California Painting and Decorating (C-33) Contractor License

The California Painting and Decorating (C-33) contractor license allows you to scrape, sandblast and apply any of the following: paints, papers, textures, fabrics, pigments, oils, turpentines, japans, driers, thinners, varnishes, shellacs, stains, fillers, waxes, adhesives, water and any other vehicles, mediums and materials which adhere by evaporation and may be mixed, used and applied to the surfaces of structures and the appurtenances thereto for purposes of decorating, protecting, fireproofing and waterproofing.

How to get the Painting and Decorating (C-33) 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 Painting and Decorating (C-33) 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 Painting and Decorating (C-33) 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 Painting and Decorating (C-33) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

California Painting and Decorating (C-33) Contractor License Exam

Below are the specifications (test type, academic content, etc.) for each exam needed to get the Painting and Decorating (C-33) contractor's license in California.

California Painting and Decorating (C-33) Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Planning and Estimation (35%)
      • Evaluating job sites
      • Selecting tools, equipment, and materials
      • Selecting paint and stain colors
      • Reading blueprints and specifications
      • Calculating job costs
    • Substrate Repair and Surface Preparation (25%)
      • Identifying problems
      • Scraping, sanding, and wallpaper removal
      • Patching, caulking, and repairing
      • Masking and protecting job sites
      • Removing paint and cleaning surfaces
      • Applying primer
    • Application of Paint and Finishes (18%)
      • Painting surfaces
      • Applying waterproofing or sealant
      • Staining, sealing, and finishing wood surfaces
    • Safety (22%)
      • Tool and equipment safety
      • Personnel safety
      • Environmental safety
      • Handling hazardous materials
  • CSLB Painting and Decorating (C-33) 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 Painting and Decorating (C-33) Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all source references for the California Painting and Decorating (C-33) 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 PAINTING AND DECORATING (C-33) - BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

    Sales price: $447.90
  • CALIFORNIA PAINTING AND DECORATING (C-33) - BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES ALL BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS EXAMS

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California Painting and Decorating (C-33) Contractor Exam Books

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