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C46 – Solar Contractor

A solar contractor installs, modifies, maintains, and repairs active solar energy systems. An active solar energy system consists of components which are thermally isolated from the living space for collection of solar energy and transfer of thermal energy to provide electricity and/or heating and cooling of air or water. Active solar energy systems include, but are not limited to, forced air systems, forced circulation water systems, thermosiphon systems, integral collector/storage systems, radiant systems, evaporative cooling systems with collectors, regenerative rockbed cooling systems, photovoltaic cells, and solar assisted absorption cooling systems.

A licensee classified in this section shall not undertake or perform building or construction trades, crafts or skills, except when required to install an active solar energy system. The C-46 classification will be issued after development of an examination. (Note: Development of the examination has been completed.)

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

Content of the Examination

The Solar (C-46) examination is divided into six major sections. These sections are:

1. Solar Design Engineering (18%)

  • Evaluate client needs and site feasibility
  • Design system
  • Read and draw plans
  • Estimate job cost

2. Safety (18%)

  • Protect public from safety hazards
  • Identify and correct unsafe working conditions
  • Handle hazardous materials

3. Solar Collector Installation (18%)

  • Install roof mount collectors
  • Install ground mount collectors
  • Weatherproof penetrations

4. Service and Maintenance (16%)

  • Evaluate PV systems
  • Evaluate thermal systems
  • Repair and replace components

5. Solar Thermal Installation (15%)

  • Install domestic hot water systems
  • Install pool heating systems
  • Install radiant and forced air systems

6. Photovoltaic (PV) System Installation (15%)

  • Install basic PV systems
  • Install battery back-up systems
  • Interface with utility grid

*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. Which of the following valves would open to relieve internal pressure in a vessel?

  1. stop valve
  2. check valve
  3. T & P valve
  4. pressure reducing valve

2. At what current do thermal control sensors typically operate?

  1. high amps
  2. high voltage
  3. milliamps
  4. low voltage

3. What does the NEC require in a 120 v residential electrical circuit located in a garage?

  1. branch circuit
  2. lightning protection
  3. disconnect switch
  4. circuit protection

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

 


Resources
A Guide to Photovoltaic (PV) System Design and Installation Consultant Report # 500-01-020.
California Energy Commission,
1516 Ninth Street, MS-13,
Sacramento, CA 95814.
(916) 654-5200
FAX: (916) 654-4288.
INTERNET: www.energy.ca.gov/reports_500.html

Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Division 1, 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.bni-books.com

California Building Code.
International Conference of Building Officials,
5360 S. Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601.
(800) 284-4406 or (562) 699-0541.
FAX: (888) 329-4226.
INTERNET: www.icbo.org

California Electrical Code.
International Conference of Building Officials,
5360 S. Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601.
(800) 284-4406 or (562) 699-0541.
FAX: (888) 329-4226.
INTERNET: www.icbo.org

California Mechanical Code.
International Conference of Building Officials.
5360 S. Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601.
(800) 284-4406 or (562) 699-0541
FAX: (888) 329-4226.
INTERNET: www.icbo.org

California Plumbing Code.
International Conference of Building Officials,
5360 S. Workman Mill Rd.,
Whittier, CA 90601.
(800) 284-4406 or (562) 699-0541
FAX: (888) 329-4226.
INTERNET: www.icbo.org

Directory of Solar Water Heating Systems Meeting Minimum Operating and Performance Requirements (OG 300).
The Solar Rating & Certification Corporation, FSEC,
1679 Clearlake Road,
Cocoa, FL 32922.
(321) 638-1537
FAX: (321) 638-1010.
INTERNET: www.solar-rating.org

NRCA/ARMA Manual of Roof Maintenance and Repair.
National Roofing Contractors Association and Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association,
10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600,
Rosemont, IL 60018.
(847) 299-9070
FAX: (847) 299-1183.
INTERNET: www.nrca.net

Uniform Solar Energy Code.
International Conference of Building Officials.
5360 S. Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601.
(800) 284-4406 or (562) 699-0541
FAX: (888) 329-4226.
INTERNET: www.icbo.org

*Publisher information is current as of 03/03*

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