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According to the CSLB, 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.”
Requirements for Licensure
The California Contractors State License Board requires a minimum of four years journeyman-level experience in order to apply for a California Contractors license.
Framing & Rough Carpentry Exam (C-5)
The exam is a closed book exam and has approximately 100 questions that must be answered in 2.5 hours. The exams are given on a computer at one of the many testing centers throughout California. An appointment is needed and can be made once an application has been accepted.
Some of the topics covered in the exam include:
How to Prepare for the Exam
Once the CSLB has approved your application, you will be informed of the testing date. We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to prepare and study, preferably months. One of the most effective ways to prepare for the exam is by using the Peerless Framing & Rough Carpentry (C-5) Study Guide book. The book includes hundreds of pages of relevant content that is covered on the state exam and also loaded with close to a thousand multiple choice questions.