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 that can be Done Under this License
A "building contractor" means a contractor whose services are limited to the construction of commercial buildings and single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings. These buildings cannot exceed three stories in height.
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
Qualifying a Business
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 EducationEach contractor is required to take 14 hours of continuing education during each 2 years prior to the renewal period.
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.
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:
For more information, or to order, contact our office at 1-800-952-0910.
Exam Review: $249 or $399
Reference Books: $949
Full Package (Books, Online Course, Tabs and FREE Shipping): $1449