Getting a Contractor's License in California
For the California contractor licensing process, you must first apply with all the requested information from the State. Once received by the board, you'll be required to complete your fingerprints, and they'll allow you to sit for the exam. The tests are closed books, meaning studying the books thoroughly to prepare yourself for the exam is a must. If English is not your first language, you may request to have an interpreter with you.
If you are new to the California Licensing process it would be a good idea to sign up for the free contractor workshop, which is held on the first Friday of every month at 10:00AM. It is hosted by the CSLB.
Taking the California Exam
To have a better understanding on what is going to be on the exam, please visit the Examination Study Guides page. Or if you are looking for the exact scopes of the different licenses, you may visit the License Classifications page.