Academic Project:

Prequalification of Prospective Proposers

Standard Prequalification


CSU is required to prequalify prospective bidders for any Trustees-managed, major capital outlay project, regardless of funding. CSU may elect to require proposers to prequalify for minor capital outlay projects. CPDC Construction Services group performs the prequalification of bidders to best comply with PCC section 10761. This requires the Trustees to adopt and apply a uniform system of rating proposers. Applicants are required to complete a standard questionnaire online in PlanetBids, in which they provide specific information such as: license; DIR Public Wks registration number; safety data; project experience, from which reference checks are secured; and a current audited or reviewed financial statement. Once the application has been reviewed and reference checks returned, the Prequalification Coordinator sends the applicant an approval letter assigning a rating for the applicant.

Joint Venture: 

If two or more prospective proposers wish to bid a project as a joint venture (JV): 

  1. All firms involved in the JV must separately submit a prequalification application online not later than 10 business days prior to SOQ opening, and register with the Dept. of Industrial Relations to bid on public works projects. 
  2. The firms must all sign and submit one Affidavit of Joint Venture form five days prior to SOQ opening, and each member of the JV must be prequalified one day prior to SOQ opening. Submit the Affidavit of Joint Venture form with all members' signatures to the office that distributes the project bid documents. 
  3. Only one JV member's prequalification rating, or the combination of all JV members' prequalification ratings, shall meet the project's advertised cost. 
  4. The JV must have the required license in the name of the JV at the time of award. 
  5. If attendance at the project's prebid job walk is mandatory, only one of the firms in the JV needs to attend. 

Note: The Design-Builder shall prequalify its major trade contractors (at least the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and trades where the estimated cost of the trade work is greater than five percent (5%) of the Construction Budget) utilizing the Trade Contractor Prequalification document (Appendix B-6) or similar and any additional prequalification processes required by the Design-Builder. Once this process is completed, the Design-Builder shall provide a list of prequalified trade contractors to the Trustees.


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Campus Responsibilities


When preparing to advertise the project, using the appropriate notice to contractors form for the project delivery method, campuses shall e-mail project notices to contractors to the Prequalification Coordinator, at [email protected]

Campus is responsible to include in the project advertisement any project specific or technical prequalification requirements. In consultation with the Prequalification Coordinator, campus shall draft the supplemental prequalification application, include it in the specification, and post the application online, for bidder access. 

Campus shall not post the project's bid proposal package online unless it has a "sample" overlay, at least for the bid proposal form in accordance with Public Contract Code section 10764.


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