Capitol Connection Q&A for Contractors - Week of April 5, 2021

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By Shauna Krause, President, Capitol Services, Inc. 

I will be answering questions Live! Please join the upcoming webinar sponsored by CSLB, the City of Sacramento and major industry players on April 14th beginning at 5 pm. The webinar is focused on how women and minorities can become licensed contractors. It’s a free virtual event and I will be one of the panelists answering questions! This is the link for more info, so please share it with those likely to benefit: 

Q:  When applying for a California license, does the CSLB set an applicant a test date, or do I have the ability to schedule it myself?  I want to obtain my own Contractor’s license, but my wife is pregnant, due in about two months, and I don’t want to have the application rejected if I’m not able to make the exam date if that is how it works. 

A:  Congratulations to you both. The CSLB does schedule your exam date for you, however they will work with you on the date if it doesn’t line up with your schedule.  They always give you the next available date nearest to your location (by zip code). 

Q:  I am a General “B” Contractor and I currently have a project in process which has been nothing but a headache.  The Homeowners are requesting that I hire a “C-10” sub-contractor to do the Electrical work, which I always do myself.  Are they permitted to request a “C-10” Contractor to do work that I signed as a General?  And if the Electrical Contractor I use cannot start on my project for several weeks, what happens to the “completion date” reflected on the original contract? 

A:  While there are rules and laws which regulate Contractors, there are no laws which regulate Homeowners, as much as you Contractors may dream of that!   Project Owners are “allowed” to require/request anything they want as long as it aligns with the contract you signed.  If they want a “C-10” contractor to do the Electrical work, they are perfectly in their realm to request that.  As far as the date of completion, we (Capitol Services) don’t get too involved in contracts, but I do know if the Homeowner is requesting additional work or repairs to work already done, a change order can be done, and the completion date can likely be updated, or negotiated to accommodate the change.  

Q:  If we Disassociate our Qualifier, I understand we have 90 days to replace him.  Do we have to stop work for that 90-day period? 

A:  No, the license will remain Active for the 90 days and you continue business as usual.  When the 90 days expires and you haven’t replaced your Qualifier, your license will go Suspended.  Contact us if you need assistance! 

While knowledge is power, knowing where to go for the answers is half the battle. Get expert assistance immediately when you call 866-443-0657, email, or write us at Capitol Services, Inc., 3609 Bradshaw Rd, Ste H, #343, Sacramento, CA 95827. Search past column at