General Contractor Classes for the Florida License

You must pass three exams in order to become a licensed General Contractor in Florida. Our classes teach you how to pass each of the three exam. Two of the three exams are related to the General Contractor Trade, these two exams are Contract Administration and Project Management. The third exam is Business and Finance and is simply known as the Business Exam.
Our Courses are available to you online immediately (you can start studying today!) and if you need to attend in-person review classes, you can do so at no extra charge in Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, or Fort Lauderdale.

Remember these exams are open-book. You will use the books during the exam. Our Florida State General Contractor License Exam Books page has all the books you need.

Official Exam Content According to the DBPR


The Contract Administration portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 60 equally weighted questions covering the management and operation activities of a construction company.
You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed. Questions asked and content areas tested on previous examinations should not be assumed to be the only possible questions to be asked or content areas to be tested on this examination.
The examination will have questions relating to the following content areas and necessary knowledge for each area includes:
reading and interpreting plans and specifications, reading and interpreting codes, and basic mathematics
Content Area A: Preconstruction Activities
1. Preparing cost-estimates
cost-estimates in bidding estimate using take-offs: material estimating and costing, labor estimating and costing, equipment estimating and costing, overhead costs, contract requirements.
2. Obtaining and evaluating bids: estimates from subcontractors and suppliers, unit price and lump sum methods for bids.
check bid specifications for completeness: general specifications, plans, site and codes.
determine proper bid by calculating margins of profit: calculating profit, fixed and variable costs, profitability break-even point.
3. Estimating using systems approach: square foot method, figure overall job costs, interpret charts for square foot estimating
4. Understanding penalties and contingencies
Content Area B: Project Contracts
1. Types of contracts: lump sum cost plus, guaranteed maximum price unit cost.
2. Form of contract and legal issues: general conditions for contracts, supplemental general conditions for contracts, special conditions for contracts, specifications for contracts, lien laws
3. Developing subcontracts: contract law, work orders monitoring subcontracts, contract documents (e.g., addenda)
4. Contract amendments: change orders, authorizations (e.g., field orders), change directives
5. Payment issues: payment methods knowledge of payment procedures, payment schedules, schedule of values, payment for onsite/offsite material storage, partial release of lien, interior punch list
6. Contract closeout: the concept of and what constitutes substantial completion, release of retainage funds, warranties knowledge of final release of lien knowledge of final punch lists and their relationship to contract documents.
Content Area C: Obtaining Licenses, Permits and Approvals
1. Identifying activities which do and do not require permits: licenses required for different work activities
2. Obtaining permits: local requirements knowledge of kinds available, permit qualifiers, exemptions from inspections, permits, and approvals
3. Arranging for inspections: local requirements, proper sequence of inspections knowledge of special inspections (e.g., threshold, environmental, plumbing)
Content Area D: Construction Procedures and Operations
1. Construction scheduling: follow-up with suppliers (submittals), time for architect and engineer to approval submittals, shipping, scheduling, deliveries, storage, and lead times, flow charts, Critical Path Method (CPM), progress, predictions (i.e., look ahead), deficiencies in scheduling
2. Coordinating construction activities knowledge of subcontractor meetings knowledge of daily logs for subcontractors and contractors: scheduling personnel and contractors, scheduling subcontractors and suppliers, safety meetings knowledge of inventory controls


The Project Management portion of the examination will be administered daily in Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. The examination will consist of 60 equally weighted questions covering managing, controlling, and conducting a specific project.
Content Area E: Construction Methods, Materials, Tools, and Equipment
1. Site layout: construction layout, benchmarks, elevations, setbacks, site plan interpretation and knowledge
2. Soil conditions: types and characteristics of soils (compaction, density, proctor, moisture content), soil reports, soil test results, appropriate foundation types given soil conditions
3. Characteristics and uses of survey instruments: builder's level, transit and theodolite water bubble, string line laser level
4. Concrete: shoring, formwork including terminology and techniques, loads (e.g., volume, pressure), systems and methods for concrete (footings, piles and pile caps, placing slabs and decks, columns, walls), proper forming practices, bracing and erection, concrete reinforcement knowledge of quality control related to concrete
5. Masonry: erection and bracing, masonry materials and handling, quality control related to masonry
6. Earth-work: excavations: cut and fill calculations, calculating excavations and grades, trenching, preparation of site for foundation, angle of repose, soil compaction, sheeting, shoring for excavations and dewatering, erosion control, quality control related to earth-work
7. Wood framing: truss erection and bracing, rafters, floor joists and studs, use span tables knowledge of wind loads and fasteners, roofing and materials
8. Steel framing: erection and bracing techniques, metal studs, beams columns and bar joists, painting and fire protection of steel framing, welding and connections of steel framing
9. Energy efficient construction: R-values, energy efficiency
10. Miscellaneous materials: gypsum materials and methods, plaster materials and methods
11. Other tools
12. Other equipment
Content Area F: Safety
1. Compliance with OSHA standards: site layout knowledge of soil conditions knowledge of shoring for concrete, bracing and erection knowledge of earth-work, formwork for concrete knowledge of framing, scaffolding knowledge of trench safety, ground fault interruption knowledge of record keeping, fall protection,other OSHA regulations.
2. Other safety standards and practices: asbestos knowledge of lead paint, hazardous waste disposal.
Content Area G: Reading Plans and Specifications
1. Reading blueprints: ability to read and understand plans and drawings, basic math skills and calculations associated with reading blueprints, architectural and engineering symbols
2. Interpreting construction codes and standards: ability to read, understand, and apply codes and standards including building codes knowledge of ADA requirements
3. Shop drawings and submittals: ability to understand technical concepts, product knowledge, blueprint reading and interpretation (e.g., clearances, support clearances, openings)