Construction Trade Exam Research Area

Law and Business

Apply for the License and Exam

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
P.O. Box 26000
Sacramento, CA  95826
Phone:  (800) 321-2752
CA State License Board

Exam Type


Exam Content

Subject Areas % of
Business Organization 12
Business Financial 18
Employment Requirements 15
Bonds, Insurance and Liens 13
Contract Requirement and Execution 15
Licensing Requirements 11
Safety Requirements 11
Public Works 5

The qualifying individual for a contractor’s license is required to pass the written Law and Business and trade examinations unless he or she meets the requirements for a waiver.

Books NOT Allowed in the Exam

1. California Contractors License Law and Reference Book, 2016 Edition, LexisNexis.
Buy from Publisher
2. California Employer's Guide (DE 44), California Employment Development Department. Doc Link
3. NASCLA Contractor's Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management - Basic Edition, 11th Edition, NASCLA. Buy at Amazon
4. Employer's Tax Guide, Circular E, Current Version, IRS. Doc Link
5. Greenbook: Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction, Building News, Inc. Buy from publisher
6. Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4. Doc Link
7. State of California, Electrical Safety Orders, Chapter 4, Subchapter 5. Doc Link
8. Terms of Agreement - A Consumer Guide to Home Improvement Contracts, Contractors State License Board.
Doc Link

Additional References
(Not used to write questions)

1. Blueprint for Becoming a California Licensed Contractor, California State License Board. Buy from Publisher
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