California General Engineering Contractor License (A)

Pursuing a career in the construction field? Study at home for your California General Engineering Contractor License (A) License Exam with our fully online, easy to take, and self-paced course.

California General Engineering Contractor License (A)
Steps to Success

1. Obtain pre-approval from the State.
2. Purchase Exam Prep and Books.
3. Schedule and pass your state exams.
4. Submit your application, licensing fee, and proof of insurance to the State.

Exam Review Option Includes
Home Study Manual
Audio/Video Lectures
Practice Exams
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Course Fee: $199.99

About This License

A general engineering contractor in California is principally involved with projects that require specialized engineering knowledge and skill. Some examples of these projects include, but are not limited to, bridges, water power, flood control, harbors, airports, highways, parks, power plants, and refineries.


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If you are not able to pass your exam on the SECOND attempt, we will refund your course fee. Conditions do apply.

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Requirements to Obtaining your License

  • A General Engineering Contractors License in California is required for projects that exceed $500.
  • To become a licensed contractor, candidates will have to sit for two exams: business and law and their trade.
  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • Applicants are required to have 4 years of experience to qualify to take the exam. Experience must be at the journeyman, foreman or supervisor, contractor, or as an owner-builder.
  • All applicants must have a working capital of at least $2,500. In addition, all applicants must also file a bond with the Registrar in the amount of $10,000.

Exam Review, Training, Education

We offer home study courses that consists of a study guide, CDs, and DVDs.

Books and References for the Exam

All exams in California are closed book.

Exam Details

  • The California General Engineering Contractor exam has approximately 100 questions and a time limit of 2 and 1/2 hours.
  • A 67% is required to pass.
  • Topics on the exam include estimation, plans and specifications; principles of structures; safety; earthwork and surveying; subsurface work; foundation and formwork; buildings and related work; and surface work and paving.
  • The exam fee is included with the $250 application fee.
  • After the board has approved your application, they will inform you of the testing date.

Continuing Education

There are no requirements for continuing education as of this time.

Applying to Get Your License

The exam fee is included with the $300 application fee. The initial license fee for two years is an additional $180. An application for licensure can be obtained from the California Contractors State License Board by calling 1-800-321-2752

Reciprocity Agreement

Limited agreements with Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.
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