Construction Trade Exam Research Area

(A-12) Excavating, Grading,
Trenching and Surfacing

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Exam Type


Exam Content

Subject Areas # of
Earthwork Construction 18
Tools and Equipment 12
Paving and Surfacing Procedures 20
Safety 7
Nevada One-Call 3

Total Number of Test Questions: 60
Time Allowed (Hours): 2.0

This exam may also include questions on the following subjects:

  • Reading and interpreting construction codes and regulations
  • Nevada Health department regulations
  • Appropriate building codes
  • Trade materials, tools, equipment and methods
  • Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Rules
The Nevada licensing process requires that you pass a Contractor Management Survey Exam
unless you are already a licensed contractor who is adding a classification to his/her license.

Business and Law Offering

Books NOT Allowed in the Exam

1. Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 2001, Nevada Department of Transportation. Doc Link
2. Moving the Earth: The Workbook of Excavation, 5th Edition, 2005 (Revised 6th Edition, 2010), Herbert L. Nichols, Jr. and David A. Day. Buy from Amazon
3. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts. Buy at Amazon
4. Excavation and Grading Handbook, 2005, Nick Capachi. Buy at Amazon
5. Carpentry & Building Construction, 2010 or 2016 (Student Edition), John Feirer, and Mark Feirer. Buy from PSI
6. Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods, 7th Edition, 2005, Robert Peurifoy, Clifford Schexnayder, Aviad Shapira. Buy at Amazon
7. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), GPO - OR - (OSHA) Selections by PSI, (latest amendments). Buy from PSI
8. Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook (MAPH-2), 2nd Edition, 2000, AASHTO. Buy at Amazon
9. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd Edition, 2005, American Society of Concrete Contractors. Buy at Amazon
10. Suggested Marking Guidelines and The Nevada One Call Law, Underground Service Alert North of Central/Northern California and Nevada. Doc Link
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