C-12 Earthwork & Paving Contractor Exam Prep Course

Pass the C-12 Trade Exam: Easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Commit to passing your California C-12 Contractor exam. Prepare for your exam on your own schedule. Utilize our multimedia resources to “Read, Watch, Listen, Learn, and PASS!”

Step 2: CSLB Application Assistance: We’re here to help you complete your C-12 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 C-12 Contractor (Trade Exam)

  • Aim to Pass: Aim to pass the C-12 Earthwork & Paving Contractor exam on your very first try.
  • Unbeatable Course: Experience California’s most effective & affordable C-12 contractors’ license course.
  • Proven Track Record: Our clients consistently pass their C-12 contractor trade exams, making us a trusted choice for exam preparation.

Pass Your C-12 Earthwork & Paving Contractor Exam:

Online Flexible Study Plan:

  • Comprehensive Manual: Dive into our industry-leading C-12 Earthwork & Paving 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 engineering, 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 General Engineering 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 C-12 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 (C-12) Earthwork & Paving Candidate Information Bulletin

IT’S A FACT! When you read somethingwatch somethinghear somethingand then put that information to use – ONLINE PRACTICE QUESTIONS  & ONLINE EXAMS, your ability to retain our study materials increases exponentially!

📚 Course Details: C-12 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 & Affordable: Rely on our proven methods to pass the C-12 Earthwork & Paving Contractor exam without breaking the bank.

California C-12 Earthwork & Paving 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 C-12 Earthwork & Paving Contractor 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 C-12 Earthwork & Paving 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: Take multiple-timed practice exams.

📖 California C-12 Earthwork & Paving Contractor Exam Trade Manual

The California C-12 Earthwork & Paving exam manual briefly covers essential topics of the California C-12 exam’s trade section.

  • Broad Coverage: This manual provides a concise overview of essential topics for the California 12 Earthwork & Paving exam’s trade section, including Estimating Quantities and summaries of CALTRANS Standard Specifications and more.
  • Code Summaries: Gain insights from summarized sections of the 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 C-12 trade exam.
  • Health and Safety: Become familiar with Title 8 and other essential safety regulations and practices.
  • C-12 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: Learn from instructors with decades of experience, covering key C-12 exam concepts in depth. Lectures include Math Formulas, Plans & Specifications, General Knowledge & Review Questions, and Title 8 Health & Safety Orders.

Latest Online C-12 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:

  • Two Timed General Exams: Each practice exam consists of 110 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 C-12 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 & Safety, 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.

📞 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 C-12 Earthwork & Paving course can call us at (866) 685-8564 for personalized assistance in completing the application.

One-Year Unlimited Access

  • 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 (C-12) Trade Exam Content & Source Material

  • In-Depth Overview: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what the C-12 Earthwork & Paving 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 C-12 contractor classification so you know exactly what to expect.

The C-12 Earthwork & Paving Exam: Five Major Sections.

Section 1. Planning and Estimation (20%)

  • Plans and specifications
  • Job site conditions
  • Estimating
  • Project layout
  • Materials and equipment

Section 2. Earthwork and Grade Control (29%)

  • Grade control
  • Soils and geology
  • Excavation and trenching
  • Fill and grading

Section 3. Paving (30%)

  • Roadways, driveways, and parking lots
  • ADA requirements
  • Specialty paving
  • Demolition and pavement repair
  • Related paving activities

Section 4. Safety (21%)

  • Job site safety
  • Environmental impact
  • Traffic control

*Percentages are approximate

📚C-12 Earthwork & Paving Exam Source Material:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications for the creation of the earthwork & paving exam. California codebooks can be viewed online: www.bsc.ca.gov

2022 California Building Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.
PHONE: (800) 786-4452
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

CalDAG 2017: California Disabled Accessibility Guidebook, An Interpretive Manual and Checklist. Michael P. Gibbens.
PHONE: (805) 870-0900
INTERNET: https://theaccessguy.com

Excavation and Grading Handbook, Revised. Craftsman Book Company.
PHONE: (800) 829-8123
INTERNET: www.craftsman-book.com

Moving the Earth: The Workbook of Excavation. The McGraw-Hill Companies.
PHONE: (877) 833-5524
INTERNET: www.mhprofessional.com

Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements. Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.
PHONE: (703) 657-6900
INTERNET: www.icpi.org

Caltrans Standard Plans, State of California Department of Transportation. CALTRANS.
PHONE: (916) 654-2852
INTERNET: www.dot.ca.gov

Caltrans Standard Specifications, State of California Department of Transportation. CALTRANS.
PHONE: (916) 654-2852
INTERNET: www.dot.ca.gov

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
INTERNET: www.mancomm.com

*Publisher information is current as of 06/23

🔍CSLB Scope for the Elevator Contractor Classification:

California Code of Regulations Title 16, Division 8, Article 3. Classifications

An earthwork and paving contractor digs, moves, and places material forming the surface of the earth, other than water, in such a manner that a cut, fill, excavation, grade, trench, backfill, or tunnel (if incidental thereto) can be executed, including the use of explosives for these purposes. This classification includes the mixing, fabricating, and placing of paving and any other surfacing materials.

Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)

Add the 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

  • Essential Material: The  Excavation and Grading Handbook is a crucial component of the A-General Engineering course, It is recommended reading for General Engineering (A) students who do not have excavation, grading, and paving experience and are unfamiliar with the subject area.
  • Interactive: The handbook is available as a textbook and Includes a book code on the inside back cover to download an interactive study center to help brush up your skills or study for the license exam. (You will need a device with Microsoft Windows to use this functionality).
  • Shipping Details: Your materials will be shipped directly to you for your convenience.


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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. C-12 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 C-12 Earthwork & Paving Practice Quiz! 

  • Try a free practice quiz to see the types of questions you’ll get on the C-12 Earthwork & Paving exam.
  • Similar to Actual Test 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.

Welcome to your free C-12 Earthwork & Paving Quiz

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If th​e surface of asphalt has a dull appearance, which of the following statements is correct?

If as​phalt is too shiny, what is the problem?

"R" on a plan is an abbreviation for:

The s​tandards for highway safety as it relates to flagger's signals come from what state department?

When​ the specifications require a sump, how far should the pipe extend into the manhole?

What would be the weight of a sample of asphalt concrete that is 1 foot x 1 foot x 2 inches thick?

When the base fails in asphalt, and leaves a circular indentation, what is the indentation called?

In regards to asphalt trucks, what is the purpose of a load ticket?

Wher​e do you set a string line before paving with asphalt?

Afte​r paving one side of a road with asphalt, where do you locate the string line for the center longitudinal joint?

What sort of PPE (personal protective equipment) is recommended when using cleaning solvent?

What should be done with lifelines, safety harnesses, and shock-absorbing lanyards that have been subjected to impact loading?

What is the longest standard length of a scaffold plank?

On a 120V circuit, what color is the (protective) ground wire?

What is the minimum distance apart that acetylene and oxygen cylinders must be stored?

Which of the following is a correct method for storing acetylene cylinders?

Which of the following is the best choice for hoisting a full gas cylinder?

Cylinders containing ______ shall not be taken into confined spaces.

A dry chemical or carbon dioxide fire extinguisher rated at least ______ must be kept near operations where bottled fuel gases are being used.

No more than ______ of paints, solvents, and chemicals may be stored in a room unless an approved safety storage cabinet is present.