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C33 – Painting and Decorating Contractor

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)

Content of the Examination

The Painting and Decorating (C-33) Examination is divided into six major sections. These sections are:

1. Painting Project Planning and Estimation (28%)

  • Assessment of job site conditions
  • Materials selection
  • Materials calculation
  • Equipment and tools

2. Minor Demolition and Repair (11%)

  • Causes of paint failure
  • Substrate repair
  • Removal of wallcoverings

3. Surface Preparation (23%)

  • Site protection
  • Preparation of sound surfaces
  • Preparation of contaminated surfaces
  • Preparation of failed coatings
  • Preparation of surfaces for wallcovering
  • Pressure washing
  • Repair of holes and cracks

4. Paint Application (14%)

  • Application of primers
  • Application of finishes
  • Application of specialty coatings

5. Wood Staining and Finishing (7%)

  • Exterior surfaces
  • Interior surfaces
  • Refinishing

6. Safety (17%)

  • Hazard identification
  • Elevated work
  • Personal protection
  • Waste disposal

*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 and there are no score reductions for wrong answers. Therefore, all examination questions should be answered.

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 the BEST possible answer to the question.

Sample Questions

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

1. What is the square footage of a gable 12 ft. wide by 6 ft. high?

  1. 24 sq. ft.
  2. 36 sq. ft.
  3. 42 sq. ft.
  4. 72 sq. ft.

2. What does the number on a spray gun tip refer to?

  1. Pounds per square inch
  2. Gun pressure setting
  3. Fan width and orifice size
  4. Gallons per minute

3. How should the contractor choose what type of brush to use?

  1. By the thickness of the ferrule
  2. By the length of the bristles
  3. By the weight and size of the brush
  4. By the type of material and surface to be covered

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

Resources
Painting & Decorating Craftsman’s Manual and Textbook.
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.
11960 Westline Industrial Drive, Suite 201,
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3209.
(800) 332-7322
FAX: (314) 514-9417.
INTERNET: www.pdca.org

PDCA Estimating Guide Vol. II.
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.
11960 Westline Industrial Drive, Suite 201,
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3209.
(800) 332-7322
FAX: (314) 514-9417.
INTERNET: www.pdca.org

Architectural Specifications Manual.
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.
11960 Westline Industrial Drive, Suite 201,
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3209.
(800) 332-7322
FAX: (314) 514-9417.
INTERNET: www.pdca.org

Maintenance Repainting Manual.
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.
11960 Westline Industrial Drive, Suite 201,
Saint Louis, MO 63146-3209.
(800) 332-7322
FAX: (314) 514-9417.
INTERNET: www.pdca.org

Cal/OSHA State of California Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4,
Barclays Law Publishers,
P.O. Box 95767,
Chicago, IL 60694.
(800) 888-3600
FAX: (415) 732-8875.
OR
Building News, Inc.
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(800) 873-6397
FAX: (714) 535-8078.
INTERNET: ccr.oal.ca.gov/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll OR www.bnibooks.com

Tailgate Training Packet: Lead Safety for Painting and Remodeling Workers.
Department of Health Services, Occupational Health Branch.
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1901,
Oakland, CA 94612.
(510) 622-4332
FAX: (510) 622-4310.
INTERNET: www.dhs.ca.gov/ohb/OLPPP/leadcin.htm

*Publisher information is current as of 1/05*

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