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We could give you numerous different reasons to take the plunge and become a licensed contractor in California. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities where you can make more money, open your own business legally, and even expand operations to the point where you have employees and shareholders. The best reasons to become a licensed contractor aren’t …
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If you were to ask the average construction professional why students come to CSLS, they’d probably say “to become licensed contractors.” That’s undoubtedly true, but it’s also only part of the story. The fact of the matter is that the best students don’t use CSLS just for classes and study materials, but because we are able to springboard their careers …
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“I never thought I’d come back to school.” We’ve heard countless CSLS students utter those words over the years. And yet, construction professionals keep turning to us, year after year, because they want to become licensed contractors and get the chance to make more money while taking control of their own careers. If you’re thinking of doing the same, now …
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Most of the time, when someone says that you could improve your life in 15 minutes, the advice that follows just isn’t that realistic. Or, it would work, but it’s incredibly expensive or impractical.
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Success in the California contracting business – or any business – is as much about setting the right habits as it is getting the “big decisions” correct. After all, what you do day-to-day is going to determine how healthy your contracting company will be.
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There are a lot of things construction professionals love about CSLS, including our 25 locations across California and the fact that 99.9% of our students pass their licensed contractors exam on the first try.
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When you become a licensed California contractor, are other construction professionals your colleagues or you competitors?
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Once you become a licensed California contractor, you have the option of starting your own business and becoming your own boss. That move brings with it a lot of opportunities, but also additional responsibilities. Most of all, it gives you the chance to establish your own reputation and see where it can take you.
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Have you ever been on a job site and wished you had a better tool to use… one that would make things faster, easier, or more accurate? Or have you ever been going through the aisles of your favorite home-improvement shop and seen a piece of equipment you would just love to try out?
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Thousands of men and women want to become licensed contractors in California, but they want to do it in the most economical way possible. We can certainly understand that, which is why we want to offer you four good tips for saving money on your contractors license exam prep:
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When you decide you don’t have the time or money to become a licensed contractor, you might think you’re saving a little bit of cash. After all, if you aren’t spending what’s in your bank account, you’re making a good financial decision… right?
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Being self-employed as a licensed contractor in California is an interesting job. Get it right, and you could find yourself making more money than you ever thought possible while working on lots of fun and interesting projects. Get it wrong, and you may find yourself thinking about going back to work for someone else.
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With another July 4 behind us, millions of Americans got the chance to take a day off, enjoy the outdoors, and reflect on just how wonderful it is to be free. But, while “freedom” is a big concept, what exactly does it mean to someone who becomes an independent licensed contractor?
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At CSLS, we are proud of each and every one of our graduates – more than 125,000 of them – who become licensed contractors in California. Many of them go on to become self-employed business owners, while others develop contracting specialties, decide to continue working for their employers, or even take jobs in construction management.

One thing that every one of these graduates has in common, though, is that they love the new sense of freedom they find when they pass their exams. At that moment, they have more choices than they ever did before.
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Even with the wide variety of classes and financing options we have available at CSLS, we occasionally hear from potential students who tell us that California contractor’s exam prep training is just “too expensive.”
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If you’ve already looked into attending CSLS – online or in-person – as a way to become a licensed contractor in California, then you’re probably aware that we can offer you some advantages that other schools and programs can’t. But what do those perks really mean for you in your future? Here are four of the biggest perks, and why …
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Thousands of construction professionals every year consider coming to CSLS to become licensed contractors, but ultimately decide to wait. We know, because we talk to them every day. More often than not, their excuse for delaying is that they “just don’t have time.”
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CSLS tuition is unlike most of the other expenses or budget items you’ll ever consider. That’s because the “tangible” parts of what we have offer construction professionals – like classroom sessions, textbooks, and other learning materials – don’t really give you an idea of the true value you’re receiving when you register for one of our programs.
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CSLS offers a number of different options for men and women who want to study for their licensed contractors exam. Along with traditional classroom choices, students can opt to learn at home through online, textbook, and recorded self-study materials if they choose.

Which choice is right for you? To help you come to a decision, here are a few pros and cons of self-study learning options for new contractors:
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Almost every business is changing in some ways, but few are seeing the kind of rapid evolution that the California construction industry is. Being a contractor today just isn’t the same as it was 15 or 20 years ago, and it’s important for construction professionals to be prepared.

To give you a sense of why and how, here are four ways the California contracting and construction industry is changing right before our very eyes:
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