How Long Does It Take to Become a Licensed Contractor in California?


If you’re considering moving forward and becoming a licensed contractor in the state of California, you might be wondering how long the process takes.

That’s a good question, and the answers depend on a few different things:

You have to meet a certain set of requirements to take the California state contractors license exam. You can find specific requirements on our website, but generally speaking you’ll need four years of experience in the construction industry or a lesser amount of experience with a college degree.

The amount of time needed will depend on your personal schedule and study preferences. While some students can learn everything they need to know within a week using our “crash course” study options, most construction professionals find it more helpful to follow an online or at-home course, or even to participate in classroom sessions. These don’t take much longer, but can round out your learning and greatly improve your odds of passing the exam on your first try.

The best students balance their schedules with their ambitions. In other words, it’s up to you to figure out how much time you can devote to study and preparation, as well as which hobbies or activities you might be able to cut back on for a short period of time. Our most successful graduates tend to be the ones who make becoming a licensed contractor a big priority and clear out as many distractions as they can. That allows them to keep moving forward, week after week, until they’ve reached their goal.

The short answer to the question is that there isn’t any specific time frame that’s going to apply to every student, but you can probably count on getting through our programs in a few months or less if you already meet the requirements to take the exam. That’s not much work or waiting for something that could change your entire life or career, is it?

Want more specific answers that apply to you? Get in touch with the CSLS team of admissions representatives today and let us walk you through your options. It only takes a few minutes, and one phone call could be all it takes to set you on the path toward more money and more freedom as a self-employed contractor in California.