California Supplemental Examination (CSE) - Reference Material

Candidates should review and be familiar with B102-2017, B201-2007, and A201-2017 of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Contract Documents, and the following California-specific codes:

  • California Environmental Quality Act;
  • California Coastal Act;
  • Regulations related to essential services buildings, historical buildings, accessibility for the impaired, energy conservation, and the contents of the 2016 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 Corps 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.

CSE Study Material
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
The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (15th Edition, 2013) The American Institute of Architects and John Wiley & Sons Publishing
2016 California Building Standards Administrative Code (Title 24, Part 1)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Building Code, Volumes 1 & 2 (Title 24, Part 2)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Residential Building Code (Title 24, Part 2.5)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Electrical Code (Title 24, Part 3)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Mechanical Code (Title 24, Part 4)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Plumbing Code (Title 24, Part 5)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Fire Code (Title 24, Part 9)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Existing Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 10)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 California Green Building Standards Code (Title 24, Part 11)* California Building Standards Commission
2016 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
Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 2010 ASCE 7-10 American Society of Civil Engineers
State of California Indoor Air Quality Program California Department of Public Health
Regional Water Quality Control Board Policies State Water Resources Control Board
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.