Step 7: Studying for the Examination
What are the major components of the examination?
The examination process has two parts. All qualifying individuals must pass the standard Law and Business examination; in addition, with the exception of the C-61 Limited specialty classification, qualifying individuals must pass a second test covering the specific trade or certification area for which they are applying.
What does the Law and Business examination cover?
The Law and Business examination consists of multiple choice questions related to business management and construction law. Applicants can find information on the breakdown of the topics covered in the examination in the Study Guide for the Law and Business Examination that is sent to applicants along with the Notice to Appear for Examination.
How can I prepare for the Law and Business examination?
The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book is the basic study reference. The book with CD-ROM is available from LexisNexis/Matthew Bender. The information also may be downloaded for free here.
The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book is not sold at any CSLB office.
Other suggested study materials are listed in the resource list included in the Study Guide for the Law and Business Examination. These additional resource materials include employers' guides from state and federal tax agencies, and materials focusing on business management and construction law.
How can I prepare for my trade or certification examination?
A study guide for each examination will be sent to you with your Notice to Appear for Examination. The Study Guides list the topic areas covered by the examination, show how each area is weighted, and recommend resource materials to study.
What are the trade examinations like?
All trade examinations consist of multiple-choice questions. You will be informed at the test site about the percentage of correct answers needed to pass each examination. The examinations are developed with the assistance of industry experts. Most examinations include questions that refer to accompanying blueprints and/or booklets containing drawings.
Applicants Popular Pages
- Becoming a Licensed Contractor Booklet
- Forms and Applications
- CSLB Processing Times
- Guides and Publications
- License Classifications
- Workers' Compensation Company Search