how to pass your C-29 masonry contractor license exam in California

Pass Your Masonry License Test With These 5 Tips!

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Passing the C-29 Masonry License Test on your first try can actually be harder than you think, but if you follow these steps it can be easy.

In California, thousands of people apply for the Masonry License each year.

a fireplace with an active fire. passing the masonry license exam can be easy if you follow these 5 steps

The Contractor State License Board offers 73 different classifications in addition to the Masonry License.

Read this to see if you qualify to get an exam date.

I have helped thousands of people pass the exam on their first try, and these 5 Quick tips are based on the information I have gathered over the years that I know works.

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1. Know What Will Be On The Masonry License Test

You would be surprised how many people apply for the masonry license and don't learn about what's on the test.

Taking the time to look at some basic information about the exam is very helpful.

The Masonry Contractor License exam includes:

  • 115 Questions LAW
  • 115 Questions MASONRY
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Close Book
  • 3 Hours To Complete Each Section
  • Taken On A Computer at A State Testing Center

Law & Business

  • Business Organization
  • Business Finances
  • Employment Requirements
  • Contract Requirements and Execution
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Safety 
  • Public Works


1.    Planning and Estimation (15%)

2.    Job Site Preparation (20%)

3.    Masonry Wall and Building Installation and Repair (16%)

4.    Decorative Masonry Installation and Repair (9%)

5.    Masonry Veneer and Stone Installation and Repair (11%)

6.   Fireplace, Chimney, and Barbecue Installation and Repair (9%)

7.   Safety (20%)

For a complete guide to the Contractor License LAW concepts, you must know to pass the masonry license exam.

2. Take Masonry License Practice Tests

a masonry contrator laying brick

While running a contractor license school, I learned that the biggest difficulty guys faced was that most of them had not taken an exam in years.

  • Some of my students did not finish high school or had immigrated to the United States recently, and were still learning English. 

  • One of the best study tools for them was to use Online Practice Tests. Simulated online tests are based on the state exam. 

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C-29 Masonry License Practice Test Questions

1. While planning to pour a footing requiring six yards of concrete, the contractor overestimated the job by one yard. How should the contractor handle the excess material?

a) Place it in a ditch deeper than 4’.

b) Send it back in the delivery truck.

c) Ask the general contractor for direction.

d) Wash the excess into a local street drain.

2. What area does 550 blocks of 8” x 8” x 16”CMU cover?

a) 440 sq. ft.

b) 490 sq. ft.

c) 550 sq. ft.

d) 605 sq. ft.

3. Using Masonry License Study Guides

Test questions are great, but relying on them as your only study source is a big mistake. If you are not into reading, you can find landscaping exam study books in audio or video format.

Practice test questions for the masonry license exam do not give you the theory behind what the question is asking you.

Use a book or study guide as a reference.

Exam prep books for the C-29 Masonry contractor license cover a wide range of topics.

They can also be incredibly helpful to refresh your memory on core topics you may have forgotten. Free contractor license study guides often cover just a snapshot of what you need to know.

Invest in yourself and look for masonry license study guides that cover topics such as:

  • Reinforcement and bracing
  • Job site preparation
  • Fireplace construction requirements
  • Barbecue and fire pit construction requirements

  • Build and repair retaining walls
  • Clean masonry walls and buildings
  • Install dimensional stone veneers
  • Repair and clean veneer installations

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4. Enrolling in Contractor Classes

When you see the term “Contractor Classes” you should understand that they are only LAW & BUSINESS classes for construction contractors.

Contractor license schools offer state-specific exam prep classes that cover the basics of construction LAW. It is essential to understand the distinction between a contractor license and a trade school.

The C-29 masonry license test is for journey-level tradesman who has a solid understanding of the landscaping trade. Contractor classes are not meant to teach you your trade.

Contractor Classes are highly beneficial for those of us who haven't been in school for a while

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Contractor Classes are:

  • Taught by Contractors or construction veterans
  • Live Instruction format with questions and answers
  • Bilingual (depending on the school you chose)
  • In-depth classes that cover important exam concepts

Contractor License schools offer several services that can help you get everything taken care of quickly and easily. Check out this article for a more in-depth look at how to choose the right school!

How to study for the Contractor License Test!

You are trying to get the masonry license to make more money, achieve a goal or move up in some way. It is totally understandable if the idea of taking an exam is intimidating.

  • Remember that most of the people there on test day are in the exact same position as you. 

  • The key is to get some accurate material and be consistent about studying them.

  • Professional athletes, artists, and other top-level tradesmen will all tell you the same thing. Developing mastery is about doing a bunch of little things over and over again.

5. Put In The Work!

If you commute, invest in an audio program, and you can listen while you drive.

If you are a native Spanish speaker and prefer to watch a recorded class, invest in a bilingual program.

There are a lot of options out there to get you the information you need to know so you can get where you want to be FAST!

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