California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Contractor License

The California Residential Remodeling (B-2) contractor license allows you to any project to make improvements to, on, or in an existing residential wood frame structure, and the project requires the use of at least three unrelated building trades or crafts for a single contract. Examples of unrelated building trades are drywall, finish carpentry, flooring, insulation, painting, plastering, roof repair, siding, and tiling.

How to get the Residential Remodeling (B-2) contractor's license in California?

  1. Determine Eligibility: Each license requires a qualifier who directly supervises and controls the construction operations conducted under the license. Must be at least 18 years old and have four years minimum journeyperson, foreperson, supervising employee, or contractor work experience, in the last 10 years, in the Residential Remodeling (B-2) trade.
  2. Verifying Work Experience: After meeting the basic eligibility requirements, the qualifier could be randomly selected to provide documentation that they meet the minimum work experience requirements. Having this documentation ready beforehand can make this process easier if your application is selected for review. The experience listed on the application must be verifiable, and people with firsthand knowledge of that experience must certify the accuracy of the information provided to CSLB on the Certification of Work Experience form.
  3. Complete Application: Must fill out the Original Contractor, Additional Classification, or Replacing the Qualifying Individual application form.
  4. Submit Application and Required Fees: For the current list of fees visit the California CSLB Fees page .
  5. Fingerprint Requirement after CSLB Review of Application: For information on fingerprinting, visit the CSLB Fingerprinting Requirement page.
  6. Schedule the Exams: Once the application is submitted the CSLB will send you a 'Notice to Appear for Examination." Upon receipt, the business exam and a Residential Remodeling (B-2) exams must be scheduled and passed.
  7. Contractor Bond: All applicants must submit to CSLB a contractor bond or cash deposit payable to CSLB in the amount of $15,000. CSLB does not issue bonds.

The CSLB will either issue your license or contact you if they need further information.

California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Contractor License Exam

Below are the specifications (test type, academic content, etc.) for each exam needed to get the Residential Remodeling (B-2) contractor's license in California.

California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Planning and Estimating (15%)
      • Scope of work and code compliance
      • Design and construction error identification
      • Shop drawings, plans, and specifications
      • Field inspection performance
      • Project coordination
      • Cost estimation for materials, equipment, and labor
    • Job Site Preparation (13%)
      • Remove non-load-bearing walls
      • Remove cabinets and countertops
      • Remove plumbing and electrical fixtures
      • Deliver and store materials
    • Core Trades Remodeling (25%)
      • Plumbing
      • Electrical
      • Mechanical
      • Interior walls, ceilings, and trimwork
      • Flooring and stairs
    • Finish Trades Remodeling (18%)
      • Cabinets
      • Countertops and backsplashes
      • Painting, staining, coating, and interior wall covering
    • Exterior Remodeling (13%)
      • Roof Repairs
      • Remodeling exterior walls
      • Doors and windows
    • Safety (16%)
      • Personnel safety
      • Job site safety
      • Demolition and material safety
  • CSLB Residential Remodeling (B-2) Study Guide

California Law and Business Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Business Organization (10%)
      • Company organization
      • Project organization
    • Business Finances (15%)
      • Cash management
      • Budget and planning
      • Taxes
      • Financial reporting
    • Employment Requirements (12%)
      • Employment regulations
      • Evaluation and record-keeping
      • Payroll
    • Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%)
      • Bonds
      • Workers’ compensation insurance
      • Liens and other remedies
      • Other insurance
    • Contract Requirements and Execution (23%)
      • Bidding
      • Cost control
      • Contracts
      • Payments
    • Licensing Requirements (8%)
      • Business license
      • Contractor’s license
      • Activity regulation
    • Safety (15%)
      • Training and reporting requirements
      • General safety
      • Hazardous/unknown materials
    • Public Works (7%)
      • Prevailing wage requirements
      • Bonding requirements
      • Insurance requirements
  • CSLB Law and Business Study Guide

California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all source references for the California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Contractor exams. You can use these books to study for the exams but you are not allowed to bring these books in with you to the testing center. These tests will be closed-book. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

  • CALIFORNIA RESIDENTIAL REMODELING (B-2) - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $1,710.41
  • CALIFORNIA RESIDENTIAL REMODELING (B-2) - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $1,810.41

California Residential Remodeling (B-2) Contractor Exam Books

California Law and Business Exam Books