California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Contractor License

The California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) contractor license allows you to prepare any surface for the installation of flooring and floor coverings, and install carpet, resilient sheet goods, resilient tile, wood floors and flooring (including the finishing and repairing thereof), and any other materials established as flooring and floor covering material, except ceramic tile.

How to get the Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) contractor's license in California?

  1. Determine Eligibility: Each license requires a qualifier who directly supervises and controls the construction operations conducted under the license. Must be at least 18 years old and have four years minimum journeyperson, foreperson, supervising employee, or contractor work experience, in the last 10 years, in the Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) trade.
  2. Verifying Work Experience: After meeting the basic eligibility requirements, the qualifier could be randomly selected to provide documentation that they meet the minimum work experience requirements. Having this documentation ready beforehand can make this process easier if your application is selected for review. The experience listed on the application must be verifiable, and people with firsthand knowledge of that experience must certify the accuracy of the information provided to CSLB on the Certification of Work Experience form.
  3. Complete Application: Must fill out the Original Contractor, Additional Classification, or Replacing the Qualifying Individual application form.
  4. Submit Application and Required Fees: For the current list of fees visit the California CSLB Fees page .
  5. Fingerprint Requirement after CSLB Review of Application: For information on fingerprinting, visit the CSLB Fingerprinting Requirement page.
  6. Schedule the Exams: Once the application is submitted the CSLB will send you a 'Notice to Appear for Examination." Upon receipt, the business exam and a Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) exams must be scheduled and passed.
  7. Contractor Bond: All applicants must submit to CSLB a contractor bond or cash deposit payable to CSLB in the amount of $15,000. CSLB does not issue bonds.

The CSLB will either issue your license or contact you if they need further information.

California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Contractor License Exam

Below are the specifications (test type, academic content, etc.) for each exam needed to get the Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) contractor's license in California.

California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Planning and Estimating (26%)
      • Evaluating plans and specifications
      • Evaluating material characteristics
      • Performing job-related calculations
      • Evaluating job site readiness
      • Material acclimation
    • Subfloor Evaluation and Preparation (17%)
      • Removing existing flooring
      • Evaluating and preparing subfloor for installation
      • Testing subfloor for moisture
      • Installing underlayments
    • Carpet Installation (14%)
      • Installing tack strip, cushions, and trim
      • Cutting and laying out carpet
      • Seaming and sealing carpet
      • Installing carpet
      • Installing and replacing moldings, etc
    • Resilient Goods and Rubber Flooring Installation (12%)
      • Cutting and/or laying out sheet goods for installation
      • Using adhesives
      • Preparing subfloor for installation
      • Rolling and sealing sheet goods
      • Installing laminate, trim, and transitions
    • Laminate Flooring Installation (8%)
      • Cutting and laying out laminates
      • Installing laminate, trim, and transitions
    • Wood Flooring Installation (10%)
      • Performing moisture tests
      • Cutting and laying out wood
      • Installing wood flooring and trim
      • Filling and sanding wood
      • Finishing wood
    • Safety (13%)
      • Applying personal safety procedures
      • Applying job safety procedures
      • Operating tools and equipment safely
      • Safe handling and disposal of products
  • CSLB Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Study Guide

California Law and Business Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Business Organization (10%)
      • Company organization
      • Project organization
    • Business Finances (15%)
      • Cash management
      • Budget and planning
      • Taxes
      • Financial reporting
    • Employment Requirements (12%)
      • Employment regulations
      • Evaluation and record-keeping
      • Payroll
    • Bonds, Insurance, and Liens (10%)
      • Bonds
      • Workers’ compensation insurance
      • Liens and other remedies
      • Other insurance
    • Contract Requirements and Execution (23%)
      • Bidding
      • Cost control
      • Contracts
      • Payments
    • Licensing Requirements (8%)
      • Business license
      • Contractor’s license
      • Activity regulation
    • Safety (15%)
      • Training and reporting requirements
      • General safety
      • Hazardous/unknown materials
    • Public Works (7%)
      • Prevailing wage requirements
      • Bonding requirements
      • Insurance requirements
  • CSLB Law and Business Study Guide

California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all source references for the California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Contractor exams. You can use these books to study for the exams but you are not allowed to bring these books in with you to the testing center. These tests will be closed-book. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

  • CALIFORNIA FLOORING AND FLOOR COVERING (C-15) - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $854.90
  • CALIFORNIA FLOORING AND FLOOR COVERING (C-15) - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $954.90

California Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Contractor Exam Books

California Law and Business Exam Books