Construction Trade Research Area

California
(C-33) Painting and Decorating

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
Outside CA: (916) 255-3900
www.cslb.ca.gov

Exam Type

CLOSED  BOOK

Exam Content

Subject Areas % of Questions
Planning and Estimating 32
Substrate Repair and Replace 9
Surface Preparation and Priming 26
Application of Paints and Finishes 8
Wood Staining and Finishing 5
Job Site Safety 20

Time Allowed (Hours)  

The California License Board does not publish the passing score. According to the 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. PDCA Painting and Decorating Craftman's Manual and Textbook, 8th Edition, 1995, Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Buy at Amazon
2. PDCA/MPI Architectural Specifications Manual, Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Buy from Publisher
3. PDCA Estimating Guide, Volume II: Rates and Tables, Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Buy from Publisher
4. PDCA/MPI Maintenance Repainting Manual, Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Buy from Publisher
5. Cal/OSHA Construction and Electrical Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4. Doc Link
6. Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7. Doc Link
7. Tailgate Training Packet: Lead Safety for Painting and Remodeling Workers, California Department of Health Services, Occupational Health Branch, Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Doc Link
8. LEAD Safety for Renovation, Repair, and Painting. Certified Renovator Manual, Joint EPA-HUD Curriculum, Department of Health Services, Occupational Health Branch, EPA. Doc Link

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