A California general building contractors license allows a contractor to build a house or a shelter as long as framing or at least two unrelated trades are being performed. For example, general contractor cannot bid and perform on a project that only requires electrical work to be performed, but general contractor may subcontract this work to a licensed electrician. If the project requires electrical and plumbing, now general contractor can bid and perform on this contract.
As a general building contractor you may not take any contracts that involve only one trade, unless the one trade is framing or the work is being subcontracted to a specialty contractor specializing in that trade.
Before you can apply for your general building contractors license, you must meet the following experience requirements:
Don't have 4 years of general building experience?
A college degree can be substituted for up to three years of that experience.
In order to obtain your general building contractors license, you are required to pass the Trade examination as well as the Law & Business exam.
*Even though you can apply for a general building contractors license when you are 18 years old, it is recommended that you be at least 23 years old due to experience requirement.
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