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What you need to know for your California contractor tile exam

According to the CSLB, “A ceramic and mosaic tile contractor prepares surfaces as necessary and installs glazed wall, ceramic, mosaic, quarry, paver, faience, glass mosaic and stone tiles; thin tile that resembles full brick, natural or simulated stone slabs for bathtubs, showers and horizontal surfaces inside of buildings, or any tile units set in the traditional or innovative tile methods, excluding hollow or structural partition tile.”

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.

Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Exam (C-54)

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:

  • Planning, Material Selection & Estimating
  • Preparation for Tile & Stone Installation
  • Installation & Repairs
  • Specialty Tile Installation
  • Safety