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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.

Requirements to Obtaining Your License

  • 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.

Applying For 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

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.

Books and References for the Exam

All exams in California are closed book.

Exam Review Education

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

Continuing Education

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

Reciprocity Agreement

Limited agreements with Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.

How It Works


Obtain pre-approval from the state (if applicable).


Purchase Exam Prep materials.


Schedule and pass your state exams.


Submit to the state your application, licensing fee, and proof of insurance.