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Getting your contractors license: Can I skip the exam?

Posted on June 19, 2013 in Law & Business
Getting your contractors license: Can I skip the exam?
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Answer - Yes, there are instances where you can actually skip the exam process, provided you meet the following requirements.

By law, the qualifying individual (or person applying for the license) for a contractor's license is required to pass both written law and trade examinations unless he or she meets the requirements for a waiver.

An in-depth look at the waiver

There is no examination requirement if the qualifying individual meets one of the following conditions:

• The applicant is currently the qualifying individual for a license in good standing in the same classification for which he or she is applying.

• The applicant has been a qualifying individual within the pass five year for a license in good standing in the same classification for which he or she is applying.

• The applicant has, within the last five years, passed both the Law and Business examination and the trade examination in the same classification for which he or she is applying.

If you have to take the examination, you will be sent a Notice to Appear for Examination. If you qualify for a waiver, you will be sent a notice requesting bonds and fees to be submitted.

Once the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has received your complete application, you will be scheduled for the examination. You should receive your examination notice approximately four weeks prior to the examination date. After being notified that you have successfully passed the State Exam and qualified for a Contractors State License, you must submit the appropriate license fee and license bond within 90 days after the date of notification.

Stay tuned for more information in our Getting Your Contractors License series.

 

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