued Stop Orders. SCLB investigators can halt job site activity when any person with or without a contractor license does not have workers' compensation insurance coverage for employees. Failure to comply with the Stop Order can result in a misdemeanor charges of up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. 

Fourteen suspects were detained by the Department of Homeland Security / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for identification and/or deportation. One suspect fled the scene in Bakersfield.

Operation totals may increase as some suspects are expected to provide their bids via email or fax. A majority of those caught this week were identified through ads on craigslist.org.

"CSLB and it's partners in law enforcement are serious about enforcing our State's consumer protection laws," says SCLB Registrar Steve Sands. "Unlicensed, illegal activity that puts homeowners at risk and puts those that follow state laws at a competitive disadvantage, will not be tolerated." 
This Blog has been re-printed in part from the CSLB press release of 3/18/13.

Since 1991, Freedom Business School has been helping contractors become licensed in California. We also offer contractor's licensing courses for Arizona, Virginia and Texas.

In addition to the Contractors' Licensing, we offer License Qualifying Courses in all aspects of real estate including Salesperson's and Broker's Exam Preparation. All of our Real Estate License courses are written by the industry professionals and approved by the California Department Of Real Estate (DRE).






New Exam Requirement for VA Contractors

Sunday, December 16, 2012 Filed Under Contractors License

Effective December 1, many Qualified Individuals must complete written Trade exam.

New Board for Contractors regulations - effective December 1, 2012, amend the eligibility criteria for Qualified Individuals associated with Licensed Contractors.

As always, every licensed contractor must identify a Qualified Individual (QI) for each specialty on its license. Since 1990s, many specialties (such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC) already require a QI to hold an individual tradesman license or other approved certification, or to pass an exam.

Effective December 1, additional requirements for Qualified Individuals - specifically, a board approved written exam will apply to those specialties, not already covered.

The reason for the change is to ensure only properly qualified contractors obtain licensure. The previous QI criteria only involved providing references, which does not give enough verification of competency. The new regulations will help make sure, the Qualified Individual for all contractors, no matter the specialty, demonstrates minimum competency.

Following are the examinations for the Qualified Individuals, currently offered by PSI:
  • VA Refrigeration Contracting
  • VA Painting and Wallcovering Contracting
  • VA Masonry Contracting
  • VA Landscaping Service Contracting
  • VA Home Improvement Contracting
  • VA Highway Heavy Contracting
  • VA Electronic/Communication Service contracting
  • VA Concrete Contracting
  • VA Commercial Improvement Contracting
  • VA Building Technical Contracting 
Individual examination content outlines are available from PSI for each exam. Content outlines indicate the examination time limit, minimum score required to pass, subject areas, number of items in each area, and reference materials used to prepare the questions for each exam.

Freedom Business School currently offers exam preparation courses for Building Technical Contracting - BLD and Home Improvement Contracting - HI. Other specialty contracting courses may be available in the near future.
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.
 

Virginia Contractors Exam

Sunday, November 11, 2012 Filed Under Contractors License

To get a Class A or B contractors' license in Virginia the candidate must pass Business and Law Contracting exam.
Exams are administered by PSI Exams for VA Board for Contractors. Following is the info from the PSI Contractors Exam candidate bulletin.
PSI provides examinations through a network of computer and paper-and-pencil examinations centers in Virginia. PSI works closely with the DPOR and its examination review committee to be certain that examinations meet local, national and international requirements in basic principles and examination development standards.
The Board for Contractors requires designated employees of applicants applying for the Building (BLD) Classification on their licenses to successfully complete the Building Technical examination. The Board's rules and regulations define Building Contractors as those individuals whose contracts include "construction on real property owned controlled or leased by another person of commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, residential (single-family, two-family or multi-family) and accessory use buildings or structures". This includes additions, renovations and demolition.
After passing the necessary examination you may apply to the VA Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) for a license. The Contractors' License application form can be downloaded from the DPOR website at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Contractors.

The following is the combination of exams offered by PSI in order to be licensed as a contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please note, that Clacc C license candidates are not required to take PSI examination. Completion of the approved pre-license education course satisfies the requirement for obtaining the Class C Contractors' License.

Class A Contractors' License
Part 1 -  Virginia Portion (Rules and Regulations)
Part 2 - General Portion
Part 3 - Advanced Portion
  
Class B Contractors' License
Part 1 - Virginia Portion (Rules and Regulations)
Part 2 - General Portion

Class A - BLD
Part 1 - Virginia Portion (Rules and Regulations)
Part 2 - General Portion
Part 3 - Advanced Portion
Part 4 - Building Contractor

Class B - BLD
Part 1 - Virginia Portion (Rules and Regulations)
Part 2 - General Portion
Part 4 - Building Contractor

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. We also offer exam preparation courses for all of the above 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.

Contractors Licensing the Freedom Way

Sunday, October 14, 2012 Filed Under Contractors License

Freedom Business School - FBS has been helping contractors get licensed since 1991. We are proud to have thousands of satisfied clients running successful Construction businesses. Currently, we offer license courses in the States of CA, AZ, VA and TX.
Our unique approach allows students to experience first-hand instruction - lectures recorded in Video and Audio formats as a part of our Contractors' Exam Preparation courses. This approach provides our students with flexibility of studying at home / office at their own pace without missing any of the classroom advantages, and saving BIG Time in the process. 
Our Video and Audio lectures feature licensed contractors, estimators, lawyers, business-management consultants who guide you through the course manuals.
Our DVDs and CDs include:
  • General Knowledge (background information on the trade)
  • Review Questions (instructors walk students through questions)
  • Health & Safety (OSHA, and general safety requirments for the state exam)
  • Math Review (a review of mathematical formulas needed for the state exam and industry)
Practice Tests and Updates
All FBS courses include Practice tests and updates. They are presented in the same multiple choice format as the State exams. Our answer sheets include full explanations and references. FBS is dedicated to keeping our content and questions current by constantly updating our lectures, manuals and tests. Each set of tests comes with an Update which represents most recently develped questions that correspond with the changes in California Laws, State Exam and building codes.

Computer Assisted Practice Tests

Most of our contractors' course packages include computer assisted practice tests (CAT) on a computer CD. The software presents questions one at a time, automatically scores the exam and lists each question answered incorrectly along with the correct answer. CAT is a Great Tool that goes a long way in your exam preparation process.

Software Features:
  • Timed State exam simulation
  • Question shuffling
  • Ability to mark questions and return to them
  • Running tally of your score
  • Detailed report upon completion with correct answers
  • Software keeps a score history to show improvement

Our courses are designed to give you a thorough and complete overview of the material in the most effective way and are focused on the Contractors' License State Exam.
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 contractors Exam on the first try.

 

Contractors Advertising The Legal Way

Sunday, August 26, 2012 Filed Under Contractors License

Advertising is always a great way to catch the attention of new customers - especially during the slow summer season. There are many ways top publicize your business - traditional newspaper advertising, radio or television, business cards, lettering on your truck, directories like the Yellow Pages, and other print and online directories. No matter which advertising method you choose, it's important that you follow California contractor advertising laws. 
  • Always Include License Number
Your contractor license number must be on anything concidered to be advertising. Licensed contractors are     required to include their CSLB License numbers on everything from contracts, business cards and yard signs to placards on commercially registered vehicles and promotional give-aways.  
  • Advertise Within Classification
Licensed contractors are not allowed to advertise for construction work outside of the trade(s) for which they are licensed.
  • Don't Advertise About Bonding
Contractors are forbidden by law to advertise the fact that they are bonded. It could lead the public to believe that there is a higher lever of protection that might actually be the case.
  • False Advertising Violations
It is a misdemeanor to use false, deceptive or misleading advetisements to sell clients home improvements and other services. It is also illegal to make misleading claims or advertise prices that you do not intend to honor. And remember, you can not advertise using a company name different than what's on your official CSLB license. 
  • Owner-Builder Requirements
If owner-builders use any signs, cards or directories, that imply that they can be hired by public for construction or home improvement, they become subject to the same laws as other contractors. Business and Professions Code section 7027 also prevents owner-builders from advertising illegally. 
  • Fines or Penalties
The civil penalty for contractor licensees who violate the laws can range from $100 to $500 with multiple penalties for multiple violations.
  • Unlicensed Operators
Unlicensed operators can legally advertise for construction work or improvements if the cost of the work (combined labor and materials) is under $500. However, they must state in the ad that they are "unlicensed". Unlicensed operators who advertise as a contractor in a directory, such as Yellow Pages, or any other advertising forum, face fines.
 
This article has been re-printed from the "California Licensed Contractor", the CSLB newsletter. This newsletter is a great resource for information on current news, changes and updates for CA Contractors.

Since 1991, Freedom Business School has been helping contractors become licensed in California. We also offer contractor's licensing courses for Arizona, Virginia and Texas. 

New Math Review Lecture

Sunday, July 22, 2012 Filed Under Contractors License

We are proud to announce the release of the New updated Math Review Lecture for our California Contractor's License courses. This lecture accompanies the newly revised Math Review Chapter of the CA Contractors Trade courses.

The new lecture features Cindy Davis, math teacher with over 18 years teaching experience and a Masters Degree in Math Education. Cindy goes over the Math Review Chapter that is included in Contractors' Trade manuals. Anywhere from 5% to 15% of the questions in the Contractors License trade exams are concerned with basic math calculations. Therefore, Math Review Lecture is included with the most of the Trade courses.

The new lecture covers:
  • Measurement
  • Decimal Foot Equivalents
  • Important units of Measurement
  • Standard Geometry Formulas
  • Area
  • Volume
  • New Section: Using an Architect's Scale
Math Review is included in all trade manuals EXCEPT:

C-11 Elevators
C-27 Landscaping
C-45 Electrical Signs
C-53 Swimming Pools
C-55 Water Conditioning
C-57 Well Drilling
Asbestos Abatement 

Freedom Business School (FBS) specializes in California Contractor License. We offer exam preparation courses in Contractors' License Law / Business Management as well as every Trade Classification in California. FBS is unique in offering Video and Audio Lectures along with our course manuals. These lectures are very effective in the learning process, since students receive a first-hand instruction recorded by the author of the course. Video Instruction allows students to study in the same environment as they would in a classroom at a much lower cost and much greater time savings and flexibility.
 
The Law and Business course is conveniently broken into four separate chapters, each with its own Glossary of Terms. The course manual is written in laypersons language and includes sample forms as well as summaries and checklists to help students prepare for the CA Contractors' License Exam. The Law and Business Lectures cover each chapter of the Manual and Review questions in the back of the manual. All the lectures are available in both audio and video formats.

The Trade Course covers major topics of the CA Contractors' exam for your specific classification. For example, the General Building Manual covers Concrete, Carpentry and 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. The Trade Video / Audio Lectures include Trade Overview, Review Questions, Math Review and Health and Safety. 

Freedom Business School has one of the highest Exam Pass rates in the industry and we are confident that you will also pass your Contractors' License Exam on the first try.


Courses Offered -

Freedom Business School is a distance education learning school. We specialize in online education courses for Contractors and Real Estate License in California and other states.