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Monday, September 22, 2014

Does Construction Experience Count if it Was Obtained in the Military?

Military experience absolutely does count when applying for a contractors license. As a matter of fact it affects the 10 year limitation and you might be able to get the whole process sped up because of your service.

The Contractors License Law and Reference Book states:

"An applicant shall not be jeopardized in computing time for service in the armed forces of the United States during a National Emergency and the length of service may be added to the 10 years mentioned above."

This means that if you did serve during a National Emergency in the last 10 years, it extends the time limitation. Let's say you served 3 years. You now can count experience in your trade going back 13 years, including your military service if it was engaging in or directly supervising the trade for which you are applying.

Another benefit if you served in the military is The Military Veterans Application and Assistance Program. See the following:

"The Military Veterans Application Assistance Program aids those who are transitioning from military service to civilian employment. In some cases, veterans possess transferable skills that help meet the minimum experience and training requirements to apply for a contractor’s license. This program offers expedited processing of veterans’ applications, including the evaluation of transferable military experience and training, as well as education.
CSLB assists military veterans by providing:
  • Expedited application processing when appropriate;
  • Direct contact with CSLB staff;
  • Licensing staff specially trained to evaluate transferable military training and experience from all branches of the military in an effort to meet minimum licensure requirements; and
  • Evaluation of college transcripts to help verify acceptable educational credit (in addition to military training and experience)."
On a personal note: Thank you for your service!

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