You must have at least 4 years experience in the contractor trade you are applying for.   This can be part-time or full-time as long as you can show four full years (full-time equivalent) of work experience within the last ten years.   If you have a degree this may help count towards the work experience requirement as long as it relates to the contractor trade you are applying for.

Where can I get a contractor license application?

You can obtain a contractor license application from the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) at:

You can also get a pre-screened application when you purchase our application processing service.   We are happy to help you with all the application paperwork including your work history to insure you avoid mistakes that could cause delays on getting a test date.   Currently the state takes approximately 3 months to schedule contractor license examinees.

How much does it cost to take the exam?

The state application fee for an original contractor license is $330.

How long is the state exam for a contractor license?

The state exam is divided into two parts the Law & Business section and the Trade section.  Each exam is approximately two hours and thirty minutes long.  You need to answer 72% of the questions correctly to pass the law.  Passing scores on some trades vary but on most trade exams you need to answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass.

How can I pass the exam?

We can help you pass the state exam the first time!  All of our contractor courses are pass guaranteed and designed for the convenience of independent home study, that means you can prepare anytime, anywhere, 24/7.  Study in the comfort of your home or favorite place, and learn at your own pace!

I have some questions, can someone help me?

We are happy to answer your questions.  Please contact us by phone toll free at (877) 327-6144 or email us with any questions you may have about getting your contractor license or any of our course material. We are here to help!

We have more information as well as a list of frequently asked questions with answers, on getting a contractors license. Please see our contractor trade classifications for detailed state descriptions.  You will find the value of our contractor courses is unmatched.