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For those of you on this forum that don't use the Contractor Talk forum, I am here to answer any of your California C9 Drywall licensing questions.

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Only if it's part of the overall project.

If the main scope of the project is to repair/replace/install drywall, and to do that you need to repair or replace the framing and/or insulation, then yes.

The cslb class description states:
A drywall contractor lays out and installs gypsum wall board and gypsum wall board assemblies including nonstructural metal framing members, and performs the taping and texturing operations including the application of compounds that adhere to wall board to produce a continuous smooth or textured surface.
 

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Hello Silent,

You just need to show on the application at least 4 yrs of C9 experience obtained within the last 10 yrs. Take the law/business and trade exams, have your fingerprints taken, and purchase a license bond.
 

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Do you have to get insurance and like how much would it be? Also do you have to get workers compensation when you get license?
 

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Phil,

What company would you recommend for a bond? I already applied and past the exams.
I have to fingerprint and get a bond since I have no employees yet.

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I'm a licensed insurance broker but refer my bond clients to:

Shilo Lee Losino
Contractors Best Insurance Services Inc.
818-667-7656 Cell
818-348-4900 Office EXTENSION 205
866-309-9237 Fax
20335 Ventura Blvd., Ste 426A
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Bond Specialist * General Liability * Workers Compensation * Auto * Property * E&O
http://www.contractorsbestins.com/

Tell her Phil sent you.
 

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Hi,
I have been doing drywall finishing since 2008. I have and still am working for a very large drywall company located in so cal.
I have done tons of work, but i haven't worked steady since 2008. i didnt work for the company from 2010 till about 2013 and even now work isnt really steady. I work 2 months on then 1 month off or 3 months on then 2 months off. But when im off I do side work, so I tend to stay really busy. Im interested in getting my license so that way I can work and bid on bigger jobs, theres no way I can prove my side work since it was all cash but i can prove my employment with said company. so I guess my question is, how do I go about providing proof of my exp. if most of it was on my own time? will I need a foreman or someone to write off on it?
 

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Hello Jhulk,

Hopefully you wouldn't be asked to "prove" your experience with documentation. The c9 is not a "critical classification."

But, you'd want to submit at least two work experience forms. One as an employee and the other as self employed.

Anybody with first hand knowledge of the experience can be a certifier.

IF you were asked for verification documents you could provide w-2's for the employed period. Self employed would need receipts, contracts, tax returns, etc.
 

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Here's California definition of C9.

http://www.cslb.ca.gov/About_Us/Library/Licensing_Classifications/C-9_-_Drywall_Contractor.aspx

You can do sound insulation but not thermal. If suspended ceilings are considered drywall systems you should be okay. Companies I worked for always carried a general contractors license to avoid these issues.
Thank you for your answer. I'll be looking into getting B license to avoid this problem in the future. Is just that right now a GC is asking me to include those items in my bid, and I wanted to know if I could or not.

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For those of you on this forum that don't use the Contractor Talk forum, I am here to answer any of your California C9 Drywall licensing questions.

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Hi, I have a question. My dad and I install drywall and work for the same company and we have a few guys that basiclly will follow us wherever we go. Which leads me to a buddy of mine that is an amazing general contractor, always busy, and is willing to subcontract work directly to me if start my own company, get my crew, get licensed and bonded here in California. The buddy is telling me that the only hickup is I need more than a C-9 license for the work he will sub out the work for me to do. He wants me to do suspended ceiling grids for on the interior and exterior of luxury high end properties. In particular he said we would be contracted to perform drywall suspension system, wall to wall and direct mount. He said if I get a C-9 license it is not enough. I would like to educate him that it is unless I am wrong. So basically, when can I not do a USG system with a C9 license?
 

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Hi, I have a question. My dad and I install drywall and work for the same company and we have a few guys that basiclly will follow us wherever we go. Which leads me to a buddy of mine that is an amazing general contractor, always busy, and is willing to subcontract work directly to me if start my own company, get my crew, get licensed and bonded here in California. The buddy is telling me that the only hickup is I need more than a C-9 license for the work he will sub out the work for me to do. He wants me to do suspended ceiling grids for on the interior and exterior of luxury high end properties. In particular he said we would be contracted to perform drywall suspension system, wall to wall and direct mount. He said if I get a C-9 license it is not enough. I would like to educate him that it is unless I am wrong. So basically, when can I not do a USG system with a C9 license?
 
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