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Contractor Prequalification

California Assembly Bill (AB) 1565 went into effect on January 1, 2014. AB 1565 requires ALL General Contractors and M/E/P Subcontractors be prequalified, if the project is valued at $1,000,000 or more and funded in whole or in part with State Facility Bond funds, per…

Public Contract Code 20111.5 enables districts to require prime contractors to be prequalified prior to accepting bids.

Public Contract Code 20111.6 requires the district to do so for certain projects. This applies to prime contractors and MEP sub-contractors with the following licenses:

  • General Contractors (A and B), Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing subcontractors (C-4, C-7, C-10, C-16, C-20, C-34, C-36, C-38, C-42, C-43, and C-46)
  • The District must receive complete applications at least ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled bid opening on any advertised project in order for the candidate to qualify for a project in excess of $1,000,000 and partially funded by the State. Pre-qualification approval will remain valid for one (1) calendar year from the date of notice of qualification except as noted in the pre-qualification documents. 

Additionally, the Fremont Union High School District requires any contractors doing any work on any of our campuses be prequalified.

The District uses the following process to prequalify contractors:

  • Contractor completes a questionnaire using QualityBidders, a web-based tool. The application is automatically scored. Questions receive a maximum of 5 points each. General contractors can receive a maximum of 135 points, subcontractors a maximum of 70 points. Applicants must score 75% in order to proceed to the next step.
  • The District checks contractor references by sending a weighted questionnaire (130 points maximum) by email to the contacts supplied in QualityBidders. The District requires three (3) responses with scores greater than or equal to 78 points in order to proceed to the next step. If a response scores greater than 60 but less than 78, the District will request another reference until we have three responses greater than or equal to 78. Any response that scores less than or equal to 60 points, will automatically cause the contractor's application to be rejected.
  • The District will review all information in the QualityBidders application along with the references to determine if the contractor should be approved.

Contractors must declare, under penalty of perjury, that submitted information is true. Submitted questionnaires and financial statements are not public records and shall not be open to the public.

Please follow the steps below to sign up and submit your application:

  1. Go to the Quality Bidders website at
  2. Read the Contractor Instructions, then create an account by clicking on the green "Sign Up" at the top of the page
  3. Complete the application and provide the documentation that is required
  4. Select the Fremont Union High School District on Step 5
  5. Once you have been approved by the District, you will receive an email indicating your approval expiration date and limit

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Aram Darmanian at or 408-522-2233.  You may also contact Colbi Technologies at or 714-505-9544 with questions regarding the website or for technical support.

Thank you for your interest in prequalifying and working with the Fremont Union High School District.

Approved Contractor Report:

Follow this link to see a list of approved contractors for the District:  Approved Contractor Report List

Appeals Process:

A contractor may appeal a prequalification rejection if he/she believes that the rejection was inconsistent with Fremont Union High School District Board policy or was not in compliance with law.  The protest must be filed in writing with the Superintendent or designee within five working days after receipt of notification of the rejection. The contractor shall submit all documents supporting or justifying the protest.  A contractor's failure to file a protest document in a timely manner shall constitute a waiver of his/her right to protest the rejection.

The Superintendent or designee shall review the documents submitted with the contractor's claims and render a decision in writing within 30 working days.  The Superintendent or designee may also convene a meeting with the contractor in order to attempt to resolve the problem.