(B-2) Residential Remodeling Contractor Exam Prep Course

Pass the B-2 Trade Exam: Easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Commit to passing your California (B-2) Residential Remodeling exam. Prepare at home, on your own schedule. Utilize our multimedia resources to: Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, and Pass!”

Step 2: CSLB Application Assistance: We’re here to help you complete your B-2 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!”

All qualifying individuals must also pass the California Contractor Law & Business Exam (sold separately below)


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🎯 Pass Your B-2 Contractor (Trade Exam)

  • Aim to Pass: Aim to pass the B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor exam on your very first try.
  • Unbeatable Course: Experience California’s most effective & affordable B-2 Remodeling contractors’ license course.
  • Proven Track Record: Our clients consistently pass their B-2 contractor trade exam, making us a trusted choice for exam preparation.

Pass your B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor exam:

Online Flexible Study Plan:

  • Comprehensive Manual: Dive into our industry-leading B-2 Residential Remodeling exam preparation manual.
  • Master Multiple-Choice: Learn strategies to dominate multiple-choice exams.
  • Multimedia Learning: Engage with audio and video content featuring industry experts on General Trade knowledge, Math Review, 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 B-2 Contractor exam on your first attempt.

🌟 The Most Effective Course in California at any price!

  • Online Advantage: Our multimedia course allows you to study at your pace and is the most affordable method for passing the B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor License Exam.

Hassle-Free Application Process

  • Paperwork Assistance: We’ll guide you through the CSLB application process.
  • Expert Help: Email us for personalized assistance and a free line-by-line review of your application before submission to the state. TLC is here to help to make your CSLB Application easier than ever!

Exam Success

  • Pass Rate: Our students have a high success rate if they take our course to its entirety. If you have failed in the past, we are here to help increase that score with the latest updated information specific to your trade.
  • Exam Scheduling: Once your application is approved and you are ready, schedule your exam through PSI. (Refer to the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for more details. – PSI B-2 Residential Remodeling Candidate Information Bulletin

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📚 Course Details: B-2 Contractor (Trade Exam)

  • Online 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.
  • Proven and Affordable: Rely on our proven methods to pass the B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor exam without breaking the bank.

California B-2 Contractor (Trade Exam)

📝 Select Your Course Format:

Please choose the format that best suits your learning style and needs, and take advantage of our comprehensive study materials to prepare effectively for your B-2 Residential Remodeling trade exam.

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

    • The Course is 100% Online
    • Online Manual (not printable)
    • Online A/V (Audio/Video)
    • Online Practice Testing
  • or Printed Manual + Online A/V & Testing:

    • Printed Manual
    • Online A/V (Audio/Video)
    • Online Practice Testing
  • or Printed Manual + CDs, DVDs, & Online Testing:

    • Printed Manual
    • CDs & DVDs
    • Online Practice Testing

Included In Each Course Format:

Each of our B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor License Trade Exam Courses includes the following study materials outlined below.

  • 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: Take multiple-timed practice exams.

📖 California B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor Exam Trade Manual

The California B-2 exam manual briefly covers essential topics of the California B-2 exam’s trade section.

  • Broad Coverage: This manual provides a concise overview of essential topics for the California B-2 exam’s trade section, including Concrete, Carpentry, Masonry, HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical.
  • Code Summaries: Gain insights from summarized sections of the California Building Code, California Mechanical Code, California Plumbing Code, the California Electrical Code, and Title 8 Health and 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 Trade Knowledge: This section provides the basic trade information needed to pass the B-2 trade exam.
  • Health and Safety: Become familiar with Title 8 and other essential safety regulations and practices.
  • B-2 Exam Review Questions: Read and understand each question and read every word of the explanation. The principle behind the question is your key to success.

🎧 Audio/Video Lectures

  • Flexible Formats: Choose between streaming online audio & video files or opt for CDs & DVDs.
  • Expert Instruction: Lectures include Math Formulas, Plans and Specifications, and Title 8 Health and Safety Orders.

Latest Online B-2 Study Questions and Online Practice Exams

Virtual Flashcards:

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

Trade Practice Exams and Updated Questions:

  • Five-Timed General Exams: Each practice exam consists of 100 questions, allowing you to practice under timed conditions. *Includes an updated exam with the most current questions.
  • Two Title 8 Health & Safety Tests: Each specialized test is to ensure you’re prepared for all aspects of the B-2 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 knowledge, Health and Safety questions, and trade-specific updates.
  • Test & Expand Knowledge: Our questions are designed to test your existing knowledge and expand upon it through detailed explanations.

📞 Contractor Exam Application Assistance

  • Free Form Review: Request a free review of your completed contractor exam application to ensure it’s error-free before you submit it to the state.
  • Direct Assistance: All students enrolled in our B-2 course can call us at (866) 685-8564 or email support@thompsonlearningco.com for personalized assistance in completing the application.

One-Year Unlimited Access

  • All-Inclusive Resources: Gain unrestricted access to all online eManuals, audio/video materials, and practice 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 (B-2) Trade Exam Content & Source Material

  • In-Depth Overview: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what the B-2 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 B-2 contractor classification so you know exactly what to expect.

The B-2 Residential Remodeling Trade Exam: Six Major Sections.

Section 1. Planning and Estimating (15%)

  • Scope of work and code compliance
  • Design and construction error identification
  • Shop drawings, plans, and specifications
  • Field inspection performance
  • Project coordination
  • Cost estimation for materials, equipment, and labor

Section 2. Job Site Preparation (13%)

  • Remove non-load-bearing walls
  • Remove cabinets and countertops
  • Remove plumbing and electrical fixtures
  • Deliver and store materials

Section 3. Core Trades Remodeling (25%) 

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Interior walls, ceilings, and trimwork
  • Flooring and stairs

Section 4. Finish Trades Remodeling (18%)

  • Cabinets
  • Countertops and backsplashes
  • Painting, staining, coating, and interior wall covering

Section 5. Exterior Remodeling (13%)

  • Roof Repairs
  • Remodeling exterior walls
  • Doors and windows

Section 6. Safety (16%)

  • Personnel safety
  • Job site safety
  • Demolition and material safety

*Percentages are approximate

📚B-2 residential Remodeling Exam Source Material:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications to create the Residential Remodeling exam. California codebooks are online at https://www.dgs.ca.gov/bsc or purchased directly from the publishers.

2022 California Building Code. Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

2022 California Electrical Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. BNI Publications, Inc.
Phone: (888) 264-2665
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.bnibooks.com

2022 California Plumbing Code. Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
Phone: (909) 472-4100
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: www.iapmo.org

2022 California Residential Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

Modern Cabinetmaking. Umstattd, Davis & Molzahn.
Phone: 800-323-0440
Purchase: www.g-w.com

State of California General Industry & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA) and State of California Construction & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA). 2023. California Code of Regulations, Title 8. Mancomm.
Phone: (877) 626-2666
Free Access: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/LawsAndRegulations.htm 
Purchase: http://www.mancomm.com

TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation (2016). Tile Council of North America, Inc.
PHONE: (601) 939-2071
INTERNET: www.tile-assn.com

*Publisher information is current as of 1/23

🔍CSLB Scope for the Residential Remodeling Contractor Classification:

Business & Professions Code
Division 3, Chapter 9. Contractors, Article 4. Classifications


(a) A residential remodeling contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any project to make improvements to, on, or in an existing residential wood frame structure, and the project requires the use of at least three unrelated building trades or crafts for a single contract.

(b)     (1) A residential remodeling contractor may take a prime contract for trades or crafts, which may include,

(A) Drywall.
(B) Finish carpentry.
(C) Flooring.
(D) Insulation.
(E) Painting.
(F) Plastering.
(G) Roof repair.
(H) Siding.
(I) Tiling.
(J) Installing, repairing, or replacing electrical fixtures, such as dimmers, fans, lights, outlets, and switches.
(K) Installing, repairing, or replacing plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, sinks, toilets, and tubs.
(L) Installing, repairing, or replacing mechanical fixtures, such as air filters, air delivery, return grills, and preassembled exhaust fans.

(2) A residential remodeling contractor shall not take a contract unless the contract includes three or more unrelated trades or crafts.

(3) Subject to the limitations described in paragraph (2), a residential remodeling contractor may self-perform its contract or may subcontract any of the trades or crafts to appropriately licensed subcontractor or subcontractors.

(c) A residential remodeling contractor shall conduct its contracting activity in accordance with the following restrictions:

(1) A residential remodeling contractor shall not contract for a project that includes
the following trades or crafts unless the contractor holds the appropriate license
classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed contractor:

(A) C-16 Fire Protection.
(B) C-22 Asbestos Abatement.
(C) C-57 Well Drilling.

(2) A residential remodeling contractor shall not contract to make structural changes to load-bearing portions of an existing structure, including, but not limited to, footings, foundations, load-bearing walls, partitions, and roof structures.

(3) (A) The residential remodeling contractor shall not contract to install, replace, substantially alter, or extend electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems or their component parts or the mechanisms or devices that are part of those systems unless the residential remodeling contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed contractor.

(B) The residential remodeling contractor may contract to make minor alterations to existing electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems to effectuate the purpose of installing, repairing, or replacing electrical, mechanical, and plumbing fixtures, provided that the contract requires the use of at least three unrelated building trades or crafts.

(C) The board may adopt regulations to further define what activity constitutes the minor alterations described in subparagraph (B) and to further define the electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems, or their component parts, or the mechanisms or devices that are part of those systems, that are subject to the restriction described in subparagraph (A).

(d) This contractor classification may be cited as the B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor. (BPC §7057.5)

Authority cited: Section 7057, Reference: Sections 7057.5 (Business and Professions Code)

Add the California Law & Business Course

Required For Your Original Contractors License

We offer our California contractor exam study materials as two separate courses. (Each course is sold separately).

  1. B-2 TRADE EXAM.

Pass the Law & Business Exam

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 B-2 Residential Remodeling Practice Quiz! 

  • Try a free practice quiz to see what types of questions you’ll get on the B-2 Residential Remodeling exam
  • Similar to Actual Test Questions: These free practice questions are designed to be similar to those on the real exam.

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