Obtaining your C-27 Landscaping Contractor’s License isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think.

There is a license exam, but contractors’ license schools do a great job of preparing individuals like you to pass it, and a school is sure to be located near you. If you’re uncomfortable taking the test in English, you have a right to request translation assistance. Exams are given at several locations throughout California, so it’s unlikely you’ll have to travel very far. And, if you don’t pass the first time, you still can take the exam as often as the CSLB can schedule you to do so within an 18-month period before you have to submit a new application.

You will need four years’ experience in the landscape trade in order to be eligible for licensure. The odds are, though, you already have it. Keep in mind that you may be able to receive credit for education, technical training, or apprenticeship training in lieu of a portion of the required four years of practical experience.

It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to apply for and maintain a license. The application fee is $330. License fees run $200 per year. In addition to license fees, there is a license bond requirement for contractors. These bonds typically cost less than $150 per year with a good credit score. Compare these fees with what you could make as a licensed landscape contractor!

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