General Engineering (A) Contractor Exam Prep

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Step 1: Commit and Prepare – Flexible Study: Prepare for your exam at home, on your own schedule. Utilize our multimedia resources to “Read, Watch, Listen, Learn, and PASS!”

Step 2: Application Assistance – CSLB Application: We’re here to help you complete your General (A) application correctly. Call us for personalized guidance and ensure a smooth application process.

Step 3: Study and Succeed – Proven Results: Our clients typically pass their trade exam on the first attempt. Your success is our goal! Follow the Plan and Pass Your Exam!”

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🎯Pass Your A-General Engineering (Trade Exam)

  • Aim to Pass: Aim to pass the General Engineering (A) Contractor exam on your very first try.
  • Unbeatable Course: Experience the most effective and affordable Gen-A Engineering contractors’ license course in California.
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🎯Pass Your A-General Engineering Contractor Exam: As easy as 1-2-3!

1️⃣  Home-Based, Flexible Study Plan

  • Comprehensive Manual: Dive into our industry-leading General-A exam preparation manual.
  • Master Multiple-Choice: Learn strategies to dominate four-answer multiple-choice exams.
  • Multimedia Learning: Engage with audio and video content featuring industry experts on general engineering, construction math, and Title 8 Health & Safety Rules.
  • Question Bank: Access hundreds of researched exam questions and answers.
  • Interactive Tools: Use virtual flashcards and non-graded quizzes to reinforce key concepts.
  • Online Practice Exams: Test your knowledge with online timed practice exams.
  • First-Time Success: Aim to pass your Gen-A Engineering Contractor exam on your first attempt.

🌟 The Most Effective Course in California, at Any Price!

  • Online Advantage: Our multimedia course is your best and most affordable method for passing the General A Contractor License Exam.

2️⃣ Hassle-Free Application Process

  • Paperwork Assistance: We’ll guide you through the CSLB application process with new online tools.
  • Expert Help: Call us for personalized assistance and a free line-by-line review of your application before submission.

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3️⃣ Exam Success

  • Score Boost: Our students typically see dramatic improvements in their test scores.
  • Exam Scheduling: When ready, schedule your exam through PSI. (Refer to the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for more details. – PSI General Engineering Candidate Information Bulletin

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📚 Course Details: A-General Engineering (Trade Exam)

  • Home-Based Study: Skip the commute and study comfortably from your home or office.
  • Convenience: Our courses are designed to fit into your busy schedule, allowing you to prepare at your own pace.
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📚 California A-General Engineering Contractor (Trade Exam)

📝 Select Your Course Format:

Choose the format that best suits your learning style and needs, and take advantage of our comprehensive study materials to prepare effectively for your General Engineering (A) Contractor trade exam.

eCourse: Online Manual: (Read Only)A/V & Testing:

  • Course 100% Online
  • Online Manual (not printable)
  • Online A/V (Audio/Video)
  • Online Testing

Printed Manual + Online A/V & Testing:

  • Printed Manual
  • Online A/V (Audio/Video)
  • Online Testing

Printed Manual + CDs, DVDs, & Online Testing:

  • Printed Manual
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Online Testing

📝 Included In Each Course Format:

Each of our General A General Engineering Contractor License Trade Exam Courses includes the following:

  • Trade-Specific Manuals or eManuals: Comprehensive guides covering all relevant topics.
  • Audio Lectures: Listen to expert insights and explanations.
  • Video Lectures: Visualize key concepts through video content.
  • Flash Card Mode: Test your knowledge with Virtual Flashcards.
  • Online Practice Exams: Tale multiple-timed practice exams.


The California A General Engineering exam manual briefly covers essential topics of the California Gen-A exam’s trade section.

  • Broad Coverage: This manual provides a concise overview of essential topics for the California General Engineering (A) exam’s trade section, including concrete, carpentry, masonry, electrical, HVAC, excavation, grading & paving, and more.
  • Code Summaries: Gain insights from summarized sections of the California Building Code, the California Electrical Code, and Title 8 Health & Safety Orders.

Inside The Study Guide

  • Math Review: Get a solid foundation with an introduction to construction math, covering estimating formulas, measurement units, elementary geometry, and the architect’s scale.
  • General Knowledge: This section provides the basic trade information needed to pass the General (A) trade exam.
  • Health and Safety: Become familiar with Title 8 and other essential safety regulations and practices.
  • General-A Exam Review Questions: Find a list of the most challenging exam questions, each indexed to the relevant section in the manual for easy reference.

📖 EXCAVATION AND GRADING HANDBOOK, Revised. (Required to Pass – Sold Separately)

  • Essential Material: This handbook is a crucial component of the General A Engineering course and contains vital information for passing your General A exam.
  • Multiple Formats: The handbook is available exclusively as a textbook and an interactive CD-R.
  • Shipping Details: Your materials will be shipped directly to you for your convenience.


  • Flexible Formats: Choose between streaming online audio & video files or opt for CDs & DVDs.
  • Expert Instruction: Learn from instructors with decades of experience, covering key General A exam concepts in depth. Lectures include Math Formulas, Plans and Specifications, General Engineering Knowledge, Review Questions, and Title 8 Health and Safety Orders.



  • Randomized Questions: Via online flashcards, keep your study sessions fresh and engaging.
  • Progress Tracking: Know where you stand and what you’ve mastered.
  • Exclude Mastered Questions: Focus only on what you need to learn.


  • Seven Timed General Exams: Each practice exam consists of approximately 120 questions, allowing you to practice under timed conditions.
  • Two Title 8 Health & Safety Tests: Specialized tests to ensure you’re prepared for all aspects of the General A exam.
  • Inclusive Trade Practice Questions: Each course includes practice questions complete with questions, answers, and in-depth explanations to deepen your understanding of trade concepts.
  • Updated Questions: Stay current with the latest General Engineering and Health and Safety questions and trade-specific updates.
  • Test & Expand Knowledge: Our questions are designed not just to test your existing knowledge but to expand upon it through detailed explanations.


  • Free Form Review: Before you submit, request a free review of your completed contractor exam application to ensure it’s error-free.
  • Direct Assistance: All students enrolled in our General A Engineering course can call us at (866) 685-8564 for personalized assistance in completing the application.


  • All-Inclusive Resources: Gain unrestricted access to all online eBooks, audio/video materials, test questions, and simulated final exams.
  • 365 Days of Access: Unlike other schools that limit you to 30, 90, or 180 days, we offer a full year of access to all online course materials, ensuring you have ample time to prepare.

🔍 CSLB (A) Trade Exam Content & Source Material

  • In-Depth Overview: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what the General Engineering (A) Contractor trade exam entails.
  • Reference Compilation: Access a complete compilation of all reference materials used for the exam, ensuring you have all the resources you need.
  • Scope Outline: Understand the full scope of work covered under the General Engineering (A) classification so you know exactly what to expect.

🔍The A-General Engineering Exam: Eight Major Sections

Section 1: Planning, Estimating (19%)

  • Interpreting plans and specifications
  • Code Compliance
  • Evaluating job sites
  • Coordinating projects
  • Estimating costs for materials, equipment, and labor

Section 2: Structural Principles (5%)

  • Constructing structures
  • Seismic requirements
  • Basic engineering

Section 3: Earthwork and Surveying (14%)

  • Surveying job sites
  • Preparing job sites
  • Assessing soil conditions
  • Assessing soil composition and expansion

Section 4: Subsurface Work (20%)

  • Shoring and sloping excavations
  • Preventing erosion
  • Tunneling, drilling, and boring
  • Installing pipelines
  • Connecting and testing systems
  • Connecting dry utilities

Section 5: Foundation and Concrete Construction (10%)

  • Constructing forms and falsework
  • Placing and finishing concrete
  • Installing pilings and foundations

Section 6: Buildings/Structures and Related Work (9%)

  • Installing mechanical systems
  • Installing plumbing pipes
  • Installing electrical systems
  • Demolition, disposal, and recycling

Section 7: Roadwork and Paving (5%)

  • Base for highways, roads, and parking lots

Section 8: Safety (18%)

  • Personnel and job safety
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hazardous material safety

*Percentages are approximate

📚A-General Engineering Exam Source Material:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications to create the General (A) Engineering exam. California codebooks are online at or purchased directly from the publishers.

2022 California Building Code. Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452.
Free Access:

2022 California Electrical Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. BNI Publications, Inc.
Phone: (888) 264-2665
Free Access:

2022 California Fire Code California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access:

2022 California Plumbing Code. Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
Phone: (909) 472-4100
Free Access:

California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways: Part 6. Temporary Traffic Control. State CA, Department of Transportation, Caltrans.
Phone: (916) 654-2852
Free Access:

Excavation and Grading Handbook. Craftsman Book Company.
Phone: (800) 829-8123

Formwork for Concrete (SP-4). American Concrete Institute.
Phone: (248) 848-3700

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Methods and Materials. Edward Allen, Joseph Iano. Wiley.
Phone: (877) 762-2974

Moving the Earth: Excavation Equipment, Methods, Safety, and Cost. McGraw-Hill Professional.
Phone: (877) 833-5524

Standard Plans and Standard Specifications, State of California Department of Transportation. Caltrans Publications Unit.
Phone: (916) 654-2852
Free Access:

State of California General Industry & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA) and State of California Construction & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA). 2022. California Code of Regulations, Title 8. Mancomm.
Phone: (877) 626-2666
Free Access:
Free Access:
Free Access:

*Publisher information is current as of 10/22

🔍CSLB Scope for the A-General Engineering Contractor Classification

The A-General Engineering Contractor is specialized in fixed works requiring engineering knowledge and skill. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Irrigation, drainage, water power, water supply,
  • Flood control, inland waterways, harbors, docks, wharves,
  • Shipyards, ports, dams, hydroelectric projects,
  • Railroads, highways, streets, roads, tunnels, airports,
  • Sewers, sewage disposal plants, waste reduction plants,
  • Pipelines for petroleum and other substances,
  • Parks, playgrounds, recreational works,
  • Refineries, chemical plants, powerhouses, power plants,
  • Mines, metallurgical plants,
  • Land leveling, earthmoving, excavating, grading, trenching, paving, surfacing,
  • Cement and concrete works related to the above-fixed works.

📖 Excavation and Grading Handbook Revised
       (A Vital Study Companion) $65

  • Comprehensive Content: The handbook offers extensive knowledge on excavating and grading, making it an indispensable study companion.
  • Visual Aids: The handbook is enriched with photographs and diagrams to illustrate how to execute the work effectively visually.
  • Additional Resources: Your purchase includes access to a lecture, and an Interactive Study Center download, enhancing your learning experience.

This handbook serves as a vital resource for anyone preparing for work related to excavation and grading, offering both in-depth content and practical visual aids.

Excavation & Grading Handbook Revised


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📚 Pass the Law & Business Exam for Your Original Contractor’s License

  • Law & Business Exam Focus: This exam concentrates on California Contractor Law and best business practices.
  • Path to Success: To qualify for your first contractor’s license, you must pass both the TRADE and LAW exams. Utilize our resources to “Read, Watch, Listen, Learn, and PASS!”

Prepare for both exams to ensure you meet all the requirements for your original contractor’s license. With the right resources and study habits, you’re on your way to becoming a licensed contractor.



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Free A-General Engineering Practice Quiz! 

  • Test Before the Real Exam: Try a free practice test to see what types of General-A questions you’ll get on the A-General Engineering exam.
  • Similar to Actual Questions: These free practice questions are designed to be similar to those on the real exam.

Use this free test to get a preview of the types of questions found on the exam.

📈 Assess Your Readiness for the A-General Engineering Exam

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