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Florida Residential Contractor License/Exam

Licensing Info and Services

License Requirements

Requirements to Obtaining your License.

To become a licensed contractor in Florida, applicants must sit for two exams: business and finance and the trade. Please note that Electrical Contractors will not sit for this examination as their requirements are different. Please view our Florida Electrical Contractor page for more information.

  • Applicants must document four years of experience. Applicants are also required to provide a credit report and financial statement that is no more than 12 months old. A net worth of $2,500 - $20,000 (depending on classification) is required.

  • The minimum general liability insurance that is required for licensure is $300,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 for property damage.

Work Under this License

Work that can be Done Under this License

A "residential contractor" means a contractor whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-family, two-family, or three-family residences which are not more than two stories.

Applications for a License

Applying to get your License

Applications can be obtained from the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board by calling 1-850-487-1395. The application fee when applying for initial licensure:

For Individual Only

  • From May 1st of an EVEN YEAR through August 31st of an ODD YEAR is $249.
  • From September 1st of an ODD YEAR through April 30th of an EVEN YEAR is $309.

Qualifying a Business

  • From May 1st of an EVEN YEAR through August 31st of an ODD YEAR is $308.
  • From September 1st of an ODD YEAR through April 31st of an EVEN YEAR is $208.

Reciprocity

Reciprocity Agreements

Florida has no reciprocity agreements; however, does endorse certain examinations from California, Georgia, and North Carolina for electrical contractors in select categories. The endorsements from Georgia include alarm and specialty categories.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Each contractor is required to take 14 hours of continuing education during each 2 years prior to the renewal period.

Examination

Exam Details

The examination is divided into two 4 1/2 hour sections with one section in the a.m. and the other in the p.m. A 70% is required to pass. There are 2 fees to take this exam: $135 paid to PTI and $80 paid to DPBR but mailed to PTI. You will be scheduled for the examination date and site that you selected on your application.

References

Books and References for the Exam

The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. It is available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.

  • AIA Documents Package, Florida
  • Builder's Guide to Accounting
  • Building Estimator's Reference Book
  • OSHA Part 1926
  • Contractors Manual
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction
  • Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products
  • Energy Efficient Building Construction In Florida
  • Guide to Handling, Installing, and Bracing Wood Trusses
  • Florida Building Code, 2010
  • Florida Residential Code, 2010
  • Florida Existing Building Code 2010
  • Florida Accessibility Code, 2010
  • Florida Energy Code, 2010

Exam Review and Education

Exam Review, Training, Education

We offer review for the Florida General Contractor Exam through a home study/online course format. The fee for the online class is $249 for the Contract/Project administration ONLY or $399 for the full review which includes the Business and Finance review.

The Florida Contractor Exam Review Online includes:

  • Highlighting Guides
  • Practice Exams
  • Math and Plans
  • Study Tips
  • Licensing Information
  • Instructor Support

For more information, or to order, contact our office at 1-800-952-0910.

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