General Building (B) Exam

Passing The Gen-B Trade Exam is Easy as 1,2,3!

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

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GENERAL BUILDING (B) CONTRACTOR (Trade Exam)

100% SUCCESS RATE: Pass the General (B) trade exam on your 1st attempt. Unleash the most effective and affordable Gen-B contractors’ license course available in California. Our clients pass their General Contractors exam.

Pass your General Building (B) Contractor exam; it’s simple as 123!


ONE – Commit to passing your General (B) Building Contractor Exam. Study at HOME and on your schedule. Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, & PASS!

  • Read our best in the industry, up-to-date Gen-B manual.
  • Listen: as industry professionals review answers, you MUST know.
  • Watch: instructors review critical parts of the Gen-B study guide.
  • Learn the art of dominating the four-question multiple-choice exam.
  • PASS: your California Gen-B Contractor exam.

The most effective Gen-B contractors’ license course available in California at ANY price!

Study Online! Our multimedia building contractor course is your best & most affordable method to pass your Contractor License Exam!


TWO: Apply to the CSLB. We will help! New online tools help fill out your 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 Gen-B 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 contractors’ license exams.

When ready to test, schedule your exam through PSI. Please read the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for more information. PSI – General Building – B


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!

COURSE DETAILS: General Contractor (B) – (Trade Exam)

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 General Contractor (B) exam.

CALIFORNIA GENERAL (B) CONTRACTOR (Trade 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 + CD’s DVD’s & Online Testing

Our General (B) Contractor License Trade Exam Course includes the following materials to maximize your study efforts.

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

CALIFORNIA GENERAL BUILDING (B) CONTRACTOR EXAM TRADE MANUAL

The Ca General Contractor exam manual briefly covers major topics of the California General B exam’s trade section. Topics include concrete, carpentry, roofing, masonry, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. The manual also contains summaries from the Uniform Building Code, the National Electrical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, and the Uniform Mechanical Code. The last section of the manual covers Cal/OSHA Health and Safety Orders.

The General (B) Building Contractor Study Guide contains the following sections;

  • MATH REVIEW: Introduction to construction Math review questions cover estimating formulas, measurement units, elementary geometry, and the architect’s scale.
  • GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: This contains basic trade information all students must know to pass the General (B) trade exam.
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY: Our comprehensive health and safety section familiarizes students with Cal/OSHA and other regulations and practices.
  • B EXAM REVIEW QUESTIONS: Lists the most difficult EXAM questions, indexed to the manual’s relevant section.

AUDIO/VIDEO LECTURES 

Expert instructors with decades of related trade experience cover key General B Building contractor exam concepts in greater detail. Our A/V lectures include math formulas, General Building General Knowledge & Review Questions, and Title 8 Health & Safety Orders.


THE LATEST ONLINE B – GENERAL BUILDING EXAM PRACTICE QUESTIONS

  • VIRTUAL FLASHCARDS: online flashcards. Our program tracks your history and also allows you to exclude questions you have already learned.
  • PRACTICE EXAMS: Eight final practice exams, each timed to simulate actual exam conditions. The course also includes two Cal/OSHA Health & Safety tests. (exams are approximately 100 questions each.) Our Health and Safety update, listing any new questions to reflect changing trends in exam focus.

ASSISTANCE FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION

Get help filling out your contractor exam application or request a free review of your completed form before submission. All students in our General Building – B 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 in the hopes of charging you extra $ for extended access to study materials.

Gen-B General Contractor exam course with Gen-B manual CD's DVDs & online practice tests
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EXAM CONTENT & SOURCE MATERIAL (Trade Exam)

A detailed breakdown of the makeup of the General (B) Contractor trade exam. A list of all reference materials used to create the exam & the scope of the General Building contractor classification.

THE GENERAL (B) CONTRACTOR EXAM CONTAINS FIVE MAJOR SECTIONS:

Section 1) Planning and Estimation – 17% of Gen-B Exam

  • The scope of work and code compliance
  • Design and construction error identification
  • Shop drawings, plans, and specifications
  • Field inspection performance
  • Coordination of project
  • Cost estimation for materials, equipment, and labor

Section 2) Framing and Structural Components – 22% of Gen-B Exam

  • Subfloor and wall framing
  • Roof framing
  • Seismic and load requirements
  • Siding and stucco
  • Decks

Section 3) Core Trades – 30% of Gen-B Exam

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Concrete
  • Earthwork and surveying
  • Insulation, acoustic, and weatherproofing
  • Roofing

Section 4) Finish Trades – 19% of Gen-B Exam

  • Painting, staining, coating, and interior wall covering
  • Tile and stone
  • Floor covering
  • Cabinetry and millwork
  • Plaster, drywall, and ceilings
  • Windows, skylights, and doors
  • Landscaping

Section 5) Safety – 12% of Gen-B Exam

  • Personnel safety
  • Transportation and traffic control
  • Environmental safety

*Percentages are approximate


GENERAL (B) CONTRACTOR EXAM SOURCE MATERIAL:

The CSLB utilizes the following publications to create the General (B) Building exam. California codebooks are online at https://www.dgs.ca.gov/bsc or purchased directly from the publishers.


2014 Architectural Woodwork Standards. Woodwork Institute, Architectural Woodwork Institute, and Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada.
Phone: (916) 372-9943.
Purchase: http://www.woodworkinstitute.com

2019 California Building Code. Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452.
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

2019 California Electrical Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. BNI Publications, Inc.
Phone: (888) 264-2665
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.bnibooks.com

2019 California Energy Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

2019 California Fire Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

2019 California Green Building Standards Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

2019 California Mechanical Code. Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
PHONE: (909) 472-4100
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iapmo.org

2019 California Plumbing Code. Title 24. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
Phone: (909) 472-4100
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: www.iapmo.org

2019 California Residential Code. California Code of Regulations, Title 24. International Code Council.
Phone: (800) 786-4452
Free Access: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes
Purchase: http://www.iccsafe.org

California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways: Revision 4. The State of California, Department of Transportation, Caltrans.
Phone: (916) 654-2852
Free Access: http://www.dot.ca.gov/manuals.htm

California Vehicle Code. State of California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Free Access: leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml

Fundamentals of Building Construction Materials and Methods; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.}
Phone: (877) 762-2974.
Purchase: http://www.wiley.com.com

Modern Carpentry. Goodheart-Willcox.
Phone: (800) 323-0440
Purchase: http://www.g-w.com

Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials, and Methods; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Phone: (877) 762-2974.
Purchase: http://www.wiley.com.com

State of California General Industry & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA) and State of California Construction & Electrical Safety Orders (Cal/OSHA). 2019. California Code of Regulations, Title 8. Mancomm.
Phone: (877) 626-2666
Free Access: https://www.dir.ca.gov/Title8/sub7.html
Free Access: https://www.dir.ca.gov/Title8/sub5.html
Free Access: https://www.dir.ca.gov/Title8/sub4.html
Purchase: http://www.mancomm.com

Publisher information is current as of 1/20


(a) A general building contractor’s principal contracting business is in whole or partial connection with any structure built, under construction, or to be constructed, for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind. Construction must require the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts or superintend the whole or any part thereof. The above does not include anyone who merely furnishes materials or supplies under Section 7045 without fabricating them into or consuming them in the performance of the work of the general building contractor.

(b) A general building contractor may take a prime contract or a subcontract for a framing or carpentry project. However, a general building contractor shall not accept a prime contract for any project involving trades other than framing or carpentry unless they meet the following conditions. The prime contract requires at least two unrelated building trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed contractor to perform the work.

A general building contractor shall not take a subcontract involving trades other than framing or carpentry unless the subcontract requires at least two unrelated trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification. The building contractor may not count framing or carpentry in calculating the two separate trades necessary for the general building contractor to be able to take a prime contract or subcontract for a project involving other trades.

NOTE: A General (B) Contractor cannot use his General (B) California Builders License to perform C16 Fire Protection or C57 Well Drilling work unless he meets the conditions outlined in (C)

(c) No general building contractor shall contract for any project that includes the “C-16” Fire Protection classification as provided for in Section 7026.12 or the “C-57” Well Drilling classification as provided for in Section 13750.5 of the Water Code unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with the appropriately licensed contractor. (BPC §7057)

CALIFORNIA CONTRACTOR LAW AND BUSINESS EXAM


STAND-ALONE COURSE – FOR ORIGINAL GEN-B CONTRACTOR LICENCE

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

YOU MUST PASS BOTH EXAMS IF THIS IS YOUR ORIGINAL CONTRACTORS LICENSE

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 contractors’ license. “Read, Listen, Watch, Learn, & PASS!”


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FREE GENERAL BUILDING PRACTICE EXAM (Trade Exam)


Take a free general contractor practice test. These free General (B) exam questions are similar to the ones you will encounter when taking the actual Gen-B 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 Gen-B Exam.


1. 
How high should a water heater be installed above the garage floor?
2. 
Which of the following is not true concerning trusses?
3. 
In determining the size and type of foundation footing required, which of the following factors should be considered?
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4. 
According to the California Residential Code, what is the MINIMUM allowable width of a residential hallway?
5. 
What is the standard depth of kitchen base cabinets?
6. 
Which of the below brick bonds would be the weakest?
7. 
What is the proper procedure for installing a sink in a countertop?
8. 
Which of the listed wire gauges is smallest?
9. 
One story buildings should have a minimum foundation depth of?
10. 
For scaffolding, what is the minimum railing height?
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