Construction Trade Research Area

(A) General Engineering

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P.O. Box 26000
Sacramento, CA  95826
Phone:  (800) 321-2752
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Exam Type


Exam Content

Subject Areas % of Questions
Planning and Estimating 24
Principles of Structures 6
Earthworks and Surveying 20
Subsurface Work 20
Foundation and Form Work 6
Buildings and Related Work 6
Surface Work and Paving 5
Safety 13

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California does not publish the number of test questions nor the passing score. According to Blueprint for Becoming a California Licensed Contractor, "You will be informed at the test site about the percentage of correct answers needed to pass each examination."
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.

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Books NOT Allowed in the Exam

1. California Building Code, 2013, ICC. Buy from Publisher
2. California Electrical Code, 2013, (Based on the 2011 NEC), NFPA. Buy from Publisher
3. California Energy Code, 2013, ICC. Buy from Publisher
4. California Fire Code, 2013, (Based on the 2012 International Fire Code), ICC. Buy from Publisher
5. California Mechanical Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 4), 2013, (Based on 2012 Uniform Mechanical Code), ICC. Buy from Publisher
6. California Plumbing Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 5), 2013, (Based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code), ICC. Buy from Publisher
7. Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4. Doc Link
8. Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7. Doc Link
9. Excavation and Grading Handbook, 2005, Nick Capachi. Buy at Amazon
10. Formwork for Concrete (SP-4), 7th Edition, 2005, M.K. Hurd, American Concrete Institute. Buy at Amazon
11. Standard Plans and Standard Specifications, 2010, CalTrans. Doc Link

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