Contractor License Complete Course Package | California Exam Prep


Value $227.00

This package contains:

  • Law and Business Management Exam Prep Course
  • General Building (B) Exam Prep Course
  • Free Video on How to Market Your Company on Social Media!

General Building (B) | California Exam Prep

Exam Prep | Online Narrated Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
This course will prepare students for the General Building (B) portion of the exam based on the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Examination Study Guide and cited resources and provides a breakdown of each of the exam topics, followed by hundreds of practice questions.  It is mobile friendly so you can study anytime, anywhere!

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This course will prepare students for the Business and Law portion of the exam and is based on the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Examination Study Guide and relevant chapters found in the NASCLA Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law and Project Management 11th Edition, and the California Contractor’s License Law and Reference Book 2017 Edition. We highly recommend you study the CA Contractor’s License Law and Reference Book carefully. The bulk of the exam will be pulled from this reference.

Business Organization

Company Organization

  • New Business Start-up
  • Establishing a Business Entity
  • Naming your Business

Project Management

  • Managers
  • Project Manual
  • Substitutions
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Project Schedule
  • Daily Reports
  • Quality Control

Business Finances

Financial Management

  • Organization and Records
  • Accounting Cycle
  • Financial Ratios and Trend Analysis
  • Methods of Accounting
  • Contract Accounting
  • Cash Management
  • Equipment Records
  • Accounting for Materials
  • Payroll Accounting


  • EIN
  • Federal Business Taxes
  • Federal Employment Taxes
  • Penalties
  • 1099 Information Reporting
  • Tax Calendar
  • California State Taxes

Employment Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Hiring Employees 
  • Hiring Minors for Construction 
  • Employee Documentation 
  • Federal Acts
  • Other Labor Laws 
  • Workers and Unemployment Compensation 
  • Policies and Procedures

Bonds, Insurance and Liens

Bonds and Insurance

  • Risk
  • Types of Insurance
  • Surety Bonds
  • Federal Construction Projects
  • Employment Insurance

Lien Law

  • What is a Lien?
  • Preliminary Notice
  • Notice of Mechanic’s Lien
  • Steps to Filing a Lien

Contract Requirements and Execution

Estimating and Bidding

  • Bid Documents
  • Estimate Planning
  • Process of Estimating
  • Determining Costs
  • Methods of Estimating
  • Common Sources of Error
  • Structuring the Bid Program
  • RFIs
  • Estimating Software
  • Submitting the Bid

Cost Control

  • Job Cost Recording
  • Budget and Cost Controls
  • Value Engineering
  • Estimating Software
  • Making a Profit


  • Basic Contract Elements
  • Oral vs. Written
  • Contract Provisions
  • Types of Contracts
  • Methods of Contracting
  • Subcontracting
  • Limiting Risk
  • Change Orders
  • Breach of Contract
  • Dispute Resolution

Licensing Requirements

Licensing Law

  • Licensing Requirements
  • Licensing Application and Examination
  • Offenses and Penalties
  • Application for License
  • Complaint and Hearing Procedures
  • Administrative Penalties

Activity Regulation

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Administrative Violations
  • Renewal of Licenses


Safety Training and Reporting Requirements

  • Cal/OSHA
  • Injury and Illness Prevention
  • Hazard and Assessment and Control
  • Safety Equipment and Conditions
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Recordkeeping
  • Hazardous and Toxic Substances
  • Penalties
  • Asbestos
  • Lead Based Paint 

General Safety

  • General Interpretations
  • PPE
  • Material Handling
  • Tools
  • Scaffolds
  • Fall Protection
  • Excavation
  • Ladders
  • Stairs
  • Miscellaneous



This course will prepare students for the General Building (B) portion of the exam and is based on the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Examination Study Guide and the cited resources. This course will provide a breakdown of each of the exam topics, followed by hundreds of practice questions. Resource information and links to relevant material are included. 

Current California Code

2019 Title 24

  • CA Residential Code
  • CA Building Code
  • CA Energy Code

Planning Estimating

Building Planning and Permits

  • Enforceable Code
  • Permits and Zoning
  • California Administrative Code
  • CA Building Planning

Design and Construction Errors

  • Small Commercial Project
  • Foundation Plan
  • Calculations
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Steel
  • Carpentry
  • Thermal and Moisture Protection
  • Doors and Windows
  • Finishes
  • Specialties
  • Company Overhead and Profit

Planning and Start-Up

  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Construction Phasing
  • Project Team
  • Contracts
  • Submittal Process
  • Cost Codes
  • Preconstruction Meetings

Project Progress

  • Progress Meetings
  • Change Orders
  • Tests and Inspections
  • Daily Reports
  • Payment Applications
  • Closeout

Framing and Rough Carpentry

  • Lumber
  • Manufactured Materials
  • Framing Construction
  • Flooring Components
  • Posts, Girders and Beams
  • Stair Framing
  • Wall Components
  • Roof Systems
  • Fireblocking

Structural Components


  • Joists
  • Guards and Fall Protection
  • Protection of Wood
  • Fasteners

Cold-Formed Steel

  • Layout Procedures
  • Construction
  • In-Line Framing
  • Identifying Marks and Labels
  • Fasteners
  • Roof Framing
  • Blocking


  • Wood Siding
  • Underlayment and Flashings
  • Vinyl, Aluminum, and Steel
  • Fiber Cement, EIFS and Stucco

Associated Trades

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Title 24 Energy Building Regulations

Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement

  • Cement
  • Placing Concrete
  • Compressive Strength
  • ACI Modifications
  • Forms
  • Finishing
  • Joints
  • Reinforcing
  • Unbonded Post-Tensioning
  • Problems


  • Mortar
  • Clay Masonry Units
  • Concrete Masonry Units
  • Reinforcement
  • Grouting
  • Masonry Veneer
  • Piers and Columns
  • Fireplace/Chimney Construction


  • Restrictions
  • Surveys
  • Permits and Inspections
  • Floodplains and Groundwater
  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Soils
  • Site Prep
  • Equipment
  • Site Safety


  • Heat Transfer
  • CA Building Regulations
  • Interior Insulation
  • Exterior Insulation
  • Vapor Retarder/Barrier
  • Ventilation


  • Styles
  • Slope and Pitch
  • Weather Protection
  • Performance Requirements
  • Sheathing
  • Bitumins
  • Flashing
  • Ventilation

Core Trades

Footings and Foundations

  • Layout
  • Code Requirements
  • Reinforcement
  • ACI Requirements
  • Lateral Displacement
  • Drainage
  • Forms and Panels
  • Waterproofing


  • Ceilings
  • Seismic Design Categories

Moisture Protection

  • Gutters
  • Ventilation
  • Building Code
  • Performance Requirements
  • Wall Coverings
  • Dampproofing and Waterproofing
  • Window and Door Openings

Finish Trades

  • Painting and Interior Finishing
  • Tile and Flooring
  • Finish Carpentry
  • Drywall
  • Plaster and Lath
  • Window, Doors, and Skylights
  • Landscaping


Cal/OSHA Safety

  • Administrative Requirements
  • Personnel Safety
  • Transportation and Traffic Control

Environmental Safety

  • Considerations and Pollution Prevention
  • Waste Management
  • Green Building

Bonus Review: Construction Math



Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades

Course Description

Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.

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