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California Electrical Contractors License

electrical-planning Summary: The California State Contractors License is required in order to perform any contract work on a project valued at five hundred dollars or more for labor and materials.
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In California, anyone who contracts to perform work on a project that is valued at $500 or more for labor and materials must hold a current, valid license from the CSLB - California State License Board.

The CSLB licenses electrical candidates for the C-10 Electrical Classification for the California Electrical Contractor License.

There are other classifications available for trades working within other realms of the electrical trade such which are listed below.

Qualifying for an Electrical Contractors License


Some of the Qualifications for the C-10 Electrical License

Submit a copy of your diploma for a four-year degree in a business or construction-related field; OR Submit transcripts for a two-year degree (or less), technical training (must include course hours and descriptions), and all other degrees. Transcripts must be official and contained in a sealed envelope.
If you received your degree outside the United States, your transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an accredited evaluation service that does business within the United States.

Submit a copy of your apprenticeship certificate.

Highlights of the The Application Process for Electrical Contractor

This is information about you.

This is information about your experience.

Your work experience can be certified by another person, however this person must qualify to provide this information. The individual certifying the experience (certifier) must complete.
This must be verifiable through payroll records or similar documents. If additional space is needed to list the trade duties, please attach a separate Use a separate form for each employer.

All work experience must be documented and will be verified.

Experience Requirements for a Electrical Contractor License

You must have at least four years of experience to qualify in order to take the examination.
Credit for work experience is given only for experience at a journey level or as a foreman,
supervising employee, contractor, or owner-builder. This type of experience is defined as follows:
A journeyman is a person who has completed an apprenticeship program or is an
experienced worker, not a trainee, and is fully qualified and able to perform the
trade without supervision.

A foreman or supervisor is a person who has the knowledge and skill of a journeyman
and directly supervises physical construction.

A contractor is a person who manages the daily activities of a construction business,
including field supervision.

An owner-builder is a person who has the knowledge and skills of a journeyman and
who performs work on his or her own property.

Understanding the difference between a General and Specialty Contractor.

General building contractors usually oversee projects and coordinate the specific licensed subcontractors for a job. Specialty or subcontractors are usually hired to perform a single job. For example, if you want only roofing or plumbing work, you may want to hire a contractor licensed in that particular specialty.

A general building contractor may also contract for specialty work, but must hold a specialty license for that work or actually have a specialty contractor do the work. The only exception is if the job requires more than two types of work on a building. Then it is appropriate for a licensed general building contractor to contract for and oversee the entire project. For example, if a kitchen remodeling will involve plumbing, electrical and carpentry work under one contract, one should hire a licensed general building contractor. Under these circumstances, a general building contractor may perform all of the work on a building, or subcontract parts of the job to contractors with specialty licenses.

Specialty Licensed Contractor Classifications:

C7 – Low Voltage Systems Contractor
C10 – Electrical Contractor
C11 – Elevator Contractor
C16 – Fire Protection Contractor
C20 – Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor
C27 – Landscaping Contractor
C38 – Refrigeration Contractor
C45 – Electrical Sign Contractor
C46 – Solar Contractor
C53 – Swimming Pool Contractor

..... other classifications are available as well.

The Benefits of Online Contractor Study

You may have been working in the electrical trade for a while now and feel you are ready to apply for your California Electrical Contractor License. After you have been approved, its a good idea to look at your study options. There are services that provide an easy and efficient method to prepare for the exam. This is a great way to get ready especially if it has been awhile since you've taken a test and could use some practice to build your confidence. Maybe you are a little rusty with the computer and would like to get used to the online test format. Its a good idea to be familiar with the process of testing on a computer and once you are ready to take your exam your familiarity will help a lot. You can even study at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Check out your options and decide what fits you and your schedule.

Online Contractor Practice Study can Help You

Many programs have been developed to help with the California Electrical Contractor License Exam with preparation courses and just like our other courses, these on-line testing programs are comprehensive and cost effective. The testing programs are designed to be efficient; offering an easy study program with current, strategic questions and detailed answers explanations.

Individualized Contractor Study Programs

There are services that allow you to pick and choose your specific area of study or obtain a bundled program that will provide an overview of multiple subjects for your study needs. You could also use these programs to supplement your current study program or use as a crash course of study to test your knowledge in specific areas of the California Electrical Contractor License and the NEC. Some of these services are available as a subscription that will help meet your needs.

An example of some subscription plans for study programs

30 Day Plan*:
A 30 day subscription may offer unlimited access to study materials for a 30 day period. An excellent choice for a quick study before your test.

90 Day Plan*:

A 90 day subscription may offer unlimited access to the study materials at a discount over purchasing a 30 Day Plan for the same time frame. This would be a great program to use along with your current curriculum.

Having your Contractors License is a Great Privilege and your gateway to get jobs you never could have before.
For more information contact the California State License Board

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The Plug-In Outlet Tester
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It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

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The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
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