C33 Painting & Decorating Exam

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

  1. Commit to passing your California C-33 Painting & Decorating exam. Prepare to pass the exam 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 the exam 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!

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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.


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eCourse – Online Manual (not printable)Streaming A/V (Audio/Video), & Online Testing

Or Printed Manual + Online A/V (Audio/Video) & Online Testing

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 (21% 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

PCA 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). 2023. 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

Official CSLB Description of Duties for a C-33 Painting & Decorating.

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

A painting and 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.

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



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


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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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.

Welcome to your free C-33 Painting & Decorating Quiz

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How should you dispose of hazardous materials?

What do you do with the remains after you have washed latex paint brushes with water?

If you are bidding on a job that is similar to a job you completed six months ago, and you are planning to use the same materials, what should you bid for the materials?

How should you load a 10' ladder into a truck bed?

If an employee earns $20.00 per hour plus $1.50 per hour for vacation, and you pay $2.00 per hour in tax and $9.00 for every $100.00 in payroll for workers comp, what is the total hourly wage for the employee?

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

What is most important when choosing what type of brush to use?

Which of the following is required for hazardous materials dealers?

What is the maximum amount of asbestos that may be removed before DOSH must be notified?

Which of the following should you do with used rags?

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.

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