Question: I teach statistics at a local school. One of your recent articles stated that there were more than 160,000 licensed contractors in California. How can this be? I told my statistics class that you were wrong, but that if you were proved right, I would raise their grade points on their next exam by 5%.
Answer: You'd better give them all "A's." I recently purchased the state tape of licensed contractors for California, and there were more than 168,000 listed.
I should point out that only about 145,000 of these are active, while the others leave their licenses in an inactive position, which they may do by paying their fee.
Also, many contractors have more than one license. A plumbing contractor, for example, may hold both a plumbing and heating contractor's license. In other instances, a contractor may have a license as an individual and a second one for his corporation or a joint venture.