This form must be filled in completely in order to document applicant's work experience, or the application will be returned for correction or completion. The qualifying individual on the application (as listed on Page 1 of the application) and certifier (a qualified and responsible person who verifies the experience in the classification for which the applicant is seeking licensure) must complete the form.
FORMS CONTAINING STRIKEOUTS OR MODIFICATIONS MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Corrections on the Certification of Work Experience forms must be initialed by the certifier.
Original signatures are required - faxed, photocopied, or stamped signatures are not acceptable.
All qualifying individuals and certifiers must be at least 18 years old.
All Certification of Work Experience forms must be submitted with the application.
The Certification of Work Experience form, when filed with an application, becomes the property of CSLB and is kept as a matter of record. Keep a copy of the completed and signed form for your records - you may be asked to provide further documentation or testimony to verify your experience. A random three percent (3%) of applications are subject to review, and experience must be verifiable through payroll records and similar documents. CSLB staff may contact the certifier or other parties to verify experience.
If you have ever served as a qualifier on a license in the classification for which you are now applying, you may not need to complete this form. However, if you are applying for a waiver of the examination pursuant to Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 7065.1(b) or 7065.1(c), you do need to complete this form. (Please refer to CSLB's website for more information on exam waivers.) NOTE: If you had a previous application that was denied on the basis of a lack of qualifying work experience, you must complete this form, regardless of whether or not you passed the examination.
Anyone who knowingly procures or offers false or forged documents to be filed, registered, or recorded in any public office in California is guilty of a felony. (Penal Code section 115)
PART 1 - QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL (APPLICANT) INFORMATION
The qualifying individual's information must be entered in Part 1.
Lines 2 and 3 request the business name of company, license number of company, and company's business street address of the place where your experience was gained, which may or may not have been your employer.
PART 2 - WORK EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION STATEMENT
The certifier must complete Part 2 in its entirety.
The qualifying individual must document at least four (4) years of journeyman-level or higher experience in the classification for which they are applying. The experience must have been obtained within the last 10 years.
The qualifying individual's work experience must have been completed at the level of journeyman, foreman, supervising employee, or contractor, as defined below (Title 16, California Code of Regulations [T16 CCR] section 825). Also defined below are "owner-builder" and "self-employed individual."
- A "journeyman" is an experienced worker who is fully qualified (as opposed to a trainee) and is able to perform the trade without supervision, or a person who has completed an apprenticeship program. (T16 CCR section 825)
- A "foreman" or "supervising employee" is a person who has the knowledge and skills of a journeyman and directly supervises construction projects.
- A "contractor" is an individual who is currently a licensed California contractor, a former licensed California contractor, or an out-of-state licensed contractor. A contractor has the skills necessary to manage the daily activities of a construction business, including field supervision.
- An "owner-builder" (a person who performs B-General Building classification work solely on their own property, pursuant to BPC section 7044) or a "self-employed individual" must have the knowledge and skills of a journeyman as listed above and the skills necessary to manage the daily activities of a construction business, including field observation. Owner-builders must complete and submit an Owner-Builder B-General Building Construction Project Experience form for each owner-builder project on their own property.
The Description of Classifications document may be used as a reference only and is available through a link on the Applicants page of CSLB's website.
The certifier (a qualified, responsible person who is able to verify the work experience of the qualifier) must complete and date and sign under the certification statement on line 9 at the bottom of the form. The certifier can be an employer, fellow employee, journeyman, union representative, contractor, business associate, or a client if the applicant is/was self-employed. This form will help CSLB determine whether the qualifier has the experience necessary to become a qualified contractor.
The certifier must have direct knowledge of the qualifier's experience during the time period listed. "Direct knowledge" means personal knowledge of the experience that does not depend on outside information or hearsay. The certifier must be able to certify that the qualifier demonstrated a level of knowledge and skills expected of a journeyman or higher in the classification for which they are applying.
Any licensee whose signature appears on a falsified Certification of Work Experience form, or who otherwise certifies false or misleading experience claims submitted by an applicant to obtain a contractor license, will be subject to disciplinary action. (BPC section 7114.1)
This is an easy-fill form that will walk you through the process to fully and accurately complete this form. Upon completion, you will be required to print and submit the document to CSLB.
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