CSE Reference Material

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 U.S. 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 Material
California Architects Board
Public Contract Code
(State Contract Act 10100–10285.5)
General Plan
(Government Code, Section 65300 Et. Seq.)
Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act, Excerpt
(California Health & Safety Code, Sections 16000–16023)
California Mechanics Lien
(California Civil Code, Sections 8400–8494)
California Coastal Act (PDF, 643K)
(Public Resources Code, Section 30000 Et. Seq.)
American Institute of Architects
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.

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