Spring 2016       |      Cindi Christenson, Registrar      |      Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor


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Message From the Board Chair

Ed Lang

CSLB is always striving to improve its services to licensees, and I think the recently-completed transformation of our Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration process provides a perfect example of this dedication.

Our staff has been busy converting our records and computer systems to comply with the new HIS law that took effect at the start of the year. The final steps in the changeover took place in early April when letter notifications and new ID cards were mailed to more than 17,000 sales representatives.

The new system that's been put in place represents a major change if you're an HIS, or want to become one, or a contractor with a sales staff. Senate Bill 561 has simplified the registration process for salespersons, allowing them to file a single registration with CSLB whether they represent one or multiple contractors. Previously, those persons had to take out separate HIS registrations for each contractor that employed them.

Under the new system, the licensee must notify CSLB when a new HIS is hired, or leaves their job.

The previous registration system had become burdened by the sharp rise in applications in recent years, particularly from salespeople seeking work in the rapidly expanding solar industry. CSLB received more than 1,000 HIS applications per month in fiscal year 2014-15, which represents more than an 80 percent jump compared to the average for the previous three years.

So far, the revamped registration process appears to be working smoothly in its first few weeks, and I'm confident that salespersons and contractors will find it beneficial.

Our Information Technology and Licensing Division staff did much of the heavy lifting for the conversion. Thousands of individual HIS registrations had to be updated to comply with the new HIS requirement, as did license records for participating contractors. The new structure for HIS and registration records also required a reworking of the license look-up feature on CSLB's website.

In addition, the changes had to be incorporated into CSLB's in-house license and form processing system.

If you're an HIS registrant or a participating contractor, you can contact CSLB by email to let us know how the new system is working.


It's good for every organization to take stock of how it's performing, and for CSLB, that self-appraisal comes every year in the form of its Accomplishments and Activities Report. CSLB recently released its 2015 report that gives an accounting of the Board's progress in the past year, and I came across several statistics that you might find interesting.

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Looking forward, the Board will meet in June with our counterparts from contractor licensing boards from Nevada and Arizona. While these joint meetings have been an annual event with the Nevada board, we're very glad that our Arizona colleagues will join in the discussion of issues of mutual interest.

Our investigators and senior staff members have long had a beneficial relationship with their Nevada counterparts about licensing, enforcement and related issues that cross state lines, and we are excited to add Arizona to the partnership.

The meeting being held in Garden Grove is open to the public, and we welcome your input. Check CSLB's website for agenda details ahead of the June 23-24 meeting date.


Ed Lang
CSLB Board Chair

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