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About CSLC

Our Vision
To provide the construction industry with a single source for the very best in education, training and business support services. 
Our Values 
Integrity..........our most important asset.
Respect..........for our associates and students.
Pride...............in everything we do. 
Excellence........is what we strive for. 
Commitment...to serve our customers. 

Our Philosophy
We believe the best path to success is paved with satisfied customers.....in other words, getting most of our business from referrals and word of mouth in the community from past students who have enrolled at one of our schools. That means the most important thing we have to sell is our reputation and credibility, and it means that to continue to be successful we have to earn your loyalty. If you ask us a question, you’ll get a straight answer. If you have a problem or complaint, we’ll try to resolve it. And if you need help, we’ll give it to you gladly. We truly believe we are a proven contractors school in Los Angeles serving the construction industry, and the way to stay the competitive is to always try to follow the best interest of our customers. 

A Couple of Thoughts About Price
We believe it is easier to explain up front how much quality costs than apologize later for poor results. 

Is a bargain really a bargain if it doesn’t work?

Company Overview 

Started in 1995

Senior staff and management have over 40 years combined experience the construction education and licensing.

The school is approved by the State of California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

Since its inception, CSLC has licensed almost 98% of its students studying to take the state contractors exam. 

CSLC has also built one of the most successful programs for ICC Building Inspection and Home Inspection. 
Compare CSLC to other schools
Before you choose any school, or mail-order home study course for that matter, you should ask yourself a few questions. 

Which one will give you the best chance of passing the state test?
Remember, the ultimate reason you are doing this is to get your license! Preparing to pass the test is going to require an investment of your time, and some money. And you want that investment to pay off. So don’t necessarily choose the school or course because it’s the closest, or the most convenient, or the cheapest, or promises to be the easiest. 

Why should you take the time to drive to school when you can just buy a mail order course and study at home?
It’s a logical question. Home study or “Distance Learning�, as it’s now called, does sound more convenient.....in fact it is more convenient. But does it work? Can you really learn everything you need to pass the test by studying by yourself at home? Our experience has taught us that it’s a heck of a lot tougher for most people to study effectively at home than it is to learn at a school. With all the distractions at home -- kids, phone calls, spouse, TV, etc. -- it’s just not conducive to retaining and learning the material....and you have nobody to ask questions or clarify what you’ve read. What’s more, without the commitment of going to a class most people don’t have the discipline to study as much as they should in order to pass the test.

The fact is, we get students at our school all the time who have ordered a home study course and failed the exam. We even offer a home study program ourselves, and it’s a darn good one, but we only recommend it to people who live too far away to come to one of our schools. Bottom line: while home study materials can work for some, we have found most folks need the structure of a classroom environment. 

Are you getting a real school, or a study hall?
If you do decide that attending a school is the best thing for you, make sure you are getting what you pay for. That means real classes with live classroom instruction....not a study hall where you read by yourself “with an instructor standing by to answer your questions.� That does not give you the same benefit you get from someone explaining the material and telling you what to expect on the test.

Some of these schools will try to get around this by claiming all you have to do to pass the state test is study their practice test questions. That method may work for memorizing questions and answers, but it doesn’t promote learning the material. So unless you see all the exact same questions on the state test, you won’t be prepared. 

Does the school have a licensed contractor on staff that is continually researching test information and updating study materials?
We do. Test questions can and do change frequently. It takes a knowledgeable person to keep up with these changes for all the different trade tests and get the latest information to you. Don’t hesitate to ask how they keep their materials current.

Does the school have computer testing to help prepare you for the state exam? 
CSLC has a computer lab where you can take practice tests that are designed to simulate the kinds of questions and format you will see when you sit for the state exam. You will be better prepared because you will know what to expect.

Is the school registered with the State of California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education?
This will protect your rights in the event you have a dispute with the school or want a refund. This school is registered with the agency and adhere to their policies and guidelines for educational institutions. 

How do you pick the best school for you?
To make the best decision, talk to more than one school, and visit any school you are considering before you decide. Don’t sign up over the phone, or necessarily enroll at the first school you visit. Look at the facilities, talk to the staff, and ask to sit it on a class before you make decision. You will be able to tell which school is equipped to provide the quality and service that is best for you.