Trade Test

Understand the basics of the trade test:


Tests are taken at the nearest Contractors State License Board facility
Only bring picture I.D. (California I.D. or Drivers License, Passport or Military I.D.)
The test is done on a computer (no computer experience necessary)
This is a closed-book exam. Do not take any reference material
All questions are multiple choice
The test will consist of 100 to 115 questions
The passing percentage is approximately 70% (you can miss about 30 questions)
You have 2.5 hours to complete the test
Trade tests are taken on the same day as the law test
You have various opportunities to retake the test if you fail


Contractors State License Board Trade Study Guides (Exam Content):

(A) General Engineering Contractor
(B) General Building Contractor
(C) Specialty Contractor
C-2 – Insulation and Acoustical Contractor
C-4 – Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor
C-5 – Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor
C-6 – Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor
C-7 – Low Voltage Systems Contractor
C-8 – Concrete Contractor
C-9 – Drywall Contractor
C10 – Electrical Contractor
C11 – Elevator Contractor
C12 – Earthwork and Paving Contractors
C13 – Fencing Contractor
C15 – Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors
C16 – Fire Protection Contractor
C17 – Glazing Contractor
C20 – Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor
C21 – Building Moving/Demolition Contractor
C22 – Asbestos Abatement Contractor
C23 – Ornamental Metal Contractor
C27 – Landscaping Contractor
C28 – Lock and Security Equipment Contractor
C29 – Masonry Contractor
C31 – Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
C32 – Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor
C33 – Painting and Decorating Contractor
C34 – Pipeline Contractor
C35 – Lathing and Plastering Contractor
C36 – Plumbing Contractor
C38 – Refrigeration Contractor
C39 – Roofing Contractor
C42 – Sanitation System Contractor
C43 – Sheet Metal Contractor
C45 – Sign Contractor
C46 – Solar Contractor
C47 – General Manufactured Housing Contractor
C50 – Reinforcing Steel Contractor
C51 – Structural Steel Contractor
C53 – Swimming Pool Contractor
C54 – Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor
C55 – Water Conditioning Contractor
C57 – Well Drilling Contractor
C60 – Welding Contractor
C-61 – Limited Specialty
ASB – Asbestos Certification
HAZ – Hazardous Substance Removal Certification