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C-05 Framing and Carpentry
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C05 – Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor

A framing and rough carpentry contractor performs any form work, framing or rough carpentry necessary to construct framed structures; installs or repairs individual components of framing systems and performs any rough carpentry or associated work, including but not limited to the construction or installation of: sub-flooring, siding, exterior staircases and railings, overhead doors, roof decking, truss members, and sheathing.

The amendments made to this section in 2002 shall become operative January 1, 2003, or as soon thereafter as administratively feasible, whereupon any licensee who has passed the C-5 Carpentry, Cabinet and Millwork trade examination on or after January 10, 2000, up to the effective date of this section, shall have the C-6 Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry classification added to the applicable license.

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

Content of the Examination

The Framing and Rough Carpentry (C-5) examination is divided into six major sections. These sections are:

1. Structural Framing (40%)

  • Load and span
  • Bracing
  • Shear and diaphragm
  • Wind loads
  • Structural hardware

2. General Framing (20%)

  • Form work
  • Wood and metal framing
  • Weatherproofing
  • Siding, roofing, and flooring
  • Doors, windows, and stairs
  • Fences, decks, porches, and gazebos
  • Measurement
  • Squaring and leveling
  • Hardware and fasteners
  • Materials, tools, and equipment

3. Estimation, Plans & Specifications (15%)

  • Estimation
  • Blueprints, specifications and shop/field drawings
  • Three dimensional drawings

4. Safety and Codes (10%)

  • Cal/OSHA requirements
  • EPA and AQMD regulations
  • Asbestos and environmental hazards
  • CBC and related codes
  • ADA requirements

5. Mathematics (10%)

  • Business math and conversions
  • Algebra and geometry

6. Related Trades (5%)

  • Installation requirements (e.g., elevator access for millwork)
  • Coordinating trades (plumbing and electrical)

*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. When ripping material with a table saw, which of the following procedures should be followed?

  1. Avoid using a push stick when feeding narrow strips into the saw.
  2. Cross cut narrow pieces of wood between the blade and the fence.
  3. Feed material into the saw in the same direction as the blade rotation.
  4. Avoid standing directly behind the saw.

2. According to the CBC, which seismic zones cover the State of California?

  1. 1 and 2a
  2. 2a and 2b
  3. 2a, 2b, and 3
  4. 3 and 4

3. Three primary factors determine the size and the type of rafter to use in construction. Two of these are the distance spanned and the weight supported. What is the third factor?

  1. the spacing of the rafters
  2. the spacing of joists
  3. the type of sheeting to be used
  4. the height of the wall

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

Americans with Disabilities Act.
U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
1331 F Street, N.W. Suite 1000,
Washington D.C. 20004.
(202) 272-5434
FAX: (202) 272-5447

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.

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.
Building News, Inc.
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802
(800) 873-6397
FAX: (714) 535-8078.

Carpentry and Building Construction.
Glencoe Division of McGraw-Hill, Inc.
P.O. Box 543,
Blacklick, OH 43004-0543.
(800) 334-7344
FAX: (614) 860-1877.

Construction Sealants and Adhesives.
Panek, Julian R. ISBN: 0-47153-4749.
John Wiley & Sons,
1 Wiley Drive,
Somerset, NJ 008875.
(800) 225-5945
FAX: (732) 302-2300. Attn: Order Processing.

Gluing Guide Kit.
Franklin International, Woodworking Adhesives Division.
2020 Bruck Street,
Columbus, OH 43207.
(800) 877-4583
FAX: (614) 445-1555.

Residential Steel Framing Manual for Architects, Engineers, and Builders.
Item# NT1-99,
North American Steel Workers Alliance.
(800) 797-8335
FAX: (410) 810-0910.

Rough Framing Carpentry.
Craftsman Book Co.,
6058 Corte Del Cedro,
P.O. Box 6500,
Carlsbad, CA 92008.
(800) 829-8123
FAX: (760) 438-0398.

Understanding Wood.
Hoadley, R. Bruce ISBN: 0-91880-4051.
The Taunton Press,
63 South Main Street,
P.O. Box 5506,
Newtown, CT 06470-5506.
(800) 888-8286
FAX: (203) 426-7184.

*Publisher information is current as of 10/02

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