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C15 – Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors

A flooring and floor covering contractor prepares any surface for the installation of flooring and floor coverings, and installs carpet, resilient sheet goods, resilient tile, wood floors and flooring (including the finishing and repairing thereof), and any other materials established as flooring and floor covering material, except ceramic tile.

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

Content of the Examination

The Flooring and Floor Covering (C-15) Examination is divided into seven major sections. These sections are:

1. Job Evaluation (8%)

  • Evaluate plans and specifications
  • Evaluate material characteristics
  • Perform job-related calculations
  • Evaluate job site readiness

2. Job Preparation (12%)

  • Remove existing flooring
  • Correct sub-floor for installation
  • Prepare sub-floor for installation
  • Install underlayments

3. Carpet Installation (20%)

  • Evaluate carpeting
  • Install tack strips, padding and trims
  • Cut and layout carpet
  • Seam, stretch and tuck carpet

4. Resilient Sheet Goods & Tile Installation (19%)

  • Evaluate sheet goods
  • Install trims and transitions
  • Prepare sheet goods for installation
  • Prepare sub-floor for installation
  • Roll and seal sheet goods

5. Laminate Flooring Installation (10%)

  • Evaluate laminates
  • Install laminates
  • Install laminate trims

6. Wood Flooring (Solid and Engineered) Installation (21%)

  • Evaluate wood Materials
  • Perform moisture tests
  • Install wood flooring and trims
  • Fill and sand wood
  • Finish wood

7. Job Safety (10%)

  • Apply personal safety procedures
  • Apply job safety procedures
  • Operate tools and equipment safely

*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. Before installing resilient sheet goods on a preformed concrete plank sub-floor, the floor was finished with a 1” mastic underlayment. The contractor has proceeded:

  1. CORRECTLY.
  2. INCORRECTLY – the sub-floor should have been topped with a 3” mastic underlayment.
  3. INCORRECTLY - the sub-floor should be finished with a 2-3” concrete topping.
  4. INCORRECTLY – resilient sheet goods should not be installed on a preformed concrete plank sub-floor.

2. Most latex adhesives for glue-down carpets require which of the following MINIMUM floor temperatures 24 hours prior to the installation.

  1. 30 degrees
  2. 40 degrees
  3. 55 degrees
  4. 65 degrees

3. Which of the following types of wood flooring is the softest wood?

  1. pine
  2. oak
  3. maple
  4. pecan

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


Resources
Armstrong Guaranteed Installation Systems.
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Customer Service Center.
P.O. Box 3001,
Lancaster, PA 17604-3211.
(800) 233-3823
INTERNET: www.armstrong.com

How to Install Congoleum Sheet Vinyl Floors.
Congoleum Corporation,
Resilient Flooring Division.
861 Sloan Avenue,
Trenton, NY 08619.
(800) 934-3567
INTERNET: www.congoleum.com

Wood Flooring Manual.
National Wood Flooring Association,
111 Chesterville Industrial Boulevard,
Chesterville, MO 63005.
(800) 422-4556
INTERNET: www.woodfloors.org

Standard for Installation of Residential Carpet (CRI-105).
The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc.,
310 Holiday Avenue,
Dalton, GA 30720.
(800) 882-8846
INTERNET: www.carpet-rug.com

Standard for Installation of Commercial Carpet (CRI-104).
The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc.,
310 Holiday Avenue,
Dalton, GA 30720.
(800) 882-8846
INTERNET: www.carpet-rug.com

A Guide for Installing Pergo Laminate Floors.
Pergo, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1775,
Horsham, PA 19044-6775.
(800) 337-3746
INTERNET: www.pergo.com

*Publisher information is current as of 2/04*

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