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Building Inspector Certification Exam Q & A

Posted on 11/04/2018

Q: Is any prior experience or education required before the candidate can take Certification Exam?

A: No. Most Certification exams are open to all individuals with no prior experience or education. Building Inspector Certification is used as one of several measures of an individual qualifications when screening job applicants for a position. Inspectors should possess the right mix of technical knowledge, education and related experience. Because evaluation of these three qualifications is a subjective decision, it is most appropriately performed at the local level by the hiring agency. For this reason, the Code Council (ICC) does not specify education or experience requirements for certification applicants for most categories. 

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What's new with CA Contractors License courses

Posted on 08/01/2018

We are happy to announce important changes to our California Contractors License Online Practice Exam system. As of May all students will experience New and Improved Online Exam System. In addition to a new study mode, the new system features an entirely new engine to keep up with online changes and is optimized for use with mobile devices. Following are the features of the new online system: 

1. Optimized for mobile phones / devices.

Yes, it will work with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Android, etc.

2. An updated framework/engine to take advantage of new web technologies.

What does this mean? As web technology improves, websites ...Read More

New Contractors Law and Business Course

Posted on 12/17/2017

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Our Law and Business Course has been completely updated and revised!

The new course features:

  • Updated look and Format
  • All laws and regulations updated for the current Law Exam
  • Expanded from 4 to 6 chapters
  • New Chapter on Private and Public Works contracts
  • New chapter on Operations Management, including a step-by-step walkthrough of the Estimating and Bidding process
  • Simplified language and explanations throughout the course

The new course Manual includes:

Updated Contractors Trade Courses

Posted on 10/22/2017

  We are happy to announce newly revised editions for the following Trade Courses:

  • C-31: Construction Zone Traffic Control
  • C-23: Ornamental Metal
  • C-21: Building Moving and Demolition

The new edition of the C-31 Trade Manual includes:

  • Updated Layout
  • Updated Graphics
  • Up-to-date Code and Standards references

Students should still listen or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3-8 of the Trade Manual.

The new edition of the C-23 Trade Manual includes:

Updated CA Contractors License Courses

Posted on 10/22/2017

 Revised Manual and Tests for C-34 Trade Course

We are happy to announce a newly revised edition of the Pipeline Contractor C-34 Trade course Manual and Practice Exams.

The new manual includes:

  • A new  Layout 
  • Updated graphics
  • New sections covering Pipe, Welding, Concrete, Trenchless Technology, and Manhole construction
  • Expanded and updated sections on Plumbing Code requirements, Caltrans Standard Specifications, and Excavation

The lectures for this course remain unchanged. Students should still listen to or watch the Math Review Lecture that covers pages 3 - 8 of the course ...Read More

What is ICC Certification?

Posted on 10/08/2017

The International Code Council, or ICC, is an organization that develops codes and standards for the building and construction industries. The I-Codes developed by ICC are a set of comprehensive building safety and fire prevention codes designed to set minimum standards for safe construction of homes, schools and commercial buildings. ICC also offers a certification program for contractors and various types of construction and safety industry professionals, including plumbing and electrical inspectors, plans examiners, and other building safety professionals.

Building and construction ...Read More

No License Number on Ads, Contracts is a persistent problem

Posted on 10/08/2017

Whether you're advertising your contracting business through online listings, on TV, radio, or print, you must include your license number as part of the ad. There are still a significant number of Licensed Contractors who fail to disclose their license number when promoting themselves through advertising. Disciplinary action can be taken if this law – intended to assure the public that you operate a CSLB-licensed business – is ignored.

The mandatory license number inclusion applies to all forms of advertising – even if it's a decal on the side of a business truck, or on a contract itself. Contractors ...Read More

Building Inspector Certification Exam Prep

Posted on 09/13/2017

Freedom Business School offers the course that is designed to help candidates prepare for the Residential Building Inspector Certification exam

This is a National Certification Exam, which is based on the International Residential Code (IRC) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings published by  the International Code Council, Inc. (ICC). 

The exams currently available are based on 2015, 2012 and 2009 editions of the IRC. 
Freedom Business School offers the Preparation Courses for all three exams.
Of particular importance for the students living in California, the State has adopted the 2015 IRC as the 2016 CA Residential Code. 
Most Building Departments in California are looking for Building ...Read More

How to Become a Building Inspector

Posted on 08/01/2017

Building inspectors examine the structural quality and overall safety of a variety of buildings. They ensure that buildings comply with municipal and state codes, ordinances, and zoning regulations. For new development projects, building inspectors will review the plans to ensure that they meet necessary standards and follow up at ...Read More

Contractor Tips for Advertizing

Posted on 05/29/2017

 Advertising - What Is It?
You already know about advertising in newspapers, magazines and on radio and TV, but for licensed contractors advertising is more than that.
It is also:

  • Your business card;
  • Any contract proposal; 
  • Lettering on your trucks and other vehicles;
  • Any sign or billboard identifying you or your company as a contractor;
  • any electronic transmission including your company's website;
  • Any soliciting brochure, pamphlet, circular or Internet ad you or anyone posts or distributes;
  • Any clothing or ...Read More
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