California Supplemental Examination (CSE) - Reference Material

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Candidates should review and be familiar with B102, B201, and A201 of the 2007 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Contract Documents, and the following California-specific codes:

  • California Environmental Quality Act;
  • California Coastal Zone Conservation Act;
  • Regulations related to essential services buildings, historical buildings, accessibility for the disabled, energy conservation, and the contents of the 2013 triennial edition of the California Code of Regulations, Title 24 (California Building Standards Code); and
  • Agency regulations related to the purview of the US Army Corp of Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (as they pertain to architectural practice in California).

Candidates should also be knowledgeable about and understand the California Mechanics Lien Laws, the use of the Notice of Completion, and the California Architects Practice Act.

Reference MaterialSource
Architects Practice Act California Architects Board
California Contractors License Law and Reference Book (Lien Laws) Local County Law Library (PDF, 34K) or Leginfo
Public Contract Code
(State Contract Act 10100–10285.5)
Local County Law Library (PDF, 34K) or Leginfo
General Plan
(Government Code, Section 65300 Et. Seq.)
Local County Law Library (PDF, 34K) or Leginfo
Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act, Excerpt
(California Health & Safety Code, Sections 16000–16023)
Local County Law Library (PDF, 34K) or Leginfo
California Mechanics Lien
(California Civil Code, Sections 8400–8494)
Local County Law Library (PDF, 34K) or Leginfo
California Coastal Act (PDF, 643K)
(Public Resources Code, Section 30000 Et. Seq.)
California Coastal Commission or Leginfo
AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice American Institute of Architects
2013 California Building Standards Administrative Code (Title 24, Part 1)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Building Code, Volumes 1 & 2 (Title 24, Part 2)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Residential Building Code (Title 24, Part 2.5)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Electrical Code (Title 24, Part 3)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Mechanical Code (Title 24, Part 4)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Plumbing Code (Title 24, Part 5)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Fire Code (Title 24, Part 9)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Existing Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 10)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 11)* California Building Standards Commission
2013 California Referenced Standards Code (Title 24, Part 12)* California Building Standards Commission
California Environmental Quality Act
(Public Resources Code, Section 21000 Et. Seq.)
American Council of Engineering Companies or
California Natural Resources Agency
State of California Indoor Air Quality Program California Department of Public Health
Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 2010 ASCE 7-10 American Society of Civil Engineers
Local Government Regulations
(i.e., design review standards, development project regulations, and/or ordinances)
Various Local Sources

* Title 24 Parts listed above can also be found at your local library, county law library, or architectural college library. A listing of Title 24 depositories is available from the California Building Standards Commission.

Reference material supplies may be limited and the time needed to process your request lengthy, please order items from sources as soon as possible.