General Contractor License FL
A Florida General Contractor’s License allows a contractor to build, repair, or remodel any type of building, regardless of use or number of stories. General Contractors in Florida can directly engage in the construction of every component of the building structure (i.e. Concrete, Structural Steel, Framing, Painting, Tile, etc.) except the major specialty trades like Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Roofing. A General Contractor must subcontract this type of work to licensed contractors in those trades. A General Contractor can remodel or build any structure in Florida, whether it is used for residential or commercial purposes. When a General Contractor submits a permit application for the construction of a new building, he/she must include the license information of the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical (A/C), and other specialty contractors who will be involved in the project as Sub-Contractors. These specialty contractors are typically paid by and report to the General Contractor (Prime Contractor).
Although the construction of residential properties in Florida only requires the use of a Residential Contractor’s License, home builders in Florida often obtain the General Contractor’s license to keep their options open if any commercial construction opportunities arise.
A General Contractor’s License is not a good alternative for those contractors engaging in a single construction trade or activity like painting or tile. To use the painting trade as an example, if a Painting Contractor in Florida does exclusively painting work and does not have a need to be licensed in multiple trades, it does not make sense for him/her to obtain a General Contractor’s License and should look for a better licensing alternative. On the other hand, if a contractor is experienced enough in construction and does wish to work across multiple construction trades, the General Contractor License is the answer.
Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida:
- Age: Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Examination: Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Contract Administration, Project Management, and Business). Please note that the application process cannot be started until the exams are taken and passing scores are obtained.
- Experience / Education: A person will qualify for a Certified General Contractor’s license by meeting one of the following requirements.
- Four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to three years’ experience) and one year proven experience applicable to the category for which you are applying.
- One year experience as a foreman and not less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
- One year experience as a worker, one-year experience as a foreman, and two years of credits from accredited college-level courses.
- Two years’ experience as a worker, one year experience as a foreman, and one year of credits from accredited college-level courses.
- Four years’ experience as a worker or foreman of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.
- Be a certified residential or building contractor holding an active current license for a minimum of 4 years.
- Military Veterans: A veteran will qualify for a certified license by meeting on of the following.
- Three years of military service and one year experience as a foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
- Two years of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and one year experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
- One year of military service, one year experience as a foreman, and two years experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying.
- Applicants for the Certified General Contractor License must have experience in four or more of the experience areas listed below AND must provide at least one year of experience in the construction of structures at least four stories in height:
- Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sqft.
- Masonry walls
- Steel erection
- Precast concrete structures
- Column erection
- Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
- Elevated slabs
- Financial / Credit: Applicants will need to provide proof of financial stability and responsibility by submitting personal credit reports. Credit reports must include a FICO derived credit score and indicate that local, state and federal records have been searched. Credit report containing a credit score (FICO derived) on applicant from a nationally recognized credit reporting agency, which includes a public records statement that records have been checked at local, state, and federal levels. If credit score is below 660 (FICO derived) applicant must submit a bond or irrevocable letter of credit. Note that Fifty percent (50%) of the bond or letter of credit requirement may be met by completion of a 14-hour financial responsibility course.
- Fingerprints: An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process.
- Insurance: Applicants are required to attest that they have obtained public liability and property damage insurance in the amounts determined by Board rule. Applicants are also required to obtain workers compensation insurance or obtain an exemption from worker’s compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.
To download the different application forms related to the General Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.
As an exam prep school, Contractor Campus does not have any enrollment requirements, we will provide anyone with the books and the classes needed. It is your responsibility to make sure you can meet the requirements once you pass the exams! Remember that you must pass the exams first, and then you apply for the actual license.
We offer no formal review of your experience history and cannot give you a guarantee regarding whether the board will approve or deny your application once you pass the exams. For questions directly related to whether you meet the licensing criteria or not, please contact the DBPR's Construction Industry Licensing Board directly.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Professions
Construction Industry Licensing Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Customer Contact Center: 850-487-1395
The next page describes the exams you must pass before applying for the license.
Florida General Contractor Exams
Below are the three exams you must pass in order to become a GC in FL. The first two make up the trade portion of your testing requirements. The third exam (Business and Finance) is the business part.
General Contract Administration Exam
This is the morning test of the trade portion of the exam. This test lasts 4.5 hours, and contains 60 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Pre-construction Activities, Project Contracts, Obtaining Licenses, Permits and Approvals, and Construction Procedures and Operations.
General Project Management Exam
This is the afternoon test of the trade portion of the exam. This test lasts 4.5 hours, and contains 60 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Construction Methods, Materials, Tools, and Equipment; Safety; and Reading Plans and Specifications.
Business and Finance Exam
This business test is not taken on the same day as the trade exams listed above. This is a separate test which lasts 6.5 hours, and contains 120 questions. Some of the subjects included in this test are: Establishing the Contracting Business, Managing Administrative Duties, Managing Trade Operations, Conducting Accounting Functions, Managing Human Resources, and complying with Government Regulations.
General Contractor Exams Schedule (this is the schedule of the actual tests you have to pass to get the license).
The next page will have information on the classes we offer to prepare you for all three exams.
Florida General Contractor Classes
You can take General Contractor Classes in Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando, Miami, or Online. You can sign up for your classes at any time and receive access to lecture videos, practice questions, tabbing and highlighting instructions, as well as to step-by-step explanations on how to solve typical General Contractor Exam Problems. The General Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida has two tests for trade, one is called Contract Administration and the other is called Project Management. The trade exams can only be taken 6 times per year (Florida General Contractor Testing Schedule). You must pass all exams before applying for the General Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida General Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida General Contractor Classes online, and will also enable you to attend in-person Exam Prep classes. All students have access to both online and in-person classes for an unlimited amount of time (until passing all the Florida General Contractor exams needed to get the GC license!). The in-person classes are not mandatory and can be taken at the student's discretion. For a list of upcoming classes for the Florida General Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.
Course Description: Upon enrollment the student receives an email containing his/her ID and Password combination to access the eCampus. The student can access the eCampus 24/7 for as long as it is necessary until he/she passes all licensing exams. The eCampus contains VIDEOS, PRACTICE QUESTIONS (similar to those seen on the actual exams), typical MATH PROBLEMS with step-by-step solutions, and detailed instructions on how to FIND ANSWERS within the books. The student also has access to optional in-person classroom-style refresher seminars. The training can be completed fully online, but if the student prefers, he/she can go to any number of REFRESHER SEMINARS (no extra charges or limitations).
Click here for a list of dates and locations of upcoming Refresher Seminars offered for this trade.$299.50$299.50
General Contractor Classes (this is the schedule of the in-person review classes, not the actual exams)
The next page will have information on the books needed for these three exams/courses (exams are open-book).
Florida General Contractor Books
Florida General Book Set without Tabs
Includes books for trade and business (includes ALL books listed below)
Florida General Book Set with Tabs
Includes books for trade and business (includes ALL books listed below)
List of Books for the General Contractor Trade Exams
The trade exams for General Contracting are Contract Administration and Project Management. The exact same list of books is used for both of them.
List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam
Please note that A201, A401, A701, Builder's Guide to Accounting and Florida Contractors Manual are required for both the business and the trade exams.
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