Contractor Pre-Qualification Process

The Palomar Community College District has implemented a pre-qualification process to ensure the Contractors bidding and performing work on Proposition “M” Construction Bond Program projects and other District projects are skilled, competent and capable contractors. All general and prime contractors must be pre-qualified to bid for construction projects valued at more than $250,000. Please complete the Contractor Pre-Qualification Application.

The District’s Pre-Qualification does not preclude a firm from any project specific pre-qualification required by District’s contracted Construction Managers, nor is it a prerequisite for the same.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Am I currently pre-qualified?
A. Contact Debbi Claypool at (760) 744-1150 Ext. 2129 or dclaypool@palomar.edu to see if you’re on the Pre-qualified Contractor list.

Q. What does the pre-qualification process evaluate?
A. The pre-qualification process evaluates the following information:

  • Contractor’s License Information
  • Contractor’s Safety Record
  • Contractor’s Civil & Criminal Records
  • Contractor’s Financial Condition
  • Contractor’s Surety Information
  • Contractor’s Insurance Information
  • Contractor’s Project Experience
  • Contractor’s Past Performance Experience

Q. What Contractors must be pre-qualified?
A. All general and prime contractors must be pre-qualified to bid on construction projects valued at more than $250,000. Sub-contractors that are bidding to general /prime contractors do not have to be prequalified.

Q. When does the pre-qualification expire?
A. Prequalification is good through the end of the District’s fiscal year (FY). FY Calendar is July 1st to June 30th. Prior to the end of the FY, a Requalification Validation package will be sent out to the current approved contractors in order to stay on current Prequalified Contractor list.

Q. How will I be notified of my pre-qualification status?
A. Contractors will be sent a letter via email or fax of their pre-qualification status.

Q. If I have additional questions, who I direct them to?
A. District’s Contract Services’ office (760) 744-1150, ext. 2129 or dclaypool@palomar.edu.

Q. Are contractors required to be pre-qualified when issuing bids using the Multi-Prime Delivery Method?
A. No, the pre-qualification process is only in effect when the District bids projects using the traditional bidding method: Design-Bid-Build.