FAQ: CSLB Licensing Workshops

Are you considering becoming a licensed contractor in California? The process can be overwhelming, with what feels like thousands of hoops to jump through and forms to fill out. 

Wisely, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has started offering licensing workshops to help guide you through it. 

In this article, we’ll cover the most frequently asked questions about CSLB licensing workshops, including what they are, how they can help you, and how to sign up.

What Are CSLB Licensing Workshops?

The CSLB offers a variety of licensing workshops to assist individuals who are interested in becoming licensed contractors.

These step-by-step guides are short, but highly informational, workshops that really guide you through the entire process of applying for, testing for, and ultimately receiving a California contractor license. 

They cover all sorts of topics and have been shaped by common questions that the CSLB found contractors were asking. Some of the areas covered in these workshops include:

  • A general overview of CSLB licensing requirements
    • What do you need to actually become a contractor?
  • Business and financial management for contractors 
    • How to manage the business side of contracting?
  • Exam preparation and test-taking strategies
    • Basically – how to pass the notorious CSLB exam?
  • Laws and regulations related to contracting in California
    • Learn how to make sure you’re doing work legally
  • How to avoid common mistakes in the licensing process
    • Mistakes can hold up your license for weeks or months. Just don’t!
  • How to file a complaint against a contractor
    • An unfortunate side of the business, but necessary. CSLB professionals can tell you how to best handle an unscrupulous contractor.

How much does the CSLB licensing workshop cost?

These workshops are free! You don’t have to pay a red cent! 

The CSLB started giving these workshops out as a way to help contractors get licensed, so they have no need to charge. They just want to help you become a contractor!

Where and when do I take the CSLB licensing workshop?

The CSLB hosts their licensing workshop on the first Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Usually, these workshops are in-person, but since the COVID pandemic, they’ve shifted these workshops to entirely online. As of April 2023, it seems that these workshops are still fully digital. 

How do I sign up?

The CSLB recommends signing up for their email list to receive access to register.

They encourage you to check the box for “Podcasts and Webcasts” to ensure you receive your invitation, as well. Otherwise, you’ll receive the wrong information (although perhaps still relevant to your license!).

Is the CSLB licensing workshop available in Spanish?

Yes! The CSLB licensing workshop is available in Spanish.

Find out more about taking the licensing workshop here, or watch the video below:

Participa en nuestro workshop para obtener la licencia para construir

Bonus: Get CSLB Exam Study Guides… In Spanish!

Spanish-speaking construction professionals rejoice! The CSLB has released a bunch of brand-new Spanish study guides. 

These study guides cover a variety of topics, including construction law, safety, and business practices, and can help you pass the exam first try.

CHECK OUT OUR ARTICLE HERE to see the full list of new study guides in Spanish. Here are a few of the big ones: 

  • C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry
  • C-8 Concrete
  • C-10 Electrical
  • C-15 Flooring and Floor Covering
  • C-20 HVAC

These study guides provide valuable assistance to Spanish-speaking applicants who may struggle with the English language, so check them out!

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About CSLS

Contractors State License Service (CSLS) is the largest school in California devoted to the Construction professional. For over 23 years, CSLS has helped its students pass the exam to become licensed contractors in the State of California, licensing more students than any other school. From our main offices in Southern California, CSLS operates over 25 locations with full-service support and classrooms. We have grown to this extent by providing quality, professional services. In comparison, this provides 7 times the number of convenient locations than the second largest contractor school. Contractors State License Services is one of the only contractor schools in the state that is run by educators, not lawyers or people mostly interested in the bonding and insurance business. Contractors State License Services formerly operated under the oversight of the State of California's Bureau for Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education. As of January 1 2010, the new Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) came into existence replacing the BPPVE. CSLS now operates under the provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (CPPEA), Article 4 Section 94874(f). Our Mission is simple; We can help you pass your California Contractors License Exam. Celebrating our 25th year, CSLS has helped over 120,000 students pass the California contractor licensing exam to become licensed contractors in the State of California. Additionally, we offer complete home study and online contractor’s license programs to help you pass your California contractors license exam. CSLS offers licensing classes for all types of contractor licenses, including General Engineering Contractor, General Building Contractor, Specialty Contractor, Insulation and Acoustical Contractor, Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor, Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor, Concrete Contractor, Drywall Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Elevator Contractor, Landscaping Contractor, Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor, and many others. For a complete list of contractor licenses, visit www.MakeMeAContractor.com and tuned for more informative posts.