Florida Gypsum Drywall Contractor License

Florida Drywall Contractor (also known as a Gypsum Contractor) is a specialty contractor whose scope of work is limited to the installation of all necessary and incidental metal accessories, including non-load bearing metal studs, runners, hangers, channels, drywall metal suspension accessories and prefabricated ceiling materials; and the preparation of the surface over which drywall product is to be applied. This includes the application of base and finish coats specifically designed for the gypsum drywall products of their own erection. This category shall not include plastering, block, or wood partitions. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to restrict or limit in any manner the scope of work authorized by law of other contractor classifications.

Licensing Requirements

Below are some of the requirements needed to become a licensed Gypsum Drywall Contractor in the State of Florida:

Age

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination

Must take and pass the state certification examinations (Drywall and Business & Finance). 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 Drywall 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.

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.
Drywall Contractor employees install sheetrock panels
Employees of a Florida Drywall Contractor Install Ceiling Panels

Applicants for the Certified Drywall Contractor License must have experience in the following areas:

  • Light Steel Framing
  • Gypsum Board
  • Finishing

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 Drywall Contractor’s License, you may visit the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board’s site.

Florida Drywall Contractor Exams

Florida Drywall Contractors must pass two exams prior to obtaining their license. Do not sign up to take your exams until you obtain your books and begin studying for them!

Gypsum Drywall Exam

This open-book test consists of 80 questions related to the following subjects: Gypsum and Gypsum Wallboard Installation; Taping and Texturing; Metal Stud Walls and Ceiling Grid Systems; and Special Applications.

Business and Finance Exam

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.

Florida Drywall Contractor Classes

You can take Drywall 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 Drywall Contractor Exam Problems. The Drywall Contractor Classes prepare you for the trade and business exams. Florida Drywall Contractor Testing Schedule). You must pass all exams before applying for the Drywall Contractor’s License in Florida. To sign up for the Florida Drywall Contractor classes, simply click on the "enroll" button below and checkout; this will allow you to receive immediate access to the Florida Drywall 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 Drywall Contractor exams needed to get the Drywall 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 Drywall Contractor Exams click on the link within the course description below.

Florida Drywall Contractor Books

The set of books includes all required references for both the Drywall and Business and Finance exams. Orders placed before 2 PM are shipped the same day via UPS and a tracking number is emailed before 3 PM.

FLORIDA GYPSUM DRYWALL BOOK SET WITHOUT TABS INCLUDES
BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS - ALL BOOKS LISTED BELOW

Sales price: $990.53

 

FLORIDA GYPSUM DRYWALL BOOK SET WITH TABS INCLUDES
BOOKS FOR TRADE AND BUSINESS - ALL BOOKS LISTED BELOW

Sales price: $1,090.53

 

List of Books for the Drywall Contractor Trade Exams

List of Books for the Business and Finance Exam

Please note that the Florida Contractor's Manual is required for both the business and the trade exams.