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California Masonry (C-29) Contractor License

The California Masonry (C-29) contractor license allows you to install concrete units and baked clay products; concrete, glass and clay block; natural and manufactured stone; terra cotta; and fire brick or other material for refractory work. This license also includes the fabrication and installation of masonry component units for structural load bearing and non-load bearing walls for structures and fences installed with or without mortar; ceramic veneer (not tile) and thin brick that resembles full brick for facing; paving; and clear waterproofing, cleaning and caulking incidental to masonry construction.

How to get the Masonry (C-29) 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 Masonry (C-29) 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 Masonry (C-29) 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 Masonry (C-29) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

California Masonry (C-29) Contractor License Exam

Below are the specifications (test type, academic content, etc.) for each exam needed to get the Masonry (C-29) contractor's license in California.

California Masonry (C-29) Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Planning and Estimation (12%)
      • Scope of work
      • Identify and calculate material needs
      • Identify and calculate labor and equipment needs
    • Job Site Preparation (24%)
      • Pre-construction activities
      • Water management
      • Reinforcement and bracing
      • Job site preparation
    • Masonry Wall and Building Installation and Repair (16%)
      • Build CMU walls and buildings
      • Repair and reconstruct historical masonry structures
      • Build and repair retaining walls
      • Clean masonry walls and buildings
    • Decorative Masonry Installation and Repair (10%)
      • Install flatwork and staircases
      • Install precast masonry
      • Install glass block
      • Repair and clean decorative masonry
    • Masonry Veneer and Stone Installation and Repair (8%)
      • Install adhered veneers
      • Install anchored veneers
      • Install dimensional stone veneers
      • Repair and clean veneer installations
    • Fireplace, Chimney, and Barbeque Installation and Repair (11%)
      • Fireplace construction requirements
      • Barbeque and fire pit construction requirements
    • Safety (19%)
      • Cal/OSHA safety requirements
      • Elevated work
      • Handling and fabrication of stone slabs
      • Disposal of contaminated materials
  • CSLB Masonry (C-29) 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 Masonry (C-29) Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all source references for the California Masonry (C-29) 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.


    Sales price: $1,787.12

    Sales price: $1,887.12

California Masonry (C-29) Contractor Exam Books

California Law and Business Exam Books