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C13 – Fencing Contractor

A fencing contractor constructs, erects, alters, or repairs all types of fences, corrals, runs, railings, cribs, game court enclosures, guard rails and barriers, playground game equipment, backstops, posts, flagpoles, and gates, excluding masonry walls.

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

Content of the Examination

The Fencing (C-13) Examination is divided into six major sections. These sections are:

1. Fence Planning and Estimating (26%)

  • Job site evaluation
  • Field measurements/material calculations
  • Grade and elevation changes
  • Interpreting plans and specifications
  • Layout requirements
  • Fencing types and applications
  • Scales and metric conversions
  • ADA requirements for fences/gates

2. Post Installations (18%)

  • Excavation methods and requirements
  • Fence line and post hole requirements
  • Mixing and pouring concrete footings
  • Post alignment
  • Fence posts attachment methods

3. Chain Link Fencing/Railing (23%)

  • Fence framework construction and requirements
  • Chain link fence components
  • Fabric stretching and attachment
  • Security fencing
  • Chain link gates and gate hardware
  • Specialty barriers and enclosures
  • Caltrans specifications for chain link

4. Wood Fencing/Railing Construction (10%)

  • Attachment methods and fastener types
  • California Building Code requirements
  • Wood gates and gate hardware
  • Wood retaining walls

5. Specialty Fencing (8%)

  • Ornamental metal fencing components, installation, and hardware
  • Vinyl fencing components, installation, and hardware

6. Safety (15%)

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Cal/OSHA requirements
  • Safe use, storage, and handling of tools, equipment, and gasses

*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. According to Caltrans, what is the nominal pipe size used as gate posts for single swing chain link gates 6’ or less in width and 22” or greater in height?

  1. 1-1/2”
  2. 2”
  3. 2-1/2”
  4. 3-1/2”

2. When installing fence posts with concrete, what additive is commonly used to expedite the set time of the concrete?

  1. Pea gravel
  2. Lime
  3. Calcium chloride
  4. Gypsum

3. The ASTM class 2b represents fusion bonding for what type of fence?

  1. Vinyl fabric
  2. Aluminum fabric
  3. GAW fabric
  4. GBW fabric

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

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) 732-8861.

California Building Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406
FAX: (888) 329-4226

Chain Link Manufacturers Institute Product Manual.
Chain Link Manufacturers Institute Headquarters.
10015 Old Columbia Road, Suite B-125.
Columbia, MD 21046.
(301) 596-2583.
FAX: (301) 596-2594.

Selected ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products.
American Society for Testing and Materials,
100 Barr Harbor Drive,
West Conshohocken, PA 19428.
(610) 832-9585.
FAX: (610) 832-9555.

Standard Plans and Standard Specifications, State of California Department of Transportation.
CALTRANS, Publication Unit,
1900 Royal Oaks Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95815.
(916) 445-3520.
FAX: (916) 324-8997.

Uniform Fire Code.
International Conference of Building Officials Headquarters,
5360 Workman Mill Road,
Whittier, CA 90601-2298.
(800) 284-4406.
FAX: (888) 329-4226.

*Publisher information is current as of 05/03*

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