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B01 - General Building Contractor

7057. (a) Except as provided in this section, a general building contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built, for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind, requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.

This 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 take a prime contract for any project involving trades other than framing or carpentry unless the prime contract requires at least two unrelated building trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty 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 general building contractor may not count framing or carpentry in calculating the two unrelated trades necessary in order for the general building contractor to be able to take a prime contract or subcontract for a project involving other trades.

(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 specialty license, or subcontracts with the appropriately licensed specialty contractor.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Chapter 812 (SB 857).)

Content of the Examination

The General Building (B) Examination is divided into five major sections. These sections are:

1. Estimation, Plans, and Specifications (23%)

  • Scope of work and code compliance
  • Cost estimation for materials and labor
  • Design and construction error identification
  • Shop drawing and plans and specifications preparation
  • Field inspection performance

2. Framing and Structural Components (23%)

  • General framing
  • Roof framing
  • Seismic requirements
  • Siding and stucco

3. Safety (10%)

  • Work site safety
  • Personnel safety
  • Public safety
  • Environmental safety

4. Core Trades (28%)

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Concrete
  • Earthwork and surveying
  • Insulation and acoustical
  • Roofing

5. Finish Trades (16%)

  • Painting
  • Tiling
  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry and millwork
  • Plaster, drywall and ceilings
  • Windows and doors
  • Fencing

*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 MINIMUM width required for a residential shower door?

  1. 22 inches
  2. 24 inches
  3. 28 inches
  4. 30 inches

2. What is the volume of a cylinder if the diameter equals 2 feet and the length equals 4 feet?

  1. 8 cubic feet
  2. 12.56 cubic feet
  3. 25.12 cubic feet
  4. 50.24 cubic feet

3. High frequency vibration used to compact freshly poured concrete results in which of the following?

  1. Higher lateral pressures
  2. Faster curing time
  3. Lower lateral pressures
  4. Slower curing time

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

Resources
California Disabled Accessibility Guidebook.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (866) 891-1695.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

California Building Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (866) 891-1695.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

California Electrical Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (866) 891-1695.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

California Energy Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (866) 891-1695.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

California Plumbing Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (866) 891-1695.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

California Mechanical Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road.
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (866) 891-1695.
INTERNET: www.iccsafe.org

Cal/OSHA State of California Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4,
Barclays Law Publishers,
50 California Street, 19th floor,
San Francisco, CA 94111.
(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 OR www.bnibooks.com

Construction: Principles, Materials, and Methods.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
10475 Crosspoint Blvd.,
Indianapolis, IN 46256.
(877) 762-2974.
FAX: (800) 597-3299.
INTERNET: www.wiley.com

Finish Carpenter’s Manual.
Tolpin, J. Craftsman Book Company,
P.O. Box 6500,
Carlsbad, CA 92018.
(800) 829-8123.
FAX: (760) 438-0398.
OR
Opamp Technical Books,
1033 N. Sycamore Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA. 90038.
(800) 468-4322.
FAX: (323) 464-0977.
INTERNET: www.craftsman-books.com OR www.opamp.com

Reader’s Digest Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual.
The Reader’s Digest Association,
Reader’s Digest Road,
Pleasantville, NY 10570.
(800) 788-6262
INTERNET: www.rd.com/store

Residential and Light Commercial Construction Standards.
RSMeans.
63 Smiths Lane,
P.O. Box 800,
Kingston, MA. 02364-9988.
(781) 422-5000.
FAX: (781) 585-7466
INTERNET: www.rsmeans.com

*Publisher information is current as of 2/05*

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