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(B) General Building

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Exam Content

Subject Areas % of
Planning and Estimating 24
Framing and Structural Components 23
Core Trades 26
Finish Trades 19
Safety 8

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.
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2. California Electrical Code, 2013, (Based on the 2011 NEC), NFPA.
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3. California Energy Code, 2013, ICC.
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4. California Mechanical Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 4), 2013, (Based on 2012 Uniform Mechanical Code), ICC.
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5. California Plumbing Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 5), 2013, (Based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code), ICC.
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6. California Residential Code, 2013, (Based on the 2012 International Residential Code, Chapters 2-10), ICC.
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7. California Disabled Accessibility Guidebook (CALDAG), 2013, ICC.
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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 6th Edition, 2013, Edward Allen, Joseph Iano.

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9. Olin's Construction: Principles, Materials and Methods, 8th Edition, 2006, H. Leslie Simmonds.
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10. Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7. Doc Link
11. State of California Electrical Safety Orders, Chapter 4, Subchapter 5. Doc Link
12. Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 5 (Electrical Safety Orders). Doc Link

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