California Sign (C-45) Contractor License

The California Sign (C-45) contractor license allows you to work on electrical signs, including the wiring of such electrical signs, and non-electrical signs, including but not limited to: post or pole supported signs, signs attached to structures, painted wall signs, and modifications to existing signs.

How to get the Sign (C-45) 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 Sign (C-45) 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 Sign (C-45) 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 Sign (C-45) Contractor License Exam Prep Courses

California Sign (C-45) Contractor License Exam

Below are the specifications (test type, academic content, etc.) for each exam needed to get the Sign (C-45) contractor's license in California.

California Sign (C-45) Exam

  • Testing Method: Computer-based testing; closed book
  • Testing Company: CSLB
  • Types of Questions: Multiple choice
  • Subjects Involved:
    • Planning and Estimating (29%)
      • Sign criteria and codes
      • Plans and specifications
      • Sign engineering and design
      • Sign components
      • Electrical requirements
      • Material, labor, and equipment estimation
    • Sign Design and Fabrication (22%)
      • Sign patterns
      • Sign face fabrication
      • Channel and reverse channel letters
      • Sign cabinet fabrication
      • Sign assembly
      • Fluorescent, LED, and HID fabrication
      • Neon design and fabrication
    • Sign Installation (21%)
      • Prewiring of sign electrical components
      • Excavation and concrete footings
      • Pole and monument sign installation
      • Building sign installation
      • Electrical connections
    • Testing, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting (11%)
      • Sign testing and troubleshooting
      • Sign repair and maintenance
      • Tools and equipment
    • Safety (17%)
      • Electrical hazards
      • Personal protective equipment
      • Cal/OSHA safety requirements
      • Hazardous materials
      • Working with cranes and ladders
      • Transportation and traffic control
  • CSLB Sign (C-45) 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 Sign (C-45) Contractor Book Set

The book set includes all source references for the California Sign (C-45) 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 Sign (C-45) Contractor Exam Books

California Law and Business Exam Books