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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

CSLB Keeping Eye Out for Solar Field Contracting

Posted on 05/02/2017

Solar power continues to be one of the California construction industry's brightest stories – and one of CSLB's biggest source of complaints from consumers.

Contractors who do solar work must follow contracting law and regulations during all facets of a project, whether it's negotiating price, explaining financing options, performing installations, and obtaining the required construction permits.

To clarify, only contractors holding "A" General Engineering, "B" General Building, or C-46 ...Read More

CA Home Sales hit Six Year High

Posted on 03/31/2017

California is performing well as it heads into the spring homebuying season, at least in terms of homes under offer.

According to the latest California Association of Realtors report, pending home sales in the state soared in February to record the first doubled-digit annual gain in nearly three-year and the third straight year-to-year increase. This should hopefully translate into improved market conditions and more closed transactions in the coming months. 

As a whole, California pending home sales increased in February, with the Pending Home Sales Index growing 24.8% from a revised 89.9 in January to 112.2, based on ...Read More

ICC Certification and Testing

Posted on 02/15/2017

Here we share some information about ICC Certifications are the market leader and are highly regarded in the industry and can help advance your career.

ICC Certifications are the market leader and are highly regarded in the industry. According to a recent survey of more than 2,400 members and certificants, the value of ICC Certifications are greater than the cost and many certified employees are paid more than their non-certified counterparts. Demonstrate commitment to your ...Read More

New Laws affecting Contractors in 2016

Posted on 03/06/2016

Freedom Business School strives to have current & updated course materials and follow CSLB and update our courses as new rules and regulations become official.
The number of persons trying to become HIS, particularly in the fast growing solar industry has jumped in recent years.Recognizing that application delays hurt salespersons and the contractors who hire them, CSLB sponsored legislation for a change in the law to permit a single HIS registration even when representing multiple contractors.

Beginning January 1, 2016, those applying with CSLB to become registered salespersons, as well as existing HIS, need only register once, whether ...Read More

Physical Home Checkup

Posted on 02/24/2016

 The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) advises homeowners and home sellers to consider a “physical home check up” to ensure that they are fully informed on the current conditions and components of their home. A home that has not been recently inspected may have undiscovered, minor or major maintenance items that could lead to a significant financial expense to correct or even replace if not discovered. Your home is your largest single investment and asset. Homes now cost significantly more than just a few years ago and a well maintained home will protect your investment. Your home is not unlike ...Read More

New Asbestos Abatement course for CA Contractors

Posted on 12/10/2015

At Freedom Business School, we are happy to announce new C-22: Asbestos Abatement Course. This course is designed to help students pass asbestos abatement exam.

The new Manual includes up to date regulations and has sections covering 

  • Math
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Asbestos NESHAP
  • Asbestos in Schools
  • Sampling
  • Abatement Methods and
  • Transporting Asbestos Waste

The course also includes Math Review Lecture that covers the same section of the Trade Manual and Health and Safety lecture that covers CAl/OSHA Safety Orders that ...Read More

List License Number on all Advertising

Posted on 07/13/2015

Business vehicles can serve as a great way to adverise your contracting services, but be sure you are following the law for displaying the information.

Contractors must list their business name and contractor license number on each of their commercially registered vehicles.

The name and number must be in a clearly visible location on the vehicle and the business name displayed must be identical to the name you provided on the CSLB application.

The standards are higher for C-36 Plumbing, C-45 Sign and C-57 Water Well Drilling contractors who use vehicles for business. They must post their ...Read More

Building Inspector Certification Program Changes

Posted on 05/31/2015

Building Inspector Certification and Testing section of International Code Council (ICC) will be making program changes to more closely align with values and goals of ICC, as well as continuing to maintain the validity, reliability, fairness and credibility of the exams. 

      Code Year Basis of Exams in 2015

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