California Low Voltage Systems (C-7) Contractor License

The California Low Voltage Systems (C-7) contractor license allows you to install, service and maintain all types of communication and low voltage systems which are energy limited and do not exceed 91 volts. These systems include, but are not limited to telephone systems, sound systems, cable television systems, closed-circuit video systems, satellite dish antennas, instrumentation and temperature controls, and low voltage landscape lighting.

How to get the Low Voltage Systems (C-7) 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 Low Voltage Systems (C-7) 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 Low Voltage Systems (C-7) 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 Low Voltage Systems (C-7) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

California Low Voltage Systems (C-7) Contractor License Exam

Below are the specifications (test type, academic content, etc.) for each exam needed to get the Low Voltage Systems (C-7) contractor's license in California.

California Low Voltage Systems (C-7) Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Job Planning and Design (19%)
      • Interpret plans and specifications
      • Plan wire routes and equipment locations
      • Compliance with codes and industry standards
      • Knowledge of impact on other trades
      • Integration of new and existing infrastructure
    • Material Selection and Estimation (18%)
      • Knowledge of materials and their applications
      • Knowledge of tools and equipment and their applications
      • Estimate project costs and prepare proposals
    • Wire/Cable Installation and Termination (11%)
      • Layout, install, and support pathways
      • Knowledge of tools and methods of termination
      • Placement and termination of wires/cables
      • Knowledge of labeling schemes for wires/cables
    • Systems Configuration and Installation (15%)
      • Install equipment room components
      • Install satellite, CCTV, telephone, data, instrumentation, battery systems, audio/video, and fiber optic systems
      • Install building automation
      • IP networking and VoIP configuration
    • Testing and Project Closeout (12%)
      • Tools and methods used to test the functioning of low voltage equipment
      • Project closeout, documentation, and training
    • System Troubleshooting and/or Repair or Replacement (8%)
      • Troubleshoot various problems and make repairs/replacements
    • Safety (17%)
      • Cal/OSHA regulations
      • Identification of job site hazards
      • Safe work practices
  • CSLB Low Voltage Systems (C-7) 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 Low Voltage Systems (C-7) Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all source references for the California Low Voltage Systems (C-7) 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.

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California Low Voltage Systems (C-7) Contractor Exam Books

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