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Florida Contractor Licenses

Select a license to view its requirements, definition, exams, books, and classes. If your license is not listed as a state license, please select your county.

The State of Florida is now accepting licenses from other states through Endorsements. For more information, please visit Endorsements in the State of Florida.

The State of Florida has Electrical Endorsement Agreements with California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

FL State Licenses

General Contractor

Unlimited height and scope of work, can sub-out all mechanical and electrical trades

Business Exam

This exam is needed by all state construction contractors in FL

Building

Up to three stories (new construction), unlimited remodeling

Class A Air Conditioning

Unlimited HVAC work

Class B Air Conditioning

Limited to 25 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTUs of heating

Demolition

Execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to demolish

Gas Line

Natural Gas installations and repairs

Glass and Glazing

Windows, glass, prefabricated curtain walls and storefront panels

Gypsum Drywall

Drywall, incidental framing, base/finish coats

Industrial Facilities

Construction, repair, demolition, modification, and alteration of uninhabitable industrial structures

Irrigation

Sprinklers, controllers, sensors, pumps

Marine

Docks, piers, boathouses, ramps, seawalls, boatlifts

Mechanical

HVAC plus pressure, pneumatic, LP, chemical, vacuum line piping

Plumbing

Water supply, drainage, septic tanks, medical gas

Pollutant Storage

Polluntant storage tanks

Pool and Spa Commercial

Build and service any pool

Pool and Spa Decking

Installation of concrete flatwork, pavers, and bricks, retaining walls, and footings

Pool and Spa Excavation

Excavation and earthmoving required for the installation of pools, spas, and hot tub shells

Pool and Spa Finishes

Coating or plastering of the interior surfaces of pools, spas, or hot tub shells

Pool and Spa Layout Specialty

Limited to the layout, shaping, steel installation, and rough piping of pools, spas, and hot tub shells

Pool and Spa Piping

Installation of piping or the installation of circulating, filtering, disinfecting, controlling, or monitoring equipment

Pool and Spa Residential

Build residential pools, service any pool

Pool and Spa Service

Service any pool, no new pool construction

Pool and Spa Structural

Limited to the shaping and shooting of gunite, shotcrete, concrete, or similar product mix

Pool and Spa Trim

Installation of tile and coping for pools, spas, and hot tub shells

Residential

Build and remodel houses, no commercial construction

Roofing

Install and maintain all types of roofs

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal and fiberglass for air-handling equipment ductwork

Solar

Solar water heating, pool heating, photovoltaic

Specialty Structure

Pool cages, sheds, soffit, fascia, gutters

Tower Specialty

Alteration of uninhabitable towers for purposes of communications, energy, water, or utilities; including construction of accessory use structures not exceeding three stories in height which house related equipment

Underground Utilities

Utility lines, site development

Electrical

Alarm Systems I

Fire and burglar alarms

Alarm Systems II

Burglar alarms (does not include Fire Alarm)

Lighting Maintenance

Maintenance and repair, no new installs

Limited Energy (Low Voltage)

Telecommunication, automated access control, CCTV, structured cabling, data networks

Residential (Electrical)

Limited to 2 stories, single phase, 400-ampere single service

Sign (Electrical)

Any electrical sign, limited to a max of 25Kw at 250V if self-standing

Two Way Radio Communications System

The installation of electrical wiring, or any part there of not to exceed 98 volts (RMS), for two-way radio communications enhancement systems in all structures

Unlimited (Electrical)

Master electrician (includes the scope of ALL electrical categories)

Utility Line (Electrical)

Electrical transmission lines

Fire Protection

Fire Protection I

All types of fire protection

Fire Protection II

Water spray and foam-water

Fire Protection III

CO2, foam, dry chemical

Fire Protection IV

Detached single-family dwelling

Fire Protection V

Underground piping from point-of-service to no more than 1 foot above finished floor

Inspectors

Building Codes and Standards Module Inspector FB

Application and interpretation of Building Codes

Building Plans Examiner Inspector 3B

Inspect and examine building plans for code compliance

Coastal and Floodplain Construction Inspector 1C

Inspect the construction of structure in coastal and flood-prone areas

Commercial Building Inspector 2B

Inspect commercial structures of any size or occupancy

Commercial Electrical Inspector 2E

Inspect electrical systems indoors and outdoors, including services, conductors, equipment, components, fixtures, appliances, devices, and electrical appurtenances for all types of buildings and structures, both commercial and industrial, with no limit as to voltage or amperage

Commercial Mechanical Inspector 2M

Inspect mechanical systems in residential and commercial structures

Commercial Plumbing Inspector 2P

Inspect stormwater systems, special waste systems, and all non-flammable medical and non-medical oxygen piping system

Electrical Plans Examiner Inspector 3E

Reviewing plans, drawings, and specifications to determine code compliance for electrical installations or alterations of indoor and outdoor electrical systems

Legal Module Inspector ME

Handling of legal aspects of Code Administration

Management Module Inspector MN

Administration of a Building Department

Modular Building Inspector

Inspection of modular buildings

Plumbing Plans Examiner Inspector 3P

Reviewing the installation and design of plumbing fixtures, type of occupancy and minimum number of fixtures required for different occupancies, water heaters, domestic water distribution systems materials used, design of the DWV system, storm drain pipe sizing, and the proper back flow protection of potable water, including pipe sizing, indirect waste, and methods of venting and materials uses and ensuring that the proper documentation for the plan review process has been filed

Residential Building Inspector 1B

Inspect one-and-two family dwellings, townhomes not more than three stories in height, and accessory structures

Residential Electrical Inspector 1E

Inspect electrical systems indoors and outdoors, including services, conductors, equipment, components, fixtures, appliances, devices, and electrical appurtenances for one‐and-two‐family dwellings limited to 120/240 volts, single phase, up to 400 amperes

Residential Mechanical Inspector 1M

Inspect mechanical systems in residential structures

Residential Plumbing Inspector 1P

Verifying piping systems' installation, testing, and protection, building components, fuel gas piping combustion, air-approved fixtures, venting, flow rates, pressures, volume and temperature, and protection of the potable water supply and distribution system. Other duties include verifying that all materials, joints, connections, and appliances are of the approved type.

Contractor Campus is a Florida Construction and Electrical School which specializes in Contractor Licensing. Since most contractor licenses in Florida require contractors to pass one or more exams, Contractor Campus offers Exam Prep classes designed to help contractors pass their tests the first time. With classes in Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Jacksonville, as well as online, Contractor Campus offers more classroom time than any other Construction School and Bookstore in Florida.

For more information on State License Exam Books visit our link Florida State Test Books

The next page contains the schedule of upcoming in-person classes in Florida.


Contractor Classes Schedule

To reserve your seat in any of these classes, please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (include your student ID). If you do not have a student ID, please sign up for any of our Florida Courses and you will receive one via email.

All classes are on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). On Saturdays we teach how to solve math and business problems, and on Sundays how to find answers quickly within the books.

Florida Contractor Exam Prep Class Schedule
Dates
Saturday & Sunday
City &
Venue
Address
February 4-5, 2023 Fort Lauderdale
Holiday Inn Express
1701 N University Dr
FL 33322
February 18-19, 2023 Orlando
Fairfield Inn & Suites
10971 W Colonial Dr
Orlando FL 34761
March 4-5, 2023 Fort Myers
Fairfield Inn and Suites
7090 Cypress Terrace
Fort Myers FL 33907
March 18-19, 2023 Miami
Spanish Only
Holiday Inn Express
13475 SW 131st St
Miami, FL 33186
April 8-9, 2023 Tampa
Hyatt Place
11408 N 30th St
Tampa, FL 33612
April 22-23, 2023 Jacksonville
Holiday Inn Express
11083 Nurseryfields Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256
May 6-7, 2023 Fort Lauderdale
Holiday Inn Express
1701 N University Dr
FL 33322
May 20-21, 2023 Orlando
Fairfield Inn & Suites
10971 W Colonial Dr
Orlando FL 34761
June 3-4, 2023 Fort Myers
Fairfield Inn and Suites
7090 Cypress Terrace
Fort Myers FL 33907
June 10-11, 2023 Miami
Spanish Only
Holiday Inn Express
13475 SW 131st St
Miami, FL 33186
July 8-9, 2023 Tampa
Hyatt Place
11408 N 30th St
Tampa, FL 33612
July 22-23, 2023 Jacksonville
Holiday Inn Express
11083 Nurseryfields Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256
August 5-6, 2023 Fort Lauderdale
Holiday Inn Express
1701 N University Dr
FL 33322
August 26-27, 2023 Orlando
Fairfield Inn & Suites
10971 W Colonial Dr
Orlando FL 34761
September 9-10, 2023 Fort Myers
Fairfield Inn and Suites
7090 Cypress Terrace
Fort Myers FL 33907
September 23-24, 2023 Miami
Spanish Only
Holiday Inn Express
13475 SW 131st St
Miami, FL 33186
October 14-15, 2023 Tampa
Hyatt Place
11408 N 30th St
Tampa, FL 33612
October 21-22, 2023 Jacksonville
Holiday Inn Express
11083 Nurseryfields Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256
November 4-5, 2023 Fort Lauderdale
Holiday Inn Express
1701 N University Dr
FL 33322
November 18-19, 2023 Orlando
Fairfield Inn & Suites
10971 W Colonial Dr
Orlando FL 34761
December 2-3, 2023 Fort Myers
Fairfield Inn and Suites
7090 Cypress Terrace
Fort Myers FL 33907
December 16-17, 2023 Miami
Spanish Only
Holiday Inn Express
13475 SW 131st St
Miami, FL 33186
Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Testing Schedule for Contractors 2023

State Construction Contractors

For information on the number of questions on you Contractor Exams, please click here.

Dates and Locations

Plumbing (trade knowledge) examinations are administered in paper and pencil format and are offered multiple times per year in Orlando only.

Plumbing Contractor Test Schedule (Florida)
Exam Dates (Plumbing Only)CityExam Location
February 27-28, 2023 Kissimmee Osceola Heritage Park, Exhibition Building
April 11-12, 2023 Kissimmee Osceola Heritage Park, Exhibition Building
June 26-27, 2023 Kissimmee Osceola Heritage Park, Exhibition Building
August 15-16, 2023 Kissimmee Osceola Heritage Park, Exhibition Building
October 17-18, 2023 Kissimmee Osceola Heritage Park, Exhibition Building
December 12-13, 2023 Kissimmee Osceola Heritage Park, Exhibition Building
Official Schedule of Plumbing (trade knowledge) Exams

All other construction examinations, including General, Building, and Residential (contract administration and project management) as well as the business & finance examination part, are administered in computer-based testing format on a daily basis and at testing sites throughout the world. After a candidate has been approved by Professional Testing, Inc., they may schedule to sit for their examination(s) by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson Vue© .

Scheduling a Construction Examination

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has contracted with Professional Testing, Inc., to register candidates, develop, and score professional examinations for the Construction Industry Licensing Board. Individuals desiring to sit for construction trade knowledge, contract administration, project management, or business & finance examination parts are required to apply directly with Professional Testing, Inc.

To apply by phone: 407-264-0562
To apply online: Florida Exam

Completed applications and appropriate fees must be received by Professional Testing, Inc., no later than 30 days prior to the examination date.

Plumbing examinations (trade knowledge) are administered in paper and pencil format and are offered multiple times per year in Orlando only. Candidates approved to sit for these examinations will receive confirmation from Professional Testing, Inc., that includes the specific date, time, and location of the examination.

All other construction examinations, including General, Building, and Residential (contract administration and project management) as well as business & finance examination part, are administered in computer-based testing format. After a candidate has been approved by Professional Testing, Inc., they may schedule to sit for their examination(s) by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson Vue©.

To view the Florida Contractor Exam Codes, please visit Exam Codes for Pearson Vue© Tests in Florida.

To locate a testing site near you or to register to sit for an examination, use this link: www.pearsonvue.com
To schedule by phone, call 888-204-62305

Candidates taking a computer-based examination through Pearson Vue© will be required to submit a valid email address, telephone number, and payment at the time the examination is scheduled. Candidates will be eligible to schedule an examination within 72 hours after the candidate’s examination application has been approved by Professional Testing, Inc.

Construction Examinations Content

All examinations are open book and consist of multiple-choice questions. You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas included in the examination content outline. Use the links below to view examination content outlines for each of the construction examinations.

For Information on the number of questions on each exam, please visit "Number of Questions for the Florida Contractor Exams."

Business & Finance
Class A Air Conditioning Contractor
Class B Air Conditioning Contractor
Building Contractor Contract Administration
Building Contractor Project Management
Gas Line
General Contractor Contract Administration
General Contractor Project Management
Glass & Glazing
Gypsum Drywall
Irrigation
Marine Specialty
Mechanical
Plumbing
Pollutant Storage
Commercial Pool
Residential Pool
Service Pool
Residential Contractor Contract Administration
Residential Contractor Project Management
Roofing
Sheet Metal
Solar
Specialty Structure
Underground Utility

Additionally, for a breakdown of the number of examination questions and allotted time to complete each examination, view Examinations at a Glance .

State Electrical Contractors

ALL electrical exams are Computer-Based.

Scheduling an Electrical Examination

DBPR offers electrical examinations in a computer-based testing (CBT) format. Candidates who have been approved to sit for one of the following examinations may do so by contacting the department’s examination vendor, Pearson Vue© . Examinations are available on a daily basis at testing sites throughout the world.

To schedule by Phone: 888-204-6230
To locate a testing site near you or to register online visit Pearson Vue©

Candidates taking a computer-based examination through Pearson Vue© will be required to submit a valid email address, telephone number, and payment at the time the examination is scheduled. Candidates will be eligible to schedule an examination within 72 hours after the candidate’s examination application has been approved by the department.

Preparing for the Examination

To view a list of all books related to any state license, please go to Florida Licenses and click on your particular trade.

County Contractor Exams

There are three testing companies which provide testing services for contractors in Florida. You must contact them directly to schedule your test. Make sure your county accepts their tests results before signing up for testing.

When choosing a testing company, choose one which is customer-oriented, one you can call and talk to a person that can help you. We advise you contact all of them to see which one is more responsive to your needs.

Fire Protection Contractor

For Fire Protection Licenses, you must submit a check of $400 with the Application written out to “Department of Financial Services”. This covers the exam fee ($100) and application fee ($300). Include the following documentation with the application:

  • Copy of Underground Utility & Excavation License
  • Copy of your FL Drivers License
  • Statement, Signed by owner of the company, on company stationary, giving you “full authority to act on behalf of the firm”
  • Certificate of Insurance (Accord 25 Form)
  • Evidence that the company you are applying under is registered with the Florida Secretary of State (sunbiz.org)

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact Ford Wilt.

Ford Wilt
OPS Government Analyst 1
Office of CFO Jimmy Patronis
Department of Financial Services
Division of State Fire Marshal
Teléfono: 850-413-3628
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GITS©

Phone: 800-997-2129
Website: www.gitsllc.org

Prov©

Phone: 866-720-7768
Website: www.provexam.com

Prometric©

Website: www.prometric.com
Contact Us Page: Prometric© Contact Us page
Phone: 1-800-967-1139

Gulf Coast Testing

Gulf Coast Testing is a testing facility which provides Prometric© Testing in SWFL
Website: www.gctesting.com
2891 Center Pointe Drive, Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Phone: ​239-274-3184


Related articles 2023 Testing Schedule for Florida


The next page will provide you with contact information for government agencies and testing companies related to the licensing process.


Getting a Contractor’s License in Florida

Obtaining a statewide license in the State of Florida is a sound business decision for construction businesses of any size and scope. Some of the reasons for obtaining a state license in the sunshine state are:

  • Most contractors do work in at least two counties
  • County contractor licensing can be cumbersome and less stable than state licensing
  • It allows business to legally engage in bidding in a larger geographical area and cherry-pick better contracts
  • If ever interested in serving as a qualifying agent, it gives the licensee much more leverage when negotiation with a contracting entity
  • Prevents having to reciprocate and renew a license across multiple counties

Getting a Florida contractor’s license is a process which is defined by the agency or board issuing the certification. Construction contractors like plumbers, GC, and roofers get their license through the CILB, while Electrical contractors like electricians, alarm installers, and electric sign installers get their licenses through the EILB. Fire Protection Contractors obtain their licenses through the Florida Fire Marshall.

How to Get a Construction License in Florida

The requirements to get a Construction Contractor license in Florida are:

  1. Be 18 years of age.
  2. Pass all parts of the exam(s) (within four years of the first attempt).
    If an applicant has a Bachelor's degree in building construction or a related field, as well as a 3.0 GPA or higher, the applicant is only required to take the business exam.
  3. Pay the fee for the Application.
  4. Complete the application form using the Online Services, or the Printable Application.
  5. Be of good moral character.
  6. Obtain worker's compensation and general liability coverage.
  7. Demonstrate financial responsibility by submitting a Credit Report :
    • 660 FICO credit score or higher (applicant must submit a bond or irrevocable letter of credit if below 660 - FICO derived).
    • If FICO score is less than 660, the applicant must take a 14-hour financial responsibility course.
    • If applicable, provide proof of satisfaction of liens, judgments, and bankruptcy discharge.
  8. Background check with Electronic Fingerprints.
  9. Obtain public liability and property damage insurance.
    • Obtain workers' compensation or exemption from workers compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.
  10. Satisfy the experience requirements set forth by the CILB:
    • A combination of Experience and Education
      • One year proved experience that applies to the category for which you are applying and a four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college (equivalent to 3 yrs. experience).
      • No less than three years of credits from accredited college-level courses, and One year of experience as a foreman.
      • Two years of credits from accredited college-level courses, one year experience as a foreman, and One year experience as a worker.
      • One year of experience as a foreman, one year of credits from accredited college-level courses, and two years of experience as a worker.
      • Four years of experience as a foreman or worker of which at least one year must have been as a foreman.
      • The following field trade experience is accepted by the Board:
        • Building Contractor
          Project and Work Performed:
          • Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
          • Masonry walls
          • Column erection
          • Steel erection
          • Elevated slabs
          • Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sqft
        • Class A Air Conditioning Contractor
          Installation, Maintenance and Repair of:
          • Heating Equipment
          • Air Conditioning Equipment
          • Sheet Metal Ductwork
          • Refrigeration Equipment
          • Systems in excess of 25 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTU heating capacity (1 year of experience)
        • Class B Air Conditioning Contractor
          Installation, Maintenance
          • Air Conditioning Equipment
          • Ductwork
          • Heating Equipment
          • Heating and Cooling Systems (1 year of experience)
        • Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor
          Commercial Installation, Repair/Servicing of the Pool Components:
          • Electrical Components
          • Deck Work
          • Excavation
          • Grading
          • Backfill
          • Compacting
          • Interior Surface Preparation and Finishing
          • Plumbing Components
          • Shell Placement
          • Tile
          • Coping
          • Trim Work
          • At least 1 year of experience in the construction of public/commercial pools
        • Demolition Contractor
          • Experience in at least two of the following trade areas:
            • Industrial
            • Towers & Tanks
            • Commercial
            • Transportation
            • Residential
            • Underground
          • Experience in eight or more elements in the following categories:
            • Demolition Methods:
              • Complete
              • Partial
              • Heavy Machinery
              • Manual Machinery
              • Interior
              • Implosion
              • Shoring
            • Demolition Support Activities:
              • Pre-Demo Survey
              • Environmental precautions/containment systems
              • Supervision
              • Utility Termination
              • Interior containment systems
              • Temporary Protection
              • Debris/Waste Handling
              • Occupational Safety & Health Precautions
              • Adjacent property protection systems
              • Hazardous Materials Handling
        • General Contractor
          Project and work performed:
          • Masonry walls
          • Elevated slabs
          • Column erection
          • Foundation/Slabs greater than 20,000 sqft
          • Steel erection
          • Column erection
          • Formwork for structural reinforced concrete
          • Construction of structures at least four stories in height (1 year of experience)
        • Glass and Glazing Contractor
          Attachment/Installation of:
          • Cutting and Installation of Glass and Mirrors
          • Windows and Glass
          • Glass Holding or Supporting Mullions or Horizontal Bars
        • Gypsum Drywall Contractor
          Installation, Repair and Servicing of:
          • Gypsum Board
          • Light Steel Framing
          • Finishing
        • Industrial Facilities Contractor
          applicant must have experience in at least 5 of the following 8 elements:
          • Foundation/Slabs Greater than 20,000 sqft.
          • Structural Steel Erection
          • Structural Column Erection
          • Elevated Slabs
          • Formwork for Structural Reinforced Concrete
          • Control Room Construction
          • Manufactured Equipment Installation
          • Other Related Construction
        • Irrigation Contractor
          • Areas of Experience (Commercial and Residential)
            • Piping
            • Solenoid Valves
            • Control Wire Irrigation Controller
            • Rain Shut-off Devices
            • Sprays
            • Micro-irrigation Components
          • Specific Experience in:
            • Installation of Two-wire or Decoder Based Controllers
            • Trenching Excavation and Compaction
            • Cross Connection Control
            • Locating Underground Utility
          • Additional Experience to demonstrate substantial compliance with experience requirements:
            • Use of Reclaimed Water
            • Site Restoration
            • Use of Water Saving Technologies and Products
            • Installation of Central Control Systems (numerous site systems managed through central interface like a website or computer)
            • Plot Plan and Site Preparation
            • Installation of Sport Field or Golf Systems
            • Pump Installation
            • Material Take Off/Plot Plan
        • Marine Contractor
          • Floating Marine Structures
            • Floating
            • Framing
            • Decking
            • Anchor
            • Access Gangway
            • Mooring
          • Fixed Marine Structures
            • Framing
            • Concrete Deck
          • Foundation
            • Concrete Footers
            • Structural Pilings
          • Shoreline Stabilization (additional)
            • Concrete Walls
            • Sheet Piles
            • Wood Bulkhead
          • Anchoring Systems (additional)
            • Concrete Deadmen
            • Timber Pilings
            • Wedge Anchor
          • Other (additional)
            • Dredging
            • Filling
        • Mechanical Contractor
          • Installation, Maintenance and Repair of:
            • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Equipment
            • Sheet Metal Ductwork
            • Systems in excess of 25 tons of cooling and 500,000 BTU heating capacity
          • Further Installation experience in 5 of the following 8 areas:
            • Boilers and Pressure Vessel Systems
            • Gas, Air, Vacuum, Oxygen, Nitrous Oxide, Ink, and Chemical Line Piping
            • Piping and Gasoline tanks
            • Piping for Lift Stations
            • Direct Digital Control and/or Low Voltage Wiring
            • LP/Natural Gas Piping (within buildings)
            • Fabrication of Sheet Metal Ductwork
            • Condensate Drain Piping
        • Plumbing Contractor
          • Installation, Maintenance and Repair of:
            • Drainage Venting
            • Sanitary Drainage
            • Water Distribution Lines/Systems
            • Waste Piping
            • Natural Gas and Liquid Petroleum Piping and Venting Systems
          • Further Maintenance and Repair of:
            • Industrial Water Drainage
            • Medical Gas Piping
              • Oxygen
              • Helium
              • Nitrous Oxide
              • Compressed Air
              • Vacuum
            • Industrial Piping
              • Oil and Gasoline Storage and Distribution
              • Industrial Gas Piping
              • Industrial Vacuum Piping
              • Steam Distribution
              • Sewage Disposal Systems
                • Septic Tanks
                • Pumps
                • Lift Stations
                • Interceptors
            • Water Wells
            • Solar Water Heating Systems
            • Swimming Pool Piping Systems
        • Pollutant Storage Contractor
          • Pollutant Storage Systems (Installation/Removal)
        • Residential Contractor
          Project and work performed in at least 3 of the following five areas of trade:
          • Column Erection
          • Foundation/Slabs/Structural Formwork
          • Masonry Walls
          • Structural Demolition
          • Structural Wood Framing
            • Including Trusses
            • Excluding Platform Framing
        • Residential Pool/Spa Contractor
          Installation, Repair and Servicing of:
          • Shell Placement
          • Plumbing Components
          • Deck work
          • Electrical Components
          • Tile, Coping, and Trim Work
          • Excavation
          • Grading
          • Backfill
          • Compacting
          • Interior Surface Preparation and Finishing
        • Roofing Contractor
          • Experience in 3 or more elements below:
            • Shingles
            • Concrete
            • Solar Tile
            • Tile
            • Metal
          • Experience in ALL of the elements below:
            • Single-ply Systems
            • Parapet Walls
            • Flashings
            • Sheathing & Framing Repairs
            • Roof Penetrations
            • Underlayment
            • Insulation
              • Tapered
              • Flat
              • Foam
        • Service Pool Pool/Spa Contractor
          • Installation of:
          • Pool Deck Repair
          • Tile, Coping, and Trim Work
          • Pool Heaters
          • Plumbing Equipment
            • Pump
            • Pimp
            • Fittings
            • Gauges
            • Pressure Testing
            • Valves
          • Maintenance and Repair of Pool Shells
            • Leak Detection and Testing
            • Crack Repair
          • Commercial and/or Residential work:
            • Water Treatment
              • Chemically Balancing Pool/Spa Water
            • Other Water Features
              • Water Activity Play Areas
              • Interactive Water Features, etc.
            • Filter Maintenance
            • Draining Pools
            • Interior Resurface Preparation
        • Sheet Metal Contractor
          Installation, Maintenance and Repair of:
          • Duct Systems
          • Fabrication & Design
          • Installation
          • Air-Handling/Ventilation Systems
          • Air Balancing
        • Solar Contractor
          Installation, Maintenance and Repair of:
          • Swimming Pool/Spa Solar Heating Systems
          • Domestic Water Solar Heating Systems
          • Photovoltaic Systems
        • Specialty Structure Structure Contractor
          Applicant must have Residential and Commercial construction experience in the fabrication and installation of:
          • Foundations
            • Excavating
            • Laying Out
            • Forming, and
            • Placing Concrete Slabs, OR
            • Excavating, and
            • Laying Out
            • Forming, and
            • Placing Pier-type Post Footings
          • Wall Sections
            • Screen Walls
            • Framed Solid Panel Walls
            • Screen and Storm Doors
            • Composite Metal Panel Walls
          • Roof Sections
            • Screen Roofs
          • Windows
            • Vinyl Windows, or
            • Glass Windows
          • Wall Sections (additional)
            • Corner Cables
            • Rigid Bracing
          • Other (additional)
            • Siding
            • Soffit
            • Fascias
            • Gutters
            • Downspouts
        • Tower Specialty Contractor
          • Tower Construction
            • Guyed Tower
            • Mono Pole Tower
            • Lattice/Self Supported Tower
          • Construction/Installation of:
            • Accessory Structures
            • Equipment Housings
            • Deadman Anchors
            • Guy Wires
        • Underground Utilities Contractor
          Applicants must have experience in at least 3 of the following 5 trade areas:
          • Main Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems
          • Main Water Distribution Systems
          • Storm Sewer Collection Systems
          • Excavation and Earthwork
          • Trenchless Installations
    • Military Service
      Note: As part of the application applicant must submit the Fee Waiver and Military Service Verification for licensure
      • One year of experience as a foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying, and three years of military service.
      • One year of experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying, one year of experience as a foreman, and two years of military service.
      • Two years of experience as a worker or foreman applicable to the category for which you are applying, and one year of military service.
    • Upgrade an Existing License
      Certified Contractors holding an active current license will be exempted from the employment history section of the application form by meeting the eligibility requirements below:
      • Class-A Air Conditioning Contractor
        • Class B license for a minimum of 1 year
        • Class C license for a minimum of 4 years
      • Class-B Air Conditioning Contractor
        • Class C license for a minimum of 1 year
      • Building Contractor
        • Residential license for a minimum of 3 years
      • General Contractor
        • Residential or Building license for a minimum of 4 years
      • Commercial Pool/Spa Contractor
        • Swimming Pool license for a minimum of 4 years
        • Residential Swimming Pool license for a minimum of 1 year
      • Residential Pool/Spa Contractor
        • Swimming Pool Servicing license for a minimum of 3 years
  11. Obtain passing scores on the trade and business exams
  12. Submit the complete application form to:
    Department of Business and Professional Regulation
    2601 Blair Stone Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

How to Obtain a Pool Specialty Contractor's License

Swimming pool contractors who mostly perform work as subcontractors specializing in one of the sub-trades involved in swimming pool construction could obtain one of the eight swimming pool specialty contractor specialty contractor licenses instead. The specialty pool licenses are layout, structural, excavation, trim, decking, piping, and finishing. Note that even if a contractor were to obtain all the pool specialty licenses, doing so would not equate to being a residential or commerical swimming pool/spa contractor.

  • Submit an application form for the desired swimming pool specialty:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be of good moral character
  • Have four years of experience in the swimming pool specialty category chosen
  • Submit documention which subtantiates the experience (e.g. tax records, notarized letters, etc.)
  • Take and successfully completes a written examination, OR
  • The applicant can complete three (3) hours of board-approved continuing education, consisting of 1-hr of workplace safety, 1-hr of business practices, and 1-hr of workers’ compensation, may qualify, if the applicant successfully passes a practical examination in lieu of a written examination for licensure

How to Get an Electrical License in Florida

Florida Electrical Contractors must satisfy the following requirements in order to become certified by the ECLB:

  1. Satisfy the Education and/or Experience requirements.
  2. Pass the trade and business exams.
  3. Provide a personal credit report (if applying to qualify a business, the business must provide its own credit score and have a $10,000 net worth).
  4. Pay the application fee (military veterans qualify for fee discounts and waivers).
  5. Meet at least one of the following methods for experience qualification:
    • Have at least 3 years of management experience in the trade, education or equivalent combination (no more than half the experience can be satisfied through education), within the 6 years immediately preceding the application.
    • Have at least 4 years of experience as a contractor or supervisor in the trade, within the 8 years immediately preceding the application.
    • Have at least 6 years of comprehensive training, technical education, or supervisory experience associated with an electrical or alarm system contracting business, within the 12 years immediately preceding the application.
    • Have at least 6 years of technical experience in electrical or alarm system work with the Armed Forces or a governmental entity, within the 12 years immediately preceding the application.
    • Have at least 3 years of experience as a professional engineer who is qualified by education, training, or experience to practice electrical engineering, within the 12 years immediately preceding the application.
    • Have any combination of qualifications in 489.511(1)(b)3.a, b, or c totaling 6 years of experience, within the last 12 years.
  6. Show proof of experience in the selected trade:
    • Include copies of W-2's, Schedule C's, or K-1 forms for each year of employment verification.
    • List projects in your work history in chronological order for the years of experience being submitted (dates must match the documented employment history).
    • Self-employed applicants must submit at least three letters verifying required experience from local licensing agencies, building officials, and contractors who have been associated with the applicant.
    • Unlimited Electrical applicants need 40% of their work experience to be in 3-phase systems.
    • Alarm I applicants need 40% of their work experience to be in commercial fire alarms.
    • Alarm I applicants may submit a copy of your NICET Level III or higher certifications in lieu of job lists.
    • Alarm II applicants need 40% of their work experience to be in alarm systems other than fire.
  7. Submit a completed application to the DBPR, either online or by mailing a paper application:

How to Get a Fire Protection license in Florida

To obtain fire protection license in Florida, a contractors must satisfy the requirements set forth by the Division of State Fire Marshal | Bureau of Fire Prevention, which falls within the Department of Financial Services. Those licensing requirements for fire contractors are as follows:

  1. Complete the Fire System Contractor application.
  2. Have four years of verifiable, and lawfully gained experience (in accordance with FS 633.318 and FAC 69A-46)
    • Experience must include "technical areas" like laying out, fabricating, installing, inspecting, and servicing fire protection systems.
    • Fire I and II applicants can use a plumbing certification (plumbing contractor's license) to satisfy two years of experience.
    • Fire I and II applicants can use a current NICET Level III or IV certification as a Fire Protection Engineering Technician in the subfield of Automatic Sprinkler System Layout to satisfy their experience requirements.
    • Fire III applicants can use a current NICET Level III or IV certification as a Fire Protection Engineering Technician in the subfield of Special Hazards System Layout to satisfy their experience requirements.
    • A combination of experience and education can be used in lieu of just experience:
      • A bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university (must major in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, fire science engineering technology, or fire protection engineering technology). If this option is used, official transcripts for degrees and coursework must be included.
      • Contractor I applicants who are certified plumbing contractors (reducing 2 years proven experience) can combine that experience with a NICET Level III or IV certificate; or with 18 credit hours from a college/university which teaches the material in the National Fire Protection Association standards on which the applicant will be tested; or with other equivalent course material.
      • Contractor II applicants who are certified plumbing contractors (reducing 2 years proven experience) can combine that experience with a NICET Level III or IV certificate; or with 15 credit hours from a college/university which teaches the material in the National Fire Protection Association standards on which the applicant will be tested; or with other equivalent course material.
    • Experience is verified by the contractor employing the applicant. The verification letter must include the following characteristics:
      • Be on company stationery
      • Attesting to the applicant’s duties
      • Describing in detailed the tasks the applicant worked on
      • Dates of employment
      • Any information needed to provide the Division with an overview of the applicant's experience
    • When an applicant is self-employed, the verification must come in the form of letters from customers, and others familiar with the applicant's work.
      • Provide evidence of all experience and education, along with written documentation of verification from each past employer of the contactors.
  3. Submit the application to the Bureau of Fire Prevention (Regulatory Licensing Section)
    Revenue Processing Section:
    P.O. Box 6100 Tallahassee,
    FL 32314-6100
  4. Pass the Fire Protection Contractor Exam
    • Pearson Vue© offers testing for Fire I, II, III, IV, and V (there is no separate business test, business subjects are included in the trade exams).
    • Fire V contractors can challenge their exam as long as they meet the following criteria:
      • Be licensed as a Certified Underground Utilities Contractors.
      • Four Years of experience in the employment of a certified underground utilities or plumbing contractor.
      • The applicant shall not be approved to challenge a competency examination unless the applicant has substantiated employment experience or a combination of employment and education.

Official List of Books for Florida Contractor Exams

CILB Application Forms

Below is the list of application forms for the different state licenses. Please note the applications listed are for contractors wanting to qualify a business (most popular way of qualifying a business). If you are looking for other ways to qualify a business or ALL the forms available for each license, please visit the DBPR's website . If you have any questions about what can be done with each contractor's license (contractor license definitions, specialties, exam questions and duration) or if you would like clarification on the qualifications for practicing contracting in Florida, you can contact the DBPR's Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395.

EILB Application Forms

Alarm I Alarm II Electrical (Unlimited) Specialty (Residential, Utility Line, Limited Energy, Sign, Lighting Maintenance)

The next link will provide you The Credit Reporting Agencies for CILB and ECLB / FL License Application


State Licensing Boards

DBPR | Construction Industry Licensing Board

Construction Candidate Bulletin Excluding Plumbing
Construction Plumbing Candidate Bulletin Excluding

Division of Professions
Construction Industry Licensing Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Customer Contact Center: 850-487-1395
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com


DBPR | Electrical Industry Licensing Board

Electrical Candidate Bulletin

Division of Professions
Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Customer Contact Center: 850-487-1395
Website: www.myfloridalicense.com


Fire Marshal

Phone: 850-413-3610
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Regulatory Licensing
Bureau of Fire Prevention
Division of State Fire Marshal
200 E. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0342

Website: www.myfloridacfo.com


Testing Companies

GITS©

Gainesville Independent Testing Services, LLC
1644 NE 22nd Ave Bldg E Ocala
FL 34470

Phone Number: 1-800-997-2129, 1-352-369-4487
Fax Number: 1-352-387-2443
Offices and testing locations
www.gitsllc.org


Professional Testing

P.O. Box 691226
Orlando, FL 32869-1226
Phone: 407-264-0562
Fax (407) 264-2977
www.floridaexam.com


Prov©

Phone: 866-720-7768, 386-518-6889
5200 NW 43rd Street, Suite 102-167
Gainesville FL 32606

www.provexam.com


Pearson Vue©

Phone number: 888-204-6230
Contact Us page: www.home.pearsonvue.com
Website: www.pearsonvue.com/fl/elecons/


Prometric©

Website: www.prometric.com
Contact Us Page: Prometric© Contact Us page
Phone Number: 1-800-967-1139

Gulf Coast Testing

Gulf Coast Testing is a testing facility which provides Prometric© Testing in SWFL
Website: www.gctesting.com
Address: 2891 Center Pointe Drive, Suite 201,
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Phone Number: 239-274-3184


Counties

Brevard County

Brevard County Contractor Licensing
Phone: 321-633-2058
Fax: (321) 690-6878
Address: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way,
Building A, Viera, FL 32940

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.brevardfl.gov/


Broward County

Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting Division
Address: 1 North University Drive, Box #302,
Plantation, Florida 33324

Phone: 954-765-4400
Website: www.broward.org


Charlotte County

Charlotte County Community Development
Licensing Division
Licensing and Building Code Compliance
Address: 18400 Murdock Circle,
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Phone: 941-743-1201
Fax: (941)764-4907
Website: www.charlottecountyfl.com


Citrus County

Citrus County Building Division
Contractor Licensing
Address: 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 111,
Lecanto FL 34461

Phone: 352-527-5310
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.citrusbocc.com/plandev


Collier County

Collier County Contractor Licensing
Address: 2800 N. Horseshoe Drive Naples,
FL 34104

Phone: 239-252-2431
Fax number: (239) 252-2469
After Hours Complaint Line: (239) 252-5607
Website: www.colliergov.net


Duval County

Duval County
Phone: 904-630-2489
Website: www.coj.net/departments


Flagler County

Flagler County Contractor licensing
Address: 1769 E. Moody Blvd,
Building 2, Suite 103

Phone: 386-313-4076
Fax: 386-313-4103
Website: www.flaglercounty.org


Hernando County

Hernando County Building Division
Permitting, Inspection, Contractor Licensing
789 Providence Blvd Brooksville,
FL 34601

Phone: 352-754-4050
Fax: (352) 754-4416
Website: www.hernandocounty.us


Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County Building & Construction Services
Contractor Licensing
Phone: 813-635-7312, 813-635-7316
Fax: (813) 635-7367


Lake County

Lake County Economic Growth Department
Building Services Division
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: 352-343-9653 Option 5


Lee County

​Lee County Licensing Board
Physical Address: 1500​ Monroe St,
Fort Myers, FL 33901​

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, FL 33902
Phone: 239-533-8895
Board's Website: www.leegov.com/dcd
Contractor Licensing Website: www.leegov.com
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Martin County

Martin County Construction Industry Licensing Board
Address: 900 SE Ruhnke Street Stuart,
FL 34994

Phone: 772-288-5482
Fax: (772) 419-6935
Website: www.martin.fl.us/martin


Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Deparment of Regulatory and Economic Resources
Construction Trades Qualifying Board
Economic Development Phone: 305-375-1254
Permitting and Inspection Phone: 786-315-2000
Address: 11805 S.W. 26 Street, Room 207,
Miami FL 33175-2474

Website: www.miamidade.gov/licenses/contractors-licensing.asp


Monroe County

Monroe County Growth Management Building Department
Middle Keys Main Office
2798 Overseas Highway, Suite 300,
Marathon, FL 33050

Telephone: 305-289-2501
Upper Keys Office
102050 Overseas Highway,
Key Largo, FL 33037

Telephone: 305-453-8800
Lower Keys Office
5503 College Road, Suite 203,
Key West, FL 33040

Telephone: 305-295-3990
Website: www.monroecounty-fl.gov


Nassau County

Nassau County Building Department
Address: 96161 Nassau Place Yulee,
Florida 32097

Telephone: 904-491-7337, 1-800-948-3364
Website: www.nassaucountyfl.com


Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County Contractor Licensing
Office Phone: 850-651-7180
Fax: (850) 651-7184
Website: www.myokaloosa.com/gm/licensing


Orange County

Orange County Administration Center
1st Floor 201 S. Rosalind
AV Orlando, FL 32801

Office Phone: 407-836-5522
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Osceola County

Osceola County Construction Licensing
Phone: (407) 742-0200
Fax: (407) 742-0201
Address: 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 1400,
Kissimmee, Florida 34741


Palm Beach County

Contractor Certification Division
Physical Address: 2300 N Jog Road,
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-2741

Phone: 561-233-5000
Fax: 561-233-5212
Website: www.discover.pbcgov.org/pzb/contractors


Pasco County

Pasco County Building Construction Services | Contractor Licensing
Address: 8731 Citizens Drive, Suite 230,
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Phone: 727-847-8009
Website: www.pascocountyfl.net


Pinellas County

Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board
Address: 12600 Belcher Rd, Suite 102,
Lago FL 33773

Phone: 727-582-3100
Website: www.pcclb.com


Polk County

Polk County Office of Planning and Development
Building Division
Adddress: 330 W. Church St. Bartow,
Florida 33831-9005

Phone: 863-534-6530
Fax: 863-534-5922
Website: www.polk-county.net


Putnam County

Putnam County Planning & Development Services
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 1486 Palatka, FL 32178-1486
Phone: 1-800-432-0364
Fax: (386) 329-1213
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St. Johns County

St. Johns County Licensing Division
Contractor Licensing / Building Department
Address: 4040 Lewis Speedway, St.
Augustine FL 32084

Phone: 904-827-6820
Fax: (904) 827-6847
Website: www.sjcfl.us


St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County Contractor Licensing Department
Address: 2300 Virginia Ave,
Ft Pierce, FL 34982

Phone: 772-462-1672
Fax: (772) 462-1148
Website: www.stlucieco.gov


Sumter County

Sumter County Development Services Division
Building Services Department
Address: 7375 Powell Road, Suite 115,
Wildwood, FL 34785

Phone: 352-689-4460
Fax: (352) 689-4461
Website: www.sumtercountyfl.gov


Volusia County

Volusia County Contractor Licensing
Address: 123 W. Indiana Av, Room 203,
DeLand, FL 32720

Phone: 386-736-5957
Fax: 386-740-5215
Website: www.volusia.org/services


To find answers to questions about the Florida Contractor's License please Visit our Florida Contractor License Frequently Asked Questions page.


Florida Inspector Licenses

For anyone looking to be an inspector in the state of Florida, the following information throughout this article helps you to understand what is needed to obtain your license, as well as testing information. This article also has the links and contact information to the testing centers. As well as links to the inspector license available in Florida.

Exam Information

Computer-testing is administered frequently at over 350 sites across the nation. To get the most updated information, go to Certification Exam. PRONTO testing is immediately available—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Visit the Florida DBPR Bureau of Education and Testing’s website for more information, and also the Florida DBPR Examination Information Bulletin.

What is needed to take the Exam?

You must have the following information available at the time you are registering for a Code Council computer-based certification examination:

  • Your DBPR pre-authorization letter
  • Your full name, address, and home and work telephone numbers
  • The examination date and location of the area you desire to take the exam
  • Exam ID and title
  • Your score report, if you are retaking the examination (only for those candidates who originally tested via computer)

The following list contains links to every Inspector License in the state of Florida...