C33 Painting & Decorating Exam

Passing The C-33 Trade Exam is Easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Commit to passing your California C-33 Painting exam. Prepare at HOME on your schedule; “Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, &  PASS!“
  2. Apply to the CSLB. We will also help you with your C-33 application! Call us for assistance.
  3. Study. Our clients typically pass on their 1st attempt! “Follow the plan and pass your exam!“

All qualifying individuals must also pass their California Law & Business Exam (sold separately)



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Pass the C-33 Painting & Decorating exam on your 1st attempt. Unleash the most effective and affordable C-33 contractors’ license course available in California. Our clients pass the C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor exam.

Pass your C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor exam; it’s simple as 123!

ONE – Commit to becoming a C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor. Study at HOME, & on your schedule; Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, & PASS!

  1. Read our best in the industry C-33 Painting & Decorating exam prep manual.
  2. Listen & watch as experts review Math & Title 8 Health & Safety Rules.
  3. Learn the art of dominating a four-question multiple-choice exam.
  4. PASS your C-33 Electrical exam.

The most effective C33 Painting & Decorating exam course available in California at ANY price!

Study Online! Our multimedia Painting & Decorating contractor course is your best & most affordable method to pass your C-33 Contractor License Exam!

TWO – Apply to the CSLB. We will help! New online tools will help you correctly fill out your original C-33 Painting & Decorating contractor exam application. Fill out the form, call us for assistance, and schedule a free line-by-line review of your application before submission to the CSLB!

With our help, submitting a proper C-33 License application to the CSLB has never been easier!

THREE – Prepare for and pass your exam. Our students dramatically improve their test scores and pass their C-33 Painting & Decorating contractor exam.

When ready to test, schedule your exam through PSI. Please read the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for more information. PSI – C-33 Painting & Decorating

IT’s A FACT! when you read something – eTEXTBOOKS, watch something – VIDEO FILES, hear something – AUDIO FILES, and then put that information to use – ONLINE PRACTICE QUESTIONS  & ONLINE EXAMS, your ability to retain our study materials increases exponentially!


Study at home! Don’t waste time commuting to a classroom. Study conveniently in your home or office. Our courses are a proven, reliable, and affordable way to pass the C-33 Painting Contractor exam.


Choose your course format from either

eCourse – 100% Online! Trade eManual, (not printable) Streaming Audio/Video & Online Practice Tests

Or Printed Manual + Online Audio/Video & Online Practice Tests

Or Printed Manual + CDs, DVD’s & Online Testing

Our C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor License Trade Exam Course includes the following course materials to maximize your study efforts.

  • Trade Specific Textbooks
  • Audio Lectures
  • Video Lectures
  • Online Practice Questions
  • Simulated Online Exams


The C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor exam manual covers the major topics of the State exam, including Tools and Equipment, Spray Painting, Colors, Preparation and Application, Troubleshooting, Wall-covering, and Drywall. The manual also contains summaries of the California Building Code, the Health and Safety Orders, and C-33 Review Questions.

The C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor exam manual contains the following sections;

  • MATH REVIEW: covers math and estimating formulas, units of measurement, elementary geometry, and the architect’s scale.
  • GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: This contains basic trade information all students must know to pass the C-33 Trade exam.
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY: Our comprehensive health and safety section familiarizes students with Cal/OSHA and other regulations and practices.
  • REVIEW QUESTIONS: Lists the most difficult questions, indexed to the relevant section of the manual.


Streaming online Audio/Video files or CDs & DVDs. Expert instructors with decades of experience cover fundamental C-33 Painting & Decorating exam concepts in greater detail. Our audio/video lectures cover General knowledge, Math Formulas, and Title 8 Health & Safety lectures.


  • FLASHCARDS: Online flashcard program tracks your history and also allows you to exclude questions you have already learned.
  • PRACTICE EXAMS: Four final practice exams, each timed to simulate actual exam conditions. The course also includes two Cal/OSHA Health & Safety tests. (exams are approximately 120 questions each.) Our C-33 and Title 8 Health and Safety update list any new questions to reflect changing trends in exam focus.


Get help filling out your contractor exam application or request a free review of your completed form before submission. All students in our C-33 Painting & Decorating course can call us at (866) 685 8564 for assistance.

ONE YEAR UNLIMITED ACCESS: To All Online eBooks, Audio/Video, Test Questions & Simulated Final Exams.

We provide complete access to all online course materials for an entire year. Other schools may offer only 90-day access to online tools to charge you extra $ for extended access to study materials.


A detailed breakdown of the makeup of the C-33 Painting & Decorating Contractor trade exam. A list of all the reference materials used to create the C-33 exam & the scope of the C-33 Painting contractor classification.

The C-33 Painting and Decorating exam has four major sections:

Section 1. Planning and Estimating (28% of C33 Exam)

  • Evaluating job sites
  • Selecting tools, equipment, and materials
  • Selecting paint, stain, and finish colors and products
  • Reading blueprints and specifications
  • Estimating job costs for materials, supplies, equipment, and labor

Section 2. Substrate Repair and Surface Preparation (30% of C33 Exam)

  • Identifying problems
  • Scraping, sanding, and wallpaper removal
  • Patching, caulking, and repairing
  • Masking and protecting job sites
  • Removing paint and cleaning surfaces
  • Applying primer

Section 3. Application of Paint and Finishes (18% of C33 Exam)

  • Applying paint and wallcoverings to surfaces
  • Applying waterproofing or sealant
  • Staining, sealing, and finishing wood surfaces
  • Applying touch-ups and cleaning work areas

Section 4. Safety (21% of C33 Exam)

  • Tool and equipment safety
  • Personnel and job site safety
  • Environmental safety
  • Handling hazardous materials
  • Cal/OSHA safety requirements

Percentages are approximate

C33 Painting & Decorating exam source material:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications to create the Painting & Decorating exam. California codebooks can be viewed online: www.bsc.ca.gov

Painter’s Handbook. Mark David Gottsegen. Watson-Guptill.
PHONE: (800) 733-3000
INTERNET: www.penguinrandomhouse.com

PCA Industry Standards. Painting Contractors Association.
PHONE: (800) 332-7322
INTERNET: www.pcapainted.org

PDCA Craftsman’s Manual & Textbook. Painting Contractors Association.
PHONE: (800) 332-7322
INTERNET: www.pcapainted.org

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

Steps to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting. US Environmental Protection Agency.
PHONE: (800) 424-LEAD
INTERNET: www.epa.gov/lead

Publisher information is current as of 3/22

A C33 Painting & Decorating contractor prepares by scraping, sandblasting, or other means and applies any of the following: paints, papers, textures, fabrics, pigments, oils, turpentines, japans, driers, thinners, varnishes, shellacs, stains, fillers, waxes, adhesives, water and any other vehicles, mediums and materials which adhere by evaporation and may be mixed, used and applied to the surfaces of structures and the appurtenances thereto for purposes of decorating, protecting, fireproofing and waterproofing.



We offer our study materials as two separate courses; Course-1: C-33 TRADE EXAM. Course-2: California LAW & BUSINESS EXAM. (Each Sold Separately)


Law & Business Exam

Pass the CA LAW & BUSINESS EXAM covering California contractor law, and pass the TRADE EXAM covering the trade you wish to practice.

Pass both exams to qualify for your 1st contractor’s license. “Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, & PASS!”

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Take a Free Painting and Decorating contractor practice test. These free C-33 exam questions are similar to the ones you will encounter when taking the actual C-33 contractors exam.

You are off to a strong start if you readily answer seven or more questions correctly without guessing.
However, if you miss three or more questions, you risk failing the TRADE portion of the C-33 Exam.

How should loose paint be efficiently removed from wood?

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What is the square footage of a gable 12 ft. wide by 6 ft. high?

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When bidding a job from a blueprint, from what section would the painting contractor identify the paints to be used?

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What do you use to fix small holes or dents in a metal surface?

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A spray tip has a number “515.” What does the “15” stand for?

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How long should you wait before painting after applying gypsum veneer plaster?

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Which of the following requires the highest level of drywall finish?

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How should you apply a polyurethane finish on an oak door?

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How many linear yards of 52-inch wallpaper would you need to cover a wall that is 100 ft long and 9 ft high?

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Which of the following is the solvent used for acrylic paint?

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Free C-33 Practice Quiz: Take our 2019 exam, see where you stand!
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