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If you’ve read through a few of our posts, you know we are extraordinarily proud of our 99.9% first-time passing rate. We’ll put our track record up against anyone else’s, and we have tens of thousands of successful graduates to show for it.

At CSLS our success rate isn’t just about marketing, however – it also says a lot about you and your future. Here are a few conclusions you can draw from the fact that almost every person who’s ever come to us has become a licensed contractor:
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On our blog and in our email newsletters, we try to encourage construction professionals across the state to do everything they can to become licensed contractors. There’s just too much at stake – in terms of making money, setting your own schedule, and being in control of your own future – to put off that important step in your career.
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There are a lot of things that separate CSLS from other California contractors license exam prep schools, but one of the differences we are most proud of is that we give our students access to unlimited computerized practice exams. That means they can spend as much time as they want getting ready for their tests on machines that are just like the ones they’ll take their actual exams on.

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We know that CSLS isn’t your only choice when it comes to California licensed contractors exam prep. In fact, a quick look through the Internet, or in a print directory, will show that there are several other schools. They may not have our reputation, or as many locations as we do, but many offer guarantees that seem almost as strong. …
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At CSLS, our admissions team speaks to dozens of construction professionals every week. All of them want to become licensed contractors in California, but only some take the next step.

Sometimes, students don’t move forward because they don’t meet the state requirements to become a contractor yet, or because they have legitimate emergencies that prevent them from preparing for their contractors exam. More often, though, we hear one of the two worst excuses for avoiding CSLS.
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When new students come to us to become licensed contractors in California, we know it’s generally because they want to become self-employed business owners and make more money. That’s a great goal, and one we certainly wouldn’t want to steer you away from.
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If there is one fear many potential CSLS student share, it’s that they’ll find the process of preparing for the California contractors exam too difficult. After all, most students come to us because they like working outside in the sunshine, not spending lots of hours staring at books.
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With summer right around the corner, you might be thinking about getting away, hitting the beach, or even buying some new clothes… but what about making a bigger change and upgrading your whole life?

Believe it or not, summer can be the perfect time to join us at CSLS and earn your California contractors license. Here are three reasons to register today for classes this summer:
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Becoming a successful licensed California contractor doesn’t have to begin after you’ve been to CSLS and passed your exam. In fact, there are a number of things you can start doing now that will help you to stay profitable and growing in the future.

Here are four successful contractor habits you should start cultivating today:
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Although most people think of CSLS as the place to go when you want to pass your California licensed contractors exam, the reality is that we do everything we can to help our students start their own construction businesses as successfully as possible. That includes offering different packages that help you incorporate your business.

If you haven’t considered investigating this service in the past, here are four reasons you should look into it today:

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At least once a week, we hear from a potential CSLS student who would like to become a licensed contractor in California, but swears they just “couldn’t find the time to study for the exam.”

On the surface, this seems like a pretty reasonable excuse to put things off. When you dig a bit deeper, though, you find that it’s usually just another way to procrastinate on something that’s important. The fact of the matter is that studying for your California licensed contractors exam probably doesn’t need to take nearly as much time as you think it does.
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In September of 2014, California Bill SB 1159 was signed into law. This law prohibits, except as specified, any entity within the CA Department of Consumer Affairs from denying licensure to an applicant based on his/her immigration status. This means that, no later than January 1st, 2016, the entity that governs California contractor state licenses (the Contractors State License Board, …
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Our California EPA RRP refresher class isn’t just popular, but it’s also important – most contractors, property managers, and renovators are required to have this certification by law to avoid health risks associated with lead poisoning. It’s a course that can change careers and literally save lives.

If you work in the construction industry, you probably knew that already. What you might not have known or realized, however, is that you are legally required to come and take a refresher class at least once every five years. Not only will doing so keep you on the right side of federal regulations, but it will also reinforce valuable information that can keep you, your team, and your customers healthy in the future.
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If you subscribe to our blog or newsletter, you’ve undoubtedly seen lots of different reasons to become a licensed California contractor, look forward to being a business owner, and get your business off to a great start with our programs.
What you may not have noticed, though, is that there is a benefit to learning with us that’s incredibly powerful but often overlooked: At CSLS, you’re surrounded by other people who are serious about reaching their career goals, too.
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Passing your California licensed contractors exam may certify you to work legally, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your business will be successful… particularly in those crucial early days when you’re just getting started.
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Decades of experience helping construction professionals to achieve their dreams and become licensed contractors has taught us that there are thousands upon thousands of men and women who would take the next step in their careers – and earn their licenses – if it weren’t for the testing process. Some people are simply too afraid of the standardized examination to …
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As a licensed contractor, most of your actual work will be done with your hands. When it comes to your success as a business owner, though, you might be surprised to find out just how much your mindset matters.

To be more specific, the best contractors have the ability to think clearly and calmly, regardless of what might be going on around them. To see why that might be so important, here are a few instances in which a calm sense of mind is especially critical to the job:

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Deciding to become a licensed contractor in California is one of the most significant decisions you can make in your life and career. In fact, you may not realize just how important it was until you look back later.

If you’re a construction professional who’s ready to take the next step and move forward, you may not even realize just how many great things are yet to come. To give you a sense of what your new life and career might be like, here are five great moments you’ll enjoy as a self-employed contractor:
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  Did you know? You No Longer Need to have a US Social Security number Get Your California Contractors License. In September of 2014, California Bill SB 1159 was passed into law. This bill prohibits, except as specified, any entity within the CA Department of Consumer Affairs (including the CSLB), from denying licensure to an applicant based on his immigration …
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One thing new contractors often want to know is whether they should charge deposits on construction projects. Should you ask your customers for money up front before you start working?

The short answer is probably “yes,” especially on big or complicated jobs. That’s because a customer deposit can help you smooth out your cash flow (which is always a concern to self-employed contractors) and protect you in the event your customer can’t pay or the job gets canceled halfway through.

The bigger the construction project is, the more thought you need to put into your deposit amount. Typically, you’ll want to ask for at least a little bit of money upfront with a signed agreement. The amount you charge to begin should include amounts for:
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