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California Contractor Exam Prep

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Premier Schools offers an outstanding variety of home-study Contractor License exam prep kits to help you take and pass the California Contractor License exam. Our Contractor License exam prep courses cover every trade and certificate classification. Premier uses the best license exam prep materials available today to help you to obtain your California Contractor License. Our passing rate is the highest in the industry.

Our license exam prep kits consist of exam manuals, video and/or audio lectures, and up-to-date practice tests and updates. Our Law and Business Manual covers all the laws you'll need to know, explained in straightforward language you can understand. Each trade classification has a unique Trade Manual that reviews basic math and cost estimating and other trade topics that are covered on the Contractor License exam.

Premier's video and audio lectures feature contractors, estimators, lawyers, business management consultants, and other professionals. They will guide you through our manuals to make them easy to understand and accessible. Our user-friendly practice tests are in the same format as the California Contractor License exam. The updates, that accompany our practice exams, respond to the latest changes in the State exams. Our answer sheets include explained answer and/or a page reference to help you learn.

All of Premier's home-study California Contractor License exam prep kits allow you to study for the state exam in the convenient setting of your own home or office. Our courses are designed to provide you with a fast, easy, low cost way to make sure that you pass your California Contractor License exam the first time.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • 18 years of age or old
  • Pass the State Contractors Exam
  • $2500 or more of working capital
  • Bonded $7500 - Swimming Pool $12,000
  • Education and/or Work Experience within the Last 10 years
    1. 4 years of building trade experience, or;
    2. 2 years of building trade experience plus a 4-year degree in Accounting, Business, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, or Specific Trade.


An applicant to become a licensed contractor in California must be 18 years of age of older. He or she must possess the experience and skills necessary to manage the daily activities of a construction business. To qualify for the state exam, the applicant must have had at least four full years of experience as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, or contractor in the classification for which he or she is applying.

You may receive credit for technical training, apprenticeship training, or education instead of a portion of the required four years of practical experience. At least one year must be practical experience. You must provide written documentation of any training or education claimed in place of experience.

All businesses or individuals, who construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost (labor and materials) of one or more contracts on the project is $300 or more. Licenses may be issued to individuals, partnerships, corporations, or joint ventures.

In order to obtain a California Contractor's License, a qualified individual must take two examinations. All applicants must pass the standard Law and Business examination. In addition, a qualified individual must pass a second text covering the specific trade or certification area for which they are applying.

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How Course Works

When you enroll in our fast-track Contractor License preparation course, you will receive easy to understand Study Guides and a set of audiocassette tapes covering the test material for both your Law and Trade exams. Professionals have prepared the Study Guides and cassettes. They are updated and very comprehensive. Our audiocassette tapes are ideal to listen to at home as you use the Study Guides. Or, you can listen to the cassette tapes on a stand-alone basis at home or as you drive.

Our up-to-date and comprehensive materials will give you an in-depth understanding of the material that you need to know. The Study Guides and AudioTapes focus on all the key material that you will need to be familiar with to pass the state exam the first time!

Each of the Study Guides contains questions with answers that are either explained for you or with a reference that will give you a more complete explanation. These practice exams contain questions that are very similar to what you are going to see on the state exam! Study and learn the questions in our practice exams and you should easily pass both of your state tests.

Application Assistance

Your course materials will contain step-by-step instructions on "how to" prepare and submit your application to the Contractor's State License Board. We will also give you assistance in obtaining a bond. One of our counselors is always available to help you as you progress toward obtaining your Contractor's License.

Single Course Pricing

The following is for Trade or Law not both:

Make your selection

Trade only Manuals only$180.00Law only Manuals only$180.00
Trade Audio$195.00Law Audio$195.00
Trade Video$210.00Law Video$210.00
Trade Both Audio and DVD$250.00Law Both Audio and DVD$250.00

Contractor License Prep Courses

Premier Schools offers both sets of material for all the licenses (Law/Business & Trade). You can easily obtain a license for any of the trade classifications listed below with Premier's outstanding workbooks and audiotapes.


A - General Engineering

B - General Building

C-2 - Insulation & Acoustical

C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating & Steam Fitting

C-5 - Carpentry

C-6 - Cabinet and Mill Work

C-7 - Low Voltage Systems

C-8 - Concrete

C-9 - Drywall

C-10 - Electrical (General)

C-11 - Elevator Installation

C-12 - Earthwork & Paving

C-13 - Fencing

C-14 - Metal Roofing

C-15 - Flooring and Floor

C-16 - Fire Protection Engineering

C-17 - Glazing

C-20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating

C-21 - Building Moving, Wrecking

C-23 - Ornamental Metals

C-26 - Lathing

C-27 - Landscaping
C-28 - Lock & Security Equipment

C-29 - Masonry

C-32 - Parking & Highway Improvement

C-33 - Painting & Decorating

C-34 - Pipeline

C-35 - Plastering

C-36 - Plumbing

C-38 - Refrigeration

C-39 - Roofing

C-42 - Sanitation Systems

C-43 - Sheet Metal

C-45 - Electrical Signs

C-46 - Solar

C-47 - General Manufactured


C-50 - Steel Reinforcing

C-51 - Steel Structural

C-53 - Swimming Pool

C-54 - Tile (ceramic & mosaic)

C-55 - Water Conditioning

C-57 - Well Drilling (water)

C-60 - Welding

C-61 - Limited Specialty

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