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C29 – Masonry Contractor

A masonry contractor installs concrete units and baked clay products; concrete, glass and clay block; natural and manufactured stone; terra cotta; and fire brick or other material for refractory work. This classification includes the fabrication and installation of masonry component units for structural load bearing and non-load bearing walls for structures and fences installed with or without mortar; ceramic veneer (not tile) and thin brick that resembles full brick for facing; paving; and clear waterproofing, cleaning and caulking incidental to masonry construction.

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

Content of the Examination

The Masonry (C-29) Examination is divided into five major sections. These sections are:

1. Job Planning and Estimating (42%)

  • Scope of work
  • Materials identification
  • Quantity and cost calculations for masonry, mortar, and grout
  • Quantity and cost calculations for reinforcements and embedments
  • Labor cost calculations
  • Equipment identification and cost

2. Site Preparation and Reinforcement (13%)

  • Demolition
  • Installation of footings and foundations
  • Drainage and waterproofing

3. Installation of Masonry Materials (26%)

  • Temporary bracing
  • Control and expansion joints
  • Installation of CMUs
  • Veneer installation
  • Pre-cast concrete installation
  • Fabrication and installation of stone slabs
  • Flatwork installation
  • Glass block installation

4. Fireplaces, Chimneys, and Barbecues (8%)

  • Fireplace construction requirements
  • Barbecue and fire pit construction requirements

5. Job Site Safety (11%)

  • Cal/OSHA safety requirements
  • Elevated work
  • Handling and fabrication of stone slabs
  • Disposal of contaminated materials

*Percentages are approximate*

Test Site Policy
This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored area at your own risk.

Test Strategy
This is a multiple-choice examination with four choices per question. Some questions require mathematical computation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and are NOT written as trick questions.

All correct answers have equal value. If you are unsure about a particular question it is better to try to answer the question with the chance of possibly getting it correct (and earning one point) than it is to leave the question blank and definitely get it wrong (and lose one point).

Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions, so be sure to read each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting your answer.

Sample Questions

The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.

1. How many 4” x 3” x 8” bricks (including joint) are needed for an 8’ x 30’ brick veneer wall?

  1. 1,156 bricks
  2. 1,320 bricks
  3. 1,440 bricks
  4. 1,920 bricks

2. When the opening of a single face fireplace is 30” high x 42” wide, what should be the minimum area of a rectangular or oval flue?

  1. 104 square inches
  2. 126 square inches
  3. 142 square inches
  4. 184 square inches

3. Several units of the highest course of brick wall have shifted out of position after the mortar set partially. Which of the following procedures should be used to remedy the problem?

  1. Point the loose joints.
  2. Slush the loose joints.
  3. Reset the units with fresh mud.
  4. Plumb the units with the flat side of a trowel blade.

*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*

California Building Code.
International Code Council,
5360 Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601.
(800) 284-4406
FAX: (888) 329-4226.

Masonry Codes and Specifications.
Masonry Institute of America,
22815 Frampton Ave.,
Torrance, CA 90501.
(800) 221-4000
FAX: (310) 257-1942.

Masonry Veneer.
Masonry Institute of America,
22815 Frampton Ave.,
Torrance, CA 90501.
(800) 221-4000
FAX: (310) 257-1942.

Dimension Stone Design Manual.
Marble Institute of America,
28901 Clemens Road, Suite 100,
Cleveland, Ohio 44145.
(440) 250-9222
FAX: (440) 250-9223.

Reinforced Grouted Brick Masonry.
Masonry Institute of America,
22815 Frampton Ave.,
Torrance, CA 90501.
(800) 221-4000
FAX: (310) 257-1942.

Clear Water Repellent Treatments.
Masonry Institute of America,
22815 Frampton Ave.,
Torrance, CA 90501.
(800) 221-4000
FAX: (310) 257-1942.

Cal/OSHA State of California Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4.
Thompson/Barclays Division,
P.O. Box 95767,
Chicago, IL 60694.
(800) 888-3600
FAX: (415) 344-3906.
Building News, Inc.,
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(800) 873-6397
FAX: (714) 535-8078.

*Contact information for the above publishers is current as of 9/05*t

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