Contractors License


General Qualifications

To qualify to become a licensed contractor an individual must be 18 years of age or older and have the experience and skills necessary to manage the daily activities of a construction business, including field supervision.

Or, you must be represented by someone else with the necessary experience and skills, who serves as your qualifying individual.

The contractor or other person who will act as the qualifying individual must have had, within the ten years immediately before the filing of the application, at least four full years of experience at a journey level, or as a foreman, supervisor, or contractor in the classification for which he or she is applying. The experience claimed on the application must be verifiable and individuals who have knowledge of the experience must certify the accuracy of the experience information provided by the applicant.

Out of state individuals can apply for a California License if they meet the qualifications. Several states have reciprocity agreements with California which makes it easier to get a license.
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This course will only prepare a student to take the State Exam.  A student can take the State Exam providing he meets the general qualifications.



Content of the Examination

The Law and Business Examination is divided into ten major sections. These sections are:

1. Company start-up procedures (10%)

  • Regulations
  • Planning
  • Business records

2. Human resources (6%)

  • Legal status
  • Qualifications
  • Employment recordkeeping

3. General business requirements (20%)

  • Accounting practices
  • Information management
  • Cash flow

4. Insurance and bonds (7%)

  • General business insurance
  • Workers Compensation insurance
  • Bonds

5. Pre-contract considerations (12%)

  • Estimating
  • Verification

6. Proposal and contracts

  • Writing
  • Content
  • Warranty

7. Contract compliance (9%)

  • Industry standards
  • Changes
  • Invoicing
  • Contract clauses

8. Public works (4%)

9. Safety (9%)

  • Training
  • Regulation
  • Hazardous materials

10. Legal (14%)

  • Lien law
  • Collections
  • Civil Code
  • Environment
  • Local

*Percentages are approximate*


Test Site Policy

This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored area at your own risk.

Test Strategy

This examination consists of multiple-choice questions each with four choices per question. Some questions require mathematical calculation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and are NOT written as trick questions.

All correct answers have equal value. If your are unsure about a particular question it is better to try to answer the question with the chance of possibly getting it correct (and earning one point) than it is to leave the question blank and definitely get it wrong (and lose one point)

Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions so be sure to read each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting your answer.