C-27 Landscaping Contractor Exam Prep Course

Pass the C-27 Trade Exam: Easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Commit to passing your California C-27 Contractor exam. Prepare for your exam at HOME and on your 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 C-27 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-27 Contactor (Trade Exam)

  • Aim to Pass: Aim to pass the C-27 Landscaping trade exam on your very first try.
  • Unbeatable Course: Experience California’s most effective & affordable C-27 Landscaping contractors’ license course.
  • Proven Track Record: Our clients consistently pass their C-27 contractor trade exams, making us a trusted choice for exam preparation.

Pass your C-27 Glazing Contractor Exam:

Online Flexible Study Plan:

  • Comprehensive Manual: Dive into our industry-leading C-27 Landscaping exam preparation manual.
  • Master Multiple-Choice: Learn strategies to dominate multiple-choice exams.
  • Multimedia Learning: Engage with audio and video content featuring industry experts discussing General Trade Knowledge, Math Review, and Title 8 Health and 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 C-27 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-27 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-27 Landscaping Candidate Information Bulletin

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📚 Course Details: C-27 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 C-27 Landscaping Contractor exam without breaking the bank.

California C-27 Contractor (Trade Exam)

📝 Select Your Course Format:

Please choose the format that best suits your learning style & needs, & take advantage of our comprehensive study materials to prepare effectively for your C-27 Landscaping 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-27 Landscaping Contractor License Trade Exam Courses includes the following study materials as 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 C-27 Landscaping Contractor Exam Trade Manual

The California C-27 Landscaping exam manual briefly covers essential topics of the California C-27 exam’s trade section.

  • Broad Coverage: This manual provides a concise overview of essential topics for the California C-27 Landscaping exam’s trade section, including Plant Classification, Ornamental Plants, Plant Diseases, Fertilizer, Sprinkler Systems, Backflow Prevention, Plastic Pipe, Carpentry, Concrete, Electricity, and Leveling.
  • Code Summaries: Gain insights from summarized sections of the California Building 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 Trade Knowledge: This section provides the basic trade information needed to pass the C-27 Landscaping trade exam.
  • Health and Safety: Become familiar with Title 8 and other essential safety regulations and practices.
  • C-27 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-27 exam concepts in depth. Lectures include Math Formulas, Plans & Specifications, General Trade Knowledge & Review Questions, and Title 8 Health & Safety Orders.

Latest Online C-27 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:

  • Six Timed General Exams: Each practice exam consists of 120 questions, allowing you to practice under timed conditions. *Includes an updated exam with the most current questions.
  • Two Title 8 Health & Safety Tests: Specialized tests to ensure you’re prepared for all aspects of the C-27 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, 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-27 Landscaping 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 C-27 Trade Exam Content & Source Material

  • In-Depth Overview: Gain a comprehensive understanding of what the C-27 Landscaping 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-27 contractor classification so you know exactly what to expect.

The C27 Glazing Exam: Six Major Sections.

Section 1. Planning & Design (23%)

  • Project planning
  • Hardscape, drainage, and irrigation design
  • Project estimating

Section 2. Construction Preparation (13%)

  • Site planning
  • Erosion control
  • Trenching and grading

Section 3. Hardscape Installation (16%)

  • Flatwork
  • Masonry
  • Posts, fences, and retaining walls
  • Water features

Section 4. Drainage, Irrigation, Lighting, and Plant Installation (23%)

  • Drainage systems and bioswales
  • Irrigation valves and controllers
  • Lighting controllers and transformers
  • Plant, tree, and mulch installation

Section 5. Maintenance and Repair (9%)

  • Pruning and tree removal
  • Troubleshooting irrigation systems
  • Repairing hardscapes

Section 6. Safety (16%)

  • Employee safety
  • Job site safety

*Percentages are approximate

📚C-27 Landscaping Exam Source Material:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications for the creation of the Landscaping exam. California codebooks can be viewed online: www.dgs.ca.gov/bsc

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

2022 California Electrical Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. BNI Publications, Inc.
PHONE: (888) 264-2665
INTERNET: www.bnibooks.com

2022 California Plumbing Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
PHONE: (909) 472-4100
INTERNET: http://www.iapmo.org

Abiotic Disorders of Landscape Plants. L. Costello. University of California, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.
PHONE: (800) 994-8849
INTERNET: anrcatalog.ucanr.edu

ANSI Standard Z133 Arboricultural Safety Standards. Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
PHONE: (603) 314-5380
INTERNET: www.tica.org

The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction. Lindsay K. Kennedy. American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
PHONE: (314) 962-0210 (ASCC) and (248) 848-3700 (ACI)
INTERNET: www.ascconline.org and www.concrete.org

Landscape Construction. David Sauter. Cengage Learning.
PHONE: (800) 354-9706
INTERNET: www.cengage.com

The Landscape Lighting Book. Janet Lennox Moyer. Wiley.
PHONE: (877) 762-2974
INTERNET: www.wiley.com

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. California Department of Water Resources.
PHONE: (916) 651-9676
INTERNET: www.water.ca.gov/programs/water-use-and-efficiency

The New Sunset Western Garden Book. Sunset Publishing.
PHONE: (510) 858-3400
INTERNET: www.sunset.com

Simplified Irrigation Design. Pete Melby. Wiley.
PHONE: (877) 762-2974
INTERNET: www.wiley.com

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

Trouble Shooting Irrigation Control Systems. Bill Derryberry.
PHONE: (480) 423-0542
EMAIL: billderryberry@cox.net

*Publisher information is current as of 7/22

🔍CSLB Scope for the Landscaping Contractor Classification:

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

A landscape contractor constructs, maintains, repairs, installs, or subcontracts the development of landscape systems and facilities for public and private gardens and other areas which are designed to aesthetically, architecturally, horticulturally, or functionally improve the grounds within or surrounding a structure or a tract or plot of land. In connection therewith, a landscape contractor prepares and grades plots and areas of land for the installation of any architectural, horticultural, and decorative treatment or arrangement.

Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (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. C-27 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-27 Landscaping Practice Quiz!

  • Try a free practice quiz to see what types of questions you’ll get on the C-27 Landscaping 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-27 Landscaping Quiz

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Which of the following is a good choice for a tree in a constantly damp location?

Guy wires should be attached:

The size of wire in a low-voltage lighting system most depends on which of the following?

In cool weather, which of the following fertilizers would be the fastest to act?

You are installing a wooden header board as a border between a lawn and plantings. One section of the border has a strong curve. Which of the following is a correct procedure?

Which of the following looks best when lighted at night?

Which of the following trees has a decorative flower?

All of the following can cause water hammer except:

When using a blower, what is the most important safety equipment?

What tool would you use to dig a small narrow ditch?

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.