C53 Swimming Pool Exam

Passing The C-53 Trade Exam is Easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Commit to passing your California C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam. Prepare to pass at HOME, on your schedule; “Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, &  PASS!“
  2. Apply to the CSLB. We will also help you with your C-53 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 the California Contractor Law and Business Exam. (sold separately below)


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C-53 SWIMMING POOL (Trade Exam)

Pass the C-53 Swimming Pool exam on your 1st attempt. Unleash the most effective and affordable C-53 contractors’ license course available in California. TLC clients pass their C-53 Contractor Trade Exam.

Pass your C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam; it’s simple as 123!

ONE – Commit to becoming a C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor with help from TLC. Study at HOME, on your schedule.

  • Read our best in the industry C-53 Swimming Pool exam preparation manual.
  • Learn the art of dominating a four-answer multiple-choice exam.
  • Watch industry experts review via Audio & Video General Exam Knowledge, Construction Math, and Title 8 Health & Safety Rules.
  • Access hundreds of researched exam questions and answers.
  • Take non-graded Practice Quizzes.
  • Memorize key exam concepts with virtual flashcards.
  • Verify your knowledge with simulated Full-length, Timed Exams
  • PASS your C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam the first time you test.

The most effective C-53 contractor exam course available in California at ANY price!

Study Online! Our multimedia Swimming Pool contractor course is your best & most affordable method to pass your C-53 Contractor License Exam!

TWO –  Submit your Application to the CSLB. We will help you with the paperwork.! New online tools help you correctly fill out your original C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam application. 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-53 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-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam.

When ready to test, schedule your exam through PSI. Please read the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for more informationPSI – C-53 Swimming Pool

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-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam.


Choose your course format from either

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-53 Swimming Pool 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-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam manual covers the essential topics of the California C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor license exam. Topics include Disinfection Agents, Water Problems, Chemical.
Operational Parameters, Gunite and Shotcrete, Basic Electrical Theory, and Surveying. The C-53 Manual also includes several Pool Systems schematics, California Electrical Code summaries, Title 8 Health & Safety Orders, and Pool Review Questions.

The C-53 Swimming Pool 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-53 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-53 Swimming Pool exam concepts in greater detail. Our audio/video lectures cover Math Formulas and Title 8 Health & Safety lectures.


  • FLASHCARDS: The online flashcard program tracks your history and also allows you to exclude questions you have already learned.
  • PRACTICE EXAMS: Three 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-53 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-53 Swimming Pool 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.

C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor exam course with C-53 Trade CD's DVDs & online practice tests
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A detailed breakdown of the makeup of the C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor trade exam. A list of all the reference materials used to create the C53 exam & the scope of the C-53 Swimming Pool contractor classification.

The C-53 Exam has five major sections:

Section 1. Planning and Estimating (21% of C53 Exam)

  • Review plans and specifications
  • Evaluate job sites
  • Obtain permits
  • Estimate equipment and material costs

Section 2. Swimming Pool/Spa Shell Construction (32% of C53 Exam)

  • Site preparation and excavation
  • Lay out and set forms
  • Steel placement and bonding
  • Rough plumbing and electrical
  • Gunite/shotcrete placement and curing

Section 3. Pool/Spa Systems Installation (11% of Exam)

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Equipment installation
  • Solar thermal/photovoltaic
  • Nonconcrete pools/spas
  • Pool covers and water features

Section 4. Pool/Spa Shell Finish (9% of Exam)

  • Decking
  • Interior finish and startup
  • Tile and coping

Section 5. Commercial Swimming Pools/Spas (3% of Exam)

  • Title 22 and other code requirements
  • Disabled access features
  • Access ramps and lifts

Section 6. Pool/Spa Repair, Renovation, Removal, and Maintenance (6% of Exam)

  • Water loss and discoloration
  • Structural modifications
  • Equipment and systems

Section 7. Safety (18% of Exam)

  • Swimming pool/spa safety
  • Job site safety

*Percentages are approximate

C-53 Swimming Pool exam source material:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications to create the Swimming Pool 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

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

ANSI/APSP/ICC Books 1 through 16. Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.
PHONE: (703) 838-0083
INTERNET: www.phta.org

Builders Manual, Fourth Edition. Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.
PHONE: (703) 838-0083
INTERNET: www.phta.org

Shotcrete for the Craftsman. American Concrete Institute.
PHONE: (248) 848-3700
INTERNET: www.concrete.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

Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code, and Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
PHONE: (909) 472-4100
INTERNET: www.iapmo.org

*Publisher information is current as of 1/23

C-53 Swimming Pool Contractor – California Code of Regulations Title 16, Division 8, Article 3. Classifications

A swimming pool contractor constructs swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs, including the installation of solar heating equipment, using those trades or skills necessary for such construction.

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-53 TRADE EXAM.
  • Course-2: 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 C53 Swimming Pool Contractor practice exam. These free C-53 test questions are similar to the ones you will encounter when taking the actual C53 Swimming Pool 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-53 Exam.

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You are installing four 4' x 8' solar water heating panels on the roof. What direction should you orient the panels?

A tile trench 12" wide x 8" deep is to be dug in a rectangular shape 20 ft wide x 30 ft long. What is the total volume of dirt to be excavated?

What soil is ideal for a pool site?

What is the minimum number of suction returns for a private pool?

When should you replaster an existing pool?

If a benchmark is at an elevation of 92.3 ft, a transit foresight reads 5.5 ft, and a transit backsight reads 1.4 ft, what is the elevation at the base of the front stick?

What would you do if the soil at a pool excavation is too acidic?

If a benchmark is at an elevation of 124.2 ft, a transit foresight reads 1.4 ft, and a transit backsight reads 5.5 ft, what is the elevation at the base of the front stick?

In spot (resistance) welding, if the current is doubled the heat is ___________.

What is the disadvantage to painting a pool?

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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